Posts Tagged ‘Nanowrimo’
November is but days away. Days! And I still haven’t made up my mind on my project. It’s down to two: The novel I have been working on for years or the rewrites on my anthology-turned-series. I promised to have the series done by December, but I don’t see that happening. Which, admittedly, sucks. I overestimated my abilities. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people who can multi-task, competently and enthusiastically. I give my all to one project at a time and downgrade everything else. I am nearly finished with my tax classes, taking the final on the 2nd. I’ll easily catch up on my NaNo word count from that delay.
But because of classes, I wasn’t writing nearly enough to meet my self-imposed deadline. Guilt tells me to use November to work on the series. But passion tells me to work on my beloved novel. I have it 95% plotted. I have a map drawn, notes written, inspirational photos and music. Passion for this project is high.
Guilt, however, has always driven me. On the other hand, I feel long-term guilt on my novel, seeing as how I once posted the first few chapters and never finished. That makes two public WIPS and I swore to never do that.
Well, is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? What are you going to work on? If you are doing it and you wanna be buddies, I go by the same name over on the NaNo site, as here. Look me up and maybe we can inspire each other. …as soon as I figure out what the hell I’m doing.
I love adverbs. When I write, I want to use them. Here, in my “informal” writing, I don’t really think about them and they are used or not. But when I’m writing my novels and short-stories, every time I want to write a word ending with -ly, I hesitate. And I kinda hate that. I especially worry when I am using an adverb after the word said. Such as “Quiet!” she said, loudly.
I do understand what the “experts” mean when they say not to use them. Or use them sparingly. I do. But as a reader, I know I’m not bothered by them. They illustrate what is going on. Sure, there are other, and probably stronger ways to do so. But I really don’t think adverbs are the sin some people make them out to be.
Maybe I’m just irritated because I’m having to think more when I write than I used to. Man, thinking while writing sucks! It’s so hard and stuff.
I dunno. What do you think of adverbs, as a reader and/or writer?