Un-NaNo Day 4-Crashed, Started fire…

Had to happen after three intense days with major word counts.

Yep. I crashed.

Woke up yesterday feeling ill and while, thank goodness, the illness didn’t linger, the off feeling did. Every word was a struggle and I ended up writing over 1k then cutting most of it. Scene was so boring, I fell asleep in my chair. Twice. Yes, I know I say write through it, whatever it is, but sometimes, you really do need to take a break. Brain had been on overload for days without breathing space. Years of experience have taught me the importance of refueling creativity, yet, I was suffering from an acute case of stubborn ass. I tried to force words, kept my butt in the chair and at some point, complete frustration took took the reins.

I stopped to cook dinner and THAT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA. Seriously, people, when you’re that worked up and grouchy, don’t work in a kitchen. I accidentally started a fire in my dutch oven pan. Picture me throwing on the lid and grabbing it with pot holders, leaping over one of the cats as I dashed out the back door…

So, I took a few hours off, curled up with some lovely Tension Tamer tea and watched episodes of Angel with the hubby and daughter. I planned to write more last night but instead just stayed with my family. It seems the break was what I needed because I dreamed the answer to the difficult scene and I’m blazing to jump in this morning. So, yesterday’s dismal total is:

Words Yesterday 434 after writing 1k more and then dumping it.

I’m pretty sure my critique partner, Rachel Vincent, had a better day. Poor thing called me in the afternoon. She made me smile though because right away, she agreed the book DID NOT need that scene and because she was away from the mess I’d created and could see things clearly, she mentioned a quick, better idea. Gotta send that woman some chocolate… Click on the button to check her progress. 😉

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About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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4 Responses to Un-NaNo Day 4-Crashed, Started fire…

  1. I hope today goes better! How’s your eye?

  2. relliott4 says:

    Doesn’t hurt. Kids stared at me a lot last night, tho. heh

    Today is already better.

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  4. Terri says:

    Hope you’re feeling better!!

    I felt the same way yesterday…so instead of writing, took a break and set up the soundtrack to the book I’m working on…getting ready to head upstairs and see if that (and wine) fuels some goodness *G*

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