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Nov. 7th, 2010

So after yesterday's complaint about being a little behind, I am now over four thousand words ahead. I had a day with no work, no husband, and no homework, so I novelled off and on the whole day (it helps that this year, I actually have a story I'm interested in with my being invested in).

It's funny, though; I'm one of those people who finds it cloying when writers talk about how their characters get out of hand or "don't listen to them," but when I do NaNo, I have to admit, that seems to be a valid complaint, honestly.

First off, two of my characters, Kat and Devon, were originally supposed to be much more sinister than they are turning out to be, and Sam's sexual awakening was supposed to happen with Devon, not with a came-out-of-nowhere character of Ethan. Also, I wanted Sam to sort of be the unknowing third party in a polyamorous relationship, but now one of the pair who was supposed to be in the relationship has decided, no, he's not bi, he's flat out gay, and... man. I honest, honest to God did not plan this or shape hoe this wound up happening. It just... happened.

Either way. Over 15000 words, topped out on my word quota through Tuesday thouh I will still be writing every day (want a good padding for Thanksgiving - family, food, a short vacation, and Harry Potter, woo hoo!) I want to win this year, and I want to finish my goddamn novel this year!

Hope everyone else is doing well.

First week

I'm a little behind; not so much that I can't catch up (I'm less than 2000 words behind to reach todays goal), but more behind than I was last year.

What I have over last year:
1. I feel like things are moving. Like, actually moving, albeit at a snail's pace. Pacing is something I've never quite mastered, and why I stick mostly to narrative poetry and form, occasionally (very occasionally) branching out into short fiction.
2. I feel like it's less self-contained, and the characters get to move around a bit more.
3. I feel more emotionally attached to the narrator.

Things I'm slightly worried about:
1. I honestly don't think I go more than five words without cursing. This is supposed to be the first person account of a very angry, lower-class, desperate teenager, so it's not apropos of nothing, but it does worry me. On the plus side, I guess, the cursing really does pad the word count :D

Two Weeks

I return to this project once again with an all-too-likely-misplaced sense of optimism.

This will be my eighth official year participating in NaNoWriMo; I've won once, though I've always had a good time participating, win or lose. Last year, I was ahead in my word count consistently and had great hopes for completion - and then midway through the month, on our 18-month anniversary, my then-boyfriend proposed to me. This threw me for such a loop that after saying yes (we were married this past July), calling all my friends, and freaking out, I had a period of several days during which I did no writing - and eventually, the spark fizzled and died.

Now, if the question is, would I rather have finished NaNoWriMo or had the unexpected and amazing experience of the proposal-slash-engagement, no question. I have no regrets about last year. But this year - ha ha, this year.

I am a full-time graduate student, doing my field work and working full-time as a Special Education paraprofessional, maintaining a household, and trying to maintain a social life (which will likely be put on hold for the bulk of November).

How's everybody else feeling about NaNo?

See you all for prep time this month and for kick-off next. Good luck.

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