By Nichole Giles
Don't you think it's funny how writer's often work best under pressure? When I originally considered signing up for NaNoWriMo, I hesitated.I had a whole list of reasons why, other than December, November is the worst possible month for me to commit to something as big as 50,000 words.Then there's the issue of me having problems with fitting an entire novel into 50,000 words, and wondering if I can possibly finish a novel by the end of the month. Seriously, I probably need more like 100,000 before I can actually write the words, The End.
But that's irrelevant today. For now, I'm just writing. And though I've had a couple of days when I could only add a few words to my count, there have been others in which I've bulked up quite a few. And even though yesterday I found a total of 30 minutes to NaNo, I am still ahead of my projected weekly goal. As always, there are bumps in my writing road. Today, I'm going to fly a kite and hope it will pick me up so I can sail over them.
It is day five in my 2009 NaNo journey, and I've already logged a total of 11,451 words. And I haven't started yet today. My plan is to log around 3000 words, but we'll see.
Oh, but I haven't told you the best part. My group--the village I talked about last week--has collectively logged over 140,000 words and counting in the past four days. (I don't have today's count yet.) Tell me that's not incredible!
Writing prompts of the day: (Borrowed from the awesome book, The Pocket Muse: Endless Inspiration by Monica Wood.)
1. Write about a shocking discovery (not a body) in a fallow field.
2. Start with a smell that brings it all back.
3. Write about a painful loyalty.
You don't have to use these, but if you find yourself staring at a blank screen, feel free to pick one or all of the above to fill your NaNo writing tank. Good luck.
On your mark get set...go!
(By the way, how are you doing with your writing this week? I want to know.)