Archives for November 2019

Respect, So much Respect

Respect, So much Respect

Description: fat white woman with pink hair wearing a NaNoWriMoShirt smiles at camera. She is sitting at a conference table in front of her laptop

Getting my write on

Every year my local NaNoWriMo region does a “Day of Writing Dangerously”, it’s kind of like the Night of Writing Dangerously that happened on the west coast, but it is during the day time and is not a fundraiser (which means it’s free as the hotel is kind enough to lend us one of their conference rooms). Some of us bring snacks. This year it was small, seven of us, I think. And I got some good writing done, because we got a few word sprints in (where someone sets a timer and we write as fast as we can for 15 minutes). I love it. It makes me miss NaNoMaine and the write-ins there. We had a great thing going on while it lasted.

I am still struggling with my book, it is still fun, but I really think it sucks. And I have so much respect for speculative fiction writers. It is one of my favorite genres, and it delights me so, but it is hard to write. Ugh. Maybe it will be easier once I figure out what the plot will be? Maybe?

Anyway, the word update: I am now at 8,219 words! I wrote 3,816 words today! AMAZING! I only have 41,781 words to go! If I write 3,214 words every day, I will make it to 50,000 by the end of November.

Not really holding my breath there, but it’s still within the realm of possibility.

Plugging Along

Plugging Along

Collage for Marilee and Badb Crush the Patriarcy

Collage for Marilee and Badb Crush the Patriarcy

Got another 896 words today. I know, I know, if I only wrote 4 more words, ONLY FOUR, I’d have an even 900. I realize that now, but it’s too late.

Here is a collage I did for last year when I had the same idea to do a novel. I started over again this year, but the premise is basically the same.

Look, I am not sure people would recommend my keeping the same premise. Those people might recommend that I should start with something new, something fresh. But. I really LOVE this idea. It delights me. And, while it may be a bit stale since it isn’t as fresh in my mind, I am just working my way around and working with it. I am discovering it.

Already unexpected things are happening. Characters are showing up. There is a sliver of a plot. And I am falling asleep, so I really should go to bed.

Word Count: 4,342 total, and 896 for the day

Word Count for 11/11

NaNoWriMo Day 10, I mean Day 2

NaNoWriMo Day 10, I mean Day 2

Pictured: White fat woman with pink hair wearing a dark blue 2019 NaNoWriMo shirt

Let’s do this! – Day – Taken on November 2, or Day 1

Ok. So I didn’t write all week, but I wrote today. And it was good.

For NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days/1 month – and the month chosen is November, because it has 30 days, I suspect.. I wrote on Day 2 – which I forgot to post about, 952 words then. Today on Day 10, my total word count is 3,446 – meaning I wrote 2,494 words today. Which is AMAZING. The NaNoWriMo website is helpful in telling me that at this rate, I will be finished in March. Thanks helpful word-count-bot!

Hey, did you notice my spiffy NaNoWriMo shirt in the picture above? Awesome isn’t it. I bought it as an incentive to complete the challenge this year. And, if I keep writing this many words per day I can definitely finish by November 30th. I mean, I bought the shirt, I HAVE to keep going.

Pictured: screen shot of a NaNoWriMoWord Count. There are 2 days with new totals, November 2 and November 10. Current Count is 3,446

Good work today, but a long way to go!

The difference with my writing today is that I just started to do stream of consciousness stuff until I figured out what I wanted to talk about. I had this idea of using an unreliable omniscient narrator, one that would take a conversational tone with the readers. You know, dear reader, and whatnot. Not sure where this is going, but it is helpful – I feel like I am fishing for the story. Start writing, and I find out what the narrative is. I mean, I’m a pantser, for sure (will explain below). I just have to remember to keep the eye on the prize. The goal is not good, it is finished. Write a draft. That’s it. Get ‘er done.

Ok. I am a pantser. That means I don’t use an outline and I write “by the seat of my pants”. In the writing binary, there are also plotters. They plot their entire novel. Now, like many things, it seem like there is a pantser/plotter spectrum. Some plotters pants it and some pantsers plot. I tried being a plotter this year, or at least a hybrid. But Pantsing is winning again. I’m good with it.

Screenshot snippet:
Screenshot with words: "Who is Marilee, I think she is a case of missed opportunities and unrealized potential"

Helllllooo There! Back from the not posting in a while

Helllllooo There! Back from the not posting in a while

I was going to say back from the dead, but I’m too superstitious to do so.

Thought I would blag to say hey! And, since I am doing NaNoWriMo again this year, I thought I would try to blag my progress.

So far 0 words!

Pictured: Screen shot of NaNoWriMo wordcount tally with 0 words so far

Just starting NaNoWriMo so 0 words so far!