NaNoWriMo

General tag for all NaNoWriMo posts.


Would you look at that. It’s October 24. Aka, there are 7 days until NaNoWriMo begins, which means that a lot of writers are scuttling around as if someone had just shined a light into a dark and humid crevasse, and I am right there with them. To be honest, this year’s NaNoWriMo has crept on me. Sure, I know the date hasn’t moved, but I am awfully unprepared. In fact, I still don’t know for sure what I’ll be writing! Maybe it’ll be a project I’ve been meaning to start for this here website. Maybe I’ll be working on a revision. I don’t have a single clue! But, that’s not what I wanted to bring up. On the other hand, I wanted to give a quick announcement. For this year, I wanted to do something slightly different than my usual stuff. Rather than just put updates here every other […]

NaNoWriMo Looms…



It’s November 7th, which means this is one complete week into NaNoWriMo, and I’ve been writing a lot every day. So far, I’ve managed to write every single day without miss, hitting the number of words just as expected. But, this is not a post to brag about this. No, this is the Not Writing Advice part of the week, where I talk about something shitty about writing. And in this case, it’s word counts. For the longest time, I’ve been one of the biggest pushers for NaNoWriMo (and I still am), but I’ve always been very conflicted about writing goals, especially when dealing with word count. See, the thing is that when I write a lot–and I mean a lot–I start losing sight of the work. At some points, it seems that scenes go on forever and take longer than they should, all because I’m trying to hit a word count […]

NaNoWriMo Day 07 – Not Writing Advice



The funny thing is, yesterday I posted talking about how I had all these plans for my novel. I wrote two outlines over October and got ready to write. But, it seems that after writing two complete novels, I’m still the worst when it comes to planning. Today I wrote about 2,000 words, but none of those words went exactly as planned. The more I kept writing the characters, the more I realized that the two main characters were, well, a little different than I originally planned. I know it sounds weird to say that the character hijacked the story, but I swear I’m not crazy. Online, writers often talk about how characters do what they want to do. Sometimes, some even mention how characters take a life of their own and change things. All of that makes it seems like the writers are crazy, but I think it’s actually […]

NaNoWriMo Day 04 – The Characters Stole the Novel



[Day: 03/30 & Words: 5,000/50,000] Over the last two days, most of my NaNoWriMo updates haven’t really been connected to my actual progress, so I wanted to take today and actually give a proper update. For this November, I decided to continue working on an old project of mine called “The Black Symphony.” Technically, I had already started this novel back in July and written about 30,000 words (a little more, but I can’t remember) for camp NaNoWriMo, but I decided that this November would be a good chance to actually finish the novel. I know that NaNoWriMo technically asks for 2 things I’m going against. I’m supposed to write a new novel, and I’m supposed to write 50,000 words for it. But, to be honest, novels are not really that length. That’s just a little over a novella, barely enough to classify as a novel. So, I decided to […]

NaNoWriMo Day 3 – A Real Update