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Monday, December 6, 2010

Na-Know

So, yeah, that Na-No thing. I didn't hit the finish line. My car on the autobahn morphed into the beater on the side of a country road with miles of winter clad fields that stretched as wide as my bleary eyed vision could wander. I attempted to get back on track; I really, truly did.

I wrote random scenes, out of context, but, hey, it was NaNo. I could do that. Then, when that didn't work, I went to the end & tried to write that. It seemed to make sense since I already knew how the story would end - yeah, no. I wrote a steam-steam scene completely out of context & totally inappropriate for the story. What the heck - it made me smile. Then, as a last resort, I started every sentence with the words, "This sucks...." Sadly,these words depressed even farther.

My head in foggy dissolution or delusion depending on the moment; my heart sank & fell out of like. Then the month ended - Thank God!!! Now, I have 17 decent chapters and a host of word jumble rubble. I've had a few days to ponder the entire mess.

So I am left to revamp the outline, finish the draft (it's very drafty), & then clean it chambermaid style. I did learn some stuff though.

1. Complete outline - necessary
2. Cohesion - gotta have it
3. Half-cocked - not condusive
4. Finish line - definite, just not in 30 days - not this time


Ah well, if you're going to fail at something, might as well have a full house. Humility is just not the same without an audience. It's okay though; I survived, I am revived & the bruises will heal. Especially that ego one; it smarts even now. Must get the neosporting.

Happy Writing,

Patti

7 comments:

  1. I've tried NaNo three years in a row and have yet to finish. But I always have a nice start to work on for the next couple months. Besides, Stephen King says it best: "I think all novels-even those really long ones-should take three months to write a decent first draft." Not one measly month. ;)

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  2. I have to have a good outline to write. Attempting to 'pants' it is a waste of time for me :)

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  3. Jenn,
    I am complete agreement with Mr. King. One month didn't work for me, but, I am a fearless beasty & so will try again!

    Nicole,
    That is definitely one of the lessons I gleaned in the process. Too many holes, not enough thought!

    Thanks ladies.

    Patti

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  4. Well, even though you didn't finish, you learned about yourself and your writing! That's always a bonus. :)

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  5. I can't even imagine participating in NaNo. It just wouldn't work for me.

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  6. It's okay, it's really okay :)

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  7. Thanks Golden - I am definitely taking the positives away as opposed to the alternative.

    Al - It's a process, for sure. And, there's always next year!!

    Karen - Bless you.

    Thanks to all of you!! You keep me going.

    Patti

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