I am editing my WIP and thought, hey! It’s Sunday. Why don’t I share with my readers a random, six sentence snippet of what I am currently editing.
So here goes: The scene is when Spitz is going to confront Celeste about the money she owes him. Spitz is on his way down to a motel in Philadelphia.
Spitz could just never figure out what the hell the problem was with everyone. He thought everyone saw in black and white. It was kind of like the kid who thinks all his friends have one parent at home until he goes over his friend’s house and then more friends’ houses and sees that all of their houses have a mom and a dad. His house turns out to be the fucked up one. His house turns out to be the black and white house. His friends’ houses are fine. His friends’ houses are raging in two hundred fifty six color bit schemes while his house is struggling in black and white.
The fog has lifted from my brain as the end of November approaches. Last night, I hit 50,000 words! I exhaled for what seemed the first time since November 1st. My family recognized me as I emerged from the piles of papers, mountains of coffee cups and countless energy bar wrappers.
I have to say, I freaked out when Thanksgiving approached. My thought process went something like, “WHAT? THANKSGIVING? But… I have to WRITE!” Turns out Thanksgiving gave me just the break I needed. I wrapped my WIP up yesterday at the Southampton, PA library with my NaNo pals.
We had a bit of a party! We feasted on baked goods, ziti, fruit salad, lots and lots of cake and someone even brought a NaNoWriMo cake! I meant to take a picture of it, but forgot amidst the fun and food. We did some word wars. A word war is basically timed writing. Alexis set the timer for thirty minutes and we all wrote non-stop. When the bell chimed we would stop writing and then chirp off how many words we had written. I am looking forward to reading a lot of the manuscripts that came out of my group alone. I can only imagine how many wonderful ideas came from all the other groups around the world.
There are three days left! I am wishing all my other NaNoWriMo pals and participants the best of luck. YOU CAN DO IT!
Ya know, I sat and almost beat my head against the brick wall outside last week because I could not figure out what the hell to write about.
Then suddenly, as if the clouds parted and little word covered butterflies fell gently from the sky… I got an idea.
And now I am running with it!
I have been reading a lot more. I am reading Nikki Sixx’s “The Heroin Diaries” which is eye-opening. As an alcoholic/addict, clean and sober for 5+ years, I can relate to a lot of what he writes and can slightly identify with what I cannot relate to (does that even make sense?).
I also just purchased Stephen King’s “Under The Dome” which is awesome so far. I am only up to the groundhog part… but King is one of my influences and I can already tell it will be difficult to put this book down. Damn you Stephen King, damn you.
Goals accomplished for the week so far:
Finished outline for first part of novel
First draft of character outline
Goals not very accomplished:
commenting on blogs! – – I have been reading a lot of blogs, and have commented on a few. Will try to comment more.
Riding motorcycle – it has been very hot. When it hasn’t been hot, it has been raining.
Goals to strive for this week:
Research Philadelphia (yeah I grew up there, but still) particularly South Street, Olde City, Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street.
People watch at the park for character trait ideas. (not like a creeper!)
Write two parts of Chapter One.
AA meeting tonight.