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NaNoWriMo Update: Week Four

The end of NaNoWriMo meets the end of the semester. Neither side gets out alive.



Print Edition: November 28, 2012

Dessa Bayrock

Working title: The Metaphorical Giraffe

NaNoWriMo username: DessaYo

Confidence to finish 50,000 words in one month: 100 FUCKING PER CENT

Current wordcount: 27,000

Okay. Well, this week has been awful. I have written probably 2000 words in the last seven days. This is not a good sign.

All the same, I’m giving myself 100 FUCKING PER CENT confidence to finish this. You know why? Because at the beginning of this month, Tony wrote 23,000 words in two days and I’m at least as good as he is.

Further update: I have introduced a police officer who may or may not be a superhero, moved my giraffe to another zoo, am in the midst of throwing up my hands and letting my two main characters fall in love with each other, and making the antagonist less of an asshole and more of misunderstood guy trying to put his kid through college. #Snape? Am I doing it right?

Oh, and the haikus. There are so many haikus.

I wonder what it would be like to write a novel in all capitals. Is it too late to start over?

Sasha Moedt

Working title: Requiem for a Dream: a Novel

NaNoWriMo username: smoot

Confidence to finish 50,000 words in one month: 37 per cent

Current wordcount: 23,898

I’m not saying that I am throwing in the towel yet, because I don’t want to be the wussy one of the NaNoWriMo bunch. But I probably am the wussy one. My whole novel is wussy. I should add some death or something.

I can’t foresee writing a single word until Friday, then how the heck am I going to finish? Friday is the last day. I’m going to have to weasel some time in before then – at least think about my plotline a bit.

I was thinking, maybe if I just play the Lord of the Rings version of “Requiem for a Dream” over and over and again and just go crazy, I could do it. I would dedicate the title of my book to the song if it worked.

I’m going to go ahead and kill off my main character’s lover, in a very unexpected way. I’m terrible at relationships when I’m stressed, so it’s really fitting.

Anthony Biondi

Working title: The Big Smoke

NaNoWriMo username: ABiondi

Confidence to finish 50,000 words in a month: scraping bottom

Current wordcount: 37,063

Well I have simply just given up. Too many other things to get done. I realized this last week as I got to the 37,000 word mark. I sat down one day and wrote about a 100 words and realized I had lost my steam. Sure, I could just keep writing and pump out garbage, but my plot is important to me, and I didn’t have the time to doctor it. So now it sits still in the final moments where I left it.

I mean, I suppose it’s not that bad for a plot to sit for a while. I need to think it through and plot it out to get to where I want the story to go. This is what happens when you try to write in some over-arching imagery themes into a piece that you literally have no time to write. My bad, I suppose.

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