Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day One

Last week I was supposed to be working on my outline so that I could just jump in with the writing today. Instead, I spent the week revising another manuscript. That's probably a good thing. I won't be thinking about the other project while I'm trying to work on this new one. But here I am Day One of Nano, preparing to...wing it. Which I guess kind of makes the "preparing" part a joke.

Of course, NaNo was kind of founded on the concept of winging it, so that might work in my favor. Plus, last time I wrote an outline for a book, I never finished writing the book. I decided on page 50 that the story sucked. Ironic, isn't it?

My goal for each day is 1667 words, but the kids are home from school today. I'm not sure how much writing will get done since Crazy 8s and popcorn seem to take priority on days like this. But I'm excited to work on this new project. I'll keep you updated on my progress. Hopefully, that will keep me motivated to actually plow through to the end this time.

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20 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

Good luck! I'm not going Nano but I"ll be working something new!

Cheree said...

Good luck with Nano. Winging it is always good, it's only day 1 and I've already thrown the plot outline out the window. I'm sure you'll reach your goal.

storyqueen said...

Good Luck!

(I mean, you are already lucky that you don't have to get your kids up for school today....!)

Shelley

Kristan said...

Ooo, should we be NaNo friends? I'm mostly doing it to get a big push on my current ms, not really to do an entirely new project. This is me: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/524481

Stina Lindenblatt said...

One of my kids is home today, too. I'm going to aim for 1000 words. Not that I'm officially doing NaNo. :D

Good luck, Sherrie. I just can't wing it. I'd be deleting the ms by the end of the month if I tried.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Good luck! I highly recommend winging it for NaNo. It frees you up from trying to write something good.

I'm not in a place to be writing something new, so I'm doing the one thing that I hate but it works really well for me - scheduling my time. NaNoScheMo.

Becky Levine said...

Have a great NaNo!

Kelly H-Y said...

Good luck ... I have a feeling you'll do great! :-)

Anne R. Allen said...

Good luck and have fun!

Quinn said...

I'm not participating in NaNo, but good luck!

By the way, I gave you an award on my blog.

ivanova said...

Good luck! I'm winging it too! I've tried it both ways, and I think winging it is more fun.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

NaNo seems like such a daunting beast. Good luck, Sherrie! I'll be cheering for you every step of the way. :-)

Lori W. said...

Good luck! Winging it has sent me off in lots of wrong directions, but on the bright side, things I never would have thought of in an outline come out. Wing it, eat popcorn and enjoy.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Good luck on the wing. You'll fly.

Krispy said...

That's sort of what happened to me, except instead of another manuscript, I was busy working on my Halloween costume since I procrastinated! So now I'm more or less on the wing too. Eep!

Good luck! (Oh and my word count as of right now = zero. Haha.)

Christina Lee said...

Go for it! And good luck!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

My kids are home today as well ...so... no substantial writing. Alas.

BUT, I'll be back pounding the edits tomorrow.

And NaNo is kind of free-wheeling which I like about it - my brain can't ever decide if it's really a pantser or plotter anyway.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it! I'm aiming for 1500 on weekdays and 5000 total on weekends.

Elana Johnson said...

Good luck with your word count! And I'm a huge fan of winging it. :)

Mother Hen said...

Sometimes winging it is all that is needed. i hope November proves a good month for you.

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