Friday, December 01, 2006

Going solo

I tried. I really, really tried.

But I think I found the key to the whole thing.

See -- last year when I did NaNoWriMo, I had other people in my immediate circle doing it, too. I could check their stats and see that they were creeping up on the big lead I created early on, so I would write more.

After week 2 when I hit the wall, I could check stats and see I was completely caught-up to and passed by friends. So I really had to write more.

This year it was just me. Only me. No other stats to check, no nagging voice in the back of my head saying, "open it. type. every little bit helps."

This year I was looking for big blocks of time to write big blocks of text.

I found one such block over Thansgiving -- I knocked out 5,000 words in just over two hours one evening. I did a thousand more the night before that.

But, when added to the 7,500 words I had prior to that, I only manged a total of 13,684 words for all of November.

So I've got the first quarter of a story here... I dunno when I'll finish it, but I need to figure something out before October of next year cuz I don't want this one to be on my mind when it comes time to start up a new one.

Hopefully next year my peeps will be back in action. I really hope so, cuz while I'm not really bummed out, I do miss the feeling I had last year when I actually managed to write a novel.

5 comments:

Sarah said...

It's okay! A quarter of a novel is better than no novel at all. I'm sure you'll get around to finishing it. :)

furiousBall said...

You've written a quarter novel more than I have. You can do it.

Apertome said...

Well, you completed it quite successfully last year -- Sarah said your book was great! Maybe next year.

Want to do FAWM with me this February?

Sacky said...

OK. Sounds good. Count me in.

But I wish they had more damn info on their site.

Like as in what's allowed and what's not allowed and how many of the songs can be me singing ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZNOWIKNOWMYABCSNEXTTIMEWON'TYOUSINGWITHME to the baby?

Apertome said...

Sweet!

I know, they shouldn't take their site down for like half the year. It's totally stupid.

I don't think you can do the ABCs, because it wouldn't be original. 14 original songs is the goal. They are pretty lax about what a "song" is -- you aren't required to have a recording of it, just write the songs. Some people just post lyrics. Some post chord progressions.

Last year I did record some and they were fully workable recordings -- except that's easier with electronic stuff. Some people do that with more singer-songwriter stuff too.

I have in my head that I want to use more acoustic instruments this year, but not knowing how to play them is going to be a real problem.