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 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

Giveaway Challenge Winner

As a thank you for reaching 100 likes on my blog’s Facebook page, I started a little Giveaway Challenge last week and now it is time to announce the winner. Just as a reminder, the participants had to answer three questions as creatively as possible to win a copy of 101 Things To Do to Become a Superhero … or Evil Genius. The questions were as followed:

  1. Why do YOU want the book?
  2. What is your super power?
  3. Are you going to use it for good or evil?

And now to the exciting part! The winner is: *Drum roll please* Ramona M.

And these were her answers:
1. It really bothers me, when people get the facts wrong. Not every single one of us is wearing a super-silly cape or is using a shitload of make up. So why do I want this book? Do I need it to reach my full potential as an individual with superpowers? Please! I want it just to see, how wrong you people are! And then I will correct your mistakes with my very powerful…RED PEN!!!
2.  A magician never reveals his or her tricks. But what I can say (without having to murder anyone simply for knowing) is: It’s supercool! Duh!

3. Muhahahahahaha…*cough* *almost dies* *puts on serious face again*

Your answers were hilarious and creative, just what I was looking for! Thank you for submitting them and I will contact you as soon as possible to discuss how we get that book to you!

Interestingly enough, if not entirely surprising though, most of you have quite the evil mindset! I hope you won’t send your minions after me now, but I only had one book to give away. I want to thank everyone who participated in the Challenge! Even if you didn’t win, I want you to know that I got some great answers from you and it encouraged me to think about doing something similar for another milestone again.

Social Media Thank You & GIVEAWAY Challenge

Most of you have probably noticed by now that shortly before my 100th post, I created a Facebook page for this blog as well as a Twitter account. I can’t believe how quickly we managed to get to a 100 likes on Facebook. Everyone who has supported me and my blog is a true hero/heroine in my eyes! So, I decided I wanted to give something back to you!

Foto (1)Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to get a present for all of you, but one lucky person will receive a very special book from me. Drum roll please! It’s 101 Things To Do to Become a Superhero … or Evil Genius! If you want to win this book, you just have to answer three simple questions:

  1. Why do YOU want the book?
  2. What is your super power?
  3. Are you going to use it for good or evil?

 

It is completely in your hands, how you want to answer the questions! It can be everything from a nice written text, a picture, a video or whatever else you can come up with. You can send me your answers via email, leave a comment, post it on the Facebook page, message me or even tweet me – given that your answer has only 140 characters that is! (Click here to be redirected to my Contact Page if you don’t have the necessary information!) The most creative answer will be chosen as the winner and will be featured on the blog! You have time until October 10 to submit your answers. Have fun with this! I can’t wait to hear what you can come up with!