Archive | October 24, 2011

Check In Sunday 23rd #ROW80 OR What I’ve Not Done This Week

Another late check in. Sigh. Still not my fault though, we’ve still not got the internet. But, we’re going to be getting it soon, along with a nice shiny new TV and phone package (I hope). Of course we’ll probably get that in November during NaNo so I won’t have time to check in (or much less time to blog anyway).

There’s almost no point in this check in – I’ve not done anything. No, that’s not true, I’ve not done much. I think I did some writing on Thursday night. I believe (??) I did about 800 words. That is literally all I’ve done in the last week. I have been beating myself up about it, but had a realisation yesterday: I’m just about to start NaNo (in a week – WEEK?!!?) where I HAVE to write 1,667 words a day to keep up. Their rules, not like the 500 I’ve set myself in this challenge. I’m worried about NaNo – really worried. For the first time doing it, I’m not feeling too positive. So, because of that, and how stressed I’m going to be in November, I’ve decided to let myself off the last week.

I just don’t want to push myself to catch up the words I’ve missed and drain myself doing that when I’m about to start NaNo and need the energy for that.

I’m struggling to think when I’m going to write early this week. I’m out for dinner tonight, then I’ve got an ill boyfriend (pulled his back so can’t move kind of ill) at home so need to cook etc for him when I get in. Tomorrow I’m going out and then Wednesday I’m out too for the NaNo kick off party (woo!). And then we’re heading for the weekend, when I’m at a wedding (probably getting drunk so writing off Sunday). I’m getting a headache thinking about it!

And to increase the headache a little more – I’ve done pretty much no planning for my NaNo novel. Eek! I know the basic premise, but I don’t know how it’s going to end, what happens or anything. I don’t even know if it’s going to be chick lit, or YA. I think chick lit, but something makes me think it would be cute if it was YA! I need some serious planning time. But when?

I need a plan! I need a plan because past NaNos show I do. OK, so I’m only basing this on 2 years, but that’s enough for me.

NaNo 2009 I had a pretty good plan of what I was going to do, planned day by day, not as much as scene by scene, but broken down pretty well. And I knew how it was going to end, and all the twists in it.

NaNo 2010 I had a rough idea of what I was doing. I ‘won’ yeah, (I think I got to 53k) BUT that 50k was just the beginning of it. It’s a YA novel, so should only be about another 20k or something, and I was only just getting into it. Some day I may go back and rewrite it, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Which is a shame because I think it’s quite a nice idea.

NaNo 2011 – I need to plan. See why.

So at some point in the next 7 days, I need to plan a novel. And try to write 500 words a day. Obviously the 500 words are taking a bit of a back burner.

I also need to totally face the fact that I’m not finishing ‘Holiday’ before NaNo starts. Damn. I’m quite upset about that. I really wanted to finish it before I start yet another project. My laptop dying was a sign that I couldn’t complete it though. About 20k words are saved on it, and nowhere else. My other half’s dad might be able to fix it, but we’re not going to be seeing him until next month (if not Christmas), and I couldn’t afford to get it fixed.

I have however done a lot more planning for it, and it feels like it’s coming more together than before, which is so good. I’m going to try to focus on that, rather than the dismay that I’ve failed another goal.