Monday, December 31, 2007
74,228 / 90,000
Day 5 - yesterday.
Watched disc 1 of the Countdown Spectacular (no 1) to watch some old rockers try to regain their glory days. Interesting to note the ones that still had the voice and the moves, and the ones that will never recapture it again.
At last some new words added, and we're moving ahead. A missing scene starts to take shape. Enough of a start for me to continue on Day 6. But a migraine has stopped me from continuing and demanded an early night. All that Countdown?
Well, so much for the early night - that was the theory. In bed at 9pm, wide awake again (migraine gone) at 11.30pm. Knowing intellectually that I have to sleep, but my body and mind fighting me all the way. Not game enough to get out of bed and continue the scene because that will make me all awake and I have to work the next day. So thinking thoughts of sleep in between thoughts of the scene in progress.
Finally sleep visited again at about 1.30 am.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
This story has to be edited/written with the soundtrack of the 80's playing in my ear.
On the morning of Day 4, I also finished reading Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. Whoo- hee. Talk about sexual tension! When I finished it I went back and read the first chapter and the last chapter again to see how connects the two. Highlyrecommended - this is going on my keeper shelf.
Well that's the summary of Day 4, now I shall finish of the second half of day 5.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
It started out well with me noticing that I was more present to the conversation happening in my head betweeen characters, than the conversation happening in real life.
But went downhill from there.
Shopping. Picked up a couple of bargains.
But was interrupted by food poisoning. Luckily the effects of that didnt last long and my digestive system dealt with it quickly.
But that was replaced by toothache last night and I can see that a trip to the dentist will be part of my New Year's Eve schedule.
Oh well, as Scarlett would say, 'Tomorrow is another day.'
Thursday, December 27, 2007
73,414 / 90,000
Today I've completed a shallow edit of around 60 pages.
Words removed. Words added. A net gain of 17 words!
It was a work day today so I haven't attempted new writing but have been concentrating on editing and getting my head fully back into the story.
And for research I've been listening to an interview with Alex Smith on ABC radio:
I'm not working tomorrow so on Day 3 there will be new words. And I'll try and work out what happened in the scene that I have one handwritten page of, finishing mid-sentence.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Now that I'm trying to complete 'I'm with the Band', I'm not only trying to add words but I'm trying to refine and delete the unnecessary stuff. So in Nano terms today, I would be going backwards by losing words, but for Day 1 of my 12 days, I feel as if I have made some real progress.
My new word count is: 73,397
- the zokutu extended word counter could not cope with that, assuming that I had made a mistake and gave me this comment:
NB: You input a total word count below what you've previously written, so we've used that value as the amount you've written since you restarted writing.
Zokutu happily wants to give me a word count of 148,020 words. Ha!
so I won't try to confuse the meter by putting in the previous word count:
73,397 / 90,000
I've moved 3080 words out of this manuscript and into a new file called 'Backstory' because it is backstory. Some of it can go back in at some point but not as the huge chunks of info that are in this file. And I've written (or rearranged) 1491 new words.
The important stuff is still there. The mystery deposit into the bank account, the intro to the band, Kat's Things to Do before I die list (and a bit of thought process for each item on the list), catching up with her former best friend Maddie.
Instead of the first gig of the band happening on page 26, it now takes place on page 20 so we get into the action a lot quicker. I'm still concerned that I don't start with a significant event but Stu is still being cowardly and just leaving a note when he walks out on the marriage.
The original story started with this:
'It was never meant to end like this. All the divorces I'd heard of...all the relationship breakdowns...all had been brought to an abrupt conclusion by the final straw, an argument, a disagreement that had been running like an undercurrent throughout the relationship, occasionally bobbing up, creating a commotion, before submerging again.
But this was different. There were no arguments. No major event. It just fizzled out and he was gone. A note left. That told me nothing. No forwarding address. No contact details. After twelve years together.'
Now it starts with:
'If only I’d married Alex, everything would have been different. But he was just a poster on my wall. The voice booming from my record player. My idol. My rock god.
Instead I’d married Stu. Good old dependable Stu. Boring Stuart Simpson. Predictable Stu.'
Now I'm happily calling it a day, with a net loss of words but a clearer direction for the beginning of the story. I'm working tomorrow and I've been sneezing most of the afternoon so I better get a decent night's sleep. But I can't help wondering if there are any writers out there who never have to change the beginning of their story.
74,843 / 90,000
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Dorkus was also very impressed with present. A toy mouse that squeaks when he touches it. He's already thrown it around the room several times.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
So I read the hard copy of I'm with the Band, but it's very possible that there are more scenes than what is in those pages. I need to do a skim through the most recent version and write an outline of what I already have. So I started going through my writing folders and found a document titled 'I'm with the Band Story Notes.' Wow! I'm more organised than I thought. This has a line or paragraph on each of the missing scenes plus the new opening (well two paragraphs of it, but it's a start!). So I shall now skim the latest version and insert the missing scenes into the outline. Then I shall keep writing. I need to give Kat and Matt (have to change the name because they rhyme) a suitable outcome.
One thing I like about this particular work in progress is that it gives me the excuse to listen to Moving Pictures really loud. Seeing the acoustic tour and meeting Alex Smith again in 2005 gave me the inspiration for the novel as I wanted to capture the feeling of being 17 again. And that's the feeling that my heroine Kat also wants to capture.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The upside of this is that I've spent a lot of time waiting in the doctor's surgery, waiting for x-rays so I've been reading my unfinished manuscript, I'm with the Band. It has a lot of potential - the beginning needs rewriting as it took me a while to find the story, but I really like the story, so it's time that I gave Kat a fitting ending. It's suprising what a bit of time and distance can do when you reread your writing.
The weekend was great - well up until the point on Sunday night when I stupidly decided to remake the bed - and I caught up with aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, brother and sister. Lots of family! But this weekend will be catch-up on relaxation and preparation for Christmas. Blink and we'll already be in 2008!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
That's what I get for having days with no word count. I know I had a late start on Nanowrimo this year because I was working on another project, but zero word count days are naughty once I started . And when they happened I lost momentum.
The story is yet to be finished. This is where I have stopped for Nano....
So that was it? That’s what they called sex? Cinderella looked at the back of her snoring husband and wondered what all the fuss was about.
I'm not sure how much longer it will take to finish the story and I won't be finishing it tomorrow! My hands and arms and shoulders and eyes and brain all need a rest. Sleep! Sounds like heaven. And then after that it will be part-ay time! It's the end of year work bash, and I don't have to drive to it, so it's time to have fun. November just finished with impeccable timing.