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Facing Reality Through Fiction

40,000 Words and Counting

For the sake of National Novel Writing Month I have successfully switched off my inner editor and have been able to write 40,000 words so far this month. (I am tired. I am also starting to speak in a West Texas accent whenever anyone asks me about the book.

I have also realized the old adage “Write what you know” must be correct, because it doesn’t matter what I start writing about, my characters turn out to resemble someone I know, or have habits that I myself have. I have also realized that God tends to pop up in my writing as well.  It’s natural for my characters to pray and go to church because that is what I do.

Well, for the past two weeks I have been living in an imaginary town, dealing with imaginary problems, proving once again that the life inside my head is so much more interesting than the life I actually lead.  Move over Walter Mitty.

Let’s just hope that I’m not deceiving myself in my writing ability, because I would love to someday put this imaginary world of mine to good use.

Question: What can a game warden do if he believes the sheriff and one of his deputies murdered a man, but he has no proof, because the sheriff and his deputy are the ones gathering the evidence?

Pages: 150

Word Count: 41,151

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Desperately Want to Go Back

Okay, so I’m writing.  And I hit a snag.  So I sit there and stare at my computer screen. The blank space that follows my last word mocking me. And I keep thinking. I want to go back and read what I’ve already written in order to see where the next logical step is.  But I know that if I do that, I will end up editing, and that’s not the point of NaNoWriMo. The point of NaNoWriMo is to move forward. Constantly move forward. I will not go back and check my work.  that can wait until December. I must move forward.  I will not go back.

Pages: 52

Word Count: 14,423

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Curse You Paying Job







Cramped fingers

Sore back

Apartment littered with empty boxes of Chinese takeout.

Mind that cannot stop thinking about the next word that goes down on the page.

Like most of it so far, but can’t go back and change anything, yet. Not during NaNoWriMo.

I forgot how wonderful it felt to just sit down and write all day.  Oh, I got up every now and then to stretch and walk around the apartment when I was unsure of what to write next.

I am writing my novel in an accent.  A West Texas accent so I have a lot of practice. But by Sunday when I called some of the ladies in my Bible Study, I realized that accent was coming out of my mouth on the phone.

The first thing I thought this morning, after “how long can I stay in bed until I really have to pee, and why did I have a dream about working in a convenience store like I did when I was in college” was I left Joanie confused, Max angry, Eddye cooking dinner, and Will was about to come over.  Should I end the chapter now or have the meal and the nighttime confession before I start the next chapter. Dilemma.  And one I can’t solve until tonight.

Maybe I should have asked for November off.

Pages: 37

Word Count: 10,024

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NaNoWriMo–Day 1

Okay, here it is!  The first day of NaNoWriMo, and my first year to try to write a 50,000 page book in one month.  I have warned my friends (not that they’ll remember) and my family (my parents will remember) that November is off limits because I’m going to be writing.  I’ve finished most of my character profiles, my synopsis and a rough outline, jotted down some good notes as far as the duties of a game warden (one of my characters is one of these) and hunting seasons. And if I get stuck on something I’ll just call my dad who used to be friends with a game warden and has lots of stories.  I’ve even worked ahead on my Bible Study.

Goals for today:

  • post synopsis on NaNoWriMo site
  • write roughly 2,000 words

Things to expect in the future:

  • strange questions posed on Facebook and Twitter about hunting, cotton farming, cattle raising and word options
  • strange phone calls to family and technical support
  • practical famine, followed by binging on junk food and gaining weight
  • weekends that don’t see me out of my pajamas

Thanksgiving is going to be tough. I may have to take some days off at the end of the month to finish.  However, right now, I’m just going to concentrate on starting.

Wish me luck.  And if you are participating in NaNoWriMo, best of luck to you.

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