Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I'm In!

There. I've done it. I'm going to write a novel this month!! Never mind all your snorts of derision; I can't hear them above mine own of incredulity, anyway. In Answer to the FAQ's: What the heck is NaNoWriMo? Click the link. Am I nuts?? Quite possibly. Do I have 50,000 words in me? I'm not sure I have ten! Will this interfere with the blog? I'm going to try not to, but no promises. I'm aiming for 2,000 words before 9 a.m. six days a week. After one entire day, I'm 67 words AHEAD of schedule!! Will I have fun? You bet'cha!!

23 Comments:

Blogger Simon Peter said...

Good luck. I don't have a novel in me, but I do keep thinking about a technical book. (Sad, sad, pathetic geek, huh?)

WV: ozxoq - Oh ze xtreme ordinaryness quota (?)

11/01/2005 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

Best of luck!

I have short stories a-plenty (see craziequeen story store) but I shot my bolt novel-wise as a teenager.....

cq

fsphac - For Star Patterns, Heed All Constellations! yippee! Do I win?????

11/01/2005 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Jenorama said...

Ha! You've been busted! I'm doing a post on parents who are doing NaNoWriMo, so look for a link back to your site, coming soon!

http://bloggingbaby.com

11/01/2005 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Right on Good luck - nah you don't need luck your good.

11/01/2005 01:22:00 PM  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

Good luck. I don't have a novel in me, but I love reading everyone elses!

11/01/2005 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Simon: There's creativity of all kinds. Last I heard, your kind was bringing in enough money to buy nice camera equipment, at least once in a while! Whereas mine, thus far, is entirely a labour of love. (Meaning: no money.)

How about "over-zealous xenophobe occidentally quests"???

CQ: I wrote poetry in my teens, enough to tell me that I am no poet, full of pathos and depth though my life was at sixteen... I don't know if I have a novel in me, either. We'll see!

Great WV acronym! It makes sense, even.

Jen-o-rama: Heya, and welcome! Thanks for the link, and I'll certainly be looking for the post. I'm curious to know how many of us there are out there.

Bill: Thanks for the vote of confidence, but I'll still need a solid dose of luck, I think!

MrsA: The strange thing about this is although I have a beginning (obviously, having written the first 2000 words), and although I have a few other scenes and events, I don't have an overarching view of it AT ALL, and I have NO IDEA - none whatsoever - how it turns out. None.

The thing about it is, I figure, that if I just plunge in, all I have to worry about on any given day is the next 2000 words. 50,000 words isn't a whole novel anyway, so does it matter if I've come to the end by then? I'm hoping the direction and ending come to me as I go... If not, no great loss. But if I don't just do it, I may never sort those things out. See me plunging in...

11/01/2005 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Go Mary, go Mary! I'm so glad to have company.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go come up with some sort of plot . . .

11/01/2005 02:31:00 PM  
Blogger LoryKC said...

Go, Mary!!! You've got more words than that, in you, I'm sure!!
I had no idea where my current work-in-progress was going when I started it. Then I had a great idea! Now that I'm thousands of words into it, I can't find that first idea in it anywhere. It seems to have a life of its own.

Have fun with the adventure! I can't wait to hear how it turns out!

11/01/2005 03:04:00 PM  
Blogger HollyRhea said...

me, too.

i bought a catheter and a colostomy bag for the occasion.

11/01/2005 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Sharkey said...

Good for you! Go Mary, go Mary!

11/01/2005 03:48:00 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

OK, I weakened under pressure (I looked at the site!) - and I have the inklings of a plot.....

[wanders off chewing pencil distractedly]

cq

WV - lynshz. Lovely Young Nina Shows Heartful Zealousness! :-)

11/01/2005 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

[looks sheepish]
Well - whaddyer know - I found my old novel, first two chapters of...

I remember, I wrote it as a short story and everyone said where's Chapter 2? So I wrote a Chapter 2 then stopped.

'Full Circle'

1,800 words already done - only [counts on fingers] 48,200 to go....

cq

WV - wetetnq. Wendy Eats Treats, Eve Takes No Questions.

11/01/2005 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous z. said...

I'm going the lazy way

http://www.wriashorstorwe.org/

But good luck.

11/01/2005 06:20:00 PM  
Blogger chosha said...

Excellent! Good luck with it. We'll have to commiserate as we go along. :)

11/01/2005 06:39:00 PM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

Perhaps a couple of plot suggestions, to be helpful:

1. Boy meets girl.
2. The butler did it.

Oh man, I am so helpful!

[ducks and runs away screaming]

ulzfcipi: unhelpful little zebra for counter-intelligence peripheral intent

11/01/2005 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Susan: Plot, schmlot. I figure one will turn up as I go... or it will be an exercise in seeing how long one can write without one at all, which, as we both know, has been done. To great acclaim. But I doubt I could.

Lory: You should join us! Start wherever you are and proceed for another 50,000 words. There would probably be a distinct difference in quality and construction, but what a load of pages you'll generate - unless you're already one of these ten-pages-a-day writers!

Holly: Me, I'm just forgoing showers to get that extra bit of keyboard time in the mornings... I'll be a pretty "powerful" writer by the end of the week, I figure.

Sharkey: Thanks! I think the main reason I decided to go public about this was the motivational factor of humiliation if I were to crap out after three days. Now I just can't do that!

CQ: "Full Circle" is the title of the two-chapter novel? Or is full circle what you're doing now? Go, go, go! Ins't this fun? (Possibly the most fun it'll be all month. Shh. I didn't say that!)

Z: Goood luck to you, too. That's the short-story one that the Yeti guy started, isn't it?

Chosa: Right now I'm feeling hopeful and excited, if a bit concerned about where on earth I'm going with it! I suspect I'll be quite a bit less thrilled and delighted in another two weeks or so... Commiseration will be greatly appreciated at one point or another, I'm quite sure!

Simon: Oh, you are sooo helpful! Actually, mine has started with boy leaves girl (but it's okay - she's happy about it). Perhaps I could work a butler into it. Oh, oh! Maybe the butler could do away with the boy!!!

11/01/2005 08:56:00 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

'Full Circle' was the title of the original short story - but it can also apply to the extended plot of my intended novel :-)

Last night Chapters 1 & 2 tidied up and a way forward decided.

cq

11/02/2005 03:24:00 AM  
Blogger Anon said...

Can I pre-order a *free* signed copy :-)

gud luk

11/02/2005 05:39:00 AM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

Mary - we could make some money here :-)

cq

11/02/2005 08:35:00 AM  
Blogger aaron said...

What a great idea -- good luck!

11/02/2005 09:12:00 AM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

See! I was helpful. Do I get a cut of the profits?

wjebvo: where john eats berries values objectivity

11/02/2005 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Si: I have no idea at the moment if it will be worth reading. You may not thank me for sending it your way. Let's see how I feel in another three weeks!

CQ: I dunno, CQ. So far we've had ONE offer for a *free* copy. I'm not seeing the financial richesse in it just yet.

Aaron: Thanks! So far, I'm keeping up. Two days down, 28 to go!

Simon: Such a big help. Sure I'll share the profits with a long-time reader and dedicated commenter! Let's see, half nothing is...

11/02/2005 01:40:00 PM  
Anonymous M&Co. said...

You go, girl!

11/02/2005 09:28:00 PM  

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