~ Melanie Jayne ~
Hi UTC fans, (I’m waiving at my laptop), I want to thank you for allowing me to visit, again. I chatted with you in July, 2013 about being an aspiring Erotic Romance Writer. Today, I am going to talk about my participation in NaNoWrimo 2014. I’m told that this is a no judgment zone – a safe place, where I can tell you my secrets.
I signed on for this event because my two close writer pals were doing it. I heard, “Oh it’s only 1,668 words a day, easy peasy.” Well I have my concerns, I know my shortcomings and this event plays to those. I am competitive, I lied about my points of WeightWatchers.com last year. (Hanging my head in shame),I would make promises to myself after eating a quart of ice cream about how I would be really good the rest of the week and then I would break them. When I saw that I’m to in my word count on the NaNo website, (YIKES), that might make it too easy for me to cheat. Secondly, I’m worried about people bragging about their output, sometimes that makes me want to compete and win even though there is no contest. I know it is the immature but I have faults.
So after a little soul searching, I decided that I am going to write when I can. (Maybe choose to write instead of watching The Real Housewives.) If I don’t make it to 50,000 words, no big deal, I can live with that. I am working hard to stick to that plan. I’m not checking my friend’s output and comparing numbers. Well, I might have checked a few times but I didn’t pad my totals, I swear. The words are coming easily so I’m pleased with my progress.
I love the story that I’m writing, it popped into my head one morning when I was driving home. I heard the Bruno Mars’ song, “When I Was Your Man”, and the whole thing hit me. I drove around my block (I live in the country so it was four miles) over and over until I had run through the entire plot with character names. I was so excited that I immediately typed the outline, but because I was in the middle of rewrite hell on another book, I put it to the side. I thought that NaNo was a great time to start writing the first draft of “You Always”.
Another goal is that I am trying to make the most of my writing time. I have a full-time job, a Mr., two monster dogs and a house that is always dusty and usually in need of a repairman. I am not a fast writer, nor can I write anywhere, anytime. I need at least an hour to ease into The Writing Zone. I have a ritual, that goes something like this: laundry started, dogs out, dogs in, consider drink choice, light some candles, which playlist will help most, I hate all of my playlists- maybe I should shop for new music, where is the elastic so I can put my hair up, cause it’s bugging me, which sofa to sit on, and poof, one hour is gone and I haven’t typed one word on the manuscript. This month I am trying to learn to get into “The Writing Zone” without so much of the prep work.
On December 1st, I hope that I can say that I made great progress on my WIP, and am settling in more quickly and that I didn’t cheat on my total word count. I hope my NaNoWrimo Buddies have much success. I hope that they don’t tear their hair out in frustration or feel badly about their output. I believe that every word is a victory and brings us closer to our goal!
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