Thursday, November 30, 2017

Final NaNoWriMo 2017 Update!

Greetings Pups,

Well, it happened. I finished NaNoWriMo. With so few words it's not even funny. Yeah, I just barely scraped my way passed 50 thousand. At least, at first. I actually finished two days early. Still, I wanted to do update every day of the month so I could get the "You Updated Every Day of the Month" Badge, so I wrote a few hundred more words on those days. But this last week has been so off kilter where this project has been concerned that I don't even know what I did.

After last week of being so sick, everything just kind of slowed down for me. I was going through the motions of writing, but I was starting to get bored because what I was coming up with wasn't so great. And it started feeling repetitive. So, since I was already repeating myself, I decided to do some early editing and get down to fixing and rewriting what I already had. I mean, why not? I'll eventually have to do that anyway.

And on top of that, I was having computer issues. Although, this time, it wasn't because my computer is on the crappy side. No, this time it was all me. See, the structure of this novel is a bit strange. I've got all these different sections that I had in different files, then I had to put it all together by doing a copy/paste into another file. And when I went to validate it on the NaNoWriMo website, I literally have no idea what I gave them, because I just did a quick copy/paste thing again, but they said I hit 50K, so I'll just trust them on that. I mean, the little word count thing on my software said I hit it, too, so there you go. Of course, when I start having to sort through all of this is when the real fun will begin. Sorry, "fun" is what I meant to say. Then, I'll figure it all out.

So, another November has come and gone, and another first draft has been started. Because I really ANOTHER manuscript to add to the pile. Seriously, next year I might just do a full on rewrite. If I'm allowed. Still, there is a sense of accomplishment to doing this. I hope that any of you out that that participated were able to finish, but even if you didn't, I hope that at least you gave some life to a new story that was aching to get into the world. And that's the whole point.

Until next November!

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 - Week Three Update

Greetings Pups,

Well, THIS was a rough week!

Here's a question. Do all of us who participate in NaNoWriMo subconsciously follow some rule that says we must get sick at least once during November? Because it happens to me every year. And it happened to me this week. Good times, indeed. However, I still managed to do my writing. Which, all things considered, didn't make me feel much better.

Unless you're writing something pretty boring, at a point, you have to put your characters through some kind of dilemma. Well, as I've said, I've got ten main characters and I am putting them through some seriously bad stuff. They've all got pasts and said pasts are coming to light whether they like it or not. Mostly not. At least, for the time being. They have to go through all of this mess to get somewhere better, just like in real life. Hopefully. Yeah, I'm not sure yet if all of them are going to come out of this better. Because, again, just like in real life, that doesn't always happen. But sometimes that's because it's not supposed to happen. Sometimes we have to give up things that we thought we wanted because we weren't actually meant to have them. Same goes for the characters we write. Sure, we want what's best for them and we want to protect them. They are, after all, our children in a way. But we also have to do what's best for them, which doesn't always mean an easy ending.

Speaking of endings, I don't think I'm as close to mine as I wish I was. I definitely will hit my 50K, no problem, but actually finishing the whole story is, well, another story. Like last year . . . and the year before . . . I'm doing something quite detailed. So, even being able to finish a first draft in a month will most likely not be possible. However, it is good to have gotten started, especially considering how long this idea has been sitting around waiting for me to breathe some life into it.

So, we've got one more week to go and I hope that everyone is doing well with their word count. I also hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving (and possibly some post-holiday shopping) managed to get a bit ahead on that word count so you can enjoy a little break without worries of getting behind. It's always a good idea to do that. It's my plan every year.

Have a great final week and I'll be back to wrap things up on the last day of the month. Write on, y'all!

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 - Week Two Update

Greetings Pups,

Well, we have reached the halfway point in NaNoWriMo. Which means we are 25K words into our story. Or we should be. Don't worry. I am. As I mentioned last time, I spent most of the first week giving each of my ten (yes, TEN!) main characters their own introduction chapter written in their own voice, so that I, and possibly the reader can get to know them. Yeah, I'm not certain if I'll put those opening chapters in the finished product. We'll see. I also wrote a special intro chapter for that unofficial eleventh character, who I also don't know if they'll make it to the final draft. Again, we'll see.

Anyway, I've spent my subsequent time starting the actual story and seeing how all these people connect. I had previously jotted down some vague ways that they were tied to one another, but I'm starting to expand those as I write. As you do. Although, I still don't know where it's all headed for the end game, which is normal often when you're writing a novel, but I usually do have some idea. This time, I'm just taking it one sentence at a time, and seeing where it all leads me.

I am, however, doing the same thing I did last year which was writing a lot of scenes out of order. It happens. You get a good idea for something that's gonna happen late and you have to write it down, even though you're nowhere near it as you write in a linear fashion. Still, that book I did last year only had two main characters, so it was easier to follow where things were going. But since I'm counting words, it's best to get it all down no matter what.

So, sorry I don't have more to say, but truth be told, I feel some sickness coming on. Of course. Anyway, my next update will be the day before Thanksgiving. I'm hoping to be a bit ahead of where I need to be so I can enjoy the eating and possibly the shopping the day after. Yes, I do that. But I go on Friday morning and since so many people have started this awful trend of going on Thursday night, it's never crowded. So, I hope you all are doing well on your writing. Until next update.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017- Week One Update

Greetings Pups,

So, I wasn't sure if I was going to do these weekly update things again for NaNoWriMo, but as I said before, I'm having trouble thinking of what to write about on the blog, all things considered. Therefore, I figured I could just do this for the second year in a row. I wonder if I can count this toward my 50K total. No. The answer is no.

Anyway, as expected, I started writing my story on November 1st and I've been steadily adding on to it. Again, as I mentioned in my last post, I'm working on a novel that I came up with years ago. Thankfully, I had kept the notes I made concerning the characters, although, I never thought too in depth about exactly what I was going to put them through. But I have an idea. It's all about some of the inhabitants of this apartment building, which used to be a hotel. In fact, I use the name of said hotel in the title. And all of them are in some way, connected to the arts. Gee, I wonder where I got my inspiration for this.

I've spent the first week of NaNo writing about each individual character, giving them their own introduction chapter, written in their own voice, in the first person, mostly so that the reader can get to know them and how they speak. I want them to be recognizable just by what they say. Yeah, I'm pulling a Barbara Kingsolver and The Poisonwood Bible here (Google it!).

Oh, but now we come to the fun part. And when I say fun, I mean potentially torturous. Here's the deal - I have ten main characters! Yeah. And possibly an unofficial eleventh one, but we'll see how that works out. Why did I do this to myself? Who knows? But it happened and now I'm actually attached to all of them. We also might find out that some of them are connected to each other and therefore, need each other to exist in the confines of the story.

Okay, that's about all I have to say for this update. Sorry, it's not that much. But not that much has happened yet. Things are going well, and I have my plans in place, as much as I can. I'll come back with another post about this in a week, with hopefully more interesting things to say.

And to all of you who are also embarking on the NaNoWriMo journey, Godspeed!

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer