Saturday, November 29, 2014

And I still have work to do...

NaNoWriMo- Day 29
Total WCG: 30,000 words
Today's WCG: 29,000 words
My WC: 30,634 words

SO... as you probably know, I won NaNoWriMo yesterday.

WOW, that felt good! But probably not as good as it should've, because I still have probably another 20,000 words before my story is finished! It was really cool to win my first year, but that satisfaction isn't nearly as good as actually FINISHING a book.

And now...back to typing. At least I don't have to face editing yet.
Sorry this is so short- expect more tomorrow!

Friday, November 28, 2014

I'm on the Homestretch!!!!!

Nanowrimo- Day 28
Total WCG: 30,000 words
Today's WCG: 28,000 words
My WC as of this very second: 29,621 words-AHHHHH!!!!!!

HELLO! As you can probably tell, I am VERY excited! I am officially 379 words away from becoming a NaNoWriMo winner my very first year!

Now I will pause to calm down and say Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all had fun, spent time with family, and ate a lot... and wrote!

It has been a crazy month full of ups and downs. Now that I'm about to finish, I wish I'd started blogging earlier- but there's always next year...

I'm officially FREAKING OUT!! I can't wait to validate my word count! Okay, I should be writing right now. I am going to post a rundown of my updates:

  • 29,740...I'm going to get my victory candy stash...
  • 29,843...99.48% there...
  • 29,900...don't scream...
  • 30,022!!!
Victory tastes a strawberry Starburst.

Let's Talk NaNo-My Characters are acting crazy!

NaNoWriMo-Day 26
Total WCG: 30,000 words
Today's WCG: 26,000 words
My WC: 29,021 words

Hello Fellow Writers,
Today I'm talking about something VERY important to your book. Your characters. Specifically something my characters have been doing lately.
Pre-NaNoWriMo, I spent a lot of time thinking about my characters, their motives, and their personalities. The goal here is to make them come to life, right? Unfortunately, my characters have been doing just that.
I'll be totally stumped, trying to think of SOMETHING to write, when suddenly one of my characters pops out of my imagination to give me a pep talk. Here's how our conversation goes:

Character: You look so pathetic right now, I'd just leave you alone, but you're making me sick.

Me: Excuse me? You don't try to sass me, I made you and I can crumple you up and throw you in the trash can too.

(Character quivers a little and loses defiant glare)

Me: Yeah, that's right. Now can we have a civil conversation? Hi, I'm me, and I made you. Nice to meet you.

Character: I am here on the behalf of everyone in your novel, and we just want you to know that we wanna be written! Please.

Me: Huh?

Character: You've been sitting here now writing for like half an hour Googling random things! Please...stop staring at Ross Lynch's face, I beg you. Listen up, sister, it is NaNoWriMo and this novel's gotta get written!

Me: Am I hallucinating? I doubt you're even real. Besides, I have absolutely no inspiration right now!

Character: No, you're not hallucinating. Plus, isn't a writer supposed to believe in her characters? I'm crushed that you thought I was a hallucination. Anyway, we're tired of sitting around. I am here to actually show you what is going on inside your novel, then all you have to do is write what happens next. I'll just let you follow me around for a bit. Then you're on your own. Got it?

Me: I think I really am going crazy- but this is all I've got. I guess a little time in my novel wouldn't hurt...

Character: Yes! You're coming with me, girl!

Character then grabs my hand and yanks me into the swirling vortex of my book...

For the next chapter(about 2,000 words), I'm magically inspired and writing at the speed of sound and all these exciting things that I didn't plan on happening happen and speed along my plot and I'm so happy and then-

Character's voice from afar: You're on your own now...Good luck to you...I know you can do it!

Then I am totally stranded and have no clue what to write next.

Please, please comment if you have the same issue with your characters! My sister has this problem too. Apparently, about half the writing population's character's do that to them. Interesting.

If this does happen to you: Look on the bright side! You are having personal chats and assistance from your characters- I mean, how cool is that? Even if they do leave you alone by the end of your brief spaz, and even if it is kinda weird 'cuz the whole thing is in your imagination...hey, you're better off than you were before!

For those of you who are now who are looking at me like I'm crazy and are now about to close out this tab- I seriously do recommend chatting with your characters often. You may feel like a little kid with an imaginary friend at first, but it really does help. I 'talk' to my characters about plot, their feelings about certain events that have happened in the story, and their motives for certain things. It's helpful, really.

And no, I am not a crazy person. Please try it before you trash it.

 Good luck on your novels! I will write again soon!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Healthy Dose of Encouragement for all NaNoWriMo participants!

NaNoWriMo-Day 25
4:26 PM
Total WCG: 30,000 words
Today's WCG: 25,000 words
WC: 27,000

I am embarrassed to admit that right now I am moping and dodging my next thousand words. My writing is awful, I said. This story is stupid, I said. Why am I even bothering to write this crazy thing? I said.
As I type, I'm sitting in a comfy recliner and thinking of all the reasons NOT to participate in NaNoWriMo. Then my sister(Hi, Sister!) ,who is right now sitting in the other room typing, emailed me and asked about my word count. Of course I had to confess that I was avoiding typing...and she sent me this link.

Who can watch this and NOT be encouraged?!?!
So than you to Big Sis over there, and I hope this is helpful. Now I'm off to type my next thousand words...and I'll update when I finish. :) 

10:24 PM
So I ate dinner, washed the dishes, and finished my word count! Still 2,000 words ahead and very happy. Towards the end of my type-a-thon I started to get sick of writing. You know my 'Worst Sentence' page? I had so many that it was hard to decide which to post. Here is another for you: 
'How he’d been furious because of a predicament exactly like this-when he was sitting across the room dying, and I refused to check, just because I didn’t want anyone to SEE that I cared that someone was dying across the room from me who just so happened to be my best friend.'
I stopped to check my word count and saw that I had six more words. My Big Sister (who is now sitting next to me) said, "Why don't you do a six word story?" Here is my last sentence for today:
'This is so crap right now.'
Hey, quantity over quality when it comes to NaNoWriMo, right?
This voice in my head is saying, You keep telling yourself that... right now. 
Don't listen to the voice! Get that word count in and remember the magic word:


Remember this is an event that happens AFTER NaNoWriMo is over and it magically makes your novel all better. 

Happy noveling, everyone! Write on!
Love, PumpkinIce65

Monday, November 24, 2014

Let's Talk NaNo: I am seriously sleep deprived!

11:46 PM
Word Count Goal(WCG): 30,000 words
Current WC: 26,020

Dear Fellow Crazy Writers,
Does the above noted time warn you of my level of sanity?
Well, Readers, it's officially Day 24 of NaNoWriMo, but for a writer like me, there is ALWAYS something to blog about. Which is why I am blogging so late. At night and in the month.
I just decided to write a blog on a whim, and here I am.
Let's talk writing.
Last night, I got two thousand words ahead, and am now deliriously happy. Sunday nights are the worst ones to stay up on, but it's worth it, right? My plot seems to be coming along nicely, which is great, but my writing is rapidly deteriorating.
Today's Worst Sentences Ever!:
'Suddenly, something went straight through my chest.'
I mean, seriously, what IS that? I am this sad right now over that one little sentence.

I think we've all had that sleep deprived sentence that we look back on and think, "What could I possibly have been distracted with to turn out a sentence like THAT?"

I've had at least a hundred of them. You're not alone. I'm pretty sure that every Wrimo reading this has stayed up late, written sentences while they were half asleep. (Psst:that's what I'm doing right now!) Monday morning is the absolute worst. I know because I felt absolutely awful when I woke up this morning. Here are my tips for conquering your early-morning struggles:
1) Put your alarm clock, if you have one, across the room from your bed.
I have seriously the most annoying alarm ever. It's this super loud, buzzing BEEP, BEEP! that kind of makes me lose my sanity. It is sitting on my dresser a couple feet from my bed, and every morning I drag my butt out from my nice warm comforter to turn it off. Gets me out of bed. Yay.

2) Stretch. 

It may sound stupid, but doing a few quick stretches wakes you up a bit, gets your blood flowing, and loosens you up. Just give it a try. You might like it.

3)Skip the caffeine.

I love coffee as much as the next guy (PSLs, mmm!) but that burst of energy in the morning isn't gonna last long. We all know that. Although a homemade frappucchino is not all that bad in the morning...
Must resist the urge...

Lastly, try not to stay up too late. I know, I know. I have been struggling to be in bed my ten thirty since the beginning of the month, and not once have I gone to bed before one o'clock in the morning. But still, try to get organized, guys. We're all struggling with it. I have homework, babysitting, Orchestra classes, Drama classes...the workload is enough to drive me crazy. I'm sure all writers are just as busy as I am. SO...I'm working on it and you can too.

I love y'all! Love writiting, and fellow Wrimos, DON'T get discouraged this close to the end! You CAN reach that Word Count Goal!