January 2010 Wordcount Goal: 73,000

Friday, November 02, 2007

Another day, another bunch of words

Okay, posted my wordcount for Day 2: 1189. Worked on the same scene as yesterday. I also spent quite a bit of time working on the scene's dynamics and am pretty pleased with the results. There's still more to do but the great thing is this is a brand new scene that I hadn't realized before. I also have a new character, too. So I can already tell the difference from having a concentrated focus on this scene.

NaNoWriMo Begins

Okay, I actually completed the first day AND posted my wordcount: 590. I know, it's not that much but it is a start. I had to deal with a lot of unanticipated distractions, and as you know, as soon as you announce to the world your intention the world responds back with a whack of negativity to test your commitment. So I feel pretty good that I actually did follow through yesterday.

One thing I did yesterday was to revise a scene storyboard technique I learned from Robert Ray's Weekend Writer. Over the years I found a few things that intensify the focus of my first draft and included them. My template is a tool I use to drop me into the scene. By the time I've finished filling it out, I usually am hearing dialogue, hearing movement, and entering deeper into the novel. Once the inital blast of energy is over I copy the actual scene content into a word file and off I go to finish the first draft. It generally works every time. Since I plan to use that process every day this month to move along, I wanted to upgrade it so I'm working off all the items from the beginning.

So how did your day go yesterday? Ready for today?

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sharpen your pencils, power-up your laptops

If you haven't noticed we're two days away from the start of NaNoWriMo. It's time to define your strategy. When will you write? Are you a morning person? Maybe you're one who likes to hear the clatter of the keyboard late at night. Whatever your habit, clear your schedule and get ready now because in less than 48 hours your writing begins. At the very least you should have an idea of some kind about what you will write. :)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Welcome NaNoWriMo 2007 readers

Okay, we're about two weeks and counting before the big write-off. Once again I'm tossing my pencil in and readying my computer for the mad marathon starting November 1st. I hope you'll visit often, comment frequently, and offer your own thoughts on the writing process.

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