Monthly Archives: October 2011

“And when I think about it, I just can’t think about it…”

 

I’m so excited! NaNoWriMo starts in a week! Six days, seven hours, and forty-seven minutes to be precise. I’m so excited! I have my outline and various lists of things to include somewhere within that outline. I want it to be November so I can hurry up and write!

There are two kickoff parties this weekend that I might be attending. I’m definitely gong to the one Sunday night. The one on Saturday coincides with my sister’s Halloween party, but I’m not sure that she really wanted me there anyway, so I may just ditch that and meet some more Wrimos.

I have spoken with my boss, and she has agreed to give me November 1 off – assuming no one calls out sick and no schools get added on at the last minute, both of which are fairly common occurrences. Still, I’m hopeful that I will get to keep that day off. If that is the case, I am raising my Day One Ridiculous Goal to 15k instead of 10k.

One of the Atlanta MLs is hosting a midnight kickoff party at her place, and I hope to attend. It goes until 3 am, so I’m really hoping no one calls out sick at the last minute – I usually have to wake up around 5:30 for work, and two hours of sleep would not be good. Maybe I should just count on getting a lot of sleep Monday afternoon while I can, just in case. 🙂

 

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Good things come to those who plan

 

I had several hours of break at work today. During one such break, I went across the street to Zaxby’s for lunch and started to plan my novel. I knew if I stayed at the school I would have to take a bunch of faculty pictures, and this way was so much more productive.

I had already made a long list of items to include in my novel, but they were in no real order except for the first two chapters. I am now proud to announce that I have a completed outline for Tilt Your Head and Smile!

I have 30 chapters, one for each day of the month. If I can make each one at least 2500 words, I should be able to reach my 75k goal easily. I’m really excited, and I wish NaNo started tomorrow. Still, two weeks from today I will hopefully be at the first write-in of the month, and that is enough for me for now. 🙂

 

337 hours, 50 minutes…

 

…or, National Novel Writing Month begins in two weeks. That’s crazy. What’s even crazier is the fact that I have decided to aim for 75k instead of the usual 50k. I’ve been reading the Overachiever’s Thread over on the NaNo forums, and I’ve realized that aiming for 75k isn’t really all that odd. At least one person on there is aiming for 1 million words! That’s 100k every 3 days. She will be my new hero if she succeeds – hell, she’s my hero just for trying it!

I’ve written 8k a day before. During last year’s NaNo, I reached 5k several days in a row. I won NaNo a week early last year and Camp NaNo (July) two weeks early, and I won Camp NaNo (August) by writing almost solely on weekends. I should be able to manage 75k (or 2500 words a day) just fine.

What I’m not so sure about is the fact that I have pledged 10k the first day of NaNo. The first day is a Tuesday. I have to work that day. I’m a school photographer, so my hours vary from day to day, but I still will likely have to get up somewhere between 4:30 and 5:30. Hopefully it’ll be a short day and I’ll be home by 2, but there are some days (like today) that I don’t get home until around 5.

Either way, I will almost undoubtedly have between 3 and 5 hours to write that first day. I can manage 1k in 20 minutes, which puts me around 3k/hr, which means I can write 9k-15k, depending on how much time I actually spend writing versus how much time I spend in front of my computer wondering what to write.

I’m trying to make a list of scenes to write about this year. I have about 40 so far, so if I can stretch each scene into at least 1k, I should be okay (assuming I can think of 75 scenes). Some might have to be stretched to 2k. I think I can do it.

 

All quiet on the Eastern front

 

So I guess my hopes that I would create a writing blog and actually update it regularly were rather foolish. Still, maybe now that NaNo is starting soon I will actually find the motivation to keep going. Highly unlikely, but I’ll give it a shot.

Last time I wrote on this blog, Camp NaNo was about to start. I participated in both sessions of camp and won both times. For July, I completely rewrote the first draft of Learning to Lie, my 2010 NaNo novel. That was my first attempt at fantasy (I won’t count HP fanfiction), and it was not what I wanted it to be. I was considering scrapping the entire project, which devastated me as I was planning on writing my first trilogy.

Since the first session of Camp NaNo snuck up on me, I decided to just go ahead and try rewriting LtL. My first draft was terrible, and there were a ton of plot holes I hadn’t managed to fix, but I had a few days before Camp started, so I figured I would do my best and see what happened.

It turns out I actually like the result. My first drafts apparently always need to be thrown out and rewritten completely. I’m currently working on finishing up draft two of Learning to Lie. It’s a little over 60k (will be 62k once I type up the handwritten stuff I have), and it’ll probably be somewhere between 90k and 100k by the time I’m finished with it.

I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a novel while writing it. I reread and edited everything that I wrote during July, and there were very few parts that I hated. Sure, I added a lot and deleted a few paragraphs and sentences here and there, but it was nothing like my attempt to edit my first draft. For the first draft, practically every page was crossed out, and the word “stupid” was written across everything.

My new goal is to finish draft 2 before NaNo starts. This is going to be difficult since I am working full time, have my boyfriend’s family reunion coming up in two weeks and am taking the GRE tomorrow and have to apply to grad school before NaNo starts (plus I have to plan this year’s NaNo), but it’s not entirely impossible. I just hope I don’t end up killing my wrists before November even starts.