Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I have a recurring dream where I find myself back at work at my old IT job at the hospital where I used to work, but in a consultant role. Usually the dream ends when I remember I don't really like working there and I don't have to work there anymore. Last night, the ending was different. I realized I needed to stop working because I need the time to finish my novels - I told them I had to quit because I'm a writer, and I didn't have time to give two weeks notice - my novel was waiting.
And it is. I did finish jotting down all the edits for the middle chapters of my novel - but I didn't type them up. Chaos took over last night with my kids - and exhaustion after that. I did fall asleep at the first commercial break during Chelsea Lately. That's good sleep for me, even though my alarm went off at 5:30.
I have 20 minutes this morning and not much time later to type up the edits. I'm going to take it one chapter at a time today and take however long it takes. I really wanted to get the whole thing done and off to beta readers before Halloween. I signed up for NaNoWriMo and want to start something new on November 1.
My assumption is that NaNoWriMo was a name that some writers came up with. Really? That's the best they can do? It's impossible to pronounce. Why not NNWM? NWM? Novel Month?
For NaNoWriMo, I plan to write the prequel to the novel I'm finishing this month. It's a story I hand-wrote and then lost. It's here somewhere - I'll probably find it as soon as I write the last word of the new version. Initially, the characters were different - I think it will work better with the characters from my current story. When I did the last revisions, I added in "hooks" (I hate that word - it sounds so hokey) to connect the two stories.
I am so happy I finished writing the middle section, the problem chapters, and that I got positive feedback from my critique partner. The ending is done - just needs some polish, so that should be easy enough to complete if I get this middle section done by the end of the weekend.
I'll read your posts later today when I'm done with whatever I can get done. I hope you all have productive days too.
I think moving forward, I will add pictures to my blog. I dunno - does it really make a difference?