AAAGHH!! You guys!! I WON NANOWRIMO!!!! :O
I can’t believe I did this. This is the most I’ve ever written in a month and you know what’s even more amazing? Is that I’m not even DONE with this book yet!! For me, that’s pretty exciting since I’m new to the whole “writing longer books” thing. XD SO I’M REALLY EXCITED!!! 😀
*SQUEAL* I DID IT!! *said in a squealish voice* XD
Okay, I’m actually super into my story right now, so I’m gonna keep on writing. Maybe for the rest of the day. Cause I’m finally excited and enjoying this book, so yeah. LET’S DO THIS! XD
To those who won NaNo – CONGRATULATIONS!!!! *high fives* You did a pretty amazing thing, you know that?? 😀
To those who aren’t done yet – don’t worry. You CAN do this. And even if you don’t meet your goal, it’s all good because you still wrote a lot and you did as much as you were able, which is awesome!
Alright, I’m off to write with Cookie if she’s going to still… I think she is… *thoughtful grin*
P.S. I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE I WON!!! XD
Hi everyone! *waves*
I am currently stranded in the car with my mom cause our car was overheating and now we are waiting for my dad to get here and look into things. Yippee. XD
Anyway, I thought I’d talk to you all about how my first week of NaNoWriMo went.
I set my alarm for like – 7:45’ish so I could get started writing right away….
That didn’t work out as I had planned. My morning routines got in the way of that. *glares at Facebook and WordPress Reader* So I didn’t get started writing until after 10. *shrugs*
The weather was just perfect for writing! I was so excited!
I’m pretty sure I ended my word count on a little over 2,000 words that day. Pretty good
Ugh. This day wasn’t good. I couldn’t seem to find the motivation to write and was just really blah. I didn’t start writing till like 9:30PM and only got in about 200 words. Bleh.
This was a writing day for me, but um, I only got in about 2,000 words…. Not good. I was insanely distracted.
Another writing day and got in another 2,000 words. I’ve realized that’s my average daily word count XD
And then there’s today….
I haven’t written yet and probably won’t get a chance to till tonight. My total word count is over 6,000 words right now, which I feel is pretty good. I’ve gone through some depression and simply not wanting to write moments, but yeah, I think I’m doing pretty good so far…. I think….
Anyways, how are you guys doing? Are you surviving this? Or are you falling through a dark hole that you can’t climb out of? Let’s support each other!! 😀
*screams head off*
NaNo is in just a FEW DAYS!!! ZE PRECIOUS NANO!!! OH, COME TO ME, MY SWEET!!!
Speaking of sweet…. it is a well known fact that writers around the world depend upon chocolate to get them through the torturous writing days that seem to eat you alive.
Last year I had no chocolate. No yumminess of any kind. Perhaps that is why I failed. Because I had nothing to keep me going through the day.
I will not allow that to happen this year. So you know what I did? I got me some “extravagant gifts of deliciousness.”
And of course….
I’ve read that people usually reward themselves with a bit of chocolate after meeting their goal, so chocolate will be my rewarding treat.
Do you have any snacks or drinks to get you through this time of peril (admit it, thousands of characters are going to be killed off during November and you will most likely be one of the murderers. Poor guys.)?
As each day passes I grow more and more excited for Nano and also a teensy bit worried that I’m being crazy and will not meet my word count goal… o_o
*glances at plot board* *sees list of characters* *becomes confused* Christine is a main character?? Huh. Okay. XD
On a side note, I’ve come to the conclusion that research is hard and I don’t know why I ever had the desire to do it.
Good luck to those participating in NaNoWriMo! *waves*
I saw Loren from Let’s Be Lost make a post like this and I thought it looked super fun and interesting to do!
1. Where do you see yourself job-wise?
Hmm… Right now I’m working in childcare at church (SO FUN), but I don’t think I’ll still be doing that in 10 years… Maybe working at the Disney Store or Carters? The Disney Store would be super fun because everyone there is super nice and fun, you get to hear Disney songs all day, and talk to little chubs like they’re princesses and whatnot. And Carters is just a really nice store and a very comfortable environment, so that would be great
2. Do you see yourself married?
YES, PLEASE!! I certainly want to be married by the time I’m 27! I’d like to be married before then, really! I think the latest I’d like to be married by is 24. XD Okay – I just need to say that it feels so weird to realize I’m going to be 27 in 10 years. That’s almost 30!!! :O
3. Do you see yourself having kids?
I’m hoping that I’d be married for about 3 years, so yes, I’d see myself having at least one kid.
4. What kind of house would you live in?
Um…. I’ll probably be in an apartment. I think it’d be more practical for that time in life
5. Where do you see yourself blog-wise?
I’ll definitely be blogging still! Maybe not as much, but I’ll still blog, for sure 😀
6. Do you see yourself having pets?
I don’t know, really. At least not at that time, but probably later in life for one of my future kids or something. I’d really like to have a dog
7. Do you see yourself having a car?
Absolutely. I’ll need to drive to Disneyland, my parent’s house, to stores – all that stuff. BUT DISNEYLAND IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE – STAR WARS LAND!!! *dies* (of course, I had to mention Star Wars somewhere in this post, right? XD )
Well… It’ll be super interesting to see if any of these turn out to be true in 10 years! It’s so crazy how you could so see a plan for your life before your eyes, but then – whoopsie! God has something else in mind. If I’m not even married by that time – I know several of those things won’t be happening. XD
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Do ya’ll realize how close NaNoWriMo is? Huh? Huh?
NO, DON’T TELL ME HOW MANY MORE DAYS. I COULDN’T HANDLE IT!!! *wails*
Okay. But seriously. NaNoWriMo is just around the corner (*whimpers*) and I’m beginning to feel like I am doomed.
Alright, yes, I admit, I’ve been feeling this way for a long time. BUT NOW IT’S REALLY KICKING IN!!!
Let’s take a look at what I’ve done so far in preparation for this dreaded -yet, anticipated – writing challenge:
1. I have gone through depression, being brain dead, and feeling completely uninspired.
“YEAH, I’M SO PREPARED!!!” She said sarcastically… XD
2. Inspiration has struck – Plotting accomplished!
3. Characters have been created – Character Worksheets complete!
Ugh. This took foreeeeevvveeerrr…. And I still need to think of last names which is super hard!! *cries*
4. Typed up extra little facts and tidbits on the computer – WAIT IS THAT A PLOT HOLE?!?!
I have a few plot holes that I need to work on…. And I really don’t want to… And I need to do research, too and – well – that brings me to my 5th step….
Mmmmm hmmmm…. Lots and lots of procrastination…. *smiles innocently*
Now for the final step….
6. Self doubt.
*stares blankly at screen* *whimpers* *sobs*
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WRITE 25,000 WORDS DURING THE BUSIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR?!?!
I have my dad’s birthday, my brother moving, a craft fair that I really need to prepare for, Thanksgiving, the craft fair itself, and I’m gonna be redoing my room!
Last year, I didn’t even reach 6,000 words, guys. There’s just – there’s just no way.
BUT I HAVE TO DO IT! SOMEHOW!
So here’s what I’m going to do.
I’m going to start preparing for the craft fair now.
I’m going to create a plot board for the book that I can refer to.
I’m going to create a well-balanced schedule to make sure I have enough time to write and do the other things I need to do throughout the day.
And I’m going to hang on to hope and try to believe in myself. NaNoWriMo feels impossible to me, but I want to do it. I want to make this work.
So tell me, are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you going through doubts? What will you do to make sure you meet your goal?
I’m probably going to host some Word Wars on here during November… do you think I should?
Best of luck, my writing friends. We can pull through this together!! 😀
I was going through my drafts today and thought I should post another Character Study! These are so fun
Character Studies is done by Morgan. So basically what you do, is you copy and paste the questions from her blog and then have your character answer them. My main character, Connor, in the book I’m writing will be answering the questions below
1 – The world ended (literally or figuratively, your choice). It was your fault. If it had been an accident, what happened? If it had been intentional, what happened, and why did you do it?
If it was an accident – I probably punched the hero out of anger unintentionally just as they were about to save the world from destruction, causing them to fail. If it was intentional…. Well….. I’d probably be getting my revenge.
2 – What is something that would ruin a friendship for you? Something completely and utterly inexcusable, even if your closest friend did it.
Like I’ve said before – lying and tricking me. Also picking on my height.
3 – Somebody wants you to do something you don’t like. What’s the best way for them to get you to do it? (Bribe, blackmail, etc.)
By telling me how I’m the only one who can do this, that I need to be a hero if I want a chance at losing my anger.
4 – Somebody is getting on your nerves and you really want them to go away but they don’t seem to get the hint. What do you do?
If they don’t stop whatever it is they’re doing that’s irritating me by seeing my signs of suffering, I flat out tell them to stop before I punch them in the face.
5 – What is, in your opinion, the worst thing you’ve ever done? What would you have done differently?
Left a certain someone to die. I don’t think I would have done anything differently.
6 – Somebody you used to trust betrayed you in a big way, and then begs for you to forgive them. Do you and why or why not? If not, is there something they could do to get you to change your mind?
No, I wouldn’t forgive them and I don’t think there would be anything they could do to change my mind…. (he actually just lied, and no, I will not tell you what it is.)
7 – What’s your opinion on lying? In what situations would you lie? When do you feel it’s important to tell the truth, No matter how painful it might be?
Lying is fine for me to do and I lie about my personal feelings and tell the truth about others. I hate it when people lie to me, though.
8 – You’re confident that you can do something great. What could someone do/say to destroy that confidence? Would you let them know their comment hurt you?
They would probably say something like – I’m not capable of doing something like that because I have such a bad temper and I’m never going to change. No, I’d never show my true feelings to them, but I’d definitely yell at them, telling them they’re wrong.
9 – What’s your opinion on loyalty?
I don’t know. I don’t have much experience with that.
BONUS: Do you like the rain?
Yes, but only if it’s storming.
I’m realizing how much I miss Connor right now… And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I can’t wait to edit my book! XD
Do you enjoy these studies? Why or why not?
P.S. WHO’S EXCITED FOR NANOWRIMO?! :O
Lately I’ve been searching a lot for story ideas (NaNoWriMo, anyone? XD ) and during my thoughts while sprawled on the floor, I was thinking of the experiences I’ve had in life that I could incorporate into my writing. Here are a few examples:
1. When my step grandpa passed away, it was the hardest thing I’ve been through. It was hard to see him so frail and eventually gone. It affected me in a not good way. I’ve had countless dreams where I am reliving that night and I start bawling. It was a hard thing and obviously, very sad. But when I think about it, that experience can help me in my writing. I know now what it’s like to go through something like that, so, as sad as it is, I could write I realistic death scene.
2. I’ve been going through another hard time lately with my brother about to move out and get married. I’ve found myself crying a lot lately, but I’m trying to focus on being happy for him instead of feeling sorry for myself. This could work in a book also.
3. When my sister got married, I found myself actually feeling jealous and a little upset with my brother in-law because he was taking her away from us. Again, I’ve found myself going through some similar feelings with my brother’s marriage about to take place. I know it’s wrong, but it’s hard to let go of someone you love.
So those are just a few things that I could not only use, but the fact that I experienced those things first hand will help me to make them realistic and just feel – well – real. XD
Maybe you’ve experienced a terrible earthquake or tornado and your city went through a lot of damage – use it!
Maybe your family went through a rough patch in life financially and had to economize – write it!
Maybe you had to suddenly pack up and move out to some strange part of the world – use it!
Your experiences can help not only to make scenes insanely realistic, but to inspire your writing, too. When you’re having writer’s block, go through that door in your brain full of life experiences. Even though they may seem boring or just like – that’s not exciting – you can always make them more dramatic or create a whole different reason for why your characters are going through that. The whole point is to get inspired and to use your experiences to add those realistic feelings that will touch your readers heart.
Have you used your personal experiences in life in your writing before?
Have any of you heard of or done a word war before? I just learned about them recently through Go Teen Writers.
Word warring is where you set a certain amount of time, say 10 or 20 minutes and write with someone during that time. Then you go back and say how many words you got.
Honestly, I didn’t participate in any wars on GTW because I didn’t feel it would be something I could do. I am not a fast writer and I think a LOT when I write.
But then last week, my friend, Emma and I warred together. And I couldn’t believe how much fun it was! I wrote hundreds of words within just a few minutes, where before, I had written only a few hundred words in a few hours.
Warring seriously helps you to write and to get so much more done because you’re challenging yourself. You have a deadline and you have to give it your all.
Seriously, I’ve had days where I would write maybe 1,000 words total in a day. That night that we warred, I wrote about 2,000 words in barely over an hour. O_O
Photo via Matthew West
THIS IS SO ME GUYS!!! EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Guys, if you’re having trouble writing because the internet is calling to you, you don’t know where to start, or you find yourself just wanting to eat as you stare hopelessly at the screen (admit it, you’ve done this XD ); I encourage you to war – whether with someone or on your own. You will get SO much done and you will find yourself in awe at what you are capable of!
I’d ask if any of you wanna war, but…. I don’t have anything to write right now… I MUST PLAN FOR NANO!!! INSPIRATION, PLEASE STRIKE ME!!! *cries helplessly*
Do you like to word war? How does that work for you? What do you usually do when you procrastinate writing?
I’m way too excited not to make a post about this, but have any of you noticed that I completely redid my blog?!
I was telling my mom this morning that I wanted to change the look of my blog and officially switch it over to a writing/fandom blog. Almost instantly, she made me the amazing new banner that you see above! I just can’t even. It’s so pretty and me and I just LOVES IT! *dies*
I’d love some feedback if you have any! 😀
You aren’t going to believe this.
I can still not even believe it myself.
Are you ready?
Here we go.
I finished writing the first draft of my book. O_O
I CAN’T EVEN RIGHT NOW LIKE HOWWWW?!?!?
Let me tell you how it happened;
Emma and I challenged each other to write 100 words a day for this month. Well, we were just bosses with our writing (as I quote Emma 😉 ) and were dishing out thousands of words.
Suddenly, as we were writing together (we FaceTime and write all the time!) I realized I was trying to figure out how to drag out the story because I was nearing the end. I knew that if I kept writing, I would finish it that night.
Then depression struck me. I was not prepared emotionally to be done with this book. Yes, I know there’s still lots of editing and rewriting to do, but still. The story in itself was basically written. And that just made me really sad. I thought I’d be working on my book for over a year. I just wasn’t ready to be done.
I turned off the lights and draped a blanket over me so I could mourn. Emma screenshotted a picture of me:
After probably 20 minutes or so, I started writing again. And when the very end was in sight, I told Emma I had to go. I needed to give my undivided attention to my book.
This was the end. The tragic, depressing, terrible end.
And I wrote the last sentence. And I just stared at the screen and then into open space. When I clicked out of my document, I felt dead. Drained. It was similar to how I feel when I watch an amazing movie that kills me. Only, I feel like this was worse.
As I helped my mom make lunches for my dad and brother last night, I had the same expression on my face – so solemn. I looked like I just lost something.
Then, as we were watching The Andy Griffith Show, I read a post on Go Teen Writers about taking 6 weeks off after you finish writing your first draft. She mentioned how exciting it is and how you need time to celebrate and then I realized something – I wasn’t happy at all. I was depressed.
I decided right then that I was being ridiculous. Yes, it’s okay to be sad when you finish your first draft, but hey – YOU FINISHED YOUR FIRST DRAFT!!! That is a HUGE milestone! You should be happy and excited!
I mean seriously, this is the longest story I’ve ever written and I’ve made one step closer towards completely finishing it up and having it published!
So now, I’m not fully depressed anymore – I’m happy. Though there is still that sadness inside me (I CAN’T WRITE IT ANYMORE DURING MY FACETIME DAYS WITH COOKIE!!!! *sobs*) but I’m also so excited! I get to enter a new chapter in the life of a writer – editing. Oh, the horror. XD I’ve heard such terrible things and I know this book needs a TON of editing. *whimpers* BUT I’M EXCITED BECAUSE IT’S NEW AND EXCITING, NO MATTER HOW SCARY IT IS!!! XD
I’m placing my trust in God to help me get through the editing stage. But, you know. I’ll still need all the encouragement I can get from my wonderful writing friends! ;D
Hopefully it’ll be published next year? Maybe? It depends on how much I procrastinate which will definitely be a lot… XD