Tag Archives: NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty-Nine

Hi all!

The penultimate day of NaNoWriMo! Can it be true? November just flew by! And it’s been one wild ride thus far! Still one day to go, though, so no goodbyes for the moment.

Today, I only sat down to write after 4:00pm EST partially because of another great #Storycrafter chat with Faye at Writerology! We role played as our antagonists this time which was highly inspirational in setting out in my new scenes today. A few word sprints and I got a little over 2k written today. Not as much as the past few days, but that’s okay because I hit a different goal entirely….

I passed the 75k mark! And I’m pretty sure another 10k will bring me to the end of my novel. At least, that’s what I’m hoping.

Today’s word count: 2,248. 

My first and last sentences of the day:

We were trained from a young age to wield the magic of the orb.

A long climb awaited them, but Peggie was ready to endure it.

Narrative wise, things slowed down just a tad after yesterday’s explosive conflict. Peggie finally learned the whole truth about her grandmother’s past. At this point, I realized that I missed a HUGE potential for plot development and will probably move the reveal much earlier and allow for some other things to happen earlier too just to remove some of the exposition happening in Act 3. I made a note for the 2nd draft and stopped my inner editor from going back and changing it right away.

Unfortunately, Peggie is now realizing how nearly insurmountable the antagonist really is. And is starting to discover that winning might mean never returning to her home village of Caraliel….but I can’t say more, because…well, you know…SPOILERS!

Anyways, tomorrow will see my last NaNoWriMo post…at least until November 2016! I will return, however, with some book reviews and weekly updates of my progress and a few other surprises too…

Until then, how was your penultimate day of NaNoWriMo? Are you almost at 50k? Are you preparing for a fitful day of writing tomorrow? Wherever your at, whatever your goals, I wish you luck.

And remember: Keep writing and keep believing in yourself! You are talented! You are amazing! You can do anything!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith     quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty-Eight

Hi all,

Wow! I can hardly believe that there are only two full days left before NaNoWriMo is over. I have to admit that it’s a bittersweet reality. The energy this month has been palpable and inspiring. I’ll definitely miss all the great #NaNoWordSprints and support, but the lessons learnt are universal and I’m excited to apply them in my everyday writing from now on 🙂

Today’s word total is my best yet. I took part in a few sprints and wrote a bit on my own. It helped that one of my scenes today was a great conflict that just caught me up in the swell of its rise and fall and carried me through a good portion of the day’s narrative.

Total word count: 4,569! 🙂

First and last lines of the day:

Peggie waited for him to pull away first

….

I believed it too, for a time.

As I already said, Peggie found herself in the heat of a great battle today, pushed to the limits. She made it through, but not unscathed. She’s lost a lot now, but she keeps striving forward, propelling herself towards the final conflict that’s awaiting her.

Of all my elements, I am most proud of Peggie’s character development. She’s made great progress from the person she started as to the person she is now. It’s been a slow trajectory, but a wide one too. And she’s gone along with most of what I’ve put before her, save for those moments when she’s rebelled and proved to be that she knew what was best! I miss the characters from my Divided Draft and think of them often, but I have grown especially fond of Peggie and I’ll miss her too when the day comes for me to close the page on the first draft of Heritage to go edit my other stories.

With only two full days left, I wish you all luck in getting to your 50k, or whatever goal you’ve set for yourself. Remember to be proud of yourself for whatever you’ve written so far. And keep believing in yourself.

Finally, here’s a question for you: what element of your NaNoWriMo story or current WIP are you most proud of? Character? Plot? Theme? Setting? Why are you proud of them?

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

 

Faith quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty-Seven

Hi everyone,

There was a moment tonight when I thought I might not be able to get this blog post out, that I’d have to wait for tomorrow. It was a moment of stress for me. But my anxiety was proved to be unnecessary. Because here I am at 10:19pm EST writing my post! Thank goodness for that 🙂 I’ll have to be brief, though. My window for writing is nearly done!

It was a good day of writing today. I don’t say great only because my last few days have surpassed all expectations. Even my narrative was far less exciting, but necessary all the same.

My word count for today: 2,248.

My first and last sentences of the day:

Her voice caught on the wind.

She was glad to be reminded of what she had left behind in Caraliel, of what she had to come home to.

Plot-wise, Peggie’s made some great revelations, had to make some painful farewells, and has come to develop a strong friendship with a very secretive man. Her most insightful realization came in the form of recognition of her most toxic fear of death. She has been shown a new passion and a new path for the future, if she so wishes to pursue it. Peggie has a lot to consider in terms of her own needs, but she’s about to hit another roadblock first in the greater danger threatening her home.

I have 3 more days to finish this novel. I’m hoping that tomorrow presents a good opportunity to get well into Act 3. I have a few plans for other projects in December, so I need Heritage to be done asap!

How are your final days shaping up? What are your plans for the month of December?

Okay, I have to run. I’ll be back tomorrow with my usual post. Until then…

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

 

Faith quill-ink

NaNoWriMo: Day Twenty-Six

Hi everyone!

So another day of NaNoWriMo has come and gone and I have to admit that I’m really sad to think that it will be over soon. Thank goodness the writing never stops 😀

It was another day of NaNoWordSprints, though I’m honestly doing them now because they’re fun and less so because I need the inspiration!

Today’s word count: 3,745.

First and last line of the day:

She searched her soul, not just for courage, but for love, that stronger emotion that existed within the very depth of her heart.

….

“In my heart, you’ll always dwell.”

In narrative land today, Peggie almost died. For real this time. I hated putting her in that situation — I think it killed me a little — and I can’t tell you how good it felt to see her alive on the other side. And stronger for it. What doesn’t kill you, right?

She’s drawing ever closer to her final conflict, each step a building block towards it, giving her the tools and knowledge she needs to face it and succeed (if she does succeed, that is). She also made a great revelation, which I can’t reveal here because of that ultimate threat: THE SPOILER!

All in all, it was another great day of writing and plotting.

How was your 26th day of NaNoWriMo? Anyone pass that 50k line yet? Wherever you are, remember to reward yourself for every day of written words!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill!

 

Faith        quill-ink

*On a separate note, I decided on Robin Hobb’s The Assassin’s Quest for the next read 🙂 I’ll be posting a review of Druon’s She-Wolf and Archer’s Best Kept Secrets soon!

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