NaNoWriMo Blog #5 – THE END

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This is going to be a very short blog post. That said:

I FINISHED!

I finished the month with 51,113 words. I’m not going to lie, that last 1,000+ words are not good. They are in fact absolutely terrible and I will probably edit them out. BUT….I had a blast. It felt good to be creative again after a long hiatus of not producing anything. Plus, I find myself thinking of other plots that I want to write down. I learned a lot about what works for me as a writer and what i excel at. I also learned what I suck at. Which was good! I like to know where i am weak so I can try and improve.

That’s the most fulfilling thing I have taken away from the last month….I have a lot to learn. And I have a lot of growing to do as a writer. Will I ever be published? Probably not. The odds of that are very against me. However, I had a fun time and plan on continuing my work as a writer. Who knows? Maybe you’ll look at the shelf and see my name there someday!

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NaNoWriMo Blog #3 – The Second Week

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So, second week is in the books! How do I feel? I feel like I’m running a marathon that I never really trained for properly. I’m tired and tired of thinking about where to go next in my story. I am unsure of where to go from here. My characters have just succeeded in surviving a major fight, mostly by playing dirty and then running away. It was tough to plot out and harder to actually write down on the page (or screen i guess). I still don’t know if it reads very well, I think it might be to specific in certain sections and way too vague in others. Also, my two main characters are now totally smashed up and I need to get them to relative safety to recuperate. They have secrets to learn and a quest to go on soon, and I am going to lead them through it the best I can. However, I am going to reach the murky middle part of my story soon, and I hope I don’t get pulled into it forever like Artax in the Swamp of Sadness in The Neverending Story.

I have also discovered something about myself: I’m too wordy. Also, too ambitious. Although my mantra has been “Keep it simple” for this project, I seem to be failing at that. As I said in the last paragraph, I just got through a major fight for my characters. It is only their first fight of the story I’m telling and the “end” of the first act. I have 26,966 words written already. I wrote almost 4,000 words today alone. Do you see what I am saying about not really keeping it very simple?

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This story is outlined in three separate, very general, “Acts”, and if i’m already halfway through the word count, the second “Act of my story will take up the other half, leaving me with an entire act to finish up. Now this isn’t a complaint, not really. I have friends who are doing NaNoWriMo this year who would love to have this problem. It just illustrates my inability to keep things simple.

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I’m still having a blast writing this story out however. I personally like it, but then I am a bit biased! I hope anyone who reads this is also doing well in their writing, either for NaNoWriMo or just in general!

Remember:

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NaNoWriMo Blog #2- The First Week

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So, one week is finished. How do I feel? Pretty OK actually. I have been writing around 2,000 words every day and am on track to finish this thing by the end of the month. It has been most surprising to me just how easy I am finding all of this. Granted it is only the first week so it is hardly a huge accomplishment to some. I have many friends who have done this almost every year, some finish some don’t but they always have a great time trying. And that is ultimately why I wanted to try it out. They have so much fun doing it every year, even during the hard spots, that maybe I should give it a shot.

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“The first draft of anything is shit” says Ernest Hemingway, or at least that is what the internet tells me (and it never lies, right?). That is what I keep telling myself. It is a tale of revenge and of a girl just coming into her magical powers….then they fight? I don’t know, I have only mapped out the beginning of the book so far. Someday soon I’l map out the rest and i will have a pretty good road map for the rest of November. They always say “write what you know” and I changed that a bit to “write what you like”. What I like is revenge stories and science-fiction with some fantasy thrown in there. So that is what I am doing.

Now, is it the most perfect novel ever written? A rival to the greats like J.R.R Tolkien and Hemingway? HA! Of course not. It is riddled with spelling errors, comma splices, and terrible grammar. The plot meanders, the characters range from 2 dimensional cardboard people to, maybe, 3 dimensional workable characters. But that is OK! This isn’t supposed to be the next great american novel. At least not just yet, without some serious work after November.

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But I have 13223 words so far, the most I have ever written on anything except papers for school. Finally I am writing something for myself rather than for a grade, and I love it! So here is to a successful NaNoWriMo! For me and everyone else who is participating!

NaNoWriMo Blog #1- Keeping it Simple

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One of the most difficult things I have learned in this my first shot at the Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo from here on out) is the most annoying problem I have. It is one most able to totally halt any progress when attempting this project and one I have to reign in the most: Keeping it Simple.

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I am working this week on a bit of planning. When I started it was just going to be some light plotting and thinking up the major characters that are going to populate this story I’m writing. Then I actually started. I basically had to slap myself on the wrist a few times and pull myself back from the brink. My major problem is that I just enjoy building worlds too much. I like thinking of every little thing from the all-encompassing: how the world functions and operates, to the more mundane: how the people who live in the town I start my story off in function.

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So, I have basically printed in sharpie all over  my now trimmed down notes, “Keep It Simple!!” I’m not GRR Martin or JRR Tolkien and I shouldn’t try to be. I should try to write what I like but also keep it very simple on this my first time out of the gates.

National Novel Writing Month

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Oh yes, this is happening. So, I know I was mostly using this for book reviews, but I decided to expand out into all areas of my bookish life. So here is my announcement that I am participating in the National Novel Writing Month 2014! I am pretty excited and yet terrified. This will be my first year participating in this insane project and I am not very confident in my ability to write the full 50,000 words.

For those who don’t know this is what the National Novel Writing Month (from here on out NaNoWriMo) is all about straight from the website:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.” 

I so far have an idea, a main character, and a rough (very rough) plot idea. My plan is to take the next few weeks and organize my self. I’m both nervous and excited, and will probably use this space in November to update on my progress and any hurdles I’ve encountered (which I imagine will be numerous).

Feeling crazy creative? Come join!

NaNoWriMo website: http://nanowrimo.org/

Randomness: End of Summer Reading

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Hello!

At this point I am basically writing this blog for myself, but just in case anyone who reads this cares here is why I haven’t posted in a while:

I haven’t been reading any new books!

Lately I’ve found my self re-reading old series that I love and re-visiting old characters and places. Every one in a while I go through this reading “laziness” and I’m not sure why. It is not like I don’t have new books to read, my TBR pile is huge and I just keep adding more and more onto it! It might just be that nothing new is really interesting me or the end of summer is making me nostalgic for my older series. Sometimes it is just comforting to read old favorites, and sink into familiar worlds that you already know you love. For instance I could probably read J. R. R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit constantly for the rest of my life and be perfectly content. Even after all these years they still amaze me in the same way they did when I was 12 and picked them up for the first time!

I might just start making whole series reviews for these books and posting them here, if I have anything new to say about them at least.

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What I have been (re)Reading:

  • The Dresden Files
  • Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • Graphic novels!
    • Sex Criminals
    • Pretty Deadly
    • Ms. Marvel
    • Captain Marvel
    • Fables
    • Saga
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Prey Series by John Sandford
  • The Drood Series and the Nightside Series by Simon R. Green

I hope to get back to tackling my exhaustive TBR pile soon!

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