(Yeah, a bit of a whiny post…)
I should be catching up on sleep, or at least eating breakfast. I have less than 45 minutes left alone before I have to get the girls from school.
But, I have a headache caused from staying up till 11 pm to get some more word-count in for the title-less novel for the NaNoWriMo. Normally I usually don’t have trouble with that hour – usually I don’t get like this until I’m up til 1 am or so, but I was feeling it last night and again this morning.
I have a smidge over 8,000 words written, and even though I’m not supposed to go back and edit, I feel like I need to add more details to what I’ve got so far. But, I am a little ahead of the game, and more importantly, I really need to start planning ahead to keep track of names and places and dates.
I downloaded a copy of yWriter5 so that I could organize the details. I realized that as I was writing the story, I forgot to write down the details of the names of places and the dates these times were occurring. So…I’d have to go back through 15 pages of text in order to fish them out again. It’s time that I start keeping track of these details to make it one less thing I need to do.
Also, never having really written a book before, I probably should do some research as to what constitutes a chapter. I’m such a novice, I just keep writing and writing and hoping this will become evident to me, but it’s not.
And because the time span is covering essentially 5 years, I have to take some literary license and condense it into a pace that won’t end up dragging things out.
The whole idea is not to read what you write and avoid editing until December. The whole purpose is to just write, because if you re-read what you write, you just might feel like it’s total junk and having it totally undermine your confidence, and totally scrap the work, sealing your fate as a failure.
And then I make the mistake of reading excerpts from other people’s writings, and I think, “wow, their word choice is so amazing – so stylistic, so…much BETTER than mine.”
I have gotten a bit of appreciation for my style of writing over the years, not too much pretentious use of difficult vocabulary words because I can, but comparing their work to mine…well, let’s just say I’m flabbergasted at my own ineptitude to a scribe a composition with eloquent prose. In other words, I don’t write so pretty.
Ah, what is one to do? I dunno. I’m thinking it’s time to make use of Thesaurus.com
On another related note, I’m going to attend the regional NaNoWriMo event at a local bookstore and meet the other crazies who are attempting to win this year. I’m so excited maybe I’ll meet some interesting people. But I really hope they aren’t all 20-something “kids” who are going to think I’m ancient at 39.
Well see about that.