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New look

I went to the optometrist last week to find out that my eyesight has actually improved. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 6 years old, and to an avid reader, the threat of losing one’s eyesight is really scary.

I picked out a cool new set of frames, a style I’ve never worn before. But now these glasses fit a little too snug behind my ears and I just get a headache wearing them for a while. I’m not sure if I just have to get used to them, because I really don’t want to have to exchange them.

NaNoWriMo is finally over, and I ended the challenge with a whopping 10,206 words!! Whoo!! Now I’m ready to start editing. Overall, its a horrible little story, not very original, but hey, its fun and distracting and keeps me occupied in front of the computer.

NaNoWriMo Update

So, I’m really behind on my word count for the novel writing challenge this month. I’m at a healthy 5,563 even though I’m technically supposed to be at about 20k words. Granted, I have a good 4k written from October, so my story isn’t struggling. Its still pretty bare bones though. I thought for fun I’d throw out an excerpt from my story. Keep in mind, this is not edited, its a rough draft and well, its my first go at writing anything fiction for well over 10 years.

I can’t really preface this excerpt with a storyline, since I don’t have one fully formed. I’m just letting the story write itself, so to speak. I’m jotting down whatever comes to mind, be it plot, character development, or just atmosphere description. I have chapters laid out, and some semblence of a storyline with a beginning middle and no end yet.

Anyway, enough rambling. I hope everyone else out there working on ths challenge is doing well! Best of luck!!
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NaNoWriMo – Update

Its been 5 days since the National Novel Writing Challenge began, and I only have about 2,000 words to my name. Things have been pretty hectic these past few days, so I haven’t had the time or energy to really sit down and right. Nor have I had any inspiration or thoughts to write about. That is the frustrating part. RIght now, I’m just jotting down any idea that comes to my mind, but I know that in December I’ll be deleting over half of everything I”ve written so far. But I suppose its best to have too much and cut back than to not have anything written down and try to fill in the gaps.

I wonder how other people are doing with their challenge?

Oh, here is something quirky I saw on the New shelf at the library the other day:

A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

A full-fledged book written by Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo. Its full of tips and tricks to get through the month long challenge. The key is to lower your expectations “from ‘best-seller’ to ‘would not make someone vomit,’ ” says Baty.

Hah. Not make someone vomit. That’s something to aim for, I guess. =) Good luck writers!

Footnotes of the Internet #2

www.nanowrimo.org

November is National Novel Writing Month, and this website above is dedicated towards giving novice writers, and even veteran writers a push towards having a productive month. According to the About Page on the website, “The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

The About page is really funny, mostly because they push quantity over quality, but then again, that could possibly be a good thing. “Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

If you’ve ever wanted to take that leap into writing, or if you’ve been dealt a hefty load of writer’s block, this is the challenge to just over that obstacle, to throw away all excuses, to pull out that pen and paper and write, write, write those run-on sentences, those cheesy opening sentences and to have fun while you do it. =)

The website also offers a lot of cool features. There are forums for group discussions (writing tips, plot ideas, etc), a daily blog, various word count scorecards and widgets, and programs for young writers. There is even going to be a write-a-thon on November 15th that involves fund-raising, and an all day writing and awards fest in San Francisco, CA.  I have to work that Saturday, and I’ll be attending this years California Library Association Conference this year, so I won’t be going to the write-a-thon, but it sounds like it will be a lot of fun. =) I hope someone in the blog world reports back on that event.

Plus, the added perk is that there is a Neil Gaiman pep talk, albeit from last year, but still relevant. Though it is recommended to save this spiel for the 3rd week of writing.

The recap of the challenge rules:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.

Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Still confused? Just visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!