Posts Tagged ‘NaNoWriMo’

A Potentially Stupid Idea

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

I am having a ‘stuck’ moment today where I am doubting my ridiculous insistence at trying to be a writer. I am thinking it would be best for me to give up, study accounting and get a real job. However, whenever I have these days I always concoct a stupid plan to distract myself from the reality of my life, such as setting myself 108 challenges to achieve in 108 days or running a marathon. Today’s idea – sign up for NaNoWriMo (again.)

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month – a month long period where people across the world set themselves the goal of writing 50,000 words. I successfully completed it while living in Paris in 2011, however have always felt that I cheated slightly by writing a memoir, rather than a fictional novel. Last year I contemplated trying it again but failed as fiction is just not my thing. However, maybe these additional 12 months have developed some sort of creative impulse in me and I will now be able to do it. I highly doubt it. But maybe.

I feel that I will need some sort of plan for the story – otherwise I will start writing and become instantly bored and annoyed with my characters and story line. So what will I write about? If I can come up with a decent story idea, or at least an interesting main character and location, I will agree to participate in NaNoWriMo. Of course, I only have 8 days to come up with this as it starts on 1 November. So… any ideas?

I Hereby Declare…

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I’m umming, I’m ahhing, so I am publicly announcing that I, Jessica Odette Davies, am going on a camp. And not just any old camp – Camp NaNoWriMo. This is WORSE than most camps. Sure, I won’t have to sleep in the mud and I get to use my own toilet, but by declaring today that I am signing up, I am committing to writing another 50,000 words in 30 days. Yikes.

For those of you who remember, last November I tackled the 50,000 word challenge and survived! I did it! I wrote the words! I have done ZILCH with those words since, but they continue to haunt me from my desktop. So why not write more? My last attempt saw me write about my life à Paris, this time I am going to attempt fiction. I have never been good at fiction, and I don’t see why I will start being good at it now. But by gosh, I am going to try!

Now the only problem is finding a subject. I have an idea but I fear it to too based on reality and therefore my story will turn into my usual non-fiction, reflective narrative. I want to avoid this. I want to write something completely new, completely different, completely weird. So I am now presenting you with a challenge – 7 days to provide me with a topic for my story. Anything. Except no love-sick vampires or high school boys flying around on brooms while wearing thick-rimmed glasses. That is your mission – you MUST accept it.

NaNoWriMo 4Eva

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I just jumped around the room like a five year old because

I did it!

I have just typed my 50,000th word in my NaNoWriMo challenge and I am so proud of myself. I have wanted to do this for a few years now and never thought it would actually be achievable and I have proved myself wrong. I now have a working manuscript for something – what that thing is, I do not know. But there’s potential for a book to eventuate and that’s something I haven’t had before. Having my words printed and bound is something I really want to have happen in my lifetime and I am now one step closer.

So what now? I still have two more days until NaNoWriMo finishes and I am going to continue writing until the end. However, once it is all over I don’t know what to do with my words. Print out the 90+ pages and use it as a door stop? Perhaps I can take up origami or build a paper-maché Eiffel Tower replica. I have had lots of people ask if they can read it and I am somewhat inclined to give it to a lot of people and force them to provide me with real feedback. But I know the answers will be friendly and polite and won’t really offer much guidance for where to go next. No, I think the next stage is to read back through what I have written and really think about what my Book o’ Paris is going to be about. It is currently a hodge-podge of random notes and it has no flow or style. But that’s ok – that’s what editing and re-writing is all about. I’m just glad I have 50000 words down on paper (well, in Word) and I can now officially say, “I am writing a book about Paris.” when people ask me what I do here. It sounds much better than, “Umm… not a lot.”

Nanowrimo

GO ME!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

I just wish to announce that I have less than 10,000 words to write in my 50,000 word challenge! Today I hit 41,392 words. I’m very pleased with myself! I’m going to do this! And today I wrote some great things about dog poop and public urination. Things are looking up.

Sorry, Friends!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Hello, hello! How are you all?

My sincere apologies for my lack of writing recently – I have, in fact, been writing a lot. Just not on here. I am averaging 2000 words a day and once I have hit that mark I tend to close my computer and go outside. That said, the last two days have seen temperatures averaging 5 degrees so my desire to go outside has heavily reduced. It is slightly warmer today. I might venture into the wilderness.

So what have I been doing in the last while, I hear you ask? And even if you didn’t ask you’re going to find out. I have been writing for the last 17 days and am quickly reaching my 50,000 word target for NaNoWriMo. Today I hit 34,434 words which is 6000 words more than I need to have written by this time of the month in order to reach my goal. I am starting to run out of things to write about Paris but usually after I stare out the window at the grey skies for a moment or two I get some sort of inspiration.

In other news, my knees are recovering from their slight mishap on Monday morning. I have two five-cent coin sized scars on my knees and they’re a dull shade of bluey-brown. I was hoping for a slightly more impressive bruise that I could show off and prove that it really did hurt but it hasn’t happened. So unfair. What’s the point of falling over if you can’t gain sympathy for at least a week? I returned to my morning jogs the day after my fall as I was determined not to let that damn Parisian paving get the better of me. I now run a little bit like a duck – flat footed and with my arms out for balance in case I trip again.

On Monday I hobbled my way up and down many flights of stairs as I caught multiple trains and walked through some of the city’s largest train stations to catch a train to Versailles. I visited my friend Louise and spent the day hanging out at her house. It was so nice to be in a homely family environment for the day. We just sat around and ate lunch, drank cups of tea and discussed the ups and downs of life. It was great. It is so nice to have friends around.

Speaking of, yesterday an American friend of mine, Sonja, arrived in Paris for a few days. She and I were English assistants together in 2006/7. She was working in a town relatively close to me and we used to meet every Wednesday afternoon in Nancy to help pass the time and make life in northern country France slightly less isolating. She and I travelled quite extensively together during that time and formed a great friendship. I hadn’t seen her since 2007 and yet as soon as she stepped off the train at Gare du Nord it was like we had seen each other every day for the past four years. She is here until Sunday so I am excited to have someone to hang out with.

Tom has some freelance development work so that’s keeping him off the street. And I am working on a project that will hopefully be exhibited in the chapel of Les Récollets on 16 and 17 December. Let’s just say there’ll be socks involved. I’ll keep you posted.

Over Half Way

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Great news, everyone! I am very proud to say that today I cracked the 25,000 word mark so I am over half way in my NaNoWriMo challenge! I am rather pleased about this fact – now it’s the downhill run and I have always found it easier to count down than up.

Check In

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I am ten days into my write-50,000-words-in-a-month, NaNoWriMo, attempt. I am having very mixed feelings about the whole thing as I am enjoying the discipline of writing 2000 words a day but, being me, am disconcerted by the quality of what I am writing. There is the constant concern niggling at the back of my head of whether or not any one is going to want to read what I put together and whether or not this is just a big waste of time. I realise that this is in no way the final copy and whatever I write now will be changed, re-worked and edited into something that is completely different to its current form, however I wouldn’t mind having a small feeling of confidence that the ideas I am getting out have the potential to be published.

I have had much support from various people around me saying I just need to keep pumping out the words and see what I end up with in the end. Anyway, today I reached 20,000 words which surprises and excites me. It has been really good to sit and write every day and I hope I can continue this after the month is over. I hope to reach the half way mark by Saturday – that will give me a real reason to celebrate!

Word Count Update

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Day Three of NaNoWriMo and I have written 6177 of my 50,000 words. Not bad, if I say so myself. I am finding it a lot easier than I expected, although Day Three was a bigger challenge than Day One. I suspect it will continue in this fashion as I run out of things to write and my patience for sitting in front of the computer wanes. Thankfully the past few days have been grey and drizzly so my desire to go outside hasn’t been strong. Right now I am contemplating walking to the boulangerie to buy my lunchtime baguette and we are also in desperate need of toilet paper but it looks so miserable outside. Surely Tom wants to go for a walk instead?

Well That Was Easy…

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

An hour and 15 minutes later and I am done. I have written 2010 words – that’s a whole 343 words more than required. I will probably keep writing as it has just started raining and I should make the most of the bad weather. It is far too hard to write when the sun is shining. It’s a relief to see that it is achievable (even if the words that I wrote where mostly ramble, blabber and rubbish.)

Day One

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month and no returns! Although I am pinching and punching myself more than anyone this morning as I come to the realisation that I signed myself up for a month of pure torture. I thought doing 60 pushups a day was bad – I now have to write 1667 words every day for the next month. What on earth am I going to write about???

The good thing about NaNoWriMo is that the point is to get the words out, no matter how bad they are. The editing process will come later. So everything I write will count towards my 50,000 word goal. Except what I am writing on here right now doesn’t so I am going to stop wasting my words and wearing out my fingers and go and write something that counts! Wish me luck, kids. And keep yelling at me if I slack off. I want to do this but it is like going for a month without chocolate. Very, very, very hard to do.