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NaNo Rap Up

bowlingMy NaNo region had our “It’s Over Party” this afternoon. A few of us gathered at the bowling ally. Kind of nice to socialize with other writers. Normal people just don’t get your issues with plot or unruly characters. I am thinking I really need to join one of the Writer’s Associations here.

Anyway, I am set up at Starbucks, I have my white chocolate mocha and I am ready to crank out the words!

Pax!

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Post NaNo Update

Sad Day.

Just got home from the night job and realized the clock had rolled over to December 7th. Some date. For me, the day means Pearl Harbor. My country’s entry into a World War. War that never seems to end. May humanity someday figure out that it is better to share the bananas rather than fight over them, but then we are limited by who and what we are.

Sigh.

Then on the more mundane level, NaNo has been over for a week.

Kind of an interesting week. I slept in some. Tried to catch up on some paid work. (My main job is freelance video production–more fun than the nigh job from hell but the money is inconsistent.) Dealt with a low grade respiratory infection that I embellished to get out of a social occasion and kept hacking away on the Novel.

I’ve gotten another 5K words done. I really want to bring it to a close but the character’s aren’t helping, they keep doing unexpected things, which was cute for a while, but now is just annoying.  They just don’t seem to understand or even care that I need to end this thing because it is going to take months to edit this sucker!

Sigh, again.

Well it is now one in the morning and I need to get some writing in.

Peace and blessings to you.

–Stephen

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50K: I did it!

I did it!

I did it and on day 28 no less! Story isn’t done and there is so much editing to do even to get to a decent draft, but I have 50k words in the can! I really didn’t think I could do it.

I’m buying a hat!

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Simpsons on Writing a Book

I enjoy the Simpsons but haven’t watched them in a while. Came across this episode. I thought it was appropriate for NaNo month.

Simpsons

 

 

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Day 25.2

10:50 am and I hit 40K words. God my butt hurts.

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Day 25.1

Well it’s 8:30 or so and I am back at Starbucks. The staff is starting to recognize me.  I only got about 4 or 5 hours of sleep, not good–I’m the kind of guy that really needs his 8 or 10, but I got up about 7 and really felt the need to get out and write.

I don’t know why I can’t write at home. It would sure as hell be cheaper. I am trying to ignore the mounting cost of venti white chocolate mochas.

And why I am trying to wake up and clear the cobwebs and rambling in a stream of unconscious… What the hell is up with the attitude some people give you about trying to write a book?

I admit that the defensiveness may be my issue or that I seem to be associating with people who can barely read let alone write. But when I share I am trying to do this thing where you try to write 50K words on a first draft of a novel in 30 days they ask why. And it is not the “Why, that sounds interesting how did you come to do that?” It’s more like “Why that is stupid.”

People never ask why you are going home to play video games, watch TV, clean your guns or beat your wife (I do live in the south) do they?

Why am I trying to write a novel?

Because I want to.

Well that was an interesting rant. I wonder how that will read when I am functioning again. I really need a hat.  Aha, anyway, I only have like 12K words left to hit the finish line. Damn the aquatic launched projectiles I will do this by tomorrow.

Okay, time to spell check this sucker and get writing. I have all of these dead bodies and I have no idea who is shooting them. Maybe the cops do, I don’t know. And my MC is cracking up. I am bringing in a shrink. And a second rung character is in the hospital and he needs to get better so he can go to that concert where he nearly gets date raped. And then Molly still has to have her baby. We need to find out why Danny is upset and becoming a drunk. And why is Dillon going out-of-town every time he has a few days off. And people think small towns are nice and quite. Oh and will Aidan stop being a dick to JJ? I hope so, it is annoying me.

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Day 25

Well it is 2:09 am. I’ve gotten in 1,751 words since midnight and I am beat.

I hit 38,598 words. I just might be able to do this. I really only have two more days to write because next week will be busy. Can I do 12K in two days?

Of course that will just be hitting the NaNo goal. Still a lot to go on the novel. It is coming in nicely but I think the draft will be around 80-100K when done. Then the editing begins! What fun.

Okay fans, good night.

 

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Day 21.1

31,370!

Well I broke 30K. 🙂

My MC just realized that he is a common element that all three shooting victims have and of course he was shot himself, previously  So the boyfriend who is also a County Deputy is coming over to get him and his nephew is waiting for him at the cafe on the pier, so I think it is a good point to leave it for the night.

Thanksgiving tomorrow. Will not get much done. Why do they do this in November?

Night, Night everyone.

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Day 21

Well I am holding at 29,151 words at the moment.

I got a lot of outlining, or re-outlining, done yesterday and still have more to do but really felt the call to get writing today. I really want to get this story out. I think it is going to be longer than the 50K goal, at least in first draft form.

Working on a lot of emotional scenes today. It is embarrassing.  I am such a big softy. I am just sitting in Starbucks with tears running down my face as it type.  Fortunately no one pays much attention to the old fat guy in the corner. The advantages of being un-remarkable. 🙂

Thank god the WiFi was finally fixed at the Starbucks I haunt. It did cut down on my distractions but I don’t like not being able to sync my flies to the ‘net and updating my word count. I love to see that little bar move on the NaNo site.

Okay, back to the book.

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Day 20

Digital and analog writing tools.

Needed to take the day to re-organize. I kind of like to write out of sequence as the scenes come to mind. The problem is this story is getting a bit complex and I am losing track of the various plot lines. So the hell with word count, today is all about post-its and index cards.

Overall I think the story is coming together if you are into the whole Southern family small town drama thing.

Thanks for stopping by.

BTW: A very nice young lady from South Africa has been following my blog. I can now boast an international readership! 🙂  (Well out of a total of like three people that isn’t bad.)

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