Thursday, November 12, 2009

Google Wave and the Great American Novel

Hey, look! A blog!

So, the past few days have been fun. Research: Paranormal is currently on a week-long investigation of the Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, NY. We made our way up on Tuesday, stopping for the night in Gettysburg and meeting one of our fans (that's weird to say, we have fans). The next morning, we toured the Jenny Wade house and stopped by the North Carolina monument on the Gettysburg battlefields.

We even broke out some equipment and had an impromptu investigation with the Ghost Box. Nothing really happened, but who knows...

Currently, I'm sitting in the common room of the Shanley, taking a break from my NaNoWriMo novel. I've done considerably well for someone who typically tries to do anything to get out of writing when I can do something else... like cleaning. Especially while I'm on the road. That's nigh impossible to accomplish.

Especially when the distractions keep piling up. Tom, one of my fellow bloggers from the FiveAwesomeBloggers project sent me an invite to Google Wave. I've been playing with that amazing new product when I break from writing. Got a few friends to talk to, and Google still has a few features to work on. For example, Wave will be able to update my blog posts directly to blogspot. It's only available in the developer's sandbox right now, but it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun when it's made public. Until then, I'll just keep writing blogs "the old-fashioned way."

The word count is right now at 11,476. Still a long way off from 50,000, but I am finding it easier to write during my little blurb sessions.

I'll sit down not knowing where I want this story to go, then I start writing, and the words just flow out. The next part of the tale just spills out of my fingers like it truly does want to get out into the world.

Perhaps I've kept all these stories in my head too long, their like a nine-month old child (well, more like 12 or 13 months at this point) ready to be born into the world.

To keep my motivated, I'm re-reading Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing. I think he must be a fan of the NaNo process. Earlier, I read this segment from one of his essays:

"What can we writers learn from lizards, lift from birds? In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling or tiger-trapping."

The more I write in the spur of the moment during these novel sessions, the more I see the truth in that statement. If I wrote in the convention of write, then review and write more; I'd never get any writing done. I'm going to continue to write this way after November is done with and my 50,000 word novel sits in the rough upon my laptop.

Bradbury goes on to say that he wrote at least a thousand words a day since the age of twelve.

I'm a few years behind his start date, but that's still an admirable goal for someone who wants to spend their life writing.

Here's hoping that my future labors produce the amazing fruits that his has over the years.

Now, back to writing.

William the Bloody Zen Redd

1 comment:

JeffScape said...

1500 words a day, every day! No exception!