Tag Archive: National Novel Writing Month


squirrel

Don’t know the answer to that, but at least he was in the crosswalk… 🙂

The increased squirrel activity is definitely a sign of fall around here.  I still remember my first fall here, 3 years ago, when I saw a veritable squirrel stampede — what looked like 20 of the critters flooding out of the window of what (I hope) was an empty house. Wish I’d had my camera with me then.  Or better yet, a video camera.

Fall is also the season for NaNoWriMo.  I signed up to participate again this year.  It may sound crazy, but it’s the only way I can justify spending time on writing during this month, when I have so many other things on my plate.  Will just have to wait and see what happens…

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Just goes to show much I neglected this blog — I started writing this post in July 2011, and I never posted about my NaNoWriMo win in 2010! I just barely squeaked past the finish line with 50, 007 words.  Yup, just 7 words over the amount needed for a win, validated 11 minutes from the deadline.  What can I say, I think I work best under pressure.

So, one of the prizes for finishing NaNo was a code that would allow me to get a free “proof” copy of my novel through Createspace.com.   A proof copy is the manuscript printed out in book form, normally used for proofreading before sending the final version to be printed for distribution.

I’ll admit, I did have a hard time finishing the edits to make my manuscript somewhat decent enough to be used for the prize.  And like the writing itself, the editing was completed at the last moment.  I think I finished it about a week before the promotional code I was given expired.  Chose a very generic cover and didn’t bother to write up any back copy, since I thought this proof would be the closest to print I would ever want this story to be.  And yes, I did blur out my name in this photo:

Funny thing about this proof copy: Holding it in my hand, it was easy for me to forget most of the uncertainties I had about the story and upgrade it from “never seeing the light of day,” to “it might be worth editing to see if it can be saved.”   I know I’m always my own worst critic, but something about the format definitely brings the confidence up .

Even if I know it isn’t real.

So close and yet so far…

I finished NaNoWriMo with 46,269 words this year. Just 3,731 words away from the goal.
I’m not sure if it’s more frustrating to miss a goal by a whole lot, or by just a little.
Guess there’s always next year, and I do have an idea already…

And Day One is Over…

Only 29 more days and nights of insanity to go. I finished with just over 2300 today, even though a lot of it didn’t come easy. I found out just how competitive I really am, though, as the “word wars” on the forums really helped me get my count up today.

I also learned 2 things about my story. One, is that I really, really hate one of my point of view characters. As in, I can’t stand the personality she’s beginning to show on the page. I don’t like writing “in her voice,” but she’s the only one who can be the point of view in some parts of the story. My only consolation right now is that I have a pretty… bad ending planned for her. One I think she would consider a fate worse than death.

The second thing I learned today is that another character that I was sure I wouldn’t like — everything I thought of him before I started writing made me think he would be vain, self-centered, and kind of whiny. He actually is vain and self-centered, but he’s developing a rather wry sense of humor, which I’m actually enjoying.

Can’t wait to see what will happen next! Here’s hoping I’ll write 2500 words on day 2, or even better make it to the 5,000 word mark. A girl can dream about these things, can’t she?

Getting off the computer now…

I must save my eyes for when I’m working on my NaNo novel, starting in less than 3 hours! I have a lot of eyestrain problems (I will probably end up with bifocals soon, because of all the time I spend staring at monitors), so this is pretty important.

Oh, and I think I’m going to work on the vampire story.  Just hoping that no one thinks it’s like a copy of “Twilight” — it’s not, as far as I know — never read it but I’ve heard it bashed in several writing forums…

…aka National Novel Writing Month.  It’s the yearly challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days, and can be found at nanowrimo.org.

This will be my third year.I’m still revising last years novel.  And I have no idea what I am going to write.

No.  That’s not entirely accurate.  I have 3 “maybes.”

One is a story about cloning, which I’ve been thinking about since before 2007.  It’s basically about a private lab trying to create a new race of superheroes.

The second is an idea for a vampire story (Yes, cliched, I know) that popped into my head when I was working on last year’s NaNo.

The third is a somewhat autobiographical piece.  It’s basically wishful thinking on my part, as far as how I wished things might have been, how things could have been, if only I’d chosen a little differently.

I may just throw them all in a hat and draw lots on October 31st….