Monday, November 5, 2007

Dry Heaving to the Finish Line

Daily Stats
Words: 1600
Nanowrimo Novel Word Count: 6904
Caffeine: morning cup + midmorning cappuccino + late afternoon cappuccino
Evil Calories: 700,000 Cheese-Its
Reality TV: suspended due to Nanowrimo

So, apparently there are Nanowrimoers who do something called "word sprints". They sit down in 10 minute segments and bust ass to try and write 500 words. There are some people that have already hit 25,000 words. Which, hey, is great for them. However...isn't the whole point of this thing to have a somewhat working novel when November 30th hits? I'm not saying these people don't. They're stuff might be amazing, or just as workable as anyone else who writes in four times that amount of time and is barely making it to the finish line. But If I tried to do that, this is what it would look like:

She ran and ate and then went, "wow, I can see through time". Then the dog barked, making the copy machine eat paste. The duck went, "Quack!", then drove the car to the mall. Coffee coffee coffee coffee, coffee coffee coffee, donut coffee coffee. Clive Owen, Clive Owen, Clive Owen, Ikea, Target, Nordstrom, Trader Joe's, Clive Owen, Clive Owen, Clive Owen.

...And so forth and so on. Would make no sense and I'd be left with two hundred pages of that kind of drivel at the end of all this. So, big ups to those folks who can wind sprint their way through Nanowrimo and still have something to work with at the end.

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