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.

NaNo and Other Writings

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*Warning: this is a unedited, rambling post*

I did complete Nano, but it was difficult.  The story kind of dissolved into a incoherent mess by the midway point.  I hope it’s something I can fix, if not I’m not too worried about it.  Goodbye Summer was never supposed to be a serious work anyway, I have better ideas and things that fit my style more anyway.

The end of the year is approaching and I haven’t seriously worked on a piece of writing since November 2012 (when I got my job).  Every time I sit down and try to write I become easily distracted with something else or I’m too tired to focus on writing anything.  I used to love writing and did it all the time, updating my stories on Wattpad quite regularly, now I update a story every couple of months and there are stories laying around, waiting for an update when it’s been almost a year (and in some cases longer than a year) since the last time I touched the story.

I don’t know where my will went or why I don’t find all that much joy in writing anymore.  It’s frustrating because I would really like to finish a couple of stories and I had planned on finishing at least two this year, but that is most likely not going to happen now.  I need to find motivation again.  There are a lot of things I want to write, a bunch of stories I want to tell – and maybe that’s the problem.  Maybe there are too many stories I want to write.  It’s hard to focus on just one thing when there are so many ideas floating around in my head.  But how do you stop new ideas from coming?  sigh

I have tomorrow off work.  I’m going to sit down and disconnect the internet, unplug the TV and try to actually write something.  Maybe I can finish one story by the end of the year.  Maybe…

But which one~

The Worst

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So, I had fallen behind on my NaNo, but I had two consecutive days off of work coming up.  I had planned on catching up today and tomorrow, but of course the world hates me.  I woke up, ready to open my documents and get to work and then my computer just would not boot.  I normally back up my stuff once a month, but I’ve been slacking lately so I have probably lost quite a bit (music, pictures, story ideas, bookmarks… sigh).  This also means I lost my NaNo.  This isn’t a big deal since I had an earlier version of the document on my flashdrive and on my external hard drive, but I had to rewrite most of Chapter 2.  In the end I didn’t mind.  The new chapter 2 is much better than the original.  It’s more interesting at least.

I actually don’t mind losing what I had of my NaNo.  I’m more upset about my music and the art I had been working on in photoshop (I was just starting to get the hang of using a tablet).  So, now I have resorted to using this tiny notebook for all my computer needs.  I suppose it’s time to start saving up for a new desktop *cries because I love my computer even though it’s ancient*.

As for my NaNo progress… I have reached almost 12,000 words and hope to get to 15,000 before bed.  Hopefully tomorrow I can catch up completely.  Until then~ *runs off to get more coffee*.

NaNo Progress

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So, I had a bad start and only wrote about 2,000 words within the first four days.  The excitement I had for Separation Anxiety had dissipated by the time I got home from work on the first of November.  I tried to write, but nothing was working.  When my fingers would touch the keyboard I’d just sit there staring at my screen for a few moments and then my hand would reach for the mouse and I was wasting my time away on tumblr.

Six days into NaNo I have decided to change my idea back to my original one.  The one I didn’t outline, the one idea I was excited for a few months before.  I thought that it would be too much to take on in November, but now I’m thinking differently.  I want to write it now, not later.  So, instead of Separation Anxiety, I’ll be writing Goodbye Summer and possibly its prequel Love Summer (depending on how far I manage to get into the first story).

Now I’m dealing with a new cast of characters, each more exciting than the characters for Separation Anxiety and I’m writing YA, something I’ve never really done before.  Most of my stories have young characters, but it’s never centered around the fact that they’re young and growing up and learning.  So this is a first for me.  It hasn’t been many years since I was a teenager, but I was such a well-behaved teen with well-behaved friends that it might be a difficult task to portray the characters of Goodbye Summer.

I’m hoping to reach 15,000 words before I go to bed tonight and I’m still debating on whether or not I want to post this NaNo on wattpad.  While it might be nice to enter the NaNo thing they have going on, I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to post… I guess I can edit the chapters before posting and omit the more explicit scenes and phrases.

Hmm… Well, I’ll figure out something.  I hope anyone else doing NaNo is having better luck than me!

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.