Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What Can NaNo Do For You?

I'm back! Sort of. I'm leaving Friday for the New Jersey/Philadelphia area and I will be gone for a week! I'm still debating if I should bring my lap top with me or leave it behind (NooOooOo!!! *sobs* *clutches Blanche to chest desperately*).

Anyways, I was busy the month of November writing a book for NaNoWriMo (it was my first time), which was a thrilling, crazy, lovely, and exasperating experience. The important thing, despite all my bipolar-ness, was that I learned some things during the month and I would like to share them with the rest of you.

Here are the things that NaNo taught me this year.

1. Pre-plotting helps. A LOT! I didn't outline the entire thing, but I knew a few things. Namely: the main character's primary goal, the flaw (see The Goal the Flaw and the Plotting Master of the Universe ), a few of the key plot points, and I had an idea of what I wanted to happen at the end. It was a new experience for me, writing and knowing where I was going. There were still things that came up that surprised me, and there were still a few times I got off track and had to realign myself, but all in all I had less wrong turns than my usual drafting process. I am currently plotting my next novel, and I intend to have even MORE things figured out before I start drafting. Sometime in the near future, I will share with all you lovely people what works/doesn't work for me as far as outlining in the hopes that it will help someone else out there in the blogosphere. In the past, as a fairly novice writer, I had a really hard time working things out before sitting down and drafting. But NaNo helped convince me that outlining DOES make writing easier. And there are still things you learn and experience during the drafting process, so it doesn't take away the creative juice and flow like you might think.

2. I'm not a bad writer. I'm not necessarily a good writer, either, and there were sections of the novel that were so horrific they brought me back to my early days of horrible, painstakingly derivative writing. However, forcing myself to write every day, I noticed something important. My writing style improved as NaNo progressed. I also had a revelation: nothing you write - no matter how bad - is a waste of time. With every page, you are learning something or growing as a writer. The book I wrote for NaNo will probably never see the light of day. But the next book I write will be better because of my NaNo experience.

William Faulkner said, "Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good."

3. I CAN find time to write.  Even with a full time job, two kids, a somewhat needy husband, Thanksgiving, friends, family, and birthday parties at Chucky Cheese getting in the way. Sure, the laundry piled up and the dishes weren't always getting done, but I still managed to eck out an average of 1667 words per day throughout the month of November. There were a couple days that I barely wrote anything, and then I had to make it up later, but I found a way to do it. I locked myself in my bedroom with explicit instructions to leave me alone. I took a day off work and spent the majority of it writing. I woke up ten minutes earlier than usual every day so I would have extra time to write. And most importantly, I got rid of my internal editor. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. If I didn't, I never would have made the goal.
How was your NaNo experience? Did you win? Did you cry? Did you want to vomit sometimes? Leave me a comment and share! Or stalk me on twitter! (I like that. Probably too much.)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Inspiration for NaNoWriMo

I know, I haven't been blogging! I've been plotting (your demise MWAHAHAHA!).

Okay, actually I am busy plotting/outlining a re-write that I intend to tackle for NaNoWriMo.

It's my first time. Be gentle.

So, in honor of my goal and eventual lapse into insanity, I bring you one of my favorite inspirational poems to keep you going on those dark November nights when the words start melting in front of your eyes and the vodka bottle is empty (I just don't understand where it all goes!)

Enjoy!

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Meme Most Hated By Panties Everywhere


What do you call your panties/underwear/undergarments? Do you have any commonly used nicknames for them?

Gutchies.  I honestly don't even know what that means, it's what my mom always called them when I was growing up.

Have you ever had that supposedly common dream of being in a crowded place in only your underwear?

Hm. I think so. It was promptly repressed. I'm psychologically healthy like that.

What is the worst thing you can think of to make panties out of?

Fungi filled toenails.

If you were a pair of panties, what color would you be, and WHY?

Purple. Because I SAID SO! 

 Have you ever thrown your panties/underwear at a rock star or other celebrity? If so, which one(s)? If not, which one(s) WOULD you throw your panties/underwear at, given the opportunity?

Question one: No. Question Two: My husband. He's not a rock star, but I honestly wouldn't throw my gutchies at anyone else. He is the one most deserving of my dirty underwear.


You’re out of clean panties. What do you do?

This is a very Keanu Reeves a la "Speed" question. 

What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?! 

I go commando, bitch! 

If you could have any message printed on your panties, what would it be?

Look familiar?

How many bloggers does it take to put panties on a goat?

Seven.

Tag Four People and tell them why you are being so cruel to them.

NO! I REFUSE! I think everyone I know has already completed the vile...er, evil panty meme! If you haven't done it yet, please let me know and I will edit this post.