Archive for November, 2017

nano day 30

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Nanowrimo 2017: done. Officially validated at 50,356. My word counter says 50,191. (I am somewhat abashed, but not entirely surprised, to find that my story may have *165* double hyphens in it.) First line: “You said you’re a student?” Last line: “Always.”

nano day 29

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Less than 48 hours to go! This is not a drill! Get it done! (That’s all I’ve got for today. Gotta get back to writing!)

nano day 28

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Yes, the thrill of the approaching nanowrimo deadline is intense, but at this time of year, there’s another thrill to be had: Christmas light apartment bingo! I live in an apartment building with 24 units (so, 12 visible from the front), and we’re kitty-corner to a building with 18 units (9 visible from the front). […]

nano day 27

Monday, November 27th, 2017

My Classic Day 27 Tip: This is the point in nanowrimo where I tell myself ‘you could always skip next year.’ Because it feels like I have worked Very Hard to get here, and yet I am Still Not Done. And that thought creeps in that I could just stop, and next year’s novel would […]

nano day 26

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Yet again I have been deceived by my past self! ‘Oh, after 40,000 words it gets much easier.’ Not true! Slower, yes. Easier, no. On the plus side: 1. This leftover-Thanksgiving-turkey sandwich is really good. 2. Avocados were on sale at the grocery store. 3. I still have time for at least three cups of […]

nano day 25

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Nanowrimo continues on, but in the spirit of ‘I just finished my Halloween candy,’ here is a Very Important Story. Last year the Reeses peanut butter cups were the big mover in the Halloween candy I put out (totally understandable!), so this year I got two bags — one big one to put out, and […]

nano day 24

Friday, November 24th, 2017

GO WRITE GO! on track word count for today: 40,000 good news: my characters are not stuck in the event horizon of a black hole

nano day 23 — Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

1. It is a day for giving thanks! Even more thanks than the other days! So Many Thanks! 2. Words? No… FOOD! (Thanks, Allie Brosh!) 3. Last chapter title written: **In which plans are made to be broken** (That way I can have everyone talk about a plan, then do something completely different, because I […]

nano day 22

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

I frequently use chapter titles in nano novels, because they give me more words. I mean, also because they help me to structure my thoughts about what I’m writing, and because they provide a more significant visual break between sections, but the word thing too. In the past, I have often given a chapter a […]

nano day 21

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

me: [reads nano pep talk about quicksand] also me: [is at that awkward point in the novel where the only thing I really know is left is the finale, and I haven’t planned it at all so I have no idea how many words it will take, so it wouldn’t go amiss to have all […]