Reflections Of A Lackluster Life

The Random Thoughts Of A Captive Midwesterner

Behind November 8, 2010

Filed under: Writing — The Shelly Belly @ 1:16 pm
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I am so freaking far behind in Nano it is beyond funny at this point.  My main mistake was to underestimate the complexity of my life right now.  There is just so much going on, it’s no wonder I barely have time to write.  On top of my job and my running there is still a house to keep up, dinners to cook and animals to take care of.  Add to that the fact that my car is in the shop and the ceiling in my kitchen is leaking… again… and my stress level is at its breaking point (that happens a lot lately).

Tonight there is a write-in at a local Starbucks and I think I’m going to have to go and really get down to business.  The problem?  It’s not within walking distance, and as I mentioned before, my car is in the shop.  So I have decided that if I can’t make it to the write-in, I will just have to go to my local Starbucks that IS in walking distance and do my own write-in.  Really all I need is a gingerbread latte and a tasty pastry and I’m good to go!

So here’s hoping that I can catch up to my goal tonight!  I’m sure I’ll update on my progress again soon!

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Bad November 5, 2010

Filed under: Writing — The Shelly Belly @ 2:08 pm
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It is now officially day five of Nanowrimo.  I have been through all of the emotions one would expect.  Anticipation, excitement, trepidation, disappointment, anger, frustration and of course self pity.  The past four days have been such an experience, I never expected to care so much about Nano.  When I heard that you needed to keep up an average of 1700 words a day to meet the required 50,000 words to become a “winner” I thought to myself “pshhhhhh…. 1700 words?  That’s NOTHING.  I will fly through this!”  I was half right.  In theory, 1700 words really isn’t that unattainable of a goal.  Writing 1700 words when every single one of them sounds wrong to you however is an entirely different matter.

I am here to tell you people, writers block is real.  It is a living breathing monster waiting in the proverbial bushes to leap upon you at the first sign of free time.  You can spend your entire day coming up with brilliant plot points and brilliant dialog in your mind only to have it go to complete crap the moment you actually get time to write any of it down.

So that is where I am at right now.  I spend 3 hours last night attempting to write those aforementioned 1700 words.  I did meet my goal, but the point is IT TOOK ME 3 FREAKING HOURS!  That is really the trick to Nanowrimo, not just the word count that you have to worry about, it’s the time it takes you to get there.  Because honestly, who among us has a daily 3 hour block of time to dedicate to anything that is purely recreational?  If you do, please stop reading this blog and go get a damn job, also… I hate you.

Let’s see what challenges and surprises day 5 of Nano bring!  I’ll let you know!