Another 1000 Words

I was able to write another thousand words yesterday in my NaNoWriMo story, which stuns me. Even more amazing was that I was writing while watching the election results last night on CNN. I went to bed happy that I was able to make progress on my “novel” and also that there may now again be some oversight of the Executive Branch.

As far as the quality of my work, I’m not so sure. What keeps me writing is that I tell myself this is the first draft of the first novel I have ever attempted. It isn’t going to be Hemingway the first time.

The best thing is that I am establishing a routine and a game plan. I now know how I can juggle life and writing while keeping everybody happy.

The interesting thing about my writing is that every time I think I have run out of ideas, a new one pops into my head and I have another thousand words. I am really enjoying writing this thing, and I am almost glad I’m not using an outline. I really have no idea where this story is heading, but I am excited to find out.

7 thoughts on “Another 1000 Words

  1. Sharon,
    Rhis is the only way I can do it! Last year I attempted to write on my desktop computer in my computer room and wasn’t very successful. This year, since I don’t have a laptop computer, I am writing in my bedroom once the baby falls asleep. There are three advantages I see to writing via notebook:

    1. No Internet distractions on the notebook
    2. No urge to overedit my work (I write and move on, editing will come later)
    3. I can essentially write anywhere, no need to be in front of the computer

    The editing process will be much more difficult as I will have to type everything at some point and then edit, though I may be able to do both at the same time.

    This seems to be working for me, so I will probably use this method for other projects.

    Thanks for the comment

  2. I write in a notebook and then type it up. It works for me and I get to edit as I type. So I understand – you can always have that notebook with you.
    The key is to just keep writing and not worry about it.
    A friend of mine called it ‘vomit writing’ – and the image has kind of stuck.
    Happy NaNo.

  3. I saw your mention of NaNoWriMo on Helen’s blog and had to come over and say “hi!” This is my 5th NNWM and I wanted to say, good job, and keep going! You are right not to worry about whether it’s good or bad–just keep writing! As someone said on WrimoRadio today, you can edit anything except a blank page. 😉 I sometimes write some passages longhand during November but only bits and pieces–I don’t know how you’re doing it, either! But whatever works, and just keep having fun!

    I’m “wordsmith”on the NaNo site and if you run into trouble or need some cheerleading, please don’t hesitate to PM me.

  4. I just couldn’t do it because I’d fuss over my handwriting too much. I do carry a notebook with me that I use for writing scenes that pop into my head while I’m away from my laptop or for making notes, but I couldn’t write a whole book that way. It’d take me at least 10 years (no kidding!) Even when I make notes, I find myself fussing over the writing!!

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