Looking Ahead

It seems every morning I need almost an hour to wake up and get the words flowing. 13,346 words behind me and chapter 9 about to begin and my thoughts are in editing.

I know I should leave it alone. But it dawned on me my story isn’t bad and when I complete the 50,000 words all that’s left is some editing, mainly revisiting each chapter and rewording/adding some flare.

Ok that may take another month, too bad NaNoWriMo doesn’t have that challenge for December with some workshop links cause I’m going to need them.

Another blogger just posted some free books for writers that can be downloaded from Readers Digest, and there I found workshops that I think I may look into after November 30th. Thanks for the tip!

A clear set up has happened to my main character Macon, but he hasn’t quite figured that one out yet, and he certainly doesn’t know the truth behind all that’s happened to him. Macon has just received more time in jail. He’s so upset and angry right now he isn’t even aware that there’s a puzzle to piece to together let alone figuring out which pieces fit and how dangerous they become. But he is asking “why” guess that’s a start.

Time’s a waisting and I should return to Macon, though I don’t think he’ll care that I’m there right now. Todays goal is to reach 15,012 words. Progress, and a little pride that goes with it. Though I think mood setting is an area I need to work on in my novel. There’s that editing trying to sneak back in. Please, please go away.


Week 2 Ugh, Hard?

I finished day 7 on day 6 with 11745 words of which I refused to return to. I aimed to get a couple of days ahead but time got away from me. It’s week two! I had just read from another NaNo writer that week two is the hardest. I’m desperately trying not to focus on the hard part.

As of right now I know where my story, characters, and plot need to end. But now I wonder how they’re going to get there! Darn it that hard part! I have plenty of ideas and I kind of know what must happen.

In a panick I checked my 18 chapter mini outline I had prepared, but haven’t followed, and yes no help there! Guess I’ll know later whether this will be a lessoned learned!

My main character Macon, he can’t seem to escape a group of people who intend to smash his face in, literally. But it will be much worst than that as they weasel their way into the things that matter most to Macon. So how much damage can inmates locked away do to someone in the commnity? I think my characters have plotted it all out, and I believe they aren’t so much concerned about the damage they can create from the inside to anyone on the outside. It’s about controlling the inside, and Anna, well she’s a casualty of war. Can Macon save her? I just don’t know.

OK I’ll go with that, but it isn’t the theme or sum of the story. Week two seems to be a point where I have to pull the plot together. Chapter 8 is going to take some thought, and my thoughts keep adding more to the plot on the chapters I’ve already written.

I imagine many other NaNo participants are toughing it out right now and I’m going to join them.

Finished Day 6 on 5

Yes I did! 10,019 words completed, 39,981 and 25 days to go. Macon, my main charater ended up staying at the hospital. Then he was treated so poorly when he return to the jail, with 16 stitches in his head, but hey he has to have trying times right? He’s OK for now so I’ll move on.

I feel so productive right now. It’s my day off work so I slept late, waking up at 6, uh, 5, time changed last night and so it will be dark by 6PM now. Not my favorite time of the year just because it gets dark so early. Oh well, more writing time.

But I’m up before every one else, so there are no distractions. If I reach my word count to meet tomorrows word count goal I will be at 11,669 this morning. Debating on whether to reach Tuesday’s as well. This coming Friday is looking good for time grabbing too. It’s a holiday and so I’ll have more time to write.

Note: Must remember to pay tribute to the Veterans and to my ancestors who fought and/or were drafted and injured and/or died in the Revolutionary, Civil, WWI, and WWII wars on my Ancestry blog. Whatever their roles were they deserve a big HOORAY!

Sometimes things just work out. take for instance, NaNoWriMo’s website has a nifty little word count tracker that gives instant stats once users type in their daily word count. It shows the total of words written, words remaining, current day count, days remaining, and a nice “At this rate you will be finished on…. ” Nice right.

One other stat it offers is how many words on average you’ve written each day. Everyone knows you’ll need 1667 words a day to complete the 50,000. Maybe it’s a mind trick, or coincidence, or just me reaching, but my stats say I have written 1667 words on a daily average. I should go play the lottery. There’s just know way I could have mastered that one.

I’m rambling here, I know, really just wanted to say Good Morning to all, and share a little glory, strangeness, and my quirkiness, bright and early. Too I needed to get away from Macon. He ‘s gonna have to stop whinning so much, he did the crime, so he has to do the time, right.

A thought just crossed my mind the text above just used up nearly four hundred words, 400! Could have spent that on my novel, but I’d have lost my productivity I think.

Day 5 Not So Stalled

8425 words on day five. I reached the goal, but even as I write this post and  like my NaNo novel writing I stalled a little. A break in the making…maybe. But not now. I intend to get another chapter completed today before I go out. The break I’ll get will be to run to the store, watch the soccer game, and take Mom out which pretty much takes care of the entire evening.

The “stall’ as I call it was/is my doing. I need to let the story flow. It’s coming along quite well. But procrastination and second thoughts corrupt my imagination.

Macon my main character just threw the first punch, so he’s occupied for the moment. Five chapters in, I quess a little pause will help me return to help Macon fight his battle, or let him get stomped, I don’t know yet, my imagination seems to coincided with my keyboard pecking.

Another chapter and I’ll be a fourth of the way finished! Right now I have 41575 words that will eventually travel from my brain to my finger tips, whew. Not so bad, its progress.

I’ve read some other posts and see that some others are well ahead of the game, congrats, guess my brain’s a little slower. Speaking of which, this NaNoWriMo challenge seems to have pushed me into getting my novel typed up, otherwise not just in my head.  The deadline motivates me into progress and I wonder if professional authors “deadlines” inspire them the same way.

Well I think Macon got his arse whipped so I better run.

5:14 Day 4

I reached my word count for day 4 early his morning, mostly due to grabbing a little time yesterday evening. I’m at 6798 words which completed chapter 4. As it turns out completely by mistake each day introduces and finishes another chapter. There’s so much happening in the story leaving a cliff hanger and after approximately 1667, more or less words, suspence just happens.

Before day 1 I had prepared a rough chapter outline through chapter 18, that for some unknown reason my characters and plot has not followed. I’m not at all surprised. This has happened before. However, I am suprprised how far I’ve come in just four days. The story is shaping up just fine. Already there’s a back story, with a building plot, and an introduction to more characters.

All the action builds to a high point in the story, or at least that’s the plan, but I’ll need complete cooperation from the characters and you know how they are. In any case, which ever direction the plot goes, I am thrilled to be taking on this task. 43202 words and 27 days to go. This weekend I’ll play get ahead while I’m not having to report to work, which seems to threaten to take my focus from time to time.

Ok enough of this world. I must return to Macon’s adventure. He’s excited, sad, and scared right now. He may need my support. If he knew how I have set him up and how I plan to cause him as much tormoil as a human can stand he’d escape my novel to seek solace elsewhere.

Character Catch Up

I probaby should be focused on my novel as I write this post. But I felt the need for a little reality here. I posted 5033 words this morning and have wrote about a 100 more. Before I return to Macon’s world, my main character’s life in jail, I wanted to share my experience so far. This writing challenge seems, as of right now, doable. Though I do get stalled once in a while as my character decides what he will do, say, or see next. Right now he’s taking a long, well, piss, sorry folks fits with the story.

As many of you probably experience yourselves, I had a plan yesterday to get some writing done after work that was blown when I ended up watching the little one, a four month old cutie, who required my devoted attention. I realize now my life, as do my charcaters, will get thrown a couple of curve balls and I will have to adjust.

I’ll do my best to keep up the 1667 word count daily but sometimes I have to wait for Macon and his friends, or enemies, to decide what their doing so I can share it with 50,000 words by November 30th, if I share it at all.

So on this third day of writing madness I have come to appreciate the end. Meaning I will have a complete first draft of a novel, not like the almost finshed or just started versions of other stories I have benched on my desktop.

This already feels good!

Day II Story is Born

It’s day 2 and I have met my word (s) commitment for NaNoWriMo. I have given birth to a brand new story! The pains of labor have eased, well maybe not, but I have focus and intend to bring this story up to novel size, err, word count by November 30th. Becoming a novel may take some college prep. How’s that for raising the characters? I find taking a short break helps, plenty of sleep too! Now I must go back to my responsibilities, what fun it is to raise a story without editing or looking back! Ok I’ve acted weird enough here. See you soon!

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