Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Day 29 : The hard way

Here's one lesson I learned this weekend the hard way: if you're going to travel by air during NaNoWriMo, be sure to bring your laptop in case you get stranded in Cleveland.

Although I'd planned to arrive home from Thanksgiving (and back to my own laptop) yesterday morning, instead I've spent the past day and a half in Cleveland, where my flight yesterday morning was cancelled due to heavy fog here in New Hampshire.

Never to be daunted by mere circumstances of time and space, I wrote on regardless, scribbling about 6,000 words (judging from the number of pages and the size of my handwriting) in a pocket notebook. So tomorrow's task is to type those scribbled lines and see how close to "The End" I've come...with the official NaNoWriMo deadline looming at midnight.

Anyone in the mood for a come-from-behind, down-to-the-wire finish? And anyone have any Lessons Learned the Hard Way to share with the rest of us?
Word count: 43,150 + approximately (?) 6,000

Last line: Alexa thought this nearly as sad as the state of modern colleges, which no longer were spaces apart from the world but instead hedonistic places to be fully, loudly, and materialistically submerged in it. (yes, I was feeling a bit curmudgeonly when I scribbled that line...)


At 11/30/2005 7:29 AM, Blogger Devon Ellington said...

You can do it! At least you made use of the time in the airport, even if you had to write in longhand.

I still find that some projects work better if I do the first draft in longhand -- though, because of the time element, I did Nano directly onto the computer.

Go for it! Woo-hoo!

At 11/30/2005 11:43 AM, Blogger Jean said...

Thinking of you typing away. Hope you have enough time today to get it done without too much stress.

At 11/30/2005 3:04 PM, Blogger Diana said...

I was wondering where you were...

Good luck! Keep typing!

(How do the people who write the entire thing by hand verufy their word counts? That was rhetorical. Don't answer. Just keep on typing...)

At 11/30/2005 3:06 PM, Blogger Diana said...


Someone's been at the computer a LITTLE too long...

At 11/30/2005 5:36 PM, Blogger Rebecca Clayton said...

It's just not a real deadline unless you have to do something at the last minute. It's usually a technological glitch for me. "Out of toner" at 3 am.

Do you think your writing style was different with a pen and ink than with a keyboard? I know it makes a difference for me.

At 11/30/2005 7:14 PM, Blogger Lorianne said...

I actually prefer writing "by hand"...but for NaNo, there just isn't time to write everything "twice."

What was most annoying, I think, is I had to stop myself from editing the stuff I'd scribbled. It's bad enough to write a wretched first draft; it's torture to have to revisit it as you type it.

Diana, I'm assuming (?) that folks who handwrite NaNo novels have to type them for verification. Maybe if you had a secretary who would type for you, it would be better. :-)

Rebecca, I think my handwritten stuff is wilder & less organized than my typed writing. Writing by hand seems/feels more immediate, so it's easier for me to catch my first thoughts (even if they aren't grammatically sensical). When I type, I think there's always a subconscious notion of "correctness."


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