Monday, November 03, 2014

Day 2 NaNo Update

Well, my wordcount is obviously not where I'd like it to be.  As of midnight for Day 2, it was 2,141/50,000 words.  A tad off pace, but not that far, only about 1200 words. The next two days are my days off. I'm working some OT, but still should be able to make progress (hopefully get ahead even,) and be at a more reasonable spot in #NaNoWriMo.

Really not much else to say at this point, other than I need to glue my ass in the chair and write. The important thing is to chain up my inner editor, lock them in a steel box, and drop them in the Marianas Trench for the month of November. It's all about getting the words out. As Hemingway said, "The first draft of anything is shit." Once you embrace that, you can just pound away on that keyboard and worry about editing later. That was the hardest concept for me to grasp when I first started doing NaNo years ago. I was in the habit of polishing as I went, so the idea of just writing and worrying about it later was anathema to me.  So, off I go to throw caution to the wind and write with abandon.  Good writing to my fellow NaNo participants!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Here it Comes!

Well, about 48 hours until NaNoWriMo starts, and my novel is less than 50% plotted. This could be good or bad, I guess. I hope to plot the ending so that I know where I'm headed. Hopefully before I run out of plot I can hammer out enough wordcount to give me a cushion to have a half a day or whole day to plot some more. I'm excited about this idea, and can't wait to see where it takes me. Determined to finish this one and hopefully submit it at some point. Have to see how salvageable the first draft is. Short post, I know, but I just wanted to leave a quick update.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Plot or Pants?

Okay, with NaNoWriMo less than 10 days away, I'm curious about everyone's approach. Do you plot your novel, whether just the bones or in detail, or do you fly by the seat of your pants? I can see the benefit of both, I guess. Taught in school to outline the crap out of what you read or write, I tend to want to plot everything out. The downside being if you outline too much, you can lose interest in the story itself. But when I've tried the pants method, I usually get myself written into a corner that it becomes difficult to get out of.

I've done NaNo for almost 11 years, and I have tried both methods. Plotting seems to work better for me as long as I stop short of being too detailed. Pantsing really doesn't work for me, although at times I wish it would. It would be nice to not have to work on plot before the magic begins on November 1. 50,000 words in 30 days. It's not as bad as it sounds. That breaks down to 1,667 words per day, which is completely doable for most people in less than 2 hours. So, no matter which method works for you, if you haven't tried NaNoWriMo before, give it a shot this year. Even if you don't hit 50k, you will still probably write more words in 30 days than you ever have before. If you have questions, don't be afraid to ask me. Visit the site, and don't be scared.

I would like to hear everyone's prep method of choice and why. Leave a comment on whether you plot or pants it, and why you choose that method.

Monday, October 13, 2014

To NaNo or not to NaNo:

With November rapidly approaching, I should be plotting for NaNoWriMo, and yet I'm still debating even participating this year. Just not feeling it like I have in past years. I have a decent idea and I most likely will start outlining today, just to see if there is life in the plot. I probably will at least make the attempt this year, as it would be sad to break the chain of years I've participated so far.

Using Scrivener for my first full NaNo this year. It is the best novel outlining and writing software I've seen so far. As for the actual writing, most will be done on an Alphasmart Dana. While they are becoming more difficult to obtain as they are no longer in production, I did manage to score (thanks to my amazing girlfriend,) three of them off ebay for $10!! As sturdy as they are, I shouldn't need another one ever again. My first one did fall casualty to my cat's thought that it should be bathed in Dr. Pepper. They do not react well to that. But for distraction free writing, they can't be beat. Basically just a word processor, it is easy to crank out wordcount without being distracted by the evil Internet. And it's cool to watch the words magically appear on your monitor when you send the files into your word processing program. It's like watching an evil monkey high on Redbull and coffee typing at an insane rate.  I have my wordcount in the sidebar. Feel free to drop in and offer encouragement or prod me (if the wordcount is low.)