Friday, November 16, 2012

Tales from Insomina

I haven't blogged at all since NaNoWriMo, started. I wasn't planning to, really, but last night I ended up going to Urgent Care and the doc gave me some prednisone. Now I'm completely wired at 2:30 AM, have only slept for about an hour and a half total tonight, and can't concentrate on anything, so...

How's everyone doing? I thought I'd done well in getting my stressful November stuff out of the way, but turned out not to be quite so. However, now I'm truly done with the pre-Thanksgiving stuff, and I'm still slightly ahead of the word count game! It's been mostly pure stubbornness and determination recently, especially since I got sick earlier this week. I know I can quit at any time, but that's not how I roll. I wanted to prove to myself that I could handle it on top of school, and that's what I'm going to do.

My story is shaping up deliciously weird. It's also contemporary YA, and this is the first time I've written in the genre. I've somewhat enjoyed really thinking back to my high school days, but I'm mostly glad that I'm now a rational, competent adult. It's tricky writing a teenager, though, as all my first instincts are to go with adult reactions when they aren't appropriate. I was lucky enough to spend some time in the adolescent unit at my psych clinical a few times recently, and I really paid attention to how the teens acted and talked to each other and what their thought processes and problem-solving skills seemed to be. Very interesting.

I hope everyone is enjoying the month of unfettered writing, whether caught up on wordcount or not officially participating. For me, NaNoWriMo is a month-long holiday, and while I'm not getting to enjoy it quite as much as I have in years past, it's still a time to celebrate!

Happy writing!


Unknown said...

I had insomnia last night too! It was Christian's fault. I fell asleep fast and hard, but his tossing and turning woke me up after only an hour and a half. Left me staring at the ceiling for hours. Ugh!

I hope your sickness is passing. Great job with NaNo; I knew you'd rock it no matter what. Hope I get to read it someday!

Leaving tomorrow in the early a.m. for the Virgin Islands. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Jessica Ann Hill said...

that's awesome that you're still ahead on your word count! i fell behind this week, but it's not too bad since i wasn't planning on writing a full 50k this month anyway.

i love writing for teens, but i agree it's so tricky. and i find myself paying way more attention to teens and their behaviors now than i did before i started writing YA. i find it very interesting, too.

i hope you feel better soon and good luck on your writing for the rest of the month! :)

Teri Anne Stanley said...

I had a prednisone fest myself a couple of weeks ago...was quite productive, I must say. And wired.

Glad your writing is going well...I'm on a big of a Mid-Nano high myself right now! Yay, us!

Unknown said...

How did NaNoWriMo go?! Did you get some good words down?

I didn't join in because I knew I wouldn't be able to complete it how I'd like to. However I did get a new Middle Grade novel done so I'll count it!

Unedited has love for ya...

Susan Payton said...

I hope you are feeling better by now. I enjoyed reading your page. There is always something to learn.
Have a wonderful holiday.