I need more hours in the day

November 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Seven days in and only now am I thinking I should check out the Nanowrimo site and think about getting started. I don’t even know if it’s feasible at this point considering the business of life. I did some writing on a cool website called 750 Words, but then kind of got out of the habit before it even really formed. It was pretty therapeutic though which makes me think I should give this a try again even though I’ve put in little thought to a concept or even done any writing at all in the past year.

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Conflicted

October 10, 2010 § 2 Comments

A part of me wants to do Nano this year, and the other part doesn’t much care to. I don’t even have an inkling of an idea this year, but I feel like I should write something. I’m so out of practice, and it feels like any talent I may possibly have had is slipping away. I should at least try. I think I will.

Day 7 – under the wire

November 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

I finished up with 11,687 words at 11:56pm. Whew! It was definitely a sprinting kind of day. I didn’t get started writing until after 1:00pm. I still had over 1,500 words to write at 10:30. I considered giving up after I reached 11,000, but I really don’t want to get behind, because I’m afraid I’ll give up.

I think it’s interesting how I fall back on romance when I’m out of ideas. Nothing like the bloom of love to take up a gazillion words, haha.

Day 6 – je pense

November 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

I broke the 10k mark a few minutes ago. I was in the middle of a flow and so I barely noticed it go by. Up until then the writing was like pulling teeth out of my own brain. It’s especially hard when the family is watching a movie in the motel room I’m staying in. So distracting!

I wrote the second time jump of the story. Right now it goes future-past-future-past. The future sections are much shorter than the past ones. I think they will jump all over different years, since there are about 10-20 years that are a part of ‘the future’. The ‘past’ is pretty much set in no longer than a 5 year span.

The future is written in present third person tense, except for a few paragraphs when I forgot and started using past. The past is always written in past tense.

Present tense is probably my favorite one to write in. It keeps me focused on where the character is in time and space, and really helps with describing places and thoughts and feelings. Someday I want to write something entirely in that tense, because it is fantastic.

I think about voices

November 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

We’ll just say I found this link during completely relevant research. Yes, I wasn’t procrastinating at all.

There is an article here that talks about how to make each character speak differently. Not think differently, speak. This was very interesting to me because  it was something I noticed after starting to re-read my last nano novel. I get the feeling that my characters all do sound alike (they all talk like me).

Now that I’m not feeling so rushed, I have time to think about something other than “oh god, gotta get the word count!” The characters have always been the most important part of the story for me, because they are the ones who will carry the plot. We’ll see if  can use some of these tips to give my characters their own unique voices.

Excerpt (written on Day 4)

November 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

This is an example of something I find hilarious in my head. I don’t know how well it translates.

He knew every building and every car parked along the street. Except for that Mercedes parked along the curb just outside of his building. The sleek black car clashed painfully with the rusted out white Cadillac and Honda civic that flanked it. As he came nearer, he saw the figure of a woman slumped back against the driver’s seat. A quick glance up and down the street showed no movement. His footsteps quickened and he burst into a jog, sliding between the cars until he was looking in through the side window. Pulling the sleeve of his shirt over his hand, he tested the door. Locked. Locked?

At once the body behind the wheel jerked up as though attached to the hands of the cruelest kind of puppeteer, and began to scream.

“Jesus Christ!” Dunn jumped back from the car. His eyes quickly narrowed as he looked closer and recognized the driver. “Michelle?” The dark-haired woman’s hands had come up in front of her face, a tiny can of Mace poised to strike. Her mouth opened, the dark red lips forming a small ‘o’ of surprise. His sister rolled down her window and glared up at him.

“You nearly gave me a heart attack, Oliver! What were you thinking?”

“I gave you–? What was I–?” He managed to stop himself and took a deep breath before he went off the rails completely.

End of Day 2

November 3, 2009 § 1 Comment

One thing you should never ever do while doing nano is read the blogs of other people who are doing it. Granted, there are many people who are doing worse than you, but then you see something crazy like someone who had over 6,000 words on the first day. Insanity!

The funny thing is that I get a lot of my word count in when I go back over what I’ve written and fill in the details, which seems to break the editing rule. However, I have realized that I tend to summarize and move on, forgetting that the scene has a location and several characters that may need description. Imagine that.

I can honestly say I have no idea where this novel is going, but it has worked out just fine for me in the past, so I’ll just go with it and see where it leads. Now enough with the non-nano word count. Back to work!

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