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.

8/22/14

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It has been awhile since I’ve posted anything here.  Which is a shame because I had hoped to update often — working overnights has made my sleeping schedule so messed up that I end up sleeping all day instead of doing anything productive.  However, I’m going to try and fix that. 

Recently I’ve decided to rewrite and edit some of the stories I’ve written over the last four years or so with plans to self publish a select few of them.  Some of the rewrites are in the hope of actually finishing the story though.  I’m starting with a horror novella entitled Brilliant Red.  So far I’ve added quite a bit to the original while rewriting.  Of course if I’m going to end up self-publishing it as an ebook that means I may end up taking it down from wattpad.  Still not sure about everything though…

I did publish a paperback of Maki: SOLAR on createspace, but that was only because I wanted a physical copy for myself. ^^;;  I do want to write the prequel to SOLAR and try self-publishing that along with resubmitting SOLAR under my real name instead of the fake name I use for some websites.  Not sure yet.  SOLAR was a NaNo novel so most of the time I sometimes feel like it isn’t ever really going to be as good as I want it to be.  No matter how much I rewrite it or edit it.

As far as language learning goes, I’ve decided on Japanese and have been doing pretty well in studying it exclusively.  I’m still having trouble with remembering Kana, oddly enough I remember kanji better…  but with my sister at basic training I’ve been able to study more since she’s not here to distract me with the temptation of video games.   

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 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?