kerri buckley and nanowrimo 2005

Pacific Northwest writer Kerri Buckley blogs about National Novel Writing Month in November, 2005.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Day One of NaNoWriMo 2005

Writer Kerri Buckley blogs about National Novel Writing Month
Wow, the first day of NaNoWriMo was rough for me. I was too cerebral. I still want to analyze all the fine points of novel writing, and differing points of view. I want also to write about Chris Baty's book, No Plot? No Problem! It really is a companion book to NaNoWriMo.
Since I've been studying novel writing with such an obsession, I see after rereading Baty's book that he really know this stuff. At least he knows 30 day novel writing. His humor is great, too. It made me laugh, which was rare today. I missed the goal of 1, 667 words, and I struggled with the opening chapter. I know what I want to say, but I can't write it without working out the images in pen on paper first. I did do something that surprised me. I wrote the last page. It was racing through my head for such a long time, and I really did capture it, even if it does need cleaning up. These posts will be brief this month, but I'll continue to post. More about Chris Baty's book later.
The small things or items I feel are most important right now for this writing? Here is my current list:
1. Rain - check (I live in the Pacific Northwest)
2. A variety of music. These include Chopin, Diana Krall, Mozart, the soundtrack from the Little Princess, and the Beatles
3. A little coffee. For me, less is more, so it's decaf
4. Hot chocolate
5. My special kraft paper notebook and a gel pen
6. I have about 40 books from different sources for this occasion - more about those, too, later
7. Soup
8. Sympacho tea - it's the best!
9. Poems by Ilya Kaminsky and Jenny Factor
10. Support and conversations (however short) with my friend, Louisiana writer Wayne Cain
By the way, you can still sign up at You can sign up most of the month.
More tomorrow. Kerri