Wondering where I’ve been lately? Me too. These days I’m not sure if I’m coming or going.
This month I decided to sign up and try for Camp Nanowrimo. For those not in the know that means you have to write 50,000 words in August – complete this task, and you get a shiny button like the participant one you see here, only it will say ‘Winner’ on it instead. Ya I know, save the oohing and ahhing for later.
So I work full time, married, 4yr old son, belong to two active online writing groups, and yet in spite of all that; I somehow thought this would be a super fun thing to do. *head-desk* Oh yeah, and did I forget the part where I’ve also signed up to do a Try-a-Tri (baby triathlon) on Sept 17th? Uh-huh. Brilliant. Now when I’m not working, parenting or writing I’m trying to squeeze in minimal amounts of swimming/biking/running. But do you see me complaining about it?!!! Um, yeah, well I’m too tired to go back and edit out the whining and besides it wouldn’t leave me with much of a blog this week. 😉
Well as always, it could be worse. I could be in the London Riots, or in Afghanistan, or sporting Robert Pattinson’s latest hair don’t. Think I’ll take being in my own shoes any day.
Sorry to be outta touch peeps, tweeps, and general all round stalkers, but when the month is over I’ll make like Arnie and be baaaack!
Tammy’s Tip of the Week
This one is something I picked up between using Scrivener and doing Camp Nano. First, if you’re a writer, and you don’t have Scrivener, get it. Best tip I could give.
Having to write Nano is a mind trip. I used to write front-to-back, but with Nano, I have to write whatever I can, whenever I can. It’s forced me to become more flexible with my writing, pick out and write scenes and pieces of scenes here and there during breaks/lunches/wee hours/bathroom breaks (oh like you’ve never done it! ;D) and the thing I’m finding is I like it A LOT. Of course it helps that with Scrivener it’s easy to write random bits and then simply click and drag them into order. I’m now niether a Pantzer nor a Plotter, I’m a Plotzer. (you heard it here first, lol!) Writing this way has helped spurn my ambition, and therefore keeps my pace up. Even when I’m dog tired after a long day and a busy kid and all I really just to do is call it quits, I can now find something, somewhere, in my story that fits my mood at the time. I highly recommend you ‘Give it a Try’ (pun intended) and see where it takes you. You might hate it, or maybe like me, you might just discover a wonderful new way to do what you love and love doing .
Happy writing! 🙂
How’s my nano going? Slowly….but I will NOT BE DEFEATED!!!! (they say if you believe it then it’s not technically a lie). Here’s some of cool stats they give you at Nano taken from my own work in progress;
Average Words Needed Per Day
- Your Average Per Day
- Target Word Count
- Total Words Written
- Current Day
- Days Remaining
- At This Rate You Will Finish On
- September 6, 2011
- Words Per Day To Finish On Time