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 22

The Words: 2162 on my Neo. (I have typed most of my NaNoNovel this year on my Neo, and I love using it!)

While today was a difficult day for writing for many American Wrimos, my family’s big Thanksgiving isn’t until Saturday. We did have a bit of a Thanksgiving here in my house, but it was all simple to make, and I had some free time in the late afternoon.

I checked out @NaNoWordSprints and caught a 7-minute and then a 10-minute and had written about 1000 words. Next up was a 15-minute sprint, but I skipped that while I looked through my outline to find some spots where I’d written notes for more flashbacks that I could add in. I also checked through my writing from the month so far, because I knew I’d made some notes like that in there too.

Then I was ready for the next sprint, which was 20 minutes. I wrote just over 1000 words in that sprint, and decided that was good for the day.

The Story: By the end of the first sprint, I realized that I was repeating a conversation from earlier in the month (earlier this week, even). Considering that this arc will likely be boiled down to a short explanation in the next draft, I definitely took it too far. It was time to finish it so I could move on.

This story has taken a turn from the original plan. It was meant to be a light romance, even with the wars and fighting in the background. When I began to make connections to my other stories, it started to go a new direction. Now, I truly don’t know if it’s going to end up being a romance story where other important things happen, or if it’s going to be a story about this country (which I still haven’t named yet) that is so completely different than the main country in my stories, living life without knowledge of the magic-type abilities that a lot of the rest of the world uses, and what happens when they become aware of it.

I think the latter is most likely to happen, which I’m okay with. It might severely affect both the structure of the story, as well as the title, but we’ll see. I’m actually pretty excited about what this means for my other stories, and looking forward to doing at least some early revision on the structure, but that will have to wait until after NaNo. First, I want to get the draft done.

I plan to write next the 4 scenes I noted today that I wanted to add into the story, all flashbacks that give some backstory to the 2 wars that this country has been dealing with in this story, which at the same time gives some backstory and insight into the king himself as a character. Then I will go on to finish the actual “present-time” part of the story, which is the main story.

So after skipping a sprint to make notes about the extra scenes I want to write, I started on the first one for the last sprint. It is showing the king as a teenager, having a conversation with his dad (the king at the time), in which his dad is telling him about their country’s main enemy to the north, and how the animosity between their countries got started.

One last note–during week 2, I began to worry that I would run out of story before the month ended. I did such a good job adding scenes and more story to tell that now I am uncertain I will finish the draft before the month ends. I think I’ll need to step up my daily word counts to avoid this situation.

Total word count: 58,648

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 22nd

NaNoWriMo Day 21

The Words: 1977 on my Neo.

I worked a little today, but then had a lot of housework to catch up on. I knew I wouldn’t have much time in the evening to write, because after supper today was the only chance my husband and I had to go shopping for Thanksgiving prep food (my family’s Thanksgiving isn’t going to be until Saturday). Still, I didn’t expect to be home as late as we were, and sat down to start writing at around 11 pm. Fortunately, I was able to write a few scenes that didn’t take a lot of thinking.

In many ways, I feel like I am stalling. I keep writing about things that I know won’t be in the story. They’re just not what this story is about. I want to know what happens for myself, and in case there’s another story there, but I really need to get back to the initial “present” time and move on with the story there. I don’t know if the reason I’m stalling is because I want to keep writing about Nathan and Clark, or if it’s because I don’t know for sure what’s going to happen in the “present” time.

The Story: Lorrin has finally been able to return home, and is looking forward to some time off. Unfortunately, the enemy nation to the north chose this time, the aftermath of the brutal war with Antios, to attack again, expecting a swift victory.

We turn our focus to the king, who is angrier than he’s ever been at the northern neighbors, for good reason. After making the decision to recall to duty the men and women who just finished fighting a disheartening war, he spent some time talking to Nathan and Clark.

The king’s toughest decision right now is whether or not to tell his people, and his allies, about this new Power that the men have opened his eyes to. He’s asked them for a week to make his decision. It would help if he knew what it would mean to reveal this information, which is the conversation I stopped in the middle of.

Total word count: 56,486

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 21st

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: When the battle, and the war, was over, the soldiers who had all allied together to stop Antios had a huge celebration. Lorrin wasn’t really in a partying mood, because now she had the time to mourn her loss, and to think about the king, who had also lost a loved one, and had subsequently pushed her away. She can’t deny that she has feelings for him, which she realizes is a problem for so many reasons.

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: 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 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 at the end of my writing, we see Antios in his base, observing the battle below, when suddenly he starts to feel a little…off.

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. They live in a completely different part of the continent from the king and his allies, but they have been affected by Antios too, who is somewhere between all of these nations, destroying towns and villages all over the area. They know that he is using a magical-type element that they call the Power, and they think they might be able to stop him, with the help of the king and his allies. 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 learn about how Antios is defeated. He truly is much, much more powerful than anyone in this area of the world. And the people here don’t even know about the Power (think: magic) that exists out there.

So it’s going to take an outside force to stop this man, and I know just the duo. They are the ones who saved the day in the novel I wrote last year, and I’ve even realized that this fight is referenced in that book…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 know about this evil man, and are able to come to help.

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 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 story, which is talking about new developments at the front lines base where Lorrin is stationed. Antios has taken to wiping out whole settlements at a time in the area around his fort, which is mostly frontier-like towns and villages that aren’t directly part of any nation.

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. 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!