Monday, November 7, 2011

Hi-ho,The derry-o A NaNo-ing I Go

November is National Novel Writing Month, or as most call its, NaNo. This is my second year of Thirty days and nights of literary abandon--aka insanity.

I have on my author info the following: "Sia McKye claims, other than being insane to sign up for this, she's pretty normal. Sia writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She also has a successful Blog where she features various authors and their books. Sia should know all about writing, after all she's done, but when contemplating that concept, tends to laugh manically.

I'm pretty much focused on meeting my writing goals and all my spare time is being used in doing so. If you don't see me on line or blog hopping much (the great time thief) you'll know why.

I'm mostly a pantzer, meaning I have a general idea of where I'm going and what will happen, but the specifics are subject to change as the characters develop their own mind and personality. I've had a few surprises along the way. I'm over 10k consecutive  words into this story. I've hit a few glitches and brick walls. Ouch. When that happens I've been known to pound my head on the wall and ask myself why in the hell do I put myself in this sort of position to begin with, LOL! But then a funny thing happens. My mind just skips ahead and I find myself writing other scenes that I will have to connect to the overall story later. I probably have another 15k of scenes like that. What I've discovered is I can come back to where I left off and I can move forward again.

I have a couple of writing buddies who take several weeks before NaNo to prep for their story. They get their research in order, figure out scenes, characters, and plot points. A couple of them will finish their 50k by mid month. They are leaps and bounds ahead of me and that's okay. 

I've been researching the background for this story for months. My research file over 8 MB thick covering history, languages, old legends, and the region of my setting--including maps--fauna and flora and the habits of such. While I've actually lived in the state the story takes place in and know it well, there was still much I didn't know. It was fun. But now comes the building the story and weaving the characters into the world. 

My goal is to achieve the 50,000 words. Me and the writing support critters are working hard towards accomplishing that.

  • How about you? Are you a participant? How's it going?
  • You can find me on NaNo site as Sia McKye. Buddy up with me!
This week's guests: Carolyn Brown-Wednesday and the Magically Delicious, Judi Fennell-Friday 

A couple of things to make you smile:



Shirley Wells said...

Aw, yes, they made me smile. :)

Good luck with NaNo. I'm not participating but I really need to get plenty of words written on the wip. Hmm, maybe I should have joined up after all. Keep going!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Shirley, I'm glad I made you smile. We need 'em.

I know several authors who use NaNo to keep them on track.

Writers usually have several partially done MS. Great way to finish them up.

Thank you, I intend to keep going!

Happy writing!

VA said...

Not this year. I abandoned it. Several failed years and I don't need the guilt heading into the holidays.

I will be rooting. So...GO Sia!

Tonya Kappes said...

Whoo hoo!! NANOING yes!!! I have to say that I'm a panster too! It's my best work to have that free feeling. I LOVE Nano because I like connecting with other writers on this level. I hope to make the 50k word goal. We will see. . .

Karen Walker said...

I so admire all of you for doing this, Sia. It would be way too stressful for me. Good luck!

Jill Lynn said...

Excellent progress, Sia!

Other Lisa said...

I never have participated but am tremendously impressed by those who do. I'm still just grinding away at my WIP and am happy to get 500 words a day!

Good luck! Break a leg!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Vivian, I didn't make 50k last year but y'all talked me into it and I'm glad you did. I just feels good to be a part of it whether I make it or don't.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Karen, we do what we can. thanks for the cheering on.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jill, you're doing great too! Go Jill, go!

Tonya, I need to get you on my buddy list.

Lisa, I've got a crutch handy. *grinning from ear to ear* Thanks!

Jo said...

I've never really understood, is there any point to NaNo other than accomplishment and success in achieving 50K, is there a prize or anything, doesn't seem to be. Good luck anyway. Hope the brick wall doesn't leave too many scars.

~Sia McKye~ said...

No cash prizes, Jo.

Part of the *prize* for me is the accomplishment part of it is getting this book done so I can get it edited and ready to query.

Having been sick for so many months it also helps me get back into the habit of writing daily--aside from various articles or for my blog.

And thank you. I'm a tough broad, that brick wall usually doesn't stop me from accomplishing whatever I set my mind on. There's always a way around, under, over, or through, lol!

Kat Sheridan said...

I'm not really Nanoing this year. I'm trying to write every day, but like OtherLisa, so long as I get SOME words on paper, it's all good. I'm trying to learn to stop "should-ing" all over myself.

~Sia McKye~ said...

That's a hard one Kat. I tend to be too much of a perfectionist. Getting over that has been a long time coming to terms with. I'm trying to remember I love telling stories and the feeling of accomplishment when I write on the story every day.

Like someone told me recently, "Words are words...Just write. That's what matters most." Good advice, don't you think?

Hilary said...

Hi Sia .. good luck - and at least you know what to expect .. and have fun .. cheers Hilary

Talli Roland said...

Good luck, good luck, Sia! I hope it's going well and you're enjoying the writing.

Hope the horse and hound are feeling better!

Anonymous said...

I've got to join Nano today and get moving! Good luck to you. Hey, not sure if you know I've had a new blog @

Now I'm off to pee on a few people.