Friday, December 6, 2019

The NaNoWriMo // GIFs + Commentary

Now this is interesting.

I'm writing a blog post ... without having it pre-written. Honestly, can you imagine something so ridiculous? A writer ... writing something the night before it's supposed to be posted?

Bah!

It's not like I do this on a regular basis, let me tell you.

I DID NOT turn in an essay today that was due five minutes later. Because even homeschoolers procrastinate.

But that's beside the point. What I'm here to tell you about is NaNo. The summary. The intro. The during. The promise of gifs, really, is why we're all here, let's be honest.





Let's get to it then.

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> WEEK 1

Total Wordcount: 22464

Wonderfully, like the wise human being I am, I woke up at 5:30 AM. Not with an alarm, just the internal clock of a writer who knows that its NANO AND LETS GET MOVING FINGERS WE HAVE A BOOK TO WRITE.

So on the first day I ended up writing 5000 words. Not a bad start, and I wasn't confident I'd keep up the pace.

First two chapters went EXACTLY (almost) how I wanted them to go. Then I got to the third POV and.... it all kind of fell apart.

They're fighting for no reason.

Why are they punching each other?

Oh, now they're sitting on a couch and sharing a bowl of mushrooms.

Let's be honest:

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> WEEK 2

Total Worcount: 16325

Less than last week, and I was basically dying halfway through the week. Still, I was proud of myself. Took it a bit more chill, a bit more balanced, got the things done that I needed to.

Just be cruisin' through Meridian like whatevs. Eating the junk food called NaNo is easy when you wear sunglasses and a metal suit.

I didn't have a metal suit.

But we'll ignore that. I just poured those junk foods alllll over Meridian.

....

Sure did taste good tho.

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> WEEK 3

Total Wordcount: 11416

Well ... that's disappointing. This is the week where it was really just difficult for me to get anything done.

But I got 50k this week so I shouldn't complain.

But I'm complaining.

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It's NaNo. Donuts are very much allowed.

Moving on then.

> WEEK 4

Total Wordcount: 25084

Let me say this.

This week was exhilarating. I didn't get an assignment for school done, and that cost me during December (ie up until Wednesday of this week). I didn't really do much of anything except sit there and jam out words onto my keyboard.

0/10 would not recommend trying to write 3k a day to reach a massive goal if you're already brain dead.

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If only I had listened.

I kind of... just kept going???

> WEEK 5

(which only consisted of 2 days) 

Total Wordcount: 4740

UGH.

I DIED.

EXCEPT THE LAST DAY. 

The last day went well because that, my frens, is the day that I reached my goal. 

ALL TOLD: 

I wrote 80024. I finished Part One of Meridian, which I have officially titled Meridian: Ghost Planet. In addition, I finished a short story which I hope to share with you all some day or another in the mid-to-close future. 

So I've now written 6 books. 

I kind of just looked at NaNo for a second on December 1.

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BECAUSE I PROVED IT TO MYSELF.

Honestly, I learned a lot through NaNo. I have written every day since NaNo, haven't taken a single day off. With Part One of Meridian finished, I've returned to Magnolia Sun so I can finish the last 30k that remains in that novel.

And it's beautiful.

I've loled at what Den has to say, because his sarcastic comments are the best.

Don't take me wrong, I enjoyed NaNo immensely, but it's a completely different kind of writing. The primary goal of NaNoWriMo is to get wordcounts as high as possible. There's no artistic goal to it. 

And I love the art of writing, I've realized.

Coming back to writing, I can focus so much more on tailoring my writing to what I really want it to look like.

Before NaNoWriMo, writing was forced, and difficult.

After NaNoWriMo, I've not had this much fun in a long time. 

Most of all, I think NaNo really re-ignited the writing spark in me. I can do this ya'll. We can do this. Anything you set your mind to.

It might not be easy. 

And you might need to get a handle on better time-management. 

Like ... you should probably get all the assignments that you need to get done DONE before you go and write your book. 

*glances at missed assignments*

*smiles widely*

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So next time that writer's block comes knocking on my door, next time I doubt how many words I can write, next time that I'm not quite sure how I can deal with these characters, next time anything from myself threatens my writing, I know what to say.


These are my characters.

Laurel, Ace, Rush, Rigel, all those peeps. 

These are my books.

Lucid, Meridian, Magnolia Sun.

I'm a writer. 

We're writers.

Don't you forget what you are. Earth is closed today, to those threats that make you doubt yourself. 

Have a great week, my friends.

Snapper Out.


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JUST KIDDING

I have something to say first.

It's that time of year. 

The time of year to start asking for BLOGOVERSARY QUESTIONSSSS!! 

I'm not setting any limit on them, just ask me as many or as little questions you want to ask, about anything you want to ask at all. Fire away.

Now. 

Snapper Out. 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Shared WIP Tag // Week Five: Snippets

So it comes to this.

The last two days of NaNoWriMo.

Unless you decided not to read this until tomorrow, in which case it's the last day of NaNoWriMo.

Unless you decided to neglect me further and read this after NaNoWriMo has ended. 

Whatever the case, welcome back. I'm ded.

One hundred percent and thoroughly WANTING TO BE DONE WRITING. But, I have a goal, so I will write still more these last two days then take a loverly break from writing for a bit. Probably just a day. I'm on a role now. 

Cinnamon rolls.

Christmas rolls.

Rolls of wrapping paper. 

Let's move on, shall we? 

(btw I'm going to have one massive nano wrap-up next Friday in which I'll announce my final wordcount and what I wrote and what I learned and other rolls). 





> Line you’re most likely to cut in revisions?

You mean besides all of them?

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> Line you’re most proud of?

I'm actually pretty proud of this book, except for the last few chapters when I was really just pounding the keyboard for the sake of it. 

More disturbing than the sensation of a vibrating alarm was the idea of having to get out of bed.

> Line that made you cry while you were writing it?

Just ... don't even ask. It was 10:45pm and sad....

The cinnamon-scented boy with cinnamon-colored freckles. 

Hang on. I go cry now. 

> Piece of dialogue that made you laugh out loud, shiver or flail?

Whatever words they'd tried to use to articulate what would happen mostly went over his head, since threats of scorpion stings shut down his listening capabilities. 

Idk about you but that's not very funny. 

I kinda freaked out. 

> Line that made you stop writing for a minute so you could process it

To his right, Laurel. Brown hair. Blue eyes. Deadset face laced with concern. Rush smiled. She was always the one who could pull off two emotions at once.
Deadset emotion. 

Such a pineapple she was.

Why am I calling Laurel a pineapple?? 

This must've been one of those moments where I got really close to losing my mind. 

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> Favorite snippet that describes a place or character?

Gray craters and boulders and dust, traded for the most emerald hues, tones of the spectrum that had only been recreated by mankind. This was the original, the foundational, the true color of the Universe. A blue dome covered them, higher than any of the other atmospheric domes on the Moon. 

Voices spoke. The chatter of creek water. A shudder from the crowd of trees. The grass laughed, touching each other, swaying again. Birds pointed out the best of it all.

When you see the surface of the Earth for the first time. 

> Line you can hardly believe you wrote (whether that's positive or negative is up to you)

Unfortunately, I deleted this from my book as soon as I realized what crime I was committing, but I wrote this beginning of a sentence and took a picture to capture sheer ridiculousness of my decision.

The funnel of a tunnel . . . 

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> A snippet where even you aren’t entirely sure what’s happening.

There was a pause, and the shadow of Ace's peripheral noticed that Ben took a step back. "You okay?"
"Are you horrified with what you've done to me?" Ace coughed, twisted so his back was plastered against the cool aluminum walls....
"I'm not horrified at all," Ben said, crossing his arms. "You deserved it."
"Then no," Ace answered. "I am not okay. In fact, I've never felt worse."

These two weren't even supposed to fight, but right out of the gate, Ace gets in a fight and I don't know why. I still don't know. :/

I shall edit it like:

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> Weird thing you had to Google mid-writing-session.

Aft vs port seems pretty tame.

But then you get this. 


They are, in fact, called thorns. 

Just so you know.

> Beginning sentence and ending sentence (if possible without spoilers).

It could potentially be spoilery so ....

Move along. 



>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> All snippets from Meridian by Danielle Droubay. They are mine. Don't take them.

And that finishes the last part of the Shared WIP tag! Huge thank you to Julian Daventry for bringing us bloggers together to create this tag. Go check out the other posts then finish those novels! 

Or don't.

Do what you want. 


Snapper out.