"She's a rebel..."

"...and she never ever does what she should..."

I am officially a NaNoRebel. That's right, I've broken the rules. Happily there are a lot of us, hence the term 'NaNoRebel' rather than 'NaNoCheat'. I'm a rebel because I'm writing a memoir (albeit fictionalised) AND I'm using some previously written material. This is outside the NaNoWriMo guidelines... however, they're kind of okay with it and really just want people to write, so rebels are allowed so long as we admit that we're rebels. It's all good.

Current word count: 10,422. Still a bit behind but that's okay. And here's a tip I'll give you for nothing... a detailed description of a middle-of-the-night, off-the-scale anxiety attack is probably not something one should attempt to write at night, if one hopes to sleep at all. Apparently it's difficult to write about anxiety without feeling anxious. Huh. Well, lesson learned. It's also the only thing I've written so far that has made me cry.
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8 comments:

Givinya De Elba said...

Great word count!

I'd be interested to read aboud someone else's description of a middle-of-the-night, off-the-scale anxiety attack, and I'd probably do well to write a description of mine.

But re-living it, knowing it happened countless times in that dark 10-year period, remembering how my nearest and dearest was critical of me and did little to help might just push me over the edge.

Yeah, probably not a good idea.

Anonymous said...

I can't help imagining that a nanorebel must be someone who rebels on a really really small scale (say on the placement of semi-colons), nano being an scientific prefix for 10^(-9).

Long dark hair, blue eyes said...

That is an impressive word count Rebel girl!

Hippomanic Jen said...

10,000, so now you can just cut and paste that few times to get it up to 50,000!

Hippomanic Jen said...

No?

Hippomanic Jen said...

What? You mean they're actually going to read it?

Femina said...

@Givinya - it wasn't so much a description of the attack itself; it was more the mile-a-minute, out of control, terrified, please-God-make-it-stop thoughts that...uh... might go through a person's mind (hypothetically) at such a time. I didn't even punctuate. And no, you probably wouldn't benefit from reading it.

@Hip-Jen - no, they're not going to read it. The program on the website just counts words and that's it. The rules DO say that you can't copy and paste the same word 50,000 times but it doesn't say you can't copy and paste the same section four times. Hmmm....

BGSydneyside said...

At least it's better than being a nanonowrite!

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