Archive for November, 2010

Life After Nano

Posted on November 30, 2010. Filed under: Life After Nano, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Maybe the most difficult thing, now, is moving forward after Nanowrimo.  Even when I did finish a novel in 2006, I found I could not move forward.  That novel has sat in a binder, unedited, for years now.

And, with this novel, I am halfway through.  I see it coming together, and it is more cohesive than the previous one.  (I expected that.)  But, continuity is the key.  So, here on this blog, I will be posting entries and ideas about “Life After Nano.”

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November 27, 2010 Giving up at 26K Words

Posted on November 27, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

For this year, I’ll only make 26K words (or maybe a little more by the 30th) for Nano.  However, I am about midway through a novel with no writer’s block; just don’t have time to work on it.  My plan is to continue work in December, and wrap up a Nano style first draft in January.  Not sure, but maybe this work can be re-written and “tuned” into a potentially publishable work.

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Still Behind but Still Pluggin’

Posted on November 20, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It | Tags: , , , |

Up to 25,972.  Still behind; standard target is 33,333.  Still pluggin’.  Not giving up just yet.  And, whether or not I reach 50,000 by November 30th, I plan to finish this novel.

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Almost Halfway on November 17th

Posted on November 17, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , |

Still behind, but almost halfway at 24,420 words.  I am hoping to break the 25,000 barrier later today.  Stay tuned for updates!

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Starting to Pick Up Speed Again

Posted on November 16, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It, Writer-Tools, writing, Writing-Tools | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Devoted a fair amount of time to Nano today.  Have been learning a new program for writing: Scrivener.  Mostly just using it to write lately, but spent some of today learning its organizational tools, which are its strength.  Looks good so far.  Using the “full screen mode” seems to help my productivity; cranked out close to 2,000 words today.

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Halfway Day for Nano 2010

Posted on November 15, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It, twitter | Tags: , , , |

Halfway Day for Nano 2010; the target for today is 25,000.  I’m not quite at 21,000, so I’m still behind.  Too much happening today for me to get to 25,000, but if I could get to 22,000 by the end of the day, I’d be ‘satisfied’ for now.

Interesting Twitter hashtags:

#nanowrimo

#sundaycatchupvow

#blogchat

Update: made it to 21,709 by midnight.

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Minimal Progress on Day 14

Posted on November 14, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It | Tags: , , , , |

Did not write ENOUGH this morning.  Wrote a little over 1,000 words, and I need over 1,667 for the Nano quota.  Really, about 9,000 words behind.  But, today is still young as I write these words, and another writing session (or two) could start to get me caught up.  Maybe, just maybe, I can still do it.

Update:  Up from about 17,000 to 18,650.  Starting to make a little progress again.  Don’t know if I can break 20,000 before the day is over or not.  In some ways, this seems like bodybuilding, or something like that.  Keep doing it, and the words keep flowing.  Stop doing it, and you have to start over.

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Stuck on Day 13

Posted on November 13, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It | Tags: , , , , |

Day 13 and no words for two days.  More “life stuff” than anything else.  Restarts are so damned hard!

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Nano Day 11: Slow Going but Still Going

Posted on November 11, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , |

I’d call it “writers block” except that using the Hemingway trick mentioned earlier prevents that.  Even so, squeezing out the story seems tough at this point.  My characters are really flat.  The new ones don’t even have names at this point, and pages of dialog are being reduced to “they discussed the topic.”

But, at least some words are happening.

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Being Behind Inspires Me to Quit

Posted on November 10, 2010. Filed under: Panic, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , |

Okay, I’m not quitting, yet. But, I’ve gotten behind again. This happened in ’07, ’08, and ’09. I know I cannot get much done Thursday (tomorrow, as I write this). But, I know I don’t need to give up yet. Maybe I can catch up this weekend.

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