NaNoWriMo Eve

‘Twas the night before NaNoWriMo, when all through the house,

All the writers were planning, and saying goodbye to their spouse.

The notes were laid out on the desk with care,

Knowing that midnight would soon be there.

Their children were tightly tucked in their beds,

Not knowing of the month that lay ahead.

And the spouse in the bedroom, and the writer in their office,

Had just settled in for a long month’s hiatus.

When arose from my brain there arose such a clatter,

I snapped out of reality to see what was the matter.

Away to the world of fiction I flew in a flash,

To my characters, to be involved in the mash.

The moon up above shown down on all writers below,

As we kept preparing to say, “Ready, Set, Go.”

We writers must get 1600 words a day,

And catch up quickly if we let life get in the way.

Then all of a sudden a person appears so full of life,

I knew in a moment it’s the villain that causes strife.

More tense than cats, the stress of NaNoWriMo came,

And we screamed and cursed, and called them all out by name:

On tension! On friction!

More words and stress!

It comes all at once!

Never becomes less!

Going crazy all the time!

Climbing the wall!

Go away! Go away!

Go away all!

The sun comes up as I look up to the sky,

Swimming for creativity, but coming up dry

So back to the drawing board I went

Hoping all my energy would not be spent.

And then, I heard a noise, a very faint knocking.

It was the spouse, hoping for a time to start talking.

I turn around in my chair, shaking my head,

Not believing the spouse was out of bed.

The spouse was getting ready for work, the children asleep,

I knew I couldn’t get up, and risk giving a peak.

Sighing in despair, wanting a break from the stress,

I stand up, looking at the laptop less.

The children – still sleeping, and the breathing so peaceful!

I smiled, knowing their day would not be stressful.

They awoke, mouths curved up in a smile,

Not knowing I would be hidden away for a while.

I was torn between them, and getting the novel written,

I knew giving up was never an option.

The youngest came up and rubbed his belly,

As I spread on his toast, strawberry jelly.

I went back to the room,

Saying I would be out by noon.

The oldest came in,

Wanting to talk once again.

The children all running around with nobody watching,

I called their grandmother, who came in without knocking.

I sat down and wrote, then put my head down to rest.

Maybe, I would get this written yet.

NaNoWriMo isn’t easy, but it is very much worth it.

To get through it, you don’t always have to throw a big fit.

Writers everywhere will be out of sight,

So I leave you with this as I sign out for the night:

Off you go now,

There’s so much to do.

Good luck to everyone participating this year.

Maybe next year I will, too.

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NaNoWriMo 2014

I know, I know, it’s December. I don’t care. I have to write a conclusion post, don’t I? Besides, I didn’t get to write about it last week. Dumb glaucoma testing.

It’s no secret that NaNoWriMo 2014 was my first NaNoWriMo participation. I experienced all the emotions I’ve heard about. All the enthusiasm at the beginning, being stuck and wanting to put it off in the middle, and the inching closer and closer to the 50,000 word mark and getting really excited again at the end. Every single thing I heard about, I experienced.

And I loved it.

My NaNoWriMo project is nowhere near a decent first draft, but I put it away for about a month. I’m hoping that by putting it away, I’ll have a clear mind of how to even start editing it. I’m pretty sure nobody wants to read it right now. It’s bad. And there’s a lot of holes. A lot of holes.

Until I start working on my NaNoWriMo project again, I’m going to keep working on editing Days of the Kill. I’m working on the third draft of that. Yay! More about that on Wednesday.

I can’t wait to see how The Healing (that name is going to be changed… I haven’t quite decided on to what, though, so for now, The Healing stays) turns out. I can see a bestseller, but for now, as I saw a Twitter friend put it last night, “All I’ve got are words and dreams.” (Thank you, Guy!)

Hey, everyone’s got to start somewhere, right? Why not start in November during NaNoWriMo and transform that dream into words? I can’t wait until next year. And you can bet that I’ll be updating every single Monday about NaNoWriMo 2015.

As for what I’ll be doing on Mondays until then…well, I guess we’ll see!

NaNoWriMo 2014

Another Monday, so time for another NaNoWriMo update!

I’m officially in the middle of my first NaNoWriMo project. Well, a little bit past the middle, I guess, really. It’s tough, I admit.

See that? I admitted it. It’s tougher than I  thought it would be. I’m officially in the middle and losing steam. Fast. I don’t like it, but I am. I have just less than 30,000 words done, and I should be able to get that much done today. I’ll be a day ahead, at least.

One day ahead. Unlike the two or three days ahead that I used to be. Well, I guess that’s alright, since I did have things come up (my niece visited, I got sick, other distractions, blah, blah, blah), but still, it would be nice to be as far ahead as I used to be.

The Healing is coming along very nicely, though I’m not sure how I feel about that title anymore, since it’s spiraling out of control. I’m not so sure that it’s about healing anymore. It’s more about coming together as friends. Well, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll go with my original title.

There’s not a lot to talk about with NaNoWriMo. I guess you could say while I’m not at a complete standstill, I’m close. I’m pushing forward, though. I have just over 20,000 words left before I “win.” I may not officially be signed up for it, but I’m doing it. I’m a sucker for punishment, I tell you.

NaNoWriMo is hard, but so far I’m finding that it’s worth it. Depending on how the rest of the month goes, I may not get it done, but I’ll be close. Until then, stay tuned!

NaNoWriMo 2014

The second Monday of NaNoWriMo is here.

Last week, I was ahead when I posted. Now, I’m just right on track. I hate that. I loved being ahead and not  having a lot of pressure. But, my niece was around this weekend and I didn’t have time. I knew that was a possibility.

I know, I’m a big advocate of making time to write. Well, this weekend I was guilty of not. If my niece visits again before the end of the month ( I think she is…), I will have to make time. There is no way I’m not going to succeed in NaNoWriMo.

I love November. I really do. I don’t know why I never thought of participating in NaNoWriMo before. I’m getting such a rush from it! All four of my main characters are driving me insane, but hey, characters are supposed to do that, right?

I have almost 18,000 words for my NaNoWriMo project. Just 15 minutes is making all the difference, it seems. I’m doing a lot of it late at night, but I won’t be able to tonight — not when I have to be up at 5:00 tomorrow morning for work!

I’m not sure what the end project will look like, but I do know it won’t be that great. Quantity over quality is the rule for NaNoWriMo. The editing comes later.

I will be buckling down on editing Days of the Kill after NaNoWriMo is over. I’ve tended to make The Healing a priority this month writing wise. After November is over, I probably will put it away until I send Days of the Kill off to an editor and work in it while I’m waiting for Days of the Kill to come back with edits.

Well, I guess that’s it for Monday. Stay tuned next Monday for another NaNoWriMo update…and be sure to check out The Road to Being Published on Wednesday!

NaNoWriMo 2014

Despite what I said in my last post, I have decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month 2014, better known as NaNoWriMo.

I must be crazy to want to do this, but I really feel like I can. I feel like I can at least get close. I want to actually feel what it’s like to try and take on the crazy task of getting 50,000 words in just 30 days. It’s crazy, but I feel like I can do it.

I’m not quite sure how that’ll go over with school and work yet. Today and tomorrow I’ll be finding that out. Maybe I’ll try to stay at least a day ahead. I know I am already.

To get 50,000 words in 30 days, you have to write about 1,667 words a day. It’s crazy, believe me. It doesn’t seem to be too hard, though. I already have almost 7,000 words!

I’m sure I’ll be able to do it if I can stay a day ahead. I won’t be able to write late tonight like I’ve been doing because I have to be up at the time I’ve been going to bed these last couple nights. Hopefully, I can get enough done during the day so I’m not playing catch up with my schedule late tomorrow night.

I will try to update you every Monday about NaNoWriMo. I’ll let you know how the progress is coming along.

Are you participating? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to be off and get to writing. Happy NaNoWriMo, everyone!