Sunday, 8 November 2009

NaNoWriMo - Week 1

How is everyone doing?

I have 7,071 words and I'm loving this story and these characters. I've run into a few problems though.

First, I'm not where I wanted to be with my word count but I'm not stressing. If you are, then you should read this great post by Justine Larbalestier Word Count is not Everything. Then check out her and Scott Westerfeld's other NaNoWriMo tips.

Second, my last MC's voice, will not get out of my head. It's not surprising really, Emma and I have been together for over a year and I love her, but I really need to find a way to shut her up!

Also if you're a fan of internal monologue (which I am) you should bookmark this post by Kim Thacker for the revision process. Great idea Kim!

Finally you should go read Courtney Summers post on Mean Girls. It's amazing and honest and scary and powerful and makes me so glad I'm out of high school. Although sadly lots of mean girls grow up to be mean women.


  1. Congratulations! Over 7,000 words is great. I so admire anyone who can write prose.

    Also, I love the quote you posted on Friday. I feel the same way!

  2. Great job! 7K is a lot of words, and it's especially great if you're getting deeper into your story. I'm doing the "real" NaNoWriMo for the first time right now. A friend and I did a practice run in March. I wrote 50K words, but it was for a book I had already started. This time, starting fresh, I'm having a lot more fun and letting the story unfold whimsically instead of trying to tell something I've already sketched out.

    Interesting discussion on mean girls. As a former school psychology grad student (and Catholic high school survivor), I think our culture and school system structure (promoting high competition among peers from early childhood) feeds into our bullying problem. I think mean girl novels are so popular because art imitates life... and often, bookwormy girls (like myself as a teen), who purchase YA novels, have lived those experiences.

    But based on my observations of high school kids today and a cultural shift post-gen-X, I get the feeling that teen girls are less vicious now, and that it's not as acceptable or glamorous to be mean as it was in the '90s. I hope I'm right!

  3. Hi Alexa :)
    Congratulations on the great word count & even more for writing a story you are loving!
    Thank you for the links too.
    Love & Best Wishes,

  4. Good luck with Nano - I have and award for you at my Writer's Butt blog.

  5. You're doing well :)

    It's so much fun when our characters keep nagging at us... oops, talking to us, even when we're busy with other things. Must be a sign of a good character.

  6. Thank you for linking to me, Alexa! I hope my ramblings can be helpful to someone.

    Congratulations on your successful writing so far! It sounds like you're doing great. It's hard to quiet the voice of old characters, especially when their voices are similar to our own. When you figure out how, post about it, okay? I'd love some tips! Good luck with NaNo!

  7. Linda - Thanks and yes it's a fabulous quote.

    Genie - good luck with NaNo and I hope you're right about mean girls!

    RKCharron - thanks :) & I'm glad they were helpful

    Mary - thank you, that is so sweet!

    Jemi - well lets hope so :)

    Kim - No problem I thought it was a great idea! I'll keep you posted on Getting rid of Emma (that sounds like a good title actually!)

  8. Ha! Getting Rid of Emma! The next great tale for Austen lovers....

  9. Hey Alexa, I didn't realize you moved blogs, but wondered if you were still around. Congrats on the word count! You're doing fab. I didn't join Nano this year because I'm stuck in revisions, but I'm off to check out your interesting links.


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