Nano Complete

I have completed my first NanoWrimo. I did it! I wish my word counts could have been higher, but I am satisfied with the accomplishment.






I have decided to take the plunge this year and try my hand at this phenomena called Nanowrimo. While the intent is to write an entire novel in a month, I do not share that objective. I am starting small, with a 10K word count goal. Hopefully I can overshoot that, but — errr well — NHL playoffs start very soon, and Pillars of Eternity released last week! Those are both HUGE distractions for me. I probably shouldn’t have signed up, but a goal that size should be manageable, regardless of what else is happening in life. Am I right?

As of today, I am almost at 4K words, so it seems that I should be able to manage staying on track – that’s the plan, anyway. How are all of you doing?




Now that I have started writing again, I am starting to view movies differently that I use to. After all, a lot of talented writers create the words behind these visual and audio masterpieces.

My wife, daughter, and I went to see the movie “Chapie” recently. We ended up leaving half way through it. I wouldn’t have left, personally, because I wanted to see the twists and turns that I was certain would present themselves, but the level of violence, profanity, and darkness/evil was just too much for the two of them to handle. No regrets; I am just left wondering. I must say, though, that the themes were appropriate for the setting, so I can’t really fault it from that perspective.

In contrast, later that same evening, my daughter and her friends went to Insurgent, and since it was an 11pm showing and quite a way from our home, I decided to watch it as well (I didn’t sit with them, in case you’re wondering :p ). That movie, too, was pretty violent in places, but not in the same way. Even though you mostly knew where it was headed, there were sufficient twists and turns along the way, and enough suspense to make it what I felt was a very good movie.

I truly hope that I can become a good enough writer to put together the characters, plots, conflicts, twists and settings that will give people something to enjoy from my mind to theirs!

Weekend Warriors … NOT! (but maybe?)

In many ways, one would think that the weekends would be a great time to get some writing done.  Am I right?

In reality, I find that weekends are almost the worst as far as available time. Being a husband and a parent is my first priority at this stage of the game. As such, my time is pretty much never my own. So does that mean I don’t get any writing done on weekends? Usually I don’t, it’s true, but I have been thinking about ways to change that.  I have a few thoughts:

  1. Sprints – I use Write Or Die 2 to try and force myself to get words on a page in a set time frame.
  2. Headphones – Strap them on your head, put on some music, ignore the noise, and try and get a good 5-10 minute sprint done.
  3. Bathroom Breaks – Seriously no, but maybe it would work for someone. Mobile devices being as they are, perhaps a little writing could happen whilst one is … never mind. Use this method at your own discretion.
  4. Bed time – Grab 10 minutes just before bed. A laptop in bed works so long as your significant other doesn’t object to the tapping and the light.

Anyone else have suggestions?