Sunday, November 29, 2009

I won!

I've done it! I've won Nanowrimo! And let me tell you, this year was tough!

Last weekend we were at a party, so no writing at all. Then I got ill, got a nasty cold that I couldn't shake. It's difficult to write when you're feeling like crap. So I didn't. Had two more days of writing absolutely nothing and a few days or writing just a few words. It was bad. I felt bad.

Tonight I had to finish it. I'd had enough. I only needed 2000 more words anyway. (Thanks to that 4000+ words on Day One and a few more days where I wrote far more than I needed to). And that's when I hit the 50K mark. I know for validation it's best to go a little beyond that, just in case the verifier eats some of your words, so I ended at 50270 words!


I could not have done it without the distraction of Twitter, and all the lovely people there, the Nanowrimo forums and the rewards such as Dutch telly on my laptop and YouTube.

Oh, and that 'Fake Journal' I said I was going to do, pretending I was my Main Character doing an (art) Journal? That will have to wait until International Fake Journal Month. I'm beat!

(Now if only it was Jan. 1st and I could say I've finished Project 365..... ;) )

Friday, November 27, 2009

Shopping makes you feel better

For the last couple of days, I've had a terrible cold. I blame my Love's 1.5 yr old niece. We had to babysit her and she had a constant runny nose and a nasty cough but of course that did not stop me from cuddling her and playing with her. And now I'm paying for it big time. I've been in bed with my laptop, but I haven't written all that much in the last couple of days. Only 760 words yesterday. And I sooo want to finish this story now, but it's difficult to think with a head full of snot and a throat that feels like sandpaper..

Soooooo..... In order to make me feel better, I decided to buy myself a little something something. I had my eye on Comfortable Shoes, on Art Fire for a while now, and today was the day I made my purchase. A new journal and a jotter (see picture above)! Yayy!

I think Leslie is a great girl, she has some beautiful books in her shop, and her videos on Youtube> are awesome. And if you have a peek at her blog, you will see that she's currently having a BlackFriday sale!

So go on and have a look at Comfortable Shoes on ArtFire, and get yourself or a loved one something special!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My new video!

Will be posting pictures of these pages as I go along, but might not be until after Nanowrimo... As they say: watch this space!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Nanowrimo second half: Play Dirty!

Yesterday was the 15th day of Nanowrimo. The half way point. If you have kept up with the daily target of 1667 words a day, you hit 25K yesterday. Twenty-five-thousand words. That's an awful lot! Hope you took the time to celebrate, and give yourself a reward for all the hard work you've put in.

Now... We're at the second half. And this is where you get to play dirty.

The middle, as I'm sure many Nanowrimo-writers will tell you, is a tough part. Usually you know exactly what will happen in the beginning, you have your ending figured out, but that middle bit is where it gets difficult. Things don't always work out the way you had planned, characters end up not behaving like you wanted them to, like they have a mind of their own.

As frustrating as that may seem, keep in mind that you must not (NOT!!) edit anything. Don't read back what you wrote, don't edit. Instead, keep a notebook next to you and write down things that you should have a look at in your edit. For example, I started my story off by calling one of my characters Joe. Ten chapters in, suddenly he was Jim, which suits him much better. So I wrote down: 'From Chapter 1: Joey = Jim'. So when (if) I edit this story, I know that the first few chapters I have to change that name.
Another example; my character just killed off a poor innocent woman, while wearing a suit. This morning when I took a shower, I suddenly thought, hang on, if the blood was splattered all over the wall, surely his suit would get dirty too. How will my character deal with this? Does he either not care, or does he need a change of clothes in my rewrite? In which case, he will need a bag or a briefcase of some kind in which he carries a fresh set of clothes. So I wrote that down in my notes, but I may even start my writing session tonight as if he had that bag with him the whole time, and make sure that in my rewrite I mention it as he walks towards this poor lady's house.

As far as playing dirty goes, word count means everything in this second half. The first half was difficult enough, and now you have to do the same amount of words again. So take your character shopping and have them decide what to have for dinner. Let your character dream or daydream, even if it has nothing to do with your story. Write flash backs, let your characters explain their story to other people.

My story, about a man killing people like the Big Bad Wolf does in fairy tales, I thought called for a scene in a classroom where the teacher reads out the Little Red Ridinghood story. And as we all know, children's stories are very repetitive. I think I must have written out 'Little Red Ridinghood' at least ten times in that scene. That's 20 words more than if I had used a name or 'she'.

As far as my Nanowrimo goes, I'm slightly ahead of schedule. I will start my writing session today at 32550. But, there have been 3 days where I wrote less than 1667 words, and one day where I wrote absolutely nothing. It can be done! It just means that on other days you have to write more than 1667 words a day.

Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying the challenge. Keep up the great work!