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NaNoWriMo update

Pink update.

 

As of yesterday, the 28th of November, I am officially done with NaNoWriMo 2016!

That’s right! I’m done with the 50K words that I said I’ll put into my novel Pink during November… this means that Pink will be completely done in a couple of days.
(I’m aiming for between 55K and 60K total words in the end)
So now that I’m done giving you the news I can honestly say that this has been one hell of month.

I started this month in a bit of a tight knot – which is my way of saying that I was emotionally exhausted and busy with exams.
Truth be told when NaNoWriMo started this month I was scared to write.
You see I tried writing Pink earlier this year and it didn’t work so I scratched it and decided to give it a retry. When November hit I was suddenly afraid that it will fall flat again and that I would end up with absolutely nothing (writing wise) to show for this year.

My friend messaged me that day so we could do word sprints and suddenly despite the fear I found myself writing.

Imagine being underwater for too long. Your lungs start to burn and your heart is racing in your chest, because you know you’re drowning. Then suddenly you are dragged back to the surface and you take that first deep breath of fresh air. You are breathing again. Slowly you let yourself relax. You’re not drowning anymore.

I’m over dramatising this a bit but that’s how it felt to be writing again.

I wrote 7000 words on that first day.
Say it with me now!
Seven. Thousand. Words.

(I think that’s insane for someone who considered herself in a slump)

After writing it I messaged my boyfriend and told him that I love writing.
I told him that it reminded me why I wanted to be a writer.

 
The month has passed since then and there have been a lot of ups and downs.
I’ve deleted a bunch of words. I nearly gave up twice. I posted the first chapters on wattpad. I wrote a lot of updates. I got ahead of the word count. I fell behind on my word count. I did a lot, you see?

Now it’s all behind me. I’m free of NaNoWriMo!

With that said, I realize that I’m not free from Pink though… there is still a lot I need to do for this book and finishing it is at the top of that list.

 

So that’s what I’m going to do right now... and I’ll keep you updated until I’m completely done with it.
Then afterwards I’ll probably keep you updated on my next novel and the one after that, because that’s what writers do… we write.

 
If you’re a writer and your NaNo novel isn’t done yet then go sit down and write. Even if you aren’t done when November ends, just keep writing.
Just keep writing because that’s what you do.


Tell me how it’s going with your novel. Are you done yet? Are you done with NaNoWriMo like me?
All comments welcome!

NaNoWriMo day 21/22 – another step forward

I actually published the first parts of my work in progress ‘Pink’ on WattPad tonight.
Just a cover, description and the first four chapters.

It was a pretty hard thing to do, because so far I’ve always kept my writing to myself. This is my fourth novel and yet it will be the first that anyone will ever read.

I was hesitant to put it out there, after all it’s far from my best work, but as I sat down and thought about it, it all came down to taking a step forward.
I can’t expect my writing to grow better in isolation – and so with the lyrics of ‘let it go’ from the movie ‘Frozen’ repeating themselves in my head I pressed publish. Now it’s out there, just waiting for someone to read it.

The funny thing is that I don’t know if anyone will even read it. I have a lot of people lined up and telling me that I should let them know when they can read something of mine… but this might not be the best start up novel.
My favourite genre to write in is Fantasy and it’s what I’m best at. Yet here I am posting a paranormal romance novel that takes place in a modern society.
Why?
I’m not certain… am I allowed to blame my sister’s influence? Probably not.

So here I am, writing this post in literarily the middle of the night (12 pm as I read it) and telling you that I’ve taken another step in this journey to become a writer. I just hope it’s in the right direction.

(I’ll give another link and descriptions to the novel, tomorrow when I’m a little more awake.)

 


Word count: 35001
Motivation: high but tired

NaNoWriMo day 17

It’s official,  this love story that I’m trying to write is awful!  

Yes I am at that stage of NaNoWriMo and it annoys me.  

For those who has been following my progress this month, let me clarify something right now.  I am busy with a rewrite of a story I tried to write in the beginning of the year.  

I’m rewriting it because I didn’t like the direction it went in the first try…  Well this second try isn’t much better, especially in the romance category. 
My love interests Peggy and Benjamin is simply too happy/stable in their relationship.  There is some conflict going on here sure but not quite like in a proper  romance novel

Sure Peggy’s story I going really well but that’s supposed to be a subplot! 

What ever.  I’m just going to finish this and see what I get…
Sorry for the bummer update.  I hope t he t next one will be better.  

Right now I’m at 29397 words but my writing speed has definitely been hurt by the amazing vacation I’m on.  
How about you? Any plot issues so far?  Or perhaps genre issues? 

All comments welcome! 

NaNoWriMo day 15 

This is going to be a short post again because just like in the beginning of the month I’m writing posts on my phone.  
I’m not exactly at home right now and instead enjoying a whole bunch of adventures sewed into one week long vacation.  I plan on sharing photos an stories later on but right now I just want to tell you that I’m growing all the more nervous about this novel.  

My word count is still a little ahead and I  have quite a bit of tension and conflict flowing at the moment but at the same time I’m worried that it’s the single worst thing I’ve ever written.  

(added stuff: I’m properly showing off just how amazing my characters is in the pieces I’m writing now) 

My main problem is that I don’t have a strong central goal and more tiny goals that stretch two or three scenes.  This means that I have to go sit down and make sure my ending is strong enough because otherwise I’ll be really disappointed in myself.  

So that’s my update for now! My word count is at 27905 and I hope to reach the next goal which is something like 28600 next (not sure about this) 
How is  it going with you?  Are you gearing up toward your ending yet? 

NaNoWriMo day 11- soppy late nights and injuries

Here’s the gist, last night the power went out and I decided to read (Miss Peregrine’s Home for peculiar children) and when the power came back on it was already past midnight but I was so excited for the direction my novel was going in that I decided to write despite the early hour.
I wrote until about 2am and had by that time finished another’s day’s word count.
I’m as tired as a log now, of course because I still had to wake up today but I don’t regret it at all!
Some of what I wrote is a little sappy because I was tired and it was some of my more romantic scenes that I had to write. Reading over it isn’t exactly a pleasant experience but it still works with my story so I’m keeping all of it 
I have to do some math now though because I started with 18300 words yesterday and I’m currently at 23725… That means I wrote… 5425 words yesterday of which 1634 was done between 12pm and 2 am.
That’s my second highest word count for a single day this year coming in second only to the first day when I wrote around 7000 words.

The best part is that what I wrote is actually really significant to my story and to me and was really fun to write as I got to do some research on wheelchairs (sorry about the spoiler) and medical conundrums.

 


Has there been any injuries in your novel so far? How did you go about writing it realistically?

For me I just based a lot of it on my own hospital and recovery from operation experience but I would like to know what you do.

Any comments and questions welcome!

NaNoWriMo day 10- exciting new developments!

I’m so excited! The love interest in my story is finally getting his chance to shine.
Without spoiling too much: Benjamin (love interest) was seriously injured in an accident during my inciting incident and had been pretty depressed because of it but after snapping at Peggy (main character) he realized that he was letting the injury defeat him so now he’s decided that he wasn’t going to let it. This means that I now get to write about how stubborn and happy he is and then about every other reason that Peggy has fallen for him.
I get to use it to add some dynamics to their relationship and I get to finally make use of some side characters that has been playing only small roles so far.

 
I’m excited and hope to tell you some more about it later (perhaps I’ll share a drawing of him as well)

My word count for the record is around 18300 which is a little ahead of the NaNoWriMo goals and means I’m writing a decent 2000 words a day.

 

Now the question is how is it going with your story? Is your characters determined or hesitant regarding the troubles they’re facing.
All questions and comments welcome!

NaNoWriMo day 9 – and my novel’s cover!

Look at what I made for my novel!

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It’s not quite what I wanted but I did it with limited resources and I actually really like the soft colours and so on. (Also I’m obsessed with the fonts)

 

I’m a little worried about my story itself because it’s not quite as violent as things I’ve previously written and so I’m afraid that it will be boring or fall flat. Don’t get me wrong I’ve got conflict all over the place, there is conflict between characters and my two main love interests are conflicted about whether they should be together or not.
I’ve got goals and plots and plans for everyone but I’m just… worried.

Anyway the official word count is 17385 and I plan to reach past 18000 by the end of today.

I would like to say thank you to all the people who have been supporting me this past week and who has taken a genuine interest in my story. It means the world to me!


What’s your word count this NaNoWriMo? Have you created a cover for your story yet, or am I the only one?
All comments welcome