DAY #25: A Modified “NaNoWriMo” Challenge (Write 15 Minutes of Garbage Every Day)

Day 25.  30-Day Challenge.  Blah, blah, blah.

Yeah, I’ve hit a wall.  Hang on to your seats, folks.  As you can probably tell from my tone, this is going to be a riveting post.

If writing begets writing, then I need to write my way through this road block.  Let’s talk about why I’m not feeling it today.  I guess it’s because I’ve finally reached one of my goals (getting published on Scary Mommy).  And now I need a moment to reassess my situation.

What’s my next goal?  To write the manuscript.  So, what am I doing to get there?

Well, I’ve been doing my own version of “research.”  I’ve been reading a few popular young adult fiction books.  (This could also be construed as procrastination, but I like to think that it’s sort of helpful.)  These books are like my text books.  I am studying how each author paces information exposition so that I can apply their techniques to my manuscript.

Yeah, I know.  I’m a nerd.  You could ask any of my friends or family members and they will tell you that I loved school.  When I was younger, I disliked summer vacation because I was bored at home.  I always looked forward to returning to school in the fall.

I know.  It’s kind of sad.

Both of my parents went to boarding schools in India.  I used to hear them talk about how much fun they had and wistfully dream of attending a boarding school myself.  I was addicted to a series of Enid Blyton books that I discovered in India about a boarding school called St. Clare’s.  I loved those stories and recently started re-reading them.

Maybe that’s why I really want to send my character, Shivani Roy, to a boarding school.  Didn’t the Star Wars Jedi’s have a school?  And what about the Harry Potter wizards?  Or the Twilight vampires?  They were all in school.  (NOTE:  This reminds me of the Simpsons episode when Homer Simpson decides to write a young adult fantasy book with a few of his friends.  Homer sends HIS characters to a school too!)

So why can’t Shivani and the Devas have a school too?  And how do I move Shivani from being attacked by her foster uncle to being trained at this school?

Hmmmmm……  This is something to think about.

3 thoughts on “DAY #25: A Modified “NaNoWriMo” Challenge (Write 15 Minutes of Garbage Every Day)

  1. kellie@writingmoment says:

    Sure, why not have a boarding school?
    I was smiling reading your post as I think I am definitely procrastinating…wondering whether to sign up to NaNo or not. So here I am reading your post 😉

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    • Taara Donley says:

      Hahahahaha….. You and I are procrastinating sisters, I see… 🙂 Yes, definitely sign up for NaNoWriMo if you’re a procrastinator like I am. It was a swift kick in the pants for me a few years ago. Let me know if you decide to do it! I’ll start following you – we can encourage each other to get it done!

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      • kellie@writingmoment says:

        Yay! Sounds good procrastinating sister 😉 I have signed up but not much else on setting myself up yet. My name is kellie@writingmoment (original ha!). Yes, let’s definitely encourage each other!

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