Tuesday, November 10, 2009

NaNoWriMo: Day 10

So far, I'm really digging NaNoWriMo. I've written just over 9,500 words of my novel as of last night, and it's coming together. Albeit slowly. I wouldn't go far as to say that I like my work, because it's not my best writing, but it'll get there. I mean, I have plenty of time to improve -- 40,500 words more. Um, cool. My heroine, who is partly autobiographical, is pretty awesome (much like me, right?), and the other characters are significantly less developed at this point but I hope to make them equally awesome. I still need a lovable geek, though.

What I'm loving most about this whole NaNoWriMo experience so far is making time for myself and doing something that I love to do. Thanks to the influence of my mother, I generally like to handle things myself -- I volunteer to do a lot for other people, or I take on a project or chore that someone else could just as easily do and get annoyed if someone else says they will handle it. Because my name is Ashley and I am an overly accommodating person. But, this month, I have an excuse not to volunteer to clean the bathroom and I'm using it. And I'm enjoying it. I'm taking a step back and focusing on something I really care about, something that fulfills me. I'm actually pretty proud of myself.

But, I am writing Chick Lit. Geez.

But, there's still a long way to go -- 20 days left to write 40,500 words (at least), and finish this damn thing. Then, I win! I am a novelist! So leave me encouraging comments!!


allen said...

I once heard Wendy Wasserstein speak. An audience member asked her whether she writes for a certain number of hours a day, or a certain number of words a day, as if those were the two choices. Wasserstein laughed and answered that she writes when a deadline is upon her and she's already spent the advance. She also talked about procrastination, saying it's a known fact that writers have the cleanest bathrooms.

This is all to say that you deserve a lot of credit for writing so regularly and for working toward a self-imposed goal. I can't wait to read it!

PlaysOneonTV said...

Thank you, Allen! You're on the short list of people I may let read my first draft! That, let me tell you, is an honor.

Marisa said...

yay you. may your path bring you joy.

Steve said...


PlaysOneonTV said...

leave it to Steve to send his encouragement via a YouTube clip!