This is the way I guess I have to do it.

Last year I did the NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote 50,000+ words of a novel. There were nights when it was easy peasy and there were nights where it was like trying the get wet sand out of a soda bottle at the beach, but I did it.

This year the idea is to get the damn thing done. I have to revise, edit, format and just get the thing out there. That is what it is about this year.

I continued writing the book after November. It ;s up to about 70K words now. I’ve never done this before and I learned a lot so far and I suppose I’ll continue to learn more. I think it seems kind of pathetic to start a book and not finish for a whole year, but I guess everyone is different. I see these authors who have literally dozens of books they’ve written and they do several a year. I cannot imagine what that’s like.. that is just not how it happens for me.. It took me about 43 years to even start my first one (this one), because I was 7 when I knew some day I’d write a book. I feel like I needed 50 years of experience to have something to write about.. you know?

Well.. here it comes. Wish me luck!!

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NaNoWriMo: The method I use for writing my Novel is I really love my characters as people

8647 is the current word count  for my Novel on Nanowrimo

One of my writing buddies, Ela Iliesi asked me this question:

“What do you do to write? What works for you? I for example like reading things other wrote and brainstorm on that, capture the best ideas and integrate them.”

I had never really thought about it before she asked me, and it was interesting that she asked me this yesterday because yesterday’s focus for me was character development. I got in there and made sure my characters were understood and profiled well, and I realized I really loved them as people. Even the antagonists who are unsavory or weird or bogus are people I understand. I know “why they are like that”, and I have compassion for them.

I also use a lot of old material from my past to glean from. Song lyrics, poems, short stories, essays and opinion.

So that’s the answer to her question.

Since you have come to the trouble of visiting, I think it is worth it for you to read this pep talk from a well published author Catherynne M. Valente who has done Nanowrimo in the past. This is really good stuff and what she says rings true for me, that’s why I’m linking to it.

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That’s what I’ve got for today, hope you enjoyed it. Come back tomorrow and check on my word count for me.

Check out a day of focused moments, too, if you want.

NaNoWriMo Update: The Reunion

7284 words as of today. When you update your word count, they have an app in the NanoWriMo website that calculates everything from the number of words to your trajectory, to your projected finish date.

Yesterday I finished the Chapter “Reunion”, where the dual protagonists reunite, catch up a little and make their immediate plans to prepare for the mysterious big changes that are coming.

Tonight it is about rounding out the first three characters I’ve introduced… I need to do a little better job filling in the reader about where they’re from, where they’re at and where they’re going.

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NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month (Nano)

A few days ago I started NaNoWriMo: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/robert-run. the idea is to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. I am on pace to finish on Nov.22. I have found that doing a public announcement, with accountability and a group of others is the best way to actually follow through. if you go to that link you can learn more and read an excerpt.

I have had this thing outlined, the character sketches, locations and about 3.5K words done for a while, and for most writers, we are not so keen about our work, as in, never satisfied, so just powering through it is  as good a strategy as any. Then there were  other projects that seemed like a nice diversion, like Hank Rally, and becoming more involved in my virtual assistant work to increase cash flow.

Right now I am at 5780 words, and you are welcome to follow my progress.

I also want to take a moment to thank, and encourage my writing buddies at “NaNo”:

Because we are bugging and nagging and trying to keep each other on track.

Part of my progress going forward includes updating this blog every morning. So let’s see if I can be true to myself and my buddies.

While you are at it you can check out The Day of Focused Moments.

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