NaNoWriMo – Day 15 – Half way there

Yes, 15 days down and 15 days to go.

At this point my hand is starting to cramp from the toils of writing, yes, I’m one of those writers who often puts words to paper longhand.

Two weeks is a long time, but I think this sort of exercise is what’s needed if you want to write a novel every year, though this one is going to come out with more than 50,000 words.

I think there are about three more chapters to go to end part two, then I can get onto the big finale in part three.

It has turned out to be a bigger project than I originally thought, and I didn’t think I could stretch it to 50,000 words.  Now, I’m hoping to keep it to about 60,000.

Still, no need to get ahead of myself.  Murphy’s law may yet rear its ugly head.

NaNoWriMo – Day 14 – I’m ahead of target so time for revision

Whenever I’m writing, especially when I’m working to a plan, things never quite go the way I’d originally envisaged.

You get so far, and an idea pops into your head, and then, thinking it will work well, often it requires a little extra in previously written work.

Of course, when also writing to a time constraint, that’s not always possible, so your desk, computer keyboard or monitor becomes a repository for endless yellow post-it notes reminding you of the plot holes to be fixed.

I have time, and today I will be fixing them.

I also suspect this might make my word count for the project exceed the required 50,000.

We shall see!

Friday afternoons – where would you like to be?

It’s Friday afternoon and…

The expectation I once had a long time ago, and I suspect I’m not alone, has always been that if it ever became possible, Friday afternoons off were sacrosanct.

In a lifetime of working for others, Friday afternoons were the same as all the rest.  Finish at 5 or 6 and either go to the pub with workmates or go home.

Every now and then you’d take a sick day, but it’s a bit obvious to everyone that you’re just looking to have a long weekend.  Just hope your boss is not heading away at the same time and you awkwardly meet at the airport.

Yes, it does happen.

Of course, for those who seek to transition from worker to being master of your own destiny, ie become self-employed and are lucky enough to do so, you tell yourself you can make your own hours, work when you feel like it, and Fridays, well, they’re out of bounds.

Until reality sets in.

You still have Bill’s to pay, and work never presents itself quite at the times that you want, and any form of working more hospitable hours goes out the window.  That desire to improve family life?

For some, it has happened for some, but for the rest of us, well, the best of intentions always seem to go astray.

Now you don’t have a steady paycheck, you quickly realize that work does not necessarily turn up on your doorstep when you want it to, but when it’s available, and what starts out the be sure and steady, soon becomes steady without the surety then patchy because demand is market tuned.

A downturn in the market and suddenly your good intentions and desire for more money and a better life are out the window, and suddenly you’re working 7 days a week trying to make ends meet.

I’m sure there are more salient factors involved in making the decision to become a contractor rather than a ‘wage slave’, but it seems these days working on a Friday afternoon might not be so bad, rather than having nothing to do at all.

What am I doing this Friday afternoon?

Picking up the grandchildren from school.  You see, to get Friday afternoons off I had to wait till I retired.  But one thing I can tell you with a great deal of certainty, I will not be taking up golf anytime soon.  I have better things to do with my Friday afternoons.

NaNoWriMo – Day 13 – It’s that unlucky number

Hopefully, it won’t hex my writing.

It’s day 13 and I’m over half way in that devil on the shoulder word count, 27, 275 words to be exact.

That is in Microsoft Word is not playing ‘Friday the Thirteenth’ tricks on me.  Good thing it’s not Friday.

Part 2 is proceeding as expected with no surprises, and the characters are behaving themselves, well, in the writing sense.

I’ve found that I now need to write another chapter, before the end of the first part, to help explain, later on, some of the plot nuances.  This sort of issue often arises for me when getting to a particular point in a later section, I realize the reader needs a pointer or a nuance earlier on so that the revelation makes sense, not come out of left field.

Sorry, I have to get back to work, I don’t know where the time goes.

NaNoWriMo – Day 12 – I’m heading into uncharted territory

It could equally describe a place or my emotions, though in this case, it is the emotional side.

I’m taking on the persona of the main character, and try to sort through the emotions of, firstly wondering what it might be like to want the unobtainable, and secondly, what it might be like if circumstances, albeit unfortunate, bring you together.

Yes, it’s the girl.  You know how the standard love story goes, boy meets girl, boy loses the girl, boy somehow manages to save the day and win her back.  That’s the male side, for women it might be the other way around.

However, sometimes the unobtainable is that for a reason.  We shall see how this turns out.

On a more interesting note, I have hit the halfway mark for the number of words, 25,118.

I’d like to say it’s all downhill from here, but that’s never the case, is it?

NaNoWriMo – Day 11 – Some characters deserve more

I’ve decided to give a character that was meant to be only in the periphery, a larger role.

Characters seem to do that, demanding more from what was essentially a bit part.

But, not only in extending this part, the will be a little subplot that I didn’t initially consider but now will seamlessly fit in, and add some more meaning to what eventually happens.

Another hole, it seems, is plugged.

Oddly enough it’s a few idioms that were running around in my head that brought this on.


Take at face value

Never judge a book by its cover

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

And, of course, in business to succeed you have to be ruthless.

NaNoWriMo – Day 10 – I’m getting behind

Not only does the reality of life get in the way of writing, so does plot holes, and I guess this is why, in this sort of writing situation, it doesn’t pay to go back and read over some of what’s written.

I did.

And now wish I hadn’t.

The purpose of the exercise it to move forward, and I’m trying to, but the fact is, my subconscious was working overnight and pointed out a problem.

Why couldn’t I just wake up and imagine I was a No 1 bestselling author?

I tried to leave it along, but it wasn’t going to happen.  I had to fix it before going on.

It added a few hundred words, well below quota, so now it’s burning the midnight oil yet again.