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The final stretch of NaNoWriMo

26 Nov

Happy, Sad, Mad, GladI’m feeling torn right now, discordant.

On one hand, I am falling miserably behind with my NaNoWriMo novel. This is frustrating because I really wanted to get a rough draft of something down on paper for this challenge. I wanted a victory. But I am a mere 15k words into the necessary 50k needed by the end of November.

On the other hand. I’M 15K WORDS INTO MY FIRST NOVEL – HELLS YA!

So, I’m feeling a bit weird about the whole thing I guess. I’m not exactly upset, but I’m not thrilled either.

I started late and only had 15 days to complete the challenge, which meant a required 3k (or close to it) words per day. Then it took me a couple days to wrap my head around the beginnings of the novel that I wanted to write.  I lost another couple of days struggling with some big whys that I just couldn’t continue writing without.

Now that I have most of my novels ‘big questions’ outlined in my head, a good handle on the people and the plot and I’m busy hammer away at the keyboard. But there just isn’t enough time to succeed in the way I had wanted to.

I’m not really into doing any of those ‘dirty little NaNoWriMo’ hacks that you can find all over the internet right now (you know, like doing a find and replace to change your main protags name from ‘John’ to something like ‘John, the hero of the vale, defender of the weak and all around nice guy’ – sure, you may get an extra couple thousand words out of it, but you’ll feel dirty.) So, unless the 9 muses descend from Mt. Helicon to imbue my hands and thoughts, the best I can hope for is about 30k words by the end of the week. Not that I’m laying down or giving up. I’ll spend the week writing like I’ve never written before – I live for challenges. But it is a little disappointing to be falling further behind your goals every day.


Writing BooksOnwards and Upwards.

So I have to remind myself a couple of times a day to Suck it Up Cry Baby! And keep moving.  :)

It has been a good week really. I wrote a HowTo guide (building bunk beds) for Instructables that won me a years membership on the site (Woot for first efforts!) I also submitted a short story to an online Canadian SciFi publication (haven’t yet heard back on that one).

As much as not beating the NaNoWriMo challenge is bothering, and will continue to bother, me for awhile, I will continue to try and look at the experience as a success. I have dropped the ball on NaNoWriMo ever since I first heard about it, 7 or 8 years ago, most years not even starting, the rest barely getting out a couple of thousand words before getting hopelessly distracted. But this year I will finish my novel. Maybe not in November, but by the end of 2012 my first novel will be written and edited at least once. Merry Christmas to me.

So I just wanted to take a moment and say something to everyone who made it past the first week of NaNoWriMo: Congratulations! If you finished, or are about to finish, Way To Go! If you are wallowing somewhere behind the curve, struggling with characters who don’t want to do what you have in mind for them, or something equally frustrating, Congratulations to you to. This gig – being a writer – is bloody difficult. And you are trying to make it work. Don’t stop!

I wish you all, all the luck in the world in both finishing your novel and in eventually getting it published.




Writing Again… Finally

15 Nov

Keep Calm and Turn It Off and On Again
I’m excited to announce that I’m back. And yes, I realize that I am also announcing this strictly for my own benefit, since, at this point, nobody reads my blog (of course, if someone is out there listening to my RSS feed, please let me know!)

But it doesn’t matter, we all have to start from somewhere, or even ‘restart’ from somewhere.

I originally created this blog as an outlet, but quickly found myself with no time to let it out. 4 kids and a busy corporate job ate into both my free time and my creative energy.

But times have a way of changing. I still have 4 kids of course, but I have said goodbye to corporate life and find myself with a little more time on my hands lately.

And, it is November, which means National Novel Writing Month!

I’ve been thinking about joining the November fray for years, slugging it out night after night to write my first novel… but life has always found a way to distract me.

Well, this year, I have no excuses (not any good ones that I haven’t tried to use previously anyway) and I’m working on my first novel.

Someday often translates to never (as I point out here) and I hate living with regrets, so instead of continuing to say “Someday I’ll write a book” or “Next year I’ll devote the time to NaNoWriMo,” I’ve decided to jump in the pool.

It’s been an interesting ride so far, and I can’t wait to hash out some ideas here.

That’s it for tonight, I need to hit a daily word quota still :) but I’ll be back tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…

In fact, I believe I’ll be writing everyday that I have left to me. I’d love to be published one day, but I’ll write because I love to write, to create stories.

talk soon -


the prefect writer ;)