Tuesday, November 21, 2006

50,142 Day 21 1:33 p.m.

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I am doing the happy dance. I finished the NaNo challenge with 50,142 words. I am still going to be writing because I have not finished the story. I have no idea how many more words are in there but I can't wait to find out what happens.I will check in with the NaNo computer until Nov.30.

I don't think I have a muse and the little creature that whispered the plot outline in my ear when I was napping has left me too but my fingers seem to know just what to write. As I think I said before I sit down to write one scene and a totally different one appears on the screen.

I am pleased to say that the one person I have let read a portion of this says she liked it and the way I showed the affection between the characters. Hopefully I have stayed true to my story and the characters enough to carry this along. I think I have but I am hardly objective at this point.

Well back to the keyboard.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Day 15 37,889 words so far

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Almost 38,000 words and I have finally hit the spot where I am going to drop the bomb on my heroine and tell her what she will not want to hear. I have this part figured out but I don't know how I am going to rectify the problem so that she takes the hero back. I guess this is not such a big deal since I didn't know how I was going to do this part either. It is like Sheryl keeps telling me, just write it. It just seems to come. I admit that some of what I have written is goig to end up in the trash bin but not all of it.

I think the basic story line is good. Just don't ask me to write a sex scene. I wasn't going to write any and I wrote one because it just came on the page. I guess my fingers decided it was time. It is awful though. I think it is. I will let someone read it eventually and see what they say.

I have not been feeling well the last few days so I have not kept up my word count by a long shot. One day it was only 586 words and another it was 777 words. I am still ahead of the game. I think I will make it. This conflict scene should take up a lot of words. And that is what it is all about. Putting the words on the page. Guess I'll just keep plugging.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Day 8

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Day 8 25,066 words. Half way there but I am having a real problem writing the love scenes, which in my case means boy kisses girl. Period. I asked Sheryl for advice since she seems to have no trouble writing really good love scenes. Her advice was to write the way it feels, emotionally and physically and mentally. Wow. So I decided that after she left tonight that I would do that. Didn't work. I only have a few kisses in the whole 25,000 words and I thought they were okay.

Passionately and ardently work for me but apparently (oops another ly word) not for readers or editors. I guess I will have to wait until I am ready to edit this to figure out how to do these scenes. I don't have any trouble doing the snarky sister scenes. Why do you think that is?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Day 5 of NaNo

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DAY 5 15,913 words. I can't believe it. I don't really know where these words are coming from. I sit down to write one scene and a totally different thing shows up on the computer. I keep saying I don't know where I am going next and then I suddenly have a new scene. It just comes. I hope this continues so that I can successfully complete the 50,000 words.

On another note I went to a meeting tonight with three other people registered for NaNo in this area. It was interesting to hear the different ideas for stories. One girl Liv, has been doing Nano for four years. She says she got to 25,000 words last year and got a concussion and was unable to finish. That must have been hard to take. Each of us has reached a different word count, of course, and I find I am in the middle range of the group. One of our number has not written anything until tonight, when he got prodded by threats of being stuck with a fork. They seem like a nice group of people and it is good to have someone close by to give encouragement besides my husband and daughter.

I am going to keep plugging away. I really would like to complete the challenge and possibly get a novel out of this. So far it looks promising. I just have to keep at it. Wish me luck.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

NaNoWriMo Challenge Update

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Well, it is Day Two and my word count is 6,982. I am very happy about that but I know there are going to be days when I cannot come up with a complete sentence. I am just going to keep writing as Sheryl keeps telling me. I also remember Bob Mayer saying that in New Jersey. Just write it.
I am really excited about the story so far. It just seems to be coming to me. I never know what I am going to say next and then there it is. I hope this keeps happening. I have one character that provides the snark and I love her. She helps me get from point a to point b.
I wish all the other NaNo people like Dee and Christina, good luck. I hope we can all do the 50,000.