NaNoWriMo Day 20

The Words: 2,564 on my Neo.

I went to a write-in at the library in my hometown tonight. Though technically, it wasn’t a write-in. The city I live in is near the city for the region I’m in, and somewhat smaller. There we have a writing group that meets weekly (though that will be changing to monthly at the beginning of the year), and during NaNoWriMo we let Wrimos from the area know that they’re welcome to come. But most of the time, I’m the only one there who is participating in NaNoWriMo.

Still, we meet to write, to talk about writing, and to encourage each other. I wrote just over 1000 words during a period of about 15-20 minutes, and the rest of the time we talked more than we wrote.

After I came home, had supper, and got my daughter to bed, I wrote the rest in 2 sprints with @NaNoWordSprints.

The Story: Now that the fighting has ceased and the soldiers can rest, our main character Lorrin takes some time for introspection and thinks about a friendship that has suffered much lately.

Total word count: 54,509

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 20th

NaNoWriMo Day 19

The Words: 1193 on my Neo.

This was a deliberately low-word count day. I reached 50k yesterday, and while I have managed to draw out the story that I was afraid would be barely 50k words, I know I don’t have a whole lot left to write about. Since my normal writing time today (evening) was going to be a bit less conducive for writing, I decided to just do one 20-minute sprint with @NaNoWordSprints, which gained me over 1000 words (I wrote 87 words while I waited for the sprint to start).

The Story: The region is finally able to get some relief after being battered by Antios for months. Nathan and Clark may have had something to do with it.

Total word count: 51,945

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 19th
This is a good time to watch episode 4 of the NaNoMusical, where things really heat up!

NaNoWriMo Day 18

The Words: 2,959 written on my Neo.

I wrote all of it in sprints with @NaNoWordSprints. After a few sprints, I realized I was about 300 words away from breaking 50k. One more 15-minute sprint got me 970 words, which put me well over 50k!

Thanks to my attempts to stretch the plot, the story isn’t over yet, so I’ll keep going at least until it is. I’m really excited about this story, more so than I thought I’d be at the beginning of the month. Though I came up with the ideas of extra scenes on the fly, most of them are going to be staying in the story because they really do add to it well. It’s been a good month!

The Story: Nathan and Clark had to explain things to the king’s 2 top advisors as well, and then explained to them their plan. I didn’t go into too much detail with the ensuing battle, but I can always add to it when I’m ready to revise this story.

Total word count: 50,752

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 18th

NaNoWriMo Day 17

The Words: 3002 written on my Neo.

In previous years, I would often write after midnight, before I went to bed, in an effort to get a jump start on the next day’s writing. I’d still get the same amount written in a day, but when I got to my writing the next day, if I already had 500 or more words written, it was obviously so much easier to get the writing done.

I have barely done that this year. Last night, I took my Neo to bed, because I really was in the mood to write some more. I only got 82 words before I was too tired to keep going. Not exactly a huge jump on the day.

The majority of the words came over the course of a few sprints with @NaNoWordSprints.

The Story: Nathan and Clark are educating the king on a particular element that exists in the world that the king’s region knows nothing about, called the Power, and they think they might be able to help stop Antios. But first they have to convince him that they are trustworthy and that they are telling the truth.

Nathan and Clark are two of my absolute favorite characters from my main group of stories. I hadn’t planned for them to be in this story until a few days ago. This story is set in the same world, but a vastly different part of it, that is much more medieval in nature, so in many ways it’s been like writing a brand new story compared to what I’ve been working on for many years. When they met the king in today’s writing and started to talk with him, it felt like I was writing a cross-over episode of a TV show, and it was really weird. But good weird.

Total word count: 47,793

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 17th

NaNoWriMo Day 16

The Words: 2346 written on my Neo.

I finally got to really delve back into the writing today. I had some time after supper to write, so I did some sprints. Then it was time to put my daughter to bed. After that, I got back to my desk, planning to write some more before midnight, but got distracted. It’s just as well. I’m seriously going to run out of story not long after 50k, and I don’t want to be done that quickly.

Today I had to think about where to go next in the story. I know what else needs to happen, but I’m not sure how it should be ordered. I’ve definitely gotten away from my outline, which is fine, but it slows me down a bit.

Between sprints, I spent some time making notes on my outline. The structure of this story is a bit convoluted, because it’s too boring for me to ever write a normal story. It starts near the end, chronologically speaking, and then the bulk of the story is told in flashbacks. But I’m starting to be less certain about where the “present time” should lead to flashbacks, and where the stories told in the flashbacks should be split up.

Plus, there are several new scenes that I’ve thrown in that I like enough to be pretty sure they’ll stay in the story, but they don’t have a spot in the outline either. Anyway, while doing that, I decided that the next thing I should write is something that I didn’t even know was going to happen in this story, and I don’t know how much will actually be shown to the reader, but as I write it, I’ve realized that it’s absolutely what needs to happen.

The Story: I finished Lorrin’s letter to the king, and am still debating whether or not he’ll ever read it. I suppose he should, or what’s the point of writing it?

Now we’re moving on to see the end of the war with Antios. So it’s going to take an outside force to stop this man, and I know just the duo. They are a big part of the rest of this series, and I’ve even realized that this fight is referenced in the previous book, which I drafted last year…I just didn’t know it until now (isn’t writing fun?). I’m even pleasantly surprised by how much sense it makes that they’re involved in this.

So now, these two, named Nathan and Clark, have shown up asking to see the king. It takes them a little work to convince the people there to allow them an audience, but he is coming in to see them right as I ended today.

(I can’t express how much I love the intersection of these characters that I have written about for 15 years with the king from this story, that up until only a few weeks ago I thought was completely unrelated to my other stories.)

Total word count: 44,791

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 16th

NaNoWriMo Day 15

The Words: 521 in the 11th hour (literally).

I had an employee meeting at work tonight, but expected to have the rest of the day off. However, I awoke to news that I would have a few hours worth of work to get done, which turned into about 5 hours, after which I had to leave for the meeting. I didn’t get back from the meeting until close to 11 pm, and then I still had to eat supper.

I know I easily could have just let it go today; I’m pretty far ahead, and I don’t want to diminish that. However, for me, it’s equally important to write every day during NaNo as it is to win, so I decided to try to get 500 words written.

I sat down with my supper and did just that while I ate.

The Story: At the very end of my writing yesterday, on a whim, I decided to have Lorrin write a letter to the king. He recently suffered a major personal loss, and Lorrin regrets various circumstances that kept her from being able to offer any sort of friendly support. So she eventually started a letter to him, which she never sent.

Then, after Lorrin had some tragedy of her own, she decided to add on to that letter. I don’t think she intends to ever send the letter to him, but somehow it helps her own grieving process. This is as far as I got today, and I don’t think the letter’s done yet.

Total word count: 42,445

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 15th

NaNoWriMo Day 14

The Words: 1867 written on my Neo.

After yesterday, I was pretty amped to write today. Unfortunately, a full day of work, followed by an evening of errands, kept me from having time to write until about 10:15 pm. I did a few sprints with @NaNoWordSprints and was glad to at least get par.

I’m so sleepy now.

The Story: After some catching up with her parents, they tell Lorrin that they’re moving away from their hometown. Actually, Lorrin’s brother drops the news, which annoys her parents (but I loved it). Her brother and niece are staying in the hometown though.

Then we cut back to where I last was in the main story, which is talking about new developments at the front lines base where Lorrin is stationed. Antios has started to really amp up his attacks, but has proven very difficult to stop.

Total word count: 41,924

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 14th

NaNoWriMo Day 13

The Words: 2715 on my Neo. I did some sprints with @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter and a couple of word wars with some people from my region on Slack. When I realized I was 87 words away from 40k, I pushed myself to pass that threshold.

Today was a very noteworthy day for me, writing-wise. In fact, I just checked the box next to the following badge on my profile on the NaNoWriMo website:aha

It all started on November 6th, when I realized that I might run out of story before I reached 50,000 words. I started to brainstorm more details and backstory to add to the novel. More flashbacks to make up the meat of the story. I came up with some scenes showing the king and his best friend, who has become the nation’s greatest enemy, back when they were friends. I really liked those scenes, and it also added more words to my story.

A new sprint leader came online on the @NaNoWordSprints Twitter this evening. She announced that she going to do a series of sprints in homage to Stan Lee, and the first prompt was this: “I don’t know about you, but comics were a huge part of my childhood and definitely helped make me who I am today, so for this first sprint let’s incorporate an origin story!”

And suddenly, I knew I had to stop where I currently was in the story (which was struggling to start a new scene anyway) and write about the main character’s home and family. Only it won’t be just random backstory, but will definitely have an important purpose in the story.

The Story: After writing a bit about the aftermath of the battle I wrote about yesterday, I completely switched gears.

We get to see Lorrin visiting her family at home in a flashback. She doesn’t get to go home very often, but her parents and brother are supportive of her military career. She has a young niece who somewhat recently lost her mother, and Lorrin is regretful that she hasn’t been able to spend as much time with her niece, or her now-widowed brother, as she would like.

When I got to the end of the writing, Lorrin’s parents had just returned from helping out a neighbor, which I get the feeling is something they do a lot.

I am literally going to get to know these people from scratch tomorrow, because I didn’t even conceive of them until tonight, and they showed up right at the end of my writing time today. (Writing is fun!)

Total word count: 40,057

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 13th
If the week 2 blahs have got you down, it’s a good time to check out the 3rd episode of the NaNoMusical!

NaNoWriMo Day 12

The Words: 1297 written on my Neo.

I headed to my desk to write at around 8:00, expecting to write for an hour before it was time to put my daughter to bed. However, I ended up caught up in something else and didn’t get to writing until 10. At that point, I realized I didn’t have much will for writing today. My husband suggested that I just get a few words out (because I said I at least wanted to keep my streak of writing every day this month) and be done early.

So I did 2 sprints with @NaNoWordSprints and called it a night.

I don’t know for sure why I didn’t want to write today. I think it’s either general week 2 blues or a concern with my outline about to get messy. Or both.

Because a few days back, I realized that I was about halfway through the outline when I wasn’t even at 25k words yet, I started brainstorming more scenes for the story. I didn’t just want random scenes either, because it’s important that this story is long enough to be a book in the end, so it was clear it needed more legitimate scenes.

I came up with a few that were very helpful to the story, and have since thought of some more ideas too. The problem is that they weren’t in my outline. And the outline is somewhat convoluted already, because of the way the story is told in specifically timed flashbacks. So figuring out where these scenes fit is going to be important, but I haven’t taken the time to do that yet. Since I’m nearing the climax of the story, I want to have the other scenes written, so I do need to figure out how to fit them in. And I realized this at some point before or during my writing today, which I think was part of my problem today.

The Story: A unit from the main country’s army mount a rescue mission and are…mostly successful.

Total word count: 37,342

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 12th

NaNoWriMo Day 11

The Words: 3072 written on my Neo.

I wrote about 1400 in the afternoon alongside my 8-year-old daughter, who was creating things like a cell phone and a laptop out of paper. (Earlier this month, she made me a pencil, a notebook, and a word sprint timer out of paper.) After she made the laptop, she joined me for a 14-minute sprint (pretending to type on said laptop). She has pretended to sprint 3 times in the last 2 days. Each time, I ask her how many words she got before telling her mine, and each time, she picks a number within 50 of what I got, without knowing what I got. Twice now she has beaten me!

After she went to bed, I got the rest of the words during a sprint alongside @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter, and then one final sprint on my own to try to break 3000.

The Story: The king has evidence that the Groucans are working with Antios and tries to warn his people on the front lines before it’s too late. But a devastating outcome is unavoidable, and someone important is taken captive.

Total word count: 36,045

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 11th