Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Through God ALL Things...

Are Possible!
Lord knows I didn't think it could happen, but it has! 
50,000 words in a month! 
To all the NaNo's out there, GREAT job!  This took a lot of sacrifice, hard work, and a lot of toil in fighting that inner critic. 

My inner critic was a brat! 
I showed her, though!
I did the prologue in third person and without thinking twice, switched to first on chapter one!
Here's the best part...it's STILL sitting like that in my computer.  (teehehe)

I found myself looking forward to spending time with my characters, and with God writing without care of what was left in the wake.
I finally just threw a story down like the first layer of primer to the painter.
I'm NOT so excited to go back and tweak, respell...okay, BUTCHER the thing, but hey, you can't edit a blank page!

I LOVED this push.
I needed that one.
Here is the rundown of how I was working on before NaNo (which I plan on fully continuing this story in the morning, just a lot differently now that I can do it)
-I did three first drafts of the thing.
-I plotted (slowly, detailed) for a full month and worked out all the bugs (not finished plotting, though!  Only about 1/3rd of the way through)
-Still looking at part of the draft and not happy with it. 
-Going to work on that tomorrow. 

Here's the rundown of how I did the NaNo book.
-Plotted for 2 days
-Wrote for 30
-To edit when I finish previous WIP  (4th) first draft.

The good news?
All those stories that are flying in my head are going to get put down a lot more quickly now that I know I can do it.
Here's to November, and December and January, and Feb...

Juggle I must...

How did your NaNo go?
Have you ever done it?
What did you learn from it?
Will you do it again?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tossing Out the Clock

photo: granbypdblog.org

Each morning I get up at 4:45am to do a devotion and pray, then I get right to work at 5am.  I type away with, as NaNoWriMo so elliquently puts it, literary abandon.  My deadline to get up is 6am.  I sort of watch the clock as I type, type, type away, but I am always amazed by how quickly the time flies.  5:03...5:17...5:38...5:.....6?!  Wha...but...I....UGH!!!! FINE....

Most days, when I really get in the zone and I'm flying by with 1500 w/hour, I'm saddened by the time restraint.  "I've just begun!  I'm just now really getting into it!"  If I were a child, I'd fall to the ground, whine, cry and want to get my way...but I'm not a child (at least that's what I've been told), so I close my laptop and get things going for the long day ahead, and anxiously anticipate the next morning.

However, when Thanksgiving morning comes I'm getting on that computer and going into FULL literary abandon mode!!  I'm so excited to bring my charging cord with me to the living room! :)  I can't wait to see how many words I can get in. 

(I'll certainly keep you posted.  My current wc is 34,000 or so...eeek!  I'm so nervous!  We don't have very many days left in November!!!  But considering the only amount I thought I'd reach was 30,000, I've already exeded my personal goal :)

Now, here's my laundry list of random questions:

-Do you watch the clock?
-What is your normal daily word count/hour? (or however you measure it)
-What are your writing Thanksgiving day-off plans? 
-Are you going to push writing aside and go for the extra z's?

Happy Thanksgiving, Family!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

Okay, in an attempt to liven up this blog, I'm going to try a few new things.
The first in line this week is a version of Katie Ganshert's 3C's Friday...only it's Thrusdays and with different words that start with a different letter.
I've decided, I do believe, that I'm going to post Tuesdays and Thursdays.
So, Here's the first go-at-it.

Three T's Thursday

NaNo.  Need I say more? lol

Norman is getting better.  That's somewhat part of the reason I've been in and out of blogger.  I've been taking care of the kids and the house alone while Norman gets better, leaving little time for posting :( I've missed you guys, but THANKFULLY, Norman is getting over his bug and cold stuff.
Keep praying that me and the boys don't get it, though.

I'm so thankful for what NaNo's been doing for me.  I get up at 4:45 and do my devotion/pray.  Then I get to my computer promptly (or not) at 5am and write till 6am.  My goal each day is (what NaNo suggests) 1667wds/day.  I go up and down on it.  Sometimes I'll have 1400 sometimes I'll have 1800...but in the end it works out.
Now, this has pushed me SOOOO far along in the novel writing process that it amazes me.  I'm already on chapter 19 of my first draft!!!!  I never thought it could be done...but all it takes is a plan!

I'm really proud of what this has done for my confidence in actually "doing the dirty work" of writing.  I'm able to push past the blank page, Lord willing, and write!  To do what I was meant to do, and to do it quickly.  To get the words down is a big deal...then I can butcher it into a really good manuscript...over and over and over again till it shines.  BUT NaNo is helping me see how far I can really take myself.

Now, your turn!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Which Is Your Style?

I've seen bloggers blog everyday, some blog three times a day, and others, myself included blog when inspiration strikes.

How do you blog?

What's your schedule?
Do you pre-plan them and set them in que?
Do you feel the urge and blog away?
Do you plan and wrack your brain as you stare at the blank post form?

Which is your style?