All posts tagged: National Novel Writing Month

Life after 50K

Before I get caught up in the December festivities, let me take this moment to celebrate the month that was. November. To most, it’s that time of the year to play catch-up—with the work and personal goals they haven’t quite achieved yet, with the pre-Christmas-rush shopping, with their friends and family before everyone gets busy with the holidays. To aspiring authors, it means only one thing: NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month, aka the month of uninhibited word vomiting, of ignoring the backspace key, of backing up documents to the point of paranoia, and of shamelessly indulging in excessive amounts of coffee, chocolate, and junk food (that is, unless you’ve got GERD like I do). This was my third time to join NaNo, my third time to win it, and my third time to not finish my novel in thirty days. The first time, I came in without a plot, simply armed with an idea that I thought was totally brilliant. I wrote the required 1,667 words a day when I could and made up for what I …

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 …