15 November 2010

Catching Up

The last few days have been productive with my word counts. Not only have I been making the 1667 words per day, but been hitting 2k a day. Fingers crossed I can keep that pace up and sneak in a 5k day here and there before the end of the month.

I'm finally on a roll with my story as well. The last couple days it has felt good to fly by the seat of my pants for this novel and when I'm finished I can just leave it be for a while. I think because I haven't done any planning for the book I haven't been as heavily involved as I have been with my other novels. Kind of like, "seeing" someone as opposed to "dating" someone: it feels good right now and we'll see where it goes.

I'm at work so I'm a little limited as to what I can do in terms of writing until my break. And instead of working or writing I've been browsing the NaNo forums and have stumbled across a clever little idea what I kind of wished that I had stumbled upon sooner 10 Chores in 10 Days.

It's the kind of prep that I could have done as either a planner or a panster. And would have brought a few things into focus for my novel, which is what I had lacked at the beginning of my story and have now found. I suppose that is the stress of being a pantser. And what I take from my pantser approach this year is that I need to find a balance between the planning and the pantsing: Flexibility is good, but some focus in necessary.

Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to fly through the word count for a few more days before I lose this steam and have to fire up the coals a bit.

10 November 2010

Writing Cliches

Two nights ago Terias McKlay and I spent the majority of the evening writing and catching up on our word counts. She told me I wasn't allowed to blog until I made the daily word count.

OK, OK, so I'll admit that it was good to have someone keep me on track for writing today and make some progress towards my ultimate word count.

But. I still found my way to the NaNoWriMo forums, with one of the forums called "Reaching 50,000" ironically had a thread about dealing with cliches.

I may not have mentioned this before, but I set out writing my NaNo for this year totally last minute and with no planning. I also decided I was going to go through the NaNo Dares thread and base my story completely on what I came across. This involved a lot of cliches, or currently popular ideas such as vampires.

Going back to the thread regarding cliches, it was a really good read as the points people brought up was from everything to using cliches shamelessly to being really careful to avoid them at all costs. I often write with cliches in mind, not just for this NaNo. Vampires may be something everyone's reading, writing, and talking about this year (even yours truly), but I wonder how I can make these cliches my own. How I can tell this story differently because there's only one person that thinks like me, and that's well, me.

Sounds a bit of a cop out as cliches are easy to write, even if you are trying to make it your own, but are there really infinite ways to tell the stories of Man vs Man? Or Man vs Nature? or Man vs Himself? etc etc

Ok. Right. Stop talking and get back to writing. 15 minute blocks throughout the day until you get past this tricky spot and to the word count!

08 November 2010

Starbucks Write-In

Totally not neglecting this blog, but I've really had nothing to update about. I tried my darnedest to complete at least one goal before NaNoWriMo started, but alas, no.

With work having been busy and having a bunch of life stuff happen simultaneously I am sorely behind on my word count. And instead of writing my story I am blogging. Yes, I really know how to prioritize.

My only saving grace is that I'm at a Write-In at Starbucks and I'm able to work on two goals simultaneously: completing NaNo and ask the barristas what their favourite drinks are.

So yes, pathetic blog post to let everybody know I'm still alive and that I'll probably be MIA for the rest of the month here.

05 November 2010

Character Profiles

My word count for the end of Day 4 is 5505. I'm about a 1000k behind. That isn't bad, considering I only came in on this about 7pm on Day 2.

After staring at a computer screen all day today to make the word count I feel like my steam's gone for the day. I had to even go clean my room and hang up laundry before I could will myself to blog a little.

I will try to write about 500 more words before I go to bed tonight. That is if I can figure out what I'm going to do now. My MC has fallen out of love with the male lead for my story, and I was kind of using that to drive the whole plot.

So now I have no plot.

I could try to find a way for her to fall back in love with him again, or find a different dude for her to fall in love with. She still has to fend off the vampire and the alien who seem to just look at her throughout the whole story.

Oh, the dilemma.

I had to resort to the NaNo Forums to get some random inspiration to pump up my word count a little. The post was originally supposed to help you get to know your characters. It did this along with getting another 700 words out of incorporating the interview into my novel.

I think if I were to bother editing this story I would go through the character profiles link posted in the NaNo Forum to really get to know my characters. They're all sort of random at the moment with not much depth or background to any of them. The link is quite extensive, so I would probably just pick the most important sections to focus on.