Welcome to Saturday’s Share – Reflections and impressions inspired by and celebrating images from daily life, to add a bit of sparkle to the weekend. Happy Saturday!
I had a pretty good reason, and I meant to prepare better. I fully intended to say, at the beginning of the month, that these things were bound to happen, before the end of it. But I didn’t quite get to it in the bustle.
I’m sorry for my prolonged absence, and my darting way of popping in and then being gone again, almost before anyone knew I was around.
Today’s photo provides an explanation of sorts…
It’s the last day of November, and, for me and many other writers around the world, that means the end of (Inter) National Novel Writing Month – the annual attempt to write 50,000 words of a brand-new novel, in 30 days flat.
I’ve completed the challenge in three previous November efforts. I’ve also finished three more free-form CampNaNo challenges, with goals up to 100K words.
This year, I wanted a brisker challenge. My goal was to write an entire novel draft in one month – sixty scenes, which I expected to work out to somewhere around 120,000-130,000 words.
It seemed a little crazy, even to me. But I had a very good plan in place, and I know much more about how I write than I did even last November. I’m not the type who’s often accused of sanity,. I went for it…and kept going, in the opposite direction of social media, which tends to use the same energies I use for writing. This was a meaty project that merrily accepted all the energy I had to give it. And, since I live with three other people, two of whom call me “Mommy”, and the third of whom has a signed contract entitling him to call me “wife”, they have prior claim to my time and social resources.
On Friday, November 29, at about 4pm, I completed the first draft of my brand-new novel, King of Shreds and Patches!
I won the NaNo challenge – actually, I completed two full NaNo quotas, and was within 1500 words of completing half of a third.
And now I know that I can draft a novel in a month – if I spend the month before delving into my characters and their realities, without stinginess. I may count up the words in all my planning documents – I think there’s at least another NaNo’s worth of prepwork; before I wrote a word of the novel! I’ve got some backstory that just may demand a bigger, more public role, in the future, and I have a sense that all of my characters did what they needed to, throughout the story, whether things turned out well, or not.
It was also a wild, wonderful whirlwind of a ride through my own fertile imagination. And you will benefit from my absence, from my creative absorption in my passion. I’ve been away a while, I’m excited, and I have things to share…and, after all, that’s what Saturdays are all about, here! =D
Gradually, I’m coming back from the place where I left my main character, on his way to an adventure that will possibly change the direction of his life. I’m blinking, and looking around, as though I’ve been away a while – which of course I have.
There’s been more time just being with family, the last few days, and more hometending. A return to other goals, and other things I’m obligated to do. More breathing and being, and less striving…
After a stretch, it’s good to relax, reconnect, and recenter.
And I’m glad you’re here to share a little of that with me!
How about you? What inspires you, captures your creative side? Can you still interact with others, when you’ve gone deep into that space? Are there other things that become too much? And how do you feel, when the project is completed, and you start to notice those other parts of life again?
Saturdays are for sharing!
- Saturday’s Share: Wildly NaNoing…. (shanjeniah.com)
- Two More to Weave: NaNoROW Update 11/27/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- Weaving Beyond 75K – NaNoROW80 Update 11/18/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- Weaving Toward Resolution: NaNoROW Update 11/24/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- December-January Writing Marathon (ifeomadennis.wordpress.com)
- National Novel Writing Month (sarahstrek.com)
- So Long, and Thanks for All the Fist (robertwriting.wordpress.com)
- Becoming A Novelist (featuring a salute to Nanowrimo) (nancyschoellkopf.com)
- Lessons Learned from National Novel Writing Month #NaNoWriMo (jeriwb.com)