Friday, November 25, 2011

When You Don't Finish.

I'm not going to finish my NaNoWriMo novel this year. As much as I would love to snap my fingers and find the time to write nearly 9k a day to finish, I'm not going to do so. I REFUSE. School was crazy, I had something almost every single weekend of November, and finals are coming up. But I'm okay. Not completing NaNoWriMo does not make me any less of a writer, or any kind of a failure. Yes, winning would be nice. But what IS nice, is that I have a good solid 15,000 words under my belt of a new draft. I've got a long way to go, but a lot of story left. Did you finish NaNoWriMo successfully? Are you sipping your coffee, maturely admitting defeat but planning for next year? You should let me know. We can party together either way. :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thoughts from a Wednesday evening.

I sit here in my lovely New York apartment, alone on Thanksgiving. I’m writing this on my couch, and have a non-Christmas Spotify playlist on. There are people who would say that this sounds miserable. “You’re not surrounded by loud family and drama on Thanksgiving?! How horrible!”

No, silly people. I am here and I’m able to be thankful more than ever. I have a family that loves me, and that I get to see in three weeks. The most in depth conversation I have had today involved the purchase twinkle lights. The sun is setting over the city, (MY city!) and I have a friend coming over to watch a movie.
I don’t have school until Monday, so I’m taking some time off and staying inside my apartment ALL DAY TODAY. My bliss right now is quiet, and that makes me thankful; I have quiet available.
I’m getting up early tomorrow to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from my balcony. I have dinner with school family tomorrow night, and then Christmas music will bounce around my apartment; Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney will add their magic sparkle to my eighth floor haven. I have a lot of writing to do if I want to catch up on my NaNo project, but that’s perfectly okay with me. I’m okay with letting things slide. I’m thankful for this time in my life. I’m thankful that the five words I would use to describe my world right now are peaceful, happy, calm, home, and grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Writing! NaNoWriMo! Oh My!

I have decided to do it again. National Novel Writing Month is an international internet-based writing competition, where participants set out to write a novel of 50,000 words or more. I first participated in 2009, and I WON! :) I took a break last year, but I'm back again, and happy to be writing regularly.

I'm actually finding NaNo to be really helpful in my regular life. It keeps me just busy enough to schedule things out a little more, which I'm finding helpful. My character seems to know what she wants, (and what her name is, no input from me!) so I'm letting the story be written that way- so far it seems to be working.

We'll see! 

I might be saying some very different things when I reach 30,000 words, as opposed to the 3,516 that I have now. If you'd like to follow my progress, the "writing" tab/page goes to my NaNo profile, which has my daily statistics, and my word count progress.

Thaaat's all folks!
You'll hear from me soon.
Or, you know... in December.