Nanowrimo Day 11: Momentum

There are many mornings, especially this morning, that I question why I am still doing this.

Don’t get me wrong, I am doing cartwheels because we have made it to week 2 and I have words on the page. Considering I changed books, this is awesome!

But I am extremely busy with work, the kids, and grad school –  why am I trying to finish a 50K novel in 30 days?

I am trying to finish 50K in 30 days because I have a story inside of me that is bursting to come out. I have built an awesome world filled with drugs, action, and fighting. I want to make this story perfect and share it with the world.

This makes me want to  push forward because at the end of November I will have a novel. At the end of November, I will be steps closer to sharing my words with the world.

That makes all the stress worth it:)

How are you progressing on your novel? Share in the comments below:

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Taking Time Off

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I have been writing non-stop since last June. I have outlined 3 books in a mystery series, 7 picture books, wrote one Adult Cont. Fiction, one NA Dystopian, and of course – I write medical consents for a living.

After I wrote “The End” on the last novel, I had physically couldn’t make myself look at anything else. Now, don’t get me wrong, my brain wanted to. I wanted to look at that novel and nitpick. I wanted to fret over ALL the words and why I wrote them. I was like a drug addict dependent on her words – I had to have them!

But I stopped myself. My head hurt, I was sleepy, and I think I needed sunlight:) I looked at my stack of books to be read, my gym membership, my family, and the beautiful sun outside this past weekend and knew I needed to take time off.

I am so happy I did.

When I looked at my novel Tuesday night, I had a light bulb moment. The perfect prologue came to my mind. I quickly wrote it down and then closed my computer. I have vowed not to look at the manuscript again until this weekend.

Sometimes we need to take time off from our babies. We need a break to bring clarity. I feel like that book was good but after this break – WATCH OUT! I’m going to make this MS great!

What are you working on and when did you get that moment of clarity?

(Also, Martin was the winner of the gift card.  Congrats!)

Falling In Love With Your Work (Why I Hate Mondays)

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I finished my second book and have outlined 3 more – I love the weekends!

My first book, truly showed me that I have “the goods.” Through writing this work, I proved to myself that I could craft ideas and experiences, put them on paper, and create something that I could be proud of. When I was writing and revising it, I approached each day like a kid glancing out the window for the ice cream truck – I could hardly wait.  I wanted to immerse myself in that world and see what the characters were saying.

In February, I started a new book.  Although in a completely different genre for me – I longed to be with the work more than the first one.  Whenever I put it away at night, I dreamed about it. Whenever I was at work, I would write down notes during my break period.  I was so possessive of it – not wanting anyone to touch the computer – I was really in love with that book.

That’s the best part of writing to me – falling in love with your work.  I believe you are doing a disservice to your WIP if you don’t immerse yourself in it at least once a week.  Allow it to carry you away, spend the time to hear it and watch how your writing takes off.  That’s why I love weekends – because it gives me at least one definite day where I can shut myself off from everyone and do that.

So that brings me back to why I hate Mondays. Mondays snap me back to reality. I like working, don’t get me wrong. I am grateful for my job and my house (really not trying to be living in a box). But I really miss my little worlds I create on the weekend; I miss how I felt like I had all the time in the world – until the alarm goes off Monday morning at 6am.

Reality can be a cruel thing at time.  My challenge to all writers this week is to find the time to fall in love with your work.  Also share in the comments how you keep the love alive during the week – that’s my struggle:)

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If I had a Tardis

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There are 24 hours in a day.  If you think about it, this is a massive amount of seconds, minutes, and hours that gets whittled down daily based on our activities.  But the fact remains that we start each day with 24 hours at our disposal.

For me:

6a I wake up, deal with kids, prep for work, and get to work

815 I arrive at work.  I spend 8 1/2 hours here with the 1/2 being my lunch.

440p I begin my commute home

0540 I am usually home.   I will clean and cook for the family

0630 Usually when I try to have dinner ready

0700 try to take a walk with the family but due to the crazy weather this is usually TV or cleaning time (why am I always cleaning!)

0745-0800 getting the kids ready for bed

0800-1100 watching t, on the computer, random time wasting

1100-1130 trying to go to sleep

I initially wrote this out last summer when I was searching for time to write.  I updated it this weekend to reflect schedule changes.  I am a MPH student, so I didn’t put in “homework/studying time.” Now considering all of this, most people would say, you are over extended.  How can you possibly find time to write. As I look at this schedule now, I see all the time that I wasted.

If I had a Tardis, I would go back to last summer and make better use of my hours.  All that TV time would be whittled away.  I have a DVR! Why do I have the DVR, if I don’t take advantage of it.  And really, a lot of times I am just watching reruns of Friends, Big Bang Theory, Golden Girls, and Doctor Who.  I could be writing.  I could be exercising.

The time to finish my novels, has always been there – I just choose not to utilize it.  I mean, I sit at my desk for lunch and usually read People magazine online.  The time that I’m prepping for dinner, I usually have a quiet 30 minutes where no one is downstairs and something is simmering and doesn’t require my attention.
I am full of excuses and putting it on paper really spelled it out.  There is no excuse for me to not write.

The time has always been there.

If I had a Tardis, I would love to recover all of my wasted hours, but alas – it ain’t happening! What I plan to do, is to be a better steward of my time going forward.

*photo courtesy of springfieldpunx.blogspot.com

 

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Time

When February began, I immediately began to think about how I managed my time.

I am embarking on revisions for my first book. This is exciting because I have sent it out in the world to get feedback and am loving all the help/guidance I am receiving. Also this month, I am participating in Ashley Farley’s Write- A-Thon (http://ashleyfarley.net). I am using this opportunity to draft a NA novel that I think is going to be a kick butt series. Super excited about that!

Anyway, back to time. There are 24 hours in a day. If you think about it, this is a massive amount of seconds, minutes, and hours that gets whittled down daily based on our activities. But the fact remains that we start each day with 24 hours at our disposal.

For me:

6a I wake up, deal with kids, prep for work, and get to work

730 I arrive at work. I spend 8 1/2 hours here with the 1/2 being my lunch.

400 I begin my commute home

0445 I am usually home. I will clean and cook for the family

0630 Usually when I try to have dinner ready

0700 try to take a walk with the family but now its getting colder so this time is usually watching TV time

0745-0800 getting the kids ready for bed

0800-1100 watching TV, on the computer, random time wasting

1100-1130 trying to go to sleep

I outlined this schedule this summer because I was trying to “find the time” to write. After a thorough look at my schedule, I see that the time has always been there – I just choose not to utilize it. I mean, I sit at my desk for lunch and usually read People magazine online. The time that I’m prepping for dinner, I usually have a quiet 30 minutes where no one is home and something is simmering and doesn’t require my attention. Also there are three solid hours at night where I don’t HAVE to watch TV – that’s why I have a DVR.

I am full of excuses and putting it on paper really spelled it out. Now, I have kids and life happens so something usually does pop up. But in the end, there is no excuse for me to not write.

The time has always been there.