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Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2016

This is the first year I’m heading into NaNoWriMo with an outline. In the past I usually knew the premise and a few characters from the story I planned to write, but not much more than that. I’ve been experimenting with outlining recently, and I think it is working for me.

This NaNo novel will be a sequel to the one I finished up a couple months ago and am now revising. The timing worked out well for me, which is unusual. I generally suck at timing.

So, if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year and need a writing buddy – I’m karabu on the NaNoWriMo site. Let’s go!

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I Didn’t Mean for it to Become a Trend

I’m six weeks post-surgery now, so I’m allowed to start exercising and doing things again. So I’ve started up my Couch to 5K running training program. Today, I was looking over my outline as I prepare for NaNoWriMo. Then I realized I had linked these two events together yet again.

http://karabucreations.blogspot.com/2016/03/couch-to-5k-is-my-fitness-nanowrimo.html
http://karabucreations.blogspot.com/2016/06/couch-to-5k-and-nanowrimo-again-and.html

When I wrote those two previous posts, I’d thought it was sort of a humorous coincidence, and I liked the similarity in the determination and self -discipline I needed for both activities. I didn’t mean to forever attach them to each other.

I’d really love to believe this is the last year they will be attached. Not because I don’t love them both. I just hope to stay well enough to not need to restart Couch to 5K from the beginning again. The other times, I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish the program due to health restrictions. Now, however – I hope I remain hale and hearty and running well past the end of the program. If anything, maybe I’ll be looking into a program to take me from 5 to 10 K next year. A girl can dream.

I do plan to keep participating in NaNoWriMo ever year because – why not?

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Couch to 5k and NaNoWriMo Again, and Again. . . and again. . .and. . .

This is basically a repeat of my previous post “Couch to 5K is My Fitness NaNoWriMo”, except I think this will be attempt 5 now? Maybe? I’ve lost count, but it doesn’t really matter.

In that last post I said I hoped this try would be the one to hit the finish line, but I’m not sure it will be. My colon hasn’t finished being persnickety even though the trouble making part is gone. It’s taking its sweet time to heal, so my ileostomy reversal won’t happen until August at the earliest.  There is nothing particularly tragic about this. It’s only relevant in that I have a second abdominal surgery to look forward to with a second recovery and therefore a second (fifth? sixth?) interruption to my 5k training program.

Still, in the meanwhile, I’m running the program. I ran week 2, day 1 tonight and it went well. Maybe I’ll have time to finish the whole program before surgery, maybe I won’t. It doesn’t matter though. I’ll probably need to restart after recovery anyway. Maybe I’m not a 5k runner. Maybe I’m someone to just tries. A lot.

And connecting these two events for me again – I just learned there is another camp NaNoWriMo in July. I’m outlining right now – something new to me so it’s slow going. I also have some other writing projects I want to move forward right now, but July will be a perfect goal time for getting the novel going. So far I think the outlining process will help me. Some complain that outlining takes the fun and spontaneity out of their writing but that doesn’t seem to be happening to me. Instead it’s making me excited about the story. It has a purpose – a meaning. It isn’t lost and meandering the way it felt. I think I’ve been an outliner trapped in a pantser all this time.

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Couch to 5k is my Fitness NaNoWriMo

I participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for the theoretical person out there who doesn’t know) every year, even when I know I don’t have the time or the energy to win. I just like to play. Mostly, I don’t hit my word goal.

Couch to 5K (or C25K since we all like to use the lingo, right?) is a running program that takes someone from not being a runner, to being able to run a 5K. I completed the program years ago and was so proud of myself. Then I hurt my foot and stopped running. Last year, when I was fed up with feeling crappy all the time I decided to start up again.

Things were much tougher for me then. I was very overweight and out of shape. After the first couple weeks of the program I had difficulty progressing, so I did each week twice before I felt strong enough to move one. I ran super slow. Most people could probably walk at the pace I was ‘running’. But I was still proud of myself.

Then I got lazy, and we went on vacation, and I generally neglected my running. Still, I wanted to do it, so I started over. That time I did better and got really close to finishing the program. . . and then I thought I had the flu, but actually had a perforated colon and got to spend some time in the hospital. It took longer than I expected to gain any strength back, but when I did, I started C25K all over again. My colon responded by acting back up again. Stupid colon.

Now I’m on the week 3 runs – for the fourth time in the past year, even though this time I knew going in that I would not be able to finish the program. That trouble-making colon is coming out in a couple weeks so I won’t be running for a bit as I recover.

So why bother restarting the training? The same reason I can’t not do NaNoWriMo. It makes me feel good. I’m proud of myself when I do it. Even though my efforts and results are not exciting compared to what I see others doing, they are pretty great for me. So after surgery, when my doctor says it’s safe – I’ll be starting my fifth attempt to get through the Couch to 5K program. Hopefully that will be the one I finish.

Oh – and, I’m signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 in April. I’m ‘karabu’ over there. Camp NaNoWriMo is similar to the November event, except you set your own word goal, and it doesn’t have to be all on one novel; any project is fine. Stop by and say Hi if you’re writing too!

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I’m A guest with LK Hunsaker Thoughts and Sketches

LK Hunsaker invited me to write a guest post for her blog Thoughts and Sketches. She’s doing a series of guest posts on the subject of NaNoWriMo. At first I didn’t think I had anything worthwhile to add to a discussion of NaNo. I’ve failed every year I tried it after all. But as I thought about those failing years, and the fact that, even so, here I was, back at it again, I began to see that I actually did have an opinion or two on the subject.

So a big “Thank You” to LK for the push to do some deep thinking about my NaNo journey. Also, she’s a terrific author. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read from her, and am reading Off the Moon right now. I highly encourage you to poke around her website and pick up one of her published novels if you get the chance.

Kara’s NaNoWRiMo guest blog post.

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National Novel Writing Month Starting this Saturday!

It’s almost National Novel Writing Month again (or NaNoWriMo as it’s affectionately known.) Despite being more overwhelmed in my personal life than ever before, I’m tempting fate (and major burnout) by participating again this year.

I don’t actually care if I reach 50,000 words or not, so that may be part of the reason I’m going for it again this year despite a complete lack of time. I guess that’s a bad attitude for NaNoWriMo, but it’s the best I can do right now.

So if I don’t care, why bother at all you may ask. Fair enough. Well, I’ve learned enough in the last two NaNos that I’ve participated in that there is lot I can learn, both about writing, and about myself, even if I don’t hit that 50,000 word mark. It’s good to push yourself in pursuit of something wonderful and creative that will very likely never amount to anything at all just to see if you can. Or rather if I can.

Again, my novel will be Sci-Fi. I had a dream last year during NaNoWriMo that I thought would make a great story. I wrote a summary of the dream in a notebook because it was complex and I didn’t want to forget an important detail. Well, I lost that notebook. That notebook had a lot of writing in it that was important to me, and I still get upset about it’s loss. So I may end up having to make up a lot of the story without my notes (although, I guess technically, I already made it up in my dream, so who cares, right?) It’s a post apocalyptic, war, romance, time-travel kind of thing. Hope it turns out.

If you ever wanted to try to write a novel. Now’s your chance!
Here’s my profile at the official NaNoWriMo site, if you want to learn more about this whole crazy idea:
Karabu Writes a Novel

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NaNoWriMo

I’ve been MIA from my blog, so I thought I’d drop in and tell you why.

I decided to join the National Novel Writing Month this November. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but never thought I had the time. This year I realised that I won’t ever feel like I ‘have the time’ to write a novel. No one does. That’s why NaNoWriMo exists in the first place.

The goal is to write at least 50,000 words in a novel during the month of November. That works out to be 1,667 words a day. So for someone with an already full life – a very lot of writing! I’m getting some pretty late bedtimes so far this week.

Here’s my NaNo profile on the website if you’d like to learn more about it:
http://www.nanowrimo.org/user/204442

Now so far when I tell people I’m doing this, they ask about my novel. The short version is that it’s a Sci-Fi novel about a ship of 1000 people going off to colonise a new planet. It’s a story I was supposed to write 2 years ago. I joined an anthology contest on writing.com about 10 ships that left earth in search of new planets. We wrote a story proposal about what happened to one ship. My story got picked, and I began writing the full story. Then life got in the way and I basically stopped.
Now I’m starting over and using it for my NaNo novel. I don’t think I really want the finial version to be 50,000 or more words long, but I’m writing a lot of background and more in depth character stuff that I probably don’t really need, so when November is over, I hope to have enough material to edit it down to 20-30,000 words worth of good stuff.

That’s the plan.

If you’ve ever Nano-ed, or are Nano-ing now, let me know! Share your tips for getting through the month – and tell me about your novel!