Archive for November, 2016

Ahem.

Posted: November 25, 2016 in Creative WRiting, NaNoWriMo

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There. I’ve done it.

Hardest NaNo ever.

I’ll actually write a blog to talk about my feelings about this NaNo soon.

Until then. *goes to collapse*

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Wow, did you guys think that I disappeared? You probably thought that I disappeared. Truthfully, I did for just a little bit. I’m not as ahead on NaNo as usual – I’m at 35k for the night. I know, that’s still ahead… but I’ve won by this point quite often. I don’t think that I’ll finish my novel by the end of the month, which was my actual goal.

I honestly think that I won’t even do the 1667 words – I’ll be doing the minimum that I can to get things done.

I’m not really going to talk about why right now, but this month has been a real trial for me. From the very start until today, I’ve had my mind on so many other things, and my emotions have been a real roller coaster. Like I said, I’m not going to get into it right now, because right now isn’t the time to let those emotions out… but it’s been hard.

This has been one of the hardest NaNo’s that I’ve done, and I’ve had some difficult NaNo’s before… and this is why it’s so important to get ahead early. If I didn’t have the cushion that I gave myself initially, I would honestly probably not win this year.

I still plan on pushing through and cranking out that 50k, but I’m not aiming for much more than that. I’m completely abandoning my 1million in a year idea… and that’s also what this blog is about. That’s the beauty of stretch goals… if it’s too much, you can abandon it, if you know you can’t get there… it’s not bad to step away from it.

I’ll try again next year.

Anyway, I’ll try to do a better update blog soon. This one is a little short, and a little more explanation of my absence than actual update. But yeah, I’m at 35k. I only have 15k more to go. Even when things are hard, NaNo is still amazing.

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome.

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! It’s coming to you later in the day, but it’s time for my Day Two update for my NaNoWriMo journey!

I am happy to say that I crossed the 15k threshold yesterday, so I wrote just shy of 4k words! I would get the exact number, but it’s in the other room… and I’m really comfortable sitting at my kitchen table and writing. But, I hit my goal, which is what’s important! I’m going to try to increase my writing by 5k increments for as long as I can keep my steam up. I’m actually going to try to to have a bigger than 5k day this Saturday, if I can manage.

Hopes are high, and my joy with finally getting to dive hard into a novel is up. I really hope that the rest of you guys are having a good NaNo Trip as well! I really want to hear about how you’re doing? How goes the writing? Were there any particularly hard scenes yet? Have you participated in a specific crawl or write-in that really helped you to get your words in?

Let me know!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone! I’m here with my update from Day One of NaNoWriMo. As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, I was attempting to do my First Day 10k. It’s my new little habit that I’ve developed over the years, and I find that it’s extremely  helpful in making sure that during those weeks of NaNo when you’re starting to get tired, you have a little cushion to lean back on. Since I like to finish my novel during November (and most of my novels are around 100k), it’s extra useful for me.

So, yesterday was a really productive day. I certainly could have written more, but the thing about my writing is… I want to make sure that it’s usable. I write 10k, but I do it with the intention of being able to use at least 9/10 thousand of those words. I never write with the intention of ditching 20% of my work (I think that’s what a lot of professional authors actually recommend.) If anything, I write more of a skeleton than a full body. I want something that I can add to, not something that I have to hack apart.

Er.

I’m not a serial killer, I swear.

Anyway. I accomplished my 10k First Day yesterday, so that my Day One total was: 11,151 words! 

I was super pleased with my progress. I finished my introduction chapters for both Kyle and Thara, and then chapter two for each of them as well. The thing that I’m learning is… this is going to be one of the more complicated books that I’ve written. In case you weren’t sure about what I’m writing, I’m doing a novel that’s basically built to be flipped over – I’m writing the same story from two character’s perspectives.

I’m doing that in Scrivener, because I have to keep the chapter that I wrote previously up for the sake of making sure that I keep the story the same. I hadn’t realized that so much work would go in to making sure that each character told the same story… but it’s going to be really interesting to write, and I’m experimenting with how I want to handle it. I’m thinking if I want to write all of one person’s story first, and then go back… or if I want to keep going chapter by chapter.

There’s even a part of me that’s thinking of going scene by scene within the chapters… I might actually try doing that today – but I will certainly keep you updated!

But, aside from that, I really want to  know how everyone else’s NaNo is going! We ran a lot of crawls in my Discord group yesterday (click if you’d like to join), and it really helped a lot of people hit their wordcount. So, that’s going to be my little tip for you today. It’s a reminder of a tip that I’ve given you a thousand times before.

Get Involved In The Community. 

It will really do wonders for you, if you can find people to do sprints and crawls with, I promise. You’re going to have people keeping on pace with you, and people who care about if you’re making your goal or not. It’s going to make you feel nice, and it’s going to give you some accountability to make sure that you keep going.

Anyway, that’s all that I have for you today. I hope that everyone’s NaNo is going well, and I’d really like to hear about it in the comments below!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

Twitter | Patreon | NaNo Page | Tumblr | Blog Masterpost | My Writing Group
Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

My Discord Group (click to join) is starting to rev up for NaNoWriMo! If you want some help with plotting and a group to stay steady with after, feel free to click and join!