Tags: nano: 2004


NaNo Frustrations

It's amazing how difficult it is proving to finish writing this darned novel!  I can't get this scene to wrap up, and until I do, I can't move on to the next scene, which I anticipate might be a wee bit easier to write.  GRR!  Seriously, I have like FOUR scenes to write, plus this one I can't finish.  I want to kick something.

NaNo Update - Day 27

Technically this might be considered Day 28, since I wrote all night...but I just woke up at my desk, and decided it's probably time to get some sleep.  So I'll be doing some more writing later today.  So.

Saturday's Word Count:  3,227
Overall Word Count: 67,779

I didn't quite make it to 70k before falling asleep, though I wanted to...but oh well.  I think I'll get there later today.

As ti is, I can't post the latest scene yet because I'm still working on it.  Later, my friends.

Official NaNo Update - Day 25

61,385 / 100,000

Today's Word Count:  5,610
Overall Word Count:  61,385

Okay, I have to go to bed, because I'm supposed to be getting up in about five hours to go to Gedna's house (that's Dad's mom).  Not that I'm excited about this, but it is familial duty and all that.  Besides, I am getting so sleepy that I'm afraid pretty soon this sword-fight isn't going to be making much sense.  Sorry, krycek_chick, I can't post it yet, because this is the climax scene, and I don't want to give away too much before the scene is finished. ^_^  I have a feeling that the finished novel is going to end up being more like 75,000 words than 100,000, but I won't revise my goal just yet.  Hard to say what will happen yet.  This particular scene is taking lots and lots of words to write, so who knows!

Anyway, I am falling asleep at the computer, and my wrist is aching, and I need to go to bed.  I am taking Frodo the laptop on my trip up to Fowler, though (it's an hour-long drive to Gedna's) so I should get some writing done on the way up there and the way home.  Tomorrow night I hope to have the climax scene to post.

Good night! ^_^

NaNo Update: Day 21

Huh.  I knew I shouldn't have listened to Mom when she said, "Oh, you don't need to write at Barnes & Noble!"  Yes, actually I do need to go to BN once a week for my writing session.  Otherwise I spend the writing time like I did today--on LJ, email, playing that damned Snood, etc.  On the bright side, I played two of my best games ever.  Made it to Evil Level 5.  And I got the entire Chronicles of Narnia radio theatre ripped to MP3, plus Return of the King and the last half of OotP.

But I only wrote 600 words (but it was 600 words exactly!).  I need to write about 5500 words a day for the rest of the month if I want to make my 100k goal.  I am thinking of revising it to be 75k, but still--that would still be a lot!

*sigh*  I am falling asleep.  I think tomorrow after class I will disconnect my laptop from the internet, sit on my bed, and write.  And crank up the heat, because I can.  And drink hot chocolate, because Dad (despite being off work all week) is going to phone in a will call order for a case of hot chocolate for me.  Yay!  Between my electric kettle (which I have named Charlie in honour of slightlyjillian's kettle Percy) and a case of hot chocolate, I am going to be one happy camper.

So I promise a real update tomorrow, once I finish the scene.

Memes: NaNoWriMo and Firefly

This is a NaNoWriMo meme I got from sparkyred last year, and I liked it so much I thought I'd update it for this year.


NaNo ID: Carfiniel
NaNo since: 2003

Working title: A Little Less Wild
WIP Genre: Dark urban/modern fantasy with a spiritual frisson
Projected word count: 100,000

Have an Outline? Not exactly
Scene-by-scene? Not yet
Know how it starts? Yep. Already have the basic premise for the opening scene.
Know how it ends? Not a clue, but hopefully with more cheer than most urban fantasy I've read.
Have your climax in order? Nah.
Know your main characters yet? Yes.
Have a particular tone in mind? Dark, fey.
Plan to Draw on your own experiences? *quotes sparkyred*: Well, how many times have you had to steal a motorbike to escape from several demons who want to rip off your head? None? Exactly. Hahahaha!

Funny?I hope so!
Serious? Yes.
Sad? Slightly.
Semi-Autobiographical? No.
Based on another story? Nope. I've gleaned ideas from a couple of songs. I imagine Dante is going to play some part, because I like him. Especially Inferno.
Influenced by any authors/current publications? To a degree, Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, Terri Windling, Bordertown stuff, Will Shetterly, Neil Gaiman, the Romantic poets...

A paper journal? Um, a notebook, yeah.
Multicolored pens? Duh!
A computer? Obviously.
Index cards? Most definitely! A plotting device since last year.
Lists? You bet
Bulleted lists? Yes, because I'm terribly geeky that way.
Plot Charts? I usually do these if I get lost during the writing process.
Character Charts? Nope.
Character formulas?  No.
Favorite writing resource: my website.  Or caffeine.

A line you would like to use: "Hell says hello." Because I didn't use it last year.
A scene you would like to include: The main character dreaming of one woman and waking up to find another.
A concept you would like to explore: Reunion, redemption
A cliche you would like to avoid: 1001 "Christian novel" cliches
A character you would like to use: Wish I could borrow Gerald Tarrant for a while.

Do you expect to be able to complete it? Well, I did last year. Of course, this year I am doing school full-time, too...but I hope so!
Do you intend to complete it? Definitely.
What do you expect to get out of this month of frantic writing? A novel. Discipline. Hours of fun with characters I love.

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