kerri buckley and nanowrimo 2005

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Day Fifteen-One half Month Milepost

Writer Kerri Buckley blogs about National Novel Writing Month
Week Three. I got a very nice email from Chris Baty today on how much easier it is during week three compared to week two. Eek!!! Week Two was stressful, but Week Three is, too, because I have more important outside commitments this week. I have decided to concentrate on scenes. I am writing this novel one scene at a time. It doesn't feel so overwhelming to me if I think in these terms. My daughter confessed to me that when I was gone, she opened up my files and read the whole thing. She also said to me "I didn't know you could write fiction". (She is 15, and has won four writing awards. Two of those awards were national awards in fiction).
My son is honoring this time so much. He hasn't asked me for anything this month. He's enjoying more time with his friend and his skateboard. NaNoWriMo could be called "NaNoWriMo Kids Free-For-All". It really is. Mine are old enough to cook, at least.
My lead character took on a new dimension today. With that whisper of knowledge, so did I. I can't explain it much better than that, except to say that I feel what my characters are feeling.
Chris Baty said not to worry about "pretty sentences", but not doing that is a problem. I have to find a balance somewhere. I interviewed a young woman from Austin about NaNoWriMo, and I'm going to soon post part of that interview. Also, look for Wayne Cain's article on the Heroic Journey. It's really, really good. Back to the novel. The blog is a nice diversion, but keeps me from the word count. Bye. Kerri