NaNoWriMo Audio Experiment, Day 1

Nov 01

Here we are, on November 1st, 2010.

Yes, it’s the very first day of National Novel Writing Month.  Yay, NaNoWriMo!  I can hear the keyboards clacking wildly around the world.

So far, I have penned a blindingly brilliant 89 words. Yes, you read that right. Eight.Nine.

Impressed much? Me too!

Ok, so I’m having a rough start, and part of the reason for the rough start means it’s  going to be tough to write this weeks planned Circus posts, too.

Luckily, Abby Kerr (of AbbyKerrInk) came up with the idea of doing some mini audio journals throughout NaNoWriMo.  It sounded like a good idea to me when she suggested it, and it sounds like an even better idea, now… so without further ado, here’s the first entry.

Just click the arrow below to listen here on the Circus:

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Comments? Sure. Just please be gentle. I’m an audio virgin, and I’m having a really, really rough day!


  1. At first I thought, She doesn’t sound like a Texas girl. Then you said, “Laptop” and Dallas was all over that and all the Texas started spilling out.

    Isn’t a picture worth a thousand words?

    Good start–you NaNoWriMo go, girl. Hope your hands feel better soon.

    • Tori Deaux /

      Yeah, the accent comes and goes – it’s stronger when I’m tired or frizzy, and I was both yesterday… thanks for the encouragement!

  2. I so wish I’d done the whole recordings thing. I have already lost my fingerprints.

    Boo to your hurting hands, and I hope they get better!


    I love how your writer’s block manifests in kooky ways.

    When I’m battling writer’s block – (happens a lot – you try writing feature journalism on the intricacies of… nope, just bored myself.) – I hate myself. And then I try to follow all the advice around and try not to pressure myself.

    I go with the whole accepting that I would literally rather drink from the toilet than write a single word. I let myself be cool with the fact that I currently believe anything I write would be horrific, and that the word police will turn up to my house and arrest me for crimes against grammar.

    And then I just write. Absolute drivel. It’s like turning on a tap after the water’s been cut off for a while. You get all the dredgy, rusty, gunky stuff spluttering out first. Then, after a while, the clear, drinkable water starts flowing.

    I hope that helps. If not, then I may have just spluttering dredge on your blog. For which I apologise. Nano’s already making me weird…

    • Tori Deaux /

      LOL — you crack me up. Love the idea of accepting that you’d rather drink from the toilet than write a single word!

      And yes, I use the “believe it will be utter drivel” trick every time. What had me blocked the most was needing to find the right tone in my head…because if I don’t hit that, nothing works. But I found it (thanks to whoever suggested Neil Gaimen in previous comments)late last night, and yay!


      You are free to splutter supposed dredge and/or be NaNoWeird all that you want here. I wont tell anyone.

  3. Your audio was great! I’ve done a couple audio things on my blog and it was fun – it looks like we might even be using the same plugin.

    Isn’t it weird hearing your own voice like that? I’ve listened to mine enough it doesn’t sound odd anymore. As a matter of fact, we might sound a little bit alike 🙂

    Good luck with NanoWriMo – I am so not signing up for that!

    • Tori Deaux /

      Thanks Monette! I love that plugin; discovered it last year when developing a WordPress audio library site for a production studio. It totally rocks. And raggaes. And bluegrasses, too.

  4. The audio sounded great, Tori, no worries there!

    So sorry your hands are giving you trouble–I hate it when that happens. Time to pull out the braces and the icy hot or what have you.

    As for being stuck before you started, remember this is only a first draft. You’ve read No Plot, No Problem, right? It’s been a while but doesn’t he start his stories with ‘Okay, so there’s this guy and…’ or something like that, then just keeps asking ‘and then what happens’ and so on.

    *Putting on my ML t-shirt and grabbing the puppets* (not participating anymore, but I still have my gear, lol, and yes, for the last 2 years or so I did have puppets: NaNo Ned and the Procrastinator) Just write the words, don’t over-think, the important thing is getting the story out 🙂
    *puts away the highlighter-bright t-shirt*

    • Tori Deaux /

      Oh and the former ML in MsScraps comes out… too fun!

      Yes, Icy Hot, hand massages, Advil, parrafin treatment, and another odd suggestion that I’ll share if it works! I found my word rhythm last night, and from there, I can usually force my way through it. Yippee!

  5. abookinhand /

    Thanks for sharing. That was great!

  6. Tori, I adored this! You are a natch on audio and we’re lucky to get to hear your thoughts. Loved the dog on the laptop, too. What kind? {I’m a new part-time dog owner; my younger brother got a Rottweiler puppy just weeks before his soon-to-be-ex-wife moved out so guess who gets to take care of her — the puppy, not the wife — while he’s at work? I’m loving every minute of her.}

    I’m totally with you on finding the right tone. Tone in a fiction piece is sort of…everything. I’m not sure I’m 100% in love with the tone my protag is narrating in, but I’m trusting that I’ll write my way into her truest voice as I go.

    And thank you for welcoming NaNoWeird here. I’m all about that.

    Eagerly awaiting your next audio…and hoping your hands get better really quickly!

  7. RIchard /

    Lovely to hear you. Yeah Scrivener. I love it.

    I can related to the planning. I spent so many months (occasionally years simply planning at NASA that it really does remove that execute the plan part of you from use, so it becomes harder and harder to DO. (shouldn’t we plan HOW we do this? no, that was the PLAN part … oh .. yeah … right.) No, WRITE! Oh, yeah. We just put this giant Nike “Just DO it!” sign over our lab. So the lab became DO space and the offices THINK space. (which is not to say no thinking in the lab! no thinking in lab BAD, things for BOOM, CRASH, SIZZLE. boom, crash sizzle BAD, GOOD in lab, NOT bAD in lab. Well, you get the idea.

    I like SCrivener. Many is the night as I drift off to sleep I grab the laptop and scribble a few words or a few hundred or sketch an outline. It is very versatile in how I can use it. I have several short stories and a few games being ‘hatched’ in Scrivener at the moment. Good stuff.

    I’m sure your hands will feel more better soon!

    Good luck!



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