NaNo What Not and a Woody Video

It’s now the mid-mark of NaNoWriMo, and I’m at 23,420 words. So, I’m a tad behind.

The way I see it, this NaNoWriMo is like a writer’s boot camp. It breaks you down, weakens you, makes you vulnerable, and makes feel quite humble, as in “I’m the worst writer in the world.”Β  And, then you wonder why you should write anything, but because you already feel like you’re the worst writer in the world, you allow yourself to write the worst possible crap ever. Whew! I feel better. Hopefully, I’ll come out of this stronger, faster, and tougher. I’ll really know what I made of.Β  That’s it.

My characters remain aloof. Perhaps, they’re spending too much time in the house, and I need to get them outside, or let them be really bad. On the bright side, I do like some of my ideas.

And, now, a little video for your viewing pleasure, so this post is, uh, not a complete waste of your time. Gee, honey, I thought it was because of my soft skin.

It’s based on science, and what more do you want out of life? Really. Science has the answers for everything. Enjoy.

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42 thoughts on “NaNo What Not and a Woody Video

  1. I’ll never look at my penis the same way again.
    Ah, who am I kidding – I’ll always look at it the same way… “YOU DISAPPOINT ME!!” πŸ˜‰

    As for Nano – kill one of them – tragic slip in the kitchen, that should get them going – especially if you suddenly have to write in a kitchen πŸ˜‰

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  2. Misbehaving characters – oh I know those so well. You’re almost half way so not that far behind. Keep going and you are NOT the worst writer in the world. I read your blog posts and it’s not because I’m bored.
    Thanks for the video – I needed a laugh

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    1. Thanks! Thanks for that little boost!! Yes, my characters are falling short. What’s wrong with them? This is tough, but I know I can’t turn back now, right? I hope you’re holding up. Did your characters return to you?

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      1. I managed to rein them in a little. I think we’re getting there.
        I’m only 5k away from 50k – although the novel won’t be finished and I would love to have it finished by end of the month, if I can.
        I’m standing behind you with pom poms and cheering you on. Go girl! I read your novel profile on NaNo site and it sounds fab, totally a story I would want to read.

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      2. Wow! You’re cooking! I’m so excited for you. Thanks! Cool. I’m glad you like my idea. I really feel it’s in a pre-development stage, but I got to start somewhere, right? Thanks for the pom poms.

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      1. Well, he says it in the video, so I can’t take all the credit. Though unfortunately, I was already familiar with the term. And there’s plenty more knowledge like that floating around in my scientific brain. Sad but true.

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  3. I did not realize that nocturnal penile tumescence (thanks Carrie!) was such a thing until I had a house full of boys. I am glad for the explanation.
    As for NaNoWriMo, man, you’re a superstar even for the attempt. Even those who die on Everest are still badass mountain climbers, right?

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    1. Jen, cool! I know, I have all boys, too. Tell me about it, huh? It’s nice to have a detailed explanation!
      Thanks for the support for the NaNo. I just can’t turn back now. But I’m never never climbing Mt Everest! Pass on that one.

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  4. Thank you Bumble. You’ve answered many of the questions that have me up at night. (sorry, too easy a pun). I could have had a better experience tho without the picture (just the notion) of a penile cross-section.

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    1. Hey, Stephen, no problem! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It seems as though a lot of puns are coming out of this. Who can resist? I’ve never given the penile cross-section much thought until now. I know you’ll rest easy tonight.

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  5. You could not possibly be the worst writer in the world. That honor already goes to E.L. James. In fact, I think you couldn’t purposely write characters worse than those two twits. It’d be an interesting study, though. Like morning wood.

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  6. Is that video your way of saying that Nanowrimo wakes you up in the morning? πŸ™‚ Anyway, it sounds like Nano is becoming a very introspective time. I wouldn’t worry about the characters. My characters are always flat on the first draft, since I don’t know who they are when I start. Once I get to know them through the first draft, then I go back and make them more multi-faceted. Anyway, sounds like you’re doing great. Keep it up!

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    1. Ha ha. Actually, it’s my way of saying I’m a little frazzled. I watched the video and just thought it would be fun πŸ™‚ Thanks for the support. That’s good to know. I would have thought your characters would be all planned out πŸ™‚ I’m going to do this! Half way there already. You look like you’re flying. Good for you!

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    1. Thanks, Leo. I think you should go for it! If I didn’t have the challenge I probably push myself this much. So, it’s been really good for me. I’m glad you enjoyed the video! All our questions are answered, at least most of them…except for Becca’s.

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  7. Of COURSE NaNo will leave you “stronger, faster, and tougher”! You are sounding tougher already!

    I hope your aloof characters start behaving for you. You can always threaten to kill them by dropping a piano on their heads. That should get them feeling a bit more grateful and agreeable for you. Haha!

    Hang in there girl and just keep writing!

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  8. Back on track I see..we were gettng very scientific back there I see……I was trying to find the connection between the video and NaNo in an Edward de Bono sort of way – and that is definitely not supposed to be some cheap-sounding double-entendre.
    Have a heart Becca! comes to mind (just joking, but there is a certain sensitivity y’know!) without going into details……..back to de Bono – I think his creative thinking techniques are especially good when writing. I am trying to remember what he says that I use for characters – will research a bit and revisit later about it.

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    1. It’s ok, Pirate! Your secret is safe with me. You can double-entendre all you want. I guess I threw everyone for a loop here. Sometimes it’s helpful to think about something else entirely to really seize that one idea. Yeah, yeah…that’s it! I’m not familiar with de Bono, but that sounds reasonable to me! Thanks for the advice.

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      1. I think basically you echo what he says, about throwing in a random thought. There is something similar in Tibbetan Buddhism I think, though I don’t imagine it is for writing.
        de Bono thing is ‘lateral thinking’ – by which he means creative thinking. But there is plenty of that around with bloggers already!

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  9. I can honestly say that when I started reading your post I never expected it to end like that. Now if you can make me say that about your NaNo project then you have a best seller.
    Thanks for the education. Isn’t science fascinating.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I’m working on it! It’s hard to be original, that’s for sure. Science is truly fascinating. Perhaps, I’ll start a science day on my blog. I’d never be able to explain anything though. That could be a problem.

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