Saturday, November 27, 2010

Creeping Up On NaNoWriMo

Last year I kept the pace with the other November Writers and finished my NaNo novel early. Actually, I hit 50,000 words early, but wasn't done with the novel. So I continued writing until I was at almost 60,000 words and called it good. The novel still needs tons of editing and I never had time to get back to it. After all, December was Advent then Christmas, January was Birthday's then Super Bowl, February we lost Luka and went on the Cruise and had an anniversary, March we tried to get into a regular rhythm of life, but instead we went to Pennsylvania to see Dennis. In April we went to Raleigh to pick out kittens. In May we went to Raleigh to bring kittens home. In June we went to Pennsylvania for Dennis again and also went to the beach. In July we tried to recover and Gracie had her surgery, then in August we went to Charleston. In September we got used to school, and October was not only Halloween but we lost David. November was NaNoWriMo again. So, no editing of last years story.

And here we are, writing this years story. A better story, a better plot line. I have learned a lot this year because I have studied and also received a good bit of constructive feedback on writings that I have done, including this blog (which certainly has been more of a stream of consciousness life document rather than an intentional story). But with all the planning and expectation setting, life had been hard and so has writing.

Busy Busy, is all I can tell you. Thank heavens for our families who love us. And in my case, for Mr. Bryant who supports me and encourages me to write even when I am behind. He told me that if I decided not to write this year, that would be ok. It wouldn't be quitting, even if I quit. I appreciate the support and reassurance more than I can say. I; however, would consider it quitting - and I may be a lot of things, but I am not a quitter. I am writing this blasted novel. I am spending this weekend working away, learning that when my mind is engaged the words pour out. I will win NaNoWriMo, dear friends. Yes, I will. And then we will tackle editing, in January. After the holidays. After the first new puppy. And after a little time to take a break and just be.


Kay Dennison said...

Heck!!! I'm proud of you!!! I never got started. Maybe next year . . .

joon said...

Wild, Congratulations! Our little miss Scout is on task too! She fell behind on Thanksgiving Day after meeting her goal every day of the month. She was so upset but I kept at her with encouraging and bossy words - a mom's best combo, right? And late last night she caught up and is 100 words ahead for today. One happy girl. I cannot believe a 16 year old is accomplishing this. And we're moving! Today. She cleaned at the new place yesterday like a trooper. What a month. Love to you. Can't wait to read both novels.

Anonymous said...

Whatever talent I had for writing fiction I lost when I learned to write analytically. Don't know if I could ever retrieve it.

How nice that you feel inspired to be creative. I wondered about the graph in your illustration. Looks like the kind of thing I used to develop in another life.


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