Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NaNoWriMo Update

I've been managing to more or less keep up with the pace of NaNoWriMo, but today I'm giving myself permission to stop. The story I'm working on isn't grabbing me and I feel like I'm forcing myself to continue instead of enjoying the process.

Instead I'm going to focus on revisions on three pieces that are in various stages of being done.

It's important to be flexible, right? And to enjoy the process. That's what I intend to do!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Random Thoughts on a Thursday

Trying to keep up with NaNoWriMo has been a struggle this year. The story I'm working on is not flowing like the one I wrote last year at this time. But I'm meeting the daily goals and a story is getting formed. We'll see what I can do with it in revisions.

I think the big difference between the story idea this time and last time is that last time I knew where the story was headed. I wasn't sure how it was going to get there - but I knew in advance what the ending was, and I was simply working toward that. This year I started with a concept for the story in general- but I have no idea how it's going to end. Even 18,000 words in, I have no idea how it's going to end.

We're all healthy again here - with slight lingering tiredness and coughs - and I wonder if the illness we succumbed to was the dreaded H1N1 Flu? If it was it means I don't have to make a decision regarding vaccines for the kids... but how can I be sure? (I did say these were random thoughts.)

One very bright spot in my week so far was this sweet review at Enchanting YA. My favorite part?
WHEN MIKE KISSED EMMA is one of those romantic tales you want to curl up with and read.

And now it's time to face a Thursday!

Friday, November 6, 2009

NaNoWriMo Day Six

Catching up. I am only a day behind now. Of course it will soon be tomorrow and I'll be two days behind again, but I'm making progress.

Today's word count: 2049
Total: 8105

Of course, had I felt at all motivated to write for most of today I bet I could have gotten a lot more done.

On the upside - my house is cleaner than it's been in awhile. :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

NaNoWriMo Day Five

Am I missing a few days in here? Why yes, yes I am, thank you for noticing. We had a fever at our house this week, and everything else kind of got lost in the blur. This also made it very difficult to keep up with writing. I did actually get a little done each day. A very little.

As of right now I'm at 5,662 words. Which puts me about 3,000 words behind where I should be for today. Not great - but 2000 words above where I was yesterday - so progress is being made.

Sometimes real life gets in the way.

Monday, November 2, 2009

NaNoWriMo Day Two

Almost meeting goals.

That's what today was all about.

I had the goal to get to the grocery store. I didn't do it; but I will get there tomorrow.

I had the goal to do double the necessary daily word count of NaNoWriMo so that I could be all caught up with where I was supposed to be.

How'd I do? Not quite.

Total word count for today (and therefore my total since I did nothing yesterday) is 2792. Not the 3333 I needed to make my goal. But close enough.

I've discovered that goals are harder to meet when you have a cold. (I'm sure I'm not the first to discover this, and this probably isn't the first time I've realized it either.)

Now it's off to chug some cough syrup (not really, but I kind of feel like doing that) and get some sleep so I can meet those goals tomorrow (including the grocery shopping - and voting - don't forget to vote tomorrow.)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

NaNoWriMo Day One

Progress report: 0 words.

Yeah. Not off to a rip-roaring start.

But... I did finish going through the last 30 pages of my WIP and made sure they at least made sense before sending it off to beta readers - so I did make some writing progress.

The evening was spent trying to get my incredibly stubborn son to eat his whole dinner. After two hours of that nonsense - the dinner was eaten - and any chance of me sitting down to write was pretty much gone.

I also need a name for my main character. Kind of hard to write without one.