A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, week 1

I’m on day four of National Novel Writing Month. And it’s been a good but strange few days, because while I have a table of contents already and a relatively solid idea of what I’m writing about — the apocalypse, and, now that I’ve done some quick-and-dirty background research and settled some things in my head,Continue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2011, week 1”

More notes on my NaNoWriMo table of contents

On Monday, I was explaining the concept of NaNoWriMo to my students, and they asked what I was writing. So I told them about my book idea and the “table of contents” I’d come up with, and one student asked me, “How do you write from a title?” But before I could answer, another studentContinue reading “More notes on my NaNoWriMo table of contents”

NaNoWriMo in a comfortable sweater

I’m starting NaNoWriMo today, so I figure I ought to get comfortable. I have a lot of writing ahead of me. This is a sweater my mother-in-law gave me a few years ago. At the time, I was living in Wisconsin and renting a duplex from a wonderful couple who knew I taught at theContinue reading “NaNoWriMo in a comfortable sweater”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo table of contents

In just a few days, National Novel Writing Month will begin. So of course I’m gearing up. I have a lot of explaining to do about what you’ll see on the “notebook page” below, but I don’t want to front-load all this. Better just to give you the list, and then I’ll explain everything below. ToContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo table of contents”

Writer’s Notebook: a new beginning

I know. I missed last week’s Notebook and when you scroll down in a minute, you’re going to find a blank page. This is a good thing. See, I’ve landed a new teaching job and a tutoring gig, I’m working on a project for my Buddhist center, and I’m reading for Jersey Devil Press. PlusContinue reading “Writer’s Notebook: a new beginning”

NaNoWriMo Conclusion

Well, it’s official:  I’ve “won” NaNoWriMo,” with a final word count of 51,879 words.  Fewer than last year, but many more to come if I expect to finish the story itself.  Still, I’m glad to be finished with this frenzied marathon, because the whole experience has, as per last year, energized my writing, and I’mContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Conclusion”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #4

So, as promised, I’ve been tinkering a bit with the book since I returned from vacation, even adding some new scenes, but I haven’t updated the word count because most of the new text is still in my voice recorder and most of the changes have been internal, meaning that part of the word countContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #4”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #3

Well, it’s (un)official:  Last Saturday, after two marathon writing sessions and just one day after last week’s update, I passed the 50,000-word goal.  That’s seventeen days early, and two days earlier than I crossed the finish line last year.  It feels epic. And it happened right on time, too, because I spent the day afterContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #3”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #2

This week I’m just posting one long section from my NaNoWrimo novel.  I’ve been writing all over the place this week, but I’ve finally gotten into the meat (or the blood?) of the story concept, and this passage–a bit expository, I know–sort of encapsulates that concept.  (Plus it’s a nice glimpse of how fringe-nutty myContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #2”

Photo blog 29

Translated from the German:  “The soul lives on.”  In the Cemetery of the Nameless, Vienna, Austria, 30 November 2009. This image isn’t directly related to my NaNoWriMo novel, but I am getting to a place in my novel where I might start writing about cemeteries, and the Friedhof der Namenlosen has become for me aContinue reading “Photo blog 29”