Monthly Archives: November 2019

The Whoosh of a Deadline.

I’m leaning towards blind panic myself.

Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2)

I am writing this on the 22nd and I am far behind on Nano. Things haven’t exactly gone to plan this year. I still have some time left but only two of those days are days off.

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Nanowrimo is always a challenge and it is supposed to be. Even though there is no deadline in a real sense there is still a deadline and there is a sense of achievement if it is reached. So if you’ll excuse me I am going to get back to it. See you next week. I hope you have a great evening.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The Hump

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We are just over half way on Nanowrimo…by time… not my words. Yes at time of writing (Saturday) I am at 25,164 words in – which is about 1500 words short.

And now it is Sunday and I have made a bit of progress. I am still behind. In my defence I was ill for a couple of days and so didn’t write as effectively on those days.

Just 13 days to go before the end and I am struggling. Once you reach the hump in a project like this it almost inevitable. The goal is just to get the words on the page and worry about the rest later.

I have a secret strategy – I have jumped ahead in the story to the part I know avoiding the parts that are a struggle. I can go back and fill in the gaps at a later time – in theory.

If you’ll excuse me I have 1547 words left to get me back on track. After tomorrow though I will be off track as I may not get time to write tomorrow. Life does get in the way sometimes.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Confusion

By the time you read this I will be ten days into nanowrimo. In theory I will have written 16,670 words. I am hoping that that is more than a theory – I did entertain the rather silly notion of getting 10,000 words a day done in this week as I have been off work for most of it. At least I can get ahead of where I need to be. That should be doable right?

As I write it is 2333 on the 4th and I am 45 words ahead. I have been playing catch up. Due to other commitments I was unable to write much on the first two days. In fact on the 2nd I got no words in at all! Now all I have to do is stay ahead so I can reach that target!

Love this theme tune.

So how is this thing going? Well the title is confusion so I’ll let you judge. Actually in truth it is not going so badly but one of the problems with not planning is that ideas come at you as you write. Therefore certain elements in the plot may be repetitious, irrelevant, or in need of change. I don’t see that as a big issue necessarily – that is why we have editors.

I thought about updating this across the week however that is something I am likely to forget – I do not organise this kind of stuff too well. As I write I am (It is the 7th now) 320 words ahead. I am off tomorrow (8th) too and then back to work so I will be doing more writing today – I should probably try to get outside too. I don’t think that will happen.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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And so it begins… (2019)

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I am not sure if there will be a knight in my Nanowrimo story but I do know one thing there will be a battle. Hopefully a battle in the story and not a battle of me staring at a blank screen and not knowing what to write.

I have often heard how important planning is for a novel. I find that impossible. I don’t feel I can visualise where things are until they are there. Does that make sense? No. The answer is no.

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To it is like going for a walk but having to imagine the walk first. Then you write down a sequence and try to follow just that sequence. So rather than having a map you just have a piece of paper that says: left, right, left, left, right, and so on and so on.

So instead of a plan I am going to just start. I am on 2904 words (total) at the moment and have 2096 words to go to get me on track. I want to smash through that and finish this week, which I am off work for, far above the 11,667 target for the fist week. At least that is the plan. Now, if you’ll excuse, I need to get back to it. Toodles.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

I have a Patreon page. I hope you will consider supporting this blog: https://www.patreon.com/unstableorbit

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