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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I swear if I don't finish this story soon I'm going to explode. I keep getting my words in and the story moves forward but I just can't seem to find the finish. I need to reread the whole thing before I go to bed and then maybe, if I'm lucky, my subconscious will take over and tell me how to end it.
Another day, 1735 more words. This story is coming along fairly well. Too bad I still have no idea where it's going. I don't even know what kind of story it will end up being... mystery, literary or simply a slice of life. Only time will tell... and by time I mean one, maybe two more days. No more than that I hope. I'm ready to move on to the next story.
We're officially in week three now and I'm afraid things haven't gotten much easier. The story I'm working on now is one that I had a few notes on but not a lot detail about characters or plot. I think I know where it is going, okay I hope I know where it is going but most of all I hope I find out soon. I hate dragging words out of the air with no structure to hang them on.
I wrote one flash fiction story today that is so icky and disturbing that it even creeps me out. Boy was it lots of fun to write. Since it was so short, I began another one about a young woman who goes to the big city but doesn't exactly find what she is looking for.
Another good day, even though I only did seventeen words over the minimum. If nothing else, this project of writing short stories is quickly teaching me that I can/will never be a pure 'pantser' when it comes to writing. For anyone who doesn't know, a pantser is someone who sits down to write without any type of road map to their story. While I am not an outliner in the technical sense of the word, I at least try to have a beginning in mind for my story and a lot of the milestones that will take place along the way. I've done that for a few of the stories I've written so far this month but not all. The stories with some planning ahead of time have been so much easier and faster to write than the others. And as an added bonus, they've protected me from a lot more gray hair.
The ides are here, the ides are here! Trust me, when it comes to NaNoWriMo the ides is a good thing. We are now officially half way through this marathon and not a moment too soon. I've had good writing days and baaaaad ones, knowing there are only two weeks left and that I am right on schedule, word-wise, gives me inspiration to keep on.
So far this month, I have written two mysteries, one science fiction, one ghostly horror and one very just very creepy story. Like I promised myself on November 1st, each story has been essentially complete (beginning, middle and end) before I move on to the next. Doesn't mean they are good... yet, but the story is there ready for revision after NaNo ends.
A fun writing session with the Houston NaNo'ers at Cafe Express. I got my word count in for the day plus an additional 150 or so but most important of all one of my characters spoke to me!! One of the most enjoyable parts of writing fiction is when a character you thought you knew so well turns around and tells you something utterly surprising. In my story I have a mostly sweet little old lady who is trying to con the conman who killed her oldest and dearest friend. I didn't know until about 200 words from the end of my story that my sweet little old lady is actually the one who killed her friend. The conman merely hid the body in an attempt to get away clean. Love it!
Phew! I just made the minimum today. Well actually, I did better than the minimum by one measly word. Still it was a good day. I almost finished the current story I've been working on. I figure I have around 250-500 words left on it. Tomorrow I plan to go to another local write-in at Cafe Express. Hope I can figure out which story to work on next before I head out.
Okay so I really didn't earn a whole bottle of wine, nor would I drink a whole bottle by myself... well maybe not, but anyhow it was a banner day. It was like having a root canal to get myself started and to keep myself plugging away once I did, but when the muse finally struck I was invincible!! Yay!
Bummer of a day. Squeaked by on the word count and hate almost every one of them. I had pretty good notes from last night to get me started today but I simply couldn't capitalize on it. Boo! I need a good day and a high word count tomorrow.