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Randomly (less often than i'd like) little scenes pop into my head when i'm trying to write something. This is where they live. If you still don't get it, this might help.

Monday, October 31, 2005

i've been saying nah-no-REE-mo

tomorrow starts national novel writing month, otherwise known as nanowrimo. this will be the third year that i've attempted to write a 50,000 word (heh. for a moment i typed page) novel. it ends up being 1666.6 words a day, which may or may not sound like much to you, but this entire post is only (369) words long and took me about 25 minutes to compose. so yeah. it's a chunk of time, even if you can type like a fiend and can just pour the writing out of you. and that never, ever happens when you want it to.

smarty-smart me made a lovely xls file that not only tracks my progress, but re-calcuates my words per day needed to meet the goal based on how many words i've written so far. it can get discouraging after a few days of 500ish words when you know you've suddenly got to start churning out 2500 word days if you hope to make it.

the first year i started out fairly strong (for about 5 or 6 days) and then got stuck. the second year (last) i couldn't even get my idea off the ground and started writing a few random things before abandoning the process entirely.

this year, however, i'm a step ahead. i've already got a (legally allowed) outline for my story that is 12+ chapters long and i have a good idea where it goes from there. the trouble may be getting it all wrapped up in 30 days. i've never finished a story before. my largest effort is currently hovering around 96K words, and it's only about 2/3 complete. it has large, gaping holes and i have no way to connect the pieces, which is why it's been repeatedly abandoned, but it's there, a 1+ MB file of original words, if not necessarily original characters.

anyway, yeah, i've got an edge this year. i spent some time a few days ago looking at some of the story ideas i've fleshed out into an outline and found one i think i like well enough right now to spend a month with it.

so, if you don't hear from me until december, you know why. :)