NaNoWriMo Day 14: Detour Averted

Okay so I stayed up later then expected last night watching the fourth installment of Harry Potter on my DVR, and although I managed to actually get up at 5 this morning, I typed a measly paragraph and made a much needed decision to get back in the bed and go back to sleep for that hour and a half before I had to get my daughter off to school.  Don’t worry I still made my word count for the day.  I was still able to have Mackenzie brought in under suspicion of murder while turning her personal life upside down at the same time.  But I think that I will definitely make sure that I get my full night’s rest from here until the end of November if I want to stick to the routine that I have set and the routine that seems to be working beautifully.  It’s really hard to stay on track all of the time but I suppose that as long as you are able to get yourself back to the point where you are supposed to be then a little detour every once in a while doesn’t hurt.  Tonight I will make sure to be in bed on time.  Until next time…What detours have you been experiencing along your NaNoWriMo journey this year? 

 

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NaNoWriMo Day 13: The Harry Potter Distraction

Today was another struggle to write but it wasn’t because Mackenzie wasn’t talking to me or having some kind of dramatic meltdown, but rather it was due to the distractions that life holds, especially on the weekend.  My daughter was quite upset that I couldn’t play with her for the majority of the day because I was writing but what was really distracting me was this movie on T.V.  Actually it was not just one movie, but rather a particular series of movies.  I hope no one laughs when I say this but I was caught up in the Harry Potter movies.  I had tried to read the book several times but I could never really get into them and every time the movie would come on before I had always caught it in the middle and I just couldn’t catch on.  I can usually get hooked to a movie even coming in the middle but for some reason not Harry Potter.  

So I had just dismissed it as maybe it just wasn’t my cup of tea and that even though I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling and her story, maybe I just could not catch on to it.  But just as I was wrong with dismissing Twilight (which I came to love a lot later on), I was also wrong with dismissing Harry Potter.  There has been a Harry Potter marathon on the ABC Family network all weekend and as soon as I started watching the first one from the absolute beginning I was hooked.  However, it is literally one of those movies where if you miss even one scene you miss a lot and luckily for me I have the feature on my T.V. where I can rewind if I come back from a commercial too late because otherwise I would’ve gotten lost even after finding a love for it.  I started with the first one and am up to the fourth one (although I’m using the DVR for 4 and 5 to watch later).  Needless to say, I’m hooked.  It’s a shame too because now after the last one, there will be no more.  So Harry Potter was my distraction today, but a good one.  

Movies that draw me in like that and keep me on the edge of my seat make me think a lot about my writing and my stories.  Now I’m no science fiction writer (not saying I would ever dismiss the possibility) and I don’t generally watch movies about vampires and werewolves or witches and wizards but what captivated me about Twilight and Harry Potter is the back story, that mixed in with the intrigue of being able to have the ability to come up with a completely different world apart from the real one that already exist.  I watch these movies and think about how I want to (and hope that I do) make stories that draw people in like that and have them sitting on the edge of their seats (or bed in my case) wondering what’s going to happen next and leaving them wanting more of that story.  You empathize with them, and you are scared right along with them.  You want to help them and you want them to be okay (or in the cases of the villains you want them to get what’s coming to them).  I may have been a bit distracted by Harry Potter this weekend but I was also incredibly inspired.  I hope to draw my readers in like that and I’m going to work really hard to do that.  Until next time…What stories or movies inspire you to be a better writer? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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