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Must be Monday – NaNoWriMo Finished!

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So it’s December 2nd and NaNoWriMo is finished and I DID IT! Despite falling behind a little toward the end and having my first big wobble right at the finish line I finished at 50,139 words and wrote the end to the story I’d been working on for the past three NaNoWriMo’s. I literally cried for ten minutes after at having finally got it done at just having gotten the majority of it down. I have some more to write for sure as a lot of the three versions don’t strictly connect but I’m having a break from writing every single day until the new year because I just have too much on.  I didn’t even write a Six for Sunday post yesterday as I just needed the break. All back on schedule now though.

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This year I’m really proud that I managed to write at least a little every day and whereas I usually have a dip in motivation at around 25k to 30k and decide what I’m writing is horrid and it’s not worth it and I want to start again I didn’t really experience this until towards the end and it didn’t affect me hugely until the very last day. I also had a couple of D&D related projects that I was able to write for that really helped to boost my creativity and one or two friends who really encouraged me to write when I needed to extra push as well as my husband reminding me when I was procrastinating. He also brought me a box of chocolates for when I finished which was really sweet.

Although I didn’t finish early this year I still feel like this was my most successful NaNo to date and I’m looking forward to next year and maybe writing something a little different as well as spending the next year learning to hone my writing and improve my skill. For now, though, I’m sticking to D&D planning and hopefully catching up with blogging again, I miss having scheduled posts ready! Did you take part in NaNoWriMo? If so well done! No matter your word count just taking the time to sit down and write is enough.

The question is, what do I do with the weekly Must be Monday posts now? Any ideas welcome! Would you like to know about my various games of Dungeons and Dragons? My “normal” life? More writing stuff or something completely different?

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Must be Monday – NaNoWriMo Week Three

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I’m still here! I’ve somehow made it through to week three of NaNoWriMo!! I’m at the over halfway mark now and somehow I’m still going! Honestly, I’m shocked that I’ve been keeping more or less on track with my word goals somehow which I’m pretty pleased with seeing as in addition to writing my NaNoWriMo project I’m also trying to keep up with my reading as a load of great new books just came out and I’m taking part in a blog tour early in December as well as unexpectedly running a dungeons and dragons campaign a little earlier than I had intended which will require a lot more planning than first thought on top of the usual being a parent and adulting etc so I’m pretty proud of myself.

In fact, when I got stuck Saturday night I actually went easily above and beyond my word count goal after trying to write a hard scene in which the main character essentially suffers a panic attack without suffering from a panic attack myself so I switched to a point I wanted to happen further on in the book and went nuts.

My goal now is really just to keep going. Even when I write more than I need I’m still trying to keep the same daily goal of 1.67k which is providing a helpful buffer on days where it’s just too busy to get much done. I’ve also decided to give myself an incentive for reaching 50k in the form of the new Star Wars game that just came out because it looks beautiful!

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? If so let me know how you’re getting on! Happy writing folks!

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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. 

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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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Must be Monday – Inktober 2019: Writers Edition – Week One.

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So if you saw my post last week or follow me on social media you will have seen that I’m taking part in Inktober 2019: Writer Edition. You can find out more at my post from last week here but essentially it works like the normal Inktober in that we are given or may use our own set of prompts for each day but whereas for the regular Inktober you would draw an inked illustration each day in the Writer Edition we write a story (or at least a glimpse of one) in fifty words. I’ve been posting my stories each day on my Twitter and Instagram and didn’t want to clog up my blog daily so each Monday this month I’ll compile each weeks stories here if you’d like to check them out. I’ve included the images I’ve been using on Instagram as well as the text itself for those who would prefer it.

Day One – Ring
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The Ring sparkled ever so slightly under the artificial lighting of the restaurant. She looked from the beautifully set sapphire and into the eyes of her first love where he was waiting expectantly down on one knee for her answer. Around them, their friends looked on eagerly.

“No” she said.

Day Two – Mindless
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She jumped. Her body reacted on instinct and almost without conscious thought, she had launched herself into the abyss and begun falling through the air after him. “I hate him,” she thought and it may have been a branch of truth but it led to an entire tree of lies.

Day Three – Bait.
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I pace around the grassy verge, seriously regretting having not eaten sooner. I wait for him to leave work. I try to wait patiently. He smiles when he sees me and I break into a run. His brown eyes meet mine just as I sink my teeth into his flesh.

Day Four – Freeze
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I hear footsteps. Adrenaline surges through me as I take cover, my back pressed against whitewashed walls. I can feel sweat beading on my forehead, and a deep guttural fear burning through me. I pray that I might melt into the wall if I can stay still and quiet enough.

Day Five – Build
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“Do you trust me yet?”
“No. Absolutely not.”
“I just saved your life”
“Hardly…”
“That dragon would have obliterated you”
“It was a baby”
“…Adolescent at least”
“It only attacked us because you pissed it off”
“I’m working on my social skills”
“That’s what you took away from this?”
“…Yes”

Day Six – Husky
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Kal’s hands bled as he dug through the rubble above him, beside him and below him. As he finally broke the surface he gulped down the cool air as it kissed his face. He coughed and spluttered before he uttered a name, his voice hoarse from lack of use. “Anissa.”

Day Seven – Enchanted
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“I need it,” Tig whined, stretching out her hand toward the creature and making strange kissing sounds with her lips. 

“For the last time,” Mira scolded, “No. You know they make Biscuit nervous” The Owl on her shoulder ruffled his feathers uncomfortably as the abyssal chicken stared at him hungrily.

So that’s week one over, so far so good! Towards the end, I’ve started tapping into my adventures and stories from games of Dungeons and Dragons I’ve played which has been really fun!

Week two is now beginning and I’m hoping it goes just as well! Here’s a list of the prompts as a reminder!

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Must be Monday – Inktober: Writers Edition 2019 is coming!

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So as most of the writers among you will probably already know that NaNoWriMo is just a month away now along with the usual prep I hope (haha) to be able to do I also decided to take part in a new writers edition of the traditional Inktober challenge to help me wake my creative side up a little. This is an official challenge, hosted by @HannahRobinsonAuthor approved by Jake Parker of the original Inktober challenge.

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Now, the normal Inktober Challenge is for artists and they draw a picture each day for each prompt, for the writer’s edition we are tasked with writing a fifty-word story for each prompt. That’s right, only fifty words. This paragraph is the same length that those short stories will be.

These stories won’t just be short, they will be tiny but they must still BE a story based on each daily prompt starting tomorrow!

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I’m hoping this will be a fun little exercise I can do at the end of each day in a much more relaxed and stress-free fashion than NaNoWriMo but still getting me in the mindset of writing every single day. Maybe I’ll give myself some ideas? Maybe it will go terribly wrong? WHO KNOWS? For accountability, it is my intention to post each fifty-word story to Instagram each day with (hopefully) a weekly roundup here every Monday in the new Must be Monday posts.

Will you be taking part in Inktober or NaNoWriMo? Let me know! I’d love to follow some more writers, especially if you’re taking part in Inktober: Writers Edtion via Instagram or Twitter.