Monday, November 07, 2005

NaNo: Day 7

I'm behind schedule. I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to make it. This bothers me less than you'd think. Why? Well, because it has taken me roughly three months to get to 7000 words in Glistening Edges and Right Angles. For Mass Romantic, it has taken me seven days. While my output will probably fall short of the 50,000, I'm not exactly stressing over it since, for me, consistently churning out 1000 words a day is astounding. It's something I've never done before, since I started writing eight years ago.

Local Pride: Ottawa is sitting at #33 on the list of most productive NaNo regions. That's third in Canada, after Edmonton (#17) and Toronto (#22). I guess it's cold enough in Edmonton that people have nothing to do but sit inside and write.


Greywulf said...

Well done! /Any/ words are more than no words, and each one is a step towards completion.

I've no idea if I'm "on target" - some days, I do 500 words. Others I've done 3,000. Depends on how the mood takes. What I have found though is that I'm churning out more short stories than I know what to do with as a result of all these creative juices flowing.

Shameless plug time - as a result of this I've set up a horror short story site called The Grey Scribe. I'm going to put up one short horror story a day in the style of 365 tomorrows. Extra contributions are more than welcome!

Some of my tales will be from my back catalog, especially on busy days; most will be brand new. The first two are oldies but goodies - Spirits and Proof.

Hope this doesn't count as a spam comment! Apologies in advance......

4:50 PM  
Punk Parent said...

I think that I'm going to make it. that excites me...what is frustrating is that I think that 50K isn't enough words to finish the story. So I'll be a winner I just won't be done.

BTW I know how you feel. Writing a 4000 word short story takes me months...this is more than I've ever written in 6 days (I haven't written today yet)

Just broke 10K last night. Wel keep going and good luck!

4:52 PM  
The Canadian Vegetable said...

Maybe if it gets colder in Ottawa you'll start writig more?

5:31 PM  
JadeMage said...

Don't give up hope! I've found that sometimes all you need is a couple of really exceptional days to make up for the crappy ones. In fact, last year, I was seriously derailed by Turkey Day. I wasn't near my home computer for several days and wound up writing by hand, and not getting all that far.

Even so, I managed to make up for it and finished the novel before I hit the 50K, so I went back and edited it....

This year, I'm going to try for 60K. I'm not sure I'll make that, but right now, I'm a little ahead of the game to make 50K.

Good luck to everyone!

10:54 PM  
Orikinla Osinachi. said...

Don't disappoint your genius.

You should write at least 10 pages a day.

Please, you have to make it.

12:51 PM  
Meg said...

I was so going to try... I really was! But my brain is too taxed by writing for work at this point to sit down and write again at home (beyond the blog, that is)!

1:59 PM  
Cavan said...

Thanks for the words, everyone. This doesn't mean I'm not going to try for the 50,000. I'm just trying to list the positives inherent in the NaNo experience even if you don't come close.

Orikinla - Ten pages? Ha! I've never even come close to that. Actually, I have to disagree with your opinion that anyone should write a certain amount each day. Everyone has their own rhythms.

4:22 PM  
Greywulf said...

Heh. Anyone can write ten pages if you use a big enough font size :)

I agree, it's all about finding your pace. Some people race along then slow at the end, some people plod and keep an even, steady rhythm. Others vary their speed with no apparent pattern at all.

So I guess writing is really like a caucus race:

"First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (the exact shape doesn't matter, it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no One, two, three, and away, but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out The race is over! and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, But who has won?

This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead (the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures of him), while the rest waited in silence. At last the Dodo said, EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes."

OK, it's EXACTLY like a caucus race. Tee hee.

6:05 PM  
jay said...

you absolutely should not stress, because clearly you have achieved something a whole lot more valuable than hitting an arbitrary target - you've established your own personal best, and thats cool and one of the terrific side effects of NaNo-ing.

weel done!

3:43 AM  

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