NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 26

If today had been any other day of the month, I would have probably stayed up reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest until I finished it. I normally am not a fan of adult novels (mostly because they aren’t as engaging as YA), especially when they’re so graphic, but Larsson’s books are the exception. πŸ™‚

10:00 PM-11:25 PM: I told myself that I’d start writing at 9:30, but, well, that’s when the book just got a bit more interesting. So interesting that I had to finish reading the long chapter. And start the next one.

But I managed to put the book down and focus on my own tonight. πŸ™‚ I almost wrote 3k today, but I wanted to end my story on a good note so that I’d want to work on it more tomorrow. That way, I won’t be tempted by the Hornet’s Nest (that is, if I don’t finish reading the book before my usual writing time).

So, the story did get interesting. (Mine, I mean. :P) Bad guy got away, MMC almost died, and now my main character is on the warpath. She is really, really angry. Using her own words here would not be appropriate. (I’m often amazed at my character’s cursing abilities, because I don’t swear, and it’s weird typing those words onto the page and hearing her say them in my head. 0.0)

Oh, and she managed to track the bad guy down again, so now the *final* battle is happening. I stopped at the point right where she got thrown off a balcony.

Yeah, she’s losing at the moment.

I do realize that my story will probably wind up shorter than 75k. That bothers me a little, because I have mentally been preparing for 75k this entire month, and stopping short of that feels like I failed to beat last year’s word count of 75,780.

Why do I have to be so obsessed with beating records? WHY?

Reminder to self: The real goal was to finish the novel. 75k was just putting a number on it, something I could aim for.

But you know what? The ending, where all my characters reunite and laugh and have fun, is going to produce a lot of words. I have this note I made a year ago about a funny conversation that popped into my head (about two sentences worth), and since it involves Magni, I just *know* I’m going to have a hard time shutting him up.

But this time, I don’t think I’ll try. πŸ˜‰

Words written today: 2,956

Total words written: 66,626 (Hey, that’s pretty cool, because today is the 26th, so it all matches! πŸ˜€ What can I say, I’m OCD.)

Scenes edited today: 0

Total scenes edited: 15


NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 24

I am really, really sad that this is the last week of November. I’m not ready for this event to be over, nor am I ready for the upcoming holidays. Why does time have to go by so fast when you’re having a good time?

9:55 PM-11:20 PM: I almost skipped writing tonight, feeling tired after the busy day I had. But when I realized that there were only six more days left in November, I had to write. I can’t afford to miss anymore November writing days! I know I would regret it later.

So, six 10 minute word wars brought me to over 3k. Not bad for a day’s writing session! In the first three wars, I got over 500 words (in one, I got 562 words, so close to my record!), but in the last three, I couldn’t make it that high again. You want to know why? It’s because I’m really bad at writing fight scenes. I tend to not add enough detail, which confuses me later on, so I tried as hard as I could to add lots of detail.

Detail does not come naturally to me. It’s slow to write and slows things down. Dialogue, on the other hand, is much easier to write, especially with characters that don’t shut up (you can then guess what those first three more productive wars consisted of ;)).

Anyway, so the story is getting really confusing. I don’t know what I’m doing anymore, I’m rambling and stumbling around more than I’d like to, and I have a bad feeling that the novel won’t get anywhere near 75k. Which I guess isn’t a bad thing, since I tend to add words during revisions, but I feel like something is off. The final battle is beginning to happen already, which is way too soon. Yet rambling and blindly making my way to the climax for the sake of adding words doesn’t sound like a very good idea, either.

Characters, if you are reading this, please do something interesting. Something that will delay the climax for a little while longer. We need to build more suspense, more conflict before we launch ourselves into the final battle. Or else I may have no other choice but to kill you for the sake of keeping me interested.

Words written today: 3,030

Total words written: 61,020

Scenes edited today: 0

Total scenes edited: 15

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 23

I know, I know. I missed yet another day of writing yesterday. But we had plans, we got home late, and we had to get up early this morning, so why would I stay up past midnight to write more words on my novel when I was still ahead?

Yeah, so that’s why I didn’t write yesterday. Funny, though, because I have to get up even earlier tomorrow, and look what I’m doing right now: writing a blog entry about my day of writing.

9:50 PM-11:00 PM: This is really funny. I mean, I talked in my last entry about not knowing what in the world I’ve gotten myself into. Whenever I don’t know what to expect next in my story, whenever there is a change of plans and my outline doesn’t work, I slow down. I can’t write as fast. I mean, how can I, when I don’t even know what’s supposed to happen in the next scene?

Then, I did five 10 minute word wars, four of which had word counts greater than (or equal to) 520 words! 0.0

I have never written so fast in my life. I still didn’t beat the all time record of 566 words in a ten minute span, though, but I mean, getting 500 words or above on 80% of the wars is really an impressive feat.

I’ve come to the conclusion about two things: one, it really helps to listen to music between word wars, preferably the same song over and over so that, whenever you hear it, it reminds you of the novel you’re currently writing (I’ve listened to my novel’s theme song 93 times now, this November only. That’s like, almost nine hours worth! 0.0); and two, to type as fast as you can regardless of typos and force yourself to fix them later (which is extremely hard for me to do, but I didn’t do it tonight).

Kinda weird to think that those two things combined made me more productive, but they’re the only things I can attribute to the awesome word counts today. Unless…unless the fact that I didn’t know what I was doing made me productive? Could it be that I have a bit of pantser blood in me and have never known it? 0.0

Anyway, there has been another interesting twist in this thing called my novel. You could say I was being generous to my characters by giving them a special ability (now that they’re sort of dating…), but, for the strangest reason, they didn’t want it!

I mean, yes, they most certainly wanted it, and they tried using it, but now it doesn’t work, which is not what I had planned in the outline. It was like I was giving them a brand new car to drive around, and it broke before they could get anywhere. I’m not doing this on purpose to them, honest! Either they are trying to help me create more conflict (and thus make the story more interesting and fun for me to write, which is really sweet of them), or they just like torturing themselves.

Either way, I’m happy with the direction the story has taken, thanks to them. πŸ˜€

Words written today: 2,612

Total words written: 57,990

Scenes edited today: 0

Total scenes edited: 15

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 21

Wow, what an exciting day in the world of my story!

No editing got done, sadly, but that’s okay. I realize that I won’t make my editing goal of a scene a day, but 15 scenes edited is better than none. πŸ™‚ I’ll still probably edit a few more scenes before the month is over, but right now I want to focus on my NaNo novel!

10:30 PM-11:55 PM: Notice that I started in such a way that I would definitely make it to 2.5k, unlike my near disaster last night (which all turned out well in the end). I wanted to be sure to make my goal, so I wasn’t going to take any more chances!

Anyway, I had an absolute blast with the story today. I realize that for the amount of words I wrote, I didn’t move the story very far, but my characters helped by adding some pretty cool things into the mix. What was supposed to be a straight forward getting-information-out-of-locked-room scenario turned into a wild treasure hunt. My characters got into the room, only to find it empty (it wasn’t supposed to be empty, darn it!), then they found a note, which told them to go into another room, which told them to find something else in another room, which led them back into the original, empty room…long story short, the “empty” room was actually covered in a map written in invisible ink! 0.0

The things that pop up unplanned in story still amaze me.

On a totally unrelated note, I learned that the old language of my creatures is not spoken, but hummed, like a song. Not exactly sure what this means yet…

Anyway, six 10 minute word wars brought me to 2830 words. Since the scene wasn’t finished, I wrote another 15 words to bring it to an abrupt close.

And now that the scene is finished, the most exciting (and least outlined!) part of the story will commence. I’m just as excited as I am scared to dive into the next scene, for I have no idea what I’m doing (then again, I never do). What I have written in the outline seems kinda bland now, and I’m considering ditching it. Maybe I’ll let my characters take over and see what they can do. πŸ™‚

Words written today: 2,845

Total words written: 55,378

Scenes edited today: 0

Total scenes edited: 15

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 14

I talked yesterday about being a bit disappointed with myself about my novel’s progress.

Today, I completely turned all that disappointment into utter excitement. πŸ˜€

2:40 PM-3:20 PM: It was so beautiful outside. I spent most of my time just walking around in our fields, but I did manage to sit down with my editing project and polish up a scene. After all the word vomiting I’ve been doing with NaNo, it’s nice to see some of my writing in a more, shall we say, elegant form. πŸ™‚

9:30 PM-11:48 PM: I participated in ten 10 minute word wars, but the last one was more like a three minute session. I realized that I was just all worded out for the night, and I had reached the perfect stopping point. Not to mention that my word count ended on a nice even number, and I like it when that happens.

Oh, did I mention that I’ve passed the halfway mark to 75k? And that I wrote over 4k today? πŸ˜€

So, today was the day that my characters finally got out of hand. They’re about fourteen days late in doing that, but it was a fun scene to write nonetheless. I actually may leave it in subsequent drafts because it’s not all that bad. It’s weird, but the weirdness can be fixed later.

And speaking of weirdness, I have learned today that, despite all the romance I’ve read in books, I cannot write a romantic scene to save my life. I tried, really, but it just felt so awkward. Awkward for me, awkward for them…the whole scene was just awkward. I didn’t delete it, but I made a note to do so when November is over.

I then wrote the same scene again, but instead of using the outline, I let the characters decide how they wanted the scene to go. It turned out a lot better. While neither passionate nor sappy, they were really cute together, preferring closeness and laughter to all the awkwardness I tried forcing on them. Which is perfectly fine by me! πŸ™‚ Changing the outline is much easier than changing their personalities.

Words written today: 4,206

Total words written: 38,660

Scenes edited today: 1

Total scenes edited: 13