Nov. 29, 2016

I probably should finish updating the days I didn’t talk about but

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Nano, Nov 16 – 21

The 16 – 18 – These all blend together, as I’m still on the Same. Dammed. Section. But I know what I’m supposed to be writing, which is  a big plus. Really going to have to go back and make the previous section longer, though, for balance. Whatever.

The 19th – Finally finished that section, though the story’s kinda wobbly. Oh so ready to move on.

The 20th – Okay, this ending of the section is really dragging on. Not sure why.

The 21st – Ever had a day’s writing go horribly, horribly wrong? The characters did the Wrong Thing. Now I have to rewrite it, which is what I get to do today (I haven’t started the day’s writing, and it’s 7pm here). Ugh. Now I know why even the stuff I wrote on the last two days felt wrong. At least I know what I want to change the story to, which works much better with the story arc anyway. Thank all the gods that rewrites count in NaNo.

Never, ever, delete.

Nano, Nov 8 – 15

The 8th – I finally get in the flow. Nothing much happens, but I sure write about it. I finally catch up. It helps that I wrote at work during lunch; who needs to get out and go for a walk?

The 9th – Another excellent day. I knew where I wanted to go, and actually managed to get there.

The 10th – I wrote one sentence. 😦

The 11th – I made up for screwing around on the 10th, and wrote enough for both days. A lot of it made me cringe, but it got written.

The 12th – Lots of snippets rather than a linear progress. Doesn’t matter, I made the day’s word goal.

The 13th – I finally got to another section I was looking forward to. Maintaining pace, yay!

The 14th – same section, still having fun. Still on track for word count.

The 15th – still in this section, am thinking editing is gonna suck, but oh well. Nano!


Nano, Nov 2 – 7th 2016

So, where did I leave off. Right.

The first day of November, I wrote next to nothing. I was too busy trying to figure out what the hell I was going to write about, so that by the time I actually wrote anything, midnight had passed and half of it didn’t count till the next day.

The 2nd – Everything I wrote on the 1st? It truly sucked. It didn’t hit the right note. So I ignored it (never delete during nano) and started over again. Much better.

The 3rd – I still wasn’t happy with what I’d written, but what the hell. The one joy of pantsing is ignoring everything that you’ve already written and moving on. I wrote a conversation. I’m also 2500 words behind.

The 4th – I rewrote the conversation. Aargh. Stupid conversations! But finally, wheels of plot are chugging. Add in a descriptive scene and I’m only a thousand words short!

The 5th – Annd I’m behind again. There’s nothing like ending a sweeping scene and having no idea what comes next. I just churned out words, slowly and painfully, but I wasn’t going to let the story die.

The 6th – I almost caught up to the 10k mark! I introduced a new character, lots of fun, and a sweeping dramatic background. Basically, I gave myself a huge amount to write about, so I did.

The 7th – Trudging again, but not as badly. Still behind on the daily word goals, which is really annoying, but not the scary ‘I’m thousands of words behind, I’m ready to cry’ sort of behind.


I kept meaning to post about my nano progress, but I kept putting it off. I really am nano’ing. So I’m just going to post this and throw together a few more writerly posts about how it’s been going later today. I swear, today!

Nano 2016 – Nov. 1

So I haven’t been posting about all the nano prep I’ve been doing because there was nothing to post about.

I kept picking a plot, and then abandoning it, over and over again. Dithering over what I wanted to write, right up until almost midnight last night. I couldn’t bear to be up and unable to write, so I had a last bit of Halloween chocolate and went to bed, still without a story.

Today at work, I took another look at my list of story ideas, not quite in despair, though I did visit a few plot generators (not overly helpful at the moment). I gave up on the plotted stories and ran through the ones without any real depth, and finally, one peaked my interest.

Or rather, I took the idea and shifted it a bit, let it roll around in my head till something started to take shape. I’ve been feeling a lot distracted, lately, and kind of gloomy, so I picked one that seemed to fit.

So for good or for ill, I’ve got an idea for Nano. No real plot, vague character ideas, and only a bit of clue about where the story should go. Not the way I like to go into November; not even a little bit! I hate pantsing, and yet that’s what I’m doing. Letting the story do it’s own thing, and screw the elements of proper story telling.

I’ve started writing, and am very much behind, thanks to the lack of an outline combined with trying to feel my way along. Still, it could be worse; I could be stuck with full out writer’s block and staring at an empty screen.