Thursday, November 26, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

The NaNoWriMo Windup

Last night I typed the last sentence of my novel Twist for NaNoWriMo. As soon as the words were officially counted and posted by the NaNo Robot counters, I sighed in relief. Since this novel was supposed to be longer than a normal middle grade manuscript, I decided to write a mystery for adults. I also decided to jump right in and make no plan. I only had a vague idea of what was going to happen to my divorced,twenty-five year old MC, who moves back to her small hometown in Texas. As time ticked by, I had to do something with her. I needed action--after all it was supposed to be a mystery/suspense. I used the Mickey Spillane way of writing. I'm going to paraphrase but in essence he said that he gets the ending first then he has the fun of knowing where he's going but not how he's going to get there. So I had fun creating absurd and scary situations which my MC handled with intelligence.

That poor girl was shot at twice and knocked unconcious by an unknown assailant who dumped her in the woods. She was rescued in the nick of time and air lifted to safety. Then her home and business were torched, and the police officer she was falling for turned out to be the one who dumped her in the woods. Why? because she had another male interest and he wanted to "rescue" her and be her hero and blame it on the real murderer who really was trying to kill her. (Soap Opera came to mind) By the way, he didn't get to rescue her, she had come to and left the area before he got there with the search group. She flagged down the helicopter herself.

Mickey was right. I had a fun time filling these pages and subjecting my heroine to all sorts of dangers and personal problems, but I made it to the happy ending and wrapped up all loose ends.

Writing 50K words in 22 days was grueling, but I learned a few things about myself.

1. I can appear in my home office and sit down every single day and write something even when I don't want to write.

2. I've improved since I began seriously writing a few years back. I can now recognize garbage when I write it. I can't recognize it while I'm writing it, but when I turn on my internal editor the next day, I can spot it quickly and delete it.

3. I can write something without a plan, and I can forge ahead, get past the middle, and still resolve a decent plot.

Right now Twist is going in the file drawer for several months. As to whether or not I try this again next November...I'll decide next year.

Good luck and best wishes to all NaNoWriMo writers who are almost finished. Keep writing!

Friday, November 6, 2009

NaNoWidgets--Now these are interesting!

(If you only see a little red x, then the main website widgets are down)

Monday, November 2, 2009

November 1

I recorded 1,907 words today and thought that was pretty good, but one of my buddies has recorded over 8,000! Wow!

I might have done more but I couldn't help it, I'm an obsessive self-editor and had to stop and add things that came to mind as I was writing. If this slows me down, I'll just have another page on my screen where I can stop and write revision notes.

Okay, this will be the last post about NaNoWriMo unless something really interesting happens.

Continued good luck and best wishes to my Buddies!