Monday, November 08, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Things I am learning

1. Fiction is harder than it looks.

2. 1667 words each day is a lot.  Really, a lot.

3. If this blog wasn't dead before November, it sure is now.

4.  I have glanced at the blogs in my reader but have barely clicked on any and certainly have left no comments, because my online time is best spent slapping down dialog.

5.  My kids are having a blast.  James came home from a big scout weekend full of outlandish ideas for his story and can't wait to get writing this morning; Eleanor says she loves the time we spend together, silently working on our stories and occasionally reading bits aloud. She wishes Daddy could do it too. 

6. I'm tired of pretending my kids don't have names, and figure that none of the handful of people who read here are going to start stalking them just because I call them by name.

7. Typing skill improves the more one types.   Spelling skill improves the more words one spells.  Who knew?

8. I am really, really glad we are doing this.

9.  I thought I could make this into a Top Ten but can't.   Another meme opportunity  lost. If you have an idea for #10, let me know.

Added: Oh, here is number 10:  Menu planning?  What's that?   I am truly thankful for a freezer full of meat and a family that enjoys eating same.  And pasta!

Update:  linked to Top Ten Tuesday!


Sheryl said...

I'm glad it's turning out to be such a great experience for all of you! I'm enjoying hearing about how it's going every day. :-)

Sandy said...

Glad you're having fun with it! My kids are terribly behind on their word counts. On the up side, my oldest daughter does housework to avoid sitting in front of the empty page. My house is looking great.

Gillian said...

How funny... I too decided this week that I am tired of pretending I named my children Elf and Fairy. And yes, over 1600 words a day IS a LOT! I'm impressed!

Marbel said...

Gillian - you wouldn't be impressed if you were reading what I've been writing! :-)

Sandy, I can relate, but I bake instead of clean.

Sheryl - you should try it some year.

Kerri said...

Haha, I'm glad your kids have names. I've always been a little afraid I might slip up on the comments and type one of their names accidentally. :)

You're a better mom than I am. If writing wasn't on my top ten list of things to do I would tell them to go write and I will make pop corn. :) But you'll be glad when you're done I bet. :)

Birdie said...

I hear ya on the name thing. My kids have been using their real life nicknames on my blog for awhile, but have a whole different set on Facebook and it's sooooo confusing!

Heather said...

What an awesome idea to make this a family affair! Your #6 made me smile. :) I intend to do this every year but I haven't tried yet. Kudos!