Week One: 5906 Words
Week Two: 5438 Words
October 21, 2012: Week Three Results
My version of Na No Wri Mo novel-writing challenge (25,000 words in 30 days).
Date Words Comment
October 15, 2012 852 Words Memories…jumped into the distant past.
October 16, 2012 712 Forced but new character…tie to another novel?
October 17, 2012 821 Maybe wrote ending; full circle; theme/symbol.
October 18, 2012 497 New ideas/drawings, interrupted, lost thoughts.
October 19, 2012 832 Flow, new ideas, drawings, another possible ending.
October 20, 2012 838 Snapshots of ideas/random, searching.
October 21, 2012 893 Flow, more flushing out of characters.
Week Three Total: 5445 Words
Weeks 1,2,3 Total: 16,789 Words
I’ve had some surprises this third week of the challenges. All my pre-planned ideas for this novel were written about during the first two weeks. So in Week Three I’ve had to dig deeper.
Surprise One: Small stick-figured line drawings entered my writing process and entered my novel! Another surprise: One morning, I’m writing in a semi-unconscious sleepy daze. I’m seeing an event in my mind that took place over forty years ago and I’m incorporating that into my novel. The longer I write about my characters the clearer they are getting in my mind. This shouldn’t be a surprise…so basic…but characters are becoming individuals.
I’ve mentioned in prior posts that I enjoy old books. Also, mentioned I wasn’t going to research during this challenge. BUT…Can’t I break my own rules? Two books, I flipped through this week:
1) The Boy’s Playbook of Science by John Henry Pepper; published 1912. This book belonged to my grandfather who died before I was born. The inscription on the first page says “Merry Christmas 1916 to Roland from Mother”. Great reference book! And special!
2) 1940 Boy Scouts of America Handbook for Boys. I found this ragged copy at a vintage flea market. The book badly needs repair but the information is classic. Some of the merit badges at that time included: Automobiling, Beef Production, Pioneering, and Taxidermy.
Source of practical advice on health, cooking, camping, flags, nature…etc.
In my story, my main character is a girl, but she has brothers. And she’s a bit of a tomboy.
I’ll have to dig even deeper to get to the end of October. I am behind on my word count so I will very, very happily include the 31st of October in my writing MONTH.
Happy writing to all of you! LR