Congrats & Good Luck
Here's my question, now that the forced period of writing is over. I still plan to be published, and am looking for an agent right now since I have no connections in publishing. I would certainly like to be part of a support group for anyone else. Would anyone else like to keep this blog, or possibly create a new one, where we could keep each other up-to-date on our efforts, what we're working on, what pathways we're approaching, etc?
I'm up for it if anyone else is.
Close, But No Cigar
Not Gonna Happen
Here's a quote for you from tonight's batch of words:
"She is going to rue the day that she did not put in a line item for tools to build an arsenal so she can work on taking over the world. You need to have a stockpile of ammunition and cans of chili if you are going to form an army of minions with twirly electronic eyes. They enjoy chili."
Hey, I May Join You In Not Finishing
Thanksgiving is usually when the Americans participating in Nano catch up, because they have extra days off from work. But this contracting thing puts a crimp in that, and I actually worked a little late Wednesday and put in a full day Friday. And when I got home Friday, the step-kids were up. And I caught a cold or something. So I didn't write a single word on Friday or Saturday this week. That's why I just don't see me finishing. Well, I just wasted my five minutes, so I'll be going now. Wish me luck.
5PM: Um, I didn't do 3000 words in an hour. But I guess I'll keep going for a little while longer. I just love to prolong declaring failure.
And coming up with a plot just feels too much like work. I think this is why I am not a professional novelist.
Week Three Gets Stupid
We all got a rah-rah letter from Chris Baty yesterday, and it did boost my confidence. He also reminded us that we have to put a little more effort into writing craptacular sentences. I keep forgetting. He also said to not look at the word counts the way we had been, but instead to just try to do 1000 at a time...keep plugging, keep plugging.
Here's an attempt at craptacular for you:
I do not know if I have ever written anything that anyone would consider Chicken Soup for the Soul. I did do some ad copy for bread once. So maybe I could be the “bread for the soul” expert. If they needed one. I think bread for the soul would be something very much like Wonderbread, by the way. 9-Grain bread would never qualify as being bread for the soul. Neither would marble rye.
So Is Everyone Gone Now?
I hit the 20,000 word mark at some point last night. 20,000 words, only 400 or so worth keeping. But forward, ever forward. I'm almost exactly 1 day behind in word count. As in, I hit my Saturday goal on Sunday. But for those who are still plinking away, I don't know about you, but I can do 1500 words in less than 2 hours, if I am even slightly trying. I'll bet I could do it in an hour if I was paying attention.
So anyway, at this point in the novel, I had a pointless car explosion. Well, it was just a parked car that burst into flames while my characters were sitting at a stop light. But it's a car explosion nonetheless, right? What else...um, no pirate treasure yet. I have to decide soon if she's going to find any, and if she is, where. Maybe I'll have her find a puppy in her back yard. I could get a good few thousand words out of that. I have lots to say about puppies.
You can see that if they make a movie out of this book, it will be rated G, right?
Anyway, good luck to everybody. I'm still hear to support you, but I'm out for the year. When you guys finish, I'd love some thoughts on my novel.
Bored? Try Word Summary
Put your whole novel in one word file, then click Tools>Autosummarize. I like to keep my summary to less than 2% under 100 words, and have it open in a new document. Eye opening and pointless, it is! It just grabs random sentences or fragments, and builds a new document.
My summary of about the first 12700 words or so:
As if anyone would ever need a lawsuit.
If I can be honest here, I have a little crush on the Fresh Fruit Man. Becoming the Larry Flynt of the house-to-house mobile retail industry.
"Right. Reading a book? Right?
Especially if I am writing in the first person. Funny stuff. Too many sick people. I mean, didn't pirates buy houses on, say, the ocean? My house, owned by a sea captain? I wonder if his ghost haunts the property? "I'm selling Girl Scout Cookies. I guess if someone tells you there might be pirate treasure buried in your backyard, or under your house. I suppose it would be a small price to pay if it helped me locate a big old pile of pirate treasure, eh? I think if I did, I would never ever wear clean clothes. I don't remember if we actually hung it or not, or if my mother was annoyed with me. I bought this house quite a few years ago. Give me a little time, though.
Lucikly, since moving in four years ago, the fire engines have only had to drive by the house a couple of times. One time they were creeping by and when I noticed them going very slowely in the road, I went out and found out that they were trying to track down room usage for the Adult Member room at the library.
That is some high quality crack I must have been smoking last night. Okay, really, I am even going to resist the urge to go in and delete that last sentence, because we do not edit our work in November under penalty of death. So to challenge myself, I'm going to try to make it make sense in the context of all the other nonsense in this "novel".
Closing in on 10,000
Oh, and my music to write to this weekend is ELO's "Electric Light Orchestra II". Just so you know. The song "Mama" to be specific. Okay, on to the quote:
You have to love a catalog geared for people who are looking to drop a million dollars on someone for a Christmas present. I mean, it's not like Penelope was sitting around lamenting her sad lack of a hovercar. No, instead of getting her something reasonable, like a coupon to give her a backrub and make dinner some night, you have to drop a million dollars on something she's only going to use once or twice. A pet peeve of mine is people who get a personal submarine and then only take it out once or twice. If you get a personal submarine for Christmas, you should take it out a minimum of 4 times, and then you should call your cousin Al and his wife and kids and maybe even the lady who lived next door you to you when you were growing up, and you let each and every one of those people take a ride in your personal submarine. I would try to make sure that they all knew how to use a personal submarine - you know, let them read the User Guide that came in the box with it, so that they understand all the controls, and what they have to do if, like, they start losing power or something. I would feel really badly if my old neighbor accidentally died in my Christmas present, but what the hell are you going to do. She wasn't really known for being a good listener, and you clearly remember telling her to bring her reading glasses so she could go over the instruction booklet. Christ, are you responsible for remembering every little detail? She could have just said she wasn't comfortable getting into your personal submarine. So now your Christmas present is all ruined cause there is a dead person in it at the bottom of the lake. Man, that just pisses me off.
But I found this 'creativity boosting' site that I'm hoping will help inspire me, and I thought I'd share it here:
Broke 5000...now what?
I'm at about 3,500
Welcome Andrea and a tracking sheet
I have created an ultra-simple tracking spreadsheet. Just add your current wordcount to the proper box in column C (today you need to enter your total in 3C, for instance) and it will tell you how many words short you are if you are trying to do 1666 per day.
Oh My Good God
Oh, and for those of you who don't have a text editor with a word count feature, the Nano website has opened up the validator to be used all month. You just save your file as a text file, upload it, and your word count is automatically updated. That's how I know I have 94 words so far. One thing I need to test is whether or not it counts compound words (joined with a hyphen) as one or two words. Microsoft Word counts them as one. I hate that. [Update: It does count them as one. So I guess I'll be putting a space after the hyphen for words that should really count as two.]
Jody Starts Her Novel Right In Front Of You
[More to come]