NaNo…Who…Knew

NaNo Who Ha

NaNo Mo Fa

NaNo Who Knew

The End

I guess I can do better than that…oh, I’ll try.

This writing thing…DANG!…it’s hard.

She’s bursting with creative juices. All I need is a cape and lights!

Here’s my latest NaNoWriMo update in which I will give myself a pep talk and you, dear reader, can observe me slip into madness.

All work and no play make Amy a dull girl

All work and no play make Amy a dull girl

All work and no play make Amy a dull girl

Do you see where I’m going with this one?

This is not one of those posts where I tell you that my story is just flowing out of me. I’m still waiting for that creative surge to hit allowing me to write with literary abandon, where my characters are writing my book for me. Hmm…no, not quite.

Now for reals…I’ve written 8,534 words to date. Whoo hoo! This means that I’m on target and writing the necessary amount to achieve the 50,000 words by the end of the month. One of my goals is to not fall behind, because as soon as I do, I fear I won’t be able to catch up.

Now, are they good words, you might ask? No. In fact, I don’t think I want anyone to read this. It’s raw and messy. So far, a lot it is back story. Is is the research I should have done beforehand? Perhaps. If you were to see my book in screen form, it would be a lot flashbacks.

If I thought it could really make a good book, it would be a definite rewrite. I’ve determined this is a grand experiment. I’m sure if I were left to my own devices, I might abandon this project altogether for fear that it isn’t any good. So, with nothing to lose, it would seem it might be easier to write freely, to write for writing’s sake. This is goal #2.Β  Let my characters and my writing roam free. I’ll see how my story shapes up.

I try to write in the morning first thing at about 6 am. Then I take a few chunks of it later in the day. That schedule seems to work for me. The most difficult thing is doing it everyday. However, everyday does feel like an accomplishment. Those words I wrote, even if they’re crappy, weren’t there the day before. How’s that? All in all, so far so good.

P.S. Blogging friends, I don’t want to disappear off the face of the blogosphere. I still want to read your posts. If by chance I don’t comment on your post, please don’t take it personally. I probably can’t write another word!

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42 thoughts on “NaNo…Who…Knew

  1. You can do it! Sounds like you’re doing great. The key is to look at what you’ve done, not how much is left. I find that my writing goes in fits and starts, where I get a good idea and it goes for a while, then I run out of steam and have to scratch my head a bit. As they would say in Korea, Fighting!

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    1. Thanks, David. Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me. Nothing goes as I thought it might. That’s good advice to look at what you’ve accomplished. Good idea! Let’s keep fighting, then!! I just focus on it bit by bit. It takes a lot of patience, doesn’t it?

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      1. It does take patience. I got a good brain-wave for my story to keep it from spiraling into a depressing mental-health morality tale and make it a bit more epic and uplifting. You’re right though, that nothing goes like you think it will.

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      2. Sorry for my long delay in responding. I know. Sometimes I think my story is utterly ridiculous! But, here I am. I’m going to keep the faith and keep going, for better or for worse. Thanks for all your support!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it’s proving to be a challenge all right. It definitely discipline and a willingness to accept that sometimes what you write isn’t all that great! I’m going to keep going…I’ll think about that other stuff later.

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    1. Thank you! Good for you for participating three times! That’s great! I admire you for that. I’ll just keep writing. Good luck with your post-a-day. That’s a challenge, too, especially since it appears in public.

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  2. 8,500 words ain’t nothing to be sneezed at. I’m currently being one of those people everyone hates. I did get that writing surge and my characters are taking on a life of their own. I’ve gone well over 20,000 words. Are they good words? Not the best, no. But like you said, they are there on the page. Keep it up!

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    1. Ok, I hate you…oh, just kidding. I AM jealous or I wish I was you. That’ awesome!! I’m plugging away. Maybe it will turn up something worthy. I hope so. You, too, keep up the great work and thanks for your encouragement.

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  3. Going strong it seems Amy! You are funny channeling The Shining. That was perfect! Keep on keeping on. We know you are here even if you aren’t a commenting machine during all of this.

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  4. I might abandon this project altogether for fear that isn’t any good

    A familiar feeling.

    8000 words? You are flying it. Best of luck.

    And we all want to read it…so, you know, hurry up! πŸ˜€

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  5. I’m the same – the writing is so bad at times I cringe as I write it. And the most I can manage on most people’s blogs is a click of the like button (and then I feel bad because that feels sort of empty). Had to reply to this one though, just to say: you and me both! Keep it up, though. You’re learning to fit writing into every day life, and gaining a lot of writing experience too. But the thing that really keeps me going is the thought of that shiny winner’s certificate.
    best of luck!

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    1. Hi there! Thanks! It’s good to know I’m not alone in this. I know all about the cringing, the “Gee, did I just write that?” but you don’t want to delete anything πŸ™‚ I’m learning a lot from this, I think. Yes, the shiny winner’s certificate…Do they have a picture of that anywhere? It might be inspiring to have a visual, yes? Hang in there! Good luck to you, too!

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  6. Your doing great, Amy! If it might help jump scenes or chapters. Write what you find interesting or fun. You can put it together later so it’ll make sense. I’ve hit a wall, I was wanting to write this story for awhile and taking notes, now my notes are written. It seems that’s all I had.
    I’m sure your “mess” isn’t any worse than my mess. I have the first 2 chapters some in the middle and 1/4 of the last chapter written. None of it makes any sense. LOL

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    1. Thanks for your ideas, Mari! And, your support. I’ve jumped around a bit. I have a few incomplete chapters floating around. I have no idea how I’m ending this. So, at least you have that! That’s great! I know the feeling…it’s interesting what you think about in your head and then how it changes so when you put it to paper. Best of luck getting past your wall. Just keep writing away!! Good luck to you!

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  7. Doing great Amy! We will get through this! Maybe not the greatest writing we shall do, but I think if we make 50,000 that is something to celebrate! It ain’t bad. Cheering you on! πŸ™‚

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  8. I think I will be making myself a “writing” outfit now that you have inspired me. Now where did I put those sparkly lights.

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  9. Keep on rollin’ Amy! This is your “marathon” and I couldn’t be prouder of you. Like Carrie said, you can always fix and edit later. Just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing… What do we do? We write, write. (channelling my inner-Dory for you!)

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  10. Good luck! It’s a good thing you’re not falling behind, and you can always edit in December. I’ve already fell behind quite a lot and the number of words I have to write in order to catch up feels quite daunting. =[

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    1. Oh, believe me there would lots and lots of editing on this one! But, that’s fine. It’s great to explore it to see if if could be a novel. I hope you can catch up. Try stream of consciousness type writing, just to get words on the page. I’ve been skipping around, too, if I get stuck somewhere. That’s helpful for me too. If I just know of a scene I want, I just focus on that. Good luck, Zen!! You can do it!

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  11. Wow! Sounds like you are on a roll, B.F… very impressive! I don’t know if I could READ 8,534 words that quickly! It does sound dang hard! But I hope you can have some fun with it, too!
    πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks,SIG! Oh, it’s great to see you back!! It’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s stretching me in a good way. I’ve let go of it being a novel for now, and more of a creative exercise that will get me to the novel eventually. So, in that way I am having fun with it, because you’re right, that is so important, SIG!

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  12. Isn’t it great to have a group of supporters? We can do this! I have confidence in all of us Nano People. I bought a Nanowrimo shirt since I passed 10,000 words. I read where someone’s husband is rewarding them every time they pass a 10,000 word milestone. I know we will both be in the Winners Circle.

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  13. Hi! I’ve been following your site for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the fantastic job!

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