A blog of the agony and ecstasy experienced while attempting to write a fifty thousand word novel in thirty days. I did mention agony, didn't I ?
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So close I can taste... victory that is, not the wine. I have less than 500 words to go. FIVE HUNDRED!!! I want to keep going and finish it right now but I am fading fast. Maybe I'll try again later tonight, if not, then tomorrow I will celebrate success!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!!
My writing plan for today is no writing at all! With only around 3000 words to go, I can afford a day off. Hope everyone has a wonderful day and eats way too much just like I plan to.
I can tell NaNoWriMo is almost over by the number of times I check my word count in an hour. The closer to the end, the more often I check. I'm tired. My fingers are tired. My current story is tired... nah, the story is fine. It's really starting to take shape and I find myself coming up with great plot points. Unfortunately, I always come up with those plot points when I'm away from the keyboard. Thank heaven for pocket sized notebooks!
Four days to go and I can almost taste the victory! Or maybe I'm just tasting blood from biting my lip so hard while I try to concentrate. Another 1700 plus day. Now I'm sweating finding the ending for this story. I feel like I'm writing a novel not a short story. I may have to cheat on an ending just to complete it for NaNo. Who knows, maybe next year I'll turn it into a full length novel.
Finally we're in the home stretch. Week four at last! Today's work went very well... once I got started. It is a cold, windy, rainy, day which you'd think would be perfect weather for writing. Somehow, it didn't work that way for me. I spent hours looking at the same inane sites on the internet and playing games before I finally forced myself to get to work. Once I did, it flowed. I finished over 1700 words in less than two hours. I just wish I didn't have to work so hard to get myself started.
Another day, another story. I'm struggling a bit, as usual, with my lack of pre-planning but otherwise the words are piling up nicely. I came up with a vague idea for this story a year ago. I planned it as a novel not a short story but it has been fun to discover the main plot points in short format. Hopefully, by the time I finish, I'll know whether or not the main plot will stand up to becoming a full length novel.
Hooray! I finally finished the story I've been struggling with all week - AGAIN! Soon as I got into bed last night, I started thinking about a few more paragraphs it needed to really feel complete. Those few paragraphs turned into another 1000 words this morning, but at last it is well and truly done. What a relief.
As soon as I finished it, I swore I'd never go into a story with so little preparation again. But then I turned around and started the next tale with just as little preparation as the last. Will I never learn? Will I have any non-gray hairs left after this month? Stay tuned.
At last I've finished this story! I'm not thrilled with the finish but at least there is a complete story here - beginning, middle, and end. Definitely worth the whole metaphorical bottle of wine today. I should spend some time thinking about what I'll work on tomorrow but I am totally brain fogged so I am heading downstairs for at least one glass out of that bottle.
The writing went a lot faster today than it has been. Phew! I still haven't figured out the two additional scenes I need to finish this story but I have figured out the ending. It really helps to have something to work toward.