Nanowrimo 2011: Week Three
This post is coming a little later in the day because I spent the morning desperately plugging away at the keyboard and getting caught up, just so I would have some measurable progress to report here. That, and the muse has found me for the moment. Probably because I’m trying to avoid piles of homework and cleaning off the back deck for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Probably. It’s amazing the things you can accomplish when you’re trying to do something else.
Page count: 77 pages (in a Google Doc, 12 point font and regular spacing)
But seriously – the last week was horrendous in terms of distractions. My favorite video game series of all time: Assassin’s Creed released another entry. I babysat my nephew for about 10 hours. I participated in a Twilight marathon with my mother. The Breaking Dawn flick came out. Started my internship. Watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 with my BFF. Saturday was a memorial service for my Great Aunt in Tacoma, then dinner with relatives and a movie following.
Sunday I had enough time to catch my breath, do holiday related shopping, skip a babyshower and complete three classes worth of assignments. Monday was deep cleaning the house for Thanksgiving and Dreamweaver homework. Yesterday I plugged away at nearly 3,000 words and went to the gym.
Seriously folks – how is it possible for writer’s to write?
I mean really. I’m asking my writer friends out here. Unless I’ve created something for a class, and back when I was like 10-15 I had all the time in the world then I would produce results. Now, between school and an internship (which will one day give way to WORK), occasionally babysitting, hitting up the gym, cleaning, couponing, shopping, running errands…how do you do it?
And when do you do it? There have been several times over the last three weeks when I was knee-deep and buried in the story, but someone showed up at the door with good social intentions and I had to dump all my motivation and inspiration to attend to…life.
Or maybe it’s just my unique position at the moment – with very little framework to my days and lots of work to do that must be tackled merely on my own motivation. By the end of the day, I am looking at this story like…oh, you again huh? What do you want?
INTERESTING PLOT DEVELOPMENTS
I killed off one my characters. One that I didn’t like – he sort of popped up out of nowhere. And once he was imbedded in the story, it made sense. But I didn’t like him. So he’s dead now, for plot-service purposes. Also because I wanted him dead.
Do you ever do that? Just kill off a character because you don’t like them? I’m usually very fond of even the bad guys I create and work hard not to kill anyone. It appears I’ve turned a corner in my writing however.
I’m moving into the final stretch. I like where things are going. I think I’ll be able to reach at least the 50,000 word goal and maybe even my 60,000 personal goal. Perhaps all the activity of the last week was a good thing, because I was able to gestate on where the plot is going, and go back to rework some things. Now that the bad is temporarily fixed, my mind can move forward into wrapping up everything in a nice, neat little bow and squeezing out a decent ending.
Check back here next week for the results!
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