NaNoWriMo Update

NaNoWriMo

I have been chugging along these past 12 days to reach 36,430 words for my NaNoWriMo project.. My average words per day so far is 3035. It is quite a pace but I am enjoying it very much. There is such a wonderful community of people participating in Nano. I have made some great new friends.
Yesterday, was my first hard writing day. I wrote 1,413 words and I just did not feel like writing fiction. I wrote a poem, answered a lot of email I had been putting off, and did a lot of errands.
I think the errands were what damped my creative mood. I was on the move from 7am until after 4 just doing a lot of stuff that needed to be done (car serviced, grocery shopping, you get the idea). I was expending a lot of energy outwards which I had been channeling inwards and then out my finger types.
I am aiming for 70K words this month. I am over half way there and almost halfway through the month.

Word Wars

I had never heard of this before, and twitter makes it easy. Someone puts out a call to do a word war, and people respond. A word war is when there is a set amount of time, and you write as much as you can within that time. Then everyone says how much they wrote.
It is a fun way to mix things up. Between blogging, emails, programming, and writing, it is fun to have a bunch of other people to push you while you push them.

Come on, 50K in a month? Can the book be any good?

Absolutely. But the idea is get the story out and edit later – to turn off the editor as you are writing and just let the story flow.
I started with an outline, and this is the 3rd book in a series I write, so I already had characters and plot in mind before I started. If this book as polished as the first book in the series? Nope. I am not that good a writer, yet.

The feeling of accomplishment is amazing. The energy of all the people routing for you is great.

Only time will tell if this book keeps to the standard of the series, if it gets trashed, or if 90 percent of it has to go out the window. Or maybe it will rock. Having a novel written so quickly makes it harder to forget what the main character was wearing, the timeline, relationship statuses, and the next step in the plot.

So far, my feeling is  I need a bit more descriptions of what is around the characters, and some of the dialogue is a bit verbose. But I like the overall direction of the plot. I am also concerned the book seems drawn out, but I can easily see if that is true in a read through.

What I have learned so far

  • The first word for me is the hardest. Once I open up my writing program and type the first word, I am hooked on writing. Until then, I can put it off, and think about it and make myself waste time.
  • Once I start writing, I don’t want to stop and I don’t want to be interrupted. It is a much more in the flow state than when I answer emails. It is like programming or blogging. Once you start, you can’t stop! :D
  • This comes as no surprise to me, but I appear to like to write fiction the way I do most other things – in hard hitting spurts. I like to work for it on hours a day for a few days then take a break.
  • There are a lot of wonderful people out there who love to write for fun.
  • Some words I will never spell correctly. :D
  • Don’t underestimate the power of other people working with you around the globe towards a goal.

Adrienne :)

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