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Sunday, October 24, 2004


BIAW ended yesterday, and I met my goal! I wrote 42.5 pages for a 40 page goal. So the good news is I met the goal I'd set for myself. The bad news is, in order to keep challenging myself, I'll have to up it next time I participate.

(My 5-year-old son just came running down the stairs, flailing his arms in the air. He reached the bottom, ran accross the living room, and fell face-first on the floor. Apparently, he was imitating Ty the Tasmanian Tiger. Whatever it was, it was hilarious!)

OK, so where was I? BIAW.

So, I wrote just over 42 pages, got my characters to the bar, but still haven't managed to have them mooned by that giant hairy toothless drummer!

Funny thing about this scene. I got stuck. Horribly, horribly stuck (I hate saying blocked.). The scene is very loosely based on an experience I had (although nobody was mooned), and I had notes on the things I wanted to happen. It seemed my problem was figuring out how to incorporate my characters into the events. So on Friday, my husband had the day off from work, which meant my son could stay home with him during my daughter's Tae Kwon Do class. That was good news for me. I brought Rocky along, dropped my daughter off at class, and sat in the parking lot with Rocky.

If I ever have the opportunity to meet Danny Vaughn (Tyketto/Vaughn) in person, he's gonna get a huge hug of thanks from me. Why? Because while he was singing to me from my truck's stereo, I managed to pour out eight pages for my bar scene in thirty minutes! I'm not sure if it was Danny, or the fact my kids weren't screaming in my ears, or both, but I was happy dancing with joy.

Funny thing with this story, I've found that if I've got Danny Vaughn playing in my headphones, certain scenes tend to flow more easily. Actually, it's really not so funny, but more a testament to my personality. A testament to the importance of music in my life. With BMO, it's Danny Vaughn. With my first story, Irresistible Harmony, it was Journey's album, "Arrival", and the Damn Yankees' song, "Where You Goin' Now". Wonder who it will be with my next story?

One of my CPs is thinking about joining NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel between midnight November 1st and midnight on November 30th. With standard manuscript formatting, that works out to be about a 200 page novel.

I don't think I'm quite ready for NaNoWriMo. I'm excited about reaching a 40 page goal in a week. NoNoWriMo would be like doing four back-to-back BIAWs with 50 page goals each. I think I'd burn out. As it is, I'm going to let BMO sit a couple of days and ferment a little before I go back, start editing, and begin the process of submitting chapters to my CPs so they can rip them apart.


  • Wow... how on earth did you manage to write so much in one day with a young child in the home?!? I'm lucky if I can get 500 words done with my four-year old chattering away!

    By Blogger Writer Waiting, at 9:39 AM  

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