NaNo Update, Day 15

Given the fact that I haven’t blogged for two days and assuming you’ve read my NaNo advice this week, you can guess how Mara’s Tale is going right now.

Some of you are probably being generous and thinking “you’ve written a little bit, every effort counts,” because you’re nice people.

Sad to say, you are wrong.  I have written nothing on Mara’s Tale since Sunday.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I have not written since Sunday.  I’ll also be blunt and point out that I’ve only blogged once in that time as well.

I’m not sure what the reason is, other than it’s likely not just one.  I’ve been busy (theater ticket on Wednesday, social event Thursday) and as usual work has been somewhat stressful.  I’ve gotten more involved in a local group that I’m part of and I’ve been playing “pen pal” via email with someone from another state.  There is also the element of setting myself a challenge; I knew going in to the project that dismantling and expanding Butterflies would be difficult.  Even though there is an argument to be made that a new novel would have been easier, I suspect that the story itself is not the problem.  I haven’t had much (any?) inspiration to write this year, Mara or otherwise.

Honestly, my heart isn’t in it, and unless something drastic changes, I will not be finishing this year.  I’m sure I won’t be the only one.

This wasn’t meant to be a pity party, just a statement of fact.  Maybe a little abrupt reality will give me some impetus to get going again.

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NaNo Update, Day 8

Let’s start with the bad news: I’m about 6000 words behind on my word count.

Of course, as I mentioned yesterday, I’m working with a couple different layers of goals.  When I look at where Mara’s Tale currently stands, I’m actually quite pleased with the status.  The story starts when she’s born, and follows her growing up.  Right now I have all of the gaps filled, plus some new stuff written, through her 6th birthday.  There’s also a fun new scene that occurs a few months later, leaving one more gap to fill.  (At least I know what goes in that gap!)

I hope that your NaNo adventure is going well, and that you are accomplishing at least some of your own personal goals.  For now, I’m heading back into Mara’s world – maybe I’ll get another few hundred words written before bed. 🙂

NaNo Update, Day 1

As in previous years, I am aware that you (probably) don’t want my blog to deteriorate into a daily NaNo blow-by-blow.  Thus, I will continue the tradition of years past.  I will post a weekly NaNo update and utilize the experience of NaNo to provide new material for writing about writing during the rest of the week.

(I do have a quick question for you.  Last year I also did a weekly piece of NaNo advice.  Should I do the same this year?)

So far today I have accomplished much with Mara’s Tale, but that has not necessarily translated into a high word count.  I started today with something I should have done before November, reading through and cleaning up the existing material as well as making a list of the gaps I left during previous writing.  There are also a few other good ideas that came from this effort, too, but right now they are just notes on a page (and those words don’t count, either).

I also managed to fill in one of those gaps, finishing a scene that had previously hit a wall.  That’s where today’s initial word count of 822 comes from.  I’m taking a little break right now, to do some research and to let an idea process, and I’ll be going back to writing a bit later.  There is one more gap I’d love to fill today, if possible.  If I do get that hole bridged, it will mean that the first four years of Mara’s life will be complete.  It should also mean that I’m at (or hopefully past) par for today.

Best of luck on your own November Adventure, be it NaNo or otherwise. 🙂