Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day #29

I've discovered that I don't really need my thumb to type, begging the question: could a monkey write a better NaNo novel than I've written?


The Infinite Monkey Theorem postulates that a monkey, given an infinite amount of time, could eventually type the complete works of Shakespeare, randomly.

Well, I don't have an infinite amount of time, even though I do lack an opposable left thumb. I've got two days to make it from 45,172 words to 50,000. Will some of my writing be a tad random?


Friday, November 25, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day #24

I accidentally added the tip of my thumb to my Thanksgiving stuffing, so I spent my writing time getting stitches.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day #23

I love writing away from my desk, sipping hot coffee at a crowded cafe, overlooking the mountains from a desk on the 4th floor of the Salt Lake City library, or surrounded by books at a bookstore... But yesterday I found myself typing away in the Toyota service waiting area. Next to a guy slurping strawberry yogurt.

No wonder I added a few extra explosions to the scene I was working on!

38,665 words written--and now I'm off to bake Thanksgiving pies. Tomorrow I'll type away while my turkey roasts, but at least that smells a whole lot better than bright pink strawberry yogurt.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day #17

I've been behind all week. Lost in the middle. Fretting about my whole idea. Not only am I wandering nomad with a laptop--I visited three coffee places before finding an empty table at the bagel shop last Sunday--but I'm lost in the middle of my novel.

28,454 words. But are any of them the right ones?!?!?!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day #9

Many times during my first week of NaNo writing, people said to me, "I'd love to try it, but I don't have the time to write in November." I don't have the time either. That's what I love about NaNoWriMo.

As I head into Week #2, I'm hosting an SCBWI conference & dealing with all those last minute details. Coordinating my daughters' after school activities requires military-level planning--cloning would be even more helpful. I've had fun events, too, like last night's dinner with Two Rivers High Students (amazing kids who are passionate about reading & many who will become authors in time).

I even went to the dentist this week.

And I still have to exercise, sleep, and feed everyone. I wouldn't have started this novel in November. Or maybe I'd still be dinking around with my first chapter--getting it just right while doubting my whole idea. But NaNo has forced me to squeeze writing into my hectic days. We've had homework/writing field trips to the bookstore cafe late in the afternoon. I've woken up early on the weekend. And today I'll probably add to my word count while waiting for soccer practice to end.

NaNoWriMo reminds me that I can always make writing a priority--no matter what is happening in my life. I've written 13,583 words so far & I've added two official patches to my book bag. I plan to hit 15,500 today. I'll get to add another patch & I'm sure there will celebratory chocolates too!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day #1

Today I transform months of...

research, planning & character development--into a novel. 50,000 words in the next thirty days!!! 

Find out more about National Novel Writing Month at www.nanowrimo.org