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Monday Mayhem – NoMoWriMo!

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 by Maggie Wells   3 Comments | Posted in Blog

Well, this is it. The last day of NaNoWriMo for 2015. I’m happy to announce that I verified my word count yesterday and have completed my seventh challenge!

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Also, in the course of NaNoing, I FINALLY typed ‘The End’ on the first draft of LOVE AND ROCKETS!

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Every year, I tell myself I won’t do it again. Who needs the worry? The stress? The sore wrists and fingers? Then, every year, I sign in, sign up, and get going again. Unlike the first time I did it, I know now that what I have at the end of NaNoWriMo is far from being ready to go out into the world. Thirty days and nights of literary abandon is great for writing, but doesn’t make for good reading.

Trust me on this.

For this reason, I have deemed December has become EditThisCrapMo. There are three stages to this process.

1) Distance. I can’t look at this book anymore. I can’t think about it. I just need to put it out of my mind and play with some other idea for a while. Believe me, it’s for the best that these characters and I go to our separate corners for a while.

2) Clarity. There are two parts to this one. The first part is acknowledging that a good portion of what I churned out in November is crap. But, even better, is coming to the realization that the majority of it is not-quite-crap. Crap gets cut, but I can work with not quite crap.

3) Reading like a reader. I think this is the most important step for any author. I read through the entire steaming pile before I make any drastic decisions. What might look like a dangling plot line at first glance, might be transformed into an additional layer of conflict, or a set up for future series installments. Reading like a reader means I have to look at the hot mess of a novel a whole before I tear it to shreds.

This is what I’ll be doing this month.

And shopping. Picking out a tree, decorating, and going to holiday parties. I’m also hoping to catch a few of my holiday favorites, now that I’m not in full-on writing frenzy. I always look for Holiday Inn, Going My Way, and the original Miracle on 34th Street when I’m cruising the listings.

Oh! The Grinch. Boris Karloff, not Jim Carrey. And, I love the one with Heat Miser and Snow Miser. Of course, it’s not Christmas until Lucy and I extort a few nickels from the mister.

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Oh, and the baking! My 17 year-old stand mixer is moaning and groaning. The knobs have all cracked and been super glued. The plastic coating on my flat beater is worn through. I think I need this sexy beast as an early Christmas gift, don’t you?

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Looking for a quick and easy recipe for the office party? Try these Magic Cookie Bars. Even my coconut-hating hubby eats these tasty tidbits.

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What’s your plan of attack for the holiday season? Got any yummy recipes you want to share?

 

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3 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – NoMoWriMo!"

  1. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    November 30, 2015 at 8:42 am  

    *tackle hugs* Congratulations on completing another NaNo project!!! I truly admire your determination and discipline, and I have no doubt your ‘steaming pile’ will turn into potpourri in no time. 😉

    Omguhhhh. Gimme ALL the magic cookie bars now please. Please. Please.

    Have a fabulous week! 🙂

  2. Comment by Carol
    November 30, 2015 at 8:47 am  

    Hee, you crack me up! Good luck with the editing!

    Is there some sort of rule that all husbands hate coconut? Mine does too, but those magic cookie bars are some of my favorite, so my mom makes them for me and then I bring them home and eat them ALL.

  3. Comment by Laurie
    November 30, 2015 at 9:53 am  

    Good luck with EditThisCrapMo December. I think I will concentrate on decorating and putting stuff up while packing to move. Sounds like a contradiction of terms if ever I heard one. I will look for White Christmas to watch.

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