Day OneNovember 1, 2006
Done with day one's writing! NaNoWriMo, here I come!
I write quickly. I forget that. And I write way faster when I have a plan, which I roughly do right now, and I write faster in the beginning, when everything is an option and I don't have to remember things. At the end of a novel (no, I haven't really completed one yet, but I've been at or near the end of three that are in desk drawers, waiting for the light of day), I can't remember what characters are likely to do, or what they look like, or what they do for a living, so I spend lots of time flipping back and forth, doing research on STUFF I WROTE MYSELF. That is how bad my memory is.
But in the beginning, I just go at it, and I got more than 2025 words written in 75 minutes. Words that don't suck very much, and it would be okay if they did. I am supposed to just get the words down, not worrying about editing or whether it's ass or not. It does help that 70,000 other crazy people are doing the same thing today. A lot of them are probably having trouble with the beginning. I wish I could share the excess beginning mojo that I have and swap it for a little middle-part stick-to-it-tivism.
Of course, I've always taken my time with big projects, and writing lasts months and months, into years. That's a long time to be forgetting things, and I'm very good at that. One of my biggest talents, actually. I've been trying to remember whether Lala likes a big fork or a little fork for almost three years, and I never remember it right. (I've solved this by setting out one of each, because I don't care and then it looks like I remember.)
So perhaps jamming through 50,000 (I'm aiming for 57,000, actually) in 30 days will help because that gives me way less time to forget. We'll see.
My challenge for this week is to write while at SOAR. I leave tomorrow for the retreat session, and will spend four of the first five days of Nanowrimo at a spinning retreat. How's that for a time-spending quandary? See, my goal is 2000 words a day, which it totally do-able. Almost easy. But where I will run into major trouble is if I lose a day. 2000 words a day is fine. 4000 to catch up would suck. 6000 to catch up would make my lower lip tremble, and 8000+ to catch up would make me cry. Not a day missed, okay? And if you're doing it, we'll do it together. Send me your user name, and I'll add you to my buddy list (I'm writerach406 -- me linking you does not link you to me for some reason, this is no friendster). (And if you link me, it's a working title, and a joke. I can't decide on a title, ever, so I'm torn right now between using Bleating Hearts or Alpacas of the Heart. Heh.)
Woot! Off to the dog park! What a life!