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 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 3

So, week 3 of NaNoWriMo has come and gone. Time’s just flying by! To catch up, you can read my recap of Week 1, Week 2 and the participation announcement by clicking on the links!

Since it’s become somewhat of a routine, I’ll start with my current word count again. As of right now, my novel consists of 32,493 words and today’s goal is 36,000. So, even though I am still behind, I did catch up a little and reached my personal goal of passing the 30K mark during week three.

Week three has been a bit strange for me though. It wasn’t as dreadful as Week two, but I did feel like inspiration wasn’t exactly on my side. More often than not, I was sitting in front of my laptop, wondering what on earth I could possibly write. I was supposed to have reached the halfway point of my story, not just my writing, but I felt a little lost. By now, I think I’ve actually accomplished getting beyond that mid-point and am now looking forward to tying up all the loose ends during the next week. I have some sort of idea where the story is supposed to end, but as I am making most of it up as I go along it might just turn out a little different than I thought.

The problem with making it up on the way is that it’s easy to get stuck. You didn’t think it through and therefore have no major plot points to hold on to. During the last weeks I found several things you can do, when you have no idea how to continue your story:

  • Do something crazy! Whether it’s introducing an odd character who’ll be gone in a couple of chapters never to return again or turning your main character’s life upside down by giving him/her amnesia – just try it! I had my doubts if that would work, but it just makes writing more interesting again. The thing is, when you’re bored writing something, the reader will probably be bored reading it, so don’t be afraid of spicing things up every once in a while. It doesn’t mean that you have to leave it in your final draft.
  • Let your characters go on a road trip! Sounds simple because it really is that simple. I thought it didn’t fit my story at all, but then I kept thinking about it and just wrote it and it was fun and opened my story up for a lot of new possibilities.
  • Play the “What if” game! What if the worst possible thing happens to my character? What if my character gets exactly what he/she wants? Think it through and you might find a new angle to your story.

There are tons of other things you can do, such as writing prompts, word sprints or looking through the motivational speeches NaNo sends you every week (by authors such as Stephanie Perkins and the likes). Whatever you do, don’t give up in the last week! I know that NaNo isn’t for everyone and it’s completely up to you if you want to throw the towel or not, but I have to write about 2,000 words every day to get to 50,000 and I don’t know if I’ll make it, but I’ll definitely try!

Happy writing everyone! How are you doing so far?

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!

NaNoWriMo Week 1

So, the first week of NaNoWriMo is coming to it’s end and this is a little recap of how it went. If you don’t know what I am talking about, click here to read my previous post!

The first week went really well so far and I didn’t have a hard time reaching my daily goals. I am currently at a word count of 10,859 words, which means I am about 20% done (YAY!). Yet, it wasn’t all easy peasy the entire time and here’s why:

When you first start considering doing NaNoWriMo, there are a couple of things they tell you to do or not do. First, it is recommended that you put your inner editor in the kennel while writing, since it’s all about quantity and not quality. I can tell you, that is something I am not capable of doing! Of course you’re allowed to rewrite stuff if you start to contradict yourself or just changed your mind about something, but you’re not supposed to keep re-reading what you already wrote and to try and find a better way of saying it. But that is exactly what I am doing every other day. I just can’t continue to write something new if I am not happy with what I’ve already written. And at some point during the past week I just freaked and thought my story was an utter failure, because something just wasn’t right. I know, I know … the first draft is never that good and I can edit it all I want when the month is over, that is if I managed to finish it, but the thing is, I didn’t dislike the story in general, I was just unhappy with parts of it. So, I decided to not follow another recommendation.

While you’re writing, you can tell the whole world that you are doing NaNoWriMo, but you don’t actually show your story to anyone. If you want to work on it after the month is over, it is a great idea to show people the final version in order to get feedback, but you’re not exactly supposed to do this while you’re still working on it. It completely makes sense, because before you know it, everyone has an opinion on what is best and how it could continue, even though you are quite capable of coming up with these things all on your own. But I needed help and confirmation that I wasn’t going entirely over board and in the wrong direction with my story. I showed it to one person and as of today, she is still the only person who was granted a glimpse at my writing. I talked with her and she confirmed my suspicions about a problem in my story and gave me feedback, which immensely helped me fix it. In addition to that, she also boosted my confidence and gave me new motivation. I don’t know if this will work for everyone, but I was stuck and knew that I needed an outside opinion to keep the story from turning into a full blown disaster.

So, breaking the “rules” worked for me, but I am interested in seeing how it will go the second week. Motivation usually starts to drop around that time, but I am still determined to reach the 50,000 words and to finally finish a writing project. If you’re wondering what I am writing about, I still want to keep it a secret, but I can tell you that it is a Contemporary Romantic Comedy (aka ConRomCom) with the title Break Up Buddy. If you suspect that it is cheesy at times, you are absolutely correct, but that is just me – forever the hopeless romantic.

I hope your week proved as fruitful as mine! Read you tomorrow for the finale of Doctor Who!

NaNoWriMo 2014 Participation

As some of you may already know, I intend to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo. In case you have no idea what that is, here’s a little explanation: NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is an event that takes place every November all over the world. In those 30 days you are supposed to write a novel with at least 50,000 words. Also, you are not allowed to write a single word for the story before November 1 and there is a time limit of maximum one month for plotting and character development. (If you want more information on the project and how to participate yourself, please click here!)

You probably think this is crazy. “How could a person write a whole book in just one month?”, but let me tell you this: it can be done! In fact, very famous novels such as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or Fight Club have been written in much less time. Yet, I would not exactly call myself a writer and NaNoWriMo will definitely take up a lot of time. I’m just really happy that it’s more about quantity rather than quality. Nonetheless, this means my blog might suffer a little in terms of regular blog posts, but I hereby promise to still write about the two-part finale of Doctor Who, and after finally catching up with the latest of episodes of Downton Abbey, about that as well. If you are interested in hearing about my writing ideas and my general progress on NaNoWriMo, let me know in the comments below and I will blog about that as well. And last but not least, if you are participating in NaNoWriMo and you still want a writing buddy, don’t hesitate to add me! Click here for that!

Wish me luck for reaching 50,000 and tell me what you think about my plan to participate in this ludicrous event!