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Storytelling is a talent passed down through the generations in my family. It is a way of life in that the more you live, the better the story; the deeper the experience, the broader the plain to connect with readers. Just like life is about people so writing is about people - about their love, their loss, their triumphs, their failures, and their x ever after. I write to understand myself and make sense of life. I share my work in order to find others who can relate to my characters, or their lives, or the moral of the story.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Day 6 - At This Rate You Will Finish On Nov 30

Watching: WCL 
Reading: Prophecy's Ruin- Sam Bowring
Writing: Thunderstruck
Playing: DMC 4 - HM
Good news, good news! I have reached 10 000 words tonight.
According to the Nano site, if I keep at the rate I'm going right now I will finish on the 30th. This just won't do, considering I want to at least start revising the first chapter of my novel before the deadline for Nano, and this can't happen until I've completed the first draft.

At the moment I'm chasing the person who has the next highest wordcount on my buddy list which is in the 13-14 000 range, although I'm nearly head to head with a couple of other writing buddies, too. My goal is to have at least 12 300 words before the end of day 7. Will I make it? Well, considering I'm past the boring 'how Sally met Harry' part of my manuscript and I'm currently playing around in the 'how Sally and Harry got on' field, I have the insane nerve to say that yes, I will reach that wordcount by tomorrow night. Piece of cake. The wildfire they stoke in each other is running rampage, and I really don't mind as long as it advances the plot.

I'm not very good at writing romance, because too much mush makes my creativity cringe and gag on itself, (and it is emotionally draining, it really is) but I'm making a valiant attempt at it. So far there's a lot of scenes that leak romance from its commas and apostrophes; some scenes I only touch on briefly, some I expand on; some have me feeling sick with smut, and some have me forced to take a breather and chill out. It being a first draft entitles me to rush over some parts and delve into others, depending on how I see fit. A first draft is just putting the idea of the story down on paper to see if it works and make it easier to see where it doesn't work, after all. I won't know if it's that good until it's completed. I'm writing for the mature young adult (think Pike style), my first proper go at it. I've had some practice runs via fanfiction, and for the most part I think it wasn't too bad, but implementing certain aspects into my original work...well, let's just say my confidence is doubting itself on whether I can pull this off right or not.

Then again, I'm having a blast writing now. I don't procrastinate (as much) and it's easier to pick up where I left off and just keep the words rolling across the paper.
Which is a pity. I saw they created an official procrastination thread on the forum. I have bad timing with these things.

- Until Day 7!

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