Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Off and Running...

NaNoWriMo started yesterday. I've discovered that I really hate the countdown clock on the front door of their website. It dramatically adds to the pressure when you watch each second tick away, not to mention the writing time I've wasted doing just that.

Day one went okay. I got over 2,000 words written. Today hasn't been so great thus far. My husband decided that he needed to get up at the same time I did (4:30 a.m.) and my daughter arose quite early as well (just after 5:00 a.m.). This time change has skewed everyone's sleeping schedules, and it's messing with my writing time.

This morning I'm up to a word count total of 3,221 - but haven't reached my daily goal yet. I need to hit it hard this first week so that I have a bit of padding if (when?) I hit a wall later on. I'd like to get at least a third of the total writing done this week, which is about how much I have outlined, but we'll see how it goes. The characters are already taking some tangents that I hadn't prepared for - which is a typical occurance for me, but it certainly messes with my plans.

The ferret has just made his dramatic appearance, however, and I'm also working at incorporating some of the NaNo challenges that are appearing in the "dares" section of the forum.

Some of the ones that I've copied to my "scene ideas" document are these (dunno if I'll be using them, we'll have to see how it goes):

Use the word of the day function from your chosen website. -- I actually did this one today. It's a great way to move yourself forward and to generate new ideas.

Have a character insist on always taking shortcuts when driving, even if the "shortcut" involves going far out of the way. -- I love this idea, but haven't a clue how to use it. This is a "we'll see".

Use the quote "Give me all your ducks!" with a character using the "gun" symbol - thumb up, forefinger pointed. -- How can you not want to use this?

Anyhoo, I'd better get back to writing. Oops, the DD has just arrived in the basement office. Guess I'll be making breakfast instead.


1 comment:

Ceri said...

LOL Your morning yesterday sounds like mine. By the time I got settled in front of my laptop (in living room with WMUR)all 3 kids were up and bickering.

You're doing great! Not a bad way to start the month. I did some work this morning and I'm up to 3305. I'm trying to decide whats more important.. writing or doing dishes. Well, I know what my husband would say.

Have a productive day!