A Winner & Some Updates
On Sunday night I wasn’t sure if I was going to celebrate that day’s NaNoWriMo word count goal being hit with either a bit of reading or by watching some Jimmy Fallon clips from The Tonight Show on You Tube. Or maybe even a combination of the two. In the end, Louise Penny’s book Dead Cold won out. My eyes needed a break from looking at lit screens, and it was good to get wrapped up for a bit in a story penned by another.
My NaNoWriMo entry continues to chug along, and hopefully a plot will begin to reveal its self. I didn’t do much planning in terms of characters or, well, plot before November 1st. And I’ve had to remind myself repeatedly to “just write”, to play with things and see what works and leave in place what doesn’t (for now). I’m collecting what seem to be random scenes at the moment, but it’s helping me get a feel for the characters as they find their footing.
I’ve mentioned this before, I think, but I’m finding once again listening to Coldplay while I write to be helpful more often than not. Something about their music helps me to focus and get the words out. Another thing I’ve been trying to do this go-round is keep a longer term/Big Picture view in mind in regards to developing a daily and disciplined writing practice. Too often during the other 11 months of the year, I will write when I think I have the time or a stellar idea. Then I can get bogged down in making it perfect out of the gate, or I get horribly distracted. But in November, I have to sit down and plug away at things until I hit my word count goal. And when I get it done sooner rather than later, I can do things like spending time with my husband while reading a book or watching something on TV without thinking of how I really ought to be writing. It’s a win-win in both the short and long term.
Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I have another daily word count goal to start working on. Best get to it!