Monday, November 29, 2010

NaNo news 11

this surely is one of the last posts about NaNo 2010.
i am kind of desperate and sad.
i still have 5500+ words to write and almost two days.
mathematically speaking, it is quite difficult, though not at all impossible.
i don't know how to finish it!
i am unsure about the ending.

anyway, i'm back to writing.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NaNo news 10

i have finished (sort of) chapters and 8.

now i am writing chapter 6.
i introduced some new characters, but at the moment all they do is serve the purpose of telling the story of the main character. they don't really have a life of their own.
any comments on that?
also i have had some problems with time in the story. when and what happened, for how long something lasted, when did mc moved from town a to town b , when did mc changed her jobs, and so on.
i figured out i have to write short and outlined biography.
i bet writers out there start with such a biography, it must be so obvious...
i have 19thousand words to add and only 6 days to accomplish this goal.
i am being realistic.
i don't think i wll do it on time.
according to nano statistics, i should write 3000+ words a day to finish on time.
my average words per day is 1300+.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

NaNo news 9

on saturday (20 november) i've finished chapter 5b.
i let some new characters appear in the story - they just wanted to be there. it's magic.
while finishing chapter 5b, i was literally crying - for it ends with a moving scene between MC and her mother.
i don't know if this scene is cheesy or not, but it is still a draft that can be revised and rewritten later on.
today (21 november) i have finished chapter8, which is some sort of a counterpart for chapter1 (which is also a poem).
yesterday i did exceptionally well, wrote about 2500 words, but today i haven't had the chance to write. i only had time to write this short poem, so today's word count is about 500+ words.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

NaNo news 8

i've finished chapter 5a.
but now i'm happy i'm light yellow (as opposed to orange)
i wrote less yesterday then i had done the day before yesterday and wrote less today than i did yesterday.
well, these past two days have been hard for me.
not only had i finish writing and turn my computer off around noon, only to return dead-tired by 11pm, but i am kind of stuck.
i don't think the story works, i have to few characters and events going on.
maybe i should have opted for a (somewhat long-ish) short story instead.
bye for now.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NaNo news 7

this time i am a bit over halfway into chapter 5a, where the events are happening in the present time, along a definite time-line and i don't have to arrange and rearrange my thoughs about continuity. it also one of the most exciting pieces in the book, well, that is what i say.
no-one else has ever read it, but i will test it on my husband first.
too bad, he's not into fiction at all.
he prefers historic writing, memoirs, scientific and other non-fiction books.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

NaNo news 6

so, well, i have finished chapter 4a - for there has to be a 4b as well.
i have not invented as much into chapter 4a as i thought i had to.
the story just unfolded without adding too many new characters.
i keep reminding me that this is a draft and i may add or remove anything later on.
saturdays and sundays are not the best days to write.
the kids are at home and on saturday i had a choir session between 10am to 1pm.
but these can also be considered as lame excuses.
i wanted to write chapter 4b today, and sketched some small scenes while i was still writing chapter 4a.
i'm working along those ideas.
yesterday i was browsing the nano site and found out that some people manage to write as much as 7,000 words a day.
i just don't understand.
it makes me want to stop.
bad thoughts.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

NaNo news 6

as you can see on my NaNo word count widget (see the sidebar), i happened to have managed at least one day to write slightly over the recommended average (indicated by green).
i wrote well into chapter 3, the chapter i didn't feel like writing two days ago - see the post below.
but somehow i managed to see what is going on at that part of the story.
standing at about 4,000 words alone, i declare chapter 3 ready.
well, for the time being, that is.
so, whenever i have time during the day, i'm off to chapter 4, which is supposed to be about the school years of my Margaret.
this is when she finds out and realises that she is a bit different from the others, this is where some other characters emerge and act beside her immediate family.
(in chapters 2 and 3 it was only her mother, father, mothernal grandparents, her aunt and a nurse at the hospital).
now in chapter 4, i have to create her teachers, schoolmates, first love? - oops, i had no idea about that ;)
so far, so good.
i'm enjoying the process.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NaNo news 5

yesterday i wrote chapter 1 (which is a poem about 150+ words) and wrote about 800 words into chapter 3. well, chapter 3 did not go as well as i thought it would/should have gone.
chapter 2 is a compilation of fragments of memories, mixed with the events of the present - and it fit chapter 2 well, but i got tired of it by the time i reached chapter 3.
in my plans, chapter 3 was way longer than chapter 2 - but now i face the situation where the events i foreplanned for chapter 3 are no longer of special interest for me.
i'll give it another go today and will move on to a more exciting chapter 5.
i don't know whether it is a wise decision or not.
all i know is i have to write.
for statistics, see the widget on the sidebar.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

NaNo news 4

the first week has gone and instead of 12,500 words i am at 3,900+
as of today, i am more than happy to announce that my main character, to whom i will refer to as Margaret has come to live: her mother has just given birth to her in the second chapter.
according to my plans, the first chapter is one single poem.
the second one, which i have completed today is in its draft version and is about 3,900+ words.
also i would like to draw your attention to photography blog, where some of the photos has inspired me in one way or another to write the story.
and my next goal is to start writing chapter three, which, according to my plan is about the early childhood of Margaret.

Friday, November 5, 2010

NaNo news 3

it seems a bit tough a challenge for me to write as much as i have to.
i may come up with all various excuses, such as the dental operation, the swollen head (yesterday it was so bad i sometimes had difficulties using my eyes properly) and i got tired very easily), also the kids are at home...
still, the story wants to come out and i trust the drive i have to finish it.
i will keep you updated.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaNo news 2

well, the word count totalled 600 yesterday.
today it was a tough call at the dentist. i had four of my front teeth removed (due to the accident), my upper jawline drilled and one implant placed into the hole, and one tooth treated.
although drugged with painkillers, i wrote about 200 words today.
(which makes the total about 800. - instead of 5000)
i feel tired and dizzy and my face is swollen.
there should be better days to come.

Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNo news 1

i have started writing it.
today we had a trip, so i brought along paper and pen notebook and wrote it by hands.
now i'm typing it into my computer. i have no laptop.
the nano site is not working properly. i can not upload today's writing.
according to my calculations, i have to write 2500 words each working day. i keep weekends for family.
i was supposed to write 2500 words today.
actually the word count for today is about 400. not really fine, is it?
the thing is i made myself working.
i am going to the dentist's tomorrow. i don't know if i can write a line or not after the 'events'.