Morning Routine

For over a decade now, my 4:45-am mornings have given me time to write and edit my novels. Working on my novels somehow calms me and gives me peace of mind, a sense of accomplishment, and no matter what happens throughout the day, I’ve enjoyed first and done my favorite task.

I love the morning routine. Coffee ready. Let out Dog. Feed dog and cat. Turn on computer. Switch on hot plate for coffee. Sit down. Go!

In the quiet pre-dawn morning, the world still asleep, something very satisfying takes place for the next hour before I ready myself for work. Sometimes magic appears on the page with words, sentences, and paragraphs conjuring up stories. By the time I turn off the computer, I’ve lived through several sweet or scary or exhilarating adventures. Not a bad morning. At 8 am, my job seems lackluster.

Years ago, I never imagined being able to write at the crack of dawn, but with my daily routine I invite the Muse, and she comes.

Here is to the Muse and my morning routine.

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Happy New Year

The new year has begun, and I still have not completed the first draft of my second novel. Call me lazy or something, but it just didn’t happen. I’m still working in the sagging middle of it because the story took twists and turns I hadn’t anticipated. Rather the opposite, I had thought I was almost done, but then the characters went off and did something completely different, and I was stuck going along.

Have you ever gone out with a bunch of friends, and you thought they were going to one place when they were really going somewhere else? And since they were driving their car, you were stuck with them and the only alternative was to walk home by yourself. Well, that seemed to have happened with Sophie and company. Although Sophie and her friends were traveling in a cart pulled by a mule, I still didn’t feel like walking home alone. So, here we are, in the middle of the mountains, and we are lost, and of course, I have to get everybody out of this mess. Good luck, Gabriele. See you in a few months.

 

Life after NaNoWriMo

Quite frankly, I needed a break after that marathon. My plan was to keep going, but it all didn’t turn out that way. Yesterday, I finally wrote about 300 words. Maybe the four-day break was good, because I had lost one important character in the shuffle, and he started complaining. Then I had a great idea yesterday to put him back in. He’s happy. I’m happy.

I saw that one writer had a final word count of over 170K. He must have written through the whole month without sleep or food; he probably didn’t even go outside. Amazing!

Oh, and my original NaNoWriMo t-shirt has shrunk so much that maybe twelve-year-old Sophie can wear it now. I might display it like a trophy beside the winner’s certificate. Or, I’ll put it away until next year together with the official NaNoWriMo shirts. They’ll be waiting there for me when I get ready for the next writing marathon.

Final Day of NaNoWriMo

Been writing all weekend ’til my fingers started to fray, and I’m finishing NaNoWriMo with 60,815 words. Woohoo!!! When I validated the word count on the official site, it came to 61,034 words though. Fine with me, too. Got my winner’s certificate, and the winner’s t-shirt is on order.

My novel Seed Keeper is more than halfway done. I got as far as Chapter 8 and know already that it won’t be as long as Sophie and the Magic Flower, but that’s okay. Now we’ll see if I can complete it by December 31st.

Happy Thanksgiving

A Wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving to all

Thanks to everyone who has shown support for my journey of 50,000 words and beyond.

Today’s word count is 2,166.

Enjoy the day and eat lots of good food. I will. It’s snowing again and just the perfect day to enjoy a good book or movie, if I’m not too full and sleepy after dinner.

NaNoWriMo Day 23

Did an even 1,800 words today. Seven days left and a bit more than 1,000 words.

The deeper I get into the story, the more great ideas are bubbling up. Although I feel like I’m running out of steam (especially at 4:45 am when that alarm goes off), I’m also getting more immersed and entangled. There are moments when I think I’ll be happy when it’s over, but the momentum is great right now, and I know I’ll keep going.

NaNoWriMo Day 22

Today’s word count is 2,638.

It’s Sunday, and I woke up this morning feeling rested and relaxed. As a result of feeling good, I started day dreaming about the novel. While drinking my coffee, the story around the finale played in my mind like a movie, and I watched how it all ends. I kind of knew how I want wrap up the story, but seeing it was even better.

So instead of continuing with Chapter Six where I had left off yesterday, I jumped ahead to the third act and wrote down what I saw in my mind. I don’t know exactly what chapter it’s going to be in, but I know it’s in the last part of the third act. I find it easier now to stir the story toward the end since I saw it so vividly and wish I had more days like this.