Sunday, November 08, 2009
I suck at writing
Progress report for week 1 of NaNoWriMo—1,536 words.
I'm 14,210 words behind.
Several times during this past week, I planned to write for a few hours. Something always popped up and sucked away my writing time. So I decided that since I had nothing scheduled for Saturday, yesterday, I'd write all day. Good plan, right?
Well, I forgot that today is our monthly Family Dinner. So first thing yesterday, I got up and went to the grocery store. And since we have a couple of birthdays to celebrate, in addition to the menu, I had to pick out gifts and treats and all that jazz.
When I got home, one of my kids needed a ride to pick up her car from the shop. It didn't take long, so I totally didn't mind. It also gave me a few minutes of her undivided attention while we drove there—something I haven't had in awhile.
Then I remembered that I needed to get New Moon tickets and I better get them now while there are a few left. Our first theater choice was filled up already. So then I had to call everyone in my group and make sure they were okay with moving the venue. Calls, chit-chat and ticket ordering took about an hour.
Then it was time to go to Kris' rugby game. It was the last one of the season and I'd only made it to one other game—but I'd gotten there late and they'd taken him out already. (He normally plays a lot, but they were beating the other team so bad, they took the A team out and let the B team have some field time.) Since this is his last year and I've never actually seen him play, I had to go.
So then it was 3:00 p.m. Okay, I still had the rest of the day to write. Right? On the drive home, I noticed I still had Halloween nail polish on my nails. (I had scheduled a fill for today, but then cancelled it to write.) So I stopped at Sally's and got a file, polish remover, and a solid color polish that would hide the fact of my overdue fill.
By the time I got home, my brain was so fuzzy and tired I couldn't think straight, forget being creative. I tried to take a nap. No luck. So I filed and painted my nails.
And then...well, I don't really remember what happened after that. But eventually, I found myself asleep.
Total Saturday word count: 0.
So I got up early today planning to write before church (which is in an hour) because I'll be cooking and preparing for the kids and grandkids to come over after church.
I added 76 words to finish off chapter 1... And now I'm totally stuck. I don't know where to go next. How do I get to what actually happened when my main character found the body? Do I write it in the police interview room? Or have her tell her friends when she gets back to campus? Is chapter 1 long enough? Maybe I should put it at the end of that chapter, then start chapter 2 back at campus? And wait, when do I introduce her friends? And then...
At this point, I'm thinking she's so overwhelmed I'll just send her up to the roof to jump off. End of story.
Not really. But it's tempting.
So now that I've whined all over you, how are the rest of you Nano-ers doing?
Now playing on my iPod: I don't know because I clipped it to Lexie's belt when I sent her up to the roof...