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This is Your Captain Speaking…

This might be the last NaNo update I post this year. It’s been real. It’s been a blast. But I’m getting stressed. Not pressured, where you write and are like “I can do this! RAH ME! Go, team, go!” No. This is obsessive stressed. Like, “If I don’t do this right and stay ahead, I am going to DIE before the month is out” stressed.

So, this is it. Behold:

NaNod Out

But look at that lifetime achievement total: 92,020!

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Progress

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NaNoWriMo is going well. *rubs hands together and cackles* As you can see from the chart above, I am a little ahead of schedule…which is a very good thing, because of week two doldrums. It seems to happen every year: I get ahead, and then by day seven, the words just aren’t coming. I am not planning on letting that happen this year. I am going to try to keep at least one day ahead (preferably two) this week, and on Saturday, I plan to aim for 10,000 words.

O_O

In other news: I have some publishing news to share soon! I’ve told my Facebook friends the gist of the news, but you won’t hear it until December-ish. Sorry!

Other than writing, I am trying to learn patience. I don’t want to have to learn patience. I wish it came naturally. Actually, I wish there was no need for patience in the first place (which just goes to show you how impatient I am.)

That’s it for now.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

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The Art of the Start

NaNo Playlist Thing

^Behold the playlist.

I started! I started! I started writing The S.A.P.I.E.N. Complex! Eh, it’s a working title…maybe. Could go by another title, but it would be somewhat of a spoiler, and you know how I hate spoilers. ANYWAY…

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta be happy about the small things. Hey, I can’t finish the novel if I don’t start it. And it is a rough start. But it is also a rough draft. And, as Hemingway said, “The first draft of anything is…the s-word” …only, Hemingway didn’t have kids reading his blog. Hemingway didn’t have a blog, even, but I digress.

I am 3,000+ words into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those who don’t know.) I am so hoping I don’t have to brush up my Russian accent!

I tra’el the weerld an’za se’wen seas….

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Motivation/Consequences: Beth Vs. NaNo

So, I took a break from writing yesterday, as I usually do on Sundays. BUT I did some plotting. And I did some more plotting today. And I am so excited I can’t even…I think that’s why I accidentally wrote two NaNoWriMo posts and, er, posted them. Oops. Forgive me? Please?

Here’s a picture of a blue crab to make up for it:

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But now I need some motivation to finish NaNoWriMo. I’ve done it three or so times (not including Camp NaNoWriMo), but have never quite made it to the required 50,000 words before December 1st. SO. If I…fall short this year…there needs to be consequences. Fun consequences, because that’s how I roll.

MOTIVATION.

What should happen, should I fail to write 50k next month? These are your options:

A) I’ll do an audio reading of the first page of my middle grade project “How NOT to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”

B) I’ll read the song of your choosing in either an awful Irish, French, Cockney, English, or Russian accent.

C) A free e-copy of In a Pickle to one random commenter

And now I’ve written yet another post about NaNoWriMo.

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Something tells me^ you’ll live

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Are You Ready for Some NaNo(WriMo)?!

Anyone else doing National Novel Writing Month this year? If so (even if NOT) here is a must-have and must-do list for you:

  1. Watch NaNoMusical by WeTangent on Youtube
  2. Or listen to the soundtrack (and buy it. Please?)
  3. Visit the NaNoWriMo website, but of course
  4. You NEED caffeinated mints
  5. BACK UP YOUR WORK!
  6. Get outline advice
  7. This awesome post/site CLICK
  8. Read and apply this book on self-editing post NaNo

My book this year will be YA, a category I’ve never done for NaNoWriMo. The Maze Runner meets The Missing meets The 100. That’s the idea, anyway. So, during November, my fantasy novel will be put on hold. Bring forth the dystopian young adult! I’m ready >:)