NaNoWriMo Progress Report: Week Three

Week Three Updates

Daily Word Count:

16. 2,030
17. 5,028
18. 0
19. 2,299
20. 0
21. 0
22. 0

Week Three Total: 9,357

As you can see, week three wasn’t my best week.

I hit a bump in the road with my novel this week. I had a moment where I didn’t really know where the story was going. It got to the point that I was writing just to get more words for my NaNo goal.

I took a break from writing for a day and rested my mind. When I got back to writing the next morning, I had a better idea of where I was going.

This past weekend I didn’t write anything because I wasn’t feeling well. I planned on finishing Friday or Saturday, but oh well. Life gets in the way sometimes.

I have about 4,000 words left. So maybe I’ll finish tomorrow.

I need to do research as I don’t really know what I’m writing about when it comes to courts and trials, but I’m just going to do my best for now and leave the research for the editing process.

There’s a lot I have to do for this novel once the first draft is completed. I have to make timelines for my characters and do a bit of research before I can start the editing process.

It’ll be interesting.

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NaNoWriMo Progress Report: Week Two

Week Two Updates

Daily Words Written:

9. 2,037
10. 4,065
11. 2,054
12. 2,037
13. 2,026
14. 0
15. 4,132

Week Two Total: 16,351

Second Chances is still going well.

Though, I have come to the realization that even though I’ve been doing well without an outline, I’m going to need to make a timeline of events that happened in Lesley’s life as well as Hunter’s life. Maybe Ezekiel, too. I’m not sure if we’re ever really going to find out more about him.

I mean, Lesley did ask him how he died and he told her it was none of her business, so…

Anyway, with that being said, the scenes in my novel are definitely going to be switched around in the editing process (or taken out, depending on the situation).

I think that will be the next step when the first draft is complete. Before editing, I will create a timeline of events for everyone.

My word count has continued to be steady. I’m proud of myself for continuing to write every single day. Normally I get ahead and then I’ll skip a day or two and then get back into writing without ever getting behind. I always end up finishing early, too.

I really didn’t want to do that this year (or any year for that matter). So I’ve been doing great keeping a good pace.

After explaining all this, I’ve sure you’ve noticed that I didn’t write anything on the 14th. That day was my sister’s baby shower. So it’s not like I just decided to skip because I knew I was ahead. I was out literally all day and was exhausted when I got home.

That is the only day I’m skipping this month, though.

At the rate I’m going, I’m planning on hitting 50k by November 20 or November 21. That’s if I keep my 2k-4k a day goal. I’ll be writing for the rest of the month after that, though. I don’t think the story will be finished at 50k.

I wonder if I’ll write enough to finish the novel by the end of the month?

How is your NaNo novel coming along?

NaNoWriMo Progress Report: Week One

Week One Update (1)

Daily Words Written:

1. 2,036
2. 4,077
3. 2,016
4. 2,002
5. 2,052
6. 2,079
7. 4,045
8. 2,011

Week One Total: 20,318

My novel, Second Chances, has been going really well. The words have been flowing out of my mind like running tap water. It’s been great!

The best part is I don’t have an outline this time. I usually do, but it feels good to just let the characters run the show. They’ve been doing a good job so far, too.

My favorite part is my interpretation of Heaven and the way it looks and works. What it means to be a Guardian Angel, to get into Heaven from Purgatory, etc. I’ve been making up a brand new world as I go along and I’ve been doing a great job at it! Well, I think I am anyway.

My daily goal is to hit 2,000 words a day. As you can see from my totals, I’ve been keeping up with that. I write every morning before work for an hour and that’s where my 2k comes from. I got an extra 2k on the second because I had a write-in that evening. The seventh was Double-Up Day so I doubled my word count to hit 4k that day.

Aside from the write-in, I have yet write anything after work only because I’m so tired. But I’ve been getting my 2k done in the morning, so I guess that doesn’t matter.

Week two is supposedly the “slump week” where people begin to lag on their novels. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen to me. I don’t have to babysit after work today so I’m hoping to get an extra 2k done today. Tomorrow I don’t have work (but I still have to babysit in the afternoon) so I hope to get 2k-4k words again. Same with Wednesday: I don’t have work or babysitting. I’ll be doing last minute shopping for my sister’s baby shower, but I’m hoping to bang out another 4k. We’ll see.

Thursday and Friday will be rough. Thursday is my long day between work and babysitting. Friday I have work, babysitting, and then I have to go to the hall to set up for the baby shower.

I plan on getting up bright and early Saturday morning to get my writing done before my sister’s baby shower because that’s going to take up my whole day. Sunday I’ll be able to get back on track with a normal schedule, but then we’ll be onto week three!

How is your NaNo novel doing?

If you would like to add me as a writing buddy or know more about my novel, visit my NaNo page: Fiery_Sapphire.

For a summary of my novel, you can read my post called Second Chances. For an excerpt of my novel, you can read my latest Short Story Sunday.

NaNoWriMo: Are You Ready?

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November 1 is creeping up fast on us. We only have four days left before the madness begins. That’s not a lot of time to make final preparations to your novel and your mental health.

For your novel, do you have…

–A well thought-out plot?
–Fun, engaging characters?
–A realistic setting?
–An idea for the beginning?
–An idea for the ending?

Of course you don’t need to know the answer to all of those questions. That is part of the fun for NaNo, after all.

For your writing space, do you have…

–A laptop or notebook?
–Pens or pencils?
–Sticky notes or index cards?
–A snack and beverage?
–Your outline or any other notes?
–A music playlist?

There are a lot of things you may or may not need in order to sit down and write your novel. One thing I would definitely have though, would be the NaNo website handy for inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and research.

With these things in mind (and anything else you can come up with), are you ready for NaNo to start soon? As long as your excited and itching to go, I’d say you are.

Feel free to add me as a writing buddy on NaNo: Fiery_Sapphire 

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit


Everything you may need when writing your NaNo novel…

Notebook. If you decide to hand-write, you’ll need plenty of paper.

Pens/Pencils. Pens are good for hand-writing. Pencils are good for taking notes.

Highlighters. To remember the important stuff. Make sure you use a lot of colors because… Why not?

Post-It Notes. For note taking if you don’t like index cards.

Index Cards. For note taking if you don’t like post-it notes.

Baby Name Book. In case a brand new character appears when you least expect it.

Snack. Writers need to eat, too. Just make sure it doesn’t get all over your fingers or makes a mess on your paper or keyboard!

Drink. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water… Whatever helps you stay focused.

Music. If you need some background noise.

Laptop. Of course you’ll need your laptop to type your novel. At the end of the month, you’ll need that and a good internet connection to validate your novel.

What do you have in your NaNo tool kit?

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, feel free to add me as a writing buddy: Fiery_Sapphire.

A New Idea For NaNoWriMo

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Throughout the month of October I’ve been outlining a novel titled To The Fullest for NaNoWriMo next month.

The other day, I stepped out of the shower and a brand new novel idea smacked me in the face.

It had nothing to do with the novel I was planning to write. Nothing to do with George Florence. It wasn’t even an idea I had thought of long ago and just now expanded on. It was brand new and completely out of the blue.

Yet, I didn’t just come up with a new idea. I didn’t say to myself, “Hey, I should write that down and try to work on it sometime.”

No. I thought of the beginning, the middle, and end. I have a title, I know the theme of the novel, I have a tagline, I have a summary. All I need are names for the characters and then I’m good to go to start writing.

I was outlining To The Fullest the other day and realized the novel was going to have to take a much needed unexpected turn in order for it to work. I’m still trying to figure out the details for that one. I’m still unsure how the characters are going to get to the end.

I don’t have much filler for the middle.

As you can see, this random idea is farther along than the one I’ve been outlining for the past few weeks.

I can’t get the new idea out of my head. I keep thinking about it, I keep expanding on it. I have to write things down for it all the time before I forget.

Not once have I thought about To The Fullest since I thought of this new idea.

That’s why–with about two weeks before November–I’ve decided to change my NaNoWriMo novel.

I will be writing a novel titled Second Chances.

Wish me luck.

If you’re on NaNoWriMo, feel free to look me up and add me as a writing buddy: Fiery_Sapphire.

Long Week

This week I have gone to work and babysat more than usual. I edited my short story and sent it to a contest and also edited the second-first draft of George Florence. I sent it to my writers group and then realized I won’t be able to make it to the next meet.

But I at least got the first part edited, so I guess I can’t complain about that.

I have been so tired that I’ve been coming home and plopping myself down on the couch and that’s my day.

I get my writing and editing done in the morning before work so I haven’t been skipping any days, but now that I decided to solely work on editing George Florence I’m out of things to work on.

I mean, that’s not really true. I have a huge list of ideas of novels for various age groups and genres. However, I want my sole focus to be on George Florence.

I probably will edit the next part, especially since I’m not going to meet with my group until the end of October at this point.

At the same time, it’s kind of nice to take a break from writing a novel.

I have a few short stories I would like to work on, plus some original pieces I want to work on for Wattpad.

It’s funny because I usually have a hard time trying to decide what to write because I have so many ideas and I want to write them all at once.

Now that list has kind of turned into a “waiting list” as I put certain ideas on hold so I can focus on George Florence for the most part.

He’s an attention hog, I guess.

So I pretty much already decided that’s what I was going to do, but I thought I would recap.

Next week will be less busy, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to make more progress. Although, I think I did a pretty good job this week balancing everything out.

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Taking A Break

I got a lot of writing, editing, reading, and blogging done this past summer. It was great! With no work and no school to tie me down, I was able to focus on what I hope to be a career someday (soon… in the near future… hopefully…).

I had plans to finish my rewrite of George Florence by July 31. That didn’t happen because the rewrite came out a lot longer than the original first draft. So I changed the deadline to August 31.

I still didn’t finish writing it.

I was writing it the other day and found two plot-holes. You know, because this is the second time I’m writing it so why would I have discovered a giant hole in the plot the first time around? Even after I’ve outlined it twice and everything.

I’m trying to figure out how to fix it. One problem is an easy fix; it’s just math (blech). The other problem might take a while. I know I need to go back and add in a few more things in order for everything to make sense and come full circle.

With that being said, I’ve decided to take a break from writing the novel.

I edited the first 20 or so pages of the story to the best of my ability (I keep a list of editing notes as I write to remember for the revision process). Now I’m going to send that to my writers group.

After a couple of months of them looking at the first half of the novel I’ll probably start writing it again. We meet once a month so I’ll probably start writing it again come January. So by that time they’ll have read roughly 100 pages (I’m including January’s meet).

I’ll pick up the writing again to bring in the new year because by then I should have figured out a way to end the novel and make everything full circle. Plus, I can incorporate any suggestions I get from my group.

Of course if I figure it out before January, then I’m not going to wait until January. I just want to give myself some time.

Does that sound like a good plan? I hope so.

In the meantime, I don’t want to stop writing completely.

There are a few contests I would love to try and a few literary magazines I would love to submit to. I have a couple short stories under my belt and a few more ideas for short stories. I’ll be working on those for the time being.

I will also be working on other novels… or novellas, however they turn out.

WattpadI recently joined Wattpad and have a few ideas to put on there. I have yet to write them so it might take a while before these stories are posted, but I’m working on it.

Feel free to follow me on there so you can get updates! I’ll most likely give updates on here, too. Let me know if you have an account on Wattpad. I’ll follow you… I need friends on there.

I want to get more of my original writing out there to share with you guys other than the Short Story Sunday and Time To Write features. Those are usually silly, quick things I write. Some turn out better than others. So I want to show you guys that I can actually come up with a plot and make it work.

I’ll probably post it once the whole story is written so I can update regularly.

I’ll let you know when the first story is up, which might be a little while.

In the meantime… Wish me luck!

Inspiration Station: Ending

IS End

Is your novel part of a series and you want your readers to go out right away and buy the next book? Maybe it’s a standalone novel, but you want your readers to check if you have another other novels out or in the works.

Here are some ideas to wrap your novel up with a neat bow…

Tie up any loose ends.

Make sure all your plot points have a purpose. Make sure all questions have been answered. Sometimes it’s okay to leave your readers guessing (especially when there’s a sequel), but you should pick and choose what to leave up to the reader. You don’t want to leave out any huge plot points.

Have the ending to make sense.

Don’t rush the ending. Give the reader as much or as little information as possible about the plot and the characters.

Create a lengthy ending.

If you have a 500-page novel, don’t wrap everything up in a couple of paragraphs. Give it a couple of chapters; let the reader really think on it.

End on an image.

My favorite piece of ending advice comes from Stanley Kunitz: “End with an image and don’t explain.” Explain what you need to about the plot, but let the reader create their own sort of epilogue for the characters.

Endings are difficult because you want to leave the reader satisfied. If you give the characters an ending they deserve, then readers will most likely agree.

If you enjoyed this post or found it helpful, be sure to check out my posts about BeginningsMiddles, and Prologues/Epilogues!

If I Was A Literary Agent…

On Twitter, there’s a special hashtag called #MSWL. It stands for “Manuscript Wishlist.”

It’s used by literary agents and the like every so often to let people know what they specifically want in the latest novels.

I was reading Gasp by Lisa McMann last week and something in the novel happened that brought tears to my eyes. For those of you who have never read the book, but it’s on your TBR list I won’t say too much.

I’ll just say that they weren’t happy or sad tears; they were worried tears.

I don’t know what made me think of it, but then I thought about the hashtag and I realized something.

If I was a literary agent my #MSWL would most likely be for a book to make me cry; whether it was happy or sad or anger or what have you.

I like a good cry. I want a book that gets me so emotionally invested that I cry.

That’s when I know the book has let me escape reality; even if it’s only for 300 pages.

If you want to know more about #MSWL, check out their website here.