Monday, November 2, 2009

NaNoWriNot

I'd just like to say that I spent the first day of November not writing. Instead, Mighty Reader and I climbed up and down ladders in epic battle with the gutters on our house. I installed some flashing. She cleaned. I got up on the roof and nailed some loose siding back into place. There was a break for a trip to the farmers' market, coffee and cupcakes and a brief stop at the hardware store. Later, we made nachos and watched a couple episodes of BTVS, Season 2. I am not doing NaNoWriMo, is where I'm going with this. I'll continue to push along with the current novel at my regular pace, which means I'll probably have a first draft done by spring. But good luck to everyone who's driving themselves mad over the next 29 days.

Edit to add: wordcountometer says 7358! Not brilliant, but it's progress.

12 comments:

  1. I wish I had gone up on the roof and cleaned my gutters. I wish I had gone out for coffee and muffins. Sad to say, I decided to try NaNoWriMo this year.

    Saturday night (Halloween), the time change, and another rejection in the in-box persueded me to TRY to write something totally different for a month. What I'm writing is so far out of my comfort zone it's funny. I have no idea what I'm doing and I really don't care, I just have this crazy story inside me trying to get out. And the way I figure it, it's only 30 days out of my life.

    Maybe if I finish it I'll celebrate with muffins and coffee.

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  2. PW: I think it's great that you're going to try an experiment this month and work way outside of your comfort zone. I don't think NaNo is a bad idea, I just know that it won't work for the way I work. Keep writing! Let me know what happens. Even if you don't hit the 50K goal by 11/30, you might find yourself working on something cool that you otherwise wouldn't have attempted.

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  3. We'll be having the gutters cleaned in a couple weeks. We still have mega falling ahead of us, so we'll wait til it's mostly down and then get it done. You're brave to go on top of your house. There's no way I'd even try. Our roof is pretty steep. It's funny. When I was in high school I remember running around on the roof and scaring my mother to death.

    Good luck with your proceeding as usual. I'm right along with you. No NaNo for me either. I'm being a little more productive lately though. Yea!

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  4. Lois: We're lucky enough that none of the trees shed into our gutters, so they weren't bad at all. At least not in my opinion; apparently Mighty Reader has higher standards. I didn't like being on the roof. It's pretty steep, but like you, when I was a kid I'd run all over the top of the house with no fear. Yesterday I just wanted to get back onto the ladder. I am getting old.

    Proceed as usual!

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  5. I'm giving NaNoWriMo a try this year. I'm excited about it, but I'm not taking it very seriously. I figure it's a good experiment, and if it fails, I'll shrug.

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  6. Hehe, awesome Scott. I'm not doing NaNo either. No thanks! I'm still working on the last novel I did for NaNo. I'm not sure I'm cut out for super-fast writing. I'm glad I did it last year though.

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  7. I am very impressed with your productivity.

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  8. Oh, you working man. I'm supposed to have all that power!

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  9. Driving myself crazy? This is my
    6th year. NaNo is cake.

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  10. Um, the kind that doesn't turn out very well and you're not sure how to eat it.

    But I'm hoping that will change this year. I've made an outline. And I'm not speed writing. In past years, I've averaged about 14 hours to write 50K words. I'm not even keeping track of my time this year. It's taken the pressure off, and I think somehow will keep me from procrastinating.

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