Thursday, November 18, 2010

Facing the Word Count

I am re-posting this from awhile back. Remember? It is the Rube Goldberg machine video from OK Go (Yes, apparently it is OK Go week. What can I say? Their videos are relevant to creativity and that is what I am all about).

Jon reminded me of this video with a take on it different than what I gleaned from it awhile back.  It came up when I mentioned my feelings of insecurity as I write the new WIP. He told me to write on through and to watch this video again. The title of the song is in fact "This too Shall Pass." Why I didn't get it before I don't know guess I am obtuse (like that was ever in question). The idea of pushing through adversity no matter what destruction will befall you. No matter how many pieces of toast (this video) or that the TV and the piano will be crushed in the melee.

I am cruising on my NaNo word count. At this particular moment I have 43,124 words since the month began (I will add 2,500 by the end of the day. That is my daily goal till I hit 50,000 on Saturday. After that I plan on still writing everyday but I will ease way back to 750.). I am somewhere in the middle of my novel with just the barest of ideas of what will happen as I get to the end. I keep having to resubmit to the messy process and push on. This is when the doubts creep in. Is the thing I'm making gonna be pleasant to anyone else, make sense, be obtuse like me? The not knowing what is ahead is painful. It is like being in pitch black scary darkness. But the fact that it has worked this far - that I have reached the middle and there already is the tiniest light on up ahead - might mean I could make it the whole way. I guess it is a lot quieter then the OK Go video, but I feel the destruction on the inside. Facing it is the hardest part.

The Practice Room helps. It is humming along, keeping me disciplined. Come write with us. Be amazed with how productive you can be (obtuse or not, The Practice Room keeps me honest). Check out the schedule through the door at the right.

21 comments:

  1. Congrats on NaNo. I love OK GO and their videos are fabulous!!!

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  2. Way to go. I love that we see things in different ways, but when we combine our visions it's like discovering a whole new color.

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  3. Melissa - Congrats to you on NaNo - you flew through your words! And the OK Go videos are inspirations!

    Jon - Yes! Inspirational, I tell you. And I love it to pieces too.

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  4. Wow! Almost 50K!!! Congrats, Tina!

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  5. Congrats on writing so much so fast. Keep with it Tina, you'll get to the end eventually.

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  6. Thanks, Kelly! I guess congrats are way in order for you as well! Bubbly all around!

    Kate! Thanks for the encouragement! I remember your word count was always out of sight! I have never done this before. It really pushes the process along - like it or not. I would love to live and write in my characters heads as I always think of you doing. I am getting closer.

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  7. That's awesome! What a great word count. And I'm so glad you posted this because my son is studying simple machines and this is a perfect example!

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  8. Yay on the NaNo progress!

    I'm especially glad I didn't join up this year, as I haven't even finished my WIP, nor will I get a chance to by the end of the month.
    Revisions were requested - again - on the last project, and all writing time has been diverted from creating new work to fixing older work.

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  9. Thanks, Anita. You make an awesome cheerleader!

    Laura, Thanks! My kids have watched this with me a million times. Always glad to help with homework!

    Lily Cate! Congrats on the revisions request. Although it sounds like work, it seems like a good thing. Good luck! And yay to you!

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  10. Tina, way to push through. Great word count! I know that feeling of not quite knowing what is ahead in a story that I've been pouring all this time and energy into.

    Will Hobbs said that writing a novel is an act of faith.

    No matter what you believe, I think there is a lot of letting go and giving into the process when you write a story.

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  11. Thanks, Paul. I love that saying. So simple and yet for me so true. The giving in is so scary and yet rewarding...

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  12. Woo-hoo!! Sorry I missed this awesome post. You are amazing!! Keep chugging and have the faith that it will all be worthwhile in the end... Great job!!

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  13. Hello Tina,

    Congratulations! You are on your way to the The End.

    I have learned that if you don't write, you'll start having conversations with yourself in the shower!

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  14. Ocean Girl! Good to see you! That is what they say, not practicing is practicing. You learn things all the time.

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  15. This video is AMAZING! So is your word count!!! Being a slow writer, I don't know how you do it. What an exciting process!

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  16. Thanks, MG! I love the video and I am partial to my word count as well :) But I'm not sure you would be as amazed if you saw the total drivel I am allowing to flow here! In any case, I am finding my way through the story. I am discovering my revision will be figuring out how to tell my story.

    H! How did I miss your comment?! Thanks! You and Anita will be on my cheer leading squad!

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  17. I actually was a cheerleader in high school...loved driving the teen boys crazy with the short skirt more than I loved cheering, if you want to know the truth. Buuut, just wearing sweats while I cheer you on...my how my life has changed. :) Rock on!

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  18. Anita, yes life is good! Now you wow folks with your cheers and in our imagination you are wearing short skirts too!

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  19. Congratulations on being so close to the end. That is quite an achievement. 50,000 is actually such a crazy number; I'm amazed that people actually do it.

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  20. Thanks, Sam! It will still take me a long time to finish up the manuscript but I found the story. That is pretty cool.

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