Monday, November 29, 2010

10k in a day, 2 days left of NaNoWriMo

I put up over 10k words yesterday. Ugh. My netbook attached to my hip, and if I wasn't at my computer, I was on the couch hammering away. All. Day. Long.

I did get to watch something like six movies between Thursday and Sunday, and watch Erik get about 2/3 of the way through his birthday present.

Two days left in NaNoWriMo and I'm trying to stay in the running for a nice prize. Needless to say, putting up 10k took a ton of work - and it put me over 94k so far for the month of November.

That being said, things aren't really working out exactly like I planned. My goal was to get a full draft of Ashfall by the end of the month, but after I crossed the 60k mark, I decided to put it down. I was having trouble getting my main character ironed down - the kind of trouble that is going to end in rewriting instead of revising. I decided instead of writing words for the sake of words, words that I knew I was going to have to trash, it was time to switch gears.

I started working on a sequel to HOUND, which is up to about 29k. I'm loving it, though I'm not sure how far I'll run with this until I know if HOUND has a chance in the wide world of publishing.

I also cracked out the opening scene of an idea I call "The Finding" and wrote a new scene in my Ala'der novel, which puts me up to my current total.

I still need to make a choice, however, and soon. In April, I'm going to the Breakout Novel Intensive again, and that means I need to have 50 pages in tip top shiny shape come the end of February or so.

But for now I have two more days with my head back, my fingers typing, and my ass hurting from sitting so damn much.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Naughty Writer.

So I've hit a wall with my NaNo project. Strangely enough, it's not the plot. I see the plot, I have it mapped out and I'm happy with it. My problem is my main character.

For some reason, I cannot get in her head. I write scenes, and she feels like a different person in every single one. She keeps bouncing back and forth - does she like killing? does she regret when she does? She wants to be free (that's the for sure part) but what does she think about the rest of the world? She hates the Sesti (masters in the Ashfall/Sesti relationship) in one chapter, all of them unconditionally - then she's waffling around like she understands, but just don't want to be a slave.

And no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to pin her down. I'm pretty sure what this means is I need to spent a lot of time ironing out her character arch - time during NaNo that should be spent pumping out words, at least in theroy.

And of course, this could all be very compelling - if I was doing it ON PURPOSE. /facedesk

So, I cheated on my NaNoWriMo WIP last night. I wanted to keep putting up word counts (trying to stay in this contest for the BONI participants, which I'm fighting for with two others - really neck and neck! I could still win it /crossesfingers).

So...I wasn't just bad though, I was extra bad. I did the "big no-no" for unpublished authors.

I started working on a sequel to HOUND. That's the big no-no because if your book 1 never gets picked up, you're never going to sell book 2 - and that makes writing book 2 a waste of time.

But damn did it feel good to get inside the head of character that I know, inside and out.

So, we'll see what I work on today. I also know Kelder (from the Ala'der, my sand people book) very well, so I might go back to her.

Whatever I do, I need 50 damn good pages by the middle of Feb to make going to BONI in April again worth it.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

51,142 in 16 days

WHEW. I am pleased.

Man though...this draft is A HOT MESS.

Now, to see if I can keep up the pace through the end of the manuscript/story.

Almost there...

46,253 words! ARGH! I was hoping to hit 50k yesterday (halfway mark to put me on track for 100k by the end of the month) but alas, I missed the mark. I completely sucked it up on Sunday (about 280 words...ewww) then got some interesting news yesterday that interrupted my progress.

Hopefully I can hit the mark today!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

35k and ...edits?

Broke 35,601 words yesterday for NaNoWriMo. Woo!

I also realized that switching gears from create to edit in the middle of a complete, unbridled mind dump SUCKS. No worries - I'm not breaking NaNo's golden rule. I'm working on some tweaks to my HOUND partial before I send more query letters.

To sum it up, last night I opened my HOUND document after finishing my NaNo words and it went something like this:

Me: "HunnrrrrrruuuugghgghgggrrrrhhhhhmRAHHHHHHH."

Boyfriend: "Oh. You must be editing."

Sad but true. I know I have to do it - my goal is to get this task done by Sunday night - but it hurrrtsssss usssss.

I know part of this is me pouting. I thought I was done with HOUND for now. I really, really wanted to be done with HOUND for now. So I keep reminding my pouty self that it's ONLY three scenes to revise. ONLY THREE. I spent April - August editing/revising/rewriting the ENTIRE MANUSCRIPT. I can so do this. I will do it.

Apparently, I will make awful noises while I do it, but hey, you work with what you got.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

20k and counting!

Day 6 of NaNoWriMo has come to a close for me and I'm at 20,880 words. Woo! According to the website, at this rate I'll finish Nov 15! Awesome...because if I can hold the pace after that, I might be able to knock out the whole draft by the end of Nov. I almost always shot for a 100k first draft.

Here are the things that are making this work for me:

  • I've accepted that I will have a shit ton of edits to do when this month is over. This helps me write without worrying about that perfect sentence or word choice right now.
  • I did a really comprehensive outline before I started. For the most part, I'm following it fairly well.
  • BUT when the scene or characters want to run a little off my intended track, I let it happen. I've come up with some cool ideas this way and it all really boils down to my first bullet - if it doesn't end up working, I can just cut it or rewrite in draft 2.
  • I'm a competitive person and having friends doing NaNoWriMo with me helps me stay motivated. I love seeing awesome word counts from my buddies! It's inspiring! And it makes me want to put up the highest numbers I can.
How's everyone else do this NaNoWriMo? :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Back in the saddle

I started off November with a writing bang yesterday! I wrote 5,086 words on my new project (called Ashfall for now) for my first day of NaNoWriMo 2010. It felt good to flex my brain to fingers to keyboard to word doc muscles, which have been enjoying a vacation from writing and revising for the last month or so. But it was time - the creative itch was getting pretty persistent.

Quite a few of my writer friends have caught the NaNo bug this year, so this should be a really fun month.

Are you doing NaNo? Friend me! "The Screaming Guppy" is my NaNo name. I bet you NEVER would have guessed, huh?

Hooray for writing and not revising - at least until the end of November.