Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Lost in the story

Me. Yesterday. So focused on finishing that I forgot about blogging. Completely slipped my mind.

I'm out of one race. Best concentrate on the other one now.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Your NaNoWriMo Agony Aunt

Got a NaNoWriMo-related problem? Then you'll be pleased to hear that you can Ask Aunty MJ.

Every day, the fabulous Maureen Johnson solves the problem of one unhappy NaNo participant. With help like that, getting to 50k is a piece of cake.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

2k a day

I have written at least 2,000 words every day since Tuesday. At the moment, I'm more than a day's worth of words ahead of schedule.

And yet, I'm still trying to avoid writing things I know will not survive the first round of edits. I'm trying to keep the waffle to a minimum. No lengthy descriptions of meals. No inner monologues that don't have much to do with the story.

I wonder how long I can keep this 2k a day routine going.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

The story is there

 Inner editor getting in the way? This is what I tell mine, then I send her away: 
"I can see bits of the story and I know the story is there. This is what I call draft zero. This is private. No one ever, ever gets to see draft zero. This is the draft that you write to tell yourself what the story is."
Terry Pratchett 

Friday, 4 November 2011

NaNoWriMo Inspiration (1)

Nova Ren Suma runs a series of What Inspires You blog posts this month. Every day, Nova and other writers share where they find inspiration for their writing. 

I know what I'll be reading when I get stuck with my NaNo project.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

My characters are waiting

Do your characters wait for you when you take a break from writing?

Mine do. They stay exactly where I leave them and start drumming their fingers on any available surface. They watch me. The less subtle ones may start pacing. No matter how different they are and how at odds their desires and ambitions are, they are unified in their impatience for me to come back and move the story forward.

So if you excuse me, my protagonist and her antagonist will start plotting against me if I don't pay them attention soon.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

No permission to write badly

Last year, I wrote: "Give yourself permission to write badly and you will surprise yourself."

This is still true in 2011. But I don't just write something for the sake of the wordcount. At the end of the month, I want a first draft I can work with. That's why I'm trying to cut the adverbs and most of the adjectives and every line I know is superfluous.

This year, I'm using backspace and delete.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011: Like a Newbie

Here it is. NaNoWriMo 2011. Number 10 for me.

First time with a little one depending on me, though. So even though I'm a WriMo veteran, there are so many unknowns I almost feel like a newbie. Only it's worse than that because I know what to expect over the course of the month. It's going to be interesting.



And because NaNo is always a welcome excuse for me to write lots of shortish blog posts, I'll attempt NaBloPoMo again this month, too.


Oh, the insanity.