Day 9 of 30 days of writing a novel

10 Apr

Snoopy Good writing is hard workI wrote, and wrote, and wrote and wrooottteee yesterday (which is still today to me). I managed to get in 2, 486 words so I was at around 18,200 something when midnight hit. Now according to Camp NaNoWriMo I’m on Day 10. (Good) Writing is hard work, as Snoopy said. As I go forth on my journey of writing a novel in 30 days I’ve realized quite a few things–some of them good, some of them bad, and a few new things. I’m hoping I’ll learn something new everyday and so far I have.

The main part of the journey for me is about writing the novel and FINISHING it. Even if it sucks. Even if I have to edit the crap out of it, at least I’ll have finished it. And I’ll have learned from the experience. Part of what makes writing fun for me is the journey it takes me on. And right now part of that journey is that my sleep schedule is way off track. I am usually in bed and asleep around 11 or so, but now I’m going to bed in the wee hours of the morning. Grrrrr! I really need to get back on track. I was going to do that tonight and was asleep, well half asleep when I heard the phone ring. Mr. Rockstar got it, he was on the computer checking FB, and I answered the phone–it was my daughter calling. She didn’t feel well. She’d eaten something for lunch that was way too spicy for her which pretty much gave her the same symptoms as food poisoning…HELP! I talked to her, told her what to do…She’d wanted to come over until she found out I was half asleep and not feeling well (I’ve been in a great deal of pain for the past week–I overdid it and am paying for it now.) I told her to let me know if she was okay, and I tried to go back to sleep. I managed to go back to sleep for all of about 20 minutes and then I was wide awake.

IMG_1085I’d been busy writing and drinking coffee all day. I also managed to do a load of laundry, vacuum the hallway, clean the kitchen, cook dinner, and dust the bookcases. WHEW! Listing all of it is making me tired all over again. While Mr. Rockstar was taking a shower this evening I was back at the computer trying to add to Chapter 4 so that Chapter 5 works out (I began Chapter 5 with an idea and it just flowed so then I had to go back to Chapter 4). And while not paying any attention because I was focused on my writing (I was into the character) he grabs the camera and takes a picture of me–he’s a big fan of the pig-tails.(I need to adjust the time on my camera again–I think it’s an hour or so off.) So here is me at my desk in my little corner (in pj’s already) writing away. Had I known he was going to take a picture of me I would have at least made sure my part for my pig-tails was even. Oh well.

measured out my life with coffee spoonsI’m finally showing more and telling less. I’m figuring it out as I go and my writing is improving. Thankful for this and patting myself on the back. Since I’m awake and it doesn’t look like I’m going back to sleep any time soon I’ve made a pot of coffee (my special coffee that I got for while I’m writing–Gevalia’s House Blend, with White Chocolate Mocha half & half–Yum!). And I’m drinking my second cup and about to go back to my novel. I needed to do a few things first (like take a shower, which I hoped would relax me enough to make me sleepy enough to go back to sleep but it didn’t). And I wanted to write a post since I’m still trying to post everyday. I may try to work in a Daily Prompt tomorrow. 😀  I miss them :(.

Off to write… Have a good one!!!!




Posted by on April 10, 2013 in around here, Camp NaNoWriMo, Coffee, home, life, words, writing


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7 responses to “Day 9 of 30 days of writing a novel

  1. Nyx

    April 10, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Lovely to see you giving it a go =) It’s a very interesting experience to write a book. I have written one, writing another one at the moment as well as publishing one in parts on my blog. It’s a very isolating experience, and one that is hard to grasp and explain to others.

    Keep at it! =D

    • Lissa

      April 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks. Encouragment is always welcome. I hadn’t realized how isolating it can be until I began NaNo. I’ve written poetry and short stories, began novels but never finished one, but I did it in my spare time. Now I’m doing it full-time and it is isolating. And you’re right, other’s don’t grasp it.

      • Nyx

        April 11, 2013 at 1:42 am

        Indeed =) Well I think one of the reasons is that to be able to write you need to spend a lot of time inside your own head. While doing that it’s pretty hard to socialise. Before you enter that situation it’s impossible to know what it’s like…

  2. inkhearted

    April 10, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Finishing a novel is so rewarding! It’s a task and a half, though. I’ve only finished one. I have a tendency to give up if I feel like I’m writing like crap. You’re right, just need to keep pushing through even if you have to edit it past recognition!

    • Lissa

      April 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Finishing a novel is what Camp NaNoWriMo is all about for me. I’ve started and stopped I don’t know how many. Even tossed some of them in the garbage. However, with encouragement and support from my husband I am not pursuing this full-time and I am determined to finish it, even if once it’s done I “have to edit it past recognition.” 😀 Thanks for your encouragment.

  3. seeker

    April 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    OMG, writing is indeed a lot of hard work! P.S. at least your hair is not all that messy 😛

    • Lissa

      April 13, 2013 at 1:25 am

      Thaniks 😀


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