Sunday, November 8, 2009

Random NaNoWriMo Thoughts

Week 2 starts today. 13,900 words and counting. To be done by the 30th, I should have 13,336 done by tonight. To be done by Thanksgiving, I should have 16,000 by tonight. We'll see. Amazing Race is on tonight. Aussie Phil is calling my name.

The first part of the book was emotionally harder than I expected. There's a reason I've had this idea for years and hadn't put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).

I seem to get stuck every time I have to name a character. I thought that would be the easy part, but it's not! I seem to really want my names to have meaning. Some are even shout outs to some friends and not-so-much-friends.

Except the "villain." For some reason, her name just came to me. And it's not based on anyone in particular. But the name fit her.

The Universe keeps sending material my way. I got a great lead from a random story told to me in one of my sessions this week. The couple I was counseling had no idea how perfect it was. It's so going in the book. I laugh every time I think about it.

I was bummed because this weekend was supposed to be a fun weekend with old girlfriends of mine from out of state, but we had to postpone. I'm glad we're rescheduling.

We've had lunch-and-afternoon writing sessions, coffee shop sessions, and night owl writing parties. It's all going very well. And we're poised to do it again this week and every week for the whole month. It's so much fun!

I've been having a lot of fun with the most recent chapters. I feel like the book is taking on the tone for which I'd hoped before I started. That happened around chapter 9.

Chapters 1-8 might need some attention in the rewrite/edit part.

I would totally do this again. I think my next book will be a Gothic Novel for sure, though, just because those are my favorite and that sounds like fun. Doing this is giving me the confidence to do more.

5 comments:

Zelia said...

I think you should send me what you have so far so I can proof read it. its not because i don't want to read it now. Of course not. :)

Zelia said...

But I would love to read it NOW>

the emily said...

you make it sound fun!

J Fo said...

I'm glad you're having fun with it. I can sense that there are a lot of stories in you that are yet to be told!

Boquinha said...

Mom, I so should have sent it to you. Since that's when the whole data recover issue happened.

It really is fun and I hope I have story ideas. More came to me during the process and I hope that's part of doing this writing stuff.