Sunday, November 11, 2012

NaNo Check-in #4

Progress (word count or a general status update): 21,470 words

Mood: I'm really, really looking forward to revisions. Not sure what mood that is exactly. I love drafting. I love pushing through and writing all of the words. But my inner editor wants to revise. So I'm looking forward to this month ending so I can make this book good. I already have so many ideas and thoughts on what needs to be improved, but it's not the time.

Inspiration: From Anne Lammot (perfect for my mood today) "Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it."

Goals as of today: Jumping into the week means a lot of 1,000 word days with the exception of Wednesday and Friday (when the Mister closes at work). I have a half day this Friday because I had more vacation days left than I realized, and none of them roll over. Here's to looking forward to a productive end of the week!

Recent Favorite NaNo-WIP Line
The uniform hung loose on Danny’s thin body. It was hard for Mason to imagine she was the same girl he’d seen that morning in the rose dress. For a brief second he wondered what she looked like under all that blue but shook the thought away. Danny was his brother now.

Tim turned and stalked toward Danny. “You tricked me,” he said.

“I did no such thing. You simply didn’t take the time to even try to get to know me. You saw me in my brother’s clothes, knew that I was from a secessionist state, and assumed I was a man without principles. I may not know what I believe about this war, but I know how to give a person a chance before passing judgment.” Her words rolled out all in one breath, and the room fell silent for the second time that afternoon. The more time Mason spent with this girl, the more time he wanted to spend with her, secessionist-leaning or not.

“Oh,” Danny said, “I also know how to tell the difference between a man and a woman, something you might want to learn if you ever hope to have children someday.”

Non-NaNo News: I need some help! I'm looking for a second crit partner. My current CP (whom I adore) has a LOT on her plate right now. Plus, I've been wanting to work with another YA writer. Any of you looking for another crit partner or know someone who is? Any suggestions on where to find one?

Something Shiney (posts of fun things, other friends blog posts, etc.): Jaime Morrow had a great post on Friday about the little things authors can do to connect to their readers. I received my Taken swag from Erin Bowman the same day, and guys, it really is the little things. Even if it's just writers responding to their fans on Twitter. Even if those writers are writers you Tweeted with before their book deal. You are your brand.

Also, Carly Watters (an agent with P.S. Literacy Agency) has a great post about what to do AFTER NaNoWriMo.


  1. My inner editor is currently locked in a teeny tiny dungeon at the very back of my mind. I hear her yelling from time to time, but at the moment it's very peaceful in my NaNo mind ;)

    Also, wow. Your excerpt is awesome!

    1. I need to throw mine in there with her! Thanks :)

  2. Aww, thanks for the shout out! And TAKEN swag? That's awesome! :)

    You're making such great progress on your NaNo story. I've stalled out again, but I'm okay with that. I'm allowing my inner editor to take reign a bit, and I'm okay with that too. Since I'm working on finishing up a project I'd already started, I'm already not following actual NaNo 'rules'.

    Great segment again! :)

    1. I'm getting close to a stall and foresee a few "TRANSITION SCENE HERE" moments coming up.

  3. I’m very timidly raising my hand in response to your request for another critique partner. I don’t have a lot of experience with critiquing, other than Jaime’s WIP and seeing as we’re related that’s probably a bit different. I’m also in need of a CP though and would love to read your story. Let me know if you’re interested, but if you’re looking for someone with more experience in the critiquing department I understand.

    1. Erin, that sounds awesome! Send me an email at elizabethmaryparker (at) gmail (dot) com and we can start reading each other's work. :) I still need to whip this baby into shape before I'm ready for critique!

  4. You're doing so well, Liz! You're excerpt rocks, as usual. I'm so intrigued by your story and based on what you've shared, I think your voice is fantastic.

    I've got a lot on my plate as far as critique partners go, but perhaps after the holidays and after I give my NaNo project a round of revisions you and I can swap reads? Let me know what you think. :)

    1. I would LOVE to swap reads--after a very full round of revisions for me. This sounds perfect :)

      And thanks for the encouragement! I've got the voice down in a few places. In others it's severely lacking, but I love getting the draft down.