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NaNoWriMo—day 9

November 9, 2009 by  

It’s the ninth of November. How did that happen already?

Well, I took all of your wonderful advice and cut myself some slack and took a break from writing this weekend, and immediately felt a huge sense of relief and my shoulders weren’t so slumpy. We had a very busy weekend, starting off with a book launch party for the slow cooking book on Friday. It went really well, and I’m so happy it’s over and I can check one more thing off my list. Saturday was all-day soccer stuff and a Costco run, and Sunday was a baby shower thrown by my amazingly wonderful friends. We also took the playroom apart and prepped it for painting and set up the crib.

No time for writing.

Today was much calmer, and although we’re out tonight, I was able to squeeze in a few thousand words to bring my word count to practically 6k. I’m still much lower than I wanted to be this far in the game (most people are reporting 15k counts on twitter), but I’m feeling okay.

I am writing a lot of dialogue—-it seems my brain seems to propel the storyline forward with dialogue, as if a play or movie is playing out in my head, so at some point I need to go back and add filler. But for now, I think the important thing is to propel the story forward as much as I can before it disappears out of my head.

and to be honest, the story isn’t so much of a “real” story as it is a bunch of scenes I’ve got to tie in together somehow.

But it’s fun, and it’s definitely something I haven’t done before, so I’m getting a kick out of the process.

How’s it all going with you? Are you having the same experience with “seeing” it happen in your head, then reporting it to the computer, or are you writing from a completely different viewpoint?

xoxo steph

day 1, day 2, day 3, day 5, NaNoWriMo: I’m in. I think. Maybe.

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5 Responses to “NaNoWriMo—day 9”

  1. Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) on November 9th, 2009 9:06 pm

    Um … are we writing the same NaNoWriMo book? :) Because all I seem to have is a bunch of dialogue and scenes in my head, too. Glad I’m in good company! (And cutting yourself some slack is ALWAYS a good thing. Oh, and one more thing … my mom asked me for your cookbook for Christmas. Too cool. Will be buying it very soon.)

    • Stephanie O'Dea on November 10th, 2009 3:39 pm

      That’d be helpful to me, Melissa—-I could just send it over to you to fill in the blanks! :-)

  2. Heather R on November 10th, 2009 2:13 pm

    How funny! I can’t seem to work any dialogue in, my main character seems to be just spewing forth a lot of narrative. It feels like a journal! Although I’m a writer by profession (web copy, press releases, etc.), I’ve never done anything like this. I kicked major booty and got caught up to 15,000 words last night after taking the weekend off. This has been a great experience, I can’t believe how supportive my hubby and children are being through all this! Good call on making sure to go at your own pace. Looks like this is the type of thing that can really chew people up. I’m sure you can do it though!

    • Stephanie O'Dea on November 10th, 2009 3:40 pm

      Hi Heather,
      I was expecting to end up with a lot of non-stop narrative—I really am surprising myself.
      You’ve gotten *so* much done! Congratulations! and super yay to supportive families.

  3. Stephanie on November 10th, 2009 4:31 pm

    My NaNo books are mostly dialogue, too. I think it’s because my brain is working on getting stuff on the page and not on what the setting looks like or anything else. I’m trying to get more of that on the page this time – not just to stretch myself but also to help bulk up the word count:) I’ve missed a couple of days of writing but I’m sitting a little under 14000. I’m hoping to get caught back up tomorrow while the kids are in school – and as I’m part of an online group that has a ‘contest’ tomorrow for the most words written during the entire day I’m hoping to kick some butt!

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