NaNoWriMo 2015 – The End! (+ Dreamer Chapter 8)

It’s debatable whether I deserve this banner or not, but I don’t care. I revised my goal for NaNoWriMo and wanted to achieve 25K and I managed to do exactly that! I am really proud of that achievement, so I am treating myself to the banner above. Also, if you think about it, I posted almost every day on the blog this month (except for last week), so my total words written would have exceeded 50K. If you just look at the novel, I still wrote 55 word pages, 25,097 words and 18 chapters. I’d say that’s pretty decent!

However, my novel (Dreamer) is far from being finished. I feel like I am still in the first third of the story, which makes sense if you think about the word count. I loved writing it though and I will definitely continue to work on it. But for now, I am celebrating! 

I think this will also be the last time that I post a chapter of Dreamer here on the blog. If you want to continue reading it and are willing to give feedback, just shoot me a mail or PM on Twitter (you can find my contact info here) and I’ll send you a pdf file with updates.

Last but not least, I also want to congratulate my fellow Wrimos! Whatever word count you have achieved, you are awesome! I hope you had as much fun writing as I did! If you are willing to share your experiences below, I’d be more than happy to talk about it!

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – How Is Everyone Doing? + Dreamer Chapter 7

There are only 3 MORE DAYS until the end of NaNoWriMo! I announced yesterday that I revised my goal and cut it down to 25K, but now I want to know: How are you guys doing? Are you right on target? Did you change your goal to a lower/higher word count as well? And how are you feeling about your story and characters by now? Have grown on you or gotten on your nerves? I tend to love my characters deeply but get frustrated with them just as much when they once more don’t do what I want them to do. I’ve learnt that it’s better to go with the flow when the story takes unpredictable and unplanned turns, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get annoyed when it happens. I wish I had written more this year, but I am just glad that I wrote something new again. I wasn’t getting anywhere with Break Up Buddy anyway.

Because I can’t really tell you much else, I’ll just share another chapter of Dreamer. (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are already available!)

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Progress + Chapter 5

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So, with being busy and all, I haven’t written anything new in a couple of days. This year everything was just so much busier than I thought it would be that I don’t think I can finish NaNoWriMo with 50K and that is okay. The important thing is that I got back into writing, that I had fun and that I’ll continue to have fun writing, because I am definitely not stopping now!!! I want to finish the first draft of Dreamer this year and I think that’s a manageable goal. So, that’s that for NaNo, I’ll tell you my final word count when we get to it!

Now, you already had the chance to read Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 of Dreamer. I loved reading your reactions and questions and that’s why I’ll continue to share chapters. I hope you’ll share your feedback with me in return!

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Dreamer Chapter 4

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Because I missed yesterday’s TTT (by the way, really nice quotes everyone!), I am going to share another chapter from my NaNo-novel Dreamer again. I know that my logic doesn’t exactly make sense, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. (Read Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and/or Chapter 3 by clicking on them!)

I’m not really all too happy about this one, but editing comes later … We get to see a little of Clara’s life for a change, since we already know a bit about Wick and his friends now. I don’t think I need to tell you much more than that. I am still 10K or so behind on my word count and I doubt it will get much better with the Comic Con coming up this weekend. Well, I can still do it. Positive thoughts everyone!

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Week 2 + Dreamer Chapter 3

So, week 2 of NaNoWriMo is over. I’ve been to two local write-ins so far and they were nice, but I am not sure how much they actually helped me progress with Dreamer. I’ve found out that word sprints and the likes aren’t really for me, I like to write in my own pace and time and not be forced to do so. As I am writing this, my current word count is at 14,215 words and by the end of the day I should be at 25,000 words. I think we all know that’s not going to happen, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. 50,000 words is still a valid goal and I like writing my story, so I’ll get there sooner or later.

I heard that 98% of the NaNoWriMos struggle during week 2 (totally a made up number by the way!), but it is important that you keep going. I wrote something every day during the past weeks, sometimes only 100 words, other times more than 2K. Sometimes your characters just won’t do what you want them to do. They’ll argue and talk back like little children, but if you just keep going, the story will pick up again. Your brain will produce something awesome and new and exciting. Just keep writing! 

So, how are you my fellow WriMos? How is your WIP doing? Is everything going the way you thought it would?

And as promised I will continue to post chapters of Dreamer here. (You can already read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 by clicking on them!) Please keep in mind that this is a first draft. A lot can change after I go about editing and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are still typos in there. (Last week I wrote “She was scaring the screen” instead of “staring at the screen” …) Enjoy!

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Dreamer Progress + Chapter 2

So, NaNoWriMo is till going in full force, soon hitting it’s halftime mark, and I am still so far behind.  In fact, I am now 7K behind the current word goal, but if I write about 2K a day, I can still make it. I don’t know why it is going so much slower than last year, but somehow I am often stuck in the middle of the story. Sometimes I’ll get bursts of inspiration and other days simply nothing. It’s a little frustrating, but I just don’t want to stop writing. However, I do feel like plotting more next year, just to have a better outline.

But enough with the whining! I shared the first chapter of Dreamer (click here if you haven’t read it yet) last weekend and quite a few of you have expressed interest in reading more. Now, here you go with Chapter 2, but be aware that it’s a lot longer than the last one!

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Progress Week 1

For those of you who are my writing buddies (add me here if you haven’t yet), you know that I am pretty far behind with my NaNo-novel Dreamer (more than 5,000 words to be exact). But for some strange reason I am still not worried. I’ve written something every day so far and I continue to do so. Sometimes I exceed my expectations for the day and other times I am way below it, but the thing is, you want NaNoWriMo to be fun. It shouldn’t be a forced activity and I refuse to let it become any such thing. For now my main focus is to keep writing and keep having a good time while doing it.

A lot of you have asked me to share bits of my story and I thought, why not? So, here you go with my first chapter/prologue/I don’t even know what I’m doing! (Keep in mind that I am mostly sleep deprived while writing and that this is a first draft.) Now enjoy!

Dreamer – Chapter 1

The blinking red lights woke him up. At first, Wick was confused and disoriented. Usually the lights never flashed; they weren’t supposed to. It meant that something was wrong. Now he knew why Aurora had always told him not to sleep on the job. Coming back to his senses, he quickly checked all the dream-stats and it was true, but it couldn’t be. It was just an ordinary dream.
Clara Barrett, 25 years of age and renowned photographer was his current dreamer. He didn’t understand why they resorted to calling the humans that. He was a Dreamer himself, but his life was nothing like the ones he had to watch every night. Wick wasn’t sure whether he had monitored Clara’s dreams before, but if he did, he probably couldn’t remember. There were only very few dreams worth remembering, which was also most likely the reason why humans forgot about them so easily.
This one was a standard model as well. Aurora tried to get him some good cases as often as possible, but she’s been more careful since the Council sent someone to keep a close eye on Wick’s unit of Monitors. Classic Council-move: sending someone to monitor the Monitors. However, now he was stuck with boring dream-landscapes most of the time. Clara’s dream shouldn’t have been any different, just her reliving a stressful day at work or coping with some mean girl problems from the past. But it was different. The stats showed high levels of stress and her anxiety was through the roof. Wick switched screens to look at the image of the current scene that was playing out in Clara’s mind.
“What the …” He mumbled to himself. Clara was frantically running, as if she was being chased by something or someone, but the image got blurry on that part. Another thing that wasn’t supposed to happen. Wick knew that he only had two options. He could go and look for his new supervisor Don, who would subsequently appoint a Field Agent to go into the dream and help this Clara-person. Or, and this option appealed to Wick a lot more, he could go into the dream himself. He eyed the big, blue button on the far left side of his console with longing. He always wanted to go into a dream.
Of course there was the slight problem that he wasn’t supposed to even think about venturing into the dream-landscape, in fact it was highly forbidden for Monitors to do so. Visiting dreams was an honour reserved only for trained Field Agents and Wick was definitely not one of them. No matter how much he studied, six years in total he had failed the necessary tests to switch occupation.
He heard steps from the hallway, probably Don making his rounds and checking on everyone. Wick glanced from the button to the door and knew it was now or never. Just as the door handle was pressed down, Wick disappeared into the dream.

What do you think? How is your NaNo-ing going? I’d love to hear all about your WIP!

Clara’s Circle – NaNoWriMo Prep

As promised yesterday (Wick’s Circle post), I am now going to introduce you to Clara’s circle of friends and family. If, by some miracle, you still haven’t read about my MC’s for Dreamer, then you should check out Wick and Clara by clicking on their names. I’ve mentioned before that Clara is a bit of a lone wolf, but let’s see who you’re going to meet today!

GabeName: Gabriel Barrett

Profile: Gabe is Clara’s older brother and the kind of guy who looks like he has it all figured out. He’s 30, has a stable mid-level job, a wife and a baby on the way. Life is exactly the way he pictured it, except that he is freaking out. He is scared of screwing everything up, simply because of the fact that no one thinks he can.
Sometimes he is jealous of his sister’s more glamorous, lone photographer life style. But in the end Gabe is Clara’s rock, best friend and confidant. If she needs someone to talk to (or vice versa), they are likely to turn to each other.

 

melindaName: Melinda Barrett

Profile: Clara and Mel’s relationship was a bit weird at first. Mel thought that Clara didn’t like her and in a way that was true, because she felt like Mel was taking away her brother. Gabe forced them to spend some time together though and they’ve actually found quite some similarities. They are both ambitious and driven, they both have worked hard to get to the place they are at. Now they are friends and sometimes even gang up on Gabe together.
Mel is a lawyer and earns more than her husband. She is trying to convince him to go on paternity leave when the baby is here and even though he’s giving her a hard time (talking about his masculinity and such), he actually thinks it’s the best idea and that he would probably love it.

 

biancaName: Bianca Clarke

Profile: Bianca is Clara’s assistant and they are pretty close because they spend so much time together. Bianca’s girlfriend does not approve of this, even though there is absolutely nothing going on between B and Clara. They’ve grown accustomed to each other’s quirks and that makes working together a lot easier. Clara knows that B has a lot of potential and tries to push her, sometimes a little too much though.
Bianca is more relaxed, likes to party and meet new people. She’s not looking to make a career in a few seconds, she thinks she has enough time for responsibilities later on.

Tomorrow is the NaNoWriMo kick-off event and I am going dressed as a Shadowhunter. I am really excited but also a little terrified. Starting to write on midnight precisely isn’t exactly when my concentration is at my best. Wish me luck! And what did you think of today’s characters?

Wick’s Circle – NaNoWriMo Prep

I think we’ve established that I originally got the idea to make character profiles from Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to NovelsIf you still haven’t read about my MC’s for Dreamer, then you should check out Wick and Clara by clicking on their names. Now what do I mean by today’s post title “Wick’s Circle”? I’m pretty much going to talk about Wick’s circle of friends, acquaintances and general people in his life. The profiles won’t be as detailed as the ones for the MC’s, but I hope you still get a grasp of who those people are.


elyName
: Ely 1402

Profile: He is Wick’s best friend and also sort of idol because he is a Field Agent. They met during one of the testing sessions Wick went to, to get reassigned. Ely made it, Wick didn’t.
Ely is loyal and does things by the book. When Wick is on one of his reckless sprees, he’s the one keeping him grounded and out of trouble.
The Council thinks that if Ely would distance himself from Wick, he might have a great career ahead of him.

autumnName: Aurora 2210

Profile: Aurora is Wick’s assigned Analyst. They have a very sibling-like relationship (at least Wick thinks so). She often tries to do him a favour and calibrates the dream to include as much action as possible.
She’s a generally organised person and very smart, which is why she loves being an Analyst. She is happy with her part in Dreamer-society, even though Wick constantly teases her about her boring tasks.

donName: Don 0301

Profile: Don is dispatched from the Council to oversee Wick and his Monitor colleagues. He is a very no-nonsense kind of guy and tells things as they are. Generally being very demanding to the point of being rude, he is not liked very much.
Wick annoys him to no end, but he secretly has a soft spot for the guy, because he often feels confined by Dreamer-rules himself.

EvelynName: Evelyn 1301

Profile: Evelyn is the Head of the Council and does not like Wick at all. She thinks he’s a disruption of the system and can’t tolerate that. If she could, she would forbid Wick to take any more tests to become a Field Agent, but unfortunately (or good for Wick) she can’t change Dreamer-laws all by herself.

So, those are some important Dreamer people right there! Clara’s friends will probably be introduced tomorrow and then it’s getting serious! What do you think?