Last year I discovered a month-long event called National Novel Writing Month, where the challenge is writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Last year, since I didn’t find out about this until a week before, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to think of a story (or even just an idea for a story), so I spent the first two weeks rewriting the beginning and ended with just under 11,000 words 😦
I have had a whole year to think of a story, and I have all kinds of ideas, but I’m still not set on one. I just know I want to take something dark and make it funny (I’m a huge fan of post-apocalyptic world stories and stories of a dystopic world (like Fahrenheit 451 or 1984). Think about it, even when things around you really suck, someone still manages to crack a wry joke about their circumstances. I’m generally a very happy, silly person, and I want that to show through in my story. I still have a month to figure it out!
You may be asking yourself, “Should I get involved in this craziness? I heard everyone has a novel rattling around their brain.” I say, heck yeah! But if that’s not enough for you, I strongly suggest you read “10 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo.“
I didn’t make it to my goal of 8,000, in fact, I only made it to just under 7,000 today (yeah, I really did write that few words).
The good news is, I finally have a story outline in my head (only four days too late LOL!). My story is a politically-charged zombie piece.
Today was my most unproductive day ever. Didn’t get anything from my list done, didn’t get any cleaning done, ugh. Tomorrow will be better 🙂
I’m on day three of NaNoWriMo and I’m at 6,000 words, just past the 10% mark! I shifted my story, so now it’s a little more interesting to me. It will not be a best seller though, but that’s not the point of this exercise.
Even though my sister and I joke about a reference to a Family Guy sketch about settign up in Starbucks to write, today I decided that Starbucks sucks as a place to set up unless you’re cool with freezing outside because there are no seats inside.
I wrote my notes to myself for at the end of the 1001 days and for my 30th birthday (a whopping 18 months from now, ha ha!), so now I’m down to 99 things on my list. I still need to post that list. Don’t worry, I’ll get to it as soon as I’m done here.
Ugh, I’m feeling like a slug. I need to work out (there is that half-marathon next month– maybe I should train for that). Running two half-marathons is on my list.
Ok, real quick, proud mama moment, my kindergartener’s reading ability was tested and he’s reading at a second grade level! His teacher arranged for him to go to a first grade class four days a week for about an hour so he can actually be challenged. I’m so proud of my reading superstar!
I wrote my first 2,700 words today. Honestly, I don’t like my story much, but I can work with it.
My 30 days of not buying anything will have to start tomorrow, since the dang Halloween clearance racks were so tempting. I did get a beautiful costume for next year and cute shoes that would probably be better for Halloween, but I’ll probably wear them anyway.
The caffeine thing will have to start tomorrow too.
I still need to write letters to myself (and do my Bible study homework, yikes!).
On my list is write/publish/sell an ebook, and my husband had the awesome idea of only publishing for, say, Kindle, and only charging 99 cents. I won’t make a bundle (it was never about the money anyway), but at least I could say my work sold!
I think I’m going to print out my list so I have a fast reference.
I’m tired. Good night!
Only two and a half hours until November 1st, and I’m still scrambling for a story! Yikes!
So far I have a couple of characters, a nun with a gun, a beautiful man who’s as dumb as he is gorgeous, a crazy ex-girlfriend (although I don’t have her back story yet), and an angry cocktail waitress who wants to find her widower father and fix their broken relationship.
The idea I had was based on a goofy parody of a romance novel my brother and I liked to sit around and add on to. But then I couldn’t figure out how to fit in a nun with a gun, so I turned it into a zombie story, but I’m just not feeling it.
Also, I’m not sure what I want to write to my 30 year old self and my 38 year old self (stuff on my list I figure I can check off fairly quick).
Tomorrow also starts no spending and no caffeine! Yikes!
Anyone reading this, suggestions for NaNoWriMo would be appreciated!
Only two more days until National Novel Writing Month kickoff! So excited and SOOOOO nervous! I have some ideas, but nothing is coming together, yet.
Oh, and November 1st, the kickoff day, is also the kickoff for my 1001 days thing, starting with “no spending money for a month,” “no cutting my hair for 1000 days,” “walking or running at least one mile every day for 1000 days,” “write one blog post every day for a month,” and “write a letter to myself to open in 1001 days.”
November will be quite busy. I love busy!