Posts Tagged ‘NaNoWriMo’

It’s been a decent week, I think. I had a good Thanksgiving with great food (if I do say so myself),but most of all, great family times. Unfortunately, my oldest son was sick, so he and his wife couldn’t make it. But we might get to see them next weekend.

So here’s the deal:

Writing: My goal was to finish my WIP by November 30. This has nothing to do with NaNo, it’s just the date I picked for a deadline. I’m happy to say I typed THE END yesterday. I’m not so happy to say that I don’t really like the ending. I kind of let my corny sense of humor get the better of me in the epilogue, and a lot of people probably won’t be amused. I’m going to need a lot of help from my beta readers with it. I’m going to start editing and proofing next week before sending it out to be criticized critiqued. 🙂

Exercise: I was off from work for the holidays starting Wednesday. I didn’t get on the treadmill for three days. Grrr. But I got back on Saturday morning and walked a little extra to make up for some of it. I’ve bumped my speed up a bit. This is a big deal for someone with short legs.

FlyLady: The housekeeping and organization with the FlyLady method is going well. Not perfect, but good enough. Because FlyLady says we have to let go of our perfectionism. 🙂

How about the rest of you? Who did NaNo? Who WON NaNo? Who is glad they didn’t do NaNo? *raises hand* Good luck to everyone this week!


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There are so many posts going around right now about NaNoWriMo. I can feel the excitement in the air. I remember that excitement from the two times I did NaNo. And I finished both times! But, alas, I no longer have the desire to participate in it. Since I’ve been doing ROW80, I’ve found that it’s the best fit. I know there are many people doing both, and that’s great. Just not me. There’s nothing wrong with DOING it or NOT DOING it. I’ve realized, since reading so many posts, that each person is different in how they approach NaNo and what they want to get out of it. I fully support all my writer friends who are participating in NaNo this year. I’m glad to cheer them on. It looks like it’s causing some people to be more productive. Yay. But I did want to share some reasons I’m not doing it anymore.

1. When my husband heard I was doing ROW80 the first time, he said “Oh, no, is it going to be like when you did NaNo? You were crazy.”

2. I would HAVE to write 50,000 words. Some people are saying they are doing other stuff, but it’s really not WINNING NaNo if you don’t do your 50K. And I’m so anal about this that I would drive myself crazy to get those words in, no matter what else I let go. (See number 1)

3. NaNo is supposed to be where you just throw 50K down, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s good or not. You’re just spouting words. Well, I just can’t write like that anymore. I’ve been doing this writing thing long enough that I usually have a pretty clean manuscript. When it goes through beta readers and gets edited, there is very little to change anymore. I CAN’T make myself write any other way.

4. Writing that many words in a month causes me a LOT of stress that I don’t need. (Again, see number 1)

If I didn’t work a full time job, I would consider it. I could easily write that many words if I had more time. But you guys who are working AND doing NaNo? Oh man, I ADMIRE you. I remember how hard it was! I’m behind all of you NaNoers 100 percent. Go for it, and have fun! And please don’t whisper about what a wimp I am. LOL

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I Won NaNoWriMo!!!

50,349 words in 29 days! Squeeeeee!

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Saturday is going to be MY time. If someone wants me to do something, this time I’m just going to say no. I’ve had various things I’ve had to do on Saturdays, and I promise, I really didn’t mind. Most of them were fun things, things I could do to help someone else. But this Saturday is mine. I have to:

1. Write a decent amount for my NaNo novel so I won’t get any farther behind. In fact, I hope I’ll catch up by Saturday.

2. Finish Guardian Vampire, a novella that only lacked a chapter or two being finished before NaNo started.

3. Do a lot of editing on Jonathan Eli’s novel since he wants to get it out by Christmas.

4. Then maybe do some editing on Guardian Vampire, which also needs to be done by Christmas.

If I get those four things done, I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. And maybe I’ll reward myself by playing a computer game or watching Buffy. Or maybe taking a nap if I’ve gotten up early that morning. Saturday is mine!

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Things are happening too fast in my NaNo novel! I have to write 50,000 words. I’m at almost 21,000 and the events are hurtling toward the end at a faster speed than I want. The way it’s going, I could be finished at about 35,000 words. I need to figure out a way to flesh it out a little. Grrrrrr.

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Day 10

Well, I let myself get behind on my word count. I’m not a whole day behind, but now I’m going to have to write more to catch up. Last night I just didn’t want to do it. It was all I could do to make myself write. I was only able to make myself write about 2/3 of what I needed to write. And tonight? Well, I just finished the chapter I started last night. Which was, basically, the other 1/3 of what I should have written last night. Grrrr. I didn’t want to write.

I think part of the problem is that I’ve been getting really sleepy. I need to start earlier in the evening. Or maybe I should try to get more sleep, so I’ll be more alert. Also, my story is kicking my butt right now. I’m much better at writing novellas than I am at writing novels, even though I’ve written two. Sometimes I just want everything to hurry up and happen in a story. I hope I have 50,000 words in me for this novel. We’ll see.

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Day 7

After stressing about having to spend the night at a lock in for the teenagers at church, and not being able to write that day, I actually caught up to my word count goal. It only took me two days to get back to where I’m supposed to be. Whew, that’s a load off my back. Now if I can only make sure I write every day from here on out. Since I’ve been writing more per day than I absolutely have to, maybe it will take some pressure off when we get to the end of NaNo. I hope I can stay ahead, just in case life gets in the way again. Anyway, I’m happy so far, both with word count and story. But there’s 23 more days to go….

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NaNo – Day 4

It’s almost midnight on day 4 of NaNoWriMo. According to my calculations, I’m 523 words ahead of schedule. I’ll have to take off tomorrow night because I have to stay overnight at the lock-in we’re having at church. I was really hoping to be farther ahead than this, so that skipping that one day wouldn’t put me so far behind. But at least I’m a little ahead. I’m really, really sleepy, but my reward for meeting my word count goal each night is to watch an episode of Buffy. I’ll probably fall asleep while watching it. So sleepy….

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Day One of NaNo

Day one of NaNoWriMo is over. One of the drawbacks of working full time is that you can’t work on your writing until the day is over. So you always feel like you’re just a little bit behind. I got my daily word count goal in last night, but it was a struggle. I was writing a scene that happened four months before the rest of the book happened. I couldn’t decide whether to call it Chapter One or Prologue. I read somewhere recently that you shouldn’t do prologues, so it’s chapter one for right now.

So what do we do when we have other obligations (or a desire to do something else)? I mean it’s all I can do to get my word counts in. But this week I have a party to go to on Thursday night, and then I have to spend the night at a lock in for the teenage girls at church Friday night. I can make an early night of it Thursday, I think, and get my word count in. But Friday is going to be totally shot unless I do my writing at work during lunch. I have no idea how long I’ll be there on Saturday. Then, Tuesday of the next week, I have a Pampered Chef party to go to. Grrrrr. But I made my choices. I could have said no.

So what are your obligations or things that keep you from getting your word counts done?

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NaNo Widgets

Okay, am I just a bloomin’ idiot? NaNo has these great widgets to embed on your site or blog and I can’t seem to figure out how. 😦 I just want the thing on my sidebar. I can put widgets that are already on WordPress on there, but I don’t have a clue how to do the NaNo ones. This is making me very sad. Because I’m smart. But I can’t do this. I wasted way too much time last night trying to figure it out. I kept expecting this light bulb to come on over my head, but alas, the electricity must have been off.

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