Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo Time

National Novel Writer's Month is once again upon us, which means, I'm all ready up to my eyeballs in writers block, bad mannered characters, poor spelling, and as many interruptions as you'd get if you were running an hour late for your own wedding.

In fact, this morning I spent an entire hour of solitude staring at my computer before giving in to the fact that I should have kept sleeping no matter how many little feet were giving me the old "heave ho"! You know it's bad when your 7 year old, your mother-in-law, and your husband all ask if you actually slept in that chair all night long.

I'm also pretty convinced that the tailless bandicoot that's been hanging out on the deck will make it's way into my story if I ever have a moment where I just can't think of what to write next.

With all that said, if you begin to think I've fallen off the edge of the world or disappeared into the ever widening grips of cyberspace, check the NaNo counter in the lefthand sidebar. I've added a word count widget so you can see my progress as I go along. No, that doesn't mean you can actually read anything I've written. It simply means you can keep track of my progress. The object of NaNo (not insane-o as Mr S dubs it) is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

You'll also have to be patient, because I think there's some kinda of serious lag happening with the widget. I'm actually at 3199 words, as of the time of writing this, despite the fact that my widget says differently. Perhaps it's feeling a little jealous that I was hit with a wild idea and was actually capable of bending my characters into finely tuned sentences for the past hour. I don't blame it.

I also wanted to share that if you sign up for Nano there's some fantastic specials available for registered members. (Registering is free!) There's various writing programs available, and each of them is all ready discounted by 20 - 25%. If you've ever written a story and forgotten the name of your main character, his birthdate, her mother's name, his home town, or what color hair she has you'll probably find some of the programs up for grabs as cool as I do.

Plus, one of the programs, Scrivener, is offering a 50% discount to anyone who wins. Winning simply means reaching your 50,000 goal. So, if winning a certificate of completion (it's printable), losing sleep (we can sleep in December), and having to reintroduce yourself to your family at the end of 30 days isn't enough incentive (it only takes them a few hours to remember who you are..), perhaps Scrivener is.

Happy Writing Friends!


Tristan said...

Hooray! I started writing this morning and got a bit over 2000 words done. I'll be writing again when the kids go down for quiet time this afternoon. For now I should get off the computer so we can do homeschool.

Amy said...

My daughter has joined in with this fun as well. It is great to hear how you girls are going with it!

Good luck getting your characters in order. :)