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Monday, November 08, 2004

NaNoWriMo Day: 8
Words Written: 12,943
Words Remaining:

Ooops. I may have successfully passed the 'quarter of a novel' point, but I'm grinding to a halt fast (if that's possible). And that's despite getting the weekly pep-talk e-mail from Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo this morning. In it he says:

"Week Two is when you'll likely begin having some second thoughts about your participation in NaNoWriMo. It's the point when the effects of sleep-deprivation, mind-wearying creative output, and a shortage of leisure time will combine to create the infamous Week Two Wall.

You'll know you've hit the Wall when you start thinking that the whole endeavor is futile. When you start worrying that you don't have the time or imagination to pull it off, and you come to see your story as an unmitigated disaster that should be put out of its misery before the thing gets old enough to remember where you live."

Yup, that about sums it up. My only bone of contention is that I hit the Week Two Wall on day six, but I think that just proves I'm ahead of my time.

Chris also said...

"Let's set exciting crises in motion, and willfully place our protagonists in harm's way. Let's allow our characters to embarrass themselves, and let them make the kinds of dangerous miscalculations that form the heart of any juicy narrative."

... which bothered me slightly as I'd just decided that my next chapter would pretty much comprise of my main character going to the pub.

But still, the fact that I'm already behind schedule, and I'm booked up for the rest of the month attending Ben Folds and Beautiful South concerts, and being introduced to more of Lisa's friends, whilst fitting in the world premiere of Lorraine's holiday video, I'm sure means NOTHING, and won't interfere with my ability to knock out another 37,000 words in 22 days.

Start praying for flying pigs.

I could go and write another couple of hundred words now, but there's a programme on Channel 5 tonight called 'The Curse of Noel Edmonds', and frankly one has to get one's priorities right.