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Nanowrimo, Day 30, I’ve won!

Congratulations to everyone that had made it to the nanowrimo winning post. Best of luck to those of you furiously writing, knowing that the deadline is racing right beside you, step for step. If this year is not a purple bar year, there is always NANO 2010.

For me, this year’s journey is over. Yeah!!! The second year and the second win. This year I was very quiet on the forums, and the blogs, and only managed to consistently post a virtual diary on Flickr and keep to just over 1700 words on average per day. The motivation and approach was so different compared to my obsession with Zetoec last year. I was far more relaxed and disciplined.

 

 

So what did I end up writing about? Well in truth I haven’t even gone back to read the full story yet (could be some surprises lurking in there).

Inside Her Drawers A synopsis: At the end of her life, a memory hoarder discovers that the memories she had preserved by collecting an eclectic array of trinkets were in fact misconstrued memories. Unwittingly she had perpetuated the angst, phobias and grievances of three spiritual guides.

There is a lot of editing to be done to the book, but in the last few days I started to feel that the idea for the book might have legs. Similar to last year, the process of writing has been quite cathartic and at times emotionally challenging. Maybe this is why I was at times quite ambivalent about the M.C. – a Ms J Duncan – she wanted to explore ideas that I really didn’t want to. It may not be ready to share anytime soon, but it was 30 days of literary abandon, with an official word count of 50334.

To read a little more of “Inside Her Drawers”, you can find a few snippets here.

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Day 26 – Nanowrimo

I have had so much fun this year with my nanowrimo motivational pictures that I regret I didn’t start the process at the very beginning of the month. The photos were taken on the day and in most cases adapted using picnik. Some of the images are cryptic, but the process allowed me to stay in a creative zone, while not directly focusing on the novel. This was particularly useful when I had got stuck, or didn’t feel like writing – I worked on the photo for my Flickr Site.

With only a few days left, I am currently ahead on the daily word target. This year, I set 1700 words a day (close to the minimum required, but not an obsessive focus). With about 4K left to go, I want to just plow ahead and finish. I realise that there is a lot of editorial work to be done, and massaging of storylines, but as Nano veterans say – that is what the rest of the year is for.

Wishing all those close to the finish line all the best of luck. To those of you who have made it – congratulations on the win. To those of you who didn’t – do not despair – there is always next year!

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!

remember to do the shopping

nanowrimo - goal day 10
Last year I became so wrapped up in Nanowrimo, the rest of the world did not exist for those 30 days of pure writing pleasure – I was seduced by the first time experience, the comaraderie between fellow writers, the ambition of writing a novel!
This year I promised my family that I would approach Nano with “more balance”, that I would remember to do the shopping for groceries, that I would not spend my entire time slaving over the keyboard.
I’m not sure if the approach has dampened my spirits a little or not, but I am certainly calmer about Nano this year. The writing may not be as emotionally pumped or caffeine injected. I am less careful about my spelling and grammar, and less inclined to slave over the “right phrasing”.
Jordie – my main character – is still talking to me – which I take as a good sign as I cross over the 17K mark – but she did get the shock of her life today.
I hit the target today – so I am going to simply walk away …. that’s it get up … walk away …. you can stop typing now …. OK … see you tomorrow ….

back on track – day 9

nanowrimo, day 9 It may not be quality writing, but I feel good today after catching up and getting back on track – hence the visual for today.

I exceeded the word count goal of 15,300 – the place I wanted to be this far into the nanowrimo challenge.

My main character is turning into a bit of a psychological mess – not sure how much of the story she is telling me is true (!) but at least she is now clear in my mind and she is drawing in the other characters to tell her story.

trust the process

Wow, it is nearly embarrassing to be back here. It is so long since I have posted, but November is the month for writing and I have signed up for the second time to start that mad journey of Nanowrimo. It has been a slow start to the season. There is little to no story line, a few unrelated ideas and at the last count 5800 of ramblings but my motto will be “Trust the Process”.

This year will be a completely different story and genre than my fantastical world of Zetoec. In my head at the moment is a lonely old woman, with packing boxes all around her … and I think I can sense a cat called Mosely.

Reviving Lost Connections

Last night I rejoined a book club that I had attended a couple of times many years ago.  There were familiar faces around the table, and although it was probably been close to five years since I had met with this group, I was overawed by their continuity and appreciative of their openness to welcome me back.

It was a Kris Kringle night where you bring a present without knowing the recipient and exchange at the even.  In this case we were asked to bring a second hand book, wrapped up, and each took a turn to pull out their present from the “Santa bag”.  Over the next month, we all have to read our book and then provide a critique or review at the next book club in the new year.

I ended up pulling out a book which is called “The 39 Steps” by John Buchan.  It was first published in 1915.   This is not a book that I would have instinctively chosen for myself – but I did start to read it last night.  There are a couple of lines in the dedication that really got my attention – maybe because the line parallel my recent life and writing experience.

“the dime novel … where the incidents defy the probabilities, and march just inside the borders of the possible.  During an illness last winter I exhausted my store of those aids to cheerfulness, and was driven to write one for myself.  This little volume is the result …”

There is anticipation mixed with anxiety when you revive lost or old connections, but I am glad that I have rejoined this group, and that they have expanded my reading repertoire.