NaNoWriMo 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 26: Finish line!

November 26, 2011

I just crossed the 50,000-word mark, which means that I’m officially a NaNoWriMo 2011 winner! Big smiles! In fairness to the art form of the novel, however, I’d like to be clear that these 50,002 words are in no way a reader-ready draft. That’s going to take at least another month of editing. At least. Still, [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 25: Home stretch!

November 25, 2011

I have 4,555 words to go before I hit the 50,000-word mark. It’s been a busy month, what with participating in NaNoWriMo, doing the prep work required to publish Realms Unreel on the Amazon Kindle store, and starting to develop a self-promotion plan for the book. So much of my brainpower is consumed with promotion planning [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 19: Time for editing

November 19, 2011

I managed to get ahead of my word count quota for NaNo, so I’ve spent the last two days imposing some editorial oversight on the draft. This turns out to be a fairly different process from self-editing Realms Unreel, because I never wrote anything close to 35,000 words without interrupting the process for editing. I don’t [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 14: Debts of Honor

November 14, 2011

For the last year, my writing practice has been a fairly literal extrapolation of Dorothea Brande’s advice in her excellent book Becoming a Writer (I’ll paraphrase: “To become a writer, write every day, no matter how badly, no matter what.”) and Malcolm Gladwell’s questionable but undeniably inspiring claim in Outliers (I’ll paraphrase: “Do something for 10,000 hours, [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 13: Bushwacking across the halfway point

November 13, 2011

Crossed the 25,000-word mark this evening. I’m now at 25,068 words. I’ve been thinking a lot about the axiom repeated ad nauseam by writing instructors and fellow writers offering critiques to one another: “show, don’t tell.” At the moment, the vast majority of my NaNo novel is exposition–”tell”–because that’s almost always how my story ideas [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 12: Animism

November 12, 2011

Having chosen to make my narrator the first-person collective of architectural elements and objects in an old house, I find myself inspired to work backwards into the history of the house to figure out how animistic spirits came to reside there. The source of those spirits is becoming an interesting storyline in itself. The foundation [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 10: Leaving the editor hat on the hook. Or trying to, anyway.

November 10, 2011

I crossed the 18,000-word mark this evening, and I’m definitely getting to the length where I have to forcibly remind myself of the “don’t edit, just write” mantra. As much as I may repeat that mantra, though, I’ve already caved to the editing impulse. Only once. Okay, maybe a couple of times. Dorothea Brande’s (excellent!) [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 9: Delightfully bizarre points of view

November 9, 2011

When I read Joshua Ferris’ novel Then We Came to the End, the narrative point of view was a revelation to me. First person collective? If you had tried to explain to me how such a point of view might work, I would have understood it to be merely a novelty, a sort of academic [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 8: Fun with Puns

November 8, 2011

It’s fun to be glib. I’m spending today doing some scene editing and expansion, and I’m finding it irresistible to play with my inanimate object characters, even when it produces some pretty bad punning. For some reason, the faster I write, the more inclined I am to make fun of my story as it’s in [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 7: Rapid-fire scene work

November 7, 2011

I fell behind on my NaNoWriMo writing this weekend. My grandfather died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, and my husband and I traveled out to Texas to attend the funeral. In the midst of a lovely couple of days memorializing the patriarch of my fabulous (and enormous) extended family, there wasn’t much time [...]

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