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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NaNoWriMo Update: 25k Words!

A friend shared this little writerly cartoon by Grant Snider with me a few months back (though the first line of frames had been omitted). I thought that it might provide a laugh in the midst of NaNoWriMo, inappropriate as some of the suggestions might be.

Last night I made it over the 25,000 word mark on my NaNoWriMo novel WALLS, putting me four days ahead of word-count schedule. I have a busy next few days, which means I won't have as much time to write as I'd like, so I'm glad I'm a little ahead of where I need to be to make up for it. After today's short write-up, I'm sitting at around 25,500 words, I wrote a paragraph which I thought belong before my original first scene (screw chronology!), and little Stark has just rocked up at Mildred's house with a serious case of shivers after the sudden rain flooded the orphanage. She and Lani are taking care of him.

After gushing about how much I love writing WALLS to my boyfriend recently, I've also decided I'm very obsessed with the story and the characters.

Idon'thaveasecretcrushonKovaxwhatareyoutalkingabout?!

Tomorrow I'm making the trek from my hometown back to my university, where Deakin Writers Club is hosting an open mic event for the afternoon to celebrate a successful first year of existence and the quick growth of the monthly editions of Wordly. I'm taking the chance to participate again, reading something that I wrote a few months back which I've gotten some good feedback on. Hopefully all goes well and I don't get rained on too much on my way there.

How's NaNo going? Been to/participated in any readings lately? Tried any of Grant Snider's performance-enhancing drugs for writers? 

- Bonnee.

12 comments:

  1. Not doing it this year. I read a descriptive essay (which for me turned into literary fantasy) in front of my English 101 class a few weeks ago. You can read it here if you have a few minutes: http://intotheravenousmaw.blogspot.com/2013/09/ninety-minutes-graphic-depiction-of-war.html No, I've never even heard of Grant Snider's performance-enhancing drugs for writers.

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    1. I hope your English 101 class appreciated your essay! Reading things out loud to other people can be so scary. Thanks for visiting, Patrick :)

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  2. Great going on WALLS, and good luck at your reading. I still haven't braved a public reading yet, though I'd like to. Revision work is going well, had a long, productive day yesterday which put me at about the halfway point of my novel, woot! Fun comic. I understand Ken Kesey wrote much of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest while tripping, but he was a professional. The strongest thing for me, in general, is coffee.

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    1. Yay for the half-way mark! I think coffee might be the safest option to try, but it gives me the shakes if I have more than one cup as I found out the other day. Thanks for visiting :)

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  3. Holy cow, you are flying with your word count! That is awesome! :)

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    1. Had to get ahead so I could take a couple of days off! Thanks for visiting, Shari :)

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  4. It's GOOD to be obsessed with the story and characters :)
    Congrats on your fab progress

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    1. Thanks Lynda, I hope yours is going well too!

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  5. Hee hee hee. Feed the obsession. You are burning through the words, woman! Keep making tracks.

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    1. Thanks a heap, Crystal! This is an obsession I'm willing to embrace.

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  6. Wow, Bonnee, you progress quickly writing WALLS. It's great that you are involved with the characters and the story. If you are obsessed, hopefully readers will be well. The challenge is to make readers care about the main characters after the first pages. I got comments from a few agents (usually they don't offer any comments while rejecting) that they didn't feel connected with the main character in my novels. If you can make readers being obsessed/connected with Mildred, then your book will do well. Take advantage of your boyfriend and ask him to read the first 5 pages and let you know if he cares about Mildred and and to know more about her. You are too much into the story, so already biased. I belong to a writing group where we meet every Sunday and read pages written by two members and then everyone give their comments. They already read the first 3-4 chapters of my second novel and the comments I got were very helpful. Good luck in writing as much as you can in November.

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    1. I'll definitely be getting a few people to take a look at WALLS once it's written and I've done some initial edits of my own, especially with the opening. It's good that the agents at least gave you some feedback, so that you'd know where you can improve. Your writers group sounds really useful. Thanks as always for visiting, Giora :D

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