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Month: November 2011

It’s Not The End Of The World… OR IS IT?!!

I’m starting out the second week of NaNoWriMo about 3,000 words short of where I should be. I was doing great for the first three days, even had a bit of a word cushion built up, but then I decided to take Friday off from writing, since it was already filled to the brim with errands and my weekly Bible study. Of course I just knew I’d make it up over the weekend, but on Saturday I was too determined to catch up on TV as well as writing, and thanks to that I only managed about 900 words that day. Sunday was much better–I went to the first write-in for my area and wrote over 2,200 words while I was there, but that wasn’t enough to catch me up to where I should be. Then on Monday, a combination of adjusting to the time change and some *ahem* female troubles knocked me so far off my game that I just sat there in a haze all day, wondering what I should do and trying to decide if it would be better to just go take a nap, until I finally gave up on either notion and went to watch Netflix with Matt. So I did some math, and if I want to be caught up to 20,000 by this weekend I need to write about 3,000 words a day between now and then. I’ve done 1,142 so far today.

And do you know what isn’t helping? That would be the earthquakes. That’s right, we have earthquakes now, apparently. In Oklahoma. We’ve had three pretty significant quakes in as many days, in a state that until last year there hadn’t been a single quake strong enough to be felt in my lifetime, and until three years ago averaged about three too-minor-to-be-felt quakes a YEAR. And we’ve had about ten times that many just in the last WEEKEND, one of which broke the record for the biggest area quake in known history. So it’s a little hard to concentrate on writing when you’re busy wondering if there’s going to be a BIG ONE and if you should be getting ready for it, or if this is the beginning of those birth pangs Jesus talked about and maybe we should be getting ready to be raptured out of here, or if Oklahoma, land of tornadoes, intense heat and drought, wildfires, grapefruit-sized hail, destructive ice storms, blizzards and now EARTHQUAKES, is done coming up with new and inventive ways to kill us all.

You guys, if the apocalypse happens before I finish this book, I’m gonna be SO MIFFED.

Anyway, I was more concerned about just finishing my novel than I was about my word count, but then I found out that CreateSpace is going to be giving free proofs AND five free paperback copies to the winners. That would mean I could actually afford to do a giveaway promotion for Dominion once it’s published. I want those free paperbacks, y’all. I gotta come up with 50,000 words of SOMETHING by the end of the month.

All righty then, I guess I’d better quit blogging and get to hustling on that word count. Here’s hoping the earth refrains from opening up and swallowing us for a while longer.

Enter Smoochies

Today was a good day for the novel, y’all. Today I FINALLY got my protags together. Yes, I know I’ve posted smoochie-licious snippets from that book here before, but those were FUTURE smoochies from when I impatiently skipped ahead. You guys have no idea how hard it is for me to pace myself and build a relationship up believably for the readers when two characters are already a couple in my head. Or maybe you do, since it’s pretty much like being a ‘shipper. A little easier, actually, I guess, since at least you know that they WILL actually get together in due time.

But now that these two are together I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief at being able to write them as a couple from here on out. And not just because writing hot smoochies is so much fun, although I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t.

NaNoWriMo Tools: Pomodairo

I’ve been having some success lately using the Pomodoro technique to get things done (when I remember to use it, that is). If you don’t know what the Pomodoro technique is, it’s basically just using a kitchen timer to help you stay on task and increase your productivity. Set the timer for 25 minutes, work until it dings, then stop and take a break before setting the timer for another 25 minutes, repeat as necessary until your work is done.

A good app for this is Pomodairo, which runs on Adobe Air and as such should work on all operating systems. Designed specifically for the Pomodoro technique, it’s a timer with a built-in task list that helps you track interruptions and how much you’re actually working throughout the day. I’ve been using it off and on for a while now, and, like I said above, when I remember to use it, I tend to be pretty productive.

I thought this ought to translate pretty well to Nanowrimo. After all, it’s basically the same principle as Write or Die, just without the dire consequences (or the hassle of having to copy and paste your output into your usual word processor and properly format everything). And I was right. I tried it out today, and it took 4 Pomodoros–that’s a 25-minute session plus break–to hit my word count for the day. Well, actually it took 3 Pomodoros plus two chat room sprints, but that’s because I took a long break after the third one and then ended up checking into my local chapter’s chat room before firing up Pomodairo for my final round. Either way, it worked out, and helped me get it done. If you’re looking for a way to time your own word count sprints, or just a way to be more productive in general, then I highly recommend it.

NaNoWriMo 2011

Today kicks off the awesome insanity known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), during which millions of brave souls the world over will attempt to write at least 50,000 words of a novel by month’s end.

If you’ve been following along here, then you know I had wanted to finish my current WIP, Dominion of the Damned, loooong before November arrived, so I could start on something new. And you also know that didn’t happen. So I’m in the Nano Rebel category this year, working to finish a novel that I’d already started. I’m not even worrying that much about my word count this year. If I can just get this book finished, I’ll consider it a win.

That said, I am still keeping count. I don’t think there’s 50,000 words’ worth of story left to tell on my WIP, but if I finish it before month’s end, then I’ll start on something new (most likely the Domnion sequel), so hopefully I’ll still produce at least 50,000 words of output this month. Either way, I’m enjoying the camaraderie that comes with NaNo, and the festivities. As for example, the kick-off party I attended on Sunday, which was really quite pleasant. It seems that after three or four years of these things I’m finally warming up enough to the local crowd to actually open my mouth and be chatty. I know, right?

I have some craft- and costume-related posts planned for soonish, but I’ll be squeezing them in when I can find some time after my word count’s done for the day, so don’t look for posting here to be any less sporadic than usual any time soon. And if you’re embarking on the ‘Wrimo odyssey yourself this month, let me wish you good luck, and happy writing!

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