Huzzah! I have reached the goal of 50,000! I wrote 50,072 words! Is the novel done? Nowhere near it, but I am a lot farther than I was before this month. Woo! Hope everyone had as much fun with this as I did.
Huzzah! Despite the fact that I should stay away from all repetitive motion, I decided while I was at work on Friday that I would go home and write like a crazy person. I rested for two days and it helped a lot. But also means I had some catching up to do. I am getting there, though. I am currently at 35,788 and plan on writing more later today. But first I must rest a bit.
When I first started writing my first book, I never really had any idea what to expect. I knew that I had the story outlined in my head and some notes. I knew what my characters were going to be and how they were going to act. Or so I thought! I never realized how little control I can sometimes have over my characters. I think that I know what they will do and then the ideas change as I am writing them. In a way this is awesome, but in another way it makes writing rather confusing at times. I am finding that this is happening in the book I am writing now as well. Overall, I think it makes it a lot more fun to write the unexpected.
Do your characters do what they want?
So there I was, writing happily. And there was the tendinitis, remaining pleasantly dormant. Until today, when it hit me so hard I could barely even hold a cup in my hand. Seeing as how I have to type all day at work, I decided to set Camp NaNoWriMo aside. Does it suck? It really does. But I am sitting here typing with one hand. Yay excuses!
At the very least, I wrote more in 16 days than I have in over a year. I wrote: 27,537. And! I know that I am capable of writing 50,000 words in a month mentally if not physically. I have suffered from severe tendinitis in my left arm and hand for years now, including a bit of nerve damage in my elbow on the same arm. Essentially, according to the doctor, any repetitive movement is bad. And typing is bad. But my job involves typing, so I type! I just need to go to physiotherapy. Which I will do soon, once the pain lessens! Yay whining!
Either way, now you all know my epic fail. My hope is that everyone else participating wins just as epically. Good luck, people!
So far this has been an interesting journey and here is how it has gone so far:
Day One: Wooo! This will be so much fun!
Day Two: I’m still excited. I can do this.
Day Three: Tiiired, but I must write.
Day Four: Really brain? C’mon, you can do better than that. Just a few more words.
Day Five: Must. Keep. Writing. Must not fall asleep at the desk. Yes! Reached my daily total!
Day Six: Man this book sucks. Who would want to read this? I’m so tired. Oh look! A big comfy bed! I’ll just lay there and think for a while. *Pass out – wake up a while later* Yes! Cookies!
That is how it has gone so far. But I have reached 9,987 words of my 50,000 word goal! I can and will do this! How are you all doing?
I was thinking today of how I have pretty much lost an entire book idea. Originally, I had the sequel to Tree of Roses planned almost completely. Then one night a new idea sparked. This idea sparked and sparked until it became the new sequel, leaving the other idea to simply fall to the wayside and collect dust. It makes me wonder if that original idea will ever resurface and be used. I still like the idea, but it won’t work as a third book. Maybe parts of it will. In the end, I am still grateful for that original idea as it brought me closer to my second book.
Have you had many ideas you have had to grudgingly discard?
I have a question for all you fellow writers out there. Do you use Writing Software? Something like Scrivener? If you do, what do you use, and is it worth it?
This is my first time participating in anything NaNoWriMo related. So far so good! Today was the first day and I met my goal. http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/tankwonka/novels/tree-of-rain/stats So far I am really enjoying this. I just needed something to push me back into writing and this seems like the perfect way. Next I have to actually finish with the edits on my first book and get it published.
Anyone else doing this during April?
Lately I haven’t been writing at all, which is not cool. I have plenty of excuses, but the main one is that I am just plain lazy. When I get home from work, all I want to do is nothing useful. So I am curious about when other writers find themselves the time to write. Do you prefer writing before work or after? Or do you write on lunch breaks and whenever you can find the time? Do tell!