Sunday, October 18, 2015

My Newest Friend

I met the main character of my soon-to-be started novel #3 this morning.  I rolled out of bed and she met me in the kitchen with a fresh cup of French Roast coffee.  She told me all about her past, her fantastic children and the divorce she just survived.  She loves donuts and coffee, hates to exercise or clean her house.

Sound familiar?  I know.  Sometimes it’s easiest to write what you know.

Of course her life will be different than mine in many ways.  She only has 3 kids, but I’m trying to talk her into “adopting” a bonus child.  Perhaps a niece or nephew or a classmate of one of children’s.  She also has people setting her up on blind dates, along with having an online account on “Cupid’s Arrow”.  I think she mentioned that she weighs roughly 130, loves to cook and has very manageable hair.  I’m going to try not to be jealous.

“NaNoWriMo is an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world.”  (According to Goggle)

The hard core rules are that you will write 50,000 words in the month of November, pretty much starting and finishing a whole book that month.  Doing the math, that means 1,666 2/3 words every day.  Without fail.  There is opportunity for short falls and getting ahead, but basically that’s your daily goal.

I know a number of my friends have gotten a solid “sloppy copy” turned out during a NaNo.  Most published stories end up closer to the 70k mark, so there is plenty of room to expand and chop, over and over.

Since my word count for 2015 is only equal to he number of words posted on Facebook, I’m probably no where even near a single day goal expectation for NaNo.  And I’ll whine about the fact that I am still only 4 weeks “new” at my job (and heading back for another round of training 11/10ish).  Girlfriend weekend falls somewhere in the middle of the month.  And I have the kids for Thanksgiving this year. And…And…And.  Well, I think a goal of half a NaNo feels a little more reasonable.  Writing 25,000 new words would be AMAZING.  And would certainly kick this story off in the right direction.

If anyone is interested in setting an “un-official” goal and being part of mini group, let me know.  Misery loves company.  And if you’re just curious enough about NaNo, check out the website; I know a few of you have toyed with the idea of writing your own story.  Heck, maybe our characters could be friends.

By the way…it’s good to be back with my blog.  I started a new page on my FB account to allow me to connect with fellow bloggers and have a place to look for all of my posts in one spot.  Go ahead and like it.  I’ll cross my fingers that you receive notifications.  Thanks for coming back.  I’ve missed you folks!


At October 19, 2015 at 6:38 AM , Blogger Jody Vitek said...

You know I'm with you on this un-official NaNo writing month. I need to kick my next book into gear, too.

At October 19, 2015 at 9:15 AM , Blogger amy kennedy said...

I promised myself NOT to "do" Nano this year, it aways makes me feel so guilty and I need that! But, I would do something unofficially...


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