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NaNoWriMo Tales 1: The First Week

It’s the end of my first week of NaNo-writing — or the start of my second, if you’d rather — and thus far, I have a grand total of…(drumroll)…11,535 words. It’s nothing to scoff at, but it’s not exactly near the 18,337 word count that I should have by now. You might ask: if I’ve got a ton of catching up to do, why am I wasting my time writing in my blog? I suppose the best answer would be that this serves as some sort of a warm-up exercise for me to get the my fingers tapping away at the keyboard and my brain juice flowing. As of this moment, the thoughts and words come in trickles rather than the much-anticipated torrents. I haven’t even started the real action in my story yet already I’ve come across that major villain called writer’s block. And my God, it’s a big one. So big that I’m actually considering doing an entire rewrite…which would probably amount to NaNo-suicide as that would mean starting off with nada once again. Nope, I don’t think …

Here’s to a month of crazy, manic writing

This is going to be a quick one. Somehow, I lost my mind two weeks ago and signed up to join NaNoWriMo 2012 for the first time. It’s a goal of mine to publish at least one novel in my lifetime, and I figured, what better time to start than NOW? Thing is, I’ve forever been starting a new novel, but never get around to actually finishing it. SO. 50,000 words in 30 days = 1667 words a day. Talk about a mind fart. I officially started last Thursday afternoon by jotting down a couple of words in my little notebook, then switched to typing on my iPhone’s Evernote application. You could say that I was distracted, as I had white sand between my toes and could hear the lure of the gentle waves of the beach. I managed to write what I later discovered what was almost a thousand words — a whole first chapter. That was November 1. Since then, I’ve only written a handful of sentences, when I should be nearing 6,667 …