>The final run! 35k in 7 days

>So I’m sure you’ve noticed. I’m behind. WAY behind. I’ve hit a wall of depression (unrelated to NaNo) and lack of motivation, but today is the day that I’m going to break through it and write anyway.

So who’s with me? Who is going to race to the finish?
Will you beat me there? ARe you behind? So behind you don’t think you can recover?
You can. I’ve done 50k in 10 days. Sure, couldn’t use a keyboard for a month. But I DID it. And I’m going to do this.
Even if I have to start a war to do it.
Let the games begin.

>Back up your novel, RIGHT NOW!

One of the worst things that can happen to any artists is to lose your work to a corrupted file, a power outage, or storage device failure. It’s happened to me several times, and now I back up my novel in several places.

1) I have Dropbox set up on my computer. It automatically syncs my files stored in its folder, without me even having to think about it.  I can access it across multiple computers, or log in online anywhere I have net access. 2 GB free. If you get referrals (such as with my link right here) you can earn another full GB of free storage. They also offer paid accounts up to 100 GB, I think it is.

2) USB stick.  I keep a 2 GB drive handy at all times.  It’s nice to have, but they’re losable. In fact, I’m missing one now, and it’s annoying me.

3) Google Docs – it tends to muck up your formatting, but it’s perfect for writing from anywhere, and making backups. better to have to redo your tabs than to lose it completely, eh? It’s also great if you want to share your writing with a few people for critique or collaboration.

4) Backup to another partition on my laptop.

5) Email it to myself.

Backing up is vital… I lost over 30k on my original NaNoWriMo novel, and I’m missing about 20k on the one from two years ago.  It makes me very annoyed, and if I’d been more diligent about my backups… I’d still have it.

>Time wasters

>One of the things I like to do when I’m NOT writing is to read webcomics. Right now, I’ve got three that I check several times a week, and that are long-running and frequently updated:

Something Positive – So much anger. So little time.

Clan of the Cats
– Urban fantasy, great art, interesting storylines

Templar Arizona – weird alternate-reality thing. I haven’t figured it out yet. but I likes it.

Zombie Hunters – Zombies. Blood. Gore. Humor. What’s not to like? It has been running a little slow the last couple of weeks (could we advance the storyline? Please?) but I still like it.

>A short hiatus

>I’ve been laboring under a short hiatus, but I don’t want you guys to think I’ve abandoned my blog now that I’ve finished NaNo officially! Actually, I have about two weeks left in my school quarter, and I’m badly behind in one of my classes, so I’m going to work very hard on getting caught up there, and once I do, I return to writing in earnest. I have been writing here or there, and thinking about my plot, so my novel hasn’t fallen by the wayside.

I’m thinking my original group dynamic (the priest and the convict alone) just plain isn’t working. There’s just not enough to go on about between the two of them throughout. I think it would work a lot better with a third character there from the start, perhaps another male, sent by the church to guard the priest. He would be the voice of reason, and give an extra layer to the Caedas’s task of corruption, and make it all the more poignant when the priest falls. HEck, I could even make him madly in love with Salissa, and her naturally ignore him or not notice. That way, it gives my future ficcers some “ships” to work with, and a little more conflict to drive the story along!

I don’t know. I’ll finish the novel as-is and work on those changes in the re-write.

I will be joining a critique group in March (we’re giving ourselves a few months to polish our novels) that is run by one of my wrimos, and which I am blissfully NOT in charge of.

I am also thinking of doing another NaNo perhaps in January or February. We’ll see.

>Bogged down in real life

>I’ve managed to get a couple thousand over the 50k mark, but I’ve noticed another barrier. Like the week two barrier, the 50k barrier is hard to push past. You’ve done it, you’re at 50k, and your brain keeps asking, “Why the hell are you still going, exactly?”

Add that to the insanity of getting my house ready for my daughter’s first birthday party yesterday, and it hasn’t been a good week for writing.

I have some classwork that I neglected over the last week or so in my mad rush to hit 50k, so I’m going to catch up on that (having a completed manuscript is worthless if I fail my classes!) and then spend the next week writing again. Have no fear, my faithful readers (I think I’m up to four now!) I shall continue slogging on. I’m just taking a break to let my wrist heal, and my brain recover from the brain dump.