Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nano 25 - Winner

Thursday, November 25

I am happy to say that I have surpassed that magic number of 50k words yesterday.

Words to Date: 51919
Tuesday's Total: 2059
Wednesday's Total: 2467
I spent most of the day yesterday going through and fleshing out my story a bit more. One thing I do to help from getting overwhelmed at times is to print out the material. That way I can make notes on paper and put like parts together.

So, today while I am away from my computer and visiting relatives, I can look it over when I get a chance. I will take time to make some notes, but mainly, I will be attacking a turkey with the dressing and visiting with my cousins, aunts and uncles.

So, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nano - Day 23

Tuesday, November 23

Total to Date: 47,393 words
Monday’s Total: 1925
Today, I plan to push myself to the point that I pop over the 50K mark. It is not all that hard to do if one thinks about it. All it would take is for two of my characters getting into a heated argument. Actually, that gives me an idea for a little conflict for my book. That will be a different story.

As I write this, the sun broke through the clouds to illuminate everything. To a little light onto the subject, so to speak. I really do not have all that much to say for today’s post. I hope everyone has a productive day.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Being Overwhelmed

Monday, November 22

Welcome to Day 22 of the challenge.

  • Total to Date: 45,468 words
Sorry for missing the last four days. That does not mean I stopped my writing. On the 17th, I had 34,277 words. Since then, I’ve added another 11,191 words to my total.

Over the last few days, I fought the strong feeling of being overwhelmed. The problem with this feeling with me is that I normally shut down and refuse to work on anything until it goes away. What happens is that I start thinking about my project as a whole. Another term for this could be ‘information overload.’

It does not help that my stories tend to get quite complicated and interconnected. If I do not force myself to concentrate on one subject and work on it, I can get distracted and pulled away from the project all together.

Yet, my determination to keep going allowed me to focus on a single item and push the other thoughts out of my mind. I muddled through it by trying my best to ignore my internal editor. Also, I force myself to remain in the chair even when I want to get up and do anything except writing on my novel.

Granted, some of the material I am entering into my computer may get tossed, but if I don’t put it down, I will not have the idea behind what I wrote. I can always pull the idea out of the bad grammar and misspelled words and fashion it so that it reads well.

But, that is why they call it the first draft. I keep telling myself that. This helps break that overwhelming feeling I get at times. I will make my 50k words ahead of time. Whether I will get to the 75k word level or not is still up in the air.

Well, until later. Happy writing – Clark Stone

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Writer’s Wednesday - 2010-11-17

Wednesday, November 17

Welcome to day 17 of the challenge. Stats:
Total to Date: 34,277
Monday's Total : 1,350
Tuesday's Total: 474.
It looks as if I have been slacking of on the last two days. Actually, yesterday, I got more than the paltry 474 words, because I took over three pages of notes while away from my computer. Those notes have yet to be entered into the computer so I should have a super large number for today’s total.

I played with a technique that I picked up from a writer’s book in which I write down my thoughts in short sentences and phrases. Whatever idea pops to mind, I wrote it down. The surprise came when I discovered how much I pumped out. It helped me flesh out my scenes and clear up some story points. At the present time, I still have gaps in my story.

Yet, this technique helped fill in some of the gaps. So, when you feel like you need to fill in a gap in your story, this is the time to play the “What if?” game. I would suggest playing it by putting down your answers to the questions in short sentences or phrases. Do not worry with punctuation. Just get the idea down on paper or computer.

Monday, November 15, 2010

NaNo Day 15

Monday, November 15

Total to Date: 32, 443
Saturday's Total : 1, 079
Sunday's Total: 3,341
Hello and welcome to NaNoWriMo on day 15. This is the halfway point in my journey across the 50,000-word abyss.

I'm not quite halfway through to my 75,000-word goal that I have set for myself. In order to reach that goal, I need to make another 4000 or more words. I'm not sure if I'll make it today. But if I have other days like Sunday, I do not have to worry.

The story is starting to come together for me though there are some blank spots that I wish to fill. The question of the day would be "all we having fun yet?"

I don't know about you, but I sure am enjoying myself. I have come to realize that I am more of a grouch if I skipped my writing than if I don't. I hope your project is going on well. I still have a few items that are going to interfere with my NaNoWriMo but hope to have them out of the way by the end of the week.

So I guess it is time that I get back to work. See you tomorrow.

PS -- sorry I missed yesterday; it seemed to get away from me before I knew it. As Kermit the Frog has been known to say, "Time's fun when you're having flies."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

NaNo Day 13

Saturday, November 13

Total to Date: 28,023
Friday’s Total 2,320
My goal today will be 1700. I’ll be going to a Nola Stars meeting this morning and I will not be back until this afternoon.

This message will be short today. All I have to say is keep going. We still have 17 more days to be creative and pump out the story.

Friday, November 12, 2010

NaNo Day 12

Friday, November 12

Total to Date: 25,703
Wednesday’s Total: 1,122
Thursday’s Total: 1,689
First, I wish to celebrate reaching the halfway mark. I had planned to make this mark earlier this week. That is where prior obligations get into the way. I’ve passed the halfway mark on the contest entries I have to judge and critique. That leaves three more to go. Yet, other things are popping up. I hope to get 2500 more today.

Now, I had been contemplating what else I might write about this morning. Then a topic dropped write into my lap. As I write this, our cat is fussing at my mother because she wants more cat food. The cat continued to talk to my mom as mom carried it to the front door and tossed it outside. This has become a daily occurrence.

Now, it makes me wonder what that cat is saying as we placed her out the front door. Then again, we may not want to know what she is saying. Since cats seemed to be very domineering at times, I guess she was giving commands to let her down and give her cat food among other choice words.

This brings back memory of a cat I had years ago. My father would talk to this cat and it, at times, sounded like it talked back. All I know is that when my father told this cat he could not come into the house, he would not enter when we opened the door for him. He did come in when my dad told him that he could come in.

Sounds like a good start of a sci fi novel. The thing about cats is that I suspect they would resort to blackmail to get their way. If they could communicate with us, there may be fewer cats as pets. At least, I suspect it would be that way. (Big Grin)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Writer's Wednesday - 2010-11-10

Wednesday, November 10

Total to Date: 22,792
Tuesday’s Total: 2120
Have you ever overhear someone talking and an idea popped to mind. Even if it is just a short snippet. Let me give you an example. The other night at a NaNoWriMo write-in several college students passed the table in which the group sat. Their target turned out to be the vending machine. This is the snippet I heard.
Person 1: I do not know what to get.
Person 2: I like to get those. I like to bite the heads off of them then eat the rest.
Now, I do not know about you, but I thought that sounded hilarious. It also brought up ideas from others around the table when I retold the story that night. Most everyone thought about a possible Zombie book. I did too. But there are so many ways that one can take the idea.

What ideas have you gotten from eavesdropping on a short conversation?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nano - Day 9

Tuesday, November 09

Total to Date: 20,672
Monday’s Total: 1,546

It looks as if my writing suffered a little yesterday. I did not quite make my minimum. Will look into doing it today. May be rough. I have so much I need to get done.

I did not get all I wanted done yesterday. The newsletter is finished but not printed. One more contest entry judged and critiqued. On those contest entries, all have been interesting even though not perfect. I try to leave an encouraging word to the author.

That’s all I have for now. I hope your venture into NaNoWriMo is going well. This is week two and the spot where most people drop out from what I read. Keep going. This is just a first draft. It is meant to be rough. Don’t worry if you have the beginning showing up after the middle and the ending starting at the beginning. That is what editing is for.

Look forward to greeting you at the finish line.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Blues - 2010-11-08

Monday, November 08

Hello and good Monday to ya. Yes, I know it is too early for some of you. Oh, well. Here’s my stats on Day 8 of NaNoWriMo:
Total to Date: 19,126
Sunday’s Total: 5,206
Weekend Total: 8,939
As you can see, I managed to surpass my weekend goal by 2,939 words. I wanted to get 6,000 words this weekend and surprised myself with yesterday’s total. Working on one project before breakfast helped a little. But what really put me over the top was the 3500-plus words I wrote during the 2.5 hours write-in at Northwestern State University’s Watson Library last night.

As for the other goals I set for myself yesterday, I managed to complete some of them:
the three newsletter pages
the contest judging
my blog post.
I did not manage to clean any on my room nor transcribe any of those minutes from a meeting.

I did get registered for the chat room on NaNoWriMo and participated in a short chat in the afternoon. Might log on this afternoon to see what is going on around my area of Louisiana.

Today's Goals:
to write 2,000 words
build last three pages to newsletter
print and label newsletters
judge and critique a contest entry
transcribe the business meeting minutes
write my blog post.
I hope you are having fun with your NaNoWriMo challenge. One tip, allow your characters to take over every once in a while. You will be surprised where you will find yourself.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Reflections - 2010-11-07

Sunday, November 07
Total So Far: 13920
Saturday’s Word Count: 3733
This is NaNoWriMo Day 7 and I am enjoying myself. My problem is that I am spending too much time on it at times. The time has come that other obligations have stepped in and refused to be ignored. I still plan on adding another 3,000 words to my baby (or babies since it is multiple projects.)

My other goals for today are
  1. writing my blog post
  2. building three newsletter pages
  3. transcribing the minutes to a meeting
  4. judging and critiquing a contest entry
  5. cleaning on my room.
Now, if you are reading this, it means I have met my first goal. My next goal to work on will be the judging and critiquing of a contest entry. The deadline for getting them judged approaches, and my visit to the Nation of Procrasti has placed an urgency to this task.

As for my writing goal, I shall join some fellow NaNo’s at Watson Library on Northwestern State University this evening for three hours of writing. If I get the other four goal done, I will spend some time on my writing before going.

Yesterday, I stated that I planned to put 6,000 words down for this weekend. Since I got 3,733 yesterday, I only have to make 2,267 to make my weekend goal. I want to make more than that. What can I say? I am a little greedy when it comes to my word count. Big Grin.

So, I guess I need to get away from this blog and onto my other goals for today. So far, I have been able to keep up this daily thing. I will let you know how well I did tomorrow.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

NaNo Day 6

Saturday, November 06

This will be short and sweet.
Total So Far: 10187
Friday’s Word Count: 1158
I did not expect to get much written yesterday and I didn’t. I spent the day visiting with a cousin in north Louisiana. We played a game of Rook which I have not played in over 35 years.

As for my writing, one of the items I got from the kick off party is a toy soldier. Actually, I got two of them. Right now, I have the one that holds the bazooka on the top of my laptop pointing his weapon right at me. He will be my inspiration for today. If I do not work, he may fire that thing. (Big Grin)

Like I said, I plan on getting over 6,000 words this weekend. I will start on those words after breakfast this morning. I hope you are making satisfactory progress toward your work. Let me know.

Friday, November 5, 2010

TGIF - NaNo 5

Friday, November 05

Hello, welcome to Day Five of the 50K-word challenge.
Thursday’s Word Count: 1402
Total So Far: 9029
As the numbers show, I did not make yesterday’s minimum - at least, not on the computer. I managed to write three pages of notes into my composition notebook. How many words that translates into is anybody’s guess.

Then again, I expected that to be my result. Today’s result may be the same since I will be away from my computer for most of the day. This is why I wanted to make sure I got off to a good start.

Now, this weekend, all bets will be off. I will get over 6,000 this weekend. That will be my two day challenge. A time to let my mind run free. With that being said, there is no telling what kind of chaos will ensue. (Big Grin) Whatever happens, I plan on having fun with my characters.

This brings up a discussion I had with some fellow writers I had at the kickoff party. Where else can one go out and kill, maim and/or torture those who pissed you off and not get arrested over it. One person I know stated that she kills off one of her former bosses in a very gruesome manner in every crime novel she writes.

No names are mentioned when doing this other than the fictitious ones. But I also like to see my protagonist get ahead as well. When I let my imagination run wild, I find that my protagonists can do all kinds of fantastic feats. They are fun to create even though I know I will have to edit it later.

The question of the day is “Are you having fun?” I know I am. Though at times, I do have my doubts. Yet, the best cure for those doubts seemed to be me sitting at my computer and writing. So, here goes…

Thursday, November 4, 2010

NaNoWriMo - Day 4

Thursday, November 04

I’mmm baaack! Here is another progress report for my NaNoWriMo projects. It seems that I am destined to work on multiple projects. If I can’t separate them, I might as well embrace them.

Not only am I working on my second book, I seemed to be working on my third book and some type of space station short story series. Also, when I say second and third books, I mean that I plan to complete these two books of my series next.

As for yesterday’s goal of 3,000 words, I do not think I made it. I did make 1949 words yesterday as well as some more written into my composition notebook. I will spend today entering those notes into the computer. Right now, my total sits at 7,627 words.

As for my progress, I am happy. I am ahead on my word count like I want to be. Still, I could put my butt in the chair and hands on my keyboard a bit more than I do.

Now, the reason why I try to get ahead on my word count. Today’s output might not meet minimum due to the fact that other things will take precedence. I will be away from my computer for two events. I may have time to work on my composition notebook, but I can’t count the words written there until I get them entered into the computer.

These ventures will be treated as research in that there is something new to observe when one leaves home to go shopping or to assist a friend - at least I do. It never fails that I learn something new or observe something I think is funny when I go out. I will try to make note of these events for future use in my books.

Well, I guess it is time to see if I can get some writing done toward my book. I hope your adventure is going well. Having fun yet? If not, then try not to think of it as a job but as an adventure. Mainly, think ‘fun.’

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Writer’s Wednesday - Day 3

Wednesday, November 03

Well, I do not have any special pearls of wisdom to discuss today. I managed to pump out 2147 words toward my projects yesterday.

In past posts of my Writer’s Wednesday, I noted that when visit various places that I take something to take notes with. Last night, my composition notebook accompanied me to various places. Also, at times yesterday, I wrote notes into my composition notebook about other projects. I am quite sure that I have another 600 plus words that needs to be entered into the computer and added to my total.

This year’s adventure seems to be taking me down the same road as the previous years. I tend to jump around in my story. One moment, an idea about the beginning pops to mind. Then the next moment, an idea pertaining to the ending forces itself to the forefront. At any one time, I can be working on the middle, the end or the beginning of my novel.

Then there are times when I find myself writing on ideas that have nothing to do with the novel I am working on. Yet, I refuse to let an idea get by. I know that I will not be able to work on or complete all of these project ideas. But, I will have fun trying.

Now, for today’s goal, I want to write at least 3,000 words. Will find out this evening what I will accomplish.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaNoWriMo - Day 2

Tuesday, November 02

Well, yesterday went well. I did not get my 5,000 words like I wanted but I did get more than double the minimum. Yesterday’s total came to 3,531 words.

I also got to participate in a kickoff party held on Northwestern State University campus last night. Meeting and speaking to other writers has always inspired me to get back to my keyboard and write.

One event that spurred me on was the 15-minute sprint. We had three sprints in which I managed to type out more than a 1,000 words. Between sprints, we would discuss our genres and something about what we were working on.

All in all, I enjoyed my first day of this year’s challenge. I do not know if I will be as ambitious in my writing today. Sometime this morning, I will be going out to vote and there are things I want to vote for and some that I want to vote against.

My goal for today will be 2,500 words. I think this is doable. Now, as for my story, I may have come up with an ending last night for it. Also, this may be more of a novella than a book. That means that I may have to work on that second project in order for me to get my goal of 75k words this month.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hello NaNoWriMo - Day 1

Monday, November 01

Hello everyone. As part of my enthusiasm for this month’s ordeal, I plan on writing something every day this month. Most of it will be on writing but some may not.

As I stated yesterday, I plan to work on a new story for this month’s project. Now that I look at my notes, I found out that I may be working on two books. They will be set in the same era of my fictitious world in a far away galaxy. But they can have some parallels but need to be developed together. One may be my main work but I will interject things into the other.

Whether I will get 50k words for each one will be something to look into. Usually, I am not this ambitious. I would like to get 100K words in. That being said, I have too many irons in the fire for me to be able to dedicate that much time to doing this.

I will tell you this, I plan to be active in the write-ins for my area which is the USA :: Louisiana :: Elsewhere. Though, I have this feeling that I may not be able to attend them all.

One kickoff party will start at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches at 5:00 this afternoon. The plan is to get together for 2.5 hours. In the past, we usually just write but I have never made it to a kick-off party before so I do not know what to expect.

My goal for today is to start off with 5,000 words toward my goals. Whether or not I achieve that goal will depend on how many interruptions I run into. I plan to keep my fingers moving all day. I hope to finish up the 5,000 words at the kick-off party this evening.

Stay tuned. I will see about adding something to my blog to let you know how I am doing toward this goal. There is an added calendar to this blog that will show if I have gotten my daily minimum of 1,667. I will be noting how many words I wrote the previous day in the first paragraph of this blog every day.

So, time to roll up my sleeves - wait, I’m wearing short sleeves (Big Grin) - and get to writing. See ya tomorrow.