Oct 30, 2015

Writerly things and NaNo-ing

Right, I wanted to write about my weekend on Monday. That didn't happen. But I wanted to post one before Halloween because there probably will be a post on that. (I spend today helping set up a haunted house.)

So. Yeah. This weekend. (Last weekend?)

Started off pretty good (Friday was my birthday ^_^), which included waking up Saturday morning on my friend's futon at 8:40 am. Which was, coincidentally, the time my train left. I didn't get to go home before my Saturday afternoon event, obviously. But oh well.

Said event was the NaNoWriMo kick off party for my region. Who knows if I'll see these people at local write-ins, our region is pretty big, but it's always good to know people are doing it with me. 

I did get introduced to the concept of a word war. I've heard of word sprints before, see who gets the most words in a designated chunk of time. A word war follows the same principle, but instead of individuals competing it's regions. Apparently, my West Chicagoland region is taking on the whole of Norway. Fingers crossed!

Sunday I went, as per usual it's getting to be, to my new crit group. It's been a few weeks now, and I like this group enough where I paid dues. It's a pretty varied group in genres and ages and experiences, but we're all serious about writing and that's what matters I feel.

I forgot what it was like to be in an actual crit group - I haven't done anything than online exchanges with one off strangers (and that sounds weirder than I wanted it to) since undergrad. So...four years now.  It's amazing how I seem to be revitalized.

I have made a point to go to a cafe once a week to write, no matter what city I'm living in. (I miss my SF cafe so bad.) But now I want to do more than that. I don't want to simply mozy through my edits for A View That Lacks Stars, I want to go fast! I want to brush off and resubmit some old short stories.

I'm not sure if this is a good time to get those feelings or not. With NaNo around the corner, I know I'm gonna need that passion for some massive word days. I already know I'll be busy entertaining people for at least 3 days. And then there's Thanksgiving. And I'm driving back (maybe) on the first to Chicago.

(Little unsocial me went back to her parents' place for Halloween - more on that later.)

I want to work on polishing things, not necessarily a new project. But I also know that every single novel I have ever written is a NaNo one, and the prompt that started this plotbunny going has been one bouncing in my head for a few months.

*Sigh* Oh well, I'll figure things out. Still being unemployed means I have more free time then I'd like (though somehow I picked up a recurring freelance writing client. Not complaining, just didn't see that happening) so I'll have time to write. I didn't win last year, so I'd like to this year.

You guys? I'm surprised I haven't asked before, but who is doing NaNo?

1 comment:

  1. It must have been a good birthday if you missed your train :-)

    I am not doing NaNo. I thought about it, to get myself back in the groove, but I think I need to ease myself back into my wip slowly. Good luck :-)