Friday, November 12, 2010

What day is this?

I don't know what day this is diet wise, because I admit I've totally fallen off the diet wagon when it comes to excercize: I haven't excercized in about four days, and I can totally feel the effects of it, it really makes me feel different. I feel slower, less flexible and more sluggish. I've gotta get back on that bike. The good news is that I haven't fallen off the writing wagon, and that's really important. I'm writing an average of 2,000 words a day, although most of the time its more than that, and sometimes up to 3500 or more. The novel I chose to work with for a month is my Belle Starr novel, and I'm learning a lot about what its like to live with one main character, and its different than writing different things on different days. Although a bit of the other characters that I'm not working on will drift up to me as I go through my daily routine--they'll comment on something I think, say or feel and I'll have to write that down, so I'll work on some of their stories when I'm not with Belle. I am seriously going to have a real novel-sized book at the end of the month (which will need LOTS of editing and rewriting after Nov. 30th, but that's part of the process.) It's the first NaNoWriMo that is going to actually work! 

Monday, November 1, 2010


Of course, writers and literary people know that today is NANOWRIMO, and I don't need to really expand on that, google it if you don't know. The goal, essentially is to write a novel in a month, again, following the Stephen King Model, who writes that you can indeed finish a novel in a month. I read something tonight that I think is particularly relevant:
Even though the goal is 50,000 words, it's important to remember that writing is a craft, an art form, and we'd do well to remember that. 
I've been doing really well with my 3500 words a day (...the's just say it's a LONG way to San Francisco. I'm sure I'll get there, eventually...) for the past 3 days, no reason not to continue. My novel? Well I think it's going to be really cool, I'm really excited about it, but keeping it a secret. For now...

Falling off the Challenge--It's all on Me

It's that long stretch of afternoon that usually gets me. Especially on Sundays. I always have things to do, but they're at war with...