Day One, Part Two

Hi again. Well, I think I’m done for now. My concentration isn’t where it should be for me to make a big dent in the story, but I did manage to re-read the chapter I’d left hanging and finish it up they way I think I’d intended when I’d started it. So hurray for that. I wrote about a page, which for a first effort isn’t horrible. But the point of this project is to write no matter how little, and I’m happy to say I’ve accomplished at least that. I might be able to continue with it later tonight, but we’ll see where my head is. I may try and write anyway, no matter what mood I find myself in, as a hopefully therapeudic activity. I do feel a little better having written the small amount, but I think sitting and relaxing a bit is going to help me more at the moment.

I’ll check back in with you guys if I do start up on Chapter 29. It would be nice to do so, considering the number and all… TTYL.

Today’s word count: 549

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Day One

Well, it’s 2:00 in the afternoon and while I’ve gotten a lot of things done, none of them relate to writing. You know how that goes, best intentions and all that. Well, I’m about to see if I can get a start on a few words for today, then take a break to go have dinner at mom and dad’s, after which I’ll come home and work a little more. I have a feeling this afternoon isn’t going to go as well as I thought. Trying to fit in writing in between drama club stuff and a little bit of life drama can be tricky, as I am discovering on this Day One of NNE (that’s the acronym for this project, Nik’s NaNoWriMo Experiment, if you didn’t catch that; it’s also much faster to type).

Okay, my friends. I’m off to write a little bit. I’ll check back in later and let you know how it went…

Tomorrow it begins…

Okay, everyone. Are we ready for me to start this thing? I hope so. I’m feeling a little nervous (but not necessarily intimidated) about this project. Hopefully my early Saturday morning at the theatre will revv me up to do some serious writing. I know winning third place in a Halloween costume contest at work this afternoon–I am currently dressed like Supergirl, cape, boots and all–has put me in a great mood. My mood was my only prize; Rob as Tony Stark/Mark I from Iron Man won the Garmin GPS and Ralph as Jackie Moon, basketball star won second. I think I did pretty good, myself, coming in 3/10? Let’s hope this streak of good luck continues and tomorrow I will write like the wind!

Or at least a determined author… :) Talk to you all tomorrow!

WLT Write-ins Update

Hi, all.

Just received this week’s Footnotes from the Writers’ League, and I won’t be able to make their first two free WLT-Hosted Write-ins. Drat! Why, you ask? Well, they’re both on Thursdays, which means…

  • Nov. 6th I’ll be in Art History class that night until 8:20 or so, which means I’d have a mere 15-20 minutes to work by the time I got to the coffee house as the session ends at 9:00. I can have more time to write if I go home and pretend I’m in a coffee house; I see a nice warm mug of sugar-free hot cocoa on the desk that night to keep the intent.
  • Nov. 13th the session is from 1-3 in the afternoon up in Pflugerville, which is a ways from my condo, not to mention the office. Oh, and there’s that whole pesky Art History Exam #3 which I’ll need to study for too.

If that wasn’t enough of a bummer, I won’t get to participate in the Lock-Down Write-In (7 PM – 7 AM on Nov. 7-8) due to a) an impending deployment of a software release at work before b) Eric and I head off really, really late to Plantersville, TX for a weekend at the Renaissance Festival. And yes, before you ask, I am bringing my laptop with me so I can write in the evening while we unwind from all the anachronistic mayhem. However, I may just get to do the Last Chance Write-In from 9 PM to midnight on November 30 for that “big final push” to get that last chunk of writing done. I wonder if my office will let me come in late so I can catch up on my sleep? :)

Just two days until the writing begins…

Hurray! I am not alone!

Hi, guys!

After receiving this week’s e-newsletter from the Writer’s League of Texas (of which I am a card-carrying member), it should have come as no surprise that I’m not the first one to come up with the “just write every day instead” idea for NaNoWriMo. It’s nice to know there are many more like me who want to continue with and/or finish a Work In Progress rather than starting a draft of something completely new. At this point, I think I’ll be working on this solo, rather than joining up with my fellow WLTers. My imagination is already running wild with images of a room full of writers gesticulating wildly and/or yelling at their laptop screens when the words just won’t come! =] I will keep my eye on the NaNoWriMo blurbs in future newsletters, however, and let you guys know if I venture out of the house/office and join others like me in trying to reach our writing goals.

Additionally, my goal to track my progress here daily has me unintentionally aiming toward reaching the goal of the lesser-known NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), which I discovered by clicking on the NaNoWriMo tag in Cyndi’s WLT blog (see below). I won’t be signing up for that one either because posting on one site will be hard enough, let alone on two of them. I will, however, let you know how this one goes too. 

That’s all for now, except to say, “only eight days to go before the Return of Chelsea!”

To read WLT Executive Director Cyndi’s notes on NaNoWriMo, click here.

Ready… Set… Write!

Hi, everyone! If you’re reading this, you’ve gotten the e-mail I sent or read the Facebook post about this little experiment of mine. Well, ladies and gentlemen, in just a few short days, it all begins. I have a few ideas on how I’m going to fit in all this writing (thank goodness for my DVR), and all support and/or encouragement will be much appreciated. All in all, I think by the time Nov. 1 rolls around, I’m going to be ready to get typing.

The NaNoWriMo competition (see about this experiment and related link at right) is asking its participants to aim for 50,000 words in 30 days. So far, my book has 314 pages with 128,289 words. I have to say, until this project, the most I’d ever written on a single project was maximum 65 pages. While I’m not 100% sure I can write half again as much in a month as I have in two years, here’s hoping this project will get me that much closer to a finished novel, and my greatest writing milestone to date.

Alright, everyone, I think I’m ready to go. Wish me luck!