So here we sit in December, just beginning the second week. Today manuscripts for Lulu’s Wrimo Accelerator deal are due today. Mine won’t make the cut, just because I am not ready to submit. For one it is not finished. However, the deadline for a free manuscript review is December 31st so I may shoot for that. I have my printed “chapters”, or what are proposed chapters at the moment, printed in front of me. I think I have one more to print. Today I am hoping to get some editing in.
Watched the show “A Good Read” on PBS and watched a couple of interviews with Maine authors. Stephen King was the interview I ended on. (Watch it here: http://video.pbs.org/video/1357861895/)I couldn’t possibly watch another interview after the creative juices were just flowing and my soul begging me to sit down and write. Stephen was the Big Name growin up in my house. Seems I was always shooed out of the room when someone rented one of the movies based off his books. I remember when IT came out and my brother told me the movie was based off a book that Stephen King wrote. I hadn’t a clue who Stephen was at the time, but my brother showed the book and my eyes widened and jaw dropped when I saw how thick the book was! I remember saying, “I wanna do that someday,” and then I went off playing never writing anything serious until over ten years later when I was seventeen and my mother was dying of cancer. I was writing in a journal, but wasn’t writing anything else. Not until the end of March 1999 just a few weeks before my mother died, I wrote a poem for her, “Forever My Mother”. Her death sparked a range of emotions I didn’t know I could feel and since I felt I had no one but God to talk to, I wrote. I wrote in my journal and then poetry…then…lyrics…then short stories…then my first attempt at a novel which I thoroughly enjoyed, but now is recycled though I have kept the character names.
After watching the interview with Stephen tonight, he helped me realize something with my current novel and what I was struggling with throughout NaNoWriMo and struggling with this morning. I was blocking the full range of emotions I used to write with after my mother died. My writing was full of driving emotion then and I believe that trying to always be positive and never show anything otherwise has really stumped the creative process. What am I thinking anyway? We’re human. God created us with emotions and our characters have emotions and reactions, otherwise they would be pretty boring. Without emotion, or actions driven bey emotions, there isn’t drive to the story….no plot…no action! D’oh! Time for major rewrite.
So I guess Stephen inspired me once again, but also taught me something, or rather reminded me, that we need our emotions to survive, to create, to drive us forward to that next pivotal moment in our story that could change everything!
Thanks, Stephen. Guess you just never know when you will be inspired and helped by someone, or just who that someone will be.
Now I must get going and get to work on my NaNoWriMo story and get as much done as I can before the 31st!
God bless and good night!
Yep! I did it!!!! Man, I tell you I am sooo tired. I am seeing double trying to write this post right now. Exhaustion is taking hold. I wrote over 50,000 words, but my story is not done yet! Good luck to everyone still trying to make that goal and CONGRATS to everyone who has made it!
November has been a challenging run by far and I admit, there were many times I wanted to give up because I doubted. Doubt and fear can ruin a lot. I must learn to never doubt again!
I’m heading off to bed!
Good night all!
Wow! What a week it has been. The past few days have been pretty intense with doctor’s appointments, vet appointments, holiday preparation, then the big turkey day, Thanksgiving and finally here I am . Back to the blog. There have been a few nights I wasn’t able to reach the minimum word count due to exhaustion, but getting a few hundred words in was progress! Still, I have today and tomorrow left to reach the goal of 50,000. I am looking to go over, but the way I feel right now with exhaustion I’ll be happy to cross the finish line. I’m gonna try!! So I best get off here and get going.
Current Word Count At 10:23 AM EST: 47,963
Day 24 proved not to be such a good day for me word count wise. Day 25 has been much better and has helped me bump up my word count. A twin brother, Keith, has left the scene jealou of his brother, Wesley’s musical career. Keith leaves but will be back. Jealousy is blinding his perception of life, and as such, has dire consequences. He will face his brother again, quite soon! I made my word count on Day 25!
Total Word Count: 43.540
Getting a word count will be tougher tomorrow. Up at 5 to get hubby, and daughter ready and then a blood draw at 7, drop off the dog for dental work at 8, grocery shopping and Home Depot after that. Pick up dog at 2, appointment for me at 3 and appointment for daughter at 5! Ugh! Tired of thinking about it. It will all work out as God sees fit.
Good luck everyone and God bless!
For NaNo Day 22 I didn’t make the word count. I feel asleep at my computer again. This Lyrica is kicking my butt! Just a side effect that is said to go away over time. I hope it does. Just hope it helps with the fibromyalgia pain.
So this morning, the 23rd day of NaNoWriMo, I decided to try writing in the morning instead of the evening. And guess what! I got my word count in!!! Yess! Still have to plug it into the NaNo sit but I’ll do that when I know I am done writing for the day.
Finally in my story, things are getting pretty heated and my main character is about to get the surprise of his life! And it’s not necessarily a good surprise either. It is something that will change his life forever.
Can’t wait to get back to that scene so I am off!
The past two days I hadn’t done my usual blog post before my NaNo writing and then one after I was finished. I’m not sure how many realized that, but that’s okay. The past few nights I had been staying up until like 2 in the morning trying to get ahead on my word count because I know I have two doctors appointments, a vet appointment and plus preparations for Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Eve, cooking on Thanksgiving and UGH! So much! but it all has to be done.
And three days after that, is my daughter’s birthday and I need through a party. And the following day, gluten free cupcakes at school. But alas, my daughters birthday and the cupcakes at school are in December, so I guess that doesn’t count. But it is still on my mind.
So yes, for the past couple of days I have either met or exceeded my word count to make my current word count 40,195.
Time to go get some tea and pray before another writing session.
I didn’t make my word count for day 19! I wrote 759 words which is still much better than nothing. I guess fighting a cold is just wearing me out. I fell asleep at my computer again!!! Grrr!
So yeah, I guess sleepiness is an issue, yet I go to bed and don’t sleep well because I didn’t get my full word count in.
I am wondering if part of the reason I have been falling asleep at my computer is that I am bored, or dread sitting at it and typing. I think I need to change it up a bit and write long hand. Yeah, I did mention it in one of my last posts and did have the intentions of doing it, but never did. This time, I mean it. I have everything set to do so. I have never written long hand for NaNo before so we’ll see how things go.
How are you doing on your word count? Any tips or tricks you’ve discovered to help yourself though NaNo?
NaNo Day 19…ugh! My mind is running a big sluggish at the moment. It would seem I caught my daughter’s cold. I’ve had a sore throat for a few days and this morning when I tried to talk my voice would crack. So I’ve been feeling more run down than usual, but it won’t stop me from trying to reach my word count.
I have dinner to go make, then usual nighttime routine before my writing time begins. Last night both twins made it to Memphis. The unexpected event I had thought was going to happen has not happened yet. Really need to make something happen here.
I feel like my story is dragging a bit before I get to the bigger events. I can’t focus too much on that right now though. That will have to come with the editing later.
I’m off for now. Dinner time!
I was short on the word count for the day. I ended up having a good conversation with my husband for about an hour and a half when I normally would be doing NaNo. The conversation was important though so it was good we had it.
After the conversation I wrote for about an hour until midnight and typed just over 1,000. So close but still need to make up a few hundred words. It’s okay though. I am learning it’s important not to beat myself up and to be happy for the word count I did get!
Total word count so far: 34,034
Here is late afternoon going into early evening. I was short of the minimum word count yesterday but I hope to get some writing done today. I have decided to write long hand for change. There comes a time when you just get tired of staring at a computer screen. At least I do. So I am going to be stepping away for a bit. I’m sure it won’t be long before I am back. You know, the whole internet withdrawal thing. lol.
Seriously though, my story is coming along really well. There is about to be a major scenery change for my characters in which they will not only have to cope, but this change will bring about opportunities in their lives they may not have had otherwise. But a question remains, will one of the twin boys make it to the new place (Memphis), stay behind, or die in an accident before the move? Hmmm. Something I have yet to figure out!