Monday, October 19, 2009

No Excuse!

I have 30 days to complete my goal. One month. Woot!

I will not be doing NaNo this year. (, check it out if you don't know what it is.)

I love the rush of it, but 50k in a month makes me way too sloppy. Going back and editing a NaNo novel is just not fun. Maybe next year, when I've just gotten better at writing in general.

I've got 25 chapters total. I have 6 done, and the prologue. I also want to give it a read through when I'm done, I'm figuring two days for that. I'm a fast reader and I will only be stopping to add notes, or to fix anything MAJOR. No line by line editing this time around. And I'll be looking for messed up tense. I switched from present to past. Why I wrote it in present I'll never know.

I have no excuse not to finish this. Now if my husband suddenly came home early, that would count. But that's not going to happen. So no excuse!

Oh and I have plans to attempt to make Bakerella's Cake Pops sometime soon, so I'll be sharing my hopefully successful adventure.

And I can't wait to start making Christmas cookies. My aunt has the best recipe...

gonna go before I start baking now. Laters!



  1. I've never participated in the NaNo challenge, but think I will this year. I need to make up ground and finish my second book. I think this will help me.

    Stephen Tremp

  2. Nano is great, but this year is looking even worse for me. Not only am I going away for 6 days, I might be moving in the middle of November. Ha, so I'm just gonna try for the end of the year. Goals are goals, and as long as they are attainable, go for it!

  3. I tried Nano once, but all it did was get me writing trash. It's main advantage is getting people to write. If you're already writing, you don't need it, but the challenge is still good.

    Can you post a couple of cake-pops my way?

  4. Stephen, NaNo is awesome for getting you to write. Like Martin said though, it can be dangerous if you already write. I may try it next year, but with a goal of writing as much as I can. But writing it well. Speed is great, but it isn't everything.

    I'm going! I'll find myself just sitting around wondering what to do. Then suddenly remember I have so much left to do and yell at myself for sitting around for so long. It's an endless cycle. ^_^

    Martin - I don't know how well the cake-pops would survive international shipping. I can send you virtual ones! :)

  5. I've never committed myself to NaNo because I write when I write. I don't force myself or set a goal for a specific word count. I DO set other goals, like finishing the novel, editing that story, or coming up with a nice post for my blog... (you can see how often I meet THAT goal!)

    A good point that you brought up is editing a NaNo novel. I never thought about that before. Rushing to meet an expected, or promised word count means sloppy writing. Usually, I edit as I go, especially if I see something glaring. Whenever I finish a paragraph, I reread it and fix it. I'll go over a sentence several times if it doesn't feel right. That's how I do a first draft! lol

    Maybe it's not the most productive method, but it works for me.

  6. My family is already talking about Christmas cookies. I don't think we're going to be able to wait...especially with the wintery weather we're having the next two days. Must have cookies!