Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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12,522 Words Down and 37,478 To Go!

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   20 Comments | Posted in NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is kicking my butt. That’s the biggest complaint I can muster, though, because I’m 12,522 words into the novel I’ve been mulling over for the last two years. Why didn’t I put pen to paper…er, fingers to keyboard…before now? Who knows? Who cares? I’m excited to finally see the characters come alive, and after only 6 days into the challenge I’ve already learned some stuff.

The Top Five Things I Have Learned (so far) from NaNoWriMo:  

1.  Having to bullet out as many words as possible has somehow engaged my ability to create heretofore unknown characters. And I like ’em.

2.  Since I haven’t the time to micromanage my protagonist I’m letting him run the show, and it turns out he has a mind of his own. Who knew?

3.  Spell check has shown that my keyboarding accuracy is much higher than expected, even typing at turbo speeds. Yay!

4.  My butt has the capacity to remain planted in a chair for hours before going numb. This either means I have plenty of fat to cushion my weight or I own a really great writing chair. I’ll let you decide.

5. I do not have the ability to do twenty things at one time. I can write or I can clean the bathrooms, but I cannot do both. Pity the potties.

That’s it for now, buttercup. I’ve got to take a break. My husband (and a big glass of wine) is calling my name…also, I have the whole numb butt thing to contend with.  Just saying.

Til next time –

20 Responses to "12,522 Words Down and 37,478 To Go!"

  1. Comment by Sally
    November 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm  

    Kudos for the high word count so early in. I came to the NaNo too late to consider participating this go round but I'm impressed by the challenge and the enthusiasm from several I've read who are participating. Good luck as the month continues.

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm  

    Hi Sally – Thanks! I know of many others who have zoomed past me. Fortunately, although it may be a race against time, it isn't a competition except against myself. I'll keep plugging away, but its going to be a long month!

  3. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    November 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm  

    Wow, Lisa! You sound so happy and excited! This is all great news. I hope you have a great rest of the night with your man and glass of wine. Here I was worried that you were stressed, and you were there all along creating an awesome novel. I can't wait to read it!Yay for you!Kathy

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    November 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm  

    I'll drink to that! You are amazing. Keep up the hard work at the pace you're going and you'll get a soft butt. Take a break, shake a leg. Have fun writing your novel. Will you tell us all about at some point?

  5. Comment by BECKY
    November 7, 2010 at 6:03 am  

    Congrats, Lisa!! I'm experiencing similar things with my writing. Although I'm not officially participating, NANO has gotten me to write more, too! You're doing wonderful!! I'm so happy for you!

  6. Comment by Madeleine
    November 7, 2010 at 6:27 am  

    I admire anyone whose signed up for nano and it's great to hear you're having so much fun with the journey.

  7. Comment by Life Lines
    November 7, 2010 at 9:15 am  

    Lisa, Way to go on your word count!Both times that I participated, I surpassed the goal. The first year, I reached over 50,000 in 15 days. This year, though I've done something new. I created that detailed, and dreaded, outline I've been told novelists "should" do. And, I have to tell you that I hate it..and so do my characters. They feel caged and it is like pulling teeth to get my story going. So, at the end of this first week with a mere 5000 words, I've decided to ditch the outline,set my characters free, and allow my story to unfold with an overall, very brief outline. I expect the floodgate of words to flow now.Keep up the amazing work on your novel.

  8. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    November 7, 2010 at 9:42 am  

    That is AWESOME, Lisa! Keep it up – your butt can recover in December. 🙂

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 7, 2010 at 10:17 am  

    Hey Kathy – Oh, make no mistake, I'm definitely stressed. LOL I am having fun with the NaNo process, though. I've never written like this before and I thought I'd have a problem with it, but it's actually fun! Thanks for your support and encouragement.

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 7, 2010 at 10:21 am  

    Hi Linda – I don't know what this novel will look like by 11/30 so sharing will depend entirely upon which category it falls into: the good, the bad or the ugly. There is the potential for it to be reeeaaally awful. LOL I'm learning about myself and my own personal writing process that I will never consider the time spent to be wasted.

  11. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 7, 2010 at 10:22 am  

    Hi Becky – Anything that encourages us to write more has to be a good thing, right? All I have to do is get the words out; you already have a publisher to keep happy!

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 7, 2010 at 10:23 am  

    Hi Madeleine – Thanks for the kind words. I'll take all the encouragement I can get. 🙂

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 7, 2010 at 10:28 am  

    Hi Carmen (Life Lines) – 50,000 in 15 days! Wow! I usually work with a rough outline, but the story ends up telling itself, and not always in ways I expected. Good luck with your Nano this year — thanks for visiting!

  14. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 7, 2010 at 10:31 am  

    Hey Deb – Good advice. I'll dub December "Butt Recovery Month". 😀 If I can figure out a way to decrease overall size while un-numbing (is that a word?) that would be a good thing, too!

  15. Comment by Karen Lange
    November 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm  

    Congrats on your success so far! Cheering you on for the rest! 🙂

  16. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm  

    Thanks Karen!

  17. Comment by Ellie
    November 8, 2010 at 8:54 am  

    Congratulations on an awesome word count – you rock. I enjoyed reading your lessons from week one. Characters do have a mind of their own!

  18. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm  

    Thanks, Ellie. I sure hope I can keep up the pace. My family is humoring me, which certainly helps!

  19. Comment by Lynn
    November 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm  

    Yeah Lisa! It is amazing what takes place doing this NaNoWriMo thing. I'm scratching my head wondering how I've managed. You're doing great! Woot Woot! (I learned that from NaNoWriMo!)

  20. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm  

    Hey Lynn – You set the bar with your fast start. I'm kinda wondering how I'm managing, too, except that once I get on a roll I don't want to stop! Woot Woot! 😀

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