Posts Tagged ‘NaNoWriMo’

I somehow found myself with no opportunity this past weekend to write. (Except for a half hour window that I spent checking my email for the only time during the weekend) I was very frustrated because I have lots of ideas that I want to get down. Hopefully, I can manage to write extra today if my little man takes a really good nap and I can unlock my inner speed writer. I just realized last night, though, that I still have almost a whole chapter to revise before I can go on to something new and add to my word count. I’m probably being way too optimistic with my goal, so I’ll revise it to 50,000 words total. See future posts for possibly even more lowering of standards. Until then…




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I  participated in NoWriMo last year and came nowhere near to finishing, particularly because I changed my mind about a lot of things mid-way. I REALLY had to go back and edit. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have finished anyway, because I’m pretty slow and perfectionist about just about everything I do. I’m just glad it helped me get started on my lifelong dream.

I wanted to do it again this year, but I don’t want to go on to another novel before I finish my first one. So this year I am unofficially participating, trying to finish my work-in-progress. My husband is doing it this year for the first time, so he’s my accountability partner. It’ll be hard to keep up with him though, because he’s a very fast writer compared to me. I can’t let him outdo me. 🙂 I started this first after all. I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot about writing in the past year.

Anyway, I suppose I’ll try to post my progress here since I can’t officially do it through NaNoWriMo. My goal is more to finish than to achieve a certain word count. I suspect it’ll take more than 50,000 words to tell my story, so I’ll set my goal conservatively at 60,000 total, including last year’s writing. Last November I wrote about 10,000 words. Then I went back and rewrote most of it over the past year, developing my plot and characters pretty thoroughly in my head along the way. Unfortunately, my word count has remained pretty much stagnant up until this point. I’ve usually been working in spurts with weeks-long breaks in between, but I’ve written every day this week so far during my little man’s naptime. My total is now up to 15,504. Even if I don’t finish this month, I’m not giving up, but I do hope to report on December 1st that I’ve completed my first draft.

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After another sleepless night, I have decided that if I want to tell the complete story of my world I must write five individual stories.  The book I am currently working on will have two prequels and two sequels.  I guess I have plenty of material for the next four years of NaNoWriMo.

Also, my dad gave me some pointers based on some of his favorite fantasy novels, Stephen R. Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant series.  This made me reconsider my approach to character development and simplify the plot a little bit.  So now I am working on a new introduction and minor changes to the parts I’ve already written.

I am really hoping that I will have the resolve to stick it out through this novel, and the other four as well.  If this one turns out well, I plan to try to get it and the others published.  If that happened, it would be a dream come true.

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Last night, I tossed and turned for over two hours trying not to plan the fate of my fantasy world… with little success, as evidenced by the page full of notes that I scribbled today instead of writing.  While attempting to stop thinking of the timeline, I devised a rudimentary basis for the language of my new civilization.  Help!  I expected this to be a standalone book, but I can’t ignore the historical context floating around in my mind.  There are so many possibilities.  Should I expand my ideas into multiple books, keeping the current one a little more cryptic, or should I try to cram as much into this one as possible?  I don’t know if I should be excited or intimidated, or both.  I was initially modeling my concept from influences of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Madeleine L’Engle, Ted Dekker, and Jeffrey Overstreet.  Maybe I should include Tolkien in that list, since it looks like I may be heading toward a Silmarillion of my own.

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Claire, a teenage girl, finds herself sucked through a magical vortex in a mysterious woodland pool.  She travels through a cold, dark, in-between space to a beautiful green world.  Strange creatures abound there, as well as a tribe of people appearing to be human.  Claire befriends a young boy there.  She returns home and revisits this world several times learning more about the link between the two worlds with each visit.  Then something terrible happens, and Claire is given a mission to return home and find the only way to save her friends and their beautiful world.

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Things aren’t looking very favorable for me to finish my 50,000 words for the month.  I know it’s still the first week of the contest, but I’ve only been able to find time to write two out of the past four days.  My little one has been refusing to take a nap pretty often lately.  I put him to bed, sit down at the computer, read the last paragraph, get ready to start writing, and….. here comes Little One trotting out of his room with some excuse for not sleeping.  I deal with it and put him back to bed.  Then the cycle repeats itself for two whole hours.  That is what my day was like yesterday.  I’m hoping he will sleep today, but I doubt I’ll be able to catch up to my quota outside of an amazing bit of inspiration.

But I’m not giving up.  I don’t care if I “win” the contest, though that would be a great achievement.  I’ll be happy to just get started on my novel.  Writing a novel is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl, so, hopefully, this will give me the motivation I need to continue after National Novel Writing Month is over and eventually have a great novel that I can be proud of.

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My friend, Father Spike, told me (or rather, tweeted me) about National Novel Writing Month. Participants try to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, November 1-30.  I decided to try it, though I don’t expect to be able to reach the goal with a toddler to chase around.  I figure that I can, at least, get a good start on an idea I’ve had for a few years.  I just needed motivation to do it.  Maybe this will be it.  I don’t expect it to be any good at first, but I can always go back and edit after the month is over.  I just wish I had someone I know to do it with me and keep me accountable.  I hope to have some more details about my book to blog about later.  If I don’t, someone, please, call me on it. 🙂

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