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NaNoWriMo 2018: Thoughts and Results

This is the first year in quite a few where I didn’t introduce my NaNoWriMo project in October and/or give one or two updates in November. C’est la vie!–as they say. My October was absolutely nuts and my November was pretty busy as well. (One of the reasons being a trip to New York City I took with my mom and I’m looking forward to blogging about meeting my FAVORITE childhood author, Gail Carson Levine, soon!) Needless to say, now that I’m here, I’m excited to talk about NaNoWriMo.

Some of you might remember that two years ago my NaNo project was a prequel to Everlasting (which I call Endeavoring). It was an opportunity to peek into the lives of Azalea’s parents, King Zechariah of Memiana and Queen Crystal of Orutia, and find out how on earth an optimistic human and a pessimistic fairy fell in love. I succeeded in writing 50,000 words that month and continued to write another 10,000 throughout December of that year into March of the next.

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 25

Here I sit at my computer, sipping some delicious hot chocolate, my nose running because of a cold, listening contentedly to the La La Land soundtrack. This week has been filled with some much-needed time set aside for resting, writing in my Snow White retelling, playing games with family and watching my beloved British dramas. Thanksgiving always arrives just when I need some time to relax as well as time to remember all that I have to be thankful for.

One of the many things I’m thankful for today is that I finished writing the rough draft of my Snow White retelling for the contest on Wednesday (day 23)! After writing the last paragraph, I have tentatively titled it The War Within and I’m pretty happy with it (title and overall story). It is definitely a major retelling of Snow White (i.e., mostly an original story with splashes of Snow White themes here and there), but I did my best and even if it doesn’t get to be one of the chosen 5 for the Rooglewood novel, I am very happy with it and would love to publish it on my own separately at some point. Besides editing it myself, I sent it to a few trusted friends as well as my aunt for some constructive criticism. All that to say, it should be finished by the deadline in mid-December!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Book Reveal

 

This is my fifth year participating in NaNoWriMo. The first time I really participated in 2013 (and won!) it was a thrilling challenge filled with adrenaline and feverish typing. As the years have passed, however, the challenge has become easier. It used to take me hours to write 1,000 words. Now, if I put my mind to it, I can write close to 1,500 words in under an hour. The real challenge NaNoWriMo presented the past two years was finding the time to write rather than the previous struggle of writing fast enough. College takes up a lot of my time and energy and when all my work is done for the day, I’d much rather watch an episode of our current K-Drama with my family than write another scene or two.

Last year, I completed the 50,000 word mark in Endeavoring, the prequel to Everlasting. I haven’t touched that project since March and was hoping to finish it during NaNoWriMo this year. However, I had an important deadline this fall to complete four Lumerit courses (12 credits) by Christmas, so I was not able to finish the other two projects I had planned to work on in September and October. So, this year I’m doing things a little differently.

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Farewell 2016!

Long time, no see! As I’m sure it has been for everyone, it’s been a very busy holiday season for me. But as I near the end of my holiday break and as it’s the last day of 2016, I thought I might write a little post filled with tidbits of news.

First, I never did write a final post to end NaNoWriMo season. NaNo 2016 was very different than previous years, but it went really well. As most of you already know, I reached 50,000 words on the final day in my newest project, Endeavoring, prequel to Everlasting. Each year, NaNo gets easier. I remember when I first truly attempted NaNoWriMo in 2013 and how hard it was to write even 1,000 words a day. Now, with enough spare time, I can write 3,000 words in a day no problem. Since I was so busy last year, I wasn’t expecting to reach the 50,000 again. But I was able to balance studying time with writing time well enough to make sure I was never too behind on my word count that I couldn’t catch up. As to Endeavoring, I’m not quite halfway, so I can already sense how long this book is going to be. But I’m enjoying watching Zechariah and Crystal’s relationship begin to develop and look forward to their future conversations together. Currently, I’m still re-working a few kinks in the plot and rewriting what I’ve already written accordingly. I’m hoping to smooth everything out soon so I can keep writing while free time permits!

Second, as for my 2016 New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Read 40 books. I did not reach this goal. As I did last year, I adjusted my goal to 30 once I realized that 40 books wasn’t going to happen. When I passed my Sociology exam (therefore, all done studying), I counted up all the books I’d read so far and figured out that I needed to read 7 books in roughly two weeks to reach my goal. So I hunkered down and read like a maniac. I’d missed reading so much, anyway, that I really didn’t mind. 😉 We spent Christmas in Canada with relatives, so during our time there and the long car rides there and back, I listened to three audiobooks and read four books. I look forward to writing about my opinions on them next year! 🙂
  2. Finish writing one book. I did reach this goal! I finished writing Bridget Returns, my NaNo 2015 novel, in late September. Hooray!

What are my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions?

  1. Read 40 books.
  2. Finish writing one book (probably Endeavoring).
  3. Edit Bridget Returns.
  4. Edit and self-publish The Whistler Daughters.
  5. For this last resolution, I wanted to mention something non-book related, but is even more important. Year after year, I want to become more like Christ.  As Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV) says so perfectly:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

A lot happened this year, mainly graduating from high school, going on a mission trip to Kenya and starting my first real job. Next semester, I begin my college classes online. My life has changed more this year than any other year. Managing my time and money has never been more important. I look forward to all the blessings and challenges God has for me in 2017!

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

 

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NaNoWriMo Day 17: Halfway Point

For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year–we’ve made it to the halfway point! There are now only thirteen days left to write the few thousand words you have remaining. For all the words you’ve written this month (whether it be a few thousand or even just a few hundred), good job! Every word counts and gets you closer to finishing that story that’s been sitting in your head for months or even years.

I’m currently sitting at 25,676 words. Only 25,000 more until I reach the goal.

November has been going by quickly, but it’s been an encouraging month so far. Having so many writing friends has really helped make this year’s NaNo so much fun. I’ve written with friends twice already and I’m headed to join my cousin Erin again this afternoon. My family has also been really supportive and asking me almost daily, “Have you written yet today?” I have found a lot more time to write this year than last year, even between life’s usual busy activities like work, babysitting and Sociology. I look forward to getting past that 40,000 I got stumped on last year and hitting that 50,000 again!

In our writing group on Facebook, a lot of inspirational images have been shared that I really wanted to pass along.

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I have been trying to take Endeavoring a little slowly simply because there are a few kinks I didn’t get around to hammering out last month. So far I’ve found a good balance between writing, allowing myself to explor my characters and find out who they are and how they react to certain situations, as well as stopping to ponder how something works or what this character’s motivation is.

It’s funny to think that I’m halfway to 50,000 words, yet I’m still finishing Part One of Endeavoring, which is essentially setting up the stage for the rest of the novel. I guess introducing all these characters and their backstories is going to be a little more complicated than I thought. 😉 That said, I can’t wait to reach Part Two and start Crystal and Zechariah’s relationship. They have yet to meet and I am still a little apprehensive as to how they will interact with one another. Only time will tell!

I’d like to end this blog post with a quote from my writing this week and some more inspirational quotes that will hopefully give you that extra boost you need to write those last few thousand words! 🙂

To Crystal, falling in love with a human was unthinkable. Yes, once upon a time, humans and fairies had been friends. But never had they intermarried. Never! It was unheard of—and for good reason. Humans and fairies shared little in common to begin with. To get married was like asking for the world as they knew it to end. Completely.

~Endeavoring

I’ll try to post my progress in NaNo again next week before the 30th!