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"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."— Dr. Seuss

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Colorless- A Peek at the Story

Dear Awesome Readers,

This is an update from the trenches of NaNoWriMo. So far things are going really well and I'm wondering why I never had the courage to try to write 50,000 words in one month before.

I've learned a few things about myself.
#1 When I shut off my inner editor and just let my fingers fly, I can write over 1300 words in 30 minutes. (Who knew? Quality of those words: spelling = horrible, grammar = frightening, ideas = pretty darn good. )

#2 I can average over 2,000 words a day, every day. The biggest day so far was at an awesome writer's retreat I went to in Park City Utah with the coolness that is Authors Incognito. I wrote 12,000 words in two days. Was I the fastest? Not by a long shot. One amazing gal, Heather Justesen , threw down 27,000 words in the same time period. (Holy crap, she's fast!) I'll blog about the retreat later.

#3 I am in my happy place when I'm sitting at my computer, totally engrossed in the story unfolding beneath my fingers. I used to think of myself as a really slow writer, but now I think any limitations on speed were only put there by me. I have written over 30,000 words in only 12 days. I never dreamed that was possible for me.

#4 My dog makes a really nice foot warmer. When my 3yrold becomes too bothersome, which is every day, my dog signals the end of playtime by sneaking under my tiny desk and laying on my feet so I'll keep the little pest away from her. It's winter. I don't mind typing with a heater on my feet--unless she has gas and then I do mind, very much.

Would you like a sneak peek at my first chapter of COLORLESS?  I've pasted it into one of those cloud things on the left side of my blog.I think it's kind of pretty. If you don't see it, try this link.
Happy writing everyone! Have you ever taken on a challenge and surprised yourself with your success?


Jeanne said...


The joke is that "Colorless" is a blank page?

Mike Keyton said...

Yup, that's impressive. On a good day I average 1,300 words in about four hours

Wendy Swore said...

Jeanne, Did the words in the cloud picture not show up for you? THere is a little picture of it on the side of the blog here. I used Wordle--a site you can use to paste huge chunks of writing in and then see the words you use the most show up largest. THis is the link to my chapter: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/2723943/Chapter_1
Sometimes the words we see large are red flags to tell us we use them too much.

I named the story COLORLESS because it's about a slave girl who has no color. It's a working title that might change. Thanks for reading!

What time I saved in hammering that out will probably come back to get me during editing. I'm sure your 1300 was much prettier than mine. :) Thanks for commenting.