Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday (Er, Early Monday) Confession: NaNoWriMo 2011

NaNo Zombie

So I'm one of those crazy people who decided it would be a good idea to write a novel in November. Well, at least 50,000 words, and they may not all be necessarily good words, but nothing like a crash course in hurried novel writing to get the creative flow going!

At the end of Day 6, I totaled 9,881 words. Just shy of where I need to be to finish on time if I keep going at a steady rate.

If you are interested, here is my posted synopsis for my story. It's still pretty accurate, but may change:

Twenty-three year old Melvina Finnson embraces fantasy and escapism to ignore the fact that she works a low wage job at one of the few remaining SuperRents in Small Town, USA. She is more than satisfied with a life filled with movies and video games she gets for free from work, and she's jaded about opportunities for her in the "real" world. As she begins to accept the fact that she is a college dropout and content with a life of perpetual distraction, she discovers something strange about herself, something she has always known, but never consciously acknowledged or felt comfortable discussing with her supportive but equally distracted father.



She has felt a power within her, intermittently throughout her life, but lately, it's growing stronger. Perhaps it has something to do with that enigmatic, yet slightly creepy, blonde woman, who has started stalking Melvina. Maybe, it has something to do with that rabbit, which has been living in her shadow for the last decade after she brought it back from the dead. All she knows is that this power has kept her alive when she should've been dead, and that it's distracting her from perfectly good gaming time.


I've also come across some great resources which have helped me so far. I mentioned before that I was trying out Scrivener, since they are doing a free trial version during the month of the NaNo. But recently I was lucky enough to encounter this wonderful bit of software called FocusWriter. It's absolutely free and it is a GREAT thing to use while I'm trying to do some word sprints.

I'm considering purchasing Write or Die, but I am too cheap and poor to make that 10 dollar leap as of this moment.

Also, there are a TON of other resources on reddit.com/r/nanowrimo.

My Favorite Writing and Some Non-Writing G+ Shares This Week:

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling 
No Whitespace Cheat Sheets (privately shared)
Emotion is not plot.
USB Pet Rock
My Daughter and the Mehsgusting Bug
How does NaNoWriMo compare to real writing? (privately shared)
Stephen Fry On Writing
Liquid Goooooooooold
Who Left a Tree, Then a Coffin In the Library?

The most important thing about all of this is the absolute FUN I'm having. This also gives me the opportunity to put all sorts of delicious things in my mouth as an excuse for writing fuel.

And! Today I got an email from Brett Talley saying I won a copy of his Lovecraftian inspired book!



Woot.

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