#NaNoWriMo – Week 2

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It’s official, we are half way through NaNoWriMo 2015. I’ve really struggled this week as I’ve not been feeling good mentally, however, with the help of my WriMos I’ve pushed on through and managed to have a really productive week. Let’s see how I did:

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I struggled to keep up with my original goal of two thousand words each session, but managed to keep an average of around seventeen hundred most days. The second week took me right through to the end of part two of my story, which was around nine thousand words in total. Not quite as much as I had hoped, but I’m eager to go back and expand it further once I’ve finished part three, which I have just begun.

Having said that, I aimed to pass twenty-five thousand words by the end of this week and I managed to surpass that. All in all, I’m pretty happy with my progress and how I’ve got on this week, and I’m looking forward to hopefully having part three finished by the end of week three.

Another thing I’ve really been enjoying is exploring my story more. I struggle to think about how many drafts exactly I’ve written of this story, but I really feel like I am producing some of my best work. Working from my last draft helps me to streamline the plot points and dialogue, and expand on other areas of description. So regardless of whether this is last draft I do, or one of fifty, I’m happy. Bring on week three!

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#NaNoWriMo – Week 1

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As a NaNoWriMo newbie, the fact I have survived my first week and lived to tell the tale is an accomplishment in itself! But just to give you an idea of what my progress has been like, here are the stats.

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My personal goal has been to try to write two thousand words per day, just because overall I would like to have sixty thousand words at the end of the month than fifty. The reason for this being that my novel is clearly split into three parts and I would like each part to be roughly twenty thousand each. At the moment, my first week took me to the end of part one, which as you can see is around fourteen thousand words, so it’s likely my first draft will take me up to around fifty, with another ten thousand left to elaborate on areas that have not been explored.

I’ve really enjoyed engaging with everyone on twitter using the hashtags and watching YouTube videos on the progress of other participants. Being able to write along with everyone else has been such a positive aspect of NaNoWriMo and I would definitely give this as a reason to take part again.

As for the next coming week, if I can write roughly another fifteen thousand then I would be halfway through my sixty thousand word goal, and halfway through NaNoWriMo itself.

Promises and Wishes.

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In my first semester of university, in Autumn 2011, I made a list of goals I wanted to achieve by the end of my graduation year. I didn’t find this list again until early 2014, so I kept it safely knowing that come December I would have to sit down and have a good look at what I could tick off from my list of promises and wishes.

I’m a third generation Virgo, and we all have lived up to the name. From as early as I can remember my ambition had been to go to university, which I have now reached. So that’s a 100% success rate, right? I’m not sure that’s something I’ll be able to maintain, but I’ll go for over 50. One of the many attributes of a Virgo is list making, and for me it’s the perfect way to clear my head. So let’s have a look at what I promised to have accomplished by the end of 2014.

A 2:1 or First in Creative Writing BA.
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A copy of my dissertation marks that overall gave me 70.
TICK. I achieved a 2:1 overall and a First class mark on my dissertation – which I count as covering both areas. My dissertation was actually an idea that I’d been working on since the end of my first year so to have it be valued at a First class mark was beyond a dream.

To have learnt to drive/be learning.
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This picture was taken on one of my driving lessons.
TICK. I am currently learning to drive and I really enjoy it. I have a great instructor named Paul who is really understanding and helpful. I need to get my arse in gear and do my theory test and then I’ll really be on my way to passing. (Perhaps I will put that on my list for 2015)

To know where I want to take the next stage of my life.
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A book. One of my favourites. Just ’cause.
TICK. Sort of. I know that I want to work in the publishing industry, whether that be literary agency or editorial, I know I want to help other people’s book-dreams come true. As I can’t stop myself from editing a book as I’m reading it, I owe it to myself. In most recent events, my life has been turned (almost) upside down so I have been slightly shaken on the “future” category. Having said this, I still want to maintain my direction, although anything in the creative sector will suit me just fine.

To have visited another country I haven’t visited before.
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The Falls – which are as breathtaking as they are in this photograph.
TICK. I did the Camp America experience in Summer 2013 which was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and met some amazing people.

To have written a novel – 50,000 words or more.
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This is a picture of writing a very early draft.
TICK. Ish. THE NOVEL (as there is only one) currently stands at 20,000 and about 1,234 notebook notes. I decided not too long ago that I wanted to try the story as a film script which proved to be really successful. So I’m not sure what way it is going to best present itself… which leads me onto nicely…

To have sent a script premise to the BBC.
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Not so much of a TICK. I’ve always aspired to write a sitcom but sadly other areas of my writing have overtaken that wish. One day I will, but at the moment I’m happy to be focusing on my poetry and my novel/film-confused hybrid baby.

To have the implant reinstated.
No picture cause that would be gross!
TICK. This form of birth control suits me nicely and had it reinstated before I went to America circa 2013.

To get another piercing
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My clip on piercings.
Sort of TICK? I decided not so long ago to buy clip on piercings that suit me fine. That means I can try out the look before going through the pain and spending the money. At the moment I’m not set on getting snakebites permanently but could be persuaded by a septum ring.

To get another tattoo
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X. Still got lots of ideas that I would like but never got around to them. I will put this on my list for 2015.

Find my style
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My punk style.
TICK. I’ve come to accept that on a day to day basis I really cannot be asked to wear make up, but occasionally when I go out for a smart/casual evening or just a smart one, I do like to accessorize my outfit with something on my face. One thing I have come to accept is that I will always have a grungy style. I just love the punk rock look that I have been inspired by for the last ten years. (All thanks to Hayley Williams. GIRL POWER.) Even if I’m wearing something not so punk-rock-y, I like to jazz it up in my own style that suits me. I will always be a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl at heart.

So I would like to think that my three years at university ended on a pretty strong note, and I’m still living up to my Virgo status. So, to continue onward and upward, here are my promises and wishes for 2015. (Because three years is too long to get your arse ’round to something.)

Learn to manage my depression and anxiety.
Thus, the subject of the world-turning I mentioned earlier. I’m still in the early stages of my recovery but I aim to get myself on track at least enough to start participating in society again. I will be taking steps to do so like..

Buy some trainers and taking up running.
I had an epiphany. Said epiphany occurred when I ran for a train and instantly felt better.

Do something that scares me.
Not sure quite what that THING is yet. I’ll keep you posted on this one.

Learn to knit.
I’ve always wanted to knit, so I endeavor to learn this year. It may help my anxiety too.

Get better at French.
I don’t expect to be fluent and I certainly don’t expect to be better overnight, but I would like to get better at French with the help of Duolingo.

Pass my driving test!
Speaks for itself.

These are the ones I have thought of so far. The list may (and probably will) grow, especially once I start to get my confidence back. Look out for the update this time next year and many more poetry and prose updates throughout the year!