Happy New Year!
NaNoWriMo Day 10:
A tiny bit behind, but I’m celebrating what I can…
I am 70% through the Thieves first draft! Just under 3/4 of the scenes I planned are written!
My wordcount is a little low (about 40,000 right now), which means I’ll have to go back and add a bunch in, but regardless! Yay!
And that’s literally all I have to talk about today. I’ve got to get back into it, and try to catch up with my goal schedule. Right now I’m about a day’s worth of work behind.
Since I’m not following wordcount goals this NaNoWriMo, I thought I should explain what my goals are. That way you can all keep me honest!
Essentially, I have 16 major scenes/plot points to hit before Thieves is done. Therefore, I must complete one scene/plot point every 2 days (at least). Since earlier means fresher, I’ve got 2 that I have to finish in the first 3 days so I can fit them all in.
I bought a big(ish) whiteboard/corkboard to keep track of all of this, and make sure my goals are right in front of my face.
Here it is: (btw, don’t try to read the cards if you don’t want spoilers!)
So far, I’m on track! Yay! And incidentally, just under the Nano official wordcount goal, so who knows – maybe I will hit 50,000!
In other news, this has been a week of organization. There are whiteboards everywhere :). I even got a little crafty and did my jewelry too:
They’re just wooden cross-stitch frames, with lace pulled over the inner hoop. That way I could hang my earrings and pins directly on the lace. I had to glue cork to the inner hoop in order to attach my bracelets and necklaces with pushpins. Simple, and hopefully more usable than my previous stack of little cases.
And last, in case you see me around in the next month, I’ve got a walking boot on.
Turns out I’ve been walking on my feet too much. Or something. So now I’ve got to wear this boot thing and not walk around so much, at least until it heals. Ugh. Though on the good side, maybe boredom will force me to be more productive on the Nano front… especially since I’ve also canceled my Netflix for the month.
I have officially decided that I will be participating in NaNoWriMothis year! And I’ve also decided exactly what I’ll be writing.
If you’ve been around since last year, you’ll know that last November I won NaNoWriMo (wrote a 50000 word novel in a month). As I mentioned in my Post-NaNo Report, I learned a few things, primarily that the crazy, slapdash, get-the-words-out pace of NaNo is not the most effective writing method for me. All I did was create 50,000 words of incomprehensible disaster. I wasn’t certain at the time that I would be participating again.
But there are some reasons that draw me back to NaNo this year. It is fun to be part of such an effort along with so many other amazing people. And there is something about a crazy public goal that brings out my competitive determined side. And let’s face it – writing is usually a pretty lonely endeavor. NaNo is anything but.
So I’m going for it again this year, though I’m not starting an entirely new story. My goal is to finish Thieves. Whether it takes 50,000 words or 20,000 words, if I finish the story I will consider this year’s NaNo a success.
My problem with writing too fast is that it takes me a while to develop a story to the point I can write it. Without the percolating time, anything I try to do turns into more of a hot mess than usual. The benefit of finishing Thieves is that I’ve been developing it for nearly a year. This past weekend I finished developing and outlining the second half of the story. I’ll be able to focus on just writing it from here on. Or that’s the plan. We’ll see how it turns out 🙂
If you write, have written, or want to write “someday,” then I hope you’ll pick up your pen this November and join in. It’s a super fun and super valuable effort. And there’s never going to be a better or worse time than right now.
Well, today will be a light post, I think. I originally had some thoughts on how I use writing advice, because I feel like I use it a little differently than tradition dictates. But I’ve been sick this weekend, so my brain is fuzzy with meds and sleep and IT Crowd. Besides, I don’t have a lot of energy to be thoughtful.
It’s been a good week, despite ending in sick. I set myself some goals, and I’m proud to report I managed to meet them. Mostly.
I like visual/physical demonstrations of goal completion, so I decided that this week, I would put a sticker on my calendar each day I met my goals. Why should kindergarteners be the only ones that get to use stickers for personal fulfillment?
Here’s a pic of my week:
Isn’t it shiny colorful wonderful?
The stars stand for food goals (I am trying to change some of my eating habits) and the smiley faces are for writing goals. I still believe that writing every day may not be for me, but I’m going to try it for a while. You’ll probably notice that not every day has a pair of stickers, but overall I’m quite pleased. Improvement isn’t black and white; I didn’t fail just because I didn’t succeed 100%.
I hear it is always easier when you first start, and it takes like 40 days to embed a new habit. But I’m just going to take it a little at a time. Plus, it helps that the goals themselves are relatively small (write something, period. Even a sentence, and I get a sticker. Realistically though, who can write just a sentence and walk away?).
Once these get easier, I’ll add others. Soon, I’m going to take on my caffeine habit – that will be pawprint stickers, I already have them picked out. But I’m only going to go through withdrawal once, so when that happens, that HAPPENS.