Day Ten

Took me a while this morning, but I got some done. Had to do some research on different background items.

Otherwise it’s going okay.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to do more later tonight. Any amount of words would be helpful so I can catch up. But I do feel like I”m back on track, which is excellent.

Day Nine, 8671

Back to writing… I’m hoping to get more done today, as I’m really only back on track, and barely. At this point, I have to write a lot more to make up for much of this week. Working til midnight on wednesday really didn’t help much.

Part of me wanted to give up, but honestly, one of my main goals was NOT to do that. To just keep going, the whole month. Even if I don’t make it.

process and completion.

Day Six, 7051

it’s far too late for me to still be awake… it’s going okay. I’m somewhat behind, but not so much that I’ve given up hope completely.

I’m finding it easy to write about 800-1000 words per day. Anything above that is very painful. Althought the first 400 words are definitely the slowest. I think if I were to give myself 45 minutes to an hour every day, I could really get some work on.

Also, I couldn’t write on Sunday. I needed the day off. So I’m thinking I will need to do that every once in a while. I’m considering taking Sundays off in general.

I have about one chapter done (20 pages, or thereabouts). It’s 7051 words–and I’m supposed to have 10003 by today. Oh well.

I haven’t given up yet. I hope, even if I don’t get the 50000 words, that I don’t give up at all. The story just might not need that many words.

Day Three, 5344

Last night was interesting. I took my laptop to see Lyle play, and worked on it there.

Wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. It was a little bit difficult to work there, and by the time I got home I was so tired it took me forever to get my word count.

I’m starting to worry that I will run out of ideas. I really feel like I shouldn’t be finishing this part of the arc so quickly. But maybe so.

At any rate, I’m not that far ahead on my count… only about 340 words… and I added in 500 words that I had written previously which I’m not sure really count. Still I’m about done for the night.

Day One, 1924 words

Okay, first day down.

Had a slow part. Added a new element to the story I liked.

I knew Zorashi would be there, but didn’t realize Highbourne would show up.

I had an idea of what my general plot would be–what the question I would follow, or that my characters would follow, would be.

But I added a new element into it. Might have it come back. I liked it a lot, would give a foil, but I’m worried it would be too “handlebar mustache, tied to the train tracks” type melodrama.

Nothing wrong with melodrama. It just has to be good.

The hardest thing today was STOPPING. I guess i”m worried about burnout. This is about process. This is about process.

Process and Completion, Process and Completion
Done is Good.

There. Now I have mantras.

Here we go….

I’ve decided this year, quite unsensibly, to do NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month, where you write a 175-page novel in a month.

Why I decided to do this, is beyond me. And why I decided that it would be a great idea to BLOG about it [more writing! yay!] is even further beyond me.

And to increase the absurdity, I’ve decided to write the entire novel as World of Warcraft FanFic.

How embarassing.

But here’s the method to the madness: For me, the importance is completion. Sure, my WoW Novel won’t go anywhere, except perhaps to my Guild if they care to peruse. But that’s a good thing. This is about getting something done.

In the words of Karen Tidmarsh, my college dean–the best advice I ever received: “Sometimes, Done Is Good.”

If I’m writing about Supermonkey and Shalom, well, then, Done Is Good.

No content expectations, No fear–and a group of people to harangue and encourage me. At least I hope.