NaNoWriMo Follow Up

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If you were paying any attention in the month of November, you’re probably wondering what happened to NaNoWriMo.  I had been doing very well, a little ahead of target for the first week and a half.  I knew that it was going to be harder to write once my fiance came for Thanksgiving, but I planned to be ahead so I could write a little less.  I missed a day because of other activities, but didn’t think it would get me behind.

And then, the tease by the immigration people came.

You see, our first half of the process took five months to get approved.  Long story short, my little brother decided to join the Air Force (yay!), but his basic training date is in January, a whole lot earlier than we really expected.  So we made some appeals to get the process moving faster.  About the second week, it did.  The first half got approved.  We were now hoping that we could work with the embassy where Paul is so that he could get the necessary interview quickly and in the country to be married before January.  And honestly it would have been possible, but the two and a half week delay from them killed all hope.  The temporary euphoria and idea that we needed to plan a wedding by December 30th-ish killed NaNoWriMo.  Oh well.

GinnyI also got a cute cat.  Her name is Ginny and she is adorable.  And if you know Harry Potter, you understand the name.  Good thing the fiance didn’t realize where the name came from when he agreed to it. Ha Ha.

The more space I get from NaNo, the more I wish I had planned out better anyway.  I like the book I was going to write, but I’m not sure if it’s one I want to finish right now.  I have other ideas floating in my head that are begging for words and pages, and I have to figure out how to give voices to all of them.  In a way, I guess it’s ok that I couldn’t finish this year.  Maybe I’ll have my own NaNo in January or something.  Or just a plan to write more often than I am doing now.

I want to apologize that the blog kind of died there for awhile.  Even without a December wedding, we have been deciphering immigration legalese and trying to plan my brother’s wedding next week (that is another story all together).  Also, I switched to a new iPod Touch and for the longest time could not figure out how to get audiobooks on it.  I swear that it was the dumbest thing that stumped me the longest.

Here’s to more time to devote to reading great (and sometimes mediocre) novels.



NaNoWriMo – Week 1

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I had no idea this month would be that crazy.

I am still trying, and I am slowly but surely adding words, but I am afraid I will not “win” this NaNoWriMo.

First, my older brother got engaged.  This is very happy, and I have little to do with the planning, but it is planning.

Then, my own engagement has finally gotten a light at the end of the tunnel.

My fiance is Scottish, so we need permission from the US government to get married and for him to live here.  It’s a two-step process, and we finally got the first bit of approval last Friday.  We are now planning to get married by the end of the year.

This is all happy, happy news.  But it is taking a toll on NaNo.  Not to mention that I am working on PhD applications, the Scottish fiance will be here next week for a visit, and Thanksgiving/Christmas season is starting.  Needless to say, I am lucky to be chipping away at the count at all.

Word Count: 8,823

Technically, I should be sleeping.

NaNoWriMo – Day 2

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Today was easy to start out with, and then the writing got a little harder.  This of course was partially because I was impeded by a mid-session phone call with my fiancee, but it was also because I just hit a harder point in my novel.  I have two narrators, a brother and sister, and so far I have just written from the one narrator. I haven’t figured out what the opening line is going to be for David, my second narrator, so right now Emma is in full charge of the novel.

I’m using Scrivener to write the novel (did I mention that already? I can’t remember.)  I really like Scrivener.  I can jump around, reorder scenes, and work on something that might be later in the book.  With Word, you don’t get that kind of flexibility.  It’s very linear.  This, however, is so flexible that I don’t have to worry about the order of anything that I’m writing.  I can see that later in the novel, this might be confusing, but hey, I like it right now.

My word count today keeps me ahead of the goal (1,809).

These posts may not be daily, but we’ll see how I get on.

Word Count: 4,138


NaNoWriMo – Day 1

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For those that don’t remember, today marks the first day of National Novel Writing Month.  Participants aim to write a 50,000 word novel within the next 30 days.  We forgo sleep, human contact, bathing, and other sacrifices in order to make it work.  I will finish this year.

NaNoWriMo BadgeThough I put off the start of the writing session tonight to watch the first two episodes of “Castle” with my mom, things are going well.  I’m at 2,329 words so far for my novel.  Which puts me slightly ahead for the month.  In order to stay on track, you need about 1,667 words per day.  When you think about it, that’s not that many.  I mean, as long as you’re prepped with what you’re going to write when you sit down, you can knock it out pretty fast.

That’s my advice, really.  Don’t just sit down at the keyboard unless you have a plan.  If you’re like me, writing doesn’t pay your bills.  I will constantly be thinking about what I want to write that night.  To make sure I don’t forget, I will often keep a notebook handing to jot something down in a moment of inspiration.  I would also use lunch breaks to write, but right now Crossed (sequel to Matched) is stealing those hours.  At least until I finish the book.  But then I plan on using my lunch hours to sketch out that evening’s writing.

This means I will be getting behind on some television shows.  Honestly, I watch too many and this will help me weed through those I no longer care about.  Very few shows (“Psych”, “Castle”, “Once Upon a Time”, and “Chuck”) will be watched live or on DVR during November.

The great thing about NaNoWriMo is that it forces you to prioritize writing.  It makes you think about your story, care about your characters, and really understand where your novel is going.  It is about getting rid of those statements of “tomorrow, tomorrow” and instead sit down and write today.

The only thing that will make this month hard is that the Scottish fiance is coming in TWO WEEKS AND TWO DAYS (not that anyone is counting) and my older brother got engaged.  So now there are two weddings to plan.  And a fiance to spend time with for 11 days.  And a lot going on at work, so some overtime will be involved.  But I will merely have to push ahead, write a little extra, lose a bit of sleep around Thanksgiving, and type away while the fiance plays with the new laptop that is waiting for him.

As with most years, optimism level is high on the first day.

Word Count: 2,329 (Too bad I can’t count blog posts!)