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Must be Monday – NaNoWriMo Week Two

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Well, here we are, eleven days into NaNoWriMo (ten at the time of writing, I’m actually procrastinating just by writing this post because right now I have about two thousand off words to write tonight to keep on track and for some reason this past week I have turned into the worse kind of procrastinator) and I’m behind. Usually, I do tend to fall behind a little but am on track most of the time, not so this year it seems although I did exceed my daily goal a few times. I’m finding it harder as I have less free time to write this year. For the past two years, I’ve been able to get away to the library for a couple of hours or so to focus on writing with fewer distractions and I’ve had more time alone while my little man was at his childminders etc but now he’s only at school for a couple of hours a day and as a result I’m obviously getting much less done.

To combat this I’m trying to get up earlier in the morning to try and write instead of messing around on my phone and scrolling through Twitter for ages. I tend to write better in the morning more than any other time so I’m hoping this will make me much more productive and if need be I can just go to bed earlier which seems to be happening anyway as it’s getting darker earlier.

Story-wise I have a good vague idea of what I’m doing with it and where it’s going down to the exact scenes for up to eleven chapters of which I’m currently meant to be writing the beginning of six. I’m a little unsure what exactly will happen in the last third of the book but I have an end goal which is a start it’s just mapping out the scenes I need to do but I’ve realised in my time as a DM for Dungeons and Dragons that it’s probably better to have a rough idea now and refine it a little further down the line.

I hope if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo at the moment, or any other project really that you’re getting on well and still enjoying it. Let me know in the comments what you’re up to!

Now, I’m going to go back to watching Star Wars and pretending it’s purely for writing inspiration.

It is!

Honest.

Mostly.

Update: I did continue to watch Star Wars but I did also write another one thousand words and I’ve already written another 400 this morning putting my total at 15667 words. To be on track I’m meant to reach 18337, just a measly 2670 words to get me back on top right? I mean I’ve done it before? Fingers crossed!

New Update five minutes before post goes live: I have a splitting headache and feeling really nauseous. Pray for me.

 

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Must be Monday – Inktober Week Five and NaNoWriMo Week One

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So last week marked the end of Inktober. I really enjoyed taking part in the Writer Edition for it and will definitely do so again next year I think. Below you can check out the last two prompts I did but didn’t include in last weeks post as it wasn’t quite finished!

30.Catch

Rose had slept in far worse places, albeit usually where her father’s influence and reputation reached. With Slobberchops however, her loyal, if not dishevelled looking winged cat, she slept soundly knowing that anyone who may disturb her sleep or try to steal from her would quickly regret their life choices. 

(Thank you to Georgia from Top Banana for this artwork of my precious, not as sweet as she looks, warlock girl, Rose)

31.Ripe


“It’ll be fine!”

“Why don’t I feel confident in your abilities right now?” The alcohol slurred Naero’s words but couldn’t disguise the concern. Lucien scoffed. 

“If Dae can do it I probably can too” 

“Probably?” 

“Just put the damned apple back in your mouth” Lucien commanded drawing back his bow.

(Thank you to Michelle from Feline Trickster for this gorgeous artwork of Lucien, my D&D character based on a different version Lucien from ACOTAR. This particular piece was inspired by cosplayer Woodsmoke and Words a shot taken by Starbit cosplay.

NaNoWriMo

For those of you who have maybe not heard of NaNoWriMo it stands for national novel writing month and is a challenge for writers to write 50k in a month. Traditionally you start a brand new novel on November 1st but many others, like myself, use this month for rewrites, later drafts and more. This year I’m working on a story I’ve had the bones of for a few years now but I think after a lot of tweaking I might finally have it this year so fingers crossed.

I had a pretty strong start hitting over 3k words on my first day and smashed my daily goal again on day two. I tapered off a little Sunday but made my goal still (it’s been a busy day) and I’m already about halfway through today. I only tend to first thing early in the morning or in the evenings and my evenings have been full for almost a week now so I’m relying on those mornings! The story is coming along well although I’ve only vaguely plotted half of it so we’ll see where things head as I have a rough idea about the ending.

Let me know if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo! I’m MissChocobo88 on the new site if you wanted to be buddies! Just make sure you let me know so I know to accept you.

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NaNoWriMo WIP Tag

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So it’s NaNoWriMo eve (holy crap how did it get here so fast) and I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be??? So to celebrate I figured I’d find a good tag to do to mark the occasion and this one by Bethany Atazadeh and I’m hoping maybe it’ll act as a sort of prep ready for tomorrow as well. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

1. What is your NaNo WIP? (aka genre, and a little about the story)
Andromeda (1)I think it would be classed as science fiction as there is some future technology and I refer to my characters ‘abilities’ as powers and not magic. In its current iteration, I keep swapping and changing names, it was Andromeda, then Astraea for a bit but just this morning I came up with a good enough reason to change it back to Andromeda because I really loved that name the most.

Anyway, I don’t have a finished synopsis of any kind yet, this is something I tend to write on day one BUT the gist of it is: It begins with Clair suffering from nightmares, a man with strange abilities who is set out to kill her and is looking for others. At work she notices stars begin to disappear from the sky, something is up with her best friend and then she rescues a man from some kind of beast except she uses abilities like she saw in her nightmares to do so, not to mention that the man she rescued looks awfully familiar. She has questions but he can’t remember anything before that morning. More monsters begin to appear throughout the previously idyllic, peaceful town Clair hasn’t left in ten years and more people seem to be developing abilities that are somehow linked to their emotions and Clair herself. As Clair and her new friends search for answers they uncover secrets they never could have imagined.

2. What stage is your WIP in? (aka first draft, second, third, editing, betas, etc)  
Still technically first draft but third round of it now I think. This story has existed in different iterations since early 2017 with a few characters and moments staying the same. The main thing has always been the abilities that are affected by emotions among a few other things I’ll keep secret for now. I’m hoping this year maybe I’ve finally got it right.

3. What are your NaNo goals? (Monthly word count goal? Daily goals?) 
I’m aiming for the usual 50k words in a month which works out at 1.666k words a day if I’m not mistaken? Even if I fall behind I still want to at least make the effort to write every day which is a practise I had fallen out of until Inktober this month.

4. Do you have NaNo rewards for meeting different goals or the final goal? 
Not hugely. I tend to reward myself for reaching my daily goal by playing one of my favourite video games or something similar. I usually think of something to treat myself with if I complete my goal too but I haven’t thought of anything yet.

5. Are you in a NaNo cabin and/or do you have NaNo buddies? 
Not so much this year. I am in a NaNoWriMo group on facebook and a group for my area via the Nano site where we do sprints together sometimes but that’s about it.

6. Have you done NaNoWriMo in the past (November or other months) and how did it go? 
As mentioned before I’ve done the yearly NaNoWriMo twice in the past already and I’ve done Camp NaNoWriMo twice now although I don’t find them as intensive as I usually set a much lower goal.

7. What are you most excited about for this NaNo? 
Getting back to this story with a much clearer idea for its progression and its characters. The first year I had a story I liked but I could not get a good focus on its characters, the second year I did a lot of character work and really found them but then the story didn’t fit them anymore. This time around I think/hope I’ve got the balance right.

8. What is your #1 advice for people doing NaNo? 
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“The garbage will do” to me this means just write. Just get it written, it will not be perfect but that’s what editing is for.

9. What is your NaNo Handle so we can follow you? 
I’m there as MissChocobo88 and you can find my profile here. If you follow me let me know and I’ll do so back!

10. Who will you tag to do the NaNo tag? 
I don’t think I know any bloggers that are doing it this year but as usual, if you’re seeing this and want to join in consider yourself tagged and link back to me so I can check out your answers.

Okay well, I guess as I’m as ready as I’ll ever be and I’ll guess I’ll see you back here for Six for Sunday if I’m not drowning in my word count.

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Must be Monday – Inktober Week 2

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So week two is now over and this feels like it was better than last week, maybe because I’m getting more into the swing of it now. Yesterday I even managed to only go two words over the fifty word limit in my initial write up before I had to edit which was a first! Friday’s post started out at seventy-three words so sometimes a great deal of editing is needed and it really helps me to think about what I’m trying to say with each piece. Here is last weeks Inktober 2019: Writer Edition round up!

Frail

Leaving her cane behind she made her way through the trees, leaves darkening, creeping near the end of their time in unison with her own. Their usual bench was empty now without her companion but as she sat and longed for their hand she knew they would be together soon. 

Swing


Cursing in elvish as his arrow misses another target Lucien throws his bow to the ground and draws his short swords, advancing on the TARGET before him but missing again. Growling with frustration he reaches behind him and pulls a sword through his long russet hair, leaving it considerably shorter. 

(Credit to Lissy Raine for her art of my precious boy Lucien – My main D&D character based on Lucien from ACOTAR.)

Pattern 

Elle picks at the ghastly green and silver threads resembling snowflakes and Christmas trees adorning the red woollen jumper while trying to ignore the itchy sensation she had been experiencing since putting the damned thing on. Her girlfriend beams proudly at her handiwork and Elles feels her cold heart melt.

Snow

I’m not going to make it in today,” Lara coughed down the phone, “I’ve come down with that bug that’s been going around. Yes, of course, forty-eight hours” Lara reassured the voice before hanging up the call. “All clear!” She yelled as a snowball hit her in the face. 

Dragon

As an ear-splitting roar filled the air I was surprised to find I was not afraid, although my hands shook and my fingers itched with anticipation. Despite my time at the monastery, I had never come across another of my kind. I held my breath as I stepped forward. 

Ash


As I floated back to consciousness the taste of ash filled my mouth as it always did, this time accompanied by a sick feeling in my gut.

“Good work, my son,” My father told me later that evening and I knew then that I must have done something truly terrible.

(This is a follow on to the Dragon prompt and is about another D&D character who shares their body with the soul of an ancient red dragon.)

Overgrown

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Lucien wasn’t sure he’d recognise his home as he walked amongst the now ruins where he had grown up, but as he ran a hand across the charred and overgrown remains of what had once been the veranda overlooking the great gardens his mind was suddenly awash with old memories.

I’ve been playing and/or planning a fair bit for my different Dungeons and Dragons groups this week so a good few of these are about events that have happened or I imagine have or will happen to my characters which I’ve really enjoyed as D&D is pretty much my favourite past time.

I think my favourite this week was probably Dragon although overgrown is a close second. My least favourite was swing as I had to edit it quite heavily and it didn’t have quite the same feel to it once I had reduced it to fifty words.

Now,  onto another week!

 

 

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NaNoWriMo Tag

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NaNoWriMo Tag

This tag was created by Kristina Horner on YouTube and you can check out the original video here.

1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

This is my second year. I signed up in 2016 but never got around to writing. Last year I went all out and hit my 50k despite some hiccups. I’ve done a couple of  Camp NaNoWriMo’s since then just to get me to dedicate time to writing every day which is what I struggle with the most and often projects fizzle out because I keep putting off finishing them.

2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I think Twitter possibly, it’s everywhere now of course but I think I probably saw it mentioned there first and then looked into it after having not written anything for a few years.

3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

I called it “Paralysed” after a song that really inspired me (this is a common occurrence) and I’m still technically writing it this year but starting afresh (as I have five times now) as the story keeps changing and evolving over time.

4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

People with superpowers save the world from an A.I who is trying to protect them

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5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

A bad draft is better than no draft, get it written and edit later.

6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

Not unless you count the first attempt that I didn’t actually do >.<

7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

Music and daydreaming most of the time. I have a playlist that I almost always listen to when I’m writing.

8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

The first paragraph from “The Last of the Real Ones” which is my NaNo novel for this year

“You’re in the wrong place” A voice whispers in the dark.

Tobias peers into the black, his eyes straining as they try to detect any hint of shapes or movement beyond the thick sheet of glass before him. There is no light inside the room and no windows, just a wave of darkness covering everything. He waits for a moment, the Warden had mentioned the girl was a little unhinged after spending so long alone down here in the dark so he stays still and just listens while doing his best to project an aura of calm he hoped she might pick up on and decide he was worth talking to. He does his best not to cry out in surprise as the sound of disturbed water echoes through the speakers on his side of the glass.

9. Why do you love writing?

I love to experience the story as I write in much the same way as reading. I’ve always loved to write out my dreams in full detail and over time I would do the same with daydreams which eventually became mini-stories or scenes I just liked to write. There’s just something so satisfying about it for me.

If you’re also doing NaNoWriMo this year I’d love to read your answers to these questions! Let me know what you’re writing this year!

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