Gearing up for NaNoWriMo

October 2nd, 2010 | Tags: , ,

Today and tomorrow comprise my long weekend at the clinic. I am charged with tending to the animals boarding over the weekend. When I was still living in Chapel Hill this was no serious imposition on my time, for the clinic was only a ten minute drive away; I simply did things in town. Now that I live in Raleigh I must commute fully thirty miles one way, so I must needs plan my entire weekend around going to Chapel Hill and staying for the full day each day. Given that NaNoWriMo approaches with a quickness, I am using the weekend to get some preliminary writing done.

I’m completely unsure what to write now that the start looms, less than a month away. I have entertained coming back to Winterswatch, and it is still a viable choice, but I dread picking it up again. Despite having managed to squeeze out 50,000 words I feel that I have done it disservice both in structure and content. So if I try again at this story, I shall need to actually plan its arc rather than let it form of its own volition. (In my defense, I learned that I would be a WriMo only three days before it began. :) ) Alternatively I could start from whole cloth, using October as a period to dig for the idea that will grip me as Winterswatch has. Either way, I’ve got to start now. Not next week, not on Monday, but now.

I’ve signed up for the 2010 attempt. If you want to follow me or add me as a writing buddy, just go to my NaNoWriMo user page!

  1. October 3rd, 2010 at 21:53
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    I’m glad to learn that you will be NaNoWriMoing again, Steve. I look forward to hearing about your progress – both in the planning stages and in the writing stages. Also, I’m happy to see you back to your Blog. I missed your particular take on the world.

  2. Steve
    October 4th, 2010 at 22:32
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    I need it more than I had realized, both the blog and NaNoWriMo. You joining me this year?