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A Round of Words in 80 Days
Round 4 2015
The writing challenge that
knows you have a life
It seems like every year around the time NaNo starts some kind of drama in my personal life or someone who's part of my daily life heats up to a boil and there doesn't seem to be room on the stovetop in my brain for my novel as well. This time the drama is mine and had my thoughts in a froth. My fingers were flying to keep up with them--in journaling, email and texting. After two or three days of this I decided to do a wordcount on the words generated around this personal dram and found I was having no problem at all making daily quota...and more.
If only it were in my NaNoWriMo file. And that's when I decided to abandon my planned novel and transfer all these words already generated into the file and continue to transcribe the events as they unfold, muse on them, add backstory, try to access other POV and give myself free reign to novelize an see where it might go. I'm sure it will be too autobiographical to publish but it will still be a good exercise. It will give me the space to tell myself a story that might help me make sense of what feels like chaos at the moment.
Meanwhile I didn't move the other story out of the file. If the personal drama returns to a simmer and allows the Funny Bunny story to share the stovetop again I'll return to it. Who knows I might be able to weave the two toegether in some way. That's one of the things I'm so good at--bringing characters from one story on stage in another in ways in which their stories enhance each other. That's how I ended up with one storyworld that's generated over 100 major characters and at least 16 novel lenth WIP and that many twice over in shorter WIP.
Having made that decision and then watched the words swarm like African ants over screen after screen I'm even starting to feel a true pleasure in the writing again. Something major broke loose.
I'm still a bit hit and miss on my ROW80 goals: