Did. It. Finished. NaNoWriMo. Wrote 50,000 words on a draft of a novel that is still taking shape in my wee little mind. Every time I think I’m beginning to see the big picture of the story, something shifts and I see an aspect I had not suspected before. Or I realize that I’ve dropped an aspect that I definitely want to explore. Or a character or storyline that was a major focus isn’t any more. All of which is to say that, though my 50,000 word dash is at an end, the work on my story seems just about to begin. And that’s fine by me. I’m loving this.
Whew! Glad that’s done and now I can stop watching the word count and really focus on the writing, which I am enjoying immensely. Of course, I’ve got so many ideas for the novel I don’t see how I can fit ’em all into one. So I’m not going to try. Just gonna make outlines in a very general way for several different stories and see where I should break things up. This was a great jump start for my writing. I look forward to NaNoWriMo every year for exactly that reason. :)
I started another novel last night. Writing one, not reading one. Uh huh, I decided it was too early to have Christmas in July, so why not have NaNoWriMo in June? I wrote more about it on my other blog, the one that was supposed to be the story of my conversion, which I hardly ever write about there. So now it’s just a general blog about being Catholic and being a disciple or trying to be a disciple and sometimes almost making it, and about life in general, and—huh? How is that different from this blog, you say? Well, if you wanna get all technical and picky about it…And snarky too… Anyway, I’ll post updates about it over there. And I’m not posting any of the actual text of the incredibly rough rough draft, nope, no way, unh uh. It may never see the light of published day, not even on my blog. But then again, it may. Who’s to say? Well, me, actually. We’ll see how it goes. I have a lot of projects. Always. Happy sigh. :)
Whew! I’m glad that’s over! Now I can slow down, take a deep breath, and figure out what my novel is really about. I was writing so fast (and I got so many story ideas in just the last few days alone), it’ll take a while to sort it all out. But that’s what Re-write Month is for, eh? And now that I know how to use yWriter for structure, I may actually end up with a story that I can let somebody read. Someday. Maybe. :)
Now I’m going to finish my tenth cup of coffee and treat myself to a great big cinnamon roll to celebrate. WOOHOO! Bring on the goodies! :)
I made it to my needed quota of words tonight for this year’s NaNoWriMo: I was three nights behind; we need to write about 1,667 words per night to reach the quota of 50,000 in 30 days; so I needed to churn out 5,001 words and get them uploaded and verified. As of a few minutes ago, that mission was accomplished and surpassed with 5,145 exquisitely scribed and perfectly crafted artifacts of articulate and ever so slightly stream of consciousness loveliness. And since you’ve read that sentence, you’ve got a pretty good idea how the whole novel writing thing is going. Swimmingly! (Which means that, since I have almost no discernible ability to swim, I am, in fact, in way over my head and am in danger of being overwhelmed—indeed, sunk—at every turn!) *Beaming grin* Continue reading
National Novel Writing Month began on Nov 1…but I didn’t! So I’ve got some catching up to do today. I’ve got to write three day’s worth of novel and I’m still wondering what I’m going to write about. But that’s not really a problem, I’ve done this three other times now. Twice I finished the 50,000 words on or before the deadline, the last time too much happened in my life at that time and I dropped out. This time I’m gonna do it, so I’ve got to get to writing. Continue reading