My hat’s off to any and all participating in the full 50k word NaNoWriMo. You are dedicated, hardworking, inspirational…and if I may be so bold and not too horribly offensive…mentally deranged.
I tried one day to hit 1700 words (the average word count needed per day to hit a 50k goal over 30 days) and my last paragraph read something like this: Because I’m trying to find things to write about to get all my words in so I can stop writing. Ok really don’t need to get all my words in. Need to write for 5 more minutes. This isn’t very fun. Tomorrow I will actually write something resembling a blog post. I had the idea for 50 shades of brown – poop color coded underwear that hide skid marks depending on if you picked the right shade of brown for that day. This idea sounds like a Tommy Halvelford (Parks and Rec) idea. And I think I just spelled his name wrong.
I was supposed to be writing my “story”. However, I came into this challenge with no characters, no plot, no ideas. Oh wait – I had one thing – the name of my protagonist. And you know how I picked out that name? My name spelled backwards. Yeah, because that’s the level of skill we are dealing with here: Bits and pieces of weird and obscure information that randomly pop into my head.
On a side note: I have noticed lately that I write in puns. Usually unintended, although I will often notice them when I am editing and may point it out with a “see what I did there?” in case you aren’t Belgian and didn’t notice. I just re-read my 1700 word travesty and found this: I wonder if I should try fleshing out my character more. Like, make her fat. Really, Sue? This is why mommy drinks.
My subsequent writing has been a mix of blog ideas, adding more to my “story”, such as it is, and journaling. And I am keeping to my original goal of 500 words a day, 15 minutes per day except weekends, where I try to get in an hour so I can do editing on all the garbage I wrote earlier, because I almost had a mental breakdown the first day of writing without editing. My OCD was on FIRE.
Even taking that into consideration, this has been a very positive experience so far. Number One – I’m writing every day and Number Two – I’m having fun. Now, how many of you who read “Number Two” instantly thought of poop? You are my target audience for “Fifty Shades of Brown”. If you think I’m not writing that, you are so very wrong. That shit’s gonna be a best seller. <—- Pun alert for you non-Belgians.
And yes, I realize that if I have to point it out, it’s probably not that funny. But then again, I think, “What if they miss it? It’s so funny! I’m so funny! Sue is great!” so I always point it out. WHEN I NOTICE IT. If you see any I haven’t deliberately noted, please let me know. You will be given a large reward of Nothing, but you will have bragging rights and I will respond to your comment with “_________ is great.” allowing you a nanosecond of being greater than the greatest person in the universe: Me.