NaNoWriMo Day 29

One more day (unless you count today still, then two more days), until the end of National Novel Writing Month 2019.

I hope everyone managed to get to that 50,000 word goal, and that you guys feel wonderfully accomplished at the achievement! Because, quite frankly, it is one hell of an achievement! If you haven’t reached it yet, you’ve still got some time, and I know you can do it!

This month seemed to fly by, and go so fast. I can’t believe in a couple days it’s going to be December, and Christmas will be only a few weeks away. I really need to finish the Christmas gifts in time. It feels like I’m already out of time.

Anyway, if you’re still working away, keep going, you’re almost there!

Good luck in the last hours remaining until the end of the month, and just think, once you’re done, you can focus on editing, or just focus on Christmas!

 

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NaNoWriMo Day 25

DAY 25 HAS ARRIVED!

We’re in the very last days until the end of NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t reached that 50,000 words yet, there is still five more days to get there. If you have, CONGRATULATIONS! You did it!

After I hit the 50,000 word limit, I decided to keep writing. I finished up the story, which is invariably shorter than I was hoping it would, and stopped at that point. I have a lot to edit, a lot to sort out, and I know of a few problems I will need to fix once I hunker down and get to the nitty-gritty details.

I was, admittedly, a bit disappointed about the word validating. I know some people didn’t really like it, but I kind of like obfuscating my work and throwing it into the word validater (apparently spelled incorrectly and not a word, oh well) just to have it officially counted. I updated my final word count based on scriveners project statistics and official total from start to finish. While I’m sure there would be some discrepancy between NaNoWriMo’s count and Scriveners, I still reached around 67,000 words. I really can’t complain with that total.

I’m happy that I completed the story, and will be taking a bit of break before I print it off and start editing it. I also have another manuscript that I need to finish editing as well….but as it’s total is over 800 pages and I’ve barely scratch the surface on it, I might need to work on something a bit more compressed in comparison. We’ll see.

Anyway, five more days NaNoWriMo writers! Don’t give up, keep writing. And if you’re anything like me right now, super sick, then I hope you all feel better soon!

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NaNoWriMo day 15

We made it! We’re half way through the month! By now you should be around 25,000 words, and half way to your goal. If not, and you need more words, then don’t worry, there’s still time!

So far, my writing is coming along well. I’m about half way through the entire story, and content with how some of the scenes are turning out.

I might have written one of my favourite scenes today, and I think that’s put me in a good mood. This scene allowed me to play around with world building, to show a side of something that never would’ve had the opportunity to show. It made me happy. I’m sure there’s a fair bit of editing and fixing I’ll have to do despite me being happy about writing it, BUT that’s for after November. Until November 31st, I am simply writing, writing, writing.

I don’t know how the weather has been for everyone else, but here we’ve got a fair bit of snow, and cold temperatures. So, if you’ve got anything like what I have, I hope you’re staying warm and cozy.

I hope everyone is doing well, and remember, don’t give up. You’ve got this.

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NaNoWriMo day 13

We are officially thirteen days in, and nearly half way through the month!

How is everyone doing so far? Are you starting to feel burned out, or losing motivation? It’s a long haul, I know. I have friends who won’t do the challenge solely based on the fact that they would burn out and never finish the 50,000 words.

I’m nearing my approach at 50,000 words. I plowed through the first week with high word counts, and I’m starting to slow down now. Not necessarily from lack of motivation, but, well, starting to feel a bit burned out. I know I’ll reach the 50,000 words, I know I can get there, and I plan to continue even after I reach that goal. I want to see how much I can get done by the end of the month. If I’m lucky, I’ll finish the entire rough draft of the manuscript, but I can’t be certain. I need the push and motivation in order to really reach that goal.

Anyway, I hope everyone is finding a second wind if you’re needing an extra boost. Just remember, you’ve still got lots of time to reach that 50,000 word goal, and I know you can do it. All first timers are seeing the drive for themselves, and all writers who have done the challenge again and again, know how to push themselves when they start slowing down. It’s a marathon, a long haul, but it’s doable, and I know you can all get there.

Remember that once November is done and the challenge ends, you have the chance to take a break before editing. Editing, in my opinion is far more tedious than the writing itself, and much more time consuming.

Okay, I’ve rambled on enough. Keep going! Writers, you’ve got this!

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NaNoWriMo Day 4

FOUR DAYS IN!!

I hope that all of you are on a roll as we have reached day 4 of 30 days. We are making progress (I hope)!
I’ve been going, going, going, and based on my outline it’s going to be way over 50,000 words. Which is good, but also insane. I’m not even half way through the story, not by  a long shot, and I’m around the 14,000 word mark. I’m still hoping to finish the entirety of the story by the end of December (which could be plausible).  I have yet to run into a road bump in the story, which is good, though I made a slightly questionable decision for a scene that I may take out entirely when I go back and edit. For now, it’s staying in, but I’m seriously considering removing it, letting there be a bit more mystery. Or leaving it in, and changing certain parts of it to keep a bit more mystery. It’s not detrimental to the overall story, but I still haven’t decided if I want to keep it a secret for another couple of chapters or just leave it the way it is. Oh well, that’s what editing is for (partly).

Anyway, I hope that everyone is writing away, is finding their motivation and inspiration, holding on it, and making some progress. It’s not about the speed in which you write those words, but that you achieve 50,000 words by November 30th. It’s doable, and I believe in everyone who is taking on this challenge to reach that goal!

 

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NaNoWriMo Day 1

It’s officially begun! National Novel Writing Month is on it’s way and I’m for one, EXCITED!

I wrote my first scene, a little over 2800 words and I’m very excited, enthusiastic, and motivated to keep going. I can’t wait to see how this turns out and seeing the end result by December 1st. I know I’ll still have more to write when the challenge is over, but I’m still eager to see the progress and keep writing.

I hope everyone is having a good first day, and don’t give up! It might seem like a huge haul to get to that 50,000 words but you can do it.

The ultimate goal of NaNoWriMo is to simply write. Try not to over think what you’re writing too much, and do your best. Once you have the 50,000 words, you can always go back and fix what you’ve done, or change things. The idea is to sit and write and get part of a rough draft (or an entire rough draft) done.

Keep going, get your good old snacks to keep you writing and working, and caffeine (if you’re like me and need it as fuel through out your day), and throw on those comfy clothes. In my opinion, comfort is key when writing.

And in the end: YOU CAN DO IT!

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NaNoWriMo Prep!

We are fast approaching November and National Novel Writing Month! Who else is super excited to push themselves to reach that goal of 50,000 words? I know I am!

I had started a story that I was writing on and off over the passed year, thinking that I might complete it during NaNoWriMo, but as it turns out, I had an entirely new idea come to me a little while ago.

The idea came to me after watching a video about a theory regarding a video game series I play. The person was going on and connecting a bunch of stuff that was happening, and for the game, it kind of made sense. But within the theory sprouted a new idea for a story. I ran it by one of my friends and we discussed it a fair bit. I started making notes and formulating different ideas. Then I put all of this into an outline….a very long outline. The chapters may be short, but there is a lot that happens I’ve realized…..and a fair bit of world building that I’ll be committing too. This MAY be my biggest undertaking since the last manuscript I finished (which is, in all honesty, still being edited (and I really need to get my ass in gear and actually spend more time editing it)).

Anyway, I’m sure I’m not the only one plugging away on their idea and outline for NaNoWriMo, and I hope the rest of you are enjoying all the prep work (or no prep work if that’s how you work best!).

I will try to update at least once a week during November, but with working three jobs and trying to get those 50,000 words written, I might have a bit of trouble posting as often as I’d like.

We’re almost there though!!!!

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