Well, where to begin? NaNoWriMo was a complete bust this year. I managed to write roughly 28,000 words and only a few hundred words here and there during the last two weeks of the month. I just could not bring myself to the keyboard and the story I had picked to write. I was so excited to begin and then as the month progressed the story just kind of fell apart. I may revisit the story again in the future and try to finish it.
With the last month of the year upon us and only a few weeks until Christmas I am looking at how I want to proceed with my writing. I have been reading quite a lot of short fiction these days and I am seriously considering going back to writing short fiction. I would love to get some stories published in one of the big sci-fi or fantasy magazines. There is a part of me that feels the need for the approval of being published in a magazine and vetted by an editor, rather than just publishing to Amazon as self-published works.
I plan to use the remainder of the year to commit to some introspection and determine what it is that I want from my writing and what I plan to do in the coming year. I think there are some interesting options available and I just need to pick a course and go for it. I always seem to try something and then get distracted by some other method or process. In the coming weeks I plan to share publicly how I plan to proceed and perhaps that will help keep me on track.
I haven’t posted any status updates on NaNoWriMo because I kind of fell behind over the past few days. The past few days I went back through my story and I think I have the parts that were bothering me taken care of.
I am back on track with my word count as of today. I am currently at 16,680, which is only 14 words ahead of the recommended count for day 10. I hope that I am able to bank a heavy day tomorrow and some additional words tonight.
Only got in 627 words this morning on the ferry and I am still struggling with the story. I was on a roll and then I just kind of ran out of steam. I’m not sure what the issue with the story is but I need to figure it out. I went to dinner with the family tonight and haven’t added anymore words to the count for the day. This weekend I’ll be doing some longer stints of writing and should be able to bank some more hours.
I still have not finished reading through my story on the Kindle and I am thinking I need to finish it. I am afraid I am writing myself into a corner with the most recent scenes and I would like to get through my reading before going too much further, so today I am going to stick with the 639 words I wrote this morning and go finish reading my first 12,000 words in preparation for continuing the story in the morning. Yes, I know this is slightly different from the theme of NaNoWriMo but I want to end with a structure and a story that I feel flows better than last year’s.
I only got in 1,182 words today, but the story is moving along nicely. I am currently at 12,032 words and I think it is holding together. Last night I read the first two scenes on the Kindle and while there were some minor edits, overall the story flowed nicely. Just a short post for today and tomorrow is another day.
Day three has been another good day of maintaining the writing streak I started on Saturday. I was able to write another 2,289 words, which brings my total to 10,850 words for the project. That means I am 1/5 of the way done with the 50,000 word goal. Now to export the story to .mobi for reading on my Kindle. I’ll see how the story flows and if I have written myself into any dead-ends like last year.
I’m using Scrivener for the Mac this year and the corkboard view is a godsend. I have been able to move scenes around effortlessly and it has made the writing process so much better than last year’s NaNoWriMo which I wrote in a text editor (iA Writer I think). The text editor was great for just getting the words out, but this year I would really like to have a functioning story at het end of the month.
Day two is nearing its end and I have another 1,870 words to show for my efforts, total word count is now at 8,561 for the first two days. I am happy with that word count thus far and plan to break the 10,000 work mark in the morning. I even managed to take my wife to breakfast, get a four mile walk with her in and make dinner, so all in all, not too shabby of a day. Oh yeah, I managed to get some words out on the blog too.
Well day one of NaNoWriMo is now complete with a healthy 6,691 words down in the new novel. I am quite happy with how the first day has gone and hopefully I will be able to get even further ahead with tomorrow’s word count. I found banking words ahead was a key to my successfully completing the 50,000 words last year and the more I can get ahead now the better.
I have spent the last few weeks thinking about this story during every free minute I have had and it’s paying off. I feel like the story is flowing better than every other story I have tried my hand at and I think the pre-planning has helped. I am trying a few new things with this novel and I hope it will help me have a more manageable story at the end of the month. My previous attempt at NaNoWriMo left be with a great skeleton of a story that needs (yes, I said needs as I have yet to face the editing of it) a ton of work. The last time I didn’t try to do any story mapping or anything, I just flew by the seat of my pants and let the words land where they wanted to. This year I’m trying a little more structured approach.
Well I’m off to enjoy some well-earned reading time. Currently I’m working my way through The Atlantis Plague, which is a fantastic book if you enjoy sic-fi.
This is perhaps my favorite holiday, the veils are thin, the dead are rising, and all manner of creepiness is afoot. Oh, and you can dress like a freak and people think you meant to. What holiday could be better than that? And if you’re lucky like I am, you have kids that you can take trick-or-treating and then help them eat their candy. Maybe you even lace that hot apple cider with a little something extra, if you know what I mean. Fun times for all.
Yes, this is my favorite holiday and it’s the anniversary of the first date I had with my wife. We had our first date on Halloween, perfectly normal right? The restaurant burnt our meal, I dropped her on a muddy log and made a sheepish comment that she was “heavy” and she still married me. Weird I know, it must have been my unending charm and knee-slapping sense of humor that won her over. Here’s (raises glass high) to many more decades together my love. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without you.
So, Happy Halloween and Happy Anniversary to my wonderfully magical and beautiful wife.
Another blog post? Damn, I’m on a roll here. I have been mulling around story ideas for November’s NaNoWriMo and I think I might just have a winner. It’s too early to share what it is yet, but I think it’s a story that will entertain. I completed NaNoWriMo last year (still haven’t finished editing last year’s story) and learned a lot about myself through the process. Hopefully this year will also prove enlightening.
I have so many ideas that float around in my head, and yet I have such a hard time moving the images I see in my mind to words on the screen. There always seems to be a disconnect between the two, an irreconcilable chasm between the two worlds. I wonder how one crosses this void? To reach across and pull the imagined worlds out of nothingness and into existence in words that another living being can read and experience, it is an elusive endeavor.
The challenge so often for me is the beginning, the starting, the doing. I am first and foremost a dreamer. I love living in a world of ideas and mental creations, while the actual doing and implementing of these ideas is much harder for me. I want to be a storyteller, a writer, and then I will go days without writing a word for fear that the words I string together will not be good enough. So, the stories in my mind wither and die, or worse, only live for me to experience and enjoy. Stories are made to be shared, to spread like a wildfire from mind to mind, leaping across time and space to reach the recipient from the mind of the creator.
I hope to learn to craft my words to move people through the stories I imagine, to share my imaginings with others and to entertain as I have been entertained by my favorite authors and the stories they have told. But first I have to overcome my fear of sharing my stories, my words, myself, with the world. It seems so easy and yet it is one of the hardest things to do.