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.

A priest walks into a coffeehouse…

November 6, 2010 § 2 Comments

…and that is all I have so far. Approximately 350 words of stuff I saw while sitting in the coffee shop between classes, trying to come up with an idea that would willingly coalesce into something vaguely resembling a story, or at least something I can make into a book cover, at the very least.

I re-read the beginning of my zombie story from last year (I fell off the wagon at around 12,000 words), and I liked some of the stuff I wrote in a rough sort of way, which is interesting because at the time I wrote it, I was tearing out my hair and shouting “It’s all crap!” at the top of my lungs.

I want to write again. I really do. It’s not even about the word count, more about being able to look back on something and see a glimmer of hope. So I’ll keep trying.

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.

Day 4 – the head turns fuzzy

November 4, 2009 § Leave a comment

Today was a hard writing day. The words came in fits and gasps, completely ineloquent. There was a lot of narration, very little description. Also a heavy dialogue day, which is the most fun for me to write, because it feels as though personalities can really be felt out through interactions with other people. After putting in the dialogue, I went back in and added some description and gestures.

I have not been motivated to get ahead. I reached the word goal for today earlier in the afternoon, and then started to procrastinate. This last character is harder in some ways than the others. He isn’t a nice person, and I feel like my normal writing style completely clashes with his personality. I don’t even know if that makes sense, or if I’m just over-thinking things, as usual.

This month has been strange so far in that I haven’t had to scramble for the word count in the same way that I remember doing two years ago. It helps that I have several breaks during the day that are perfect for sitting down and typing 300-400 words at a time.

As of this moment I’m sitting on 6,805 words. I’ll shoot for at least 7k before the night is over, although I’d like to maybe get to 7,300 so I only have to do 1k tomorrow. I don’t know if that’ll happen. I’m feeling laaazy.

Day 3 – let’s talk about characters

November 3, 2009 § Leave a comment

Taking a break from writing to…well, write some more, I guess. Today was a slow writing day. I have finished the 5,000 words needed for today, although I hope to add on a few hundred more or so before the day is over. The rest of the week will be a good writing time since I only have two classes each day and I get out fairly early. Mondays and Tuesdays are always the worst, but I made it!

What I mean when I say it was a slow writing day was that I slowed my writing down. It’s partly a defense mechanism, trying to avoid writing about this plot that is not even half-baked yet, but it’s mostly because I realized as I was writing that I have very little description, either of scenery or characters, in places where it really should be. So I’m introducing the characters, although hopefully not in a completely lame way. I just placed them in a location where they would likely go in the morning and just have them look around and notice things and just generally go about their day. Admittedly, it’s not the most riveting thing in the world, but it has actually helped me to develop my characters’ personalities.

I know that sounds like a completely elementary concept, but I’ve always believed that the personality of a character should be brought out in their actions, and not discussed. That has the unfortunate side effect of a completely cardboard personality until that happens. I’m trying to feel them out earlier in the story this time, so I can hopefully delve further into their psyches than I have ever gone before.

There are about three main characters who are the focus of the story as it stands right now. I’ve just finished following the first one around, and have moved on to the second. In my mind, it feels as though the story is dragging, but I know that it will read much quicker than it writes. It is also better to have to take stuff out than add stuff in. There is my wisdom for the night. This is 367 words that I should have been adding to my story.

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!

To conclude Day one

November 1, 2009 § 3 Comments

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I made pretty good headway today, although I was almost stopped in my tracks when trying to come up with names and more plot. I still don’t know if there is a whole novel in my plot idea.

It’s definitely going to be a story that jumps forward and backward in time. I have also come up with a title.

The Condition of the Shadow

Taken from my sister’s Egyptian homework. It sounded cool. Well, I hope I can keep my momentum through Day 2!

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