Saturday, November 28, 2009

Writing vs. riding

Have you ever noticed how alike the words writing and riding sound? Since I do both, I am frequently reminded of this. I don't know how many times I've told someone I'm doing one, they think I've said the other, and I've told them "Well I do that too."

In my post about my horse and the mares, I mentioned that NaNoWriMo is one of the reasons I haven't been blogging as much in November. I got a lot of comments about that.

Anyone who is interested in hearing more about my novel is more than welcome to visit my NaNoWriMo page. There is a bio and a link to my website there, as well as a synopsis of my novel, an excerpt, and my current word count. As of this writing, I have 39,153 words, which means I have 52 hours to eat, sleep, and write 10,847 more words. (I'm a little behind...)

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 50,000-word novel (or 50,000 words of a novel) in one month. You aren't supposed to start until midnight on November 1st, and you only have until 11:59 pm on November 30th to make it to 50,000.

I "won" (meaning I reached 50,000) the first year I participated, 2006, but I never even got started in 2007, and fizzled out early on last year. This year I technically cheated — you aren't supposed to work on anything but an outline before November 1st, but because I didn't want yet another unfinished project, I am working on a novel I started earlier this year. I had 3,721 words before NaNoWriMo, so I dutifully subtract that number from my total word count every time I update my NaNo word count.

For me, the purpose of NaNoWriMo is to get me into the habit of writing fiction on a daily basis. (As you'll see if you look at my stats, it's not working — I work on my novel mostly on the weekends.) Most of you probably know that I am a freelance writer, but unfortunately that means I tend to focus on writing what pays the bills... which is mostly online marketing copy plus the occasional magazine article. It's hard to find the time to write fiction when I know that writing something else will mean getting paid.

So that's the story about my writing. I don't blog about it much here because I actually have a separate writing blog. Everyone is welcome to pop in over there and say hi if you'd like — though I'm warning you, it's been even more neglected than my horse blog lately!



At November 29, 2009 at 1:19 AM, Blogger Veronica said...

I'm getting better at the 'fiction every day' thing, but I find if I get caught up in blogs/non-fiction writing then my fiction for the day is really difficult to get into.

I liked your excerpt!

At November 29, 2009 at 1:22 AM, Blogger Veronica said...

Gah, sorry about the double post.

At November 29, 2009 at 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My blogs take most of my writing time, but sometimes I try my hand at something else. Good luck with the last couple of days of November!

At November 29, 2009 at 8:48 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Very cool. I've added your writing blog to my RSS Feed.

P.S. It doesn't surprise me that you had such a high G.P.A. and that you minored in psychology. Like I've said, I can see that you are very bright and have a good understanding of human behavior as well as horse behavior.

At November 29, 2009 at 8:09 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Veronica, no worries, I deleted the duplicate. You said you are getting better at writing fiction every day -- what works for you? Do you set aside a time, try to write a certain amount every day, or something like that? None of those solutions seem to work for me, so I'm curious what works for other people.

Kate, thanks! Today went to running errands and a trip to the barn, but I'm hoping to get some good writing done tonight!

NM, thank you so much. Those are high compliments, and you have no idea how warm and fuzzy you just made me feel. :-D


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