Friday, November 30, 2012

Why I Didn't Win NaNoWriMo

I have a lot of really, really good excuses as to why I didn't win NaNoWriMo this year. But I will spare you my excuses.

My final word count was 27,601. That's a pretty good effort. There were a couple days when I wrote ALL THE WORDS. But here's what really happened. I had this BRILLIANT idea. Being a pantser, I wrote out my idea and a few plot points I got along the way. I had some plot. But not enough plot. I started and wrote until I got bored. Then I stopped for a while. Then I had an idea for a scene. So I started again with that and it was going pretty well. Then I stopped again.

I picked it up again yesterday, but I lost too much time. There was no way I could finish by today. I gave it a good try. I knew I wouldn't win this year. Maybe not the best mindset to have going in, but at least I tried. And now I have a good start on a novel I might actually finish someday.

So, how did you do?

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's That Time Again

And of course I mean, it's November.  National Novel Writing Month is upon us once again.  Are you participating? I am. I don't feel as confident about it as I have in the past, but I've started so we'll see where it takes me.

About a month ago, I came up with my BRILLIANT novel idea. I'll be the first to admit that I cheat. I'm not this time, but I usually do.  I feel I'm entitled to cheat a little because I like to WRITE my novels. Like pen and paper write. So I might write a few pages before November to get myself started. Then once November starts, I'll create the Word doc and transfer my written words to the computer. So I'm technically not doing myself any favors using this method. I have many other excuses that I use too. I work a full-time job and every other Saturday. I have 2 kids and various school related activities. My birthday is in November. A lot of people don't know I write, so I have to do it in SECRET.

So on and so forth...

This year, though, at the last minute, I ditched my BRILLIANT idea for another, possibily equally BRILLIANT idea. Because I was inspired by a dream, of all things. I dreamt about a boy I knew in college. So my NaNovel for this year is loosely based on my own college experience and this boy that I had a HUGE crush on. Like that's never been done. 

So we'll see what happens. Wish me luck. My little word count widget is over there on the right. If you're participating, add me as a buddy (bgenenbacher). We'll keep each other company.

Day 1 word count:  1,797