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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 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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Must be Monday – Inktober Week 3

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I somehow both can’t believe we’re into week three of Inktober: Writers Edition but equally, I’m really starting to flag a little now. Especially as I’ve been starting prep for NaNoWriMo next month which is A LOT of work. I’ve succeeded with the 50k goal for the past two years and I want this year to be no exception so I’m trying to make sure I’m as ready as I can be as I had a lot more free time last year! Still, we’re not there yet so without further ado I present days 15-21 of the Inktober 2019: Writer Edition challenge.

15.Legend

“You’re sure this is the place?” Zeke grunted.

“Yes,” sighed Zara.
“It’s just a ring of mushrooms”
“I know what I saw. We just have to wait.”

“We’ve been here for hours and…” Zeke paused, mouth hanging open as seven fae dragons materialised in the circle and began to sing.

16.Wild

Tig circled the Tiefling girl, growling. Injured or not she refused to become prey but was finding it hard to concentrate with all the blood she was losing from the wound in her gut. She readied herself to strike just as the girl called out. 

“Would you like some tea?” 

17.Ornament
“Why do you keep so much junk?” David groans, grabbing another dusty box from the back of the attic space.

“I don’t like to throw things away” Lara protests.

“Even this?” David holds up an old, stained teapot, rubbing at a stubborn spot. 

“You have wishes three” A voice booms. 

18.Misfit 

Closing her eyes and gathering her power it felt as if the universe pulled at her, the entire cosmos bearing down, the gravitational force of hundreds of planets, the heat of a trillion stars. She pulled at the threads within and let them escape in a torrent of defiant force. 

19.Sling 

“You broke my arm!” Lore exclaimed as Clair nearly tied off the sling she’d hastily made from her scarf. 

“You shouldn’t have kissed me!” She yelled, tugging a little harder than perhaps she needed too. Lore hissed and gritted his teeth.

“I thought you wanted me to!”

“I’m ENGAGED!” 

“Oh.”

20.Tread
“The tracks lead this way.” Zara nodded forwards. 

“Into the dark spooky forest?” Zeke asked, fear clear in his voice. 

“Yes,” she huffed, “He’s your friend, don’t you want to make sure he’s okay?” 

“Of course. But does it absolutely have to be this way?” 

Zara sighed dragging him along.

21.Treasure 
Lucien sat with an ornate box, resting it on his lap before opening it and gazing at the contents inside, a leather bracelet with a crescent moon charm, his first real birthday gift from his little sister. His courage found at last, he replaced it and went to rescue her. 

 

Huge thank you to both Feline Trickster for this AMAZING art of Lucien and Anissa and to my in-game sister Alaina (Anissa) for letting me use it for this piece.

Just one more week left to go now. I’m determined to see this through AND be ready for NaNoWriMo as well as keeping up with my normal blogging too. I think I might need some luck! I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for my weekly review, this week it’s Finding Home Vol. Two: The Healer and it is a doozy.

 

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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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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.

 

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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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