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meditation7 in Seattle is doing 7 things including…

participate in nanowrimo 2011

21 cheers


meditation7 has written 10 entries about this goal

Literary marathon now over...

... I think it’s time for cleaning the apartment, kicking back, watching films, and personal hygiene… :-) Because, writing over 50,000 words of a novel you’re discovering as you write leaves precious little time for anything else… Cheers to everybody who wrote a novel during the National Novel Writing Month!

41,702 words... and light at the end of the tunnel!

Having spent the majority of the month struggling with catching up with the word count (you know, 50,000 by the end of November, all duly apportioned), it feels fantastic to have finally caught up, to be about 80% done and to finally have a sense of what the book is really about and seeing it taking shape.

I need to remember that every time I undertake something like this, it truly is an epic journey for me and requires me to reach deep inside me for resources that I didn’t know I had. NaNoWriMo is truly a transformational experience. It’s fun to come out on the other side with a novel written (or with the skeleton of one written, anyway, to be fully fleshed out later), but while I’m going through it it often feels like I’m lost in the woods and floundering about… Here’s wishing a lot of inspiration to everyone else working on this goal!

22,400 words...

... and feeling like, “Okay, something needs to happen soon. Something needs to gel. Because I’m 2,500 words behind, I’ve exhausted my inspiration for today and I seriously don’t know how I’m going to write 25,000 more words.”

Ah, welcome to the NaNoWriMo blues. I seem to recall I had the same experience the last two times around, and somehow something came through. Which doesn’t mean that my current cluelessness doesn’t feel any less real… :-)

10,000 words! 20% of the novel written!

Took me longer ot get here than I thought, but still within the framework of the 30-day schedule. Now we come upon week 2 of the writing, where you go, “Holy Shi’ite! These characters are loose and running around! Now they should do something! Pertaining to the plot! And advance it! But how do I get them to go along with this plan?”

Ah, the joys of writing a novel without a safety net… :-)

7278 words and still enjoying the surprises...

... that my characters have for me. I’d like to crack 10,000 words by then end of tomorrow, which may be doable with a good writing spurt and few distractions…

Feeling like a tortoise compared to all the hares doing nanowrimo...

But I am at 5743 words. I may be slower than you speed maniacs who’ve written tens of thousands of words in 3 days, but I do go the distance… Still with no idea what I’ll write tomorrow or the day after…

Day two...

... and a little over 4000 words into the new novel. Woo-hoo! (Never did quite manage to finish editing the last one I was hoping to finish before nanowrimo, so I’m editing that as well while writing the new one. Kind of a mind-shift…)

I've signed up to host Write-ins in the Seattle area 28 out of the 30 days of November...

... ‘cause we all know, if we have to be the host, we have to show up. And if we have to show up, we have to write. Whereupon a novel emerges from National Novel Writing Month. :-)

One of the things that makes NaNoWriMo more fun...

... is organizing write-ins. These are gatherings just to write. Last year I hosted (at my local library) exactly 30 of these meetings – one a day. This (1) guaranteed that I was getting the necessary amount of writing each day, as I’d do some writing in the morning on my own and then with the group, and (2) led me to meeting interesting people from all walks of life, from the delicate young woman who worked at the symphony and “didn’t get out much” to the sixtyish guy with a great sense of humor who’d given himself a year off work to turn himself into a writer, to the occasional weird guy with curiously challenged social skills. Ah, writers! What strange creatures we are! I think I’m going to have to do this hosting again this year, for who’d want to miss out on the fun of seeing who’s going to turn up?

Besides, my city is always at the top of both word count and donations, year after year. Just gloating, that’s all. :-)

Just before last year's NaNoWriMo...

... I had a fantastic dream that suggested one entire story to me – complex, multi-layered, and in genres that I never write in. Now, as I consider the next NaNoWriMo, I wonder: should I write the story that I’ve attempted several times through the years and never completed (given that the support and peer pressure of NaNoWriMo provide plenty of incentive for completion)... or should I write the story from that dream? Mmmmm. I’m thinking the former.

meditation7 has gotten 21 cheers on this goal.


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