Sunday, 11 November 2012

How not to write a novel: NaNoWriMo day eleven.

Today started a little later than expected but pleasantly as Paul brought me breakfast in bed.

When I eventually came around I got up and started writing and managed to knock out about 1,000 or so words before having a short break to sort out the house a little writing another few thousand words and going shopping.

After returning and playing freezer jenga, wherein you balance half the contents of the freezer around the edges of the open freezer, insert nine pizzas then try to shove everything else back in.

Then I had a cup of tea and some stolen Soreen. (Sorry Mum!) Got cracking on my writing again for an hour before starting to make my tea, a lovely Moussaka...

If you've ever made this you know it's not the fastest meal but on the plus side it makes loads! So guess what I'm having for tea tomorrow and my lunch the day after that...

I fitted in a few hundred more words when the Moussaka cooked in the oven and then finally managed to edge up to and then beyond my word count just after lunch. Brilliant!

OK, maybe I only managed to write 41 words more than my target word count but every little helps right?

So I'm starting the week on a word count of 18,374 and am hoping not to slip off target when I go back to work tomorrow.

Wish me luck!

How not to write a novel: day ten of NaNoWriMo.

Today was an unexpectedly lazy day. All week I had expected to have to get up around 8 and get Paul to work, because of this I had formulated plans to take my laptop with me whilst dropping him off and to write in the library as I waited.

Thankfully he didn't have to work today so I got to have a well deserved lie in.  Then I ended up in procrastination station having breakfast, having a bath, putting the washing on, doing the pots, popping to the shop for bread and milk, making lunch, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, putting the washing out...

Eventually when it came to late afternoon/early evening I settled down to write and managed about 1,000 words before realising I'd have to sort out tea.

So I paused my writing made some chips, wrote about another sentence and then made an omelette to go with the chips and what felt like hours later had my tea whilst watching Burn Notice.

After that I had a bit of a slump and only felt like playing with my cats and reading things on the Internet but I tore myself away from the Internet, made another drink and managed to write another thousand and a bit words.

I could probably write more but I think that the standard might go down hill so it's probably best to quit when your not trailing as far behind as you were this morning and hit the sack for another writing marathon the next day.

Friday, 9 November 2012

How not to write a novel: day nine of NaNoWriMo.

Today has been the first day that I've gotten up early to write and I managed to get a good few hundred words down before I stopped to get ready for work.

Then I lugged my laptop in with me in my big black laptop bag which makes me feel like a turtle and threw a few more sentences together over lunch in the quiet room. (It kind of became the chat about NaNo room for a short while but SHHHhh! Don't tell anybody!)

I was on a training course all day and finished a little later than I expected but this turned out to be a good thing as I met Paul on the bus home.  Sadly my luck ended there as all my will to write left me as I entered the front door.  I don't know what it was but for some reason I could only muster up a few more lines before admitting defeat. Tomorrow, hopefully tomorrow will bring better things!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

How not to write a novel: day eight of NaNoWriMo.

Today was a bit of a mixed bag in that although I didn't manage to reach the 1667 words minimum word count to reach 50,000 words in a month I still felt like I didn't do badly.

Obviously there's still a lot of catching up to do but I think I thrive under pressure and having deadlines and targets really helps me.

I've also spoken to a few other people doing NaNoWriMo by email today which has helped in getting tips and keeping motivated.

So I've written over a thousand words which is a big improvement on yesterday I just hope that I can keep it up.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

How not to write a novel: day seven of NaNoWriMo.

Today was another low word count day.... I tried to repeat yesterdays success by bringing my laptop into work with me so I could write on my lunch again but this time I ended up going and getting fish, chips and a sausage for my lunch with a couple of the girls in my team instead.

Ooops! So I carried my laptop home and because I felt exhausted I bailed on my Bellydancing class.

I ended up moping about the house, having a nap and ordering a pizza.  When I sat myself down to write, it seemed as if I couldn't find a handful of words to put together and make a sentence so I gave it up for a bad job for the day.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

How not to write a novel: day six of NaNoWriMo.

Today was one of the better days where I actually managed to write a decent number of words!  I decided to bring my laptop to work with me today and after some trepidation about where to plug in my laptop in the kitchen at lunch I managed to find myself a spot under the TV in the corner.

Why is this an issue? Well the laptop I tend to write on is about five years old and the battery doesn't last all that long... about two minutes on average which can be very annoying when your in the middle of something!

After work I went to a Bollywood class where I danced up a sweat, came home had some tea and wrote a few more words before bed.

It was quite a productive day where I managed to beat the average word count although I sadly wasn't able to make up for yesterdays lack of productivity. Maybe tomorrow?

Monday, 5 November 2012

How not to write a novel: day five of NaNoWrimo.

Today started off quite well for a Monday morning. I got up, ironed my clothes for the day, got the bus made some notes for the novel and went to work.

Everything went well up till about eleven o'clock when I started to feel tired.  Sadly I didn't get any less tired as the day progressed I actually got more drowsy and even the consumption of Malteasers couldn't help me!

So I've decided to call it a night and approach my writing with a fresh pair of eyes and hands in the morning.

Night night folks!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

How not to write a novel: day four of NaNoWrimo.

Today didn't look as promising from the start as I had a bit of a lie in and then didn't start writing until after eating my lunch after two.

Strangely despite this I seem to have managed to write 3,187 words today....

How has this happened? I'm not sure... maybe it's because I've written a bit stopped, written a bit more had another break and carried on like this.

Another theory is that it maybe because my boyfriend has spent more time in the house today and has reminded me about not going on the Internet too much.

Maybe it's because I haven't left the house once today...

Then again is could be because the alternative to doing writing is ironing my outfits for the working week and because you cannot iron and eat Malteasers...

Whatever it was I hope I can keep some of this momentum up this week and am glad to be back on track.

Best get to bed now so I can get more written tomorrow. Night!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

How not to write a novel: day three of NaNoWrimo.

Today was a day started full of good intentions!

I didn't have a lie in or a great deal of plans other than some nice company at lunch so I thought I might be able to beat my all time record of four thousand words in a day.

This was not to be the case...

I dropped Paul off at work, got home, washed some pots put the washing on jumped in the bath and then I spent far too long in the bath.

When I got out I thought there's still some time left so I wrote a bit of a review I was writing then wrote a bit of the novel before checking what the time was.  It was then that I realised it was nearly guest arrival time so I finished the rest of the pots and started to prepare the food.

After a nice lunch and a chat with my guests they left and I took Paul for some trainers, something I hadn't realised was on the itinerary... then trainers bought dropped him at the pub and finished that review off.

It was probably then I got the washing out of the machine and checked into procrastination station... looking at the Internet, checking Facebook, updating my word count every hundred or so words. It went slowly then I saw the time and went to pick Paul up from the pub but we got chatting and before we knew it the night was quite late!

So I whisked him away, got a takeaway then watched Stargate Universe and decided to call it a night.

Surely tomorrow has to go better?

Friday, 2 November 2012

How not to write a novel: day two of NaNoWrimo.

Well today didn't go as well as planned... then again I do struggle with the idea of planning and fiction writing.

Today I didn't write anything in the day again and hoped to get all my writing done after work but by the time five o'clock rolled around I was shattered.

Nevertheless I headed home, sorted out tea and then started writing.

Then I got all worried about the quality of what I was writting and if it was turning into a script rather than a book.  After a bit more thought I carried on writing but sadly I only managed to write just over one thousand words.

If I keep that pace up I'll never make my target of 50,000 words I know quality is better than quantity but sometimes keeping up writing is more important to improving quality than dithering about is.

Maybe I'm rambling... I've started to fall asleep a bit at the keyboard so I'm going to head to bed now and try to catch up tomorrow.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

How not to write a novel or NaNoWrimo time!

It doesn't seem like a year since I was last embarked on my last crazy NaNoWrimo challenge but time really flies!

Most of this last year I've been plodding away trying to finish my last novel with Paul's encouragement and not really getting anywhere very fast as I'd got a bit bored with the story and bored with writing it.  I had told myself that I couldn't do NaNoWrimo this year if I didn't finish the last one but with some encouragement I decided I may as well give it another try.

So I've decided to try and write 50,000 words in a month again for this year's NaNoWrimo.

If you'd like to take on this challenge or learn more about it then click here.

I'm writing as You'll Get What You're Given! If you are taking part and would like to add me as a writing buddy.

The novel I've started writing is called Time for Tea and so far I've written 1733 words on it, not bad going considering I've written it all after work.

Now time for a rest and to recharge my batteries for another day of writing I mean work!