I love NaNoWriMo. I love the deadline, and the knowledge of winning. I always win, you see. But I simply can’t do it anymore. Ah, NaNo. We had five glorious years together and produced eight delightful “books”. But yet, that’s the problem. “Books” not books. Because what I write for NaNoWriMo comes from the sputtering of “two thousand words, two thousand words”. It’s not quality. Quite often, it’s rambling. It’s the very worst of “I don’t know where I’m going with this, but hey look, words!!!“. NaNoWriMo has its perks. It forced me to put down stories that had been bouncing around in […]
Category: My Stories
Her mother ran her fingers over the ivory keys with the skill and grace expected of any lady. As she watched the way her mother’s fingers glided, Winnifred took a deep, unseemly breath, and just like that, the music stopped. The lid to the piano closed, hiding the keys beneath a cover of polished mahogany. Her mother sighed one of her exaggerated sighs that could only mean the depth of disappointment her precious daughter brought to her. Winnifred leBrenne didn’t need telepathy to tell that she would never be good enough for her high-strung mother. She stood, and looked down […]
When I finished my writing on Monday evening, I was exactly at 50,000 words. For the NaNo-ers out there, you understand the significance of 50k. This is a weird thing for me, because all but one of my “novels” have been written under the banner of NaNoWriMo. I typically exceed 50k anyway, but that’s the typical goal. I have some books that are on my shelf that are not far beyond 50k. I look at them and see thin but otherwise completed books. In Green, I have only just begun.
For me, there is never a point where the story is over. Whenever I think I am writing the next chapter, I always know what is going to happen next. In the case of my latest NaNoNovel, The Eden Experiment, every time I reached my intended stopping point, it felt like I hadn’t told enough of the story. They power shut down because of the riots on the outside. Did I give enough “footage” of the destruction? They got back to the Garden. I finally ended the story with their promise that they would live out the five year plan, as […]
This is the fastest I’ve every ambled my way to 50,000 words in NaNoWriMo, and that includes last year where I stumbled over about 10k words in a day as Sparky excitedly discovered the delights of a traditional greasy diner. This is one of the hardest parts of NaNo for me… when the word count stops being the central focus and my new goal becomes “oh crap, where is my ending and how do I hog-tie it before Thanksgiving?”. This is where, like in Strange, I see that I need to hurry things along and my descriptors fall off the face […]
I came on here to write a post on how I am illogically participating in NaNoWriMo again until I saw my last post and went, Aww, last time I was here, it was also NaNoWriMo! And then I scrolled down more. And discovered it was NaNoWriMo a few posts before that, too. After that, I came to a moment of self-realization: my blog is the place I go when I am procrastinating on NaNoWriMo. I am okay with this. I think I enjoy a little procrastination, and at the end of the day, it doesn’t affect my word count. Yep, that’s […]