NaNoWriMo 2017: Week #2 Progress + “First Drafts Are Not Final Drafts.”

“This year’s NaNoWriMo still has quite the way to go, and I am finding it increasingly difficult to stay on track with my word count. I’ve had moments where all I wanted to do was start over, where I honestly believed that I would not be making it to the end. However, I do not believe […]

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Dual Perspective + Character Conflict

“Creating the world the way you see it, the way that best fits the project at hand, is not an easy task to undertake. Playing with original ideas, throwing around the different possibilities you might adapt for the sake of your novel, can cloud your mind. Changing up the way in which you are comfortable […]

NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 6 + How I Approached My Plot

“Nothing keeps me writing like this time of year, and I can safely say that I am making progress on my novel. It was late last night that I finally decided what direction the story would take, and what that would mean for the characters I’ve created. Sometimes, starting with an entirely blank slate can put you back a […]

NaNoWriMo 2017: Planning, Setup, and Awaiting the Start

“NaNoWriMo has always been a time for me to really hunker down and get my writing in order. It is the time of the year I can truly remind myself of my capabilities, of what I can do once I make the time to get down to business. This year, I haven’t had an idea in […]

The Minimalist and Her Goals: Writing Sessions and NaNoWriMo Prep

“November is slowly approaching, and I’ve got all hands on deck trying to prepare for NaNoWriMo 2017. I’ve settled on an idea, I’ve set up my documents, and now I wait. These last few days of October, I want my writing focus to be on exercising my creativity, on writing shorts, playing with narrative. The excitement has begun […]

“Play With Your Narrative and Take a Chance on the Unexpected.”

“There will always be a few impending risks with every new piece of writing. This usually results in a turn of events we never expect, a fresh perspective, something that sparks our interest continually, keeping us writing. It is hard to get a grasp on everything that you want your piece to accomplish, but what […]

A Late, Late, Blog Post: Gearing Up to Edit, Sitting Down to Read

“These last few days have been pretty hectic, as I gear up to do quite a few things all at the same time. The school year is coming to an end, and it’s going to feel a bit strange not going to town writing as I wait around for classes on campus. However, I’ve been […]

Life After NaNoWriMo: Editing and Rediscovery

“It’s been a busy couple of weeks, even after I managed to wrap up NaNo this year on November 27th, 2016. That was a feeling I’ve been missing all year, the feeling of finally accomplishing a goal and not wanting to change a thing (about the goal, not the mess of a manuscript I have left). […]

Finishing 50k, Finishing the Novel’s First Draft, and Feeling Absolutely Accomplished

“It’s been a long time coming, and this NaNoWriMo has proved to be the most challenging one yet. However, I’ve made it. I’ve made it to 50k and then some, I’ve finished the first draft of my novel, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more content. This month I’ve learned a lot about what […]

NaNoWriMo: Week 3 – It’s Crunch Time! 

Current Word Count: 30,433 “This year’s NaNoWriMo experience has so far taught me a lot about who I am as a writer and what I’m capable of accomplishing once I put my mind to it. My novel is most certainly a mess of a manuscript, but I’m enjoying the process so much, knowing that has begun […]