Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NaNoWriMo - Nailed it!!

50,048 words. I'm done. I completed my NaNoWriMo novel for 2013 on November 24th. It was a bit of rough adventure, but I'm done. :)

Yay!! I'm a winner!

I started with a completely different novel and became a NaNo Rebel, changing to a novel I started a few months back and have thrown to the side. It could have stayed shelved, but NaNoWriMo gave me a chance to finish "Somebody to Love". It's a YA Fantasy Romance. I really enjoyed how it turned out, but at the same time I'm glad it is only a first draft. There's something I love about first drafts; it makes them great. :)

The Best Parts of Writing the 1st Draft
1. It's okay if it kinda sucks!
Because trust me, it won't be perfect and that's completely okay. You can fix it during revisions!

2. You can have massive plot holes!
My main villain was introduced in ten pages and died in those ten pages. Yep, not the best climax of my novel and not the best character development for her, but that's okay! Did I mention she looks exactly like Morgana from the BBC's production of Merlin and her name is Morgana? Don't worry - I can change it during revisions!

3. You can reuse scenes from movies!
My main character, Elara, has an entire scene straight out of one of my favorite movies. You know that scene in "Raiders of the Lost Art" where Marion is tied up in the Nazi tent in the dessert, and that guy dresses her up with a nice dress and she steals his knife to escape. Yep, I used that scene. Except it was a slinkier dress (aka the nightgown the captain of the boat gives Marion later), a fork, and she actually escapes. Don't worry - I can change it during revisions!

4. You have written a new novel and it is complete!
There are always worries about finishing a draft, but when the 1st draft is done you can say you're written a new book! Even if no one can read it yet. Don't worry - you can change it during revisions!

To those of you who are still working on your NaNo novel, you can do it! There's still a few days left. Write like the wind and like a pack of wolves are on your tail!

Tune in for my next post... what do to during revisions and how to fix your first draft. :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

My NaNo Journey So Far... in Gifs

It's the start of the second week of NaNoWriMo and I'm making some progress, but I thought I'd share how my adventure with my new novel started.

Cold to the Touch
YA Sci-Fi Romance

Day 1: It started off with a bit of crazy writing and some interesting initial twists...

Day 2: I love this book!

Day 3: The plot is starting to develop a little bit and it's getting a bit harder to write. I'm adding in new elements and trying to figure out how the scientific parts work together.

Day 5: I hate this novel. I don't like my main character or her love interest. They have no chemistry. She acts like a twelve-year-old and though he is smoking hot, he's not working for the character. I've barely managed 5,000 words.
This book is eating my soul...

So... this happens. I quit.

Cold to the Touch - NO WAY!

And I become a NaNoRebel. I pull out a novel I shelved two months ago because I didn't like it. Twisted, a YA Fantasy Romance. I give it thee old college try and start writing. Fast forward to Day 9 and my word count has doubled. I wrote 6,102 words in one day! :)

Somebody to Love
YA Fantasy Romance
Current word count: 20,220

Much better! How's your NaNo journey going? I really think I can actually finish this book now. :) Good luck to everyone and beat the doubt of week two! The world needs your novel.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

IWSG - I'm a Rebel

It's time for another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

This month, I'm insecure about my NaNo novel, "Cold to the Touch." I made it to Day 5 with a word total of 8,726. And I hate it. There's nothing I really like about my MC and I'm not feeling the story at all. I can't seem to wrap my fingers around the plot and I'm trying not to kill all of the characters just to end it.

Instead, with a little coaching from my writing buddy Laura Crampton, I've become a NaNo Rebel. I've decided to switch novels in the beginning on the month. I'm switching to a WIP I shelved two months ago and I'm giving it a second chance.

Hopefully I will be able to write on this novel and make it to 50k by the end of the month! It might be cheating, but I prefer to think of it as becoming a writing rebel. :) If you are writing for NaNoWriMo this month, keep going! You can finish strong! I'm still with you, even if I'm writing a different story. :)

Good luck everyone doing any type of writing this month!

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Goals

I've taken down all of my Halloween decorations and it's time to write like mad! Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo and I'm already making some great progress. :) It's time for an update in goals from last month.

Here are my goals from October:
* Complete another round of tightening revisions, "Breathless"

* Write to 50,000 on my novel, "The Damned"

I only finished one out of two goals - but I'm okay with that! I finished writing "The Damned" in time to give me a short break before diving into my NaNo novel.

Goals for November:
* Write to 50,000 words on my NaNoWriMo novel, "Cold to the Touch"
YA Sci-fi Romance, it's my first science fiction novel and I hope it actually works out. I'm already getting some great ideas for the romance aspect!

* See "Ender's Game" in theaters
I read the book and I'm very excited to see it on the big screen!

Here's the blurb of my NaNo novel, "Cold to the Touch":

Luna is just the girl who always wears gloves. She's always cold and dressed in jeans and long sleeves. Whoever bumps into her is left with an icy chill. No one touches her and she refuses all physical contact. Even her best friend, Quinn, knows better than to ask about her glove obsession and the lack of heat from her body.

Bentley is the star of the basketball team, even though he's new to the school. He doesn't date, despite his popularity and is always surrounded by his buddies. In PE class, Bentley is partnered with Luna for bad-mitten and is interested by the secluded girl. But she refuses to give him the time of day.

When their hands touch, Bentley and Luna shove each other back. He is desperate to know what happened, but Luna runs away. Bentley has to find out what happened and he wants to tell his secret. Luna will have to trust him or settle with being alone.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? How did your goals from last month go? Good luck to everyone writing this month! You can do it!