Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Woes of a Sad WriMo

I think it's safe to say that I won't be winning NaNoWriMo on time this year. Nope. Not likely.

This sucks. Sorry to be so blunt, but... well, it sucks. It really does. My first year I wrote just over 50,000 words in 30 days exactly. I was a little behind, but I made it in the end. This year... heh...

I keep trying to pinpoint exactly where I went wrong.

  • I'm not connecting with my characters?
  • It's a primarily male cast, and I am not male?
  • They are inspired by real people, and thus they are doomed?
  • Heck, it's just not realistic enough? Even for fiction?

Maybe I should be proud of myself, because it’s quite a comeback from last year… which ended in about 2010 words. (That was an embarrassing year.) Tonight, I finally broke 15,000 words!

*cue happy dance*

Unfortunately it’s day 26, and I have five days to write 34,617 words. Which would be 6923.4 words a day. I'm averaging somewhere between five and six hundred words a day.

My hope is that I at least get far. Even if I don’t win, if I get far enough, I’ll still be motivated to finish, even if it’s not before the month of December. And even if my novel totally sucks, it’ll hopefully evolve into something awesome, or I’ll be inspired to write something awesome.

So... (I might be laughing nervously here)... anyone else participating? Anyone winning? Losing? Crying? Devouring his or her sorrows in cheesecake? (By the way, I recently found out I make awesome cheesecake.)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Required Reading

Road Trip Wednesday has captured my attention once again. (A day late.) This week's topic?

If you had the power to change school curriculums, which books would you be sure high school students were required to read?

Oh high school... it's been almost two years. I remember the books; The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein, Hamlet, To Kill A Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, 1984, Animal Farm. And plenty more, but I can't remember them all off the top of my head. So many books I loved and hated. I forced myself through many, and read ahead on others because they were pretty good. So what exactly would I change?

First, I don't think I would remove any books from that list. I think reading these books is healthy. They were the originals that set the bar. We wouldn't have the modern day books we love without them. We also would be far more ignorant of life.

What I would do is not let "banned books" get banned from student eyes. There are a few books I wish I would have had to read in school; A Clockwork Orange, The Bell Jar, Catcher in the Rye.

Sorry, for the short post, it was mostly just an opinion post. But I'd be curious what your choices are... if you'd be so kind to comment below.