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NaNo 2013

Today marks the first day of NaNoWriMo! To start ourselves off, let’s ask ourselves one important question: Why are we doing this? Why would we want to put ourselves through writing an entire novel in only 30 days when it takes some people years to complete a first draft? Why do we write at all?

For me, this question is easy to answer. There are two reasons why I write: The first reason is because I want to make a name for myself. I never liked my class growing up. Elementary school was fine, we were all young and naive. Middle school got tougher, as so did the kids. When I had gotten into high school I had finally had enough with them.

I hated high school, to put it bluntly. I hated my teachers (I only liked three of them), hated my classmates, my best friend turned against me, and I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. It got to the point where my body said, “I don’t want to go to school anymore, so I’m not going to!” I sure gave my parents a run for their money. I wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning and refused to go to school. I didn’t even know what was going on with me.

Just like my family and I, my best friend had no idea what was going on with me, either. She asked and when I told her, “I don’t know,” she thought I was lying to her. This is what ended up breaking our friendship. She thought (after being friends since third grade, may I add), I didn’t trust her and such. When I stopped going to school, she spread rumors that I was dead and did many more “mature” things like that.

She knew I liked to write and that I wanted to an author. She liked to write as well (and she was a good writer), but being a published author was never her dream. When I decided to write a novel, she decided she was going to do the exact same thing. She never thought I was going to make it in the writing world. I’m no expert in writing, but I did a lot more research than her. When it came to being an “expert” in writing, I was the expert.  But she wanted to beat me at my own game. And if you want to get technical, she did. She self-published a book. However, she never edited it and never advertised it as she didn’t know how to. She thought that being published was “easy.” She thought she would end up rich and famous from this one book that no one has heard of. She never really understood what it means to be a writer and she probably never will understand.

As much as I’m not happy with her, I have to thank her. It’s because of her that I want to write. I need to show her that I can in fact do something if I put my mind to it. I can follow my dreams. I want to make a name for myself and when people I graduated with see my book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble, they’ll think: “She got somewhere in life.”

I may have fallen off the face of the earth to them, but I did not “die.” I felt as though I was being slowed down as I already knew what I wanted to do. I took charge of my own life and I’m going to make something out of it.

Here’s the second reason I write: I love it. I love creating something out of nothing. I love having fictional characters to talk and argue with inside my head. I love creating brand new worlds and adventures. But it’s too much to keep all to myself. I want to share these things with the world and I’m hoping they’ll enjoy it just as much as I do.

I love the hard work. I love the research. I love the imagination and the creativity. It’s the best feeling in the world to create something and be proud of yourself for what you had just accomplished. No, I am not a published author. Yes, I have finished manuscripts, but no, they are not edited. It takes a long of time, hard work, and determination, to write and edit an entire novel. I have stories published throughout the internet on websites, but nothing is “self-published;” especially for money (I’m hoping soon, though).

My reason for doing NaNoWriMo is to kick myself into gear. I want to get myself into a writing habit. I want to write a certain amount every single day. I want to find the time to write every day and not stress over school or work. I want to do something I love. Something I’m proud of. Something I’m good at. And that’s all I could ask for.

So grab a snack and some caffeine, sit at your desk, and pray that you get carpel tunnel. Because then you’ll know that you’re doing it right. You’ll know that you’re getting something productive done. No pain, no gain. Right?

Word Count: 1,717

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Day 25

I Disappeared, Didn’t I…

Hello again! Sorry for vanishing into thin air. Life has been  a little hectic lately. I have a lot of homework since it’s nearing the end of the semester and I’ve been back at work this week because April vacation is over…sad day.

However, I come with good news! My word count for Camp NaNo is 50,198! I won! But I’m going to keep on going, so I didn’t validate it yet. Plus I’m at school right now, so I don’t really want to validate it on the school computer and not my laptop.

For Camp I wrote many things. I started and completed Saving Each Other, I finished Take Over, I started Seeing Things, and I started The Blank Page. You’re probably confused because the last time I posted I was planning on starting and finishing Seeing Things. Well, I was starting to get out of the writing groove and I realized that it was because of that story. After constantly working on Saving Each Other, I realized that I was beginning to get a little sick of the plot and the characters. I need a break from that story. So I decided to write The Blank Page again.

I hope everyone remembers, but I’ll say it again: The Blank Page is a novel about three strangers getting together through a writing website to write with each other and help one another out through the ups and downs of writing a novel. So basically it’s what us writers go through when we’re trying to start a novel, get through the novel, finish the novel, edit it, publish it, etc. I started it, my flash drive broke, so I lost it. So I’m starting it over again.

I have a total of ten single-spaced pages and 5,000 words even for The Blank Page. So things are going pretty well with it so far. I’ve been getting back to writing a lot more since I started it and stopped writing Seeing Things. Maybe I’ll finish Seeing Things when I finish The Blank Page. I have too many novels going on…

So there you have it. I think that’s all the updates I have for right now. I hope to write a lot more of The Blank Page before the end of the month so I can keep updating my word count for Camp NaNo.

I hope all you other Campers are finished or at least very close to it!

2013: 131,977/350,000 Words Written
2013: 1,749/18,250 Pages Read

Day One

And It Begins….Writing

Let’s begin with last night: I wrote some more of Take Over, but only 2,063 more words of it. I planned on writing as much of Take Over as I possible could up until midnight. Then when midnight came I was going to start writing Saving Each Other for Camp NaNo. That didn’t happen. I got tired of writing Take Over and my fingers felt as though they were going to fall off. I was in bed at 10:30. Yeah.

But that’s okay because I woke up this morning and got started on Saving Each Other right away. I am happy to announce that I have written 6,350 words for Saving Each Other so far. I was going to continue on, but I wanted to post on here first because I have to go to work soon.

That picture is a sticky note. I tend to glance down at the bottom left-hand corner to see how many pages and words I have. I put the sticky on the screen blocking it so I wouldn’t look at the words. Then I set my timer to an hour so I only got to check how many words I got written every hour. It helped because I tried to get more and more words each hour trying to break the previous record.

According to my Camp NaNo stats, at the rate I’m going I should finish on April 8. I have no idea if that will actually happen or not, but I do have a lot of time this week. I got lucky this year: I only have work today because my class was cancelled. Tomorrow my class is usually 10:30-2, but my professor has a funeral so class tomorrow is going to be 12-2. That gives me an extra hour and a half to write. Then I have work in the afternoon. Wednesday I can write before class (which is 9-10:15) and after class, before work. I have work at 2. Thursday I can write before class (which is 10:30-11:45) and then before I babysit, which is 3-6. Friday I have work 11-6, but I don’t have school that morning so I can use that time to write. I have all day Saturday and all day (after church) on Sunday. I think I can get a whole lot done.

I hope I get a lot done because I plan on writing the entire Saving Each Other part…not just 50,000 words of it. On top of that I want to  finish Take Over. I’m going to finish Saving Each Other first and then finish Take Over. I am also going to include whatever words I write for Take Over into my word count for the month. But I’ll write 50,000 words on Saving Each Other first so I’m technically not cheating.

I hope everyone is off to a great start just like I am! We have 29 more days to go!

 

2013: 88,129/365,000 Words Written
2013: 1,749/18,250 Pages Read

50,000 Even

I Shall Dance Now!

 

You know how I said that I wanted to make it to 50,000 words on my novel Take Over by April 1st before Camp NaNoWriMo starts? Well, I actually did it! I was at 30,056 or something like that and on Tuesday I wrote 10,070 words and on Wednesday I wrote 9,874 words! I made it to 50,000 words even and I hope to continue until the beginning of April!

The funny thing is that I’m almost almost done with the novel. I had about four more parts left to write and then I think that’s it. So it shouldn’t take me too long to finish. I want to continue writing it until April so I think there is a good chance that I actually can finish the novel before Camp NaNo starts. However, I am not going to push myself. I got lucky with writing about 20,000 words in just two days.

I’m on Spring Break this week, but I still have work. Monday we had a snow storm during the night so I had a snow day at work on Tuesday. That’s why I was able to write so much. It took between four and five hours, but I made it to 10,070 words. I think that has been the most I have ever written in one day. I never posted on here after I accomplished that because when I finished it was about ten o’clock at night and I was exhausted. Not to mention that my wrists were killing me.

On Wednesday, my sister and I went to Barnes and Noble to write for a little bit before I had to go to work at two o’clock. I got up to 48 thousand and something words after being at Barnes and Noble for about three and half hours. So I was determined to make it to that 50k that night when I got home from work because it was just another couple thousand words.

In other news, I figured out what I am going to be writing for Camp NaNo! I’m going to be writing Saving Each Other. Yes, I already wrote that, but it died along with my flash drive. It’s still fairly fresh in my mind so I thought that I could re-write it from memory. The novel kind of sucked anyway, so maybe this will go a little better. I have a ton of novels planned out for this series, but (and I think I already said this when I first wrote the novel) I’m going to condense it all. I have three series for it, each series being five books long. I’m going to turn it into a trilogy and each novel will have all five parts in the one book. So the books will be fairly long, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully it will all work out in the end.

It’s Friday morning right now and I wrote this post Wednesday night…but I had to modify it because before I could post it because Wednesday night my laptop decided it wasn’t going to talk to the Wi-Fi anymore. So it would be kind of weird to post something on Friday that talked about “yesterday” being Tuesday and “today” being Wednesday.

I have work today (yes, Friday) from 11:00 to 5:00/6:00. Then I have this Family Night thing to go to that’s happening at my cousin’s school. Yipee for me…but it was fun last year, so I’ll try to think positive about it even though I really don’t want to go. In any case, I’m going to try to get some writing done this morning before I have to go to work. I have about two hours. Then maybe later on tonight I can get something done. The only thing is that the Family Night ends between nine and ten at night, so who knows how tired I am going to be by the end of that…especially working six or seven hours with itty bitty children all afternoon.

Wish me luck in finishing a novel in literally a month without it being NaNo! 🙂

 

2013: 65,196/365,000 Words Written
2013: 1,749/18,250 Pages Read

3,984 Words

Not All At Once…

 

Yes, I wrote an extra 3,984 words on Take Over. No, I did not do it all at once. I kept writing bits and pieces every day, but I kept on forgetting to update this. So there you have it! Between now and the past week or so, I have written 3,984 words.

Also, with Camp NaNo on the way (I still have no idea what I am going to write…) I decided that instead of trying to force myself to finish Take Over, I am going to try to make it to 50,000 words before April. That way, if I don’t get the chance to finish the whole novel, I can at least feel accomplished because 50,000 is a lot…especially when it’s not for NaNo.

Take Over currently has 30,113 words for it. So I just need to write another 20,000 words or so by the end of March and I am good to go. I have 17 days, so we’ll see how well this works.

Also, I finished reading another book. It was Eye of the Wizard by Daniel Arenson. It was a great fantasy read. I added those pages to the Pages Read and started the sequel as well as reading Midnight by Erin Hunter, which I am almost finished with.

That is all. 🙂

 

2013: 45,252/365,000 Words Written
2013: 1,749/18,250 Pages Read

Day 10

23,081/50,000 Words

 

Huh. It’s been a few days, hasn’t it? Well, the reason I haven’t updated this thing is because I haven’t written anything since my last post, which was Day 6 (Tuesday). I had a huge writing day on Tuesday and I was very proud of myself…except that I haven’t written since. This is what happened:

Tuesday I wrote while in school. After school I had that dumb doctor’s appointment. I was there for an hour and a half. I told my doctor that I was still tired, my rash is still all over my body, I’m still coughing (although it’s much better than it was) and I’m still wheezing every once in a while. School doesn’t help because I’m walking around in the freezing cold which probably makes it worse. When she listened to me breath she said that I still have pneumonia, which I figured because that takes a long time to get rid of. So, they decided to check my oxygen level, then draw blood, then get a couple of x-rays and fun stuff like that. Then we found out that everything was normal. So they gave me a second inhaler and sent me on my way. So now I have two inhalers to take.

Wednesday, my boyfriend and two friends came over. Chris, my boyfriend, was going to help my friend Christina with her math homework. Carolyn, Christina’s sister, was having a party at school the next day and she needed to make oreo balls for it. If you don’t know what oreo balls are, you should look it up and go make some; especially if you’re a woman PMSing. They are FANTASTIC. All it is are oreos and cream cheese rolled into balls dipped in chocolate. Can we say Heaven? Anyway, the math online wouldn’t work so the four of us (well, Chris ditched us and sat in the other room because us three girls were getting a little crazy…) ended up making the oreo balls. Except we messed up (if you have ever made them before you’re probably saying, “How do you mess up on making oreo balls?” Well…if you met me and friends in person you’d answer yourself with, “Oh. Because it’s THEM making it.”). So we had to run to the store while it was snowing a lot and the roads were terrible. The car was slipping and sliding all over the place. It was a fun time.

Thursday, I had school and work and was utterly exhausted by the time I got home from work. So I didn’t write or anything because I ended up going to bed around 9:00. Yesterday, Friday, I had school and then work and then I had to babysit. I was going to write while the kids were in bed, but I never ended up babysitting. Again, I was in bed by 9:00. Here’s why:

I got out of my last class with a voice mail on my phone. It was my doctor. “Hi, Rachel! We got the results of your x-rays and guess what? We found traces of mono in your system. You don’t actually have it, but apparently you had it maybe about three months ago. So that’s good, you were sick and didn’t even know it! Even though you don’t have it now, your body may still be fighting a bit of it off because you’re weak from the pneumonia and such and that’s probably why you’re so tired and not getting any better.” I’m thinking to myself, three months ago was August. I was in Disney at the end of August. You mean to tell me that I had mono when I was in Disney? Wonderful. Anyway, I called her back and she told me that I should stay in this weekend and get some extra rest. If I don’t feel any better by Monday I should come back in.

This made me mad because I had to cancel babysitting last night, I had to cancel my hair appointment this afternoon, and I was supposed to go out with Chris and his friend tonight and I can’t even do that. I know for a fact that I am not going to be feeling any better by Monday because I have been like this all week. My nose is really stuffed up and has been all week. Trust me, every single day at work the kids said to me, “Why do you sound funny?” I’m thinking, You sound funny! I can at least pronounce all my words correctly!

Anyway, the only good thing about staying in all weekend is that I get to catch up on my writing. Missing four days, that means I’m down by 8,000 words. So I should be at 25,740 today. That would be the 6,000 I missed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and the extra 2,000 for today. As you can see, I stopped at 23,081 words. I have been writing all morning and I needed to take a quick break. I will most likely get some more writing in later today or tonight. I will definitely make it to the 25,740 words…possibly more. But I updated my word count on the NaNo website and on here because I wanted to fill you all in on what’s going on. Plus I wanted to make it seem like I’m still here.

When I write some more tonight, I may post again. If not, I’ll see you all tomorrow!

Day 6

17740/50000 Words

 

I have to say that I am quite proud of myself. I have been trying to write at least 2000 words a day and so far it has been working. Except, due to school and work getting in the way, I was unable to write anything yesterday. I was determined to keep up the 2000 word pace so I decided that I was going to write 4000 today to make it seem like I never skipped a day. And guess what?

I ended up with a little over 6000 words! It turns out that I can skip tomorrow and still be at my quota (I don’t know if that’s the right word…just trying to sound smart xD). Of course, I am not going to skip writing tomorrow because I have hopes of not only reaching 50K, I want to finish the whole novel. And the whole novel is not going to be 50K…it will be well over.

The only thing that stinks is that I wrote all of this today at school because it was my long day and I have a three hour break in between my two classes. I was excited because I knew that I was going to write a lot. However, an old friend of mine found me in the library and we ended up talking for 45 minutes. My goal today was to try to get up to 20k or 21,340 (which would have been an even ten grand that I wrote) just so I could make it even or whatever. But losing those 45 minutes made me get a little behind.

I was sad about it for about two minutes and then I got over it because 6K is pretty good enough. And it was nice to talk to her again because I haven’t seen her since high school. Anyway, I hope that tomorrow is another good day for writing, but again, I have school and work so we’ll see how it goes. Even if I just write the normal 2000 words for tomorrow, I’ll be happy. I’m well ahead of the game. 🙂

Of course I am starting to get frustrated already. I’m not getting writer’s block, my characters are doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing, I’m following the outline nicely, and the plot is actually moving along. I’m more mad at my typos. Do you know how many times I have called my main character Blake “Bake” or “Lake”? Seriously, it’s bad. If I wasn’t do OCD, I would have kept the typos in so I could count how many times I screwed up. I kind of wish I did that. I’m sure it would have been well over 100.

Anyway, as I said, I’m aiming to finish my novel. I don’t know how many words that’s going to be, but I’m aiming to go way past 50K. Is there anyone else who is aiming higher than 50K? Or maybe you’re aiming higher than 50K because you’re writing more than one novel?

I tried aiming for 100K last year because I wanted to write 50K each for two stories…or it might have been the year before. Either way, it failed miserably. But I got sick, too which really slowed me down.

Speaking of being sick, I have another doctor’s appointment for a follow-up of my pneumonia. I finished my yucky medicine this morning so I’m praying to God that my pneumonia is okay enough so I don’t get any more medicine. On the other hand, I’m hoping it’s not and the doctor tells me I can’t go to school or work. Isn’t that sad? But I think it would be nice to have a week off and do absolutely nothing. Well, except write, of course.

Anyway, let me know if I’m in this whole “aiming over 50K” thing alone or not. It would be nice to compete with someone. >:) No, I’m just kidding. From the comments I got on my last post, it seems that everyone is doing quite nicely on their own NaNos.

Kepp up the good work, guys! I’m proud of you! Good luck with the rest of the month, too. We’re probably going to need it…

Day 4

11,390/50,000 Words

 

Yay! I hit over 10K! I think this is the fastest I have ever written a NaNo before. I have a good feeling about this year. I really do think that I’m going to win my second NaNo.

So have 11,390 words and I’m at the bottom of page 37. Even though I am not breaking it up into chapters, yet, my outline is still in chapters. So according to my outline, I am also on chapter nine. I think it’s going well so far, but I have a feeling that the edit of this novel is going to be a real pain…like editing usually is.

If you’re participating in NaNo please comment with your word count. I’m curious to see how many people are behind or ahead of me. Also comment with your NaNo username if you want to become writing buddies. As I have stated before, my username is Fiery_Sapphire. But I am really curious to see how far along some people are.

Good luck with your NaNos everyone! And if you’re not participating…well, it’s only day four. You can still start and finish on time! 😉

Day 3

8,262/50,000 Words

 

I ended up writing a little more yesterday after I updated my blog. So I ended up with 6168 words. That was an extra two thousand words, so I should have been all set for today, but I wanted to keep up that two thousand words a day pace. So I am now up to 8262 words.

I just hit page 28 of my story. Technically, I just got on page 27 because the first page is the title page, but whatever. I have no chapters. I am just writing the entire story and then when I edit for the first time, I will break the story into either chapters or parts. I’m not too sure yet. The reason I’m doing this is because when I wrote the outline, I noticed that some chapters would probably be about two pages while other chapter would be about twenty. I understand that it doesn’t matter how long or short a chapter is and that it doesn’t necessarily have to be equal, but my OCD kicked in and it bothered me. So we’ll see how it goes on my first edit.

Anyway, I have to get some more homework done and I sadly have to babysit tonight. Normally I wouldn’t care about babysitting, but I’m still not feeling up to speed with this dumb pneumonia, so we’ll see what happens. I agreed to babysit tonight a couple weeks ago, which was before I got sick and I feel back cancelling especially since this is a child at my work and I have been in work all week. Oh, well. I don’t know if I’m going to get a chance to get anymore writing done today, so…hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to hit ten thousand. Unless I get it done when I get home from babysitting.

I don’t know. Good luck with your own NaNo everyone!