November 8, 2012
I am at 24,465 and I am behind as I didn’t write at all yesterday.
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November 8, 2012
I am at 24,465 and I am behind as I didn’t write at all yesterday.
November 5, 2012
I am at 15,013. I hit 10,124 on my first day. I haven’t written in two days. I was busy on Saturday with the Presidents’ dinner and yesterday I felt very crappy.
It isn’t like me to give up, but emotionally, I don’t want to do this right now. . .
October 31, 2012
I am not ready for various reasons. I am still behind in making fake sticks of dynamite and badges for the Kickoff party at the Steak and Shake tonight. The Kickoff party starts at 10:30 p.m. and I might be there until about 1:00 a.m. I don’t know.
My novel isn’t all mapped out but there is still a bit of time to work on those things. I can not plan everything in my novel. I am just trying to get a good handle on it so I don’t come up with writer’s block in the month of November.
I am shooting for 10,000 words in 24 hours. 2,000 words at midnight, 2,000 words before work, 2,000 words during my lunch and another 2,000 or 3,000 before I go to bed that night. I am hoping.
I am not ready, but at the same time, I can’t wait!
October 29, 2012
I have been busy making fake sticks of dynamite (paper towel tubes painted red, bottoms glued on, a lid with a black yarn fuse, which houses a Mission Impossible challenge and Mission Impossible contract, each encouraging the holder to write 50,000 words in 30 days) and 2012 NaNoWriMo badges, that I will hand out at the Kickoff. And if they are winners, then the sticker will change on their badge from “Keep Going” to “You Did” or “1st”.
Ugh! I have been so busy! An early Kick off meeting is tonight (for two people that can make the October 31, 2012 midnight kickoff party)to give out what I have done. I still have 9 sticks of dynamite to make and 12 other badges by October 31st!
It is fun, but so very busy to be Co-ML for NaNoWriMo this year. And I am not ready to start my novel yet either.
October 25, 2012
I went to my NanKnights meeting (My local NaNo writing group which meet up all year) last night. It was wonderful. It was surprising that two original memebers showed up for a short while. We have 6 people there! Ususally we have only 2 or at the most 3. So 6 people was great. I got to meet two new memebers and we got to chat about various ideas, dreams, plots over the next 3 hours.
Of course, I had to lug my three inch binder labeled “Vacant Death”. I was able to show K., one of our newest memebers, how I had everything plotted out in there.
I have it listed,organized and labeled:
A. Summary (my one sentence summary of my novel) – This helps me keep focused on the story at hand
B. Characters (my character bios)- This helps me keep them all together. 4 page list of various things for each character person as to formulate a “more” realistic, well rounded character.
c. Scenes (my ten scenes are maped out, and noted) – This helps me keep focused on the particular things that HAVE to happen in my novel. Everything else is just a filler.
D. Zombie Info (Various information that I have collected) – News articles, dress styles, Zombie badges, etc. (Things to help formulate issues regarding Zombies
E. Regions and Maps – Information, articles, regarding the location focal point where my novel will take place.
F. Viral information – Various articles regarding possible diseases
G. Weapons and Gear – Pictures, notes, lists, magazine cuts out of various weapons, gear, vehicles, etc that I might use in my novel.
H. Religion and Bible Scripture – End times information for supporting character (Wilford), as he is pointing to the “End times, and points it out.
I. Quotes – Various quotes that I will used at my chapter introductions.
J. Writer Prompts and helps – Various articles regarding writers and help with plot lines and stuff. This helps me when I stuck with an issue of “form” or “set up”
K. Paper dolls – Cut outs of various people and pieces of clothing (from newpapers and magazines, that my various characters might be wearing) It helps me formulate a “real” look for my character, thus it is easier for me to write about.
L. Notes and “Triggers” – Hand written notes that I have doodled regarding the novel. It could be names, a list of words, a scraps of paper from a magazines, etc. It is a collage of things that will help “trigger” the story in my head, so when I come up against writer’s block in November, it will help me through it.
It is funny, because K asked me when I started this binder. I told her back in June, as I start working on a novel early, and I collect and write. I told her I have 7 other binders, each one listed for the 5 NaNos and the 2 Camp NaNos that I have participated in. It really helps me keep focused in my goal, as well it really helps when I haven’t written on a novel in a while and I want to pick it back up.
The binder is my encourager, my support system, my dream in reality.
So I can say that I am kind of ready for NaNoWriMo 2012, but there is still a lot of work to do, on top of I am seriously thinking on making “Vacant Death” into a trilogy or maybe into a series.
“Vacant Death” (1st Zombie book)
“Vacant Hope” – ??
“Vacant Souls” -??
“Vacant Night” -??
“Vacant Peace” -??
I am kind of working/mapping out the next ones, so at least I know what direction I am going in.
T-Minus 7 days to NaNoWriMo!
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~Maya Angelou
I finished with 53,520 this year. It was a bit touch and go because of new things going on in my life – boyfriend living with me and all. I don’t have access to my computer as much as I have had in the past. It is a good thing and a bad thing, but no matter what, I was able to finish but I put my mind and my fingers too.
Now, on to Nanofimo (National Novel Finishing Month). Yeeehaa!
I didn’t get my outline done as planned for last week, but I did get somewhere with working out my outline on Sunday.
I got about a quarter of my outline done and if I keep up with it, I probably can get it done today 10/27 or tomorrow 10/28.
I need to work on finishing my character charts as well.
Ugh! I have so much to do and November first is only 4 days, 9 hours, 56 minutes, 22 seconds away! Save me!!
I am trying to get ready for Nanowrimo 2009. It was just in the 2nd week in October when I decided on what type of story I was going to write in November. Of course, I wait until the last minute to prepare and pack for the 30 days of writing.
I have started my outline and I should have it finished by the end of this week, but it isn’t looking good as an accomplishment. I shall not be negative, it is just seems so hard to write an outline on a novel I am still very uneducated about. Why do I pick the hard ideas. The deeper ideas that make a person think, think, think and think some more. Ugh!
The American Civil War!
I have still been using Google Notebook, but since it is no longer active, (yet I can still use mine since I have stuff on it though. People that have never used it are unable to have access to it)I have found that Google Docs is very similar to it so I am going to check that out and see how it works.
I have a couple main characters built, but not very solid yet. I still have to find names as well and build the minor characters as well.
Ugh! I don’t know anything about 15 year old girls, but I guess I will have to dig deep into my own teenage years and remember what it was like some how.
I have a place, but not a city or cities I will be using it.
I have my black binder filled with various notes, research papers, etc, as well as I have my steno pad started with ideas and outlines starts.
I have been contemplating Renting-to-own a laptop since I STILL do not have one and I really really want one.
I have always been contemplating the crazying idea of not only writing 50,000 words on this 2009 NaNoWriMo idea, but ALSO writing 50,000 on my 2008 NaNoWriMo idea, which I have not finished. Since I am only working one job now, I think that writing about 4,000 or 5,000 words a day for 30 days would be possible. I do have the time! But do I have the focus!
YES I do. I have a couple motivational songs that have been my moto as I am preparing for my Nano fight with November.
1. Don’t stop believing by Journey
2. Its my life by Bon Jovi
3. Larger then Life by Backstreet Boys
4. Ray of Light by Madonna
5. When you Believe by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey
6. Unwritten by Natasha_Bedingfield
7. I won’t back down by Tom Petty
8. I want it all by Queen
9. We are the Champions by Queen
10. I believe I can fly by R. Kelly
11. Don’t stop by Michael Jackson
12. Don’t stop until you get enough by Michael Jackson
I have noticed when I listen to these groupings of songs, I am powered up, energized and ready to deal with anything. I have to say that my MP3 library has grown alot since I have been searching for music that inspires me and motivates me to do things.
I am getting ready. At midnight on November 1, 2009, will kick off Nanowrimo running toward my goal! I am so pumped up about this. I just have to get the outline fleshed out better.
I might not be ready, but I am running to win with this!
I started working on my outline, Character bios and a solid plot for my novel for NaNoWriMo 2008.
I am really excited about it this year. I came up with the idea last December, but decided to shelve it so I could use it for this year’s novel. It was actually the month of December that helped me get a bit ready for NaNoWriMo 2008.
I have set up my note book, my activity binder that holds all my notes, character bios, plot statements, things that inspire me to write, etc. Most of all I have almost 30 little inspirational reminders that hopeful will help me write this story. LOL Almost one for everyday of November. I know I will not be able to write down a chapter a day, but each little object will help remind me what I am writing for.
My novel this year is a bit more deeper then last years. I am still trying to finish last years, but I gave up on it for now. It is too late to try to finish it at this point in time. I have to prepare for NaNoWriMo 2008. I think this year, I will learn alot as I write. I am wondering if it is possible that this novel might be a good canidate to be published when I am done. It think that many women could relate to what I am going to write about. I will just have to see. I just hope I can write it with sense of style and depth.
I know November is going to be much much harder for me this year then it was last year. My mother is going to be coming for a five day visit as well, as my time might be taken up spending it with someone. I don’t know at this point, but I know it is going to be hard with working 2 jobs, (one of them retail!) spending time with my mother and spending time with my friends.
I know I can do it.
I started a new thing today. I found it by accident, but I think it is a great thing to be used for writing my novel. It is Google Notebook. I was able to put down the working Title, my plot, some of my Character bios and started an outline and saved it all on Google Notebook. I loved using it because everything is at my fingertips. I can even save particular websites that inspire me or I use for my research of my pending novel. I would recommend “Google Notebook” for anyone that is trying to write a novel. A person can be surprised that something so simple is capable of doing.
I really need to get my outline done. I haven’t even started it. I just know I will have about 30 chapters. So I put done 30 lines. LOL And that is far as I have gotten. I hope it comes to me soon. I have only 24 more days until NaNoWriMo! Ack!
I will try to jot down a bit of an outline tonight if I can! I need to!
I showed all my friends and they were really excited for me. It looks really nice. I can’t wait to find a place to hang it up.
Now, I just need to finish the darn novel!