Nanowrimo 2012 Cometh

Posted on October 9, 2012. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , |

Nanowrimo 2012 is very nearly here.  So, I’ll be checking back into this blog.  Life is very busy, so my chances of even thinking about Nano are pretty slim.  But, maybe….

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Plowing Ahead: Another Day’s Writing

Posted on January 15, 2011. Filed under: Life After Nano, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , |

Seemed like breaking 30,000 words was “another day’s writing,” but a week has elapsed instead of a day.  But, the words did emerge.  The going is slow without an impending deadline, without the pressure that Nano provides.  But, progress….

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Resolutions for 2011

Posted on January 7, 2011. Filed under: Life After Nano, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

One of my top resolutions for 2011 is to finish this novel started as part of Nano 2010. I’m using Scrivener again, and I find that developing the focus to get the words out has been difficult. Nano’s November 30th deadline seems to make a big difference.  I need a new strategy, one that will serve the same purpose that the November 30th deadline did.

But, I did get out about 1500 more words tonight.  Maybe words flow like molasses in January.

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December 2010: The Holidays are Here and Nano is Gone

Posted on December 10, 2010. Filed under: Life After Nano, Staying-With-It | Tags: , , , , , |

Looks like a window has arrived, here in the middle of the winter holidays, for a post Nano processing.  That means I can start producing words again for my unfinished novel.  Nothing really sophisticated about this, but I think it is the first time I have taken an unfinished Nano novel and become determined to finish it.  Sometimes “productivity” is just about “staying with it.”

Stay tuned.

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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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