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A Writer’s Day: Part 13

So, it seems I slept. Finally. And I slept a lot. Yesterday, after being up all night, writing even more on my NaNo novel, and taking a nap during that day, I passed out at about midnight. This is quite unusual to me and came as a surprise when I woke up this morning at seven. I was only up for a bit though before I passed back out until around eleven or noon.

I spent most of the morning uninspired with a terrible headache. Then I went off to art class. That was actually enjoyable today and I even came up with a few more ideas to add to my NaNo Novel. I also got quite a bit done in art and even sketched out a Minotaur! Hurrah for Greek Mythology.

I came home and had another eventful meeting with The Literary Captives, our writing group. We did a prompt, talked about goals for the week, what we’ve been working on, and even were all assigned homework: Find an article online that you think could help the group.

I’m very inspired and motivated to write. I’ve done a few #wordsprints tonight and have come away with some good flash fiction. This is even being written in a word sprint.

Oh, another thing I did yesterday before passing out was writing up a two page or so outline for my NaNo novel. It actually helped me come up with a few more plot points which I wasn’t so sure it would. I always felt I was more of a Pantser than a Plotter. That’s just how I’ve always written short stories and such. But I’m starting to feel better and better about pre-plotting and outlining. Honestly, I’m not too sure how I feel about this development.

Either way I have a good idea of what I’m going to do for NaNoWriMo and it makes me just want to write it all now. But I’m trying to wait and come up with perhaps another novel to work on in the mean time.

I’ve also been helping my best friend Katrina work on her NaNo novel. She’s going to try and do a YA Fantasy story as well. Hopefully we’ll be able to help each other out enough without crossing each other’s stories.

Do you have a NaNoWriMo writing friend? What genre and style novel are you going to write for NaNo or just writing in general? Got any tips for a first time fantasy writer and NaNo-er?

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A Writer’s Day: Part 12

Today I was told by my friend that if I didn’t keep doing A Writer’s Day everyday they would hurt me. So here we go. Again.

Starting out as uneventful as most days I awoke to find it was already 2pm. I had missed #5amWritersClub and had missed most other word sprints going around on twitter.

I was supposed to do more yard work today but with a huge headache and stomach pains I was forced to stay inside and stare at my screen for most of the day. It wasn’t till at least mid day, well my mid day, that I began writing.

I did a few writing prompts and word sprints. Added to my NaNoWriMo novel and actually spent most of the day trying to brainstorm or plan for it. I haven’t come up with much. But I’m pretty sure my Main Character is Human. I’m thinking of some variant of Theseus. Thoughts?

Other than that my day has been plain. I played some Tomb Raider with my friend who’s going to hurt me. Played with the kids (kittens). And wrote just a tiny bit. Hopefully more will come for tomorrow.

How far along are you on NaNo planning? What do you think of the name Theseus?

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A Writer’s Day: Part 11

I was told today by a good friend of mine that I had to continue writing A Writer’s Day, so here it is. Surprisingly I’m writing this rather early, mostly because I’m not sure how late I may be staying up.

Today started with me waking up and being forced outside to do yard work all day. This was quite upsetting because all morning I saw some of my Twitter Friends… (tweeps are they?) writing and doing word sprints. I wanted nothing more than to join them on their quest for a finished book or chapter or paragraph. But alas I was stuck doing a worker’s duty.

Finally, I was able to work on my story idea for NaNoWriMo. I added about 1200 words to the first chapter and finished it. This is both good and bad. It’s great that I got that many words in in one day without an outline or anything. It’s bad though because the maximum I would do on this story (like actually writing it) before NaNoWriMo was just the first chapter.

So now, I get to spend the next month and a half planning, and plotting, and working on characters, and back story, and world building without any actual writing or adding to the story. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself.

I really have grown to love this story and am super excited to continue it. But I don’t want to write too much and not have enough room left during NaNo. A few things have changed about it too.

I’ve added more creatures. My main character has no race or name yet, but his friend and his mentor both do. The city has been fleshed out a bit, and I’ve had a realization about the gods of this land. I suppose the next month I will do a lot of reading. I just wish I could write it too.

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to write a story so much before. This is especially interesting to me because for one, I’m not a huge fantasy writer, so now that I have the chance to it’s exhilarating. For two, I love Greek Mythology and that is pretty much the basis and back bone of this world, loosely of course, but still. I am just so excited!

When do you start getting excited about NaNoWriMo? How much do you plan or prewrite before NaNo? And, Greek Mythology anyone?!

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A Writer’s Day: Part 10

A Writer’s Day: Part 10 or, How I Learned About Genre Change.

Today I learned that you can’t be so focused on the one plot, or theme, or genre even, that you think you have and will make your story. Things change. They change while you’re writing, or for me, they change before you’ve even written anything.

I started off my NaNoWriMo idea thinking I was going to do some sort of dystopian or utopian futuristic novel. Well somehow through some writing, brainstorming, and plot ideas, it turned into something completely different. It turned into a still utopian story, but fantasy with some Greek mythology inspiration.

It totally changed the whole story and everything I had thought I was going to do up till that point. So I’m left now to pretty much scrap all my other ideas and run with this. I’m still terribly nervous and worried that I won’t do well with it, or that it’ll all just suck. I have a lot of self doubt about this one. Fantasy isn’t really what I normally write, I do Sci-Fi. That’s mostly it.

So, now I’ve got a little less than two months to plot, and plan, and world build, and pre write my butt off until we get to NaNo. Like I said, I’m nervous, but if everything works out the way it’s all jumbled in my head, it’ll be really fun. And I’ll be very excited!

Oh, and a side note, I may stop writing A Writer’s Day every day. Thoughts? Do I have any daily readers?

What are your plans for NaNoWriMo? Do you have any ideas yet, or do you just go into it with nothing and free write your way through?

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A Writer’s Day: Part 9

A Writer’s Day. A Writer’s blog. A Writer’s life. That’s truly what I’m living. That’s honestly what this is. Although I may not have written much today, or written in my novel, I did hit a big milestone for me. And that’s hitting 30k in my novel.

Now I know I mentioned this before but this is a big deal to me. This is my first draft ever, and the most words I’ve ever written for a story period. I’m also more or less on schedule for where I wanted to be. I’m half way to my goal, which is 60k before NaNo and I still have 56 days. And just now in the shower I realized that the last chapter I wrote, was exactly where I outlined it to be a few weeks ago. I did this without even trying or consulting the outline. So I feel quite good about this story.

I’ve been quietly brainstorming ideas about my NaNo novel itself too. I was thinking I wanted to do a dystopian/utopian future story that had some light Greek Myth elements. But recently while thinking up some points, it seems to be going more towards the Greek Myth, and less towards future, dystopian, Sci-fi/Speculative Fiction. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I suppose I’ll just have to plan and write more of it.

I also downloaded and took the free tutorial for Scrivener today. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. There’s a lot to know, and I’m still using Yarny for all my blog posts, and word for my original novel. So we shall see.

I suppose that’s all I really have for now.

What writing programs do you use? What do you think about a Sci-Fi novel with Greek Myth Elements?

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A Writer’s Day: Part 8

What’s this? A Writer’s Day post written before 4am! That’s crazy. But alas it is true. I’ve finished all most of my prompts that I do daily and I’ve hit my half way point in my novel. 30k words! Now I can finally take a small break and plan for NaNoWriMo

Today was rather normal. I was up most of last night writing and doing other things, like applying for jobs. I finally slept around 8am, waking up at 2pm. I quickly rushed to school to study for a quiz and then shot off to art class. Came home, and wrote my little butt off. I had a good go at some #wordsprints on twitter and ended up with 30,310 in my novel.

Now I’m here at 2am, still mostly wide awake like normal, only I have little to nothing to do. Like I said, I have but one prompt left to do and I’m taking a break from my novel. I don’t want to write too much and burn myself out. But at the same time I love writing, I don’t want to stop.

I think I’ll work on my NaNo story. I need to plan and plot, make characters, and settings, and themes, and all those fun parts. Plus the big monster that looms in the background, World building.

I’ve never written or wanted to write a story with so much world building involved. My story idea takes place in a far future where multiple catastrophes and apocalypses have ravaged Earth, or another Earth like planet. This takes quite the world building.

I’m not sure exactly how I will make it all work, but I still have two months or so. And now, I go off to prompt land.

What is your favorite thing about planning a novel? Any tips or tricks for planning and world building?

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Coming Up With NaNoWrioMo Ideas

Right, so as many of you probably already know, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is closing in fast. Just a little over two months before we start the almighty race to 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ve got to be crazy.

Not only do I have a first draft that I plan on finishing right before NaNo, I’m also going to continue working on short stories and prompts. Which I’m afraid is going to leave me little time for plotting and planing. I mean, I don’t even have an idea for a novel yet. No concept or premise or little annoying idea that won’t leave my brain. Nothing.

I keep drawing a complete blank and I can’t seem to think up anything that would be worth a novel. I was thinking of trying some Dystopian/Spec Fiction for this NaNo. This will also be my first year I might add. I also have a fantasy story I have some work done on, so I could always just start that from scratch. Or just come up with a brand new idea.

The main problem I’m having is not just coming up with a premise and going from there. It’s the fact that, once all the plotting and world building is done, it needs to be worth 50,000 words in a month! That’s just insane. I don’t even think I could do that with the story I’m currently working on and I love this one.

I’ve gotten suggestions to just pants it the whole thing (ride by the seat of your pants, no plotting before hand). But I’m still afraid that I’ll get going, love it, then half way through I’ll hit a wall and won’t be able to come up with anything more. I need to find a way to push this fear aside and just write.

Well, I suppose the next two months will be spent finishing my first novel, and then deciding if I want to heavily world build, or just pantser my whole way through. These next few months will be very interesting when it comes to writing to say the least.

What are your thoughts on NaNoWriMo? Should I have a fully fleshed out plot before jumping in or just fly by the seat of my pants and write? Are you participating? Any story ides to throw my way?

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