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November 8, 2009

NaNoWriMo week 1

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Let’s just say this is not how I planned to start this challenge.  I started feeling sick Halloween night and by morning had a sore throat.  I spent Sunday curled up, either vegging in front of the tv, or asleep.  I have managed to write a little every day for the rest of the week, but it’s not the output I had been hoping for.  At least I am writing every day.  I’m figuring out the characters and now some of where I’m going.  Which isn’t bad. 

One thing I’ve come to wonder, as I do this challenge, is how do people write completely on the computer?  I need hard copies to sort through and fidget with.  Of course I am writing on my netbook, which makes referring back a little harder but still.  I guess I’m just old school enough that I need to feel the paper.  I love making notes on the page.  I love when I remember my editing notes.  Now if I could just remember my shorthand.  I wish I had put 2 and 2 together and recognized how shorthand would have helped my writing.  Oh and just for the clarification, I do mean shorthand, Gregg Shorthand.  Not that speedwriting crap they were just introducing my senior year of high school. 

Where was I?  Don’t remember.  I’ve been pulled a little out of story because I wanted to try on some new music, but I don’t think it’s going to work.  It’s beautiful music and I thought because the band was Native American and my heroine is Native American that it might work.  Nope.  it was a thought.  Maybe if was something more traditional?  Yeah, like I need more music on this story’s playlist.  It’s already 4+ hours long.

October 30, 2009

On the verge

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Yup, that’s me, on the verge.  Of NaNoWriMo that is. 

I’ve spent this week doing little, if any writing.  I did get the bare bones outline of the story down, but the manuscript I wanted to get to 120/150 pages is stalled at 104.  Not happy with that.  I’ve got 2 more days to get some work done and I’m planning just that.  I’m currently grooving to some wonderful music (Thievery Corporation) and once I’m finally done playing on the internet I’ll switch over to my story’s playlist and write.  Yup, it can be that simple if I’d just let it happen.

Fall has returned, after that quick visit by Winter.  I’m very happy about this.  I usually enjoy Fall more, but I just wasn’t prepared for the snow.  Not that I ever am.  All the more reason for me to move onward and southward, just a little.   But those are plans for another time.

October 11, 2009

Page count

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So, I sat down with an 83 page manuscript and worked with good old fashioned pen and paper and I now have a 101 page manuscript.  All fresh and pristine from the printer just waiting to be marked up and flagged.  Okay so maybe I didn’t actually work all 83 pages.  I got antsy around page 72 so I decided to just update what I had.  It was really good to break that 100 page threshold.  The word count is 2600 and some change. 

The one thing I’m trying very hard not to get hung up on here is that my word count and page count don’t jive.  Yeah, I know, I’ve blogged about this before and I know why . . . which is why I’m trying not to let it bug me too much.  The fact that four hours after printing I’m still grinning about this says it’s working.  The other thing keeping me grinning over here is that I’m well on my way to meeting my month end goal of 150 pages.  One goal down, two more to go.

As for one of the remaining goals I’ve been thinking a little about last year’s NaNo book.  I think I need to go back to the nearly original placeholder for the hero.  It worked better in my head.  Hell, I did NaNo with “him” as the hero so it’s not like I’ve done much work I have to undo.  Most of what I have to tackle with my first read through, in December, is to take out all the flags I put in when I was going to do a major re-write (I was going to change the heroine’s career). 

Now I just have to settle on this year’s NaNo project.  I’m thinking numbers in a hat may not be such a bad idea.

Oh and I just impressed myself, with no spelling errors.  That rarely happens.

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