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NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty-Five

Hi again everyone!

I say again because I somehow managed to write two blog posts today and write over 3k after 3:00pm! It was a productive day for me and I’m riding on an elation of narrative proportions 😉

After discovering NaNoWriMoSprints yesterday, I’m not going back! It helps motivate me into getting out as much as I can in short blocks. After NaNoWriMo done, I know that I am going to incorporate the same method into my writing ventures everyday that follows.

Today’s word count: 3,362!

My first and last sentences of the day:

Their wide eyes held her in rapt attention as she divulged her soul to them, her heart.

She rose up from the ground, defiant.

In terms of narrative, Peggie has made the decision on her own to leave the comfort she recently found with new friends and take up her journey once more, forsaking safety for danger. She’s really coming into her role as heroine.

And now she’s in more danger than she ever has been before, bringing us within a few scenes of the end of Act II and the start of Act III. I said that yesterday was my favourite day of plots, well I have to amend that statement. Today, I feel like my writing was really on par too just in terms of voice and style. It only took 25 days, but I really have discovered what I want this story to be. It’ll be daunting to go back to and fix the first half to match the second, but I look forward to the challenge!

Do you find yourself becoming more attuned to your characters and the plot that they are participating in the more you write? Where are you in your story?

In these last few days, whether you’re already hundreds of words past the 50k, or struggling through your last few thousand, keep believing in yourself! That is the best way to succeed.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

 

Faith  quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty-Four

Hi everyone!

I was dreading coming home today after work to sit down and write. I felt certain that I could never reach my 2k. Then something magical happened…

I tried my first NaNoWriMo Sprint and got out 803 words in 20 minutes. From that minute, I was hooked and inspired. I tried another one for 15 minutes and hit 600 more. After that, I let my creative juices brew on their own and pushed through the 2k barrier and the 3k one before stopping, fully satisfied with my progress. I really do wish I had tried those sprints earlier. They are highly enjoyable 🙂 If you haven’t tried one yet, I do recommend you at least try it for the fun of challenging yourself to put your character in a new situation. What more, it’s a great way to introduce timed writing sessions into your everyday practice 🙂

With all that, my word count today is: 3,650! 

Here are my first and last sentences of the day:

“The light can warm you too.”

Live for the day and the night.

In terms of narrative, Peggie was lucky enough to experience her first snowfall (just as snow was falling here — coincidence, I think not!).  She enjoyed it for as long as she could. But danger was lurking through the white mist. Peggie faced it as bravely as she could and came out of it using her most treasured gift, one she has always had: the gift of song! I am very proud of her 🙂

Now, she has a new friend to help her along! And a new perspective on life! Of what I’ve written lately, this has to be one of my favourite days of plot. I feel really happy with the way the story has developed – truth be told, it’s nothing I prepared for. Once again, it proves that my characters have a life of their own 🙂 I love writing!

Have your stories taken on a life of their own yet? Or is everything proceeding as planned?

Share your experiences, your triumphs, your woes.

And remember, no matter how many words you’re at, no matter how your story is going, be proud of what you’ve accomplished so far, believe in yourself and don’t give in!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

 

Faith    quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty-Three

Hello all,

Today presented lots of opportunity to write. I love the progress it brought! I haven’t had a good word count like this since before I hit 50k on Friday.

My word count today: 2,551!

Here are my first and last sentences of the day:

Peggie sank heavily onto the ground and drew her knees tight to her chest.

It was a futile wish.

In terms of narrative, I’m making a greater effort to really keep the action moving forward. Since passing the midpoint in my plot structure, Peggie’s been very active in her choices. She’s making amazing  strides in her life’s journey and discovering new talents she never expected. Her most recent challenge came in the way of nature. Weather is  working against her. But she can survive the tough conditions because she’s not alone.

How are your NaNoWriMo journeys going? Have you hit that 50k yet? Are you still reaching for it?

Wherever you are, best of luck! I believe in you. So believe in yourself! The words are what matter.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

 

Faith             quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty-Two

Hi all,

Today was definitely a better writing day than yesterday. I was out all morning and only got back in the early afternoon. I managed to get some writing done then before having to break and do other things–including taking part in the best #storycrafter chat on Twitter ever! Then the rest of the evening allowed for some time to write some more.

Before going into my writing accomplishments, I just want to expand on the Twitter chat hosted by the wonderfully talented Faye Kirwin at Writerology.

We role-played the chat this today as our protagonists. It was a most enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. If you are free Sundays at 3:00pm EST, and are on Twitter, you should definitely check it out! It’s a great community to be a part of!

With that said, let’s move on to the day’s efforts in Heritage.

Word Count of the Day: 2,137! Which puts me past 53k and nearer to the story’s end!!

First and last lines of the day:

How can a man carry so much pain?

She wanted it to be a dream.

What happened today: At first, some more storytelling from Terrie. I’ve come to realize that many of the told stories will go before the end, but they’ll make for extra writing goodies to share one day 🙂

After that, Terrie and Peggie faced a lightning storm that resulted in their worse plight since leaving. Peggie also discovered a talent that she had never known before. It was the excitement of that last scene that really pushed me through to my 2k goal and a little past.

How was your weekend of writing? Any exciting incidents? Any unexpected twists? And moments of heartbreak or joy?

If you are on Twitter, do you participate in any weekly chats? Or do you host one? Do you find that it helps to inspire you?

May inspiration flow like ink on your quill

 

Faith quill-ink

NaNoWriMo:Day Twenty-One

Hello everyone!

So it turns out it was a good thing that I reached my 50k yesterday, because today allowed almost no time to write.

This morning I woke up a little later than I should have and helped my mom get ready for my sister’s birthday until about 10:00am EST when I took part in the #WriteTalk chat on Twitter (it starts my Saturday mornings on the write foot). I was able to write a little after that, but then helped my mom again until noon when I had to leave for a meeting. By the time I got home, it was time for partying and celebrating my little sister’s birthday with family! It was a beautiful evening.

Actually, my sister also hit her 50k yesterday! It was a great pre-birthday gift!

After that, I took a bit of time to write a little more, but there was cleaning to do and a headache making my screen seem like my worst enemy.

Phew! I was going to go to bed without blogging, but I felt wrong doing it, so even though I hardly got any words in today, here’s a micro progress report.

Word count today: a whopping 322!!

First and last sentences of the day:

Terrie finished her tale and silence settled around her.

Only then did she summon the words to her mind.

In terms of narrative, not much happened, but things are about to. Peggie has been reunited with an old friend and continues to make strides towards believing in herself. The next few pages are going to bring a lower point than the last and I’m kind of dreading writing them. But I will. After a good night sleep.

How are your writing projects going? How was your word count today? If you didn’t get as far as you wanted to, don’t feel bad. If you wrote even less than one hundred words, that is an accomplishment because you wrote something!

May inspiration flow like ink on your quill,

 

Faith  quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty

Hello!

Guess what!!!

I reached 50k! Yes that’s right! I made reached 50k! I’m nowhere near the end of my story but I won my first ever NaNoWriMo!!!! EEEH!

Sorry for the great display of excitement above, but I am sort of dancing on cloud nine right now. Please take my joy and use it to fuel you on your continued journey to the 50k if you haven’t reached it yet. For those of you who have already reached it, congrats as well!

I will still be applying myself to hitting 2k a day this month if I can. Tomorrow, though, I’ll be taking a break because it’s my sister’s birthday and my day will be dedicated to her specifically 🙂 I’m really hoping I’ll reach the end of Heritage before the end of this month. Because December I’m turning back to my Divided Draft, inspired and motivated by my NaNoWriMo writing discoveries.

My word count for today: 4,090

My overall word count: 50,794

My first and last sentences of the day:

Despite the generosity of their hosts, supper proved a sordid affair.

In the end, nothing else mattered.

In today’s narrative: Peggie and Terrie made amends. It was a touching moment between the two of them, and I absolutely loved it 🙂

They’ve set out now onto the last leg of their journey and it’s sure to be filled with new challenges and dangers. It’ll be a test for Peggie, and I’m hoping she shows how strong she really is. I have a feeling she will!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

 

Faith quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Nineteen

Hello again!

Is it really possible? Can it be so?

It is! I passed the 46k mark! I can still remember reaching 4k. Now I have just about that left! I want to say that I’ll reach 50k tomorrow, but I can’t make any promises, and I won’t put that pressure on myself yet. I’ll see where the day goes and just keep up with my usual 2k mark.

Today’s word count: 2,203. Not my best lately, but it was a hard day so I’m fairly happy with it nonetheless 🙂

My first and last lines of the day:

Their leader released a raucous laugh.

The evil she had witnessed could never be unseen.

What happened in today’s narrative? What didn’t happen?!

Great secrets were revealed, bravery was talented, gender roles were flipped on their head, and Terrie and Peggie faced a quarrelsome bout!

I didn’t end up going full destruction mode on their recent encounter with danger, but I couldn’t let them walk away unscarred. I still feel terrible. I hate making Terrie and Peggie suffer. They deserve so much better. I can’t wait for them to make things right again…if they can. I know Peggie will come out stronger anyway, because she’s brilliant and brave!

Are your characters in any danger at the moment? Perhaps they’re facing one of their lowest moments like Peggie. Share their stories with me! I’d love to learn about it 🙂

Or share your own NaNoWriMo journey this far. Are you any closer to that 50K? Just remember, the most important lesson to take away from NaNoWriMo is that loving writing means writing every day 😀

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

 

Faith  quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Eighteen

Hey all,

And I thought yesterday was a hard day!

I struggled a bit today, partially because I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to hit my goal each day. I think part of the reason for why I’m trying so hard to keep hitting my 2k mark these days is because I don’t think that I’ll be able to Friday or Saturday — Friday because a friend is coming over for supper and Saturday because I have a meeting  in the afternoon and a birthday supper for my dear sister!

My word count for the day: 2,389.

My first and last sentences:

A stoic man of honour and duty.

“I’ll take more than that.”

Ooh! There was some action going down tonight! I was excited just writing it when I finally got to it — honestly I think that’s what finally helped me get past my 2k goal! Peggie and Terrie and their third companion faced a rather dangerous and real threat. Truthfully, they haven’t quiet finished facing it yet. And I still don’t know if I’m going to go for the cruelest outcome or not. I’m leaning towards the latter, but I’m also tired and don’t have the heart to consider it. With fresh eyes tomorrow, that might all change.

Have any of you had to make any tough decisions yet in your narrative? Killed a character? Broke hearts? Created insurmountable obstacles or depressing failures?

We’re nearly at the last ten days of NaNoWriMo. I hope that you’re adventure is as exciting as mine and that you’re hitting your goals. And even if you’re not, take heart. What matters is the effort made and the lessons learned from each day of trying hard.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill!

Faith quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Seventeen

Hi everyone,

Today is a big milestone in my NaNoWriMo journey: I have passed the 40k mark, which means less than 10k to go. And it’s only November 17th! Wow, does that just make me want to jump up and down and twirl round and round, and leap over buildings in a single bound! 😉

Unfortunately, today’s word count isn’t as impressive. It was a tiring day, and I really had to push myself to even get past the 2k mark. It had nothing to do with inspiration, but larger issues of life.

My total word count for the day: 2,207!

My first and last sentences:

Terrie came into the room shortly before the first light of dawn broke through the window overlooking Heralding.

He made no attempt to feign cheer or glee.

In terms of the plot, Peggie and Terrie have finally set off from Heralding, but not alone. Someone else is joining them, someone both would rather be without. Also, Peggie got the chance to prove her kindness and strength and she passed with flying colours. I am so very proud of her!

A quiet moment closed off the plot today, but there’s a storm a-brewing, one that might just end with an irrevocable tragedy. But will just see have to see if I’m willing to be cruel this early  in the story tomorrow.

Until then, Kristi at Keeping Procrastination at Bay made an interesting comment on my last post about how I talk about Peggie as if she were my child. I feel as though every story and every character is a baby I bore, one that I have to prepare for the world that she’ll have to one day journey forth into. It explains why I’m so emotionally attached to my creations.

Does anyone else feel that way? Do you see your main character as a child, a sister, a parent?

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

 

Faith  quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Sixteen

Hi everyone,

I came onto WordPress to blog about my day of writing, and was met by a new format for blog posts! I love novelties! And this new layout is so clean and ordered. I am genuinely excited by it 🙂

Sorry for that randomness. Now onto NaNoWriMo Progress Report #16

Today was a productive day of writing. It helped that before 9:00am I had written almost 800 words by hand. Transcribing later took some time, but the early start gets my creative juices started early which aids with my overall motivation to get as many words down as possible!

Yep! Just another great day! I passed the 39k mark! I can see the 50k; it’s within my grasp! I’m still holding onto the 22nd as my target date.

My word count for today: 3,276!

My first and last lines of the day:

“I’d have to go upstairs and get my fiddle…”

Preserve her still.

Narrative wise, Peggie made a few strides before taking a huge step back. She keeps trying to be brave, then ends up being overwhelmed by the tragedies of her past. She’s not ready to be completely strong yet. But she’s getting there.

Meanwhile, Terrie’s been facing a sad time of her own. She bears it well externally, but inside it’s affecting her own need to pursue her larger mission.

Nasty obstacles like these might hinder them. But these ladies are tough. I expect some great advances from them soon.

Until then, it’s all about the words.

Hope your NaNoWriMo endeavours are going well!

May inspiration flow like ink on your quill,

Faith  quill-ink