Wednesday, November 25, 2009

nanowrimo winner

My total word count is 66,687.  Not sure I'm going to continue it from here, though.  I've about had it for now!

Monday, November 16, 2009

met my nano goal!

Woke up early this morning and wrote over 4,000 words. I have met my goal for the month, with a grand total of 50,131 words so far. The story isn't ended yet, so there will be more to come, but for now, I am going to take it slow, just glad that I reached the goal that I had set... 14 days ahead of time!

Yay me!

Friday, November 13, 2009

nano update

Been a couple or three days since my last NaNo update.  I'm up to 42,070/50,000, so I'm well on my way to finishing the month's desired goal.  I don't know if this thing reads like a novel or not, since I haven't reread anything, otherwise I'd get started with editing, and really hold myself back.  There's so much dialogue that I think it reads more like a stage play than a novel, but at least I am writing it.  I don't particularly think that the whole story can be wrapped up in another 8,000 words, but I'm trying for that.  I can fatten it up when I start doing the rewrites in the future. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

if wishes had wings, I'd be flyin'

It has been years since writing at such a pace as I am now. I had forgotten what a lonely profession writing can be. My characters are interacting, having new experiences, and talking a lot, and I am lonely when they are not talking, and I'm not busy writing. It's a strange phenomenon, waiting for the company of your characters. I think that's why I've been writing so much.

Today is Wishcasting Wednesday and Jamie Ridler asks: "What do you wish to dare?"

These wishes are so wide open that almost anything can fit into them! I wish to engage life.. that is the first thing that came to my mind. That means leaving my house to do more than go grocery shopping, or for a drs. appointment, or to visit with my mom just occasionally. It's about getting out there... somewhere, anywhere, and engaging people... becoming "part of". I miss people much of the time, miss nature, miss life. Of course, I wasn't always like this, which is why I'm able to write stories.

My niece/god-daughter, is having a baby this month, and I look forward to that new life instilling life in me, as well.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

nano update

Didn't write too much over the past day and a half, but managed to eek out over 2500 words today, for a total word count of 30,033 to date.  I'm glad to have gotten past the halfway point, but much of the writing seems less than wonderful, I must say.  Nevertheless, I'm getting the words out, and I guess that's what counts during this crazy month of November. 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

write on!

I amassed about 4,000 words between midnight and this morning, far exceeding my expected output. Different parts of the story were coming at me, so I wrote several different scenes. It'll all be worked out after November, when revisions are in order. Right now, every time I think I'm going to run out of words, some scene or dialogue comes to me. My total as of now is 22,707 words. I want to get to the halfway mark of 25K as soon as possible.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

another overnighter

7am in Brooklyn, New York, and it's 45°F/7°C.

I have been up all night writing, on and off, since midnight. Since I was a kid these were the best hours for me, and I have written tomes of journals at these times. Don't know how many words I wrote tonight, as I'm only keeping track of my totals, and that was 14K+ when I stopped writing.

It should be a fairly uneventful day, except for a drs. visit to get some prescriptions. On that note, I had mentioned sometime back about going through some cardiac testing... I have done that, and the results came back that I have a fine heart, and good carotid arteries, so a large scare I felt has been relieved. The cause of my passing out episodes remains a mystery, and may have been due to a drop in blood pressure, I really don't know. I'm just glad my heart is in as good a shape as the doctor said it is.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

wishcasting wednesday

It's wishcasting wednesday, and I haven't participated in this in quite a while.

Today question is "What do you wish to experience?"
Since I am into this novel writing adventure, that is primarily where my head is at these days.
I wish to experience days of easy writing, followed by diligent and excellent revisions (after November). After that, I wish to experience the joy of having a book published, and becoming a best seller! Heck, I may as well put that out there, right?

a novel insomnia

I get up in the middle of the night to keep writing my novel. Everytime I approach this I think there will be nothing new to write, but words come out. I am far beyond the point I thought I'd be at, with over 11,000 words this morning. My characters seem to want to dialouge an awful lot, and I was not really expecting that. I want to work at more description, and perhaps some character contemplation, if that makes any sense. Much of the dialouge is stitled, not quite right, but I can't make time for editing as this is not about editing and making perfect, but gettng the words on the page so that in the winter I will have a real first draft to work on. I truly haven't written at this rate in 30 years.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

NaNoWriMo progress report

5479 words on Day 3.. I am ahead of my desired quota. 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

NYC Marathon

(click photos to enlarge)

Some runners going past my building in Brooklyn.... you can see the Verrazano Bridge in the backgroud, which is their starting point on the other side (Staten Island)..... they've got a loooong way to go!

NaNoWriMo begins

Nanowrimo has started (as of midnight), and I've decided to do 5 or 6 15 minute stints of writing at a time, unless I'm on a total roll. This would get me to my desired daily goal of approximately 1700 words. I started at midnight, doing my first 15 minutes, and wrote 347 words, which put me right on target. That's pretty much writing non stop, no redesigning a sentence or even having enough time to think of another one that's not as corny as the last. But I will not critique, I will not critique.

It's not easy going; I am pulling things out of my head from I don't know where. But it happens if you plow through, and basically throw caution to the wind, so to speak. This is writing by the seat of my pants kinda stuff.

I have the whole day (Sunday) to finish of my next 5 writing sessions, depending on how long I go on each of them. They have to be at least 15 minutes, that's my minimum. Not as easy as it sounds. There's also an extra hour to the day, so I can utilize that, as well.

Afternoon update:  I've written 1927 words, so I got my quota done for today. Yay! :)