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Day 4: NaNoWriMo
11/4/2006 5:21:13 PM

"When in doubt, blow something up." - J. Michael Straczynski

Well, I didn't blow anything up in my story, but I did start a fire, and, well, I guess there were some explosions...

I am at Day 4 and feeling like I'm losing some steam. I heard the first week was like a Honeymoon, and for me to be hobbling along on Day 4, trying to make my wordcount goals for the day has me worried. But I am still in it, and still plotting on. I have about 1,000 more words to write today, and feeling exhausted. But I will do it.

I feel like this first draft, and the process of shutting my internal editor away in the closet (in a nice hotel room in Tokyo) has resulted in more words being written, but I wonder if they are "good" words, "good" writing. I know that's my internal editor, calling overseas, but it has me feeling like this first draft is a skeleton of what it could be...and I don't like that feeling. My normal process of writing is to write a scene, then re-write it until it gleams. I'm not doing that here, and it's different. But the goal is 50,000 words in one month, a first draft (and it can be a "shitty first draft", or "SFD" as Anne Lamott calls it.

I just have to get through today, and then tomorrow, and then the next day. I have to look at it as meeting my daily goal of 1725 words, and NOT 50,000 words.

My total so far is 5,842 words.

- Kathy

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More Blogs by Kathy Kubik
• Completed NaNoWriMo! - Tuesday, November 21, 2006
• Day 21: NaNoWriMo - Tuesday, November 21, 2006
• Day 18: NaNoWriMo - Saturday, November 18, 2006
• Day 17: NaNoWriMo - Friday, November 17, 2006
• Day 16: NaNoWriMo - Thursday, November 16, 2006
• Day 15: NaNoWriMo - Over 60% there! - Wednesday, November 15, 2006
• Day 14: NaNoWriMo - Tuesday, November 14, 2006
• Day 13: NaNoWriMo - Monday, November 13, 2006
• Day 9: NaNoWriMo - Thursday, November 09, 2006
• Day 8: NaNoWriMo - Wednesday, November 08, 2006
• Day 6: NaNoWriMo - Monday, November 06, 2006
• Day 5: NaNoWriMo - Sunday, November 05, 2006
•  Day 4: NaNoWriMo - Saturday, November 04, 2006  
• Day 3: NaNo - Friday, November 03, 2006
• Day 2: NaNoWriMo - Thursday, November 02, 2006
• Day 1: NaNoWriMo - Wednesday, November 01, 2006
• An Observation on the Writing Process... - Friday, October 27, 2006
• Less than 5 days remain... - Friday, October 27, 2006
• 7 Day Countdown to NaNoWriMo! - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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