Writemotivation Update #2: A NaNo Questionnaire.

I seem to be on a tardy roll, as this should’ve been up on Monday but since it’s NaNoWriMo November, then I’m lettin’ everything slide. Rule-breaker, that’s me. No rule can stand against the power of the creative mind. Or the fact that I’m trying really hard to focus on quality words this month. As much as NaNo is about reaching that 50k-word goal, this WIP has been around a bit. It’s not something I’ve just started this month, and while I know that the first draft of everything is rubbish, I still would like it to be slightly more polished rubbish than previous NaNo output.

On to my progress report:

1) 50k on WIP (in addition to pre-existing words): Current total word count = 64,049. NaNo so far = 23,000. Not bad!

2) MS#1 x3 = DONE! 🙂

This is my third year doing NaNo and as I mentioned, I’m adding to the words of the NaNo story I began last year, which took a back seat as I did revisions on my women’s fiction. So, a bit more about NaNo. I borrowed this from Meredith McCardle‘s blog, and she in turn borrowed it from someone else, so it’s making the rounds 🙂

Progress (word count or a general status update): 23,000. Nearly right on target for the 1,667 a day but I’ve been doing short, sharp bursts 😉

I do the same thing when painting. A few really intense sessions rather than forcing words each day. Not sure why; it’s not intentional but it seems to be how I work naturally. I let things stew for awhile then attack, but I never try to go any days without mulling ideas or writing out what-if scenarios at least.

Current Mood: Optimistic! I know where this bad boy’s going. But I’m not sure of all the stops along the way. Even loose plotting makes me feel much more certain 🙂

Inspiration (a writing-related quote): Every sentence must do one of two things – reveal character or advance the action. Not sure where I grabbed it but it’s on one of many Post-Its hanging in front of me.

Goals as of Today: Before this Saturday the 17th, I’d like to have the characters’ travels from A to B figured out – I know why they’re going, but I need to know how, with who, and what precisely they’ll do when they get there. If this is even just plotted out, rather than written out, I’ll be happy.

Recent Favorite NaNo-WiP Line: If I’d learned anything in my twenty years, it was that an unread book did you no good at all.

Non-NaNo News (because life DOES go on): My awesome friend Shona is getting married next weekend, and I’m so excited to see it happen!! Woohoo! 🙂

In My Downtime (ha!) I’m Reading: DARKER STILL by Leanna Renee Hieber.

You should read this blog post: 25 Ways to Unstick a Stuck Story

By: Chuck Wendig

Because: He’s funny, blunt, and these ideas are worth their weight in gold. I’ve already exercised a few of them successfully and if you’re stuck in your story, I urge you to try a few.

Gratuitous Photograph (because I love ’em!): Here’s one out of the vaults from a few years ago, when my good friend Amanda visited me in Cornwall. We drove down to Land’s End, your typical tourist trap, and were the only visitors. As such, I decided some excitement was called for.

Land’s End, where they charge you to see nature that’s free around the corner, is THIS exciting 😀
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