At midnight of Nov. 1, fueled by a mug of strong Winter Blend, I started National Novel Writing Month.
I decided this would be the time I would use it to my advantage rather than snag some idea out of midair and dive in.
- The weather is not at all cooperating. It’s been gorgeous and clear and beckoning me to soak up the rays. It’s not easy to peck away at the laptop when the shafts of sunlight provide the enticement of ‘C’mo-o-on, T, you’d better get out here because you know what kind of cold and gray and dark and wet awaits you any day now.’
- I tried some voice-to-text to crank out the words a little faster, but it’s going to take a little practice. The character’s voice doesn’t come out nearly as readily when I’m having to assume the role via my own voice.
- I have a whole box of books of ideas at the ready to fuel my plot, [One of my favorites from my teaching days [If You’re Trying to Teach Kids How to Write, You’ve Gotta Have This Book! by Marjorie Frank], but I just found that keeping a ‘sharpening the saw’ file on my computer is more helpful.
- The doubts are there, as usual. ‘Geez, the action is dragging along.’ And ‘You need to make the main character’s pace more urgent, more manic, more frantic.’ But I am trying to plow past those doubts. So far, I’m at 8000 words, so I’m decently ahead of pace and I’m having enough fun to keep it going.
- To keep in touch with my character’s voice, I read excerpts from Ellen Degeneres’ book, Seriously, I’m Kidding.
This is not a staged photo.
I am currently typing this one-handed.
Buddy–clearly not a patron of the arts.
My workaround for now is just listing notes for each of my characters in MacJournal.
Day 3 consisted of printing out material I’d prepared–outlines, etc., catering to his majesty’s every need, going to the Oregon State-USC football game...and deluding myself that I would easily catch up on word count today.
Folks, feel free to click right past. These updates are an accountability tool for me. As you can see, I’m well behind pace right now, but I’ve made up deficits before.
My less than specific story description [excerpt from an email to Sarra of heartbreathings.com]: I keep messing with my plotting strategy in my head. Part of me wants to avoid heavy dialogue because it really slows down the pace, even without the annoying punctuation. Part of me is considering working from three directions [characters] who will converge at various points in the story. Who knows?
Here it comes…big time.
And while it will be a distraction from your daily slog, perhaps this is just what you need…a distraction from your daily slog!
There’s plenty to be learned from this unedited dive into verbosity. But don’t take my word for it…
Come join the writers horoscoper in this 30-day launch into the unknown.