Thursday, November 11, 2010

10,000 words

I changed my story for NaNoWriMo three times this year.  I couldn't get past a few hundred words. I couldn't name any of the characters. I had no direction for the plot.Nothing was working for me.

Then, I received the contest critiques.  I considered not writing at all last weekend. I was busy pouting and consuming chocolate. Fortunately, for my NaNo and for my pant size, that only last about an hour. Then, an old story, one  I have toyed with for years, tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Hey, you could write about me."

I put aside everything else in my mind and just wrote. I wrote like I did before I started thinking about publication. I didn't think about who was going to read it or if I used too many "ly" words or the word "he" twelve times in a ten sentence paragraph. I just focused on putting the story playing in my mind into words.

In five days, my little smidge of an idea became over 10,000 words.
The really exciting part is I have plenty of more words floating around head if I could just find some time to put it on paper.

So, for today, I am doing the happy dance in celebration of me!

Feel free to join the conga line!


Amy DeTrempe said...

Congrats on the would count and finding your groove. Hope you hit the 50,000 goal.

Dawn Alexander said...

Thank you!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Good for you! That's what it's all about, regardless of if we're NaNo-ing or not--finding there place where we write for writing.

I've found you through the power of links. :) Best to you!

Dawn Alexander said...

That is so true, Jana! Thanks for stopping by!