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National Novel Writing Month – the Exciting Conclusion November 29, 2007

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Well, that’s it. I’m done–not done with the novel I’m writing, unfortunately, but done with the first 50,000 words. I’m only about halfway through my tentative outline, but I will happily put this thing aside for a while.

What did I learn about myself this year?

I learned that I am capable of sucking it up and writing, even when I am not making a lot of sense, even when I am writing stuff that I don’t think people will find very entertaining (and keep your comments about that being analogous to this blog to yourselves, please), even when I know that I will probably delete pages and pages of what I have written when I begin the editing process.

Yes, I am a writer. I learned that last November. This year I learned a skill that can be more important than writing. I learned that I can just type. I can disconnect my brain and just clatter away at the keyboard, coming away with 50,000 words.

I am a typist, which is like being a writer, I guess, but without the perks.

What will next year’s NaNoWriMo bring?

Good luck to all of you who are still hammering away at this thing.

NaNoWriMo Day 23 November 23, 2007

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Caught up today, after being behind my count for much of the last week. The lack of posting on this site means exactly what you would think it means: I am having a little trouble with the novel this year.

I am trying to go easy on my self. My wife says that this one is much harder to write because it takes place in the real world, where the plot devices that drove last year’s nano-novel, a comic-horror story, would look silly and contrived. It’s true, of course. Some days, though, a monster, a bit of magical realism, an explosion, would really help tack on more words.

Here’s a picture of my desk (click to enlarge).

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It’s like pulling teeth every day. But somehow, they all grow back overnight.

NaNoWriMo Day XII November 12, 2007

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Nice to get a holiday in the middle of November like this, one where you don’t have to go somewhere to feast and all that.  I managed to catch up to the appropriate number of words today, as you can see by the new NaNoWriMo counter installed as a sidebar widget there on the right. 

It’s a good motivational thing, I think, to have that progress meter right on your blog where everyone can see it.  I mean if they (everyone) visited your blog.

NaNoWriMo Day VIII November 8, 2007

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NaNo is definitely harder this year.  It’s not just the fact that they don’t have those cool widgets for your blog that showed the progress you are making from day to day (even though having one again this year would make me feel a little better.)

One problem is that I finished the novel I wrote last year–I have already “won” this thing.  So this year my goal was to be a little different.  I wanted to write a good novel this year.  This conflicts directly with the goal of NaNo, of course.  The idea is to write 50,000 words, not the great American Novel.  But my goals are not that lofty.  I just wanted it to be better than last year’s novel, to be good, and so far, it is not good. 

So it is kind of a slog, frankly. 

Meeting the goal each day does not seem like such an accomplishment because I sucessfully completed my first novel last November.  And I’m also not putting the rest of my life on hold to do this thing, because fear of not completing it is not a motivation either.  It is especially not a motivation because I don’t expect the first draft to be very good, because I want the finished product to be really good.  I intend to revise it, so this is going to take away some of the pleasure of “finishing” it at the end of the month.  Although I will have written 50,000 words, the novel won’t be anywhere near finished.

Yuk, is what I’m saying. 

NaNoWriMo 2007 – Day 1 November 1, 2007

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NaNoWriMo starts today, and I only got four hours of sleep last night (too tired to get up to turn the heater down, too warm and itchy to sleep, plus too much work crap to think about).  But this morning I find in my inbox a pep talk from Tom Robbins. 

Tom Robbins is one of those people who made me want to write, way back when.  I think I was a Junior in high school when I read Still Life With Woodpecker.  There was a time when I could quote the first chapter of the book, or the forward or whatever, verbatim.  Just having Tom urge me and the other 89,999 participants on inspired me.  Thanks, Tom–love your stuff. 

So, despite being tired and preoccupied, I’m doing this nano thing once again.

It’s going to be a little different this time, my approach. (do you like how wordy that sentence is, compared to how short it would be with active voice?)  Last year I posted the whole novel as I wrote it, finishing on the last day of November with the denouement.  So, completely linear.  If I hadn’t written it in a linear fashion like that, anyone reading it, day to day, would have been confused (more confused than necessary, I mean).  This year I’m trying to write a better novel, so I’m not going to be so linear.  I’m going to give myself the freedom to go back to chapter whatever and add some more, whenever I want, or start with chapter 15, if necessary. 

So I won’t be posting the whole thing.  Maybe some excerpts, if I think people might be interested.  Good luck to all the others bookmarked here who are participating, MoonTopples, strugglingwriter, Kaitlyn Gallagher, WritingGB, and the ones I forgot to list.  Let’s do this thing.