Saturday, November 5, 2011

NaNoWriMo #3

At the last minute, I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo again.  National Novel Writing Month challenges individuals to write a 50,000 word novel in one month.  Traditionally, this challenge takes place in November.  I was drinking wine on the afternoon of October 29th.  Under the influence, I decided I would commit myself to a month of writing again this year.    

On November 1st, I wiped down my desktop with Windex, straightened up other areas in the room (all delaying tactics) and took a deep breath.

I bought this bottle along with a few others on Sunday, after I decided to do the novel writing thing.

I've never indulged in this particular wine.  It was inexpensive, $3.99 a bottle.  I was attracted to the label and the cute description. 

In preparation, I wrote this title for my written work.  That's the sum total of my preparation.  I don't like to follow rules; I'd rather fly by the seat of my pants.  Oh, I did buy the wine in preparation as well.  I promised myself never to write a word until I've at least had one sip of wine. 

Time waits for no man.  (I heard that somewhere).  I could have started writing at 12:00 midnight and here it was, 3:47 PM.  I'd put in 4 hours at my job, raked leaves and wiped the dust off my desk.  It was MY time.  I poured myself a glass of wine...
...stared at the blank screen and began to write.



That was Tuesday, the first.  Today is Saturday, the 5th day into the month.  I've written my daily quota of 1,667 words every day.  My present word count is 8,575.  

So far, so good.

One bottle down and, at this rate, another five to go. 

What's not to love about this? 

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now I know why I never see you at my blog. You're writing a novel again! Good luck, and I hope to see you again in December!

Ann

Parrot Writes said...

WaHoo - you go girl! I love the title and the bottle! Hopefully it tastes as good as it looks. I'm excited for you to be writing again. You are doing WAAY better than I am! I'm keeping track of you on the NaNo buddy site. I'm not starting fresh and I can tell a difference in my creativity. But my goal is to rewrite/reorganize my last years novel, so I can't claim a "winner" status anyway.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

ANN: I've been trying to keep up with my normal activities as well but I guess I'm slipping. I'll try to get to your blog ASAP. I didn't realize I'd missed some of your posts.

PARROT: Thank you so much for your support. So you're editing. Rewriting and reorganizing last year's novel is definitely harder work than creating something new. I commend you for holding back on starting a new piece of work. It would be easy to ignore last year's creation. Best wishes as you do what you're doing.

Sarie said...

Yay!!!!! Omg this is the best news of the year!! Have fun and happy writing dear! I'm so glad you decided to do it!

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

SARIE: I thought I'd talked myself out of participating this year but the wine had other plans for me. Thank you for making me glad I listened to the wine!

Gullible said...

Writing under the Influence? Perfect!! You go, girl!

Sarie said...

I keep coming back to check your word count for NaNoWriMo. Wow!!! Go girl!!!!!
xoxoxoxoxo