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its only day 11 and I am avoiding my main character

I have been reluctant to write today and it is not flagging energy or interest for this year’s Nanowrimo challenge. The truth of the matter is that my main character is starting to FREAK me out.

OK she’s been nattering away at me for the last couple of days – which has been great. I managed to get up to speed with my word count goals and get back on track. The problem is she is taking me to places where I don’t want to go. The potential risk I face with my story this year is that it turns from fiction to autobiographical.

I am sure that every writer faces that dilemma from time to time – a spark in the story and suddenly the characters turn on you and it is all about you! I have been a little surprised that I am latching on to some emotional bank accounts that I really thought had been spent. But there they lie deep in my psyche and are threatening “the novel”.

nanowrimo, day 11 goal

This leads me to my visual image for the day. Longs showers are known to cure the following: “lack of ideas”, “emotional distress”, and “aching muscles” but are also known to cause “water shortages” and “wrinkly skin”. The word count goal for today is 18,700 and I am at the time of writing about 1,000 words of the pace. Perhaps under the cover of darkness I will be brave enough to face my emotions and just get on with the story!

Shooting for goals – Day 7

Word Count: 14128.  28% done.  Time remaining: 76%

I am feeling pretty pleased with myself.  The daily word count targets are working for me.  I am not necessarily pleased with the actual writing, it is so hard to judge, when you are not trying to judge along the way.   Every night I look around to see what the rest of you are doing, and some of you are damn fine writers – way out my league.  But I will take a pat on the back where I can, and my pat on the back for today is that I am running slightly ahead of schedule.

I am not sure if I will have another writing burst later on today.  There are still hours before Day 7 is officially over, but I want to pace myself.  I just want to get to 50000 words before the end of the month.

Adding flesh to the bones – Day 6

Word Count: 12412

I took some time out today, to actually read what I have written so far.  I have been reluctant to do this so far, so as to keep the inner critic quiet – although in the plot, my inner critic has become one of the characters.  Reading through was a good exercise and I found a few passages where I could add flesh to the bones and boost the word count.   The deeper I get into this, the easier I am finding it to put words onto the computer.  Perhaps it is because the characters are starting to breathe on their own?   They still talk to me the most when I have decided – that’s it enough for today, time for sleep, which is quite annoying.

So until tomorrow, may you keep the muse amused.

The End – Day 5

Word Count – 10043.

Well I wrote the end chapter for the novel today.  No it doesn’t mean that I have finished.  I’ve been struggling to write in a logical sequence.  So today, I decided to write the end, at least then I know where I want to be at the end of this novel.  Now all I have to do is join the dots between starting point A and ending point Z.  For a strange reason, I feel more at ease.  The words started to flow a lot better.

Am I developing keyboard phobia? – Day 4

Wordcount: 6742

Today has been a fairly productive day and am now nearly back on track – according to the daily count plan. I did take up some advice I received yesterday from friends, and started drawing out a mudmap. I know it’s not about the editing, but it did help me as I read through my initial attempts (embarassingly posted in my enthusiasm), and flesh out some of the hidden ideas.
I am wondering though if I am starting to develop a keyboard phobia. When I am not behind the computer screen, words course through my head with tremendous ease and flair. Ideas bubble away, and then as soon as I sit down to focus on the challenge at hand, WOOSH – nothing.

Character Development – Day 3

Word Count: 3803

I’ve never written a novel  – so I am way out of the comfort zone at the moment – a great test of self exploration.  I did intend to get some more words down on paper today, but I am sure that I am not alone in that I have been far too distracted in scanning the tag surfer and reading about the journey that many of you are undertaking.

I did finish the action list, I posted the other day.  Sent emails to my friends to let them know about “the Challenge”.  Affirmation from friends is so energising.  Probably because of the kind of friends I have, they all gave me advice and their own statistical breakdown on how many words per day, per hour, per minute.  The funny thing was that none of the number crunching came to the same end result. I have my own chart now on the wall tracking the progress and the daily target.

I also sought permission from my corporate heroes to use them for inspiration.  At the moment I can’t afford any legal battles for stepping on toes.  A precautionary measure just in case this novel does get written and after November I plan to do something more with it.

I am guessing that character development is a must.  I have been evoking the story’s characters.  Over the month I will post them on the Character Pages – when I am looking for something to do other than write. Getting this clear visual image is helping me step inside the characters.

I have used a couple of programs to develop these characters but the main one has been Hero Machine. It’s a great bit of fun. Now if only these humble heroic characters would come out to play – I need to boost the word count.

Its also Movember – Day 3

Word Count: 3803

The month of November is not only about writing like a crazed person, it is also Movember.

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