Tuesday, 29 November 2011

HELLO OMG! That Was Just Crazy

Am still here, doing that thing called NaNo.

Today (yesterday, Monday. What day is it?) I just clocked up over 5,000 words! That's the most I've written in a day. By the way, today (I mean yesterday) was my day off. That helped. But still.

I had to do it though, to claw back on two days (I think) that I couldn't write because I was unwell. It's hard trying to get your brain to think and type at the same time when all it wants to do is sleep. Boo hoo. I had a stupid virus.

Obviously I've rallied round, but I don't want to go too crazy; I needs to get some creative sleep.

TWO DAYS to go!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

HELLO NaNo Day 22

It's been two weeks since I blogged.

I'm still NaNoing. Up to 37,000 and writing. It was a mammoth task writing up the work I'd written in my moleskine notebook, as well as getting my daily word count, but I got there in the end last week. Yey! Now that I'm typing straight on to the netbook, things are a little easier.

There are only eight days left of this madness. I can see the end of my story and the characters are willing me to keep writing. I've found the things that I'd planed to write for each chapter don't always get written, and that new ideas push their way in, demanding to be written. Thankfully, I haven't revised anything, if I had, I'd still be editing the first few chapters now.

I keep this mantra in my head:  this is a first draft, this is a first draft, this is a first draft.

In the past two weeks I've generally kept up to the daily count of 1667, though one day I went from 500 words to another day doing 3000! I'll let you know in a week whether or not it was worth it.

Monday, 7 November 2011

HELLO NaNo Day 7

A week has gone and I'm ahead (see word count metre). Phew!

The writing long hand thing's gone out the window-well two thirds out. I've always writen long hand and I think this article sort of explains a good reason to do it. For now; for NaNo, I will be typing straight on to Scrivener.

Before I get back to more typing, I thought I'd let you know that one of my writing buddies has WON!  They've achieved 50,000 words already? 

Saturday, 5 November 2011

HELLO NaNo Day 5

Today I met up with some fellow NaNoers at a write-in, in Cafe Nero's. We drink coffee, chatted, but mostly we were writing. I stayed for three hours and managed just short of 2000 words. Current tally is 11321.

One of the things I've learnt from today is that I might find it easier to type the novel straight on to my Netbook. Why? Because it will save time. NaNo is all about writing within a given time period-a month- and time is very precious. I think for my other novels, I will continue with my usual regimen; to hand write, and then type up later.

Also, writing in a cafe or library; away from familiar distractions, really boosts your word count. Probably a cafe is better because of the endless supplies of food and drinks.  

I'll be brief. I have 11321 words to type up.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

HELLO NaNo Day 3

So far, so good (6,400 words). I'm just glad I have a plan to write to; I'd be lost without one.

It's good to have a daily target, and also something to look forward to. I'm still managing to read, and at the mo it's Veronica Roth's YA novel, Divergent. Loving this. I had a look at her blog and found this gold piece of advice for NaNo.

That's just what I needed to read about. Write, write, write, and once the race is won, edit to your heart's content. It sounds simple, but am sure you writers out there all know how hard that is.

Have I mentioned my writing tools? Well, I'm a big fan of the black covered, plan page moleskine books. They might be pricey at £14.99 (something like that), but I think it makes a difference in the writing process; having something nice to write on. I've used these for a few years now and I won't be using anything else. Unless, that is, some freaky thing happens, and they stop producing them. It happened once. Reminds me of a Paul Auster novel, Oracle Night. He is a favourite author of mine and this book is brrrrrilliant!

Well, I suppose the choice of pen makes up for the cost of the moleskine. A few years ago, when I decided I was going to write a novel, Hubby bought me a lovely Cross pen for Christmas. It quickly ran out and I never got a refill for it (should have, really). Since then, I used whatever came to hand. Until, that is, I picked up one of my daughters, and it writes like a dream. It's just a simple black, ballpoint pen from WHSmith, and comes in a packet of 15. What a bargain.

So, I'm writing long hand and will type it up on Scrivener on a weekend (maybe). I've also discovered Evernote, an Android app (I know what one is now). I have it on my Netbook and mobile and I've found it invaluable.

I seem to have overrun on the short NaNo post update. Oh well. Back to writing more words for The Junk Room (the novel).

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

HELLO NaNo Day 1

It's NaNo Day!
I was typing away from 12 midnight, trying to get my first 500 words in. I made it with 4 extra words to boot.

The plan is: to complete 500 word chunks whenever and where ever. To me, this is easier than setting myself a big target in one sitting. So, today, I  had a chunk written in the wee hours, another just before lunch in Cafe Nero's, and another when I got home. Presently, I'm up to 1442, but I've still got this evening to get over 1667 figure. In case you're wondering, I'm not at work this week. That helps.