10/18/14

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November is almost here and with it NaNoWriMo!  I’m very excited since it seems to be the easiest way for me to get any writing done.  For some reason Camp NaNo just doesn’t motivate me as much and I never finish what I start, but I have yet to fail a November NaNo.

I’m the type of writer who likes to plan out all the little events in a story and organize them by chapter, making a thorough outline for myself.  If I don’t do this it’s a miracle if a story ever gets completed.  I think I’ve only finished three stories without planning them while I have about thirty or so unfinished stories lying around because I have no idea what’s going to happen in them.  Planning a story from start to finish really helps me move along and keep the word count up since I always know what’s going to happen.

Now, the only problem I have is choosing what I’m going to write.  I have a bunch of ideas written down on various scraps of paper littering my desk.  Ideas on bits of receipt tape from work, written quickly between stocking freight and late-night shoppers needing me to check them out.  Ideas on colorful post-it notes, stuck all about my desk and whiteboard.  Ideas saved to documents that make my desktop look like an unorganized disaster and not even I can begin to straighten that up.  So, with all these ideas lying around it’s hard to settle on one.  One day I’ll start planning out a story, open my notebook and set pen to paper and after five chapters have been laid out I’ll become bored and think that a different story would be better suited for November.  After all, I have my whole life to work on all these other stories, but only one will be written this November.

I don’t know.  Hopefully I get this sorted before the start of November.

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Small (pointless) Update About How Lazy I Am…

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So, I’m pretty much failing at this studying Korean thing.  On my days off work I end up playing Minecraft or GTAV Online for hours on end and when I do work I feel way to tired to do anything but lay around the house (which seriously needs to be cleaned, but I’m too lazy for that too).  It doesn’t help that now, besides wanting to learn Chinese, I’ve also developed an interest in Japanese.  I’ve decided to stick with my first love, Korean, and try not to be distracted by other languages until I make some progress.  Maybe next year I can start learning Chinese or Japanese.  I’m going to try and study for 30-60 minutes each day.  If I don’t stick to it, then oh well.  I obviously have the time and I only have myself to blame for not learning anything.

Moving on~
Camp NaNo has started, but I don’t think I’ll be participating.  It’s not too late to join in, but I really need to finish up on some other things and having a word count goal doesn’t really motivate me, so there’s not really a reason to join.  So instead of NaNo I’m going to finish editing the story I’m going to use my Createspace code on (from last NaNoWriMo).  I have the proof I just need to finish looking it over.  And then there are the, like, seven stories on Wattpad that I need to finish, ugh, why did I ever even abandon them?

Wow, okay, now that I’m done whining about everything – it’s time to do some studying!  Hopefully by my next post I will have finally decided not to be so damn lazy in everything I do.

Laziness & Language Battles

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I am one of those really lazy people who when they have a day off work just lays around the house and watches Netflix or plays a video game all day.  I always plan to write a little or study some, but thenIi procrastinate until I just end up putting it off for another day.  I really need to work on changing that…

Writing

I haven’t worked on finishing anything but I have been editing one of my past NaNo’s for my free copies from Createspace.  I don’t know how many times I’ve edited this thing, but I still haven’t gotten completely sick of rereading it.  I know by the time I think I’ve finished I’ll have missed something, but since it’s only for my eyes I don’t really care that much.  I still want to finish one of my old stories by the end of the month, but I don’t think I will.  I got a message on tumblr from someone asking me if I was going to continue one of my stories that I haven’t updated since May 2012 and that has given me some motivation to work on it.  So who knows, maybe I will actually finish something…but probably not.  Yay for optimism! //sarcasm

Sadly, my brain is still filled up with story ideas while my flashdrive is clogged up with documents of stories long abandoned.

Korean

I’ve been working through Integrated Korean quite slowly, taking my time and reviewing words that don’t stick.  I haven’t gotten around to listening to Talk To Me In Korean lessons, but I mainly just need to review the first level anyways.  I’ll do that today (I say that now, but I’ll probably put it off because I have a lot of other things to do… yeah…totally…).

My lack of studying Korean isn’t necessarily because I’m lazy.  I’ve actually been really interested in Mandarin lately and so my attention keeps wavering and I find myself listening to ChinesePod101 lessons.  I don’t even know why I like Mandarin so much.  I used to cringe when watching Taiwanese dramas, I didn’t like the way Chinese sounded, but now I’m used to it and really starting to like the way it sounds.  I get really excited about learning a new word in Chinese.  But all my interest lies in Korean entertainment and culture.  So I’m having a mental battle trying to decide on which language to learn.  I could try for both, but I don’t think my brain can handle that right now… 나 어떡해?

NaNo Planning

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The Outline

Finally, I have finished my NaNo outline!  I was going to work on it yesterday, but I procrastinated until I had to go to bed.  But here I am with a notebook in front of me, my hand aching from handwriting (something I hardly ever do) and an outline that I hope will help me make it through November without wanting to give up.

I’ve broken Separation Anxiety into five parts:

  1. So They Met
  2. Love the Universe Pulls For
  3. All Meetings Have an End
  4. Trace for Disappearing
  5. When the Door Closes

And combined it should come to a total of twenty-four chapters.  I’m not actually sure how long it’s going to be though.  Obviously, it should come up to at least 50,000, but I’m thinking it will end up quite a bit more than that.  Every year my NaNo’s seem to get longer and longer.

When I started planning, I didn’t have an end in mind, I knew about some of things that were going to happen in the story and I knew the beginning, but I didn’t know the end.  Usually I have an end in mind and have to think really hard about the start of the story.  I was doing great at planning the story out, until I got to the last few chapters.  I wasn’t sure how I was possibly going to make a resolution to the story, but I pushed through and now I’m super excited.  It turns out that Separation Anxiety takes place in the same universe as another of my stories and I get to bring back one of my favorite characters for a couple of scenes.

The Characters

Going into this, I had four characters that played major roles in the story: Jack, Kendall, Brandi and Aaron.  Now there are only three, with Aaron having been demoted to being mentioned in one chapter.

Jack is the main character, Kendall is his love interest, Brandi is dead and Aaron is apparently not as important as I thought he was.

Oh, and then there’s Sean.  A cupid who hates humans.

So… Yeah

I didn’t really think this post out before typing it, but I’m not into structured posts anyways.  NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, but I have to be at work early in the morning so I probably won’t be starting NaNo until 6pm or so.  Still, I am really excited for this story and I can’t wait to begin!

NaNo Countdown

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It’s Oct. 30 and that means NaNo is really just around the corner.  Luckily, I have the next two days off work so I can get as much planning done as I can (because I really don’t want to be a pantser, I don’t think it suits me… besides, I don’t wear pants).  I have my notebook out and my pen is around here somewhere – I will get this done… hopefully.

I have at least come up with my idea and I am almost certain I will stick with it.  I went from wanting to write a young adult novel similar to gossip girl (but not really at all similar I guess…) to a supernatural thriller involving soul mates and cupid.  So, without further ado, here’s my word vomit summary (kind of):

If you knew who your soul mate was would you search for them and love them and protect them? Would you give up everything for them so you could just be with them? Could you? These aren’t questions Jack has ever considered, but if he had, the answer would be a definite… yes.

Jack met Kendall in high school and since the very first moment he saw her he wanted to be always be by her side. He didn’t know why he felt this way and he hated that she never did seem to feel the same for him, but still he stayed with her. Friend-zoned and content. Through high school, college and into their careers as adults he was her best friend, always there for her when she needed a shoulder to cry on and always willing to go to the zoo or get coffee – whatever she wanted.

On his twenty-fifth birthday he decides he can’t take it anymore and it is time to confess to her his true feelings. Things don’t go as planned and they fight. He leaves her place in tears and brokenhearted. And that was the last time Kendall ever saw Jack.

But he was still there… watching her.

When I read this to my sister she automatically knew what was going to happen.  I don’t know if it’s because it’s obvious or if it’s because we think in such similar ways.  Anyways~  I shouldn’t be wasting anymore time here, I have planning to do!

Is anyone else out there doing NaNo?  Are you planning or pantsing it?

NaNo ’13

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This will be my fourth year participating in NaNoWriMo.  Every year I write something completely different from the last, never the same genre, never the same characters and I just have a blast doing it.  I normally plan it all out months beforehand and have pages upon pages of ideas, plot points, sample dialogue and scenarios for my characters to end up in… but this year I have been slacking.  Between work and video games and goofing off on the internet, I haven’t really thought much about NaNo.  Now that it’s right around the corner I’ve been thinking about what I want to write and I’ve had to deal with the fact that I’m going to be pantsing it this year.  It’s so strange, I very rarely try to write something without some kind of outline.

For the past week I’ve been jumping from idea to idea, trying to pick out something that will hold my attention for a month without me getting bored of it.  I’ve considered genre, what kind of characters I want, the setting – but I have come up with nothing… sort of.  I thought I had a story picked out and then… I ended up starting it just to see how I felt about it and realized it will have to be something I work on outside of NaNo.  So I must say goodbye to that idea until around next year sometime.

So, what am I going to do this year?  I don’t know yet, but I have an inkling it’s going to be something involving soul mates, best friends and death.

If you are participating in National Novel Writing Month as well my username is horror-zombie-gem and you can find me here.