NaNo Recap: Week Three

nano 2010Daily Goal: 38,341
Actual:       44,148

This is what Chris Baty, founder of National Novel Writing Month, says about Week Three:

“If you are feeling stymied in Week Three, you were probably cursed with a more dictatorial Inner Editor than most.”

*raises hand*

Yeah, that’s me.

Week Three is supposed to be about new highs, sudden synergies, a light at the end of the tunnel.

I can’t really complain if this week’s been hard on me because I got a Week Two from Heaven, and no one expects that. But as I close my third week and head into the final stretch, I’m struggling for word count. Some of that was a particularly vicious final week on my 3-month temp assignment (I should tap that, I really should, libel be damned), but the rest is the voice of the editor who is beginning to tell me that this thing isn’t as good as I dream it could be, which makes me sad because I’ve grown to love these people.Does Madame Editor realize that how good it is now is not the point?No. No, she doesn’t.There are only seven days left and there is so much to do. But then, just as the tank hits empty, something breaks loose and the caricatured, mean, heartless Mrs. Tennant becomes real, a very disappointed, childish and yet sympathetic woman, doing the best she can with a life that doesn’t make any sense to her. Continue reading

NaNo: When is Week Two not Week Two?

nano 2010What a ride this NaNo has been!

I’ve passed the half way mark in the middle of what is supposed to be a week of doubt, hand-wringing and procrastination. Instead, this story keeps on soaring. The plot is clarifying, motifs arise, characters gain depth and richness, and I can slow down enough to occasionally write prose I am not ashamed of.

The novel is called Attempting Failure, and here is my freshly written synopsis:


Malcolm’s life was like a mystery, a question, a riddle. At times, Maggie felt she held it in her hands, a naive, clumsy girl with Venetian glass.She never meant to break it. He didn’t know how to fix it.When all the right answers go wrong, the best strategy may be playing to lose.

And for those who might be interested, an excerpt… Continue reading