Second, the entire NaNo world was on fire this week. Great word counts, enthusiasm, write-ins, totems, word wars, #1k1hr and more. Riding the crest of this wave, I put almost 12K words on my novel. The little red wordcount bar slid to the right. Yay!
Now we enter week two. And it's hard. The euphoria of the first few days has evaporated, and the realization hits. This. Is. Hard. Work.
The plot you were so in love with develops snarls. The characters you thought you knew inside and out suddenly develop personality quirks hitherto unforeseen. And don't even mention the serious cloud of writer's doubt that hovers over your head.
So what's a girl to do?
The same as always. Sit in the chair, get the document open, and power through. When not writing, ruminate on the plot and unkink the kinks. Explore the new-found complexities of your characters and find a way to weave them into the story. Oh, and put on your blinders, muffle the internal editor and the doubt monkeys who are eating away at your confidence, and plow on.
By the time you get to week three and you're on the downhill side of of 50K, you'll have momentum, and things that were a problem in week two cease to matter.
So, how'd you do in week one, and what are your plans for having a successful week two?
And third, on another really fun note, this week is the kickoff to a really fun blog hop for the authors of A Log Cabin Christmas Collection.
We're giving away two copies of A Log Cabin Christmas SIGNED BY ALL 9 AUTHORS, one for the winner to keep and one for the winner to give as a Christmas gift. You can read all about the contest rules and information by clicking HERE.
Here's the lineup for the next couple of weeks:
11/7: Jane Kirkpatrick: Words of Encouragement, Introduction of contest
11/8: Liz Johnson: I write about love and such, topic unknown
11/9: Wanda Brunstetter (Guest on Jane’s blog): Words of Encouragement,
11/10: Liz Tolsma: Heart, Soul & Splash of Sass, “How I decorate for Christmas & maybe recipe that is mentioned in story”
11/11: Michelle Ule: Finding God’s Fingerprints in Everyday Life, real Rev Thomas Hanks and how my family history figured in the writing of the story
11/12 & 11/13: weekend break
11/14: Margaret Brownley (Guest on Jane’s blog): Words of Encouragement, topic Unknown
11/15: Erica Vetsch: Erica Vetsch: On the Write Path My research trip to a logging camp in the MN North Woods
11/16: Debra Ullrick: Debra Ullrick,
11/17: Jane Kirkpatrick: Words of Encouragement, Bible quilt blocks in my Courting Quilt story and a little of how the idea came about
11/18: Erica Vetsch: Erica Vetsch: On the Write Path The Friday Five, Five Christmas Recipes
11/19: Kelly Eileen Hake
11/21: Jane Kirkpatrick: Words of Encouragement, Contest Winner announcement
You must go to the contest page to enter to win, then comment on each stop on the blog hop. It doesn't matter when you join the hop, you can backtrack, but it will be easiest to join right now and follow it every day.
Happy NaNo-ing, and I hope you enjoy the blog tour.