Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wishful Thinking

35,000 words. That's where I wanted to be by the end of my writing session today. I fell short.

Does it matter how short? Sometimes I don't think so. Sometimes it seems like hitting the goal is more important than how I got there. It's more important that the quality of the words, the flow of the thoughts, the beauty of the images. I know you're supposed to just keep writing, don't look back, get those words on the page (or the screen). But I struggle with the balance.

How do you keep the balance? Do you accept that there are going to be sections of your writing that you will hate, delete and make you question your sanity come December? Or do you go back, revise as you write, make it more like what you like to read?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tired Fingers

I enjoy typing. Really, I do. But after three hours, my fingers start to rebel. Does this happen to you? I try to type something simple, like Tuesday, but instead, I see tUedsday.

I try to fix it.

I end up with TrUesday.

I try again. It gets worse. Before I know it, I've spent five times the amount of time it usually takes for me to type one word. And then I realize that I really meant to type Wednesday.

Ah, the joys of NaNoWriMo. What's one of yours?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

NaNoWriMo Optimism

Life gets in the way of our best-laid NaNoWriMo plans sometimes. 

I started my NaNoWriMo project on time, and I have been working on it, but I cannot say that the outlook is good for me to finish on time. There is still hope - a teeny tiny bit of hope. I have more than half of the month left, I have inspiration, and I have fast fingers. Will that be enough? Only time will tell.

If you are on your own NaNoWriMo quest, stay strong. I will if you will...