The NaNoWriMo diaries – day #5

I just came out of Doctor Strange, and man, what a visual adventure. Brilliant pictures and well, the obvious. Mr. Cumberbatch. Very entertaining, well done movie. Stand out performance by Rachel Adams. Impeccable timing and for once, there is actual convincing chemistry between the lead and his love interest. I approve.

Considering I spent my day with my visitor (so much FOOD! also: Hendricks Gin. You gotta love it), I’m quite proud that I pulled out my laptop at all after a full day of shennanigans. Wrote the astonishing amount of 93 words, which, let’s face it, is more of an alibi than true writing but hey. I put my butt in a chair and my hands on the keyboard and got some words into the document.

Gonna have to pick up the pace from tomorrow on but I knew that before and I’ll just trust into a bit of NaNo-Magic. It usually does the trick.

 

The NaNoWriMo diaries – day #4

One word: TIRED!

This years NaNo really comes at the worst time. It would have been much more convenient in October, when I actually still had time for stuff.

But: I can relate the first death, the first plot points done, and: a new problem.

You see, I took away the perspective from one of my protagonists, because the state he is in at the moment would give him quite an annoying voice and I am not interested at all in that (you remember Harry in The Order of the Phoenix? Like, 350 pages of full on teenage emo rage? Yeah. That kind of annoying). I’m not saying that this is per se a bad thing to have (I love to hate on Harry in those pages) but for what I want to tell and the way I want to tell it, it would not be useful. Yet, for a few scenes that are about to happen, having them in his voice would be VERY convenient.

Guess that’s his revenge for not having gotten his own perspective. I know which perspective to use instead, but in order for the scenes to have the same impact, I’ll have to come up witha good idea as to how to spin them.

Also, have you ever realised how fast any ability to hold up logic and coherence goes out of the window once you are tired? Or is that only me? It’s amazing. The mistakes I caught myself making in an 900 word scene … fascinating.

At least it keeps me entertained at my own, tiredness-induced idiocy.

Word count of the day: 903.

Onwards.

 

The NaNoWriMo diaries – day #3

I’ve written a grand total of 621 words today. Half of them are probably rubbish. I had a 12 hour day that came on top of too little sleep. The tiredness results from far too much going on over the last three weeks . I’ll also have a friend over from tomorrow till Sunday, and while I haven’t seen her in far to long and cannot wait for her to arrive, I also still ahve to figure out a bit of the logistics. Which takes brainspace I don’t have.

In summary: I am dead on my feet. But I put words onto the page.

I will now run myself a bath and then spend the evening with other people’s story telling (read: I’ll cozy up in bed and devour the newest episode of Elementary.)

I’ll probably also have smaller word counts tomorrow and the day after, but hope to make up for at least a bit of that on Sunday. Unfortunately, other, more relevant work is piling up here as well so we’ll see how this goes.

Guess I’ll just regard this month as a masterclass in time management.

The NaNoWriMo diaries – Day #2

Second day in and it was a struggle. I am basically sleep walking by now, and was when I sat down to write. But the important bit is that I DID sit down and chunked out 1934 words. Didn’t hit the daily goal of 2.5 but well, I had some 1.5k extra yesterday, so all is still well.

Writing did proceed quite nicely after an innitial struggle to get into the right voice. I did zero editing today, though, so once that comes around I’ll probably be appalled by what I got onto paper.

I still got all my protagonists together, got to advance the plot, got in a bit of spooky dungeon atmosphere and all in all, am quite happy with how things are proceeding. If all goes to plan, I’ll be able to accelerate a few things tomorrow.

I also realized that there is a slight flaw in my plot logic at a not exactly minor point, so I’ll have to spent some time on fixing that latest by the weekend when I hit the crucial scenes. I’m not exactly happy about that but I’d still rather notice it right now than 200 pages down the line.

How are you getting on? Hit any milestones yet? Or already found your first roadblocks?

IWSG – My favourite aspect of being a writer

Well, hello there. Last month I came across the Insecure Writers Support Group and thought it a pretty brilliant idea, so naturally, I joined.

The answer to this month’ question actually took me quite a bit longer than I expected. In the end, I think it comes down to two things:

The constant play with language.

I’ve tried my hand at quite a few genres so far and while fantasy often wins out, I enjoyed them all. I love writing in and for different settings and adapting my choice of words accordingly. Often, it is sublte, yet it changes a lot. Writing opens up possibilities to explore the language of every possible rank and station, occupation and social standing. It’s one big word adventure and I love it.

The ability to expand on what is there.

As a writer, especially in fantasy (but likewise in other genres), I get to ask “what if” and then find answers of my own. I can make up whole societies, worlds, cultures. I can dive deep into the mind of people who don’t even exist and yet, sometimes are as real to me as my friends and family. I get to take my experience of the world, my perspectives and views and elaborate on them, build them into something different. When you write, even the mundane becomes one big playground and it’s the best thing in the world.

And of course, let’s not forget all the wonderful, quirky people and the vast landscapes of their minds that you get to know once you’ve stepped up and identified yourself as a writer.

While there are a lot more good things to be said about being a writer, those definitely are my favorite aspects.

The Nanowrimo diaries – Day #1

Just in time for NaNoWriMo, my motivation to write sunk to an uncharted low. I didn’t feel the love and was so tired that, around eleven o’clock last night, I gave up on the idea of writing into National Novel Writing Month and went to bed.

This morning, the world already looked a lot brighter again, and with fresh enthusiasm, I went to work. I chunked out about 400o words (to be precise, 4038), which concludes my first chapter and got all four of my protagonists together.

It took me forever to write those words, though. Which is fine for day one. I had the whole day off, so I could indulge in everything going on in my writers forum in lieu of NaNoWriMo, spend a lot of time messaging with writer friends who also started on their projects, got a long nice walk in the sunshine and a bit of tea time with a friend in (who isn’t a writer but patiently listened to all my ramblings on books, the industry and NaNoWriMo. Thanks, C.!) and in general, just really lazily wrote my way through chapter one.

I also did a lot of editing already because I decided on using third person narration in present tense which is something I haven’t ever done before. It works well, but I keep falling out of it, so there is a lot of going back and forth and straightening out my tenses. That’s definitely gonna be a challenge, but I am up for it.

All in all, it’s been a good first day.

I’ll leave you, aptly, with how it all begins:

“There is a second prince in the dungeons.”
Way to get his attention. A short glance to the side assures Gaevin that Paere, who is on guard with him tonight, hasn’t heard the whispered words. Maybe for the better. The girl who brought the unbelievable news is usually well informed, but he has never fully trusted her. He doesn’t trust anyone who deals in information and rumors. They are too dangerous a commodity.

Pitch, pitch, pitch and weekly round up

One more day to go and then: November madness.

I am nowhere near my plans for my project (read: the novella isn’t done, I am not as far in my novel as I wanted, thus will start with my first word on November the 1st) and yet, I am content.

Since opening this blog, I have almost continually been writing or working on my writing, I have never felt more confident in calling myself a writer than I do now, and quite frankly, I’ve had a steep learning curve over the last two month. I am quite happy with how things are shaping up (I’ll follow up with a decent evaluation of what did and didn’t happen according to plan, but it’s very likely going to happen after NaNoWriMo.)

My writers forum provides me with a few tasks every year about a week ahead of NaNoWriMo. It also has a pitch thread, were you can – yes, the name is a dead give-away – pitch your book to gather some interest amongst your fellow NaNo combatants (let’s face it, participants is just not strong enough of a word to do the feeling justice).

So I spent the last hour (and I know it’s not enough, but it’s the amount of time I had at hand) working on my pitch.

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