The Novel


I’m still writing my novel. I just wanted to  say that – I haven’t mentioned it in a while. With everything going on lately (see the last few posts), it has fallen on my list of priorities, which pretty much sucks when you realize that it’s one of the few things that I have for myself (because as much as I love to cook, when it becomes a have to instead of a want to, all the fun is sucked right out of it).

My problem is that I get the urge to write at the worst possible times – like when I’m rocking Griffin, or while sitting in my 3-hour management meetings, or when it’s 11:30 PM and I have to be up at 5 AM and I know I need to sleep. Ack! It’s frustrating.

I need a new deadline to keep me motivated. I miss NaNo and all the excitement and pressure of trying to write almost 2,000 per day. I thought about trying to trick myself into writing like that again, but I’m way too smart to fall for it. Oh well, I guess I’ll just keep plugging away at it little by little…

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Now that NaNoWriMo is over (and I won!), I’m left with a half-finished first draft of a novel. It’s a story that has been in my head for almost a year and I’m beyond thrilled to have gotten part of it down on paper (er, computer). Anyway, I’ve got too much invested in it to just let it go. Sure, NaNo was fun – and I’m definitely going to do it again next year – but for me the challenge didn’t stop on December 1st. I really want to finish my story. So I’ve decided to give myself the goal of finishing by January 18th. I initially said I’d have it done by the end of December, but with the holidays thrown in there, I know things are going to be tight. I picked the 18th because the very next day will be my 37th birthday. {OK, I just looked at that and freaked out because I’m officially going to be in my late-30s – very weird because I still feel 27}. I thought that the best birthday present I could give myself would be to wake up on my birthday and have a completed first draft.

I’m excited about the new challenge.

I just finished writing the scene that I’ve been thinking about since I first thought up this story idea. It flowed right off my fingers and even though this is only a first draft, I really like how it turned out. Of course, there will be revisions and I will probably go back and think it’s just atrocious, but for now, I’m happy.

I’m also over 30,000 words! Almost 3,000 words today – very proud of myself for that.

I just crossed the halfway mark in NaNo. I checked my total words and am at 25,159. There are 15 more days to go (counting today, and I’m going to count today because I’m not done writing).

The funny thing is that I am not even close to the halfway point in the novel. I just hope that I can reach 50,000 by the end of the month and that I can finish the novel if I’m not done with it by then. I’m worried I’m going to stop writing once NaNo is done. I must finish the novel or this whole thing was a waste.

My NaNo word count is 6,725 as of yesterday afternoon. I wasn’t able to get any more done last night because somehow Griffin has managed to get sick…again. Hopefully it’s just a headcold this time and nothing else.

During the weekdays, I’m sticking to my plan of trying to write in the morning before Griffin wakes up (hasn’t been happening because of the time change and his cold). Then I write during my lunch break at work – supposed to only be 20 minutes, but I stretch it to 30. Then I write at any other time I get the chance, but it better be before 8 PM because after that, I’m toast.

So 6,725 is pretty much on pace with the 1,667 words/day goal. In fact, I’m a few words ahead of that pace, so I will go ahead and pat myself on the back.

This weekend will be the true test since Patrick is leaving for Charlotte, NC tonight and won’t be back until Sunday night. Oh, and there’s a Bears game on Sunday afternoon (hey, a girl’s got to have her priorities, right?).

So basically I want to tell all those NaNoers who cranked out, like 15,000 on the first day to suck it because my measly little 6,725 words after four days is still on target to win.

I started writing at 5:30 this morning. After 1 hour and 15 minutes, I’ve written 1221 words. I have a word count on my blog, but I don’t think NaNoWriMo has gotten the links up and running just yet.

A lot of people participating in NaNo have created “book covers” for their upcoming novels. I thought this was so silly. Why do that when you haven’t even started writing? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the cover of a book can speak volumes. I’ll even go so far as to say that at times, I’ve picked up a book based on the cover – just to read what it’s about.

I honestly think that the whole process of thinking about what I’d want on the cover was helpful. It made me think about the whole feeling of my story.

Besides, it was a good diversion for me – it let me play around on the computer and also helped get my mind off the fact that with only two more days left before we start writing, I still feel unprepared.

But hey, if I could create a cover for my non-book, it might look something like this:

Cover Art2

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