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NaNoWriMo: Days 25, 26, and 27 totals

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I think I’ve pretty much given up. I’m not at all upset by this. I did a lot better than I thought I would considering being in school at the same time with five kids (and my husband still off work and driving me nuts). If I feel up to writing I might put a few more thousand in, but 30k is respectable. I’m happy.

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo every day since 2005. That’s ten years. I won in 08, 09, 10, 12, and 13. I’m batting .500. Next year will be better. I’ll be done with school and have more time to plan ahead (instead of only coming up with an idea two weeks before November starts). Actually right now I want to go back and start editing the novel I wrote last February (in 2013). I had a few ideas for it but couldn’t start with November looming. Looking forward to next year.

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5 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Days 25, 26, and 27 totals

  1. I “came up” with my idea the literal day before NaNo. And what I mean by that is that I reread LAST YEAR’S NaNo that I literally forgot all of the content for, and decided NO THIS IS THE BOOK I SHOULD BE DOING FOR NANO and decided to entirely rewrite it.

    Because I am dumb and have literally done shit with J&S every year for NaNo but my true goal is to finish this book in December — because even if I hit 50k tomorrow (possible — I only have 7200 words left to write), there’s still another 30-40k left to write. And then come January I am beginning the massive overhaul that will be GM with the intention of finishing it before Camp NaNo in April — where I am going to tackle a different book.

    The best part about this rewrite of One Day at a Time is that it, so far, doesn’t interfere with the parts of GM I had written. Actually, it /explains/ a lot of what I was writing in GM and the gaps I have and why I started jumping around — I guess my subconscious knows when I don’t have all of the context for shit, and that’s why there are story telling gaps for me to fill in. I should be able to keep roughly 3/4ths of what I already wrote. Which is nice.

    In short, writing out of order should never work this well for me but it totally did. 😀

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    • I think part of the reason I’ve had a hard time focusing on my NaNo is because I have other stories to write for class and it takes me out of the NaNo story. My brain gets too full of other things, other stories. I’ve also had trouble writing my short stories for class because of this.

      I’m a linear writer. If I’m not going in order, I’m usually in trouble. I’ve done some skipping around in projects during NaNo to keep myself writing. The first year I won it was because I forced myself to skip scenes I didn’t have ideas for. I just wrote, “three days later,” at the top of the next scene and kept going. Later, I left all that in (it was a fanfic) and had the time skipping be a part of the story.

      Last year I started getting stuck so I started skipping to other scenes I had outlined until ideas came to me, but I end up getting all confused on details and it frustrates me. I’ll stick with writing in a straight line as much as possible.

      I think in December I’m going to start editing one of my other novels. I might even start working on that fanfic I mentioned above. I won, but never revised the ending, and the revisions I did do don’t sound so great all these years later. It’s an Angel fic and I happen to be rewatching Buffy and Angel right now, so it makes sense.

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      • I am a fairly linear writer when I’m still “discovering” the novel in question. With Jazz and Savin’s story, though, I can jump around a bit to the main events that I KNOW happen, even if I don’t always know the why. Because there are some scenes I just see so clearly — and sometimes I end up writing backwards to fill in the blanks (like I did with chunks of GM once I got to about 22k words in and had to start skipping around).

        Most books, though? I need to write them in order, because I am a discovery writer at heart and writing out of order messes that up for me, in the long run. And I hear you on the school stuff! I am doing a free class on writing and it’s kind of fallen by the wayside, since it got to crunch time with NaNo. And with LJI on top of it all, too? I mean, I’ve written over 48k total between Idol posts and my NaNo, but I’m aiming for 50k words of JUST the NaNo, y’know?

        Editing the fic sounds like a good idea. 🙂 I want to edit my most “infamous” fanfic for Legend of Korra — because I ship the brothers and it includes rape and I didn’t like the ending, but I needed to end the fic in my head for whatever reason. I want to give it a stronger ending — and maybe I will once I give myself time to work on less pressing projects, again. 🙂

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        • I ended up writing myself into a corner on the Angel fic and never could find the way out. That happens a lot when pantsing it. Plus, I wrote that in 2008, and I’ve improved my writing substantially from then. I’ll probably rewrite the entire thing.

          I once had most of it posted at FF.net with a lot of great reviews, but since it hadn’t been updated in like years, I took it down. Not long after that I took every down from ff.net.

          I also plan to go back through all of my old fic, edit/revise, and repost it all. I never really edited back then so a lot of it is crap.

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          • I’ve left most of my fanfic up on FFN. Mostly as a testament to show how much I have improved over the past decade. Because I started posting fanfic when I was 12 — and I think I’ve kept one or two pieces from when I was 12-13 (Digimon fanfic, hah). And let’s not talk about the multitudes of Invader Zim fanfic (Zim and Dib Romance fic, even — and it’s STILL a guilty pleasure ship for me). I did take down the fanfics that more or less spawned four of the eight novel ideas I have (ODaaT and GM, Hooba, Seize the Day) — because I knew I would eventually revisit those as original fiction. And now they are so far removed from the fanfic version, well… yeah

            I haven’t really written fanfiction since my brief stint in the Legend of Korra fandom, and well, I wrote a lot of brocest because I just like guilty pleasure ships and writing for them, okay? And kinkmemes were more popular then, so I trolled those a lot for inspiration. I write fanfic of my own stuff as a way to take a break from srs writing, but that’s about it.

            I wonder just how the world would implode if I started to edit/update my IZ stuff…. Most of that was written when I was 13-15 years old. Hmm…

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