If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. — Thomas Edison
So... the calendar says we are halfway through the NaNo Month. Conveniently, I am halfway through my story, with the anticipation that once I finish this blog and start to write this morning, I will be slightly ahead.
A few people on the NaNo boards are finished. One finished in eight days -- I wonder what it looks like?
Many won't "win" at NaNo, but in my opinion, just by trying and doing what they can, many times far more than they've ever done, they've won. Writing 10,000 words when you've only ever written the first five pages of a story is fantastic!
I imagine I'll see this blasted thing through to the bitter end. I've given myself permission to work on another project at the same time IF I managed the bare minimum of words for NaNo first. Yesterday I worked on a short story and got another 600 words written on top of what I did for NaNo.
Next year for NaNo (and, yes, I'll do it again next year, good Lord willing and the creek don't rise) I will be better prepared. Each year, I learn a little more about the process. This year, I worked mostly on the characters and not on the story. I need to work more on the story since it appears that the characters work very nicely on themselves.
It's raining here and we're all bouncing off the walls. Today is supposed to be the nicest day of the week, it's merely overcast and gray, so we're canceling school and going to Nashua (well, Tyngsboro, really -- but you don't care about that, right?) to visit Trader Joes, one of my very favorite places. Ceri, I'll wave as I go south :-)
And so are the days of my life. How are you?
I think I've pegged why I'm dragging through this story -- it's too freakin' serious! I took a wander over to the dares board at NaNo and, aside from the fifteen chickens thing, found nothing I could use because my characters are so normal (well, except for Ben's wardrobe). That must change and I'll have to give some thought about how to do so. I don't like such sober stories!
This morning, writing was painful. This afternoon was better. So far, I've managed 1,661 words for a grand total of:
27,017 / 50,000
Do I need to be done with an experience to write about it?
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