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#181 of 232 Old 11-07-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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Hey, I tried that write or die today. I wrote 449 words in 11 minutes. That was kind of fun.

I don't think I could keep that pace up without getting some serious carpal tunnel or unless I had a clear idea of what I wanted to say.
I find that I get the most use out of WoD when I want to get inside a character's head. It helps me get out of the way and let my character speak

How is everyone doing on the motivation front? I'm not finding my story flows as easy as I'd expected. While I can empathize with my MC--a victim of date rape--and our home lives were quite similar, I think I need to do more digging to find out what I'm getting wrong here.

At 14K, I'm a little behind my daily goal (for 75K) but if I hadn't spent most of last night procrastinating about calling my mum (what do you say to someone who is dying without sounding banal... or crass??) and in tears, I would have caught up. As it were, some of last night's word count was not actually story related, so I need to cut them from my count... leaving them in would feel like cheating

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I could not get out of the house today and only managed to write 300 words here at home. Disaster! Being behind now is rather depressing. I actually cried about it. I am just so tired. Pregnancy in November... well at least I am not giving birth as was the case for two of my NaNo years so far. LOL

Really though, I just have to hope I can focus tomorrow.

Hope the rest of you are doing better!

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We went to a local farm yesterday where they have tons of things for kids like slides of all sorts, haystacks you can climb through and over and lost of other things.. plus this weekend was pumpkin destruction weekend, so they dropped pumpkins from two stories high, to big splats (we even brought ours from home to watch it get splatted! ) catapults, squashers, etc..

But by the time we got home I was sooo exhausted, luckily DH let me take a nap.. 3 hours later I dragged myself out of bed to make dinner... and an hour later I was having a hard time holding my head up... spent an hour searching the forums about exhaustion, couldn't focus enough to get myself to get myself to write..

Been awake less then an hour today (let DS & I sleep in) and am ready to go back to bed again... Definitely calling the Dr tomorrow to make an appt to try to figure out what is causing this exhaustion.. praying it is something they can fix with supplements and not just my fibromyalgia kicking in.. Also need to schedule my sleep study, see if that is the problem..

For now I need to try to write 4,506 words for today to try to stay on target.. um now problem... PANIC!!!! Praying I can get DH to take DS outside so I can get some time without outside distractions... I provide enough of those for myself, thank you very much!

Praying all the rest of you are doing well on your NaNoing!

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I managed 513 words in 10 minutes thanks to write or die. I dare not try for more longer. LOL I do like that pace though when I have thoughts in my head to get out and only a short amount of time to do it. Now I just need more 10 minute sprints and I can cover the words I missed from yesterday and get to todays word count.

I will NOT cry over word count today darn it! LOL

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I'm sorry you're both having a hard time getting the words in. Just do the best you can. That's all you can do.

Kym, break up that 4K into manageable chunks... an extra 500 a day if you can manage, or less if you can't. You will catch up if you pace yourself. If you haven't already, I'd recommend the Nano 2009 report card. It's an excel sheet and it gives me my daily word count goal depending on how I did the day before. It's one of my favorite Nano resources

Kontessa, I'm glad that write or die is working. I like the ten minute bursts, too. I can get a lot done that way, but I find it harder if I'm writing dialogue

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Thanks Bella Catalina for your kind words..

Kontessa, praying for you and your exhaustion level.. praying it lets up soon!

Okay so I kinda cheated, because of the exhaustion and in and how far behind I was, and thanks to doing the first half of my novel last year, today I rewrote one of the chapters I wrote last year.. It was originally written in first person ,when I thought the story was going to all be about one character/ from her point of view... but later the story shifted and it switched to third person and I realized I would eventually have to rewrite the parts written in first person.. so that was part of what I did today .. adding words, changing some bits, etc.. for a grand total 5,122 words, meaning I am no longer behind and am actually a little ahead! I was hoping not to have to resort to cheating like this so early in the month, but life gave me obstacles and it just felt like it needed to be done..

Hopefully I'll be able to keep up from now on..

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Well...

I have officially 15,000 words right now (29 pages) into the book and it still has no title. My husband is not officially doing nano. He's got a title and chapter titles too. He's only got 9 pages though.

I did go to the regional writer's "event" yesterday without a lap-top. It was still enjoyable, and I got to meet 3 nice women who encouraged me and reminded me:

1. This is supposed to be FUN
2. Don't overthink things
3. Whatever you have today is more than you started with and oh yeah,
4. This is supposed to be FUN

Oh, and even though I don't think this is ever really good enough to be published, I am loving re-living some of the memories this is bringing back to me.

I think my girls will appreciate what life was really like for me in the crime lab.

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I caught up!

It feels like a huge thing!

I know NaNo is supposed to be fun, and it is, after I have finished my word count for the day! LOL

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I hadn't written at all for the past four days due to getting ready for DD's bday party (20+ people in my house- ack!), but today I finally got back to it. It seems like such slow going, since most of my noveling has been one-handed typing while nursing DS. But tonight I actually got a bit of two-handed typing in, and managed to go from 4K to 8K today. Woohoo! I'm still way behind, but if I can write at this rate for 4 more days (we'll see how that goes ), I can get caught up to my goal. I am enjoying having the excuse to use the writing as therapy re: a certain part of my life.

I will have to try out that Write or Die everyone is raving about.

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15k today, thank you Write or Die!!

I must say, this is probably the crappiest thing I've ever written. But I am having so much fun! For the first time since I wrote all my stories longhand in notebooks (when I was 11 years old), I am not getting bogged down in editing and futzing until I spend 2 hours agonizing over one paragraph.

My narrator is even starting to grow on me (I hated her until about 10k).

I have not bothered breaking things into chapters yet (I'll do that in december if I feel like editing/working on things). I have finally come up with a really sucky working title, though, that's better than nothing right?

My kids have finally gotten the message to not to try to talk to me or bug me when I've got the WoD screen on!

Despite the fact that it's utter crap, my confidence level in writing is soaring! Which is the whole point of NaNoWriMo for me. I wanted to prove to myself that yeah, actually I do have time to write (in 15 minute bursts, 3 or 4 times a day). And I'm getting the idea drilled into my head to WRITE first, edit later, and it's simply not going to be polished and perfect as I go and that's okay.

I am so sad I didn't learn that lesson earlier in my writing life though!
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I got the call today Mrs. P died over the weekend.

My daughter wants to go to the wake. It's going to be hard.

I've done no writing today, though I'm up to 15,100

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major_mama11-- Try Write or Die.. you'll like it! Everybody's doing it!

Tigerchild -- Congrats on making 15K!! As for not learning until now that you can write a novel 15 minutes at a time... just be glad you learned that lesson now!! You could still have at least half a dozen more decades of writing in you! Think of all the writing you can do in that time!!! (at 15 minutes at a time)

Miss Information I'm so sorry to hear about Mrs. P's death praying for your daughter and all who knew her..... On the writing side, congrats on making it to 15k!!

I made it to 15K, in part thanks to a long wait at the Drs office where I wrote a chunk of my writing today by hand which I later transcribed via Write or Die! That chunk and a tiny bit more helped me stay on track today!!!

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I have to share with all of you something cool that happened last night at dinner. I was explained to DH that I had figured out WHY the section of the book that I'm at and need to write is so hard for me to write.. It's because it is about people being mean to each other and being generally bad, and terrible things happening and I don't like having to think about that stuff much less having to write about it. But the story itself is a redemption story and there can't be a redemption if the characters don't go through this traumatic event, raiding, killing and possibly even raping and all...

So DH sat with me and he began talking about the present Bad guy, the one that basically causes the situation that results in the massive raiding, killing, etc.. and asking me about him and why he does what he does, his motivations, etc.. (the guy's drinking was his greatest weakness and in part what caused the whole situation (long and complicated..) So prodded me about why this guy drinks, weather it was social, what he was looking for when he drank etc?? THe entire conversation helped me get more into the mind and heart of that character, some of which I fleshed out even more last night and this morning and realized the guy is really more pitiful then anything else..

Hopefully I won't have to drag DH into every problem character, but at least I know he is there for when I am struggling... and he truly is a blessing!!

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Have to share with all of you an interesting motivation thread from the NaNoWriMo Forums: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/3435435 I was about to quote it, but I beleive that is against the mothering.com forum rules..

It's about the carrot and the stick to motivate a donkey.. carrot as a reward, stick as a punishment, to prod you on and get you moving.. Here is my examples (ie I was the one who actually posted these, so there should be no problem with quoting them) from today:

"Thought I'd give this a try:

Goal: make it to 16670 by 4:30 (I only have 727 more word to go in a little less then an hour.. But I have a toddler to distract me, try to drag me away from writing)

Carrot: I can make Spiced Pumpkin Mousse for dessert!

Stick: If I don't reach my goal I have to clean the kitchen floors! :P

Off to write~Kym"

"Wahoo... Despite DS I manage to make my goal, with 4 extra words and 1 minute to spare! lol Spiced Pumpkin Mousse for dessert tonight... but first to play soccer with DS... "



"Spiced Pumpkin Mousse is in the fridge... looks yummy and the tiny bit that got on my finger and I just HAD to taste WAS yummmy, but I decide:

500 more words and

Carrot: I get to eat the mousse

Stick: Clean the kitchen floor"


Well... the kitchen floor is still very dirty, but the dessert was quite yummy! and I'll be starting tomorrow 545 words ahead.. nice bonus!!

Anyhow, it was another interesting motivation technique to try, so I thought I would throw it out there in case someone else needs so help getting/keeping writing!!

Kym

PS.. One person's Stick, which may become mine, if when I ever get that floor cleaned... ironing.. <grimace> my least favorite chore ever!!!
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I am seriously behind in typed word count. We've been finishing our new bedroom ourselves a bit at a time since Spring (drywall, wiring, etc.), and I really want it completely done by Thanksgiving. I have been full-out painting walls and ceilings for the past two days so we can maybe start putting in the floor this weekend.

Anyway...

Since I had nothing to do but think while I painted, I used the time to brainstorm and work out dialogue in my head and jotted notes on paper. Now my body is so sore and tired I only have energy to sit and type, so I should have an easier time making up for lost time over the next few days. LOL

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Here is my examples (ie I was the one who actually posted these, so there should be no problem with quoting them) from today:
Yep! As long as it is your own words, quoting is great. If it is someone else's words, you'd need their permission to post it here. Thank you for sharing that.

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Could it be, that I burned myself out, when I didn't write on Friday, and failed to write during my 'weekend getaway'?

Crap.

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Autumn Breeze--- You can get back into it!! Just make yourself sit down and write, even if it is just for 15 minutes.. Maybe try Write or Die..

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I tried WvD. Not for me. Not that I'm having a problem with word count, I just thought, I dunno, it might help. I totally froze. Maybe it was the wrong point of my novel? I like to go through literature about what I'm writing about, or look at pictures, and do a description scene to get my mood up.

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Must. get. back. to. noveling.

Ugh.

My midwife put me on a supplement last week that I had an allergic reaction to, so I spent the last few days in a brain fog and sleeping most of the time. Now I'm so behind!!

Plus, has anybody else been happily writing along and suddenly your scene takes a huge turn that you didn't expect? It's almost like my characters are taking on lives of their own and adding stuff to the story I never intended to write. I can't quite decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe I'll have to wait to see what happens down this little rabbit trail?

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I am writing with an outline, and sometimes that happens, mamie, and I love it! It's like- BONUS TWIST!

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Must. get. back. to. noveling.
Plus, has anybody else been happily writing along and suddenly your scene takes a huge turn that you didn't expect? It's almost like my characters are taking on lives of their own and adding stuff to the story I never intended to write. I can't quite decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe I'll have to wait to see what happens down this little rabbit trail?
This happens to me all the time... in fact it happened again today when the present bad guy showed his weakness/good side. I knew it was going to happen a little.. but not this much.. Dang it's getting harder to hate this guy.. and it makes it harder to see him being the one who brings down a whole civilization... so if not him, who??

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I am writing with an outline, and sometimes that happens, mamie, and I love it! It's like- BONUS TWIST!
Oh yes...happens all the time! Just happened to my WIP but not to this new nano thingy...
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SO how is everyone's writing coming?? Everyone still plugging along, even if it is coming slower then you might like?? Mine is certainly going slower then I might like.. exhaustion had let up a little during the week and is back with a vengeance today.. but at least now I know what is causing it.. I found out at the Dr's on Friday that I am extremely Iron Deficient so I am now on supplements and eating more iron rich foods.. Unfortunately, I while the exhaustion lessened a bit, the mental fog really didn't... except maybe a brief while at the Dr's office where I managed to write a good 1k worth of words! So, I've been re-writing yet another chapter from last year that was in 1st person and needs to be in 3rd.. Despite doing that, I'm still behind.. Brain just isn't functioning well enough to come up with anything original at the moment... it's hard enough to focus on the transcribing... Off to attempt 10 more minutes since DH is playing with DS upstairs, thus slightly less distracting..

Praying all is well with the rest of you!

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Oh I hope you feel better soon. When I had low iron it only took two weeks to get it up to normal levels..hopefully you have the same luck!

I'm on track! I'm at 27000k which is where I want to be right now at the halfway point. I'm also at chapter 17 of revisions of my WIP and have a wonderful and crazy story idea for a new book!

Tomorrow is a full day of writing if I can do it...kids are all in school and I deserve it!!!

I'll check in tomorrow!

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Ooof. Word count is okay but quality may be suffering. I'm starting later and later at night now that my mom is on her work week and I'm alone with the babies. I'm in a tough part of my novel. The only part that will be harder will be the military part. Ugh.

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So, I'm 20K behind. Yeah. Yay.

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Well, I sort of gave up on this. After dd's teacher died, the next day, we both fell apart a bit. Then I got a call for a job pre-interview for a job I wasn't even looking for, and then I started preparing myself by updating my resume and researching all about it, then went to it on Wednesday afternoon, then Thursday my dd3 split her scalp open and needed 2 staples at the ER, then I went to the wake on Friday for dd1s teacher, then dh remembered we were supposed to have a couple over for dinner so we scrambled cleaning up the house and Sunday we had 2 birthday parties and well...needless to say, I'm behind.

It got so that the novel was becoming a chore to think about. So much happened that I started feeling guilty for spending so much time on it before. I decided that I will finish the novel, but probably NOT in time for NaNo. NaNo was supposed to be fun. It stopped being fun for a while. I may get back to it, and I may not. I haven't decided.

And even though it's for fun...what's the point of writing 50,000 words of crap I'm going to end up hating just for the sake of saying I did it, if there is much more significant LIFE happening all around me that needs my immediate attention? It kind of goes against what I want out of my writing.

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Sorry you've had a rough time Miss Information

The reason I am so glad I did the Nanowrimo challenge last year is that it was the impetus I needed to seriously write now. It let me know that I COULD get a lot done in a very short time.

So for me the end really justified the means and my second..good book..is done now and in revisions and I don't think it would be without the stuff I learned from my nano experience last year.

But it's not for everybody..nothing is.

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Sorry you've had a rough time Miss Information

The reason I am so glad I did the Nanowrimo challenge last year is that it was the impetus I needed to seriously write now. It let me know that I COULD get a lot done in a very short time.

So for me the end really justified the means and my second..good book..is done now and in revisions and I don't think it would be without the stuff I learned from my nano experience last year.

But it's not for everybody..nothing is.

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I didn't mean to sound so hopeless...

I was having a lot of fun with it for the first 15,000 words. But life just interrupted in a major way and I don't think I have the gumption to get back on track. Especially in the event I actually do get that job (not likely but you never know).

I wish last week would have happened last month or next month, then it wouldn't have caused such a disturbance.

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Miss Information-- I'm so sorry to hear you've had such a rough time.. praying things get easier for you.. In light of it all I don't blame you for giving up on NaNoWriMo, But I pray you don't give up on your story/ writing all together. Just give yourself a break and then get back into the writing.. at your speed!

Allgirls-- Good job keeping up with NaNo!! It's wonderful to hear about someone having success with their writing!! And enjoying it!

Autumn Breeze-
-Are you still trying or have you given up since you are so far behind? I'd encourage you to keep writing,even if you don't end up winning... writing for the joy of writing.. for the love of it is more important! Allowing yourself to do what you enjoy is important.. November is the one month I really let myself indulge in this.. I'm hoping to make it habit that will last through out the year... not necessarily many hours of attempting to write per day, but at least a 15 minutes per day, every day.

EdnaMarie Quality can be fixed in December.. keep plodding along.. at least you are getting ideas out there... that helps a lot!


My brain still isn't working up to par... very very frustrating... Exhaustion has let up a little so I have some hope my brain fog will clear eventually.. But for once I actually know where my story is going for the next several scenes, but finding the words to describe the scenes is like pulling teeth.. Absolutely excruciating.. having background distractions, which are there throughout the day with my toddler just makes it that much harder..and at night, I need to go to bed with him, because of the exhaustion.. So, to be on track, I only need to write 4,000 words today... That won't happen.. even spreading the words I'm behind out through out the month so I only have to do 1880 words or so each day may be pushing it... but I'll try..

Good luck everyone... keep plodding away.. and remember, this is supposed to be fun!!!

Kym
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