Word for Day 1: Rocky

The world did not want me to write this morning. But I got all stubborn and determined and I marched on out of here and I set up shop in my corner and I said, So there, World. Take that.

But it was one slow start. There is a problem with living in this neighborhood and getting up early and going out the morning after Halloween (i.e., after the big Village Halloween Parade that goes up Sixth Avenue, right near where I live) and that problem is called loud drunk people still out from last night, a group of whom were sitting for a full hour right near my morning writing spot, shrieking, screaming, two wearing sparkly devil horns, the rest not even in costumes, apparently not yet ready to go home. Not to mention the drunken revelers on the doorstep of my building, blocking the way out, arguing over who looked more like Jay-Z. (The guy on the left.) I pushed through, following a Jesus in a brown sheet and sandals (naked underneath) who carried a long bamboo cross that he waved around and narrowly missed poking me. Shattered glass all over the sidewalks, the barriers still up, the sour smell of spilled beer, and a line of police cars watching me walk past. Hey, I’m all for Halloween. But it’s November 1. I selfishly wanted to get writing!

But I have no reason to complain. Even with a noisy, sloppy-drunk morning in the Village, I made word count. As of right now, I’m at 1,965. I’ll keep a little counter on the side. Go here if you want one. I have no idea what Neil Gaiman has to do with it, but…?

About the 1,965 words: I would not say they are good words. Not words I’d ever let anyone read. My narrator hasn’t found her voice. The writing is noisy and sloppy-drunk in itself, but maybe tomorrow it’ll sober up and I’ll have a better handle on things.

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5 responses to “Word for Day 1: Rocky”

  1. Whoa, 1,965 words! Very nice.

    I have 607 words right now. Hmmm, not quite the 1,667 words I needed.

    I’m happy with what I’ve written, though, and I’ll be able to make up the other 1,060 words this weekend. (great, procrastinating already) 😉

    P.S. Nova, mind if I add you as a NaNoWriMo buddy?


  2. Please do! That’s so great that you’re happy with what you’ve written so far.

    And after I wrote that post I got some more words out of me. They’re better than this morning’s words… I think I’m finding the voice. Just hope it’s still there when I wake up tomorrow.


  3. I’m laughing at the image of Jesus Himself staggering around after a Hallowe’en parade. That must have been so surreal!

    I am familiar with: “The world did not want me to write.” Grrrrr! Every day! I’m not doing NaNoWriMo but I’m trying to make a big stab at finishing part two of my current novel (should be around 25,000 words). I cheated yesterday and cut and pasted words from an earlier draft. No doubt I’ll pay for that today!

    All the best for this month! I think NaNoWriMo is such a cool idea, I feel so motivated right now, after months of being in a slump.


  4. 1,965 is a great start. I’m aiming to be around there when I finish tonight.

    I wrote a little at the stroke of midnight yesterday. I’m actually quite happy with it, so far. My characters haven’t fallen into themselves yet, but I can see the story start to unfold in front of me.


  5. It figures that Jesus would be so careless about poking you with his cross. Have I ever told you about the Jesus that rides the El here in Chicago? If I haven’t, please remind me to sometime.

    And congrats on your word count. Don’t worry that she hasn’t yet found her voice. Heck, mine so far is one half of a usable scene and then a whole bumch of expositition narrative (using narrative’ in the loosest sense here).

    Also interspersed within the text: more than a few instances of “This really sucks.”


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