I’ve Been Bitten By the Bug

Monday, November 8th, 2004 • 3 Comments on I’ve Been Bitten By the Bug

I woke up very, very early this morning.  Not just early for me, but early for many normal people, too.  Like 6:30 a.m. early.  Granted, it’s not unusual for me to wake up early as a part of my usual sleep pattern. Asleep—awake—asleep—awake—asleep—awake…  ahh, it’s wonderful to be an insomniac.  But no, this was a different kind of waking up, I was awake for two hours.  Two hours!  I might as well have gotten up for the day, except that I didn’t get to bed until after 2 a.m. and… well… I get grumpy  when I try to function on so little sleep.  I’m not pretty when I’m grumpy.  Of course, I probably only got another solid hour of sleep after that, but it’s the effort that counts, right?  I’m competitive about trying to get my sleep in.

I digress.

So, anyway, I was awake for a long time this morning.  And after the usual thoughts: what I needed to do today; wondering what the cats were destroying that was causing such loud noises in some other part of the house (mysterious nosies as it turns out, since I couldn’t find anything that had been disturbed); trying to remember what I ate yesterday because I was really hungry for it to be so early in the morning; contemplating applying for Canadian citizenship, you know, the usual early morning thoughts—I started thinking about my NaNoWriMo book.  And I started to get excited.

No, not



I have been waiting for the motivation to wear off.  I have been waiting for the story to fall apart.  I have been waiting for the inevitable moment when I hate what I’m writing.  One week into it, and it hasn’t happened.  And I didn’t even feel compelled to add “yet” to that sentence.  Go figure.

In fact, as I lay nestled among the quilts and flannel sheets and down pillows and cats (who had returned from their battles to nap), I started coming up with new scenes, new ideas for advancing the plot (did I mention, I have a

plot?  I’m not just writing words!), new dialogue for characters.  It made me want to get up and start writing.  I didn’t, but I thought about it.  If you knew me, and how I am in the morning, you’d know what a big deal it was for me to just want

to get up and write.  Wow.

This is the feeling I didn’t have last year when I signed up for NaNoWriMo.  I don’t know if it was because I didn’t really have a clear idea what I was writing or because of the hundred other things I had going on last November, but after the first three or four days, my momentum started slipping.  I tried to hang onto it, but by the middle of the month it was gone.  Once I took a couple of days off from writing, there was no getting back on track and I quit.

Of course, I’m only a week into this year’s novel and there is still time for it to fall apart.  I could very well finish this month the way I finished last November—with several thousand words of drivel.  It could happen.  But for now, I am bouyed by a sense of accomplishment—over 18,000 words and I’m pretty sure I’m good for another 10,000 just with the scenes I plotted out in my head this morning.  I would like to hit the mid-point by Wednesday, November 10.  I know I’m being overly ambitious in hoping to hit the 50,000 word mark by November 23 (Sheri’s arrival date), but right now I think I can do it.  I’m motivated, I have a story and I’m excited.

Okay, maybe a little bit



Posted by Kristina in Writing
  • J. says:

    You’re going to be the first NaNoWriMo Pulitzer Winner in history- ever!

    …I can feel it.

    And you’re pretty even when you’re grumpy.  Pretty birds are always pretty!

  • Impressive word count! I don’t think I could write a novel like that – it doesn’t come to me that quickly. (To give you perspective, I’m now putting the finishing touches on a 40,000-word book that’s been three years in the making…)

  • Chelsea says:

    Wow, you actually participate in those kind of things? I admire you.

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