Sunday, November 1, 2009

50.000 Words Or Bust

**************Some youthful writers participating in National Novel Writing Month jump out of bed and start writing at exactly midnight, the official start time. On second thought, I bet most probably don't even go to bed until after they've written for an hour, or two, or three.

I slept through the initial "go ahead and write" moment and stayed under the covers until after 8:00 am. I felt sluggish and not very excited about writing. When I finally did get up, I peeked in at my laptop. I procrastinated by making toast and pouring myself grapefruit juice and a tall glass of water. I lit a candle next to my laptop and ate my breakfast in the room where I'll be composing my bestseller.

I delayed a bit longer by taking time to make my bed and tidy up around the rest of the house. I jotted a couple of items on the grocery list and then realized it was time to sit my fanny down and write something, anything at this point.

'Twas 9:00 when I brought my hands to my laptop keyboard; I savored the warmth rising to greet my fingertips. I took a deep breath, cleared my mind and then let creative thoughts take control.

I didn't feel as carefree as I thought and hoped to be and my fingers did a good share of pausing and waiting during my first writing session. I suspect that's because my brain was uncooperative at delivering thoughts in word form to my fingertips. Between 9:00 and 10:25, I reached a word count of 1,147. I decided that was enough for the time being.

I felt like doing something else so I wandered to the basement and threw a load of clothes in the washer. I figured that I've got all day to write another 500 words and I'll have my daily quota fulfilled. It'd be nice to go over my quota and have a cushion to lean on during the upcoming week, but if not I'll be okay.
I find it amazing that here I am, writing a post for my blog, when I should be adding words to my "novel." Perhaps writing for my blog is more my speed than writing a novel. Well, that's what I hope to find out today and during the next 29 days.
So that's the situation on this chilly first day of November. Enjoy your day, and remember to breathe, that's most essential no matter what you do. (Wait a minute...where'd that come from?)
If you want to follow my progress, I'll keep my current word count total above my bright red and gold NaNoWriMo badge over there on the left side of my blog.


Gullible said...

Go, Shaddy, go. I'm sure you can do it, and, yes, those cushions are nice.

Anonymous said...

Shaddy did you forget Nov.1st is the first Sunday of the month, Auntie knows that you did take time off for church. I'm sure your novel will be great.

Shaddy said...

Gully: Thanks for the cheer. I've reached 1,498 words and still have hours before bedtime so I should be in fine shape when I hit the sack.

Auntie: We've been going to Saturday evening church services lately. Thank you for your vote of confidence regarding my "novel."

Anonymous said...

Go Shaddy Go!
Give me a S
Give me a H
Give me a A
Give me a D
Give me a D
Give me a Y
.....What do you get.....SHADDY!

I couldn't resist posting to my blog today either.

Rob said...

Good luck to you Shaddy m'dear! I'm rootin for ya to meet your goal this month. And come what may, we shall each learn a bit more about ourselves as writers.

As part of my writing environment, I went so far as to change my computer's look. I'm using a free program called Dark Room. It takes away all the "distraction" of my computer and let's me focus on content, not formatting, not spell checking or anything else, just content.

I find it relaxing. Here's a link to it if you're interested in checking it out sometime.

Shaddy said...

darksculptures: Hey, you're quite a cheering section. I love it. I'm glad you're still blogging. We'll need to do that as a diversion from our more "serious" writing.

I've reached 2,769 words and I'm calling it quits for today. The first few sentences and paragraphs were the hardest; now I'm getting into the swing of it.

I'm rooting for you to make the 3,000 word mark yet today.

Rob: Thanks for the link, Rob. I agree with you about this challenge we've taken on. We're bound to learn a thing or two during this month and that's reason enough to do it.

Keep in touch.

Natasha said...

Hi Shaddy!

Way to go with NaNoWriMo! I hit 2072, had a glass of wine with dinner, and that pretty much cancels out my getting anything else done tonight. I might post to my blog tonight though.

Keep writing!

Shaddy said...

Natasha: I'd say we've done well for our first day. I'm hoping the rest will be all downhill, the effort to keep going, that is, not the quality!!

Keep in touch and keep keyboarding.

Shokoofeh said...

Aw Shaddy your words are great... I don't know how can I explain but I am sure your novel will turn out amazingly! :)


Walk said...

I'm proud of y'all for jumping into NaNo, as I said last year, "I'll do it next year!". Hang in there, I'll be hooting and rooting for you.

Shaddy said...

Shookoofeh: Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll give it my best shot.

Walk: 1 day down and ONLY 29 to go! Thanks for any hooting and hollering you've promised to send all the way from Oklahoma. I'll keep a window cracked so I hear it.

Anonymous said...

Deep breath--deep breath. Thanks for the reminder. I managed to come up for air at some point yesterday.
Post to my blog...ahh...that's another story. Maybe tomorrow, thanks for the add!

Natasha said...

Hi Shaddy,

Try Hopefully that will do it. I'm gonna add your blog to my blogroll as well.

Keep writing!!

Shaddy said...

Natasha: Your officially ON my blog list. Thanks for the detailed website address; mine was obviously incomplete.

I like to think of our writing challenge as the sport of "Keyboarding." So grab your keyboard and lets hit the slopes.

Natasha said...

All right then! Let's hit the slopes indeed.

BTW, I once lived in Wisconsin, in Madison. Madison is an interesting place, but I don't really like winter so I wasn't sorry to leave. I did like Door County when I went there in the summer.

Shaddy said...

Natasha: Winters are something else alright! I'm used to it since I've never lived anywhere else.

We're lucky the slopes were maneuvering aren't snow-covered.