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post #41 of 369
I'm a single homeschooling mom whose ex just stopped paying child support due to a drug addiction. I'm juggling 3 part-time WAH jobs and trying to find more, while homeschooling my kids, taking 2 upper level college courses, volunteering at the animal shelter, fostering ten bottle-feeding kittens, an injured adult cat, and a blind cat. And I wrote 1675 words today.

My kids are 7, 5, and turning 4 tomorrow.

If I can do this (or at least try), then in my opinion, everyone (who wants to) can!
post #42 of 369
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OK, this is one of those things I'm kicking myself over never having heard of before...

So what I want to know is, as I briefly contemplating doing this with an approx 8mo and then decide maybe it will be easier next year with a 20mo, how old are your kid(s), and when do you find the time??
After they are asleep/during naps/during a movie that holds everyones interest (unless you are pregnant and accidently fall asleep! That happened to me, uhm, today, during my carved out writing time of Mulan for the kids). I am finishing today with 1729, the first 200 written last night, about 500 sitting in the backyard with the kids while they played, got it up to 800 when we were at my parents for awhile this afternoon & they were playing with their aunt (i have a laptop, can you tell?) and the rest after sleep time.

If you can keep the words coming, you can do it. With an 8 mo write-in's might not be so possible, but my youngest right now is 2 so I am hoping to get to a write in this weekend and just write for about 2 hours.

It is fun even if you don't finish, especially if you can participate in your regional activities (if they exist). It's nice to do it with a group !!!

now? Sleep!
post #43 of 369
I ended day one with 2041 words. But it's one of the lousiest pieces of writing I've ever done! I'm not used to writing quickly and not editing as I go.

I know my characters but I'm not getting into the flow of their voices. I'm all over the place in just those 2041 words. I'm hopeful things will improve and I'll find my stride.

Despite the troubles, I'm having a blast with this project. I'd like to keep updating here because the NaNo site is a bear to deal with.
post #44 of 369
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I ended with 2059 words. Haven't done any writing for day 2 yet (it's already morning here in the UK) but plan to do some tonight. I am on the laptop during the day, and have the novel saved to the desktop upstairs.

My girls are 3 and 1, so I write my nano at bedtime and naptime, because I am trying to focus a little more attention.

Just curious--I had a pretty clear idea of beginning, middle, end when I sat down, and am headed down that path. Anyone else know what they are writing, and doing it? Or is everyone else just sort of flying by the seat of their pants? I'm not sure what direction mine will take in the end and how exactly I'll get there, but I know where I'm going (I think)...am I the only one? Nothing wrong with either way...just curious!
post #45 of 369
i am attempting this with a 3 month old! i will write when she is sleeping, or hand her to her dad!

1678 words on the first day! let's just hope i keep it up!

i have my MC and the beginnings of a plot, but no idea how it will end!
post #46 of 369
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Originally Posted by Arwyn View Post
OK, this is one of those things I'm kicking myself over never having heard of before...

So what I want to know is, as I briefly contemplating doing this with an approx 8mo and then decide maybe it will be easier next year with a 20mo, how old are your kid(s), and when do you find the time??
I have a one-year-old (just turned one a couple weeks ago) and a three-year-old. I find writing time at naptimes and in the evening after they go to bed. Also a little bit during the day when they're playing but, boy, does it get distracting.



So, I tried NaNo's site again this morning and YES! It is so much faster in the morning! Yay! So now, how do I add people as buddies? It says to go to their profiles? How do I do that? I want to add you all as buddies.
post #47 of 369
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I ended day one with 2041 words. But it's one of the lousiest pieces of writing I've ever done! I'm not used to writing quickly and not editing as I go.

I know my characters but I'm not getting into the flow of their voices. I'm all over the place in just those 2041 words. I'm hopeful things will improve and I'll find my stride.
Yeah, that's where I am too. I got to 2075 words last night and I am rather embarrassed of how bad it is so far. This is probably therapeutic for me, since I'm usually so perfectionistic about my writing. Anyway, I think it could be edited into something good, so I plunge on . . . hoping to find my groove soon! If not, whatever, at least I can say I finally finished something.
post #48 of 369
I've got an 8 year old and a 3 year old. My oldest is in school during the day, so I write when the little guy naps and after both of them are in bed. Ds2 doesn't nap everyday though, but I'm not opposed to a little tv time so I can get some writing done. I'm also 7 months pg with ds#3 and like to nap myself - lol.

I have my characters and a very general idea of where I want to go with my story, but I don't like to do a lot of preplanning anyway. I truly write better when I can just type. I do plan each chapter very loosely before I write it, usually the night before.
post #49 of 369
Wow - MaWhit, your own story is a novel in itself! Best of luck!!
post #50 of 369
Re: finding the time ....

I have a 5 y.o. in kindergarten, so she' s taken care of. As for the 10-week old: breast + boppy = hands free typing for pretty good stretches of time!
post #51 of 369
Help! I'm writing... But I have NO idea what I'm doing! I have characters and a setting, but no plot! For now I'm doing character development stuff, but have no idea where to take them. I scanned the "adopt-a-plot" thread on the NaNo site, but none of the ideas seemed to suit my characters. I'm looking for something much closer to real life, just a story about a family and a woman finding a place in her extended family, and finding a partner. This is what I like to read and like to write--just normal life stuff--but I need a PROBLEM, a CHALLENGE, something to turn this into a STORY rather than a long diary entry... Does anyone else know what I'm talking about or can anyone point me to any good plot-development resources? TIA, and I'm already encouraged by all of you, just knowing that you're all in this with me!
post #52 of 369
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Help! I'm writing... But I have NO idea what I'm doing! I have characters and a setting, but no plot! For now I'm doing character development stuff, but have no idea where to take them. I scanned the "adopt-a-plot" thread on the NaNo site, but none of the ideas seemed to suit my characters. I'm looking for something much closer to real life, just a story about a family and a woman finding a place in her extended family, and finding a partner. This is what I like to read and like to write--just normal life stuff--but I need a PROBLEM, a CHALLENGE, something to turn this into a STORY rather than a long diary entry... Does anyone else know what I'm talking about or can anyone point me to any good plot-development resources? TIA, and I'm already encouraged by all of you, just knowing that you're all in this with me!
It sounds like your subject matter is character development and/or personal growth. So, your challenge/problem is going to be more internal than an external situation. Even if it was external, your focus would be on the internal side of it. Right? Okay, if I got that right, then here are some ideas:

Who is your Main Character's primary challenger? I call this the Impact Character. In a story, if you imagine the MC has been happily journeying through life up till this point using one way of living that has pretty much always worked for her, well, the Impact Character is the one who suddenly challenges that. S/He provides an alternate "way of doing things" or alternate belief system, either by teaching/trying to change the MC actively, or perhaps just by existing (they don't even necessarily have to know the MC very well). An impact character could be a "good guy" or a "bad guy" but there will always be friction and conflict between them and the MC, because that's kind of what the story's about, at least the main character's personal story-- about how their previous way of life is challenged by the Impact Character, and about the impact that the impact character ultimately has on them.

EX: In "Gone With The Wind", Scarlett's Impact Character, is of course, Rhett. In "Toy Story", Woody's Impact Character is Buzz. In the first Harry Potter book, his Impact Character is Professor Snape. In "The Matrix", Neo's Impact Character is Morpheus. In "Casablanca", Rick's Impact Character is Ilsa. In the first Star Wars movie, Luke's Impact Character is Obi Wan Kenobi, in the second movie, it's Yoda, and in the third movie, it's Darth Vader. The Impact Character is not necessarily a teacher, but they are someone who challenges the Main Character's present way of life, and thereby the MC experiences growth. they may be presenting a better way of living, or they be presenting a worse way of living. In the end of the story, either the Main Character can change, or the Impact Character can change, or niether can change, or both can change, effectively "switching" mindsets I guess.

So, think about who is your Main Character's Impact Character (IC). How do they see things differently? what does the Main Character want? What does the Impact Character want? What's the friction between them? Does the MC change in the end? Does the IC change? Do they puttheir differences behind them and discover "we're not so different, you and I" or not?

Hope that gives you some food for thought, I desperately need to get back to writing! Darnitt, baby just woke up. :
post #53 of 369
LionTigerBear, thanks so much for that encouraging and PRACTICAL post! I'm going to have to ruminate on that for a while.

I just wanted to share some words of encouragement with y'all that I've come across in the last hour. This is a quote that I found in the siggy of an MDC mom (I know, I shouldn't have been on any other thread, but...!) "The other side of every fear is freedom." ~Marilyn Ferguson I don't know who MF is, but I DO know that writing is a project that is fraught with fear for me. I haven't written a word since graduating from college nearly seven years ago because I am such a perfectionist, and so deeply afraid of... I'm not even quite sure. But I know that if I push through this fear I will find freedom, and that's what this NaNo is about for me. It's not about writing The Great American Novel, it's about freeing myself from fear.

Also, my loving dh was encouraging me (and he also took dd, so that's helpful!) and told me that Mike Lowell (Red Sox star for those of you not from NE) had a phrase in the post-season where he kept telling the team that they had to "Push and grind." So, ladies, let's push and grind and get our wordcounts going!
post #54 of 369
I am experiencing terrible writer's block. It's actually not plot related-- I can think of lots of places for my story to go-- it's just my rebellious brain. I just want to take a nap! I feel like brain is saying "I don't WANT to write a novel, I WON'T do it! You can't make me!" Ha ha, we'll see about that, right? But I'm just having a hard time focusing. *sigh*

I really do want to take a nap. :yawning:
post #55 of 369
Thanks, CarenSwan, I needed to hear that! (And go RedSox!!!)

I definitely have that fear of imperfection thing . . .

Okay, push and grind . . . freedom here I come!
post #56 of 369
It's nice to see all of you over there!
post #57 of 369
I signed up although I have no idea why. I am already neglecting so many other things already.
post #58 of 369
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Originally Posted by CarenSwan View Post
LionTigerBear, thanks so much for that encouraging and PRACTICAL post! I'm going to have to ruminate on that for a while.

I just wanted to share some words of encouragement with y'all that I've come across in the last hour. This is a quote that I found in the siggy of an MDC mom (I know, I shouldn't have been on any other thread, but...!) "The other side of every fear is freedom." ~Marilyn Ferguson I don't know who MF is, but I DO know that writing is a project that is fraught with fear for me. I haven't written a word since graduating from college nearly seven years ago because I am such a perfectionist, and so deeply afraid of... I'm not even quite sure. But I know that if I push through this fear I will find freedom, and that's what this NaNo is about for me. It's not about writing The Great American Novel, it's about freeing myself from fear.

Also, my loving dh was encouraging me (and he also took dd, so that's helpful!) and told me that Mike Lowell (Red Sox star for those of you not from NE) had a phrase in the post-season where he kept telling the team that they had to "Push and grind." So, ladies, let's push and grind and get our wordcounts going!
I'm sort of in the same boat as you, CarenSwan. I have this idea of where I want my story to go, but what keeps happening is that I'm getting bogged down with the details--specifically, the time line. I know that I want to jump back and forth in time throughout my novel around a pivotal point, but I haven't decided what that point IS yet. So I keep stopping to draw out my time line and think, when really, what does it MATTER? If each chapter is a date, I can always re-arrange the dates later?

I need to stop this nonsense and write it...I can fix the details later.
post #59 of 369
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Originally Posted by Arwyn View Post
OK, this is one of those things I'm kicking myself over never having heard of before...

So what I want to know is, as I briefly contemplating doing this with an approx 8mo and then decide maybe it will be easier next year with a 20mo, how old are your kid(s), and when do you find the time??
Whenever I can find the time at work (WOHM) because there's no way to do it at home. If I were a SAHM it wouldn't be possible at all at this time. Because I don't get up earlier than my kids or stay up later than them either. Don't get me wrong, I won't finish in November. But I have a personal mission to finish by Dec. 31. :
post #60 of 369
Well, I got off to a slow start last night, and I had to play catch up, but I'm making decent time. I'm still pretty far behind, but I think I can make it all up before bedtime tonight. Unfortunately, ds is clammoring for some computer time, boxes need unpacking, and I need a shower!

So, a break now and back to work soon!
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