End of Nanowrimo

December 1, 2009

Well, the end of Nanowrimo has passed and I did not get to 50,000. Close, but I flaked out the last two days. Oh well, there’s always next year.

Thaniks to everyone who voiced their support and encouraged me in this challenge. No doubt I will produce 50,000 words and beyond for the novel-in-progress, so I’m trying not to be too down about it, but finishing it after the month’s end just isn’t the same.


Nanowrimo Day 23

November 24, 2009

And still keeping strong! Only one week to go, woohoo! Today’s count: 1,809 Total: 37,690 Should Be: 38,341

This novel is turning out to be a real emotional rollercoaster ride, both for me and for my characters. I just wrote perhaps the most disturbing scene the night before, and tonight perhaps the happiest scene. Of course, I was focusing on different characters. That’s one of the other fun things about this, doing the different sections focused on different people. Even though they’re all in third person, it helps me get inside their heads and also to develop action without having to have it “explained.”

Nanowrimo Day 19

November 19, 2009

Things are getting interesting again…. Today’s word count: 2,446 Total: 30,860 Should Be: 31,673

The scene I worked on yesterday and today is a pretty important scene, for a few reasons. But just as I said I felt hate for the one character, now I’m starting to feel a heavy sadness, mainly for the main character, but for some of the others as well….

Who knew that Nanowrimo would be such an emotional roller coaster?

Nanowrimo Day 17

November 17, 2009

Another big word count tonight–2,329, although all I basically did tonight was write. (Taking breaks only to make tea or listen to music.) Total: 26,795 Should Be: 28,339

I’m on to page 50 now. The halfway marker, woo-hoo! On the other hand, I’m only halfway???

Tonight I had another new experience. I’m starting to really hate this one character. I establish him as a bad guy pretty early on, but at that point I saw him more as a plot device. He’s becoming more of a real person now…and his behavior is starting to disgust me.

I’ve come to like, perhaps even “love” in a way, certain characters. And there have been characters I thought were assholes. But none I really hated.

Wow. Just…wow.

Nanowrimo Day 16

November 17, 2009

Today’s count: 2,758 Total: 24,467 Should be: 26,672

I’m on page 46 (73 with previous material) and still going strong. But the past week has been more challenging, not only because I’m still playing catch up, but because I’m still struggling with how I feel about the progress of the story.

Overall, though, I’m still happy to be doing this and devoted. And tonight, I broke into an unexpected section–a flashback of the main character’s parents. It’s helping me to get to know them, which is good, since I didn’t have much of a grasp on them before. And it also helps the plot, though it adds more complications I have to work out, too.

It’s the excitement of the unexpected like this that really make writing worth it!

Nanowrimo Day 13

November 13, 2009

OK, so it’s not as fun anymore. Today, I racked up 2,228. Which puts my total at 18,482, but it should be at 21,671. Basically 2 days to make up. And there may be 3 days over Thanksgiving weekend I won’t have access to a computer (one connected to the Internet anyway…too bad I don’t have one of those thumb drive thingies).

I’m starting not to like what I’m writing each day as much, feeling like I’m only writing some of it because I need to write. I question the believability and intelligence behind certain things I’m having the characters do and/or say. And one thing that’s always crept into anything I write that involves werewolves, but I worry over how well it’s executed–or even if it’s necessary–is writing from the wolf’s POV. Or, sort of. Trying to get the narration to take on the shape of what a wolf’s thoughts might be like. And then I have a conversation between a wolf and a raven that will probably look downright silly.

Well, just gotta keep going, and I’ll be able to have a better sense of how well it all fits together at the end.

Nanowrimo Day 9

November 9, 2009

Well, it’s Day 9, and I lost 3 days of writing due to being away in Washington, DC. It was quite worth it, but now I have to play catch up! Don’t have a plan just yet, but if I can do at least 2,000 words for the next couple of weeks, I should be OK. Today, I got in a hefty 2,276, which brings my total to 10,846. The goal for Day 9 is 15,003, so I’ve still got a lot to do to catch up, but I am confident I can do it.

Actually, everything I wrote today focused on a character who, though important to the story, I hadn’t been able to focus on much. It was nice to look at things from her POV, take a look inside her thoughts and emotions, and get a better sense of who she is.