Day 16 of Camp NaNoWriMo; Writing; Inner Editor

17 Apr

writing a novel is a terrible experienceI’ve caught up on my word count, written my first love scene, though it was more of a first kiss scene, and I’ve finished Chapter 10, as well as put my inner editor to bed, at least for now. YAY! ME!  This has been a difficult week so far, and it is only Tuesday! Why? Well, writing has become my job 😀 since I started this and I have been taking it rather seriously, maybe too seriously, but isn’t that what I’m supposed to do my inner writer says. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still washing dishes (though there are days when I’m a slacker), and cooking dinner (slacker on one or two days there as well), and I still bath regularly (not slacking on that), but I’m drinking coffee on and off all day with breaks from it during the middle of the day when I drink water, and then for dinner I usually have at least one glass of sweetened iced tea. In the mornings I do drink at least 8 oz of orange juice and most of the time I remember to take my vitamin (but that has nothing to do with writing, I just forget about it sometimes). Having ADHD means I make lists or I forget things. I often forget to make my list so…

If you can quit then quit if you can't quit then you're a writerI’ve hidden my inner editor in the closet, or somewhere–I don’t remember where. I wrote this morning and now that it’s midnight (of course it is now 38 minutes into day 17 for me) I’m about to start writing again. Which means I’ll have a head start on tomorrow’s writing. I won’t stay up long, I’m really tired but there’s this small scene that’s been in my head all day and I need to get at least part of it in the story so I won’t forget or it will drive me crazy and I won’t be able to go to sleep. I used to write a lot of poetry and I’d get a line in my head and it would bug me all day long until I wrote it down. If I ignored the urge and the line finally quit bugging me then I’d completely forget about it–damn, if it wouldn’t have been just the best line. But that’s how it goes. So now I don’t ignore that feeling of “I must get this written…”

Good writing evokes sensationI was a bit blocked when I first began writing the MC’s first love scene (it was a first kiss scene actually, though the kiss was some kind of passionate) and I didn’t want it to sound like a Harlequin Romance but I didn’t want it to sound technical either. So I just finally began writing and I started with a hug, then it grew from there…and as I wrote it I had the memory of what I felt when I kissed my husband for the first time way back when we first started seeing each other. Part of writing is imagination, which I used, and since I was determined to at least get the scene written down, even if it needs to be completely edited later on I will at least have it in there. I also know that later on I’ll have to write a real love/sex scene (though it will be sexy not slutty) and I need to go ahead and prepare myself for that. I’ve got at least 2 more chapters (maybe) to write before that happens though. Plenty of time to do some research.

It's impossible to discourage the real writersWell, writing this post took a little longer than I thought it would so I’m going to call it a night and start fresh in the morning. I’ve bulleted my main ideas for Chapter 11 on the note card in Scrivener, which I absolutely love and will be buying once I win Camp NaNoWriMo.

So here is an update on Day 16:

How many words did you write today?  22.277so far but I’m not done yet.
How long did it take you to write them?  Three hours but I was also doing research for the novel
How many Facebook breaks did you take?  Two
How many characters have you killed off to date?  One.
How many NaNoWriMo Angels have you murdered? Two.
Have you stopped using contractions yet? Nope.
What was today’s reward for finishing word count? A Starbuck’s DoubleShot Energy Mocha
Cups of Coffee: 3 1/2  5
How any pieces of chocolate were consumed? One chocolate chip muffin.
Total NaNoWriMo Word Count So Far: 28,471
Words to Goal: 21,529
Days Remaining: 15


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2 responses to “Day 16 of Camp NaNoWriMo; Writing; Inner Editor

  1. Dave Higgins

    April 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Good luck reaching your target.

    And thank you for the link.


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