Unofficially, the quarter continues

I think I have a school problem. This morning I got up with every intention of working on my Nanowrimo attempt – my 1667 words plus the 220 that I didn’t get to yesterday. Yet here I am (well, literally here I am writing a blog entry, but ignore that part), going over my final essay for my British Literature class and thinking that I’m going to go through and complete it.

The essay was due – and turned in – last Wednesday, but considering that I hadn’t really picked what I wanted to write about until early Monday morning, I was pushed for time. So, while my essay was 14 pages long, I only got as far as the Victorian Era, and never really got to fully develop the points and ideas I was wanting to include.

My teacher finally posted the grade as well as the comments to my essay. She’s always really good about uploading a commented version of the essay as well, which I decided to look over this morning. I was shocked to see how positive the comments were – not that she is negative in any means. On the contrary – she’s an extremely supportive teacher, really wonderful and excited about what people have to say. However, I expected a lot of points about needing to expand on ideas, since that’s what I feel like that essay needs. Only once was a comment similar to that nature brought into light, and that was more asking for an explanation of the technique of a poem that I chose to use to make my point. Other than that, they were suggestions for readings she thought I might like.

Nevertheless, I am delving into that essay again, wanting to complete it and make it what I want it to be. As mentioned in my last post where I shared Creative Ideas for Starving Artist’s post about the lack of creativity and thinking in our culture, I wanted to make my essay have a point – aside from the general evolution of the question of Humanism. I wanted it to be an argument as to the importance of keeping the arts in school.

So, four days into my winter break, and I am still working on my essay, I am still creating a piece that I want to be perceived as fit for publication.

Why can’t I just relax?

Of Course I’m Stuck!

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Today I am at 1,349 3,849, trying to catch up. The goal is an average of 1,667 words per day, so today I should be up to 3,334 5,001 (ish).

Yesterday rendered me completely unable to write anything due to work schedule and prior obligations (though I don’t entirely count seeing a live show as an obligation, just something planned well in advance). So today I have been scrambling to catch up.

The good news is that in years passed, page 6 has always been the farthest I’ve been able to get to before hitting the writer’s block. And I haven’t hit it yet at page 7 – nearly 8! I assure you, this is worth celebrating.

However, the bad news is that I am just bored with the scene. I could skip over parts, but I’m afraid that if I don’t continue on in a linear fashion then I won’t make my goal, and I’ll hit writer’s block much faster. So I write a bunch of non-subsequent scenes that I’ll a) get lost, or b)run into my Nanowrimo demise sooner than my 50,000-word goal.

I’m still working on it, I’ll see if I can push through the boredom of the scene.

Getting Started on (unofficial) NaNoWriMo

Well, I began my unofficial NaNoWriMo yesterday, and didn’t get very far. About 318 words to be precise. Today I am at 1,349, trying to catch up. The goal is an averate of 1,667 words per day, so today I should be up to 3,334 (ish). A little half way there!

Usually I try and premeditate an idea. But actually, I ended up finding a decent blog called Writing Prompts that Don’t Suck. I managed to find something in there which got my wheels turning for the first 318 words, though it wasn’t until today when I was eavesdropping on another table during breakfast that I gained the rest of my story, or at least, a direction for it.

I’m still writing, I just wanted to get a word count in here before the end of the day!

As NaNoWriMo Draws to a Close

Firstly, a HUGE congratulations for all the participants of National Novel Writing Month that made the goal of 50,000 words. That is absolutely amazing, and even if you’re not proud of what you created – you really should be. In November, with it’s measly 30 days, 50,000 words averages out to be 1667 words written per day.

A little on NaNoWriMo for those of you who might not be in the know: National Novel Writing Month begins at midnight on November 1st and ends at 11:59pm November 3oth, the goal of which is to write 50,000 words (as you might have gathered from my congratulatory paragraph above). There is a whole online community based around this, which you can explore using the above link. It is a nonprofit organization with the aim at helping writers create.

“National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes your story matters. Our mission statement:

National Novel Writing Month organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.”

NaNoWriMo creates programs in communities all over the country, encouraging young writers with their K-12 Young Writer’s Program, meeting fellow writers in your community, as well as monthly exercises which get you pumped and ready for November each year (Camp NaNoWriMo).

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Because of school (though the running excuse for the last few years has been work), I wasn’t able to participate, or even consider participating in it. However, since for some insane reason my college has altered the schedule to differ from every other college in the state and give us finals week the week following Thanksgiving weekend – thus resulting in a five week winter break – I thought I would make December 6-January 5 (30 days) my own Novel Writing month, seeing if I can independently accomplish what so many dedicated writers accomplished over November.

I might cheat a little bit and put to use the NaNoWriMo Boot Camp to see if it can help me generate ideas and keep on track. We will see how it goes.

However, again, I have to say congratulations to those that participated, and an even a bigger one to those that met the goal. Well done, writers!