Congratulations, Cos!

Some people are talking against NaNoWriMo, and they’re even -partially- right, and reading them is worth the while. But there are others, like mi friend Cos, who speak in favour:

I don’t think I’ve ever -except perhaps when I was twelve or thirteen- written so much about a single story, not to mention with such regularity. Sometimes I can’t believe I’m really doing this, simply because I decided myself uncapable a long time ago. My pride beats fast within my chest and it seems strange that some people are not feeling it – that they are not creating a story right now and still live in peace, like they’re not missing a thing – or that they don’t feel so proud of me that they have the urge to talk about it and boast. This is so important for me, it’s always been so important for me, that it seems strange that people wouldn’t congratulate me like it’s my birthday or one of those events when it’s nice to cheer up and celebrate.

Beautiful, huh? Congratulations, Cos!

How’s your nano going?

I’ve been quiet lately, busy fine-tuning a novel, writing the second season of Mrs. Carrington and wondering -as if I didn’t have enough- what to write for my friends at Teatro Por Dinero, a new cultural venue in Madrid that I heartily recommend.

My personal NaNoWriMo challenge this year has been, instead of the 50,000 words, to write the whole second season of Mrs. Carrington in these 30 days -perhaps not in a ready-to-shoot, finalised script, but at least with a draft for every one of the 12 episodes. So far I’m still battling the treatment, but at least it’s a long treatment with some fundamental dialogue and action sequences already rolled out to a level of detail that should make things very easy when the time comes to expand each of those pages onto a 5-6 page draft.

We’re approaching the end of the first half now, so tell me, how are things going? Which topic are you writing about? And how is your word count? Are those 25,000 getting any closer?

The writer, taking a break, wonders whether to order pizza or Chinese.


And stop messing around.

Procrastination from ism studios on Vimeo.

NaNoWriMo 2010

I’ve mentioned it before so I won’t explain it again: NaNoWriMo is here, beginning next Monday, November 1st.

Do you dare write a novel in 30 days? It’s worth trying!

I’m not doing it this year because I’m busy with several projects, one of which is, precisely, revising mi nanowrimo 2006 for publication, because -yes- the thing I poured in a rush, after long revisions, seems ready for publication. I hope. At most, I may try to write the second season of Mrs. Carrington in a month. That would be a challenge too.

but don’t let my stories distract you, focus on your own story. Improvise. Unplug the router. Turn off the TV. Those episodes of Glee and Fringe will still be there in four weeks, there’s no hurry. A sandwich will do. Type.

You’re not alone, the whole NaNoWriMo community is feeling the same and they are more then a hundred thousand people. One made the NaNoWriMo report card to help you visualize where you are and how much there’s left. Others draw funny calendars. Some buy AlphaSmarts to write anywhere, even I am considering getting one – donations accepted. It doesn’t matter how, it doesn’t matter what – the question is how much. Come on, you’ve been reading stuff like this for years now, write the damn novel once and for all.

Script Frenzy 2009

Script Frenzy - I'm InApril is the month of Script Frenzy, the initiative by The Office of Letters and Light (also creators of Nanowrimo) for the writing of scripts (for the stage, the screen or any media). I’ve personally already accepted the challenge and am on my way to write a surreal comedy (in Spanish until further notice) under the working title “¡Pisa el tigre!” (“Step on that tiger!”). We’ll see where the adventure takes us, but in the meantime… what are you writing?

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