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    Day 7 Writing Notes NaNoWriMo18

    November 7 My writing goal today is 5,000 words. That will get me caught up and also a little bit ahead. I had a bad day on Monday and then a busy day on Tuesday which got in the way of my writing. I did write Tuesday, but not enough to make up for Monday. Monday was bad. Very bad. I’m glad it’s not Monday anymore! Today will be a better day. The two days off, while unproductive as far as word count were productive thinking days. I made some big decisions as to how I will approach the book. I have written 25 pages so far. (That’s incredible!) Before…

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    Day 4 Writing Notes NaNoWriMo18

    Some writers write more at the beginning, taking days off and others commit to a daily minimum.  For some it’s a sprint and for others, it’s a marathon.  There are also planners and pantsers.  The planners develop their characters, their story-line and even outline their entire novel before starting so that they can be more efficient and reduce revision time. Pantsers are writing “by the seat of their pants” inventing as they go. They are winging it.  Then there are those who are a little bit of both, called “plantsers.” I’m a plantser.  I had the idea for Pleasures of the Damned a year ago, started writing it this summer…

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    Day 3 Writing Notes NaNoWriMo18

    In Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast with Rachel Kushner, they talked about voice being the most important thing in a novel. Many argue that structure or plot are the most important aspects of a novel. You need the dramatic arc, you need your plot points, you need the inciting incident, the point of no return, the denouement, etc and if you are missing those literary landmarks your reader will never get to the end. But as Bret Easton Ellis and Rachel Kushner both agreed, there are a lot of books that lack conventional plot or do not follow any of the story structures made famous in Vonnegut’s “The Shape of Stories”…

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    Day 2 Writing Notes NaNoWriMo18

    The two hardest parts of writing are the beginning and the ending.  The beginning needs to be impeccable, no second guessing, no restraint.  The first chapter needs to pull the reader in so that they will keep reading while also doing some very heavy lifting of setting up the story. A good first chapter will establish the voice, the tone, the setting, the conflict and introduce at minimum the main character (protagonist) and the antagonist.  This is already a lot of work. These are a lot of boxes to check off the list and on top of that, the story needs good pacing, crisp language, engaging dialogue and action and…

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    Day 1 Writing Notes NaNoWriMo18

    Day One is complete. I wrote exactly 1,700 words but I only posted 667 because the rest won’t make any sense. I wrote about 700 words this morning, then another 400 this afternoon, then trashed about 300 then pushed through tonight to reach the deadline, but when I wrote tonight, I rewrote the beginning. I was also interrupted in my writing by a certain child of mine who had a science experiment due tomorrow and forgot to finish it. Let’s not talk about that. The homework is done and the child is filled with regret. This story is already taking some unexpected turns from what I had planned. Who knows…