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 – 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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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?

Meet Clara – NaNoWriMo Prep

As I’ve mentioned very recently, I saw a great post by Astra over @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels where she introduced her NaNo characters Ophelia and Rosalie. I then decided to do the same and introduced Wick from my NaNo-novel Dreamer. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should! He’s the main character and I explain some of the workings of Dreamer-society. (Click here to read it!)

But today I want to talk about a person Wick hasn’t met yet, but will meet very soon! Clara!

clara3Full Name: Clara Barrett

Age: 25 years

Job: Photographer

Clara is not a Dreamer, she is human and so far knows nothing about the Dreamer-society.

Character: Clara Barrett sees herself as a lone wolf. She tries to manage everything by herself and doesn’t want the help of other people. Her parents and her brother Gabe have always supported her in her dream of becoming a photographer, but they didn’t exactly have means to do so. Clara knew that if she wanted something, she had to work for it herself and she succeeded.
Putting school and her career first lead to a fairly lonely life though. She knows that she can be a major control freak and perfectionist and that that can put some people off. It’s not easy for her to loosen up and to relax, so she rather keeps to herself. She is close with her family though.

clara_bedroomHer apartment is not very colourful. Her job demands a lot of creativity, so she needs a break from it all at home. She’s very ambitious and has built a great reputation with a prominent client base for herself.

It turns out that she draws a lot of the inspiration for her shootings from her dreams, which are mostly very vivid. She doesn’t always recall them perfectly, but enough to get a new idea for her job.

Mannerisms: Bites her lip while concentrating

So, that’s Clara for you. There’s clearly not as much to tell as there was about Wick, but I hope you could still get a clear picture. Now I have a question for you: Would you like to see some side characters as well? Hit me with your thoughts!!!

 

Meet Wick – NaNoWriMo Prep

I recently saw a great post by Astra over @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels where she introduced her NaNo character Ophelia. Since I am still miles away from having plotted and thought through my own NaNo novel Dreamer (which I shortly introduced here),  I took the chance and now want to talk a little more about my main character Wick!

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Full Name: Wick 0308

Age: 26 years

Job: Monitor

Wick is a Dreamer. Despite what it may sound like, Dreamers don’t actually have dreams of their own, they analyze, monitor and control dreams of humans. It is their whole purpose of being, all they ever do in life. However, Wick is different. He may not dream during the night, but he dreams big when it comes to his own life.

In Dreamer-society there are four categories/jobs people get put in. Their fate is decided among “creation”/”birth”, but if unhappy they can take assessment tests on their birthdays to get put into a different group. Wick’s always been a Monitor. That means he watches people’s dreams as they play out and theoretically intervenes when they don’t go according to plan, which has never happened in all of his life.
The other categories consist of the Council, a select few who make the executive decisions for Dreamer-kind, the Analysts, the people who take a look at a person’s data and calibrate the dream accordingly, and the Field Agents. Agents get to go into the dream landscape and interact with humans. It’s the most prestigious and dangerous job in Dreamer-society and the one Wick always wanted to have. He’s taken the test six times now, but he either failed or the results were inconclusive. Still, he doesn’t give up.

wick2Character: Wick is very confident and even though he is not like other Dreamers, he is liked by many of them. Social life among the society is very limited, but he is the kind of person that can always bring life to the party. Some of his friends have tried to set him up with girls, but dating among Dreamers isn’t very romantic. They do get to choose their mate, but have to be approved by the Council. So far Wick wasn’t interested enough in anyone to put up with the hassle.

Mannerisms: Ruffles through his hair when nervous or embarrassed

Appearance: see photos! The first one is of him at his job (= clearly unhappy), the second one of the life he wants to lead.

So, that was it for now. I hope you’ve gotten a clearer picture of my main character through this. I’d love to hear your thoughts!! I’ll soon post a character profile for Clara, so, stay tuned!

NaNoWriMo 2015 Participation & Beautiful Books Link-Up

I’ve made up my mind! Even if I haven’t finished editing Break Up Buddy from last year, I feel like participating in NaNoWriMo again. So, here it is, my official announcement! (If you want me as your writing buddy, don’t hesitate to add me – click here to get to my profile!)

Now, you may wonder what changed my mind. Well, the past months I have participated in the Beautiful People Link-Up, but since NaNoWriMo is so close, Cait from Paper Fury and Sky from Further Up and Further have come up with a surprise – the Beautiful Books Link-Up. It let’s you introduce your novel and I just really wanted to join in again. But please bare in mind that it is still all very rough and a work in progress!

1. How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions gave me the idea to write about this in some way after I had a dream and posted about it on Twitter. She said I should write about it and even though the story has nothing to do with my dream per se, it evolved from that. All that happened like a week ago.
2. Why are you excited to write this novel?
I really like NaNoWriMo and the excitement that comes with participating. I don’t know how it will all go down since I haven’t truly prepped for it yet, but writing in general just gets me psyched!
3. What is your novel about, and what is the title?
I want to remind everyone that this is a working title and it’s called “Dreamer”.
Whereas my last NaNo-novel was a ConRomCom, this one will be more Fantasy-ish. It’s about a guy who’s job it is to monitor dreams. He always wanted to be a field agent and go into people’s dreams to interact with them, but he failed all the necessary tests. Yet, one night something about the calibrations of the dream of the person he’s monitoring goes wrong and he goes into the dream landscape. After that he sort of gets addicted to it and that comes with certain dangers.
4. Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)
Wick – dreamer
Clara – control
I haven’t really thought about anyone beyond that and yes, I am aware that the photos of the people look like the exact opposite of the words I used. Maybe that was intentional, maybe not.


5. Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them!
I haven’t really written from the POV of a boy yet, so that will definitely be interesting. Also, he’s not entirely human, so that adds to the fun of creating him.
6. What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Wick’s people are very different from normal people and he wants to have the full human experience and basically wants to feel all the feels. There are strict rules in his community though and what he’s attempting, messing with dreams and such, is very dangerous. Also a dream-person can’t just cross over into reality. They aren’t designed for that.
7. Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
Okay, those are just a few impressions, because I have not thought about this in detail. I’d say for now my answer would be that the story mainly takes place in Clara’s apartment, Wick’s control room and the dream landscape.


8. What is the most important relationship your character has?
Wick’s relationship to Clara is the strongest, because he is sort of connected to her in a way he could never be with anyone else in his life.
9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Hopefully he won’t have stopped to dream big by the end, but he should know when to fight his battles and who the most important people in his life are.
10. What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
I want them to feel hope – hope that everything is possible. There is of course romance in my book as well, how else could it be?

NaNoWriMo BONUS: Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.
– Taking breaks is totally okay and if you don’t reach your target by the end of the day nothing bad is going to happen! In fact, sometimes writing will be much easier after some time away from the story.
– Plan a little bit, but don’t plan everything! Leave yourself some room to improvise and add bits that come to mind randomly. You’ll need some planning in order not to get lost after a couple thousand words, but make it more of a loose guideline instead of every scene fully planned out. (Unless you feel like you need it that way, everyone is different after all!)
– Don’t stop writing after reaching your target of the day! If you are in the zone, just keep going, because you never know when it will come in handy that you’ve already written a couple words more than necessary.

Are you joining in with NaNoWriMo as well? What do you think of Dreamer? Could that story have potential? What is it you are writing about?

The 100 Season 2 Finale

Why do the shows that I like always have to end this quickly? Prepare for Spoilers for the very emotional Season 2 Finale of the 100 “Blood Must Have Blood, Part II”.

The 100 definitely didn’t hold back this Season and has developed into something much, much darker than before. The first Season was still laced with teenage angst, drama and heartache, but as soon as Mount Weather came into play, survival became even more serious than with the appearance of the Grounders. The character development of Clarke was ginormous as well and I am still not sure if I like all the changes. Nonetheless, I was very happy that this episode was mainly boiled down to the original “100” members (sorry Finn and Wells), without the ever-present Grounders or other adults interfering.

Before I go into detail about how the different storylines ended with “Blood Must Have Blood, Part II”, let’s recap what happened during the first part: Clarke’s alliance with the Grounders crumbled to pieces when Lexa struck a deal with the Mountain men to save her people, but leave the Sky people behind. In a way, I understood where Lexa came from, but it also meant the inevitable end of the very short-lived Clexa ship. While Clarke had to find a way to save her friends by herself now, Jaha discovered some drones and decided to follow them with a boat as big as a nutshell over an undeclared body of water. I think those are the main points, now here’s what happened in part II:

  • Clarke has definitely changed after being “forced” to kill Finn and other shows would have had her at her darkest hour after that, but not the 100. For her it just got worse. She let a bomb be dropped on Tondc which got several people killed, to prove to Cage that she meant business, she killed Dante in cold blood and finally she commited mass murder by letting radiation into Mount Weather. She did it all to protect her people, save them even, but recovering from that will take a long, long time.
    One of the best parts of the episode was the Bellarke reunion. I think it showed that Clarke didn’t have Bellamy’s council and made some bad decisions on the way. Now that they were a team again, Bellamy did his best to lift some of the heavy weight Clarke has to carry on her shoulders. Unfortunately he still couldn’t persuade her to stay as she decided to leave Camp Jaha at the end of the episode. They’ll meet again, but I hate how much the writers tend to torture those who ship them together.
  • Speaking of the mass murder in Mount Weather, it also meant the death of Maya. I wasn’t sure what to think of her at first, but then I really started to like her and she was super cute with Jasper. I don’t know how he’ll ever be able to forgive his friends for that, even if they meant well and saw her as a casualty.
  • Octavia has turned into such a bad-ass warrior the past episodes, she’s just majorly awesome! Sometimes I feel like she’s a little too harsh to Clarke, but I guess she’s just always been very impulsive. And then again, her speaking her mind is one of the characteristics that I always liked most about her. I am also happy that she and Lincoln are still going strong!
  • Abby and Raven’s experience during the last episode was especially cruel to watch. I never expected them to be tortured like that, but we’ll see how they’ll fare after that. They both have men (aka Kane and Wick) that care about them and will take care of them, which is good.
  • Another important revelation had to do with Murphy and Jaha. While Murphy discovered some Rapunzel-like tower that looked like a bachelor pad inside, Jaha found a nice mansion with someone actually living in there. Okay, “someone” might be an exaggeration, since she’s a hologram called A.L.I.E. (or Allie or Ellie, I took A.L.I.E. from Jason Rothenberg himself and I think it’s a smart play on words). She was super happy (and creepy) as she thanked Jaha for getting her a nuke. I felt really disconnected from Jaha’s story this Season, but it was a real WTF-moment with him and that hologram-lady, just like with Clarke last season, that will make Season 3 even more interesting.

I can’t wait for this show to continue. To bide the time, I’m reading the books the show is based on. As soon as I am all caught up on the books, I might do a comparison post on the two.

What were your thoughts about the finale?