Dear NaNoWriMo

Howdy!

Every November aspiring writers gear up to attempt to write their novel in the full 31 days! I have done this myself–or at least tried to–I made it through three weeks with no stopping but back then I would lose my spunk right in the middle of every month. It was annoying as hell! One thing that I can be proud of is that I lasted a lot longer than I thought I would, so that was a plus for me!

After that, I have wanted to try it out again, but for some reason I always realize this like at the end of October, so I always feel rushed to get things done to be able to figure out my plot and material I want to bring into it. By the time the month actually comes along, I have absolutely nothing and I basically say “fuck it”. This year was similar to the previous ones, I tell my fellow writers that I’m going to do it, when in reality I know better. There is one difference and that is for the story I wanted to write, I have actually figured out how I wanted to start it, which is something I didn’t have the first time around!

I hope everyone who are doing NaNoWriMo good luck on their stories! For me though, I think I am just going to focus my attention on my blog and reading books. My mom and I have caught the bug again, so we’re both trying to get through Demi Moore’s memoir Inside Out so as she flies through it, I’ll be trying to finish The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Home Work by Julie Andrews. So, wish me luck too!

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Why or why not?

Will I Do NaNoWriMo Again This Year?

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Howdy!

It is almost that time for National Novel Writing Month or  “NaNoWriMo” as some people like to call it. For some writers, they live for this time of the year but for the rest, it’s something that they absolutely dread. I can understand both sides, if you enjoy it, I feel like you are good at being pressured and able to write everyday on your story, but I also know why others fear it too. If you have a very active social or work life at the moment, writing is literally the last thing on your mind.

As for me, I’ve had it in my brain since April, after I wrote my post about not being able to participate in CampNaNoWriMo that I should probably do it, but honestly I don’t see the point in it. I don’t want to force anything that doesn’t want to appear to me in dreams right now, you know what I’m saying?

There is hope though as I am using Pinterest to help me generate the characters and overall setting of my story. I’ve been looking into different people’s photos and have developed a clear picture of my female characters: Angela and Star. I am still having issues with my main character Heath, most because I have a general person in mind but he looks relativity younger than I want him to for my story so I’m trying to keep an open mind to other messy blondes. And Brace is my “complicated” character and he’s always been that way, so finding him has been quite a challenge for me! The others will come eventually at least that what I’m hoping will happen!

Another thing that I’m busy looking into is how to do outlines. I feel like finding the right way to figure out how I want things to go, is the key to my success on completing my first draft. I have a board on my profile for my favorite blog posts, and since November has been coming up, other writers have been writing posts of tips and how-to’s for aspiring NaNo rookies. I have three blog posts that talk creating an outline for their stories and I will have them listed below!

Now if you are thinking about joining NaNo, I have some posts I did last year, if you’d like to look into them. I wrote three updates and I had shared some of the websites I was using to attempt keep my pace together, maybe they will help you out too! I’d like to make a point to say, that I didn’t make it to the end of the month and I explain why that happened in the final post, but I was still fairly impressed with myself on what I did get done.

Am I Still Working On My Novel | 2 Week Mark | Am I Finished Or Not

Before I go, I just want to say good luck to everyone that is doing NaNoWriMo this year! You may not hit your word count everyday, nor will you like everything you’ve been working on, but I can definitely say that’s all part of the process! After it’s all over, you can revisit it, and you’ll see that you produced something awesome. 🙂

Have you ever thought about joining the NaNoWriMo party? What is keeping you back from writing your story?

snowflake

Why I Didn’t Participate In #CampNaNoWriMo

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Howdy!

I know I said that I wouldn’t publish a new blog post for today, but I decided that I needed to put one up today because it’s Monday and we’re starting a new week and a brand new month tomorrow.

Back in November, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or simply “NaNoWriMo” which is where aspiring authors attempt to write out their novels in thirty days. If you want to reach the main goal of 100,000 words, you have to follow a certain word count, but when I started on it, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to hit that quota every single day, so I made a decision of whatever amount of words I did was better than nothing at all. Unfortunately, I didn’t last very long. By the time week three came around, I was basically over it beyond belief. I actually do this while working on blog posts too. Everytime I get past a certain point, my brain just shuts down to where I don’t want to do anything, much less write anything.

I had made plans to attempt to do “Camp NaNoWriMo” this month, which goes on twice a year (the other is July and we all know that won’t happen!) as I was told, apparently it’s the same thing, but you have more freedom so you don’t have to follow the rules of the challenge as you would in the month of November. I wanted to work on my outline a little bit more before I jumped back into this, but I didn’t have the energy to work on it. I actually found a lot of different articles on Pinterest to hopefully look into sometime and write out some of their helpful tips and tricks into my notebook, but I need energy to do all of this and like I said, I don’t have it at the moment.

Here were some of the pieces I found that I’m hoping to look at soon and I thought I’d share them with you so you could get an insight into what I’m looking for right now.

And there are things on my Pinterest board that talk about things like flaws, how to kiss, and there are important ones like how to write characters that have ADHD and/or who are deaf, which have been very helpful since my story does discuss disability. I’m still hoping to find something about writing characters with different physical disabilities, because I have a couple of characters with two different noticeable disabilities in my story that I’d like to showcase but instead of showing them as burdens or as the comic relief, they have a powerful presence to themselves that will hopefully change the reader’s perspective of the disabled community as a whole.

One thing that I really need help on is finding more information about the ins and outs about bunkers. I have thought of changing my original location with another that I’ve recently heard about, but I need to know how to recreate the atmosphere of a bunker and community within it. So if anybody knows of good links that could help me, please send them to me.

Did you participate in Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, how did you do? Do you have any advice for those who have issues getting going in the first place? Plus, does anybody else have like a certain week in a month where they have a hard time concentrating? 

snowflake

NaNoWriMo | Am I Finished Or Not?

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Howdy!

So we’re done with November and the question that is burning on everybody’s mind is, am I finished with my novel or not? Well, I’ll just say this, I never really expected to be finished with my first draft in 30 days. I don’t think anybody should expect these results, especially in the first year you participate.

So how did it go?

After the first week was over, I counted up both sections and I went passed the 10,000 mark! I was very proud of myself, but the third week was a bit rough for me, because I went through my lady days and I was really uncomfortable so I basically took time off and waited until after Thanksgiving was over to get back into everything. I felt incredibly guilty because I had done such a good job of not giving into my demons and for a while I was able to keep them at bay.

After the week was done, I did not finish the rest of the month. It was mostly because of the fact I still wasn’t feeling good, but I wasn’t as motivated to work on it as I had in the beginning of the month. However, I do want to tell you the exact word count of my unfinished product so far, which is 14,207 words!

What’s next for me?

The more I thought about it, I started to feel more confident in what I had done, I know I’m not a failure. I was actually happy that I decided to do it, or else it would have stayed locked up inside my mind, which majority of it is still there, but I mean at least I have a better idea of what I want done and know what to do work on, because I know I need to read up on my fight/training scenes and how to do better dialogue.

I do know that I want to finish my outline. I was never able to finish that and I think that’ll really help me with figuring out where to add my antagonist’s point of view in there. I need to find out if the big cataclysm in my story is big enough to motivate all of my characters into the world that they’re living in, because I feel I haven’t really explained that very well in what I’ve written so far. I’d also like to do more interviews to get a better understanding of my main character and his condition. So anybody that has adult ADHD, paralyzed, has a prosthetic and/or visually impaired or if you are a parent that has a child with it, will you be up for an interview?

I need to look into more information about underground bunkers, luckily for me I’ve watched several specials lately and I could use them as references. I need to do some more research on different locations either inside Washington D.C. or outside of the state of Delaware as a good placement for the setting of my story. I also need to figure out my weapons. I have a whole book about them, but I haven’t exactly read it yet, so I’m hoping in the new year I will actually look into that and so what I can come up there. I have one other idea to look into if the book doesn’t really help me.

Should you join NaNoWriMo next year? 

I think if you are a writer and have a clever idea for a book, I think you should definitely look into NaNo for 2018.

If you do decide to try it, please don’t do what I did and cram everything in one week before you actually start writing! For one thing, you will feel scattered brain because you have trained to focus on little scenes and now you have to add more details into your actual writings.

The word count of 1,667 is intimidating as hell, but if you decide early on that whatever amount of words you write that day will work out better than forcing yourself to ramble on! I always felt proud if I got passed triple digits and two pages each day, to me that was enough! Do NOT push yourself! If you don’t feel like writing that day, then you need to take a break. Read a book or watch your favorite TV show or movie. Do anything else beside writing to help you relax your brain and maybe the next day you can jump back into it.

I hope you have enjoyed these follow up posts and if I continue on my journey of writing my book, I will keep you updated I promise!

snowflake

November Playlist

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Howdy!

Well, if you’re an American, you’re probably in the process of still celebrating Thanksgiving and eating the leftovers of last week’s feast or taking advantage of the Black Friday deals online today. If you have a little bit of free time on your hands, I thought you could check out my November Playlist too!

This might actually be a little souped up from the previous months as I’m adding what I listened to while doing NaNoWriMo as well! Right now though, it’s all about the individual songs and the artists that I couldn’t get enough of in November.

Happy Song by Bring Me The Horizon
Express Yourself by Madonna
Bad Girlfriend by Theory Of A Deadman
Judas by Banks
Faith by George Michael
Dusk Til Dawn by ZAYN and Sia
I Like Me Better by LAUV
Better by Meghan Trainor feat. Yo Gotti
Mi Gente by J. Balvin
Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line 

Now we get on what I was listening to while working on NaNo all month long!

I find I do better with instrumentals. Over the years, I’ve noticed that if I’m not careful I can literally write out a song word-for-word on whatever I’m writing at that moment. As funny as that sounds, it can get pretty annoying too! I have two “fantasy” playlists on my Spotify profile, but I think I’m going to need a playlist devoted to piano instrumentals because I’ve consumed a bit throughout this month.

I found Luca D’Alberto and I was in the middle of a bittersweet moment between my MC and his grandmother and I felt as though I was in trance from the music because after I had finished with that chapter, I had over 1,000+ words and I had listened to seven songs in one sitting! The other sessions I listened to Nil Ciuro and Sophie Hutchings. However, for my other scenes that require fast, upbeat songs that get me in the zone, I had to find some more bass-y music, so I like to find trap music or gaming music. I’ve used the Call Of Duty, The Evil Within 2, and For Honor soundtracks. All can be found on Spotify in the browse section!

Now with that being done, I can finally give you the full playlist on Spotify, so you can really listen to what I’ve been loving this past November. Enjoy!

snowflake