NaNoWriMo Day 30

The Words: 4,874 on this final day of NaNoWriMo.

Because it is the last day of NaNo, and because I knew I was close to the end of the draft, but unsure of how close, I had hoped to be able to write a lot of the day, or at least until I finished the story. However, I have been working on a project for work all week and had to finish it today. But I sat down a little before 9 pm, which is already earlier than I’ve been getting to my writing time lately. Brought up @NaNoWordSprints and dove right in.

The Story: Yesterday, I said that I had written the climax then. Oh, how wrong I was yet again this month. As I thought about the rest of the story throughout the day today, I realized what the climax should be, and it was ahead of me.

I’m not going to say anything else about the story, but I did write the climax today, and finished the draft!

This will lead me to book 3 of this trilogy, and while that book is still quite a mystery to me, I now have a lot more of an understanding of how that book will go than I did before this month (and that’s considering that I didn’t even know I was writing book 2 of the trilogy until about a week ago).

Final word count: 86,841

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 30th. Be sure to check back tomorrow too, as there is often a final comic on December 1st.
The final episode of the NaNoMusical is perfect for the final day of NaNo. Be sure to watch the wrap-up!

NaNoWriMo Day 25

The Words: 3977 on my Neo.

My goal for today was 3000 words. I got started around 10 pm, and the feed at @NaNoWordSprints was between sprint-runners. So I went back to the word crawl I started a few yesterday, themed for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. A 15-minute sprint for that produced 832 words, and then the Twitter feed came alive.

After 2 sprints, I had 2400 words, and a #1k30min got me the rest of the words.

The Story: I started today’s words with a few more additions to the ongoing letter Lorrin has been writing to the king. There are now 5 entries, all made after big events happened, when Lorrin wished she could have been there for him, but hadn’t been able to. The last entry is something of an explanation from her, as she decided to give the letter to the king during the “present time” of the story. Unless I change things in the next draft (which I am at least considering), they won’t have seen each other for almost a year at this point, so in a way, Lorrin is using this letter to break the ice that has built up between them.

Then I went into another flashback where I explore the aftermath of the war with Antios. The king is faced with a very difficult decision about whether or not to tell his subjects, as well as his country’s allies and even enemies, about the magic-like Power that he has only learned about himself recently. He consults the prince and their advisors, but in the end, the decision has to be pushed back.

Total word count: 68,739

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 25th
And with 5 days left of NaNoWriMo, be sure to check out episode 5 of the NaNoMusical. This one contains my favorite song of the whole musical!

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: Nathan and Clark confront Antios in his base. With some coordination between them, they are able to stop him. I kept feeling like it was a bit too easy, but I have to remember that while the scene has the feel of a climax, this isn’t the main plot of the story. And given the circumstances, it makes sense that Nathan and Clark were able to defeat him like they did. It probably didn’t feel too easy to all of the soldiers outside the base that are fighting Antios’s large army while this is happening.

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 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. 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 7

The Words: 2444 over the course of an hour and a half waiting for my kids to be done with their Wednesday night activities at church. I found an unused room at the church and typed away on my Neo.

Also, I passed the halfway point today!

The Story: Today’s writing jumped between different times when the king and Antios were discussing Antios’s travels, either before he’d left, or after he returned. In the end, the basic understanding we’re left with is that Antios has changed a lot, and not in a good way, and that the king regrets not keeping his friend from leaving in the first place.

Total word count: 26,667

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 7th
And in case you need some extra inspiration, check out the 2nd episode of the NaNoMusical!

NaNoWriMo Day 1

The Words: 5179 on day 1. I started right at midnight with the midnight sprint, and got to 3120 before stopping for the night/morning. Then this evening, despite already being past par for the day, I wrote some more.

All of this writing, minus the very first 10-minute sprint that I did to get warmed up, was done alongside the Twitter feed of @NaNoWordSprints. I can’t stress enough how motivating it is, and how helpful it can be to have someone else setting time goals and starting times! If you ever find yourself struggling to just get writing (and put aside distractions) or to write quickly without stopping to think a lot or to edit, I suggest checking out that feed (even if you don’t really use Twitter).

One sad thing that I discovered about 5 minutes before midnight was that my favorite place to do the actual writing, Write or Die, doesn’t exist the way it used to. Even when the creator moved on to Write or Die 2, I preferred the original format. It was simple and did everything I needed it to do. Now he’s moved on to Write or Die 3, which may well be better, but it’s just not quite the same. So I set my own timers and wrote on my Neo, which doesn’t yell at me if I stop typing for too long, but still helps me avoid distractions.

The Story: Commander of the northern-most base in the kingdom, Lorrin Trinnear receives news that the king and his son are on their way to see how the base is doing. Lorrin then recalls back to when she first met the prince and his father, five years previous. Lorrin had been in charge of introducing the then 13-year-old prince to the city he would be ruling over someday. She grows concerned with the young prince’s attachment to her, as he has spent most of his life without a lot of social interaction. Lorrin brings her concerns to the king, despite how nervous she is about speaking with him directly, and that is where we leave off for the night.

Total word count: 5179

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 1st
And in honor of November 1st, the first episode of the NaNoMusical!

NaNoWriMo Day 26

The Words: 350 written today, and 18 yesterday.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving for my side of the family, and we were gone until after midnight. We generally eat our big meal in the afternoon, and then play board games all night. The 18 words were literally a 5-minutes-to-midnight, just-get-some-words-in situation.

Then we ended up going and playing more board games today, because we didn’t quite get to enough of them yesterday. (Part of that was because my sister announced that she’s pregnant, so there was a lot of talking for a while before we got to board games.) So I had my Neo with me (today and yesterday) and wrote a bit more than yesterday.

The Story: I feel a bit like I’m dragging out the ending to this story, which is strange, because normally I feel like I’m rushing the ending. But I didn’t have anything planned for after the climax, and now I’ve just got Nathan and Clark explaining some things about what just happened with Vin to an unhappy Penny. And I’m not happy that I don’t have a good way to end the story. I will probably try to just get to an ending tomorrow, so I can say it’s finished. This story will need a lot of reworking someday though. It might be the first NaNoNovel I’ve drafted where I felt like it wouldn’t just need revision, in whatever capacity, but possibly a full rewrite someday. It just didn’t really have a solid story to it in the end.

Total word count: 69,871

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 26th, and since I didn’t post yesterday, make sure to read yesterday’s too: 2017 – November 25th

Here is episode 5 of the NaNoMusical. This one has my favorite song from the entire musical! And things get real.

NaNoWriMo Day 22

The Words: 1982 written today.

Another day getting just past par, which is great after such a slump! Not much more to say here. I also finally wrote with a sprint from @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter, which I haven’t been doing as much lately (no surprise, since I’ve barely even been writing lately). I did one #1k30min, which is where most of the words came from, and then kept going to make sure I passed 1667.

The Story: The climax is definitely over, though I struggled to find the resolution to it that I had planned. I don’t think I’m very good at this kind of thing, which I chalk up mostly to having a decent, tragedy-lite life myself.

Total word count: 66,882

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 22nd

I have been remiss in sharing the NaNoMusical as the month has progressed! Here is episode 4!

NaNoWriMo Day 13

The Words: 2326 written today.

I got a very late start tonight, so I am happy to have written these words over the course of 2 sprints.

The Story: It’s a common thing for me during NaNoWriMo to have my characters spend too much time doing one activity that seems important, but sort of stretches on. That has happened in this story as the group of now 6 people are just reading and sorting through journals and other writings by Vin. There were a few revelations I thought needed to come up during this time, which is why it’s dragged on, but I’m hoping that when it comes time for editing, I can find a way to either shorten it or make it more interesting (or both).

They did find what they were looking for–an indication of where Vin might be hiding out. Now they’re discussing who should be the ones to confront him and why. (I’ll admit, for a long time, it’s always been Nathan and Clark alone who confronted him, but I’m also asking myself if that’s the best combination, and if so, why, besides simply because that’s the way I always planned it.)

Total word count: 55,865

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 13th

Also! This would be a good time to watch episode 3 of the NaNoMusical! I love the songs in this episode!!

NaNoWriMo Day 7

The Words: 2100 written today.

I am really happy to keep making par these last two days. I am so tired today. After being sick for a week right before November started, I have had a lingering cough since then. Today my throat started hurting again fresh. I may be getting sick again, but I really hope not. Tomorrow will hopefully tell me more.

The Story: I cut short the story that started causing me trouble yesterday, the one Penny was telling about the events that took place during my NaNoNovel in 2015. That novel is still unfinished, and its events are a mystery to me (pun intended), so Penny telling the story got a little difficult. So I just stopped, ignored any need for a transition, and went right to Nathan, who had gone back to the house that Rogan took them to, planning to stake it out.

Then I accidentally skipped ahead and allowed him to make some progress at that house a day early. So I set aside what I’d written about that in favor of him returning home for the night, with the belief that the bad guy doesn’t have a reason to return to that empty house.

Tomorrow, I anticipate the plot really getting going, as long as I’m well enough to write much.

Total word count: 30,592

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: “The game is a shoe!

And it’s time to share episode 2 of the NaNoMusical!