#NaNoWriMo – Week 2

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We are officially half way through NaNoWriMo2016 which is a crazy, crazy thought. Let’s see if I’m on track to win by the end of the month. week2

I’m a day late in posting this update because I was consumed by writing last night. I have still been struggling with some scenes, and although I wanted to write the story in it’s linear timeline, I’ve decided it would be best if I jumped to the scenes that were burning at the forefront of my mind.

Whilst I’ve been mulling over this story, there have been scenes that I’ve had ready to be written, so I think it’s the best for my progress to write those scenes down first and then fill in the blanks. It certainly helps with my word count and it stops me from feeling blocked when trying to write other scenes.

I successfully reached 25,000 words on the 15th day which means I’m on target to win by the 30th. I’m not half way through my story yet, probably a third, so I’m expecting the finished product to be at least 60,000 words, which will be the most I’ve ever written for a manuscript. I don’t think I’ll complete 60k by the end of November, but I’m sure the story won’t be 100% finished by the 30th.

By the end of week three, I’d ideally like to have achieved 40,000 words, leaving a leisurely 10,000 words for the last week, but I’m not sure whether that will happen. I’ll strive for it though. That’s all I can do.

#NaNoWriMo – Week 1

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It’s that time of year again where we all hunch over our computers and try to bash out a novel in a month! Does it sound mad? Yes. But there’s method in our madness. Have a look and see how I did in my first week of NaNoWriMo2016.

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When I realised NaNoWriMo was coming around again, I knew for definite that I was going to be participating. I’d been mulling over an idea in my head for a few months and after developing it in a notebook, it was finally time to unleash it in a word document. I wasn’t at all apprehensive because I knew I had completed a 50k NaNo Project twice already, and so knew I could do it again.

The story I have decided to write this year is a futuristic novel set in a regressive society that mirrors Elizabethan England. World War three has destroyed the earth and the humans left over are rebuilding society from the World’s previous blueprint. Beatrice, the rightful Queen of the Republic of Karelia returns to her Kingdom to reclaim her throne since she has come of age, and must neutralise a threat of invasion from her neighbouring Kingdom.

My aim was primarily to keep to the word count for everyday and get ahead on words if possible so that on the days where I’m feeling less inspired I don’t have to torture myself into completing the required amount. I did hit a few issues especially during the middle of the week. For me the problem wasn’t finding time to write, it was typing the standard “housekeeping” scenes and and trying to push through to get to more exciting scenes where the action rose. I also have never written a story that involved world building before. It was a lot of fun building my own world in the preparation stage, but putting it into a story and making it work was entirely different altogether. I struggled not “info dumping” or leaving out the world building all together (and so thus confuse the reader), and have tried to keep it in a healthy balance.

This first week I completed nearly the first quarter of my book, which is brilliant progress! By the end of next week I hope to have achieved the half way point at twenty five thousand words.

blue butterfly – my words are worth

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I can only plagiarise the prophets

I see in the dark.

Dig up their bones and replace them

With my own.

Gaining no comfort in my eternal search

For what masquerades as cheap clichés.

 

I find: complete

Stripped back,

and choose the same deck of spades,

dragging my fingers through the tar

and decorate caves with Queens.

Parchment curls at my edges,

in the virginal white sheets that mask it’s sins.

My quill is loaded.

blue butterfly – the wallflower

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She wrote love letters to the monsters under the bed

Made of papier-mâché barricades

And arranging bear bones into swords.

 

She was alive alive alive and they were dead.

Some inside the trinket box in the shape of an elephant

And the rest in the waste basket case, alone

 

She was always alone, picking roses from next door

And pressing them between pages of hardback books

Snapping the stalk in half and watching the sap ooze

Onto the words and smudging them, watching the ink run.

#CampNaNoWriMo – Week 2

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So, the first half of Camp NaNoWriMo has come and gone already, and I’m now half way through my manuscript. As of today I have over 25,000 words, which means I’m on target to complete 50,000 by the end of the month.

This week was difficult as I was quite busy, so finding time to write and keeping myself focused was tough. I told myself repeatedly that even if I only wrote 100 words, or 500, any amount of words is better than none. As for the plot, even though I’m halfway through, I still have a lot of my story left to tell so I still have material to carry me through to the end of the month.

When I completed NaNoWriMo last November, I had a clear structure that I was working from, which was great to ensure that I had enough to work with throughout the month. This time I’m being more of a pantser, and just writing where the story takes me, which a clear start and end goal to bookend the idea. I think it depends on the story as to which way is the best method.

Anyway, let’s see what my stats look like this week.

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By the end of next week I hope to have at least 35,000 to 40,000 words. Then, by the fourth week, I’ll have another 10,000 words to write (roughly) and then hopefully my manuscript will be complete!