Saturday, November 8, 2014

NaNoWriMo Day 8

Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things - thoughts, ideas, opinions.
Paulo Coelho

Well it's day 8 and yes, it has been a few days since I posted up. And yes, I did say I would post up everyday but honestly, I've been so busy with school and work, that all I would have written is two lines dedicated to my word count goal and actual work count so I didn't see a point in wasting everyone's time. So perhaps if I have nothing more to offer, I will be skipping a a few days here and there. However, that's not to say that I've been slacking in my writing. 

With that out of the way, let's get to the numbers!

Word Count Goal: 13,328
Actual Word Count:13,599

As can be seen, I've been keeping up. Unfortunately, I'm closing into unknown territory in my story as I have no idea what my third act details. So far, I've outlined and plotting my first two acts but this third one is a slight mystery to me. I know how my story ends but I haven't quite figured out how to connect the dots to get there so who knows that will happens to my word count in the upcoming days.

Until next time, ciao!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NaNoWriMo Day 5

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
It's day 5 and I will admit that my lack of sleep is really catching up to me. So once again this will be a short and concise post on my word count. 

Word Count Goal: 8,330
Actual Word Count: 8,388

Still managing to stay ahead. I'm hoping to get plenty of sleep and writing done this weekend so I can push even farther ahead but until then, I will have to try to maintain the lead I currently have.

Now if you will excuse me, I'm off to bed so I can try to get some sleep before I get up at 6:30am.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NaNoWriMo Day 4

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway

It's almost the end of day 4 (well at least where I live in the States) and I made it on to update my word count!

Word Count Goal: 6,664
Actual Word Count: 6,701

Still staying ahead but lacking in the sleep department but I will assume that is the norm for most during this competition. Sorry for the short post but it's almost midnight and I wanted to get this in so a quick and fast post will have to do. With that, I will be heading off to bed.


Monday, November 3, 2014

NaNoWriMo Day 3

"All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost"
- J.R.R. Tolkien

It is day three and I will admit, it was harder today but come up with the words than the previous two days. I'm trying to flesh out as much of what I have written already before I continue on with the story but it's looking like the well is running dry. So onto the word count!

Word Count Goal: 4,998
Actual Word Count: 4,998

Yes, my count and the goal are the same. Too extra words for today but at least I'm not falling behind. Not sure what tomorrow will bring. I might want to skip around in the story and fill out parts farther along in the story rather than writing in order as I have been so far.

So that is all for today. Until tomorrow, ciao!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NaNoWriMo Day 2 & My Birthday!

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream
- C.S. Lewis

It's Day 2 of NaNoWriMo!

Oh….and it's my birthday! Another reason that I love November. Spent the morning writing so I head off to Denver to do some birthday shopping. It was a fun day but I have to buckle down for not only NaNoWriMo but also my classes.

So today's post will be short and sweet. The word count need for today: 3,332 words

How many words I currently have: 3,522 words!

I'm still up and hopefully going into the week, I can maintain while juggling my classes, internship, and part-time job. We shall see….

Until next time. Ciao.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

NaNoWriMo Day 1

If a story is in you, it has got to come out 
- William Faulkner

Like I said I would, today is November 1st and that means it is the beginning of NaNoWriMo. 

I am writing a Young Adult/Fantasy novel by the working title of The Tales of Elysian. I've been holding onto this story for about two years and by hopefully completing NaNoWriMo this year, I will finally have a rough draft of the story. 

To give you a little sneak peak into my novel: 

It was about a 15 year old girl who would rather escape into fantasy, adventure novels than partake in the real world. However, one day while browsing an old bookshop, she is drawn to a unique book by the title of The Tales of Elysian. Unlike any ordinary book, this one holds a secret and through this secret, the girl finds herself transported to the world of Elysian.

That is all I have say for now. 

As of right now, my word count is at: 1,759 words

The goal for the day was 1,666 words, so fortunately I have gone over today's goal. Hopefully I can keep this up to help myself out when I am struggling to get to the word count. 

So that will be all for today. I will see you all tomorrow with the new word count and my progress!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

The countdown continues as we are three, yes THREE, days away from NaNoWriMo! As this challenge will be taking over the entire month of November, I thought it would be in my best interest to prepare not only for the writing, but also for the whole "I'm barricading myself in my room until I finish this!" situation. The last thing I want to happen is to be distracted by something like lack of food, energy, or warmth. I wanted to tackle these  potential scenarios before they arrive so I can write in the best possible environment. 

So here is a list of what I would considered my Survival Kit:
- Macbook 
- Word processor (Previously, I used Microsoft Word but from watching a few Youtubers, I decided to try out Scrivener)
- A plethora of coffee/tea/chai (hello Starbucks!)
- Notebook and mechanical pencils (for jotting down ideas when I'm not near my macbook or iPad)
- iPad (easy to jot down things as well as useful apps, such as Pandora or Pinterest) 
- Earbuds 
- Playlists: Pandora/YouTube (created story soundtracks with both to help set the tone for my writing)
- Pinterest (created a board focused on my story)
- Chocolate/Sweets (I mean, come on! This should be a given!)
- Flash drive (To back up my story, just in case a disaster strikes)
- Comfy clothes: basic tees, leggings, and oversized cardigans
- Candles (currently burning sweet cinnamon pumpkin from Bath & Body Works)
- Water bottle (necessary to stay hydrated!)
- Snacks (banana chips, wheat thins, almonds, yogurt, granola, etc.)
- Posts-its
- and on hand

I will also be taking on the challenge of blogging everyday during November, updating on my word count, my feelings about my writing for the day, as well as other random things. It's going to be interesting how I'm fairing on November 30th. 

Well that's all from me until November 1st. See you then!