Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NaNoWriMoIShouldHaveMyHeadExamined Update

No, that's not me in the photo.  But it could be.  I'm unofficially officially participating in NaNoWriMo this year, although I got a late start.  I blame the cold that I had last week.  And the Halloween candy high that finally wore off.  And global warming.  And...

My current WIP finally took hold of me this week, so I've got a lot of catching up to do if I'm to make it to the 50K goal by month's end.  Only 40K more to go. ;-)  Piece of cake.

It didn't help that I kinda got lost in a reread of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER (the perfect escape book), although it's a gazillion pages long and hence the pause in my writing.  I also started Kate Morton's THE FORBIDDEN GARDEN for my Happy Hour Book Club and, so far, I'm enjoying it very much.  You can read all about it on Goodreads.

Hope you've been way more productive than I've been this month! But if you've got any books to recommend, please share!

16 comments:

Colette said...

I had decided to do NaNoWriMo, but on my own terms. Since I'm writing memoir rather than fiction, and I had already started before Nov 1st, I readily admit that I am not following the rules. That said, I thought I'd use the momentum to write like mad for thirty days. What I discovered is that it really doesn't work for me. I need think time. I need a day off every now and then. The good stuff seems to come not when I'm trying to reach a word count, but when I am inspired.

Candyland said...

TRYING to be productive :) though that sometimes only amounts to commenting on blogs (like now) instead of writing :/

Susanna Ives said...

I've been wondering about the Forbidden Garden. Let me know what you think.

Jen Daiker said...

Well you know I've gotten done with my Nano, but I understand why you didn't, you certainly had a lot going on with that plate of yours! Hopefully it's cleaned up a bit and you can get back to work!

However in your defense, you were still busying your time, and can't just put down a delicious read!

Tina said...

You go! Next year, for sure, I'll be there.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Colette - a memoir? Tell me more!

Hi Candy - Same here! Guilty...I've been online all morning when I should be writing. Oh, well. That's what afternoons are for.

Hi Susanna - so far, so good! There are others in my book club who are not as enamored by it as I am, however. Will let you know.

Hi Jen - Boy, howdy! If you have not read OUTLANDER, stop! Stop what you are doing and read it. It's that kind of book. Totally hot, fun, interesting, fast ride. Total escape.

Hi Tina - yeah, there's always next year. And next month too! ;-)

Donna Cummings said...

I've been enjoying NaNo this year, and I'm actually a day ahead in the word count. I think it helps to have those statistic bar charts this year, that show you how many words you need, and when you're scheduled to finish. LOL I love competing with myself!

Lydia Kang said...

Just try to remember to have fun while Nano is zonking you out!
I hope you get to your goal.
:)

Lia Bal said...

Don’t feel bad about being behind on NaNo, I’m behind too. I started out strong and then by day 5 I had a writer’s block. I finally figured out why; my WIP is not going at all in the direction I intended it to go in, and my brain is saying delete, delete, delete and start over while my instincts are telling me to leave it alone because it’s better this way. I figured it’s better to follow my gut.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Donna - I have a mental aversion to those statistical bars, pretty and shiny that they are. Don't know why. The truth hurts too much, maybe?

Hi Lydia - Yes, FUN! We do lose sight of that, don't we?!

Hi Lia - The gut is usually way smarter than the brain. I'm a go-with-gut kinda gal too. Good luck to you! Sounds like you've started out strong.

Joanna St. James said...

am going for the never say never mantra I am way behind all sorts of schedules but we never know what Nov 30 will bring.

Marieke said...

Unfortunately I'm not currently very productive either. Work is so busy I barely have time for anything else!! Boohoo ;)

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Joanna - You can do it!

Hi Marieke - I wish that I could say that something other than Blogger, Facebook, and Twitter has been keeping me productive and busy. But I can't. *Sigh*

Maria Zannini said...

I can only read one book at a time.

Come to think of it, I can only write one book at a time too.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Maria - Thanks for stopping by from your blog tour! Judging the buzz around TRUE BELIEVERS, you apparently do the writing part extremely well! :-) Can't wait to read it, btw.

Lindsay Kiernan said...

Happy to hear the tales of the other writers insane enough to try NaNoWriMo. I love it for the community aspect. Everyone bands together with little ideas to push each other further! I hope that your word count picks up, along with mine!