Before the kickoff of NaNoWriMo 2014, I wrote this guest article over on tanyagold.com:
On the cusp of NaNoWriMo 2013, approximately 20 people gathered at the Portsmouth Public Library this evening to get advice and inspiration from published authors and past NaNoWriMo participants. This is my third year participating in NaNoWriMo, but I always find helpful tips at these gatherings—tips that pop into my head as I stare bleary-eyed at the words of my novel as they fill the screen at at a pace altogether too slow for my liking.
|My third NaNoWriMo year!|
NaNoWriMo, you really took it out of me this month; my everything hurts.
But man, was it worth it! I can’t believe I actually finished—writing the last 13,556 words in under 6 hours this evening and finishing 35 words over and with 10 minutes to spare before midnight!
|I totally won, two years in a row. (proof here)|
Good night, November.
Ahh, how the mighty wallaby has fallen! I mean, it’s still ONE of the top words, but considering my story, I feel much better having “tree” be the top word. It really is the main character.
I think my stats this year are decidedly behind where they were last year…
|At word count: 10,836|
But hey, I’m making progress. Ommwriter is helping for sure, with the blocking out of the rest of the screen. Distractions are my #2 struggle this year… behind #1, which is the beck and call of the television. I tell you, man, I’ve been putting in some serious hours at work over the past several months, and it only ever gets busier and busier. And the longing for burying myself under the covers and watching that day’s Ellen, or catching up on Parks and Rec or Dexter (see above Wordle for some not-so-subtle fan/character naming) or … any number of mindless, humorous, and entertaining things on a screen that DOESN’T stare back at me demanding WORDS, MORE WORDS! Stay strong, Crystal. We can do this.
Hang in there, you fellow NaNo-ers!
And if you have any particular inspirational-y type quotes, or videos, or articles, etc., I’m a junkie for them when I’m tackling a writing project. I mean, click over to my Inspiration page, watch those two videos, and tell me that doesn’t inspire you to create a productive and creative space for yourself! I’ve pretty much taped John Cleese’s advice to my wall in chunks above my character snapshots and plot tidbits.
|That strip of papers above the trim is John Cleese advice|
I kept it blurry to keep the MYSTERY of my novel alive… intrigued? Muahahaha!
Okay, back it it. Two hours more to hit 15k…
Just in case you’re wondering what my novel is about in terms of which words I use the most, here it is!
|Created on wordle.net|
Yup, that DOES surprise me. No, my novel is NOT about wallabies. They aren’t even the main characters. But apPARrently, that’s what I’ve mostly mentioned so far as far as word count goes. Huh. Very interesting.
Thanks to the Portsmouth Public Library, I’m at a write-in right now. Not a huge turnout today… I think having to postpone the kick-off party last week due to Hurricane Sandy really put a damper on the excitement. Not that that could have been helped… though I wish they had rescheduled it! Oh well.
Can’t wait for a Kaffe Vonsolln-sposored Tuesday! Dunkins is great and all, but Vonsolln has better pastries. And in regards to coffee, I had three cups before I arrived here, and I’m a one-cup-a-day, MAYBE two cups if it’s THAT KIND of day, kind of girl. So, I’m already jittery. And I’m drinking Dunkin’ coffee, which is like the worst of all in terms of jitters. I may have to go get a bottle of water and a ham sandwich soon to mitigate the blood sugar/caffeine crisis my body is in right now.
Um, so apparently my word count should hit 10,000 today… 10,002 to be exact. Uhhhh… I’m at 4,292. So:
Ohhhhhh we’re (almost) halfway theeeeerrrrre!
|In case that’s too small to read, I’ve posted these 1st four paragraphs as my excerpt on my NaNo profile.|
|This screencap made possible by the wonderful Skitch, of course.|
|Listen or subscribe to my NaNoWriMo playlist here.|
This is apparently what my dinner looks like when I studiously attend to my writing goals instead of life as I normally conduct it… Um, I think I need to do a Ramen and cold cuts run tomorrow on my way home from work.
Oh, and I’m sure you’re also dying to know what a real live novelist wears:
Until the next time I find the laundry supplies, this will likely be my novelist uniform. Glamorous, right? As Ray Bradbury said, “Have fun with your writing. Don’t be self-conscious and superintellectual.” I think what he’s really saying there is: wear flannel snowman pants, More Cowbell thirts, and stripey fuzzy socks, since that’s really the best way to be comfy while clacking away idealistically at your keyboard. At least, that’s how *I* read it.
I have changed my Facebook cover…
…although I have determined that Facebook is NOT the platform for NaNo fellowship and updates. Obviously, Twitter is the best NaNo platform, second being the NaNoWriMo website itself (which was in various states on over capacity last I checked—yay, writers!) but just in case you wondering, Facebook isn’t easy to integrate into your NaNo-ing. First of all, I discovered to my great ire this morning that you canNOT “Pin to Top” on a personal page. Also, Facebook doesn’t really suport PNG files, so my word count widget is stuck on “76 words” now (so really, actually, it’s totally fine that I couldn’t pin in to the top…). Anyhoo, I’ll stick with Blogger for people to find out if I’m still alive and how I’m doing (check out that widget on the top of the right column! It’s totally up-to-date!), and Twitter for human contact on my writing breaks.
Oh boy, y’all… I’m sort of psyched about my concept. It’s a bit nebulous right now… the plot is really missing, but I have a Pinterest board for inspiration (check it out for clues! comment below with your best guesses!) and a growing Rdio playlist for atmosphere. That’s all the hinting I’ll do right now, though… only 366 words in and it’s after 9:30pm already! Sheesh!
Goal of the week:
Oh, just look at me… so young, so full of hope and the promise of more words! I was 25 days into NaNoWriMo last year when I took this photo… little I know, then on the precipice of finishing what was inarguably a work of pure genus, that it would be September of the following year and I’d still have that same draft, unable to cut anything that would remove the few early plot holes that came of “pantsing” the whole novel.
It’s currently just over a month away from NaNoWriMo 2012, and … the sight of this photo terrifies the ever-livin’ outta me.
My apologies in advance to the universe for becoming a complete hermit throughout November. Send green tea and more Batman soundtracks if you must; other than to selfishly accept such offerings, I shall be unreachable.
Here’s to another month of frivolity before the November of Delirious Solitude!
Oh hey, how’s it going?
Me? Not much, why?
Oh, I forgot: