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And The Winner Is . . .

Posted on December 1, 2010 5:37 am under NaNoWriMo


And every other participant in the NaNoWriMo challenge.  It’s a great experience and has value that goes far beyond meeting the marker.

That said, I’m proud of completing the 50,000 word challenge and prouder still to have finished my first draft of Essentials today, racing another 20,000  words past the finish line.

 Editing?  I’ll be starting that tomorrow.  But tonight I’m savoring my success.


Winning The Battle

Posted on November 22, 2010 9:25 pm under NaNoWriMo
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I hadn’t planned on writing today, but the lure was too strong.  Just 1,005  away from the 50,000 word goal and the next chapter was begging to be written.  So I tackled it and crossed the finish line with 1.448 words to spare.

Have I won the war as well?  Not yet.  I’m estimating another 20 to 30 thousand words before the first draft is completed.  There’s eight days left before NaNoWriMo draws to a close.  Completion in that time frame is  possible, but not my goal.  I’m ready to slow the pace a bit and will happily settle for 5,000 words a week.  Hopefully, I’ll greet the New Year, with a completed first draft and still have found time to pursue other neglected interests.  A bit of  hopping is near the top of my list.  I’ve missed visiting my blog world friends.  So don’t be surprised if you find me knocking at your door.  Virtually, that is.

NaNoWriMo 51, 448 words and still writing.


Forget Research

Posted on November 21, 2010 5:41 am under NaNoWriMo
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“Then you discover you can’t french kiss the guy who puts the new roll of toilet paper on top of the old used–up roll instead of moving it the extra two inches. What? Does he not see it? Does he not see it? I’m telling you, marriage is the Jack Kevorkian of romances.”

Remember that line?  In my latest Chapter of Essentials, three women have gotten together for a movie night.  I wanted them to watch a movie that would generate a little good-natured male bashing.  I thought that Rita Wilson’s line from Forget Paris fit the bill perfectly.

Of course, I couldn’t remember the line exactly.  I don’t want to confess how long it took me to locate it.  Then I wondered when the movie became available on video.  Couldn’t find that, but the movie came out in 1995.  Since my scene occurs in 1999, I figured it was reasonable for my characters to be watching a video rental.  Is it okay to quote the line in my book or do I need some kind of permission? 

NaNoWriMo is giving great advice when it tells us to squash our internal editors and let the words spill out.  It was just one paragraph of the book.  The exact movie and line was in no way critical to the story.  I could have written another chapter in the time I spent researching this bit of trivia.  Enough of that nonsense.  I’m getting with the program.

NaNoWriMo  46, 422 words and still writing. 
At least when I’m not distracted!


So Close

Posted on November 20, 2010 4:55 am under NaNoWriMo
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Took a much needed day off from the novel, but I’m back at it again. I just love the graph that NaNoWriMo provides. Whenever I need a little motivation, I check it out. Seeing those bars soaring towards the top keeps me writing.


Can’t Do Everything

Posted on November 17, 2010 5:58 am under NaNoWriMo
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Who do I think I’m kidding?  Grandma’s finding it hard to do two things:  write a novel and post to this blog.  Two minutes to midnight and nothing to say.  Except that the novel is going better than the blogging.  I expect to cross the 40,000 word marker in the next couple of days.  I want to say that guarantees my 50,000 word finish by the end of the month.  But I’m not going to say anything.  That’s the type of statement that will  cause illness, family catastrophes or the demise of my PC.  Grandma’s not that crazy! 

NaNoWriMo  37,587 words and still writing.