I entered into this NaNo with grand ideas, a multitude of feels and a plan to get through it. Yet at each new event in my novel, I’m finding new mistakes and unplanned details taking up all of my writing time.
My first 12,500 words or so take place exclusively in a realistic world. No magic, no supernatural, just everyday problems, and maybe a few weird dreams.
Now that I’ve passed this opening sequence, I realize that I am totally unprepared for this new world my Protag. has entered.
I have an entire idea in my mind, full of a heaven painted into the center of the Universe with new colors and nebulas filling the streets. Yet, I can’t put that into the words of my Protag. Hell, I don’t even know how to fully describe it in my own words.
While I know a lot of this is on me for not preparing, I want to know what World Building Tips you have, and how you incorporate describing that world with your Protags or other miscellaneous characters.
Also, what are y’alls word counts at the moment? Remember, even a sentence is more than if you had never written at all!
So true! Hits home, especially now during NaNo. (And it includes one of my favorite tumblr posts!)
Writing is hard. It’s having a mix of personalities fighting in your head for your attention. It’s hearing voices in the middle of the night feeding you ideas. It’s rewriting a scene fifty times because there is something about it that just doesn’t sound/feel right. Writing is editing. Writing is editing everything over and over […]
I normally make myself plan out a post before writing it, but for NaNo, I’m making an exception and free-forming a little Breaking Writer’s block post.
I’ve hit that point in NaNo…
…where I have zero motivation or desire to write, even though I’m extremely excited about this story. It’s mostly where I’m at in events, to be perfectly honest. I hate writing the beginnings of stories.
I feel my beginnings are boring, missing too much information and/or lacking that magical something. It’s the set up, the exposition, and I hate writing it.
Now, I could just skip writing this part all together and get to the portions I want to write. But knowing me, I’d never write the beginning at all if I did that. And it’d be about as crappy writing it first as writing it last (as is normal with first drafts).
That’s why I am writing this post: to get my fingers moving and the writer’s gears going. Even if I’m writing just a personal blog, at least I’m writing. Hopefully, this post can help me transition into writing the NaNo Novel.
So how do y’all get through writer’s block or part you don’t want to write, but must? Any tips or tricks? Sound off in the Comments!
Sorry, y’all for not posting much! Like I said, school has taken over my life, and I haven’t been able to write much other than my NaNo outline and journaling.
But today is the day! NaNoWriMo has officially begun, and I could not be more excited! I’ve written about 2000 words today, but I can’t count on such a good amount everyday. School will definitely become a priority on some days.
Just a short update. Let me know in the comments how your first day of NaNo went!
All my life I’ve been writing fan-fiction, but it rarely made it from Brain to Paper (even electronic paper). However, as I’ve grown more serious about my writing, I needed something to experiment or just keep the creative juices flowing without locking myself in my one world.
Enter every single fan-fiction in my head ever.
The Stereotypical First FanFiction: Harry Potter
I love Harry Potter like almost every fanfic writer does, and of course, my first I decided to write is for HP.
Originally, I was going to focus on a Supernatural fanfic, but my HP fan-fiction developed over years of obsession and mental rewrites and flows much more easily from my brain than my newly developed ones.
As I said in my previous post, NaNoWriMo will have to take a back seat to my school work, since I’ve been falling behind.
Well, Fanfiction will be in the back trunk to all of this, unfortunately. I simply cannot handle all the writing, mostly because I need to find time to sleep somewhere. (Other fanfic writers may be rolling their eyes, but have you seen me after an all-nighter? It ain’t safe.)
So, if you’d like to look into my fanfictions whilst I am focusing on other things, maybe leave a comment or two to boost my happiness, please do! Follow this link to my AO3 page (Write_Your_Rose) for my fan-fictions. I love to hear from other people and always reply to those who comment!
This week in my NaNoWriMo Prep meeting, we discussed two very important pieces of our novels: opening scenes & protagonists.
As I discuss in the video below, I struggle with these two extremely important elements of my stories. When I first start writing stories, I always worry if I am over-explaining or giving away important information early in my stories.
Even more so, I struggle with how to describe my characters. I find most of my physical descriptions are either too lengthy and hastily shoved into a paragraph, or they’re lackluster and minimal.
During my second NaNo meeting, we did multiple exercises detailing different emotional, demographical and social aspects of our protagonists. I normally skim over these types of “character sheets” and details, simply because I thought I knew my characters well enough. Hopefully, knowing these facts will help flesh out my protagonists.
My opening scene was even more difficult. In this aspect, I struggle with under-explaining. Since my novel is mostly set in modern day, I don’t really think to write out what the setting is like, how my character’s life is like before it all changes. I prefer jumping straight into the action and ignoring the background story.
Well, I found out that I’m losing a large portion of my story when I do that.
*Almost 25% of the novel is the Opening Scene!
This NaNo, I’m going to be outlining my opening scene intensely. Especially since I’m incorporating different religious ideas and mythos, I’ll need to have a fairly detailed opening scene to establish the basic facts of this novel’s world.
Watch my video below to hear more about the meeting and what I learned:
School: The Downfall of NaNo
Outside of NaNo, I’m also a full-time student, and I made some frightening discoveries whilst marking my November planner.
Simultaneous Group Projects
Not only will I have two group projects going on in different classes, both projects will be due on the same day in November. Any chance of getting my word count every day of November is gone, sadly.
My Own Laziness
Unfortunately, I haven’t taken my grades as seriously this semester as I did my freshman year of college. I’m make a C in a class I normally make A’s in, and I’m in a Computer Programming class (which I like to say is like teaching a fish Chinese.)
So during November, I need to also focus on my grades. Wish me luck.
Tell Me Your Story!
I know a lot of you have done NaNoWriMo before, so tell me some things you struggled with and how you overcame those (or are still working on them).
If the name of the website wasn’t clue enough, I’ll tell you now. I LOVE TO WRITE! And November is the Official National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo.
I had heard of NaNoWriMo, and the nationwide organization that promotes the non-profit writing challenge, years ago, but for most of my life I was too busy (read: lazy) to really commit to the challenge.
This past New Years, my resolution was to complete the first draft to a novel I started in high school. And 25,000 words later, I was done. The problem is this: 25,000 words barely qualifies as a short story.
A novel, according to most publishing officials, is approximately 70 – 75,000 words. Almost three times my finished draft’s word count.
25,000 words was hard enough. There was no way I could expand my first novel into that word count.
Insert NaNoWriMo. The purpose of NaNoWriMo is to write at least 50,000 in 30 days. This challenge really scares and excites me because it took me 5 months to write 25,000. The amount of discipline and dedication to write 50,000 in 30 days will I think bring out a new writer in me.
IT IS NOT NANOWRIMO WITHOUT NANOWRIMO SWAG!
As an avid sweatshirt wearer (mostly because every building on campus is freezing), I had to purchase the intensely cozy and epically large NaNoWriMo Sweatshirt. See Below:
My area offered some awesome pre-NaNoWriMo workshops to help outline our up coming novels, and I decided to give you a glimpse of that experience!
If you’ve ever done NaNoWriMo, comment your experience below! What was it like? Did you make word count? Did you go past your word count?
If you’ve ever wanted to do NaNoWriMo, what’s been stopping you?