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NaNoWriMo Rocks!



I love my new novel! I've had so many amazing surprises already, like a fun character who popped up a few times, then insisted she become an important part of the story. That happened last year, too. I had an annoying boy named Stinky in a couple early scenes. He refused to stay in the background, and turned into one of my favorite characters. Just yesterday, I received an e-mail from someone saying she loved Stinky's transformation into someone desirable and likeable.

I hit 14,330 words before going to bed last night, and hope I'll be able to keep up this pace. This story has been haunting me for years, and it feels amazing to see it come alive so quickly.

I hope everyone else is having an amazing NaNo, too! And I can't wait to hear about all of your stories.
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sleekwriter
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
You are kicking butt and taking names! I so can't keep up with you this year! My novel's slow going but I have today off and also Thursday for a doctor appointment so hopefully, I can make more headway on the book with the time available.

Keep it up! :)
mindyalyse
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jodi. You really kept me going last year--I couldn't believe how fast you wrote, especially while working. You could probably start halfway through the month and still make the NaNo goal!
mjdiem
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yay Mindy, Fairy LJ Godmother!
Congratulations on your NaNoWriMo progress!
May I borrow your muse?
Mine seems to be in a chocolate coma. There's all these candy bar wrappers scattered around the computer this morning.
Hmm, all my favorite bars and...

Never mind.
mindyalyse
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: Yay Mindy, Fairy LJ Godmother!
Thanks, MJ.

I'm sure your muse is coming out of her chocolate coma and will lead you to writing 5,000 amazing words tomorrow. I can't wait to hear about your WIP. I'm writing my first fantasy, and it's so much fun creating a world where I determine the rules!

Happy writing!
elmarshall
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Wow you are flying through this novel, Mindy. Keep it up!!! I think I might officially sign up today, even though my goal will be much less than 50,000K. I love the icon/page-counter-thing (very official definition, right?) too much to pass up using it.
mindyalyse
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! And yes--definitely sign up for NaNo. The counter-thing (which I think is called either a widget or ticker) is fun. And it doesn't matter how big your goal is--anything extra you write because of the NaNo push makes you a winner!

For me, it shows how much work I can do if I make my novel my priority. Of course, I'm hopelessly behind on e-mails, LJ, and Facebook now, and my dish tower is in danger of toppling over. When NaNo is finished, I'll allocate a little more time for other online activities again.

Good luck with your project! I hope you have an amazing writing day tomorrow. :)
robinellen
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yay, Mindy -- you're really taking off :)
mindyalyse
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! How are your revisions coming along?
robinellen
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Slowly :)
mindyalyse
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Revisions always feel so much slower than writing a new novel. Are you giving yourself mini celebrations along the way? Or maybe you can promise yourself a massage, pedicure, or trip to the bookstore when you finish this round.

I'm sending tons of good luck vibes your way!
laurenem6
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yay, good luck!
mindyalyse
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, Lauren. Good luck to you, too!
vivaler
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Holy cow!! I haven't even begun writing. I almost started last night, but played a game of spider solitaire instead. And then there were chores and Meaghan's dance observation. I'm so bad. No discipline at all.

But keep up the good work, Mindy. Congrats!
mindyalyse
Nov. 7th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
You have discipline, Brenda. And you can still make your goal for the month--there's lots of time left. Are you working on something new or using the NaNo push to finish the novel you've been running through our group?

Thanks for the congrats. I just hit the halfway mark,and am absolutely loving my novel!
pixiechick_sw
Nov. 4th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I am so happy that you love your new novel! That is such a wonderful feeling! You can do it! I wish I was Nano-ing with you. :)
mindyalyse
Nov. 7th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! It does feel great. :)

I'm sure you're revising or will be busy with revisions soon--maybe next year we can NaNo together.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
No NaNo for me, but I'm glad you're rocking it!
mindyalyse
Nov. 7th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kelly.

How is everything going with you? I'm missing the Poconos Retreat this year because my brother is getting married that weekend(it will be the first time I've missed it since 2005). I'm not sure if I'll be able to replace it with another conference, but I'm looking into NESCBWI. Any chance that you'll be there?
kellyrfineman
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'll be attending the NESCBWI conference for sure. I put in a proposal, but as I've not heard from them, I assume they decided not to take it.
mindyalyse
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Do you know how far in advance they notify the faculty? Maybe a phone call is just around the corner.

I hope I'll be able to attend. It would be great to see you again!

vivaler
Nov. 7th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
I have started something new, because those were the "rules," and I had an idea. I'm going with it, now, and today, I hope to knock out a lot of pages.
mindyalyse
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a great writing day! And yes--the NaNo rules do say to start something new. But...I've also seen friends successfully finish a project that they had been working on for a while, and just count the new words. If you love this new idea and want to go with it, that's great (and I can't wait to hear more about it and read it in group). But...if your novel is calling you louder, you can use the NaNo push to finish it, if you want.

Good luck on your NaNo project! I'm so glad you took the plunge. :)
saputnam
Nov. 8th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Go Mindy Go!! You are doing great!! I'm glad you love your new novel and can't wait to see it come through SR.
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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.

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