NaNoWriMo 2010 – Day 6


My entry for this year is titled “The Aryan Wind”…a mixed of espionage, adventure and mystery.

As at today, I managed to crawl about 10,011 words – just meeting the required daily entries of 1,666 words. Compared to last year, this year things have been slow – traveling is hampering the time to sit down and write and then there is the issue of getting a good plot down.

For now, in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I am just whacking enough words on a very loose plot to get to the finishing line and as always, need to spend another couple of months to brush up a illogical plot into a logical plot.

Here is short excerpt of what I have done todate:-

John remained silent – he is not sure where his team stands between the powers that are involved and why the betrayal.

“Let’s think about this another time, Joseph. We are on the run, we need to strategize. You better take rest – you been injured and you need to recover. Besides, we need to take some sleep before our turn for the night watch” said John as Joseph made up his bed and closed his eyes.

His injuries were bad and he needs time to recover. In the meantime, John predicts a daunting effort in getting his mission done.

Crossing the 10,000 words milestone has been tough but the good thing is as I keep writing, new plots and subplots starts to form and I managed to clock in more additional words (something thinking is required). NaNoWriMo has not been easy but I think that is what makes it more interesting.

24 days to go for the finishing line…

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NaNoWriMo 2010 – Day 1


The writing event of the year is finally here

Although I don’t have specific storyline for this year’s NaNoWriMo (I guess I will start with some gibberish storyline before fine tuning later), here is an interesting article I picked up on the event that might inspire you:-

If I were asked to guess the number one obstacle that stands in the way of a person finishing a novel, I wouldn’t choose writer’s block, a busy schedule or running out of ideas. I wouldn’t choose lack of a laptop or quiet writing space. I think that the main obstacle to a completed novel is simply the act of not writing.

Sure, the above list of reasons will get pulled from, but in most cases they’re just used as excuses to not write. If a determined person wants to, and really tries, I believe that he or she, under almost any circumstance, can write a full novel, simply by sitting down and writing it.

This way of thinking is put to the test every November, during National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo was started by Chris Baty in 1999, with less than two dozen writers, and has taken off like a rocket since.

For the twenty-one participants in 1999, as well as the eighty-thousand in 2006, the goal is simple. Starting November first, write a fifty-thousand word novel in one month.

It’s by no means easy, but it may be a little easier than you expect. What Chris Baty did was create a writing environment where the focus is on speed above all else. Words, pages, chapters as quickly as possible, and barely time to take a breath.

This may sound like a terrible idea. A novel, after all, isn’t just a string of words. Sure, maybe a person could type out fifty thousand words in a month, but if it’s poorly thought out, then they’ve just typed out fifty thousand useless words.

To make a good novel, some might tell you, you think, you plan, and you outline. You look before you leap. If you get writer’s block, maybe you should take a break from it, and go walk in the world. See if inspiration hits you. You don’t just hurry through.

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That was an inspirational read – a good start for NaNoWriMo 2010. My third run in a row and hope to complete the finishing line on time as how I did in 2008 & 2009.

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The Unexpected Mission


(All for the love of writing a good story – Image source: http://101reasonstostopwriting.com)

“….He knew that he was asking a very hypothetical question. He knew what would be the consequences if he does not deliver. Deepak did not say anything but instead he stood up and put his hand on John’s shoulder. He just looked at John, smiled and said that he will be contacted in one week’s time or perhaps sooner, depending on what John is doing to get his money. Deepak said John will be of course, watched at all times, just to make sure that the police are not involved in this.

Deepak walked away and John was left still sitting down at his place. John took out the paper and looked at the list again. Two of the banks listed are located in Accra, one in the New York and two more in Malaysia. It is not going to be easy to arrange for the transfer of the money within a week especially the banks are located in three different countries and governed by three different banking rules…”

The Unexpected Mission is the title of my entry for the 2009’s NaNoWriMo and it has taken me about 11 months (in between my regular work and my laziness to open the file to complete it) to complete the short novel (with revisions to style, grammar, spelling mistakes, expansion of the nameless characters and additional twist to the story). The final tally is a short novel of 50,203 words (ya, delete quite load of them especially the x-rated part), covering over 93 pages.

I had intended to publish it once the rough edges of my book has been cleaned out – after all, since I put a lot of sleepless night into the story, the last thing I want to see is it collecting “dust” in my laptop folder.

But recently as I went shopping for new books, I realised something – a 93 page story is going to end as a really short story. 93 pages was nothing in the novel world. So, I looked back at my “piece” and I realise why some good novelist can write a really thick book (they write good stuff there and not for the sake of getting the book thick). They expand on the current storyline – perhaps with some sub-plots, explanation and further expansion of the characters. It ends up something brilliant.

And as I went through my 2009 NaNoWriMo entry – I realise that there is plenty of “holes” in the storyline. The main storyline and the main characters are there but sub-plots were missing and some of the background actions were not explained properly. So, whilst it is good to complete the 50,000 words finishing line within the NaNoWriMo month (it is not an easy task considering that 81% of the participants did not finish the 50,000 words finishing line) but to make sure that the storyline is tight and interesting, it is better to put more time and effort.

So, I am holding back the “publication” of the 2009 NaNoWriMo entry for now – there is plenty of time to improve on my “masterpiece” (as least, that is what I see them as). Another 2 weeks and I will be busy with my entry for 2010’s NaNoWriMo entry (title yet to be confirmed but I have some plots in mind) and perhaps another 11 months, fine-tuning the content.

15 days and counting…