Between a blogging challenge, a novel-writing challenge, a professional writing group, and my weekly writing class, I feel a little bit stretched. I’m writing and writing and writing, and some of it is pretty darn good. Not all of it, mind you, but some, and sometimes that’s enough.
I’ve never attempted to write a novel before. It’s quite a challenge, and then when you put the 30 day timeframe on it, well, it’s nuts. I did set up a lot of it before I actually started writing on November 1, and that helped a great deal. I went in already having a good idea about several of my main characters, and the basic plot structure. I’ve been reading and learning about novel-writing, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I gravitate more naturally to the plot driven variety than the character driven. I find this revelation odd.
I’m generally not a big planner. My calendar often sits empty, not that I don’t have plans, but I don’t usually write them down. When I do plan ahead, say for instance I make out a grocery list, I’m just as likely to go in a different direction all together. Usually this is a result of leaving said list at home and promptly forgetting everything that was on it.
I tend to like to make things up as I go. Unless I’m putting together IKEA furniture. Then I want all the pieces laid out and I follow those directions step by step. I wish they had words. In English. I follow recipes too, at least the first several times I make something. After that I fly by the seat of my pants, and make adjustments as I see fit. I guess I’m not at that comfort level with novel-writing. Duh.
Now my only concern is having enough words to meet all of those writing commitments and challenges. I have a feeling that I’ll find them, or they will find me.
November 5, 2013 at 3:34 am
Good luck with your writing! And I’m sure you won’t run out of words … it’s a big challenge though and one I didn’t want to take on this November … maybe next? All the best, Tess
November 5, 2013 at 5:41 am
Thanks, Tess! 🙂
November 5, 2013 at 6:01 am
My daughter is on track with her book and I just got the computer hooked up. Now I have to learn how to use the *%&#&$#^ non-IBM compatable thing. I can’t even figure out the spell check. Argh.
I need time to learn how to do everything backwards, (I tried Mac for a month last year) catch up on assignments, reading, etc and start writing. Maybe I can sleep tonight 🙂
I just worry about getting the words out of my head. Where is the link again? I lost everything. Dang hacker. 😦
November 5, 2013 at 6:04 am
I have to ask…what do you consider “middle aged?”
If it were not for you and my daughter I would not be doing this book lol. at least not this Nov.
But 17 years ago I was in Nepal getting my bunny 🙂
November 5, 2013 at 6:16 am
Well by all rights I’m past the middle, unless I live to 94, which is completely out of the question! I am 47 years old, hence the 47 for 47 challenge. I do want to read the Nepal story, the beginning has me hooked! Go to http://www.nanowrimo.org or click the buttons to the right on my blog (it looks like a little video game).
November 5, 2013 at 6:29 am
Thanks, young pup 😉
I have a few chores to attend to with the livestock, then I will probably get in gear. 🙂
Are people blogging their stories or are they private?
November 5, 2013 at 6:36 am
I’m not sure if they’re blogging them or not. I’ve been so wrapped up in producing my own words that I haven’t spent any time on the message boards, where I imagine they would post excerpts or links. Oh, and I meant to say it is NOT completely out of the question that I might live to 94, although I do think it unlikely, lol.
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