NaNoWriMo – Day seventeen.

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

No one reads my blog on the weekends. I am tracking these things. I know where and when you visit, friends, and in some cases I know who you are. So HA. It’s all a part of the Patriot Act, you understand.

It is almost 9 o’clock here, and I have not yet started today’s portion of writing. Not novel writing at least (I wrote a song, or half of one.) Yesterday, though, I began the second half of my split novella and I was a little bit surprised to see where it takes place! You will just have to wait patiently for that juicy little detail.

Also, I have to say that I have been enjoying the NaNoWriMo pep-talks which have been arriving weekly in my email throughout the month. They are really encouraging! Sara Gruen nailed my experience (and probably thousands of other nanoers’) on the head by writing: “If I could just drag my way through 1667 words each day, I’d sail on through the month and be the proud owner of 50,000 shiny new words. Then life got in the way.”

And if it’s not Life getting in the way, which very often it is, then it’s laziness or tiredness or overwhelmedness if that is a word at all. It is a very unnatural act for a person to type 50,000 words in a month, I’ve come to realize. It goes against human nature. But enough, all I’m doing right now is procrastinating anyway. New rule: no more blogging until that day’s quota has been met. Starting now!

NaNoWriMo – Day fifteen.

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Halftime, and the score is…..25,040 words! I caught up!

I also killed off my first character, and killed my plot. That is to say, I wrapped it up (it was done). My novel is to become a “split novella” (patent pending) (Hmm… did someone say “patent”? Could that be a clue to what this so-called novel is about??) and I will start the second half tomorrow with renewed vigor and a mostly-clean slate.

Morale is high on this ship, yes. I really thought I might be reporting a disappointing early retirement. Not yet, anyway.

NaNoWriMo – Day fourteen.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Tomorrow I am taking off of work. Not solely to catch up on my word count, but that will certainly be one of the goals as long as I have the time. Tomorrow marks the halfway point, which means I should have 25,000 words written. As of tonight I have 20,000. Which means that tomorrow I will need to write 5,000 words (roughly 10 pages) to get back on track. This would be so much easier if I had a plot!!!

One way that I console myself when I realize that I am investing so much time into a novel that is complete rubbish, that is going nowhere, that I wouldn’t read if it was my only companion in an airport, is that regardless of what this turns out to be, it has gotten me writing again. It is one colossal warm up exercise, perhaps.

That’s worth the trouble, isn’t it?

NoNoWriMo – Day thirteen.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I’m losing ground. This past weekend killed my word count. As of yesterday I should be, if properly pacing myself, at 20,000 words. I am at 15,000. Thursday marks the half-way point, which would mean 25,000 words. I might have to go into recluse mode soon, if I’m to catch up.

Also of note, tomorrow is a bittersweet day. If we’re thinking of what might have been, tomorrow (November 14th) would have been Pepper’s 17th birthday. I miss her. :'(

NaNoWriMo – Day eight.

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

My computer is fixed! Praise the Lord, and many many thanks to the fixer whose name shall be withheld. Joyousness and song! So now the remainder of the novel (11,700 words as of last night) will be written on the familiar old Vaio that has served me (and frustrated me) for years now.

This also means that Hawaii is looking mighty fine. Yeah!

NaNoWriMo – Day six.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

It’s day 6 and I’ve hit the 10,000 word mark! What does this mean? It means I am right on track, and not a bit more or less. I am 1/5th of the way through writing a novel.

I have made five new friends, and when I say “made” I really mean it–I have created them. It is the return of my fictional friends, and I realize it sounds pathetic but I am really growing to love them. And I am ready for them to surprise me.

As for a plot–if I told you what it was you wouldn’t believe I’ve gotten this far. That is to say there still isn’t much of a story, not in the conventional sense. Is there suspense? Is there romance? Maybe and maybe. And maybe not.

This is fun.

NaNoWriMo – Day one.

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Well friends, there is a solution to every problem. My computer is still down for the count, but there are ways around this. Today I start writing. See you on the other side!

Does it?

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Friends, I am very excited to begin work on a new novel. I haven’t given more than a fleeting moment’s thought to a plot–partly because I would like to keep as much of the process within the month of November as I can, and more because I am terrified of coming up with a plot.

And what if I don’t have a plot, hm? Will the world end?

The world has already ended. It ended on September 11th, didn’t you know that? I feel like the world ended on September 11th, 2007. That is how I feel right now. Pretty pathetic huh? I’m not above pathetic, I won’t lie. Turn the page, turn the page. (What?)

This blog is full of a lot of junk that doesn’t make sense, because this blog doesn’t matter. I am going to try to cut a lot of that junk out of my hypothetical November novel, because I would like to go in with the assumption that my hypothetical November novel will matter. As for this blog, it doesn’t matter and it probably won’t ever matter, so you can look forward to a lot more junk. But probably not in the month of November, because I will be busy writing my masterpiece. You know. (What?)

Whatever, okay?

Nobody needs a plot, life happens anyway.

Here is what I think: life happens anyway.

Liberally speaking literally.

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Well, I’m sorry. I didn’t really want to write about the environment the other day, but felt I should. It was half-hearted.

I just registered for NaNoWriMo, that is, National Novel Writing Month, that is, one attempts to write an entire novel, from start to finish, in the month of November. Perhaps here I should warn you that my energy next month will be devoted to said challenge, and my posts in this blog will be scarce (as if you haven’t grown to expect as much). For my NaNoWriMo user name I selected Beatrice Quimby, a literary icon better known as “Beezus.” If you feel like it, check my progress here throughout the month of November–keep me accountable.

I wrote a novel once before, when I was in college. It was awful. Really, it was lousy. But it’s one of my proudest accomplishments, because I set out to do it and actually followed through. I am really looking forward to that same overwhelming sense of achievement, should I complete the challenge.

There were a few things which helped me to finish my first novel:

1.) Delusions of grandeur. I thought I was writing the next Newberry Award winner (it was a young adult novel). I thought I would land a nice publishing deal with Scholastic and maybe have fans as loyal as Rowlings’. I thought that one day I might even be featured on Reading Rainbow. Well, I dreamed those things, anyway.

2.) My complete lack of a social life. While others caroused about Water Street and North Ave sharing a brew and a good laugh with their friends, I sat holed up in my apartment, typing away. My friends, then, were fictional. I think some of my real-life friends felt a bit slighted. Such is the cost!

3.) A quote by E.L. Konigsburg, a Newberry winner herself, who gave this advice to people who wished to become writers: “Finish. The difference between being a writer and being a person of talent is the discipline it takes to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. Don’t talk about doing it. Do it. Finish.” I had that quote taped to the top of my computer screen while I was writing my novel. And I did it. I finished.

By November 30th I will have finished a second novel. Mark my words.