Monday, November 7, 2016

NaNoWriMo Journal- November 7, 2016

Hey, everyone!

As you know, I took yesterday (Sunday) off from writing, as I will every Sunday for the remainder of the month. It was a little hard to get cracking on my writing today after having a day off, but with the help of some Word Sprints, I have now written nigh upon 3,000 words in the last hour and a half. Yay! I am currently at 18,092 words, and I think I will hit 20,000 words tonight!

Why tonight? Because I am hosting a little write-in, of course!

Here are the details: Me, a writing buddy IRL and a writing buddy across the world via the internet are getting together tonight to write into the wee hours. We have stocked up on soda pop, on candy and other edible goodies, and we are raring to go with our novels. These word counts better look out, because we are about to blow them out of the water!

If you would like to get in on this awesome Writerly action, all you have to do is make a pledge to yourself that you are going to write X amount of words tonight before you go to sleep. Get your playlists, your comfy pajamas, the beverage of your choice, and the writing fuel (i.e. Candy) ready, and get writing! This is going to be night to get way ahead for those of you slogging through your daily word counts, and a night for all of you who've fallen behind to power through to get back on track. Have 7,000 words to write? 10,000? 11,666? Don't worry, don't throw in the towel, and don't give up! Get in on this write in tonight, and write to your heart's content. Or word count's content, whichever comes first.

That's all I have for you now, but I will write more later.

Keep up the good work, Writerverse.

Happy Writing!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

NaNoWriMo Journal- November 5, 2016

So, everyone, I am sitting in the car on the way back from my lovely weekend in the mountains. I have been able to write lots here, and came to a cool place—drum roll, please—I hit 15,000 words today! I've kind of been on a roll this week; I got way ahead on the first day, and have stayed ahead all week. So, yay!

Tomorrow is Sunday, and if you were with me last year, you know that I always take Sundays off, for multiple reasons that I will not go into here. But I am ahead enough to get me through to Monday, and on Monday, I am going to write lots and stay ahead all month long. Well, that's the plan, anyway. *smiles

Today I hiked back to the summit again, right after lunch. Bad plan. I got so close, but my heart was pounding, and my muscles were burning and I actually considered just falling over in the pine needles until I could hear my own thoughts over the thundering of my heart. But, of course, once I was up there, once I looked around at the beautiful views, I knew once more that it was all worth it.

I have gotten a lot written on this trip, more than I thought I would if I am honest with myself. I wasn't sure exactly how well I would do when the thrall of the mountains surrounded me, but I'm quite proud of myself. Hooray for NaNoWriMo!

I did several self-challenging word sprints, which were lots of fun. Ten minutes was my standard, and the most I got written in that time was 316 words. I want to get that number up some more over the rest of the month. But word sprints are great! They really helped me when I had just come from a mountainesque activity and wasn't in the writing zone. They helped me to get buckled down and focused and ready to bang out some words for this novel.

Anyway, the trip home has been great, but it's time for me to go now; I have some words in me yet!

Keep at it, and as always,

Happy Writing!

Friday, November 4, 2016

NaNoWriMo Journal- November 3-4, 2016

Well, everyone. I am in the mountains, as I told you. It is absolutely gorgeous up here. And it's still so warm, so I have been enjoying writing outside. It's quite wonderful.

Okay, so you remember how I was saying that I wasn't really feelin' it this year? Well, that has passed. Really, as soon as I hit 10,000 (I hit 10,000 words yesterday, guys! On day 3! Woot woot!) I got super excited. I am really doing this. I will win. I will have another completed novel before next year is out.

Outside of my cabin is a little table and some chairs. It's lovely weather, with a sky so vibrant it brings the world to life. I have been writing out here for a while. I'm really loving it. Maybe I should come to the mountains every November for NaNoWriMo. If it helps my word count so much, that might be the best thing to do!

But write is not all I have done. I've been hiking, climbed a water tower (yes, like I did last year. Except I didn't almost die this time, so that's good.), I pet some donkeys for the first time. The views here where I'm staying are just incredible. I got to ride a golf cart to the summit today. My thighs are burning because I am not in shape, but hey, I'm a writer, not a hiker.

It's been a great, relaxing, refreshing weekend away from home so far. And, on top of that, I am writing like crazy, and getting some more life experiences under my belt! What more could I ask for?

My word count is to 12,169 right now, and though I know this book will need a lot of revision, I know what it is I am getting into this time around. That makes it a whole lot less daunting.

The sun is shining on the porch where I'm sitting, and there is a light breeze making the trees sway and dance. The colors are breathtaking. Of all the places I've ever written, this may well be my favorite.

What's your favorite writing space?

Anyway, I hope that all of you are having an absolutely swell NaNoWriMo 2016!

And, as always,

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NaNoWriMo Journal- November 2, 2016

Hello, Writerverse!

I hope that all of you are having a great first week of NaNoWriMo! I myself am having a pretty good time of it. I've written 2,521 words so far, and am getting my second wind. Hitting 5,000 this morning felt pretty good, I've gotta say.

In other news, I am heading to the mountains tomorrow and staying until Saturday. It's going to be loads of fun to be able to write in the mornings and hike in the afternoons. I will try to keep you all updated with what's going on as I try to keep up my word count and enjoy my time in the mountains, too!

So, if I am totally honest with all of you, I have to say that I have not been feeling the excitement of NaNoWriMo as much as I did last year. Maybe it's just because I haven't really been in my writing rhythm (ha, see the alliteration?). Maybe it's because the rest of my life is so crazy. Hoping it'll pass, and that I'll be pumped and ready when week two hits!

It's amazing how much I have forgotten, guys. I've forgotten about the temptations to revise as I go, forgotten how good it feels to create something new. To open up a new, blank document and make something great (or that will one day be great. Hopefully.). It's a feeling that nothing is comparable to.

That's all I've got for you guys. Let me know how your stories are coming in the comments below!

Happy Writing!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NaNoWriMo Journal- November 1, 2016

It has begun.

How in the world is it already here again? NaNoWriMo 2016 is well underway, and I am loving it. Looking forward to see what this year will hold for me.

So, I stayed up last night, watching the NaNoCountdown clock tick away the minutes to NaNoWriMo, and as soon as midnight struck, I opened my word processor and began.

Guys, I am so much better prepared this year. I wrote about 1,100 words last night before passing out. I slept through my alarm, so my writing day (with the sun up, that is) didn't actually begin until about 8:30 am, but I am going to get back into the swing of early mornings again, I promise you. And myself.

I have just made a decision. I am going to finish not only my 50,000 words this November, but my whole novel. I did it last year, but that was a smaller story, it seems. Maybe I'm just crazy (I am), but I think that this year's novel is going to be longer and bigger than last years. Here's hoping. I'd kind of like to write 60K this year, but that may not happen. Just a thought.

Unlike last year, I wasn't scared about beginning this year. I didn't have to start at my blinking cursor for five solid minutes before getting the courage to write. And so this morning, steaming tea in hand, I was able to start working again on my story, with a foundation to stand on that I wrote at midnight. I like this whole midnight thing; the anticipation was fun, it was cool to make my story begin right as the clock struck twelve, but I don't know if I'll do it every year. We'll see, then, won't we?

I am currently 2,350 words in and feeling pretty good. The only oopsie! moment that I had was this morning. I was trying to write the book in third person, but just couldn't get to feeling it, to hearing my protagonist's voice, so I changed it to first person. That took some time away from my writing, but it was okay. It was worth it, because the words are flowing much more easily now. I hope to hit 3,000 words today.

That's all I have for now. I hope that you are all having a wonderful first day of NaNoWriMo 2016!

Happy Writing!

Monday, October 31, 2016

NaNoWriMo Is Tomorrow...


NaNoWriMo is tomorrow! As of this very moment, we are a mere 13 hours away from the starting line. How has it come so fast? How is it already here?

Are you ready?

As for me, I have had my outline ready to go since December 2015, during my downtime between the frenzy of writing my first draft in NaNoWriMo 2015, and getting down to the nitty-gritty in revision. I reworked the beginning a final time last night, and because I was so into it, reading and posting on the forums, contacting old writing buddies, planning the final little story bits and making a checklist of things for myself to do before NaNo (which means, today), when I went to sleep late last night, I dreamed about NaNo. When I woke up, tons of lines for my book came soaring at me, rapid-fire. That's how I know I'm ready to write; when, all of a sudden, I am getting lines upon lines of prose and dialogue and other various others, it's time. So I think it's fitting that I am ready the day before, don't you?

However, if you are on the fence about NaNoWriMo, you aren't sure if you should try it, you don't know if you can write that much in a month, you don't have an outline... Whatever the excuse, I can assure you that it's lame. You've never written before? J.K Rowling wasn't born writing. You don't have an outline? Stephen King is an avid pantser, too. You don't think your good enough? You may not be, but you're sure not getting any better by sitting around wishing you were better.

So what are you waiting for? Time's a-burnin'! Get out there, get writing!

For those of you who, like me, have been ready for November to be here for months now, I say take a break. Go see a movie. Get your nails done. Have lunch with a friend. Go on a leisurely walk. But by all means, do not get sucked into doing nothing but story-stuff for the rest of the day! Goodness knows you'll have plenty of that in the coming weeks and months! Enjoy your last day as a writer not enslaved to your beautiful project.

And when tomorrow comes, I hope that you will slay that word count, and that you will get your story told. Only you can.

Until Tomorrow, then,
Happy Writing!

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit- 2016 Edition

We are 1 day from the opening writing frenzy of NaNoWriMo, and as the time is so near, it is time for we WriMoians to begin hoarding candy, creating playlists, buying Starbucks gift cards and stashing emergency pencils and other office supplies. But what exactly do you need to have on hand to survive the insane month to come?

Let me help you with that.

Last year, we had the following on our Survival Kit lists:

  • Chocolate
  • Other Assorted Candies
  • A Handy Idea Notebook
  • Pencils (Mechanical or otherwise)
  • Water Bottle
  • Post-It Notes
  • A Good Book
  • Laptop
This year comes a few more additions.

1. The Chilled Beverage of your choice

I found last year that I was more often than not reaching for my cold drinks rather than the hot ones. I had my hot coffee or tea in the mornings, but after that? Cold, all the way.

I will be making some infused water to keep in my refrigerator at all times throughout this coming month. If you'd like to have my super easy Inspirational Infused Water recipe, leave your comment below!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. An Awesome Playlist (or two)
                                                                                                             You may be rocking to some awesome oldies, or maybe classical is more your style; but whatever the case, you will need some music playing to help set the mood for your writing life.

I would suggest making several playlists (that you could shuffle all together sometimes). One full of intense, fast music for fight scenes, or climaxes. One with sad, soulful, sorrowful music for when someone dies, or someone is having a hard day. One with super upbeat, happy-go-lucky kind of music for when things are great. And then for the regular times, shuffle them all together so that you have a mix of everything. This way, you will really be in the mood to write what you need to write, and you can just get down to it.

3. A New Notebook
Because it wouldn't be NaNoWriMo without a new notebook. That's just how it works.

What will be in your NaNoWriMo 2016 Survival Kit?                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Happy Writing, all!