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Month After NaNo

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!

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NaNo Day 19 – Slumped Again

Number 19

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?

 

 

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NaNo Day 18 – Almost

Number 18

 

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

 

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NaNo day 17 – Almost Made It

Number 17

Well, I didn’t make the word count last night.  I wrote just over 1,100 words and went to take a break I was planning to be back from. Ha!!! Guess what…I fell asleep and when I woke up it was after midnight!! Nooooo!!!! Arrrr!

I was so close. Just few hundred words more and I would have made the minimum count. I’m feeling rather bummed right now. I had a personal goal to at least meet the minimum everyday, even if  I was ahead, and I failed to do that yesterday. I really needed to keep this goal because I know next week my daughter ill be off from school and I’ll be cooking some food the day before Thanksgiving and the day of Thanksgiving!

I’m exhausted thinking about it.

Well, I hope I’ll be able to make up that 600 words in addition to the 1667 I’ll have to write for day 18.

For now I have to be off to bed.

Night all.

 

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NaNo Day 17 – Rockin’ N’ Rollin’

Number 17

 

It’s toward that time of night for me! NaNo writing session #17! I already have some ideas in my head I need to input into a couple of chapters. Then I will continue writing where I left off last night.

So far today, no birds flying into the windows and it’s not likely to happen now that it is dark out. Phew! lol. Looking like a pretty calm night.

Time for dinner, little family time perhaps, and then daughter off to bed. Then, prayer before writing and then writing time!

God bless you all on your writing journey!

 

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NaNo Day 16 – Managed!

Number 16

 

Here we are it is 11:34PM Eastern time and I just finished writing 1,766 words for the night. I so cannot do more. I can barely keep my eyes open after the busy day I had.

Total word count now is: 31,847

My characters are about to undergo one dramatic change that will affect all of their lives, some for the better, some for the worst.

Must get off to bed before I fall asleep in my chair!

Night all and God bless!

 

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NaNo Day 16 – Gimping Along

Number 16

I must admit. Tonight is starting off quite slowly…er…well really I haven’t started at all. It has been a long day.

Was up at 7 and then while eating breakfast there was a loud BANG! on my front window. I look up and see this plume of feathers everywhere. A bird flew into the window, but I knew it had to be a bit one for the sound of the impact. Surprised my window was cracked!

I went outside and looked around and didn’t see the bird at first. When I turned to go back inside there he was. Laying on the ground was a partridge, breathing, but clearly out of sorts and confused at what happened. So I go back inside and call the Maine Game Wardens to figure out what I should do. I was told to wait an hour to see if the bird came back around and if he/she did, and did not injure anything, it would fly off on it’s own. So I wanted and checked on the bird about an hour later and as soon as it saw me, it flew off. Good ending there!

Shortly after that it was off to the vet for two dogs. One was up to date on shots, the other needed everything. Got that done and then picked up a friend from church and brought her home to spend the day with us. We enjoyed good food and watched Garfield: The Movie which we all loved! I can never get enough of Garfield! lol.

It wasn’t until about 7:30 or so when we got back home after taking our friend back to her place. It is after 9PM Eastern.

Listening to Pandora and Elvis is singing “Suspicious Minds”. Perfect time period music for my story.

Hmm Well, I guess I should go and get writing.

I just want to say, “Thank you. Thank you very much.” for reading along! 🙂

 

 

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NaNo Day 15 – Outta The Park!

Number 15Did it again!!! Yay!!! Wrote 2,426 words which gives me a total word count of….

30,081. I could write more if I wanted to, but I think I’m done for the night. Need to be up early.

Had some good changes happen in my book I wasn’t expecting that is really working in my favor…at least for tonight. lol. We’ll see about tomorrow’s writing session and see how well that goes.

Well, my fellow NaNoWriMos, I must be off to bed. Sleep well and God bless!

 

 

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NaNo Day 15! Half Way Point

Number 15

 

So today we are at the half way point of NaNoWriMo! How amazing is that! How have you all been doing? Are you making your word count every day? Exceeding your word count? Did you fall behind? Either way the important thing here is to finish, no matter what your word count may be. Just crossing that finish line can make all the difference.

So, it is my writing time tonight. I only have about two hours compared to  about three I usually get. Have to be at the vet tomorrow morning to have both my dogs checked out and get any shots they may need. Yippee!!

Then I have company in the afternoon. Not sure I will get to write tomorrow but I am going to try. Even if it’s a half an hour at some point during the day I know it  will be something!

Well, time to quite chatting here and get to work. I’ve almost written 200 words here that could have helped me! Ha! Ah well.

And I’m off!

Back later.

 

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NaNo Day 14 – Finish Line…Well For Today

Number 14

 

NaNo Day 14…

I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but thankfully, with God by my side I did it again. I surpassed the minimum word count again! It was tricky at one point because I thought I was going to have to remove a character that was giving me so much trouble I wanted to scream at him! lol. But I chatted with another NaNoWriMo friend via IMVU and she helped me figure it out. Really all she needed do was listen until I rambled myself into a solution! Doesn’t it usually happen that way?

So now I am keeping the character in the book, but something unexpected is going to happen to him. It will be something unexpected to me because I don’t even know what is going to happen! I will find out when he does.

Total word count for end of today: 27,655