Recap: My 30 Day Art Challenge

I posted about this challenge at the half-way point already (read more about it here), but now the challenge is done and I just wanted to recap what all went down and share some more of my art!

STATS

I am happy to announce that I have managed to write more than 13K words this past month. I know that it’s not nearly as much as many reach during their NaNoWriMo challenge or camp sessions, but it catapults me to over 35K words for my current WIP (a YA contemporary), which means I am more than halfway through what I want the first draft to be in terms of length.
I will admit that I skipped out on writing during a couple of the last days of the challenge. I was just so stuck with where I wanted to go and wanted to do some plotting. I really wasn’t sure what to do in the last third of the story, to make sure it actually had tension and wasn’t just trickling along. Therefore, I plotted, which is writing-related, but had no word count to speak of.

I drew a total of 14 more drawings since the last update. I followed my own advice and didn’t overdo it by trying to complete a drawing per day. Sometimes I would do the line work on one day and then the colors on the next. It definitely helped me feel less stressed about it, while I was still doing something daily.

REALIZATIONS

I think I already covered quite a lot of the realizations last time and they still sound true to me. Doing everything all the time is impossible, external validation helps and so on, but I will try and tell you a bit more anyway.

  • Forcing yourself to do something every day will yield results, but not necessarily good ones. I am happy I did the challenge and it really got my creative juices flowing again, but there are days where you just don’t have it in you. I still ended up doing my writing (or writing related activity) and drawing every single day, but the results weren’t always something I was happy with. Accepting that not everything will be perfect is another thing you need to learn as an artist, but it’s still frustrating when things don’t work. Just make sure that doesn’t deter you.
  • It’s perfectly okay to draw something because you know it has an audience. While I didn’t stick to just Stargirl portraits in the end, the cast and characters still made up the majority of what I drew. I just knew, and clearly saw in my stats, that these posts worked a lot better and make up the posts that perform the best. The fact that the cast likes to interact with that stuff helps too, of course. So, I don’t see why I shouldn’t lean into doing something, even if it seems repetitive in terms of motif, knowing that there’s a group of people who will hype it up.
  • Try to make yourself do something new and get out of your comfort zone! It’s obvious that I only did portraits, however, I leaned more into doing pencil instead of watercolor work again, which wasn’t something I felt too comfortable with earlier. And I also started experimenting again with gold/silver foil and am really happy with the results.

DRAWINGS

This time it’s really a mix of things! There’s Jeanine Mason from Roswell, New Mexico, cast and characters from Stargirl (where I often made sure to focus on characters/scenes that were important for the airing episode) as well as Bess from Little Voice, the weeping monk from Cursed and two self-portraits (one experimental and one more traditional).


I hope you enjoyed this look into my challenge! Feel free to ask me anything about it! In hindsight, I think it was more about being consistent than making progress with my skill set, although I think I came into my style some more as well.

Half-Time Check In: My 30 Day Art Challenge

For those of you who missed the announcement, I have been challenging myself to draw and write every single day starting July 1st. It was very important to me to lean more into my creative side and to push myself even when I wasn’t feeling it all the time. Having now surpassed the half-way mark, I thought it was time to check in on the progress etc.

STATS

I have decided to keep writing my Football WIP! Coincidentally, July 1st was also the start of Camp NaNoWriMo, which meant that I had the perfect tool to track my writing with their website. Honestly, my motivation for drawing was much higher than for writing, because I stopped at a tough chapter back in May. But I still wrote every single day and made a whooping progress of 7,364 words in total so far!

As intended with this challenge, I have also managed to draw every single day. I completed 12 drawings (most of them full watercolor portraits) and sketched with pencil but not in way I would like to showcase the other days.

REALIZATIONS

There’s a couple things I learned from this so far and I really would like to share as well! It will also be fun to see if I still think the same once I have completed the 30 days.

  • I can’t do everything all the time! This was probably the hardest one to come to terms with. If I draw every single day and if I write too, that amounts to the time a regular person would spend at a full time job. As much as I wanted to read all the books, write all the blog posts and watch all the movies and TV shows, it’s impossible to do it all. There’s not enough time and quite frankly also not brain power/creative energy to get to every single thing.
  • While I am fairly self-motivated, external validation helps! I would definitely be lying if I said that validation from others doesn’t help. I really do appreciate every single like and comment, because it has helped me so much in keeping up with this challenge. Also, I went from 160 followers to 200+ in two weeks even though I have had my account for years, so this is just mind-boggling to me (click here if you want to follow my art insta too).
    I will post my drawings at the end of this post, but you will see that they are mostly exclusively about the cast from Stargirl. This is not just because I adore the show (which I do), but because the cast is incredibly friendly and appreciative of fan work. It’s so lovely to do this and get the recognition from the people you drew.
  • Some things won’t ever look the way I want them to, and that’s okay! Having done this challenge, it has helped me so much with accepting that not everything I put out into the world needs to be perfect or flawless. Some things don’t work out the way I want them to, that’s fine and I just need to let it go. So often, people still appreciated my work, even when I didn’t love it. (I’m being serious here, I maybe really really like three of the drawings from the past two weeks …….)
  • Writing is hard (duh!), but editing exists for a reason. I was always someone who was very focused on working on a single project, until things got hard and I dropped it. I also always wrote very linearly, but not this time. I was really super stuck, but I didn’t confine myself to just keep writing a chapter I disliked, but rather wrote other scenes I was looking forward to. The chapter I finally managed to conclude and still don’t like won’t deter me any more either, because that is what editing is for. Just because I don’t currently know how to fix things doesn’t mean that I won’t ever know.

DRAWINGS

As I’ve already mentioned, all of these drawings are from the show Stargirl or its cast. (I am pretty sure I will do a full currently watching post about the show once I am done with the entire season, because I really do love everything about it.) There is only one more drawing that I didn’t include, because it was a private one I drew for a family member and don’t think it should be online.


What do you think about my challenge and my progress? Do you like my art? I am happy to chat about it here!

June 2020 Wrap-Up

I don’t know what it was at this point, cause it could be a number of reasons if we are being honest, but June was also just yet another weird month. I didn’t read as much, but I am still very much on track with my Goodreads reading challenge (probably, because for once I didn’t overshoot with the goal), so let’s start with the usual – the books I’ve read:

Tyler Johnson Was Here       The Changeup (New Beginnings Book 1)

As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above.

So, what else is new? My country, like many others, has mostly reopened … everything (?) now. Numbers have gone up since then, but mostly in certain clusters and not everywhere. Considering that I am living in a city with about 2 million citizens, we’re doing okay? I’ve just lost all ability to gauge how things are going, because it’s been going on for so long now. I’ll just have to continue to be patient and try to be kind to myself and others.

Because June was so utterly unmotivated in terms of creativity, I decided to set up a challenge for myself. I am doing a 30 Day Art Challenge (daily updates on my Insta and Twitter account if you want to follow them). It’s nothing too out of the ordinary, basically I’m challenging myself to write and draw SOMETHING every day for 30 days. I don’t think I will count blog posts towards the word count, as I am trying to really actively work on the Football WIP, but I don’t need to do a full on watercolor portrait every single day. A simple pencil sketch will also do. I’m going to use the #Kats30DayArtChallenge, if anyone wants to join in or needs motivation.

If you missed the art I posted this past month, here’s a selection of the ones I did (and yes, I know that I am not great at taking pics of my art):

MY FAVOURITE THINGS

There were a couple of really, really great shows this past month and I had a lot of fun binging them. My brain is still trying to process the fact that Dark is now over, but I intend to talk about it in an upcoming post. However, I think, my greatest TV obsession is currently Stargirl.
It’s this mix of CW ridiculousness and DC aesthetic, but it actually has great character exposition and moves along at a speedy but not rushed pace. I am really into it (hence, the upcoming Stargirl portrait series I am working on).

As almost per usual, I’ve unfortunately still not been as active as I would have liked to be on everyone else’s blog. If you are up for it, feel free to share one of your own posts that you consider one of your faves from this past month in the comments below! I’d love to check it out!!

MY OTHER POSTS

VARIOUS POSTS AND TAGS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

I hope you have a great start into the month of July! Let’s chat about June if you want to! I’ll see you in the comments section.

I Spy Book Challenge

I was recently tagged for the I Spy Book Challenge (originally created by Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books) by the ever amazing Lily @Sprinkles of Dreams. Despite not looking easy at all, it does look like fun! So, here we go!!

RULES

Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!

Just fyi: There is no way I could have done this in 5 minutes! I really tried, but I needed a bit more than 10 and think that’s fairly decent. My shelf is an utter mess, so I am even a little proud haha

1-5
Food | Transportation | Weapon | Animal | Number

6-10
Something You Read | Body of Water | Product of Fire | Royalty | Architecture

11-15
Clothing Item | Family Member | Time of Day | Music | Paranormal Being

I cannot believe this wasn’t planned, but I just subconsciously did an entire row solely with movie/TV tie-ins and I am both stunned and proud of myself.

16-20
Occupation | Season | Color | Celestial Body | Something That Grows

I TAG THEE

Malanie | Kay Wisteria | Andie | Marie

And I tag whoever wants to do this tag! It’s a lot of fun and a real challenge if you really want to make it in time.

Did you agree with my choices? Should I have explained them or does an image really say more than a thousand words? Let me know in the comments below!

The Be Thankful Challenge

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Thanksgiving is near (and I think already happened very recently in Canada) and it’s time to show what you’re thankful for! We, here in Austria, don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, but I like the thought of sharing these lovely things through the Be Thankful Challenge, so I want to start by thanking the lovely Trish @It Is Trish for tagging me!

The Rules

Share this image in your blog post.
Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for.
Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for.
Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part.

5 People I’m Thankful For

  • My parents/entire family! They’ve been so patient with me and my (so far not very successful) job hunt. I know that I can be a handful sometimes and I am so happy that they are still supporting me and my dreams.
  • Everyone in the blogger community! It’s been such a blast getting to know you all and to have someone to fangirl with. Life wouldn’t be the same without all of you crazy, welcoming and simply amazing people!
  • All my friends! Ever since we parted ways after school or for some other reason, we miraculously managed to stay in contact. I am so thankful for all the people who remained in my life, even when we weren’t able to see each other every single day and had to put in some effort.
  • Tahereh Mafi! I can’t get over how amazing her style of writing is and that even though it’s been such a long time since I’ve read her books. She is a constant inspiration and idol of mine, even though my writing is nothing like hers, because she is original, creative and can be just as weird as me.
  • Cassandra Clare! I’m impatiently awaiting the release of the Shadowhunters TV show and none of it would have been possible without her books. She wrote an addictive universe and I am so happy that she continues to stay in this world with her upcoming books.

5 Things I’m Thankful For

  • Music! I don’t leave the house without my iPod and I am constantly listening to something on some sort of platform. Life would be so dull without it.
  • Books! Do I need to explain this? I’ve always loved reading and I can’t imagine how my life would be without the fantastic stories I’ve been able to experience within all those pages and illustrations.
  • Sleep! I get cranky without enough sleep and I love dreaming. If you’ve read my NaNoWriMo announcement, you know that one dream even inspired this year’s project.
  • TV shows! I spend so much time watching so many different shows – I think I care about some of the characters just as much as I care about some of my books.
  • Tea! Especially now that it is getting colder, tea is just a life saver! I love everything about it and to quote the Mentalist here: “It’s like a hug in a cup.”

5 Blogs I tag (and for which I am also very thankful!)

*Please don’t feel obliged to do the tag if you don’t want to 😉

Book Cover Guessing Challenge

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I am back with a challenge once again! I got tagged by Erika and Miedjel @PartnersInBooks to do the Book Cover Guessing Challenge. I have to say this honestly looks like a ton of fun, but you’re probably wondering how it works. Well,  you pick a few books (typically well known) that you know little or nothing about and guess what they are about based on their cover and title alone. Then, you compare it with the actual blurb on Goodreads and see how you did. I don’t think there’s a certain number you have to do, so I’m just going to do as many as I like.

Don’t Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom

Don't Ever ChangeMe:  So, I say this is about a teenager who’s close to graduation High School and who has to figure out her (?) life. The future is scary, but in the end she (?) realises she just has to be herself to be happy in life.

Goodreads:

“Eva has always wanted to write a modern classic—one that actually appeals to her generation. The only problem is that she has realized she can’t “write what she knows” because she hasn’t yet begun to live. So before heading off to college, Eva is determined to get a life worth writing about.
Soon Eva’s life encounters a few unexpected plot twists. She becomes a counselor at a nearby summer camp—a job she is completely unqualified for. She starts growing apart from her best friends before they’ve even left for school. And most surprising of all, she begins to fall for the last guy she would have ever imagined. But no matter the roadblocks, or writer’s blocks, it is all up to Eva to figure out how she wants this chapter in her story to end.
Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell, Don’t Ever Change is a witty, snarky, and thought-provoking coming-of-age young adult novel about a teen who sets out to write better fiction and, ultimately, discovers the truth about herself.”

Okay, so, not really what I said but also not completely off. How was I supposed to know it was about her wanting to write fiction??

Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian

Like It Never HappenedMe: A guy and a girl have a fling with each other but no one can know about it. One of them is probably pretty popular and maybe even in a relationship. The other one totally isn’t with the popular crowd at all. It’s just that they felt a real connection with each other, but to protect their status at school, save face, or whatever else they pretend “like it never happened”.

Goodreads:

“When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.
Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.”

Okay, I am terrible at this and that even though I am always going for the most obvious thing the book could be about. But I also have to say that I don’t really get the Goodreads blurb. Why is it called Like It Never Happened?

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Me: I’m guessing this has nothing to do with the 2007 movie of the same title starring Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood. (Brilliant movie btw!) It’s a sci-fi story with a couple who’s love transcends across the universe. It is so strong that they will fight to get to each other even if they need to get across the entire galaxy and defy their families who are probably very Romeo & Juliet like against it.

Goodreads:

“Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”

There is love – yay! Other than that – this does so not look like a murder mystery book to me! So much intrigue and killing … the space is a harsh place.

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

Between the NotesMe: I stared at this for a long time, because I clearly suck at this game and wanted to come up with something good. (The cover is definitely gorgeous!) So, “Between the Notes” caught me off-guard for a while but then I saw the piano keys in the window and I was like – AHA!! Also, the house looks special and like it doesn’t exactly fit in with the big city backdrop. And then there’s the couple at the bottom.
I don’t know … a girl takes piano lessons at this old lady’s house and falls in love with her grandson. No idea …

Goodreads:

“When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.
And it isn’t pretty.
Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.
As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.”

I got the piano right! Do I get points for that?  … there are no points but still.

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

The Night We Said YesMe: Teenage Marriage? Nah … people getting simultaneously asked out to prom? Don’t think so … This is really hard. I wonder what they said yes to and I can’t come up with anything good. Also, they say yes on a certain night …
Maybe they were planning a stupid prank, all agreed to do it (hence said yes) and it totally backfired. Now they have to deal with the repercussions of their doings.

Goodreads:

“Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.
But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.
And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.”

I’d totally read that and I guess I at least got a bit of that story right (not really …).

Ugh, 5 books has to be enough. How did I do? I think I pretty much flunked this challenge. I don’t want to be the only one to be terrible at this though, so I am nominating the following people for the challenge:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Auto-buy Authors

Last week I started to do Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s topic is Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors, which means authors where I don’t even need to know what their book is about, I’ll buy it either way. So, here we go again!

So, last time I mentioned that I have a 3-strike-rule when it comes to authors. After liking a book, I give them 2 more books to prove to me that they are not just a one-hit-wonder. I usually exclude series, but sometimes I make exceptions. After that I just buy every book that I see (granted I have money). FYI: The following authors are only numbered so that you can see that they are 10, not to show any sort of ranking to be honest.

1. John Green

I don’t own all his books, but I definitely want to. (Only missing Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let It Snow) I have yet to come  across a book by him that I did not enjoy.

2. Tahereh Mafi

I’ve “only” read her Shatter Me series but I fell in love with her style of writing. It has something poetic and unusual – absolutely an auto-buy!

3. Stephanie Perkins

If she continues to write books like the one from the Anna and the French Kiss series, there is no way I am not buying them!

4. Nicholas Sparks

This one is a bit tricky. I am not actively seeking out Sparks books, but I do enjoy them. Mostly I end up buying them when one of them is being adapted for a movie and I want to read it before the release.

5. Cassandra Clare

I am utterly and completely immersed in the Shadowhunter world. I will read anything she publishes and am happy that she continues to tell stories from this universe.

6. E. Lockhart

I’ve read three stand-alones by her and was not disappointed. We Were Liars is still my favourite, but I could easily imagine reading more from her.

7. Rainbow Rowell

What is there to say? I like her books and I’m going to read more of them.

8. David Levithan

I like both, the books he writes alone as well as his collaborations. If you are especially interested in LGBT-themed books, he’s your man!

9. Ernest Cline

He’s published 2 books, I’ve read both and enjoyed them a lot. I want more!

10. Morgan Matson

Her books are just the perfect books for the summer time! I still haven’t read everything she’s published but I can absolutely recommend Since You’ve Been Gone and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour! They are brilliant!

So, that’s all for today! What are your thoughts? Did some of my authors make it on your list as well? Who are some of the people you can’t resist buying books from?

The Fireworks Book Tag

It’s a slow day, so I’m getting to this super fast. I’ve just been tagged by Cristina @MyTinyObsessions to do the Fireworks Book Tag. So let’s light the fuse!

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SCREAMERS – a book that made you want to scream! (in a good or bad way)

I often make those little squeals of happiness while reading a good book, but I wanted to pick something where I was more frustrated. Therefore I choose Geek Girl by Holly Smale. It’s about a geek girl that wants to get rid of her bad rep and turns into a model just to realise that it’s not bad to be a geek … I was so annoyed with her! WHY WERE YOU OFFENDED ABOUT BEING CALLED A GEEK!? IT’S NOTHING BAD!!!

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

BOMBERS – a book that you read before it “exploded” in the book community

I’m afraid I don’t know how to answer that. I have checked up on the book community for a while now, but it’s also where I get my book-buying inspiration from. So …

no idea

BANGER – a banned book you’ve read

Again, this is really hard to answer. There’s only one book banned in my country and that’s Mein Kampf by Hitler … so, nope, I don’t even want to read that!

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PEONY – a book/author you think everyone needs to read

Cornelia Funke and Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler are responsible for some of my best childhood-book-memories so I’m going to go with them. There are so many more authors and books that I’ve loved ever since, the list would be endless if I continued.

      

CROSSETTE – a book/series with a complicated plot

I wanted to say Game of Thrones, but Cristina already beat me to that (but know that that would’ve been my first answer. SO many names to remember!) … so, I’ll take Angelology by Danielle Trussoni instead! From what I remember it’s quite a lenghty book and includes different POV’s in different time periods. It’s been a while since I read it and I was quite fascinated with it, but it was just too much for me, so I didn’t pick up the sequel.

Angelology (Angelology, #1)

DIADEM – a book/series with an amazing set of central characters

The Dark Reflections Trilogy!!! The books are written by Kai Meyer, a German author, so I also read them in German. I don’t even know all the English titles and I prefer the German covers, that’s why I chose them to be portrayed below.
I was SO in love with the book series, even though I never owned them, but borrowed them from my cousin. It takes place in a sort of mirrored magical version of Venice (that was totally my thing as a kid – magic Venice!) I liked almost every character that existed in the book, because they were all so intriguing and magical. I was devastated in the end …

MATCHES – light your own fireworks by tagging 5 people!

NaNoWriMo Challenge Completed!

I did it! NaNoWriMo ends tomorrow, but I’ve reached 50K and simultaneously the end of my story today! I’m now an official NaNoWriMo winner and I have the certificate to prove it.

I wrote a book! Can you believe it? I know some of you doubted it, but … I’m just kidding. You guys have been crazy supportive all through NaNoWriMo and I’m incredibly grateful for that. So, before I continue to talk about the final week of writing I want to thank all of you for being the awesome and supportive people that you are!

Now, how did the writing fare this week? I think I went totally crazy towards the end. You have to know that I write best shortly before going to bed, because I feel the need to reach my daily goal. This has worked just fine most days, but I tend to finish with a scene, turn off my laptop and go to bed and then I would just lie there, not able to sleep whatsoever. My characters kept me awake with all the possibilities of what could happen to them next. I do have a notebook right beside my bed, but I always had the fear that I wouldn’t remember what my notes meant the next day and rather turned on the computer sometime after midnight than forget what I wanted to write about.

Writing the actual ending was the hardest. I’ve made up so much of the story as I went along, that I lost sight of how I wanted it to end. I got closer and closer to my desired word count, but the finish line still wasn’t in clear sight, because I just didn’t know what to write. In the end, I knew that I wanted to have some final reference to the title (which is “Break Up Buddy”, just fyi), but I had no idea how to get there. I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers at the end of books (unless they are a series), so I wanted to tie everything up nicely and in the end I think I did that.

Also, I think I went a little overboard with the final scenes, but that’s okay, because what matters most is that I have a finished first draft! I really wasn’t sure I would make it this far and now I have something to work with, something to revise and edit. To be honest, I already forgot some of the scenes I wrote and it will be one heck of a fun to re-read and re-visit everything I wrote, because I’m sure there are some hilarious typos and plot holes in there.

Now, how did your month go? Did you participate in NaNoWriMo as well? Did you reach your personal goal? I’d love to talk some more in the comments below!

Winner-2014-Twitter-ProfileIf you want to read more about my journey during this month, click on the links below:

Participation Announcement

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

My NaNoWriMo Playlist

NaNoWriMo Week 2

As you already know, I am participating in NaNoWriMo this month. Click here if you want to know how the first week went, or here if you just want to know what I’m talking about in general.

So, to get it out of the way: I am massively behind on my word count. As of right now, I have written 19,090 words and I am supposed to reach 25,000 by the end of the day. Yep, something went wrong and unfortunately I know exactly what it was – the curse of Week 2! Okay, I’m just kidding. It was my own fault.

By the time you get to week two, a couple of things happen. On the one hand you are flirting with the idea of writing an entirely different story, but on the other hand you know exactly that you wouldn’t like that story much either, if you had started with it. So, it is wise to stick with what you got and to stop worrying if it is any good or not. The most important thing during NaNoWriMo is to keep writing, no matter what. But during the second week, you are bound to get tired of your own story, therefore you are allowed to take a few days off from writing, but not more than two consecutive days in a row. Well, I didn’t write for four days and it totally backfired. I lost touch with my story, had to re-read a lot of scenes because I forgot some things, which lead to me editing a lot more than I should and it just generally showed in my writing.

But right now, I am actually pretty happy with my “novel”. I like my characters and think they have potential, but I am not yet halfway through the story, which is a bit worrying. Things that I wanted to happen during the course of a year, happened within a week and I might have to edit that after November is done, but right now I’ll just focus on continuing the story the way it is at the moment. I often have the feeling that I’m running out of ideas, until something really funny comes to mind again. Writing truly was an up and down the past week.

So, what am I going to do the next week? I will try to catch up on my word count and I definitely want to get my story moving. I have the tendency to write a lot of dialogue, which doesn’t really move things along. I have no idea how this little project will turn out, but I can tell you one thing: I am not giving up!