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Off Track - Me and My Characters

Made my NaNoWriMo quota today. 1,697 words.

I'm anxious to start at the beginning and read what I've written. I don't think I'm accomplishing much toward solving the crime. I seem to be creating too much havoc. I have 35,000 words left to write. I need to remember this is supposed to be fun. Shouldn't take myself too seriously. If nothing else NaNoWriMo is helping me get in the habit of daily writing, and that's a good thing. I just don't want to be wasting my time. Am…


Added by Jess on November 9, 2007 at 3:31pm — No Comments

My Lost NaNoWriMo Day

Accomplished nothing today. 526 words. I got side-tracked reading writer's guidelines on the internet, and brainstorming NF articles. By the time I started writing my creativity was shot. My head was filled with NF ideas, not my wip. I noticed right away that my heroine's voice sounded completely different. It threw me, made me feel like I should go back and read everything I've written. I don't dare do that. It'll make me want to start rewriting. I've got to forge ahead without slowing down…


Added by Jess on November 8, 2007 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Thinking It Through

NaNoWriMo project hit 12,137 words today. I was afraid I'd written as much as I can without knowing where I'm going. I picked up a couple of How To books and started thumbing through them, reading a sentence here and there. Came across a statement suggesting I start a fire, burn down a house or something. Nice suggestion. I didn't do it but it started me thinking and writing.

I might burn down the family home next week :-)


Added by Jess on November 7, 2007 at 3:56pm — No Comments

A Crummy Effort

Goofed off too much today. Had a three hour lunch with a friend. Watched two movies (Because I Said So and Tara), and wrote 1,006 words. Better than nothing I guess but I regret not sticking with my 1700 words a day plan. :(

I hope this isn't the beginning of the end.

Just get it down on paper, and then we'll see what to do with it. ~Maxwell Perkins

Added by Jess on November 6, 2007 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Plotter or Pantser

Okay, NaNoWriMo is rolling for me. So far I'm making my quota. It won't last, I'm sure, because of the Thanksgiving holiday and kids coming in. But wow! what a high. I usually have to outline--at least a little, but the notes I made before starting aren't even valid now. It has really been fun following my nose with this little mystery. For the first time, I understand what a writer means when she says she likes being surprised. Funny and surprising how things tend to fall into place.…


Added by Jess on November 5, 2007 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Day 3 - Saturday

Went to my writer's meeting. Grocery Store afterwards. Watched LSU struggle to win against Alabama. Wrote 2,054 words for NaNoWriMo. Their site is down so I can't post until tomorrow. :( Well, I guess I could stay up for two more hours but then I'd sleep through church.

Today I learned that those who speak the loudest (and the longest) actually know the least. Don't ask me where I learned that little tidbit. :( I won't tell. But I'll continue to remind myself to speak quietly and for…


Added by Jess on November 4, 2007 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Old Habits Die Hard

A quick note to report 3,087 words today on my NaNoWriMo wip. I'm soooooo very proud of myself. Have to strut a lttle. :) Of course, tomorrow or the day after I'll probably be whining. I've learned three things about myself:

1) I spend way too much time in front of this computer -- surfing on the pretense of doing research.

2) I'm actually more creative sitting on the sofa, feet propped up on coffee table and laptop in position. I can actually write, be with hubby and watch TV.…


Added by Jess on November 3, 2007 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Surprised Myself

Yesterday I mentally prepared for today. I could hardly wait until 12:01 AM so I could get started on my NaNoWriMo project. But leading up to midnight I watched two movies: Georgia Rules and Catch and Release. Not bad. At 12:01, I started typing. Two false starts that left me cold. (No, I didn't delete them but I did highlight them in yellow.) I put on my own copy of Must Love Dogs, and started writing again. Finally I found a beginning that satisfied me. My strength is dialogue. Once I put…


Added by Jess on November 2, 2007 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

At 12:01 tonight (or in the morning) I'll write the first few words (pages?) of my new project. Why do I commit to such as this? Fast writing. I usually feel like a failure when I quit producing. Nov…

At 12:01 tonight (or in the morning) I'll write the first few words (pages?) of my new project. Why do I commit to such as this? Fast writing. I usually feel like a failure when I quit producing. November isn't a real good month for daily writing. Daughter comes home from NOBTS and all I want to do is play with her. We visit family in Texas for Thanksgiving. We'll also be moving out of our apartment in Houston and trying to find room to store furniture…


Added by Jess on November 1, 2007 at 1:08am — 2 Comments

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