Sunday, November 11, 2012

NaNoWriMo - Where there's smoke...

So, it's day eleven of NaNoWriMo 2012:
 my word count should be no less than 18,337 words for the month.  It currently stands at 17,894.  Not too shabby, considering that I've missed three whole days of writing due to work! (I caught up on Friday, thanks to my NaNoBuddy Suzanne's #6kFriday idea.)

I'm in that place where tons of other story ideas are trying to lure me from my current WIP... this in nothing new.  If you have read some of my past posts, you know that my brain loves throwing me shiny new ideas at the absolute height of my current project just to thwart my efforts. *My subconscious is diabolical*

So, I usually give in to the Siren Call of the new idea... this is why I have sooo many novels in my office that are currently unfinished stacks of paper waiting for my return (it's like Misfit Island in there! I feel so guilty), but this NaNoWriMo, I asked myself...


Why do I feel compelled to set aside (essentially abandon), my beloved characters and their story after we have been through so much together, only to start fresh with strange (albeit mysterious and intriguing) new characters?

What is happening in my WIP that would make it so easy for me to set it down? 

Have I grown so attached to them, that I stopped creating the essential conflict inherent in good fiction simply because I don't want them to suffer?

I think I have.

I need to blow some shit up.

I'm off to wreak havoc on characters that I love... this is gonna hurt.

 How about a little Gasoline as an incendiary to this writing challenge:

How about you guys?  Blown anything up lately?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNoWriMo - November 2012

It's NaNo time, boys and girls!

Time to turn off those TV's, and focus every spare ounce of your energy and creativity into that ever growing WIP!

A season of too much pizza, coffee, and pixie-stix overload!
 (I don't know about you guys, but by week three of last NaNo season, I had developed a pretty significant eye twitch.)

My NaNoNovel is in the suspense genre (of course), so I spent the last month plotting and planning... to the great concern of those around me. :)  Fortunately, my husband finds it cute when I plot murder and mayhem.

What genre are you guys writing?

I am going to be checking in on facebook daily, and on the blog weekly! 

To all my friends participating in this fun, and challenging event:

Happy writing!


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