What I Wrote This Week – #NaNoWriMo Edition

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All Rex wants is to complete the mission for the cause.
All Echo wants is to complete the mission so she can reunite with her wife.
All Glory wants is to complete this mission so she can escape the time loop she’s trapped in.
-That moment when I think I’ve figured out how to #GroundhogOne

So, it’s the last day of NaNoWriMo and I did not get nearly as much writing done as I thought I would this month. I’m not saying I failed, because there is no way that’s accurate, but I did not write 50,000 words this month.

What I DID do is write more than I had on October 30 (which, in case anyone forgot, was NOT A DAMN WORD), and that’s nothing to be disappointed in.

Because of everything going on in my life this month, it just didn’t happen. That’s normal. Sometimes it’s that the words won’t come, but sometimes you just have to acknowledge that writing 50,000 words during the holidays is NOT easy.

But I’m way ahead in this story, and just because I wasn’t writing it, doesn’t mean I wasn’t thinking about it.

And while I was thinking, I realized that my primary cast was a little too big. To successfully write a story like the one I’m writing, I realized that it was too hard to have to figure out things to do for four characters. So, I cut it to three. I didn’t remove one character, she’s still got an important role period, and especially in the to-be-written-eventually follow-up, #OneVendetta, but I realized that I could do without her.

The other thing I did, and this was TOTALLY AND ACCIDENT I SWEAR Y’ALL, was I accidentally figured out how to connect #GroundhogOne to the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale universe.

No seriously, it was an accident. But a happy accident that I think can solve an issue I’ve had for something in…one of the latter books in the series and one that takes place before the series starts. It’s complicated. Just roll with it, y’all.

So, I’m further ahead than I was, and that’s awesome. Once my life evens out a little more and once the holidays are over, I’ll get back to #GroundhogOne and get that first draft written.

To those of you who met your NaNoWriMo goals, CONGRATULATIONS! To those of you in the same boat with me, who didn’t maybe get done what you wanted, ALSO CONGRATULATIONS! No matter where you are, you’re further along with your story than you were in October. Keep going. Just keep going, keep writing, keep getting through those sticky plot points and difficult scenes and share your stories with the world.

Finish your novel and are wondering what to do next? Check back over the weekend for a post-NaNoWriMo edition of Writing Tips with The Fake Redhead.

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What I Wrote This Week – #NaNoWriMo Edition

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“We’re going to lose the war.”
“Wars don’t have winners.”
Emmerson sighs, “You know what I mean,” she says. “I have a plan though, but it doesn’t work without you. Or-“

Excerpt from this week’s #GroundhogOne efforts (who is Emmerson? Good question), and proof that I DID actually write this week.

I’m not going to lie and say that my NaNoWriMo efforts are going swimmingly, because they’re really not. Writing is difficult, and there’s a chance I’ve gotten stuck. Oh well, shit happens. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up on this story, because I’m not, but it’s going to take a little longer than I thought to get it to where I want it to be.

Going into this year’s NaNoWriMo, I knew that there was a chance something like this would happen, because this really is an ambitious project, and it’s a kind of story I’ve never tried to write before (okay, scratch that, not never, but it’s been a VERY long time and the thing that I did write that would be considered ‘similar’ is…also not similar at all. I digress).

My initial plan going into this was to write this story in order.

Let’s just say that that went out the window, but here’s why it’s a GOOD thing that it did.

What I realized this week (aka the span of time between last Thursday’s post and this one) is that there’s no reason for me NOT to write certain scenes that I’ve already thought up. There really isn’t. Why would or should I STOP myself from writing something that’s going to be in the story ANYWAY?

So, I went ahead and created a ‘Misc’ document in the Scrivener file (don’t know what Scrivener is? It’s like Word, but awesome. Use it. 10/10 would recommend) and started writing all the scenes that happen AFTER the last scene I left off on, which yes, includes the end. I’ve mentioned before in my Writing Tips posts, that knowing in advance how and where your story is going to end is critically important to finishing your story. If you don’t know how it’s supposed to end, how are you going to get TO the ending? I know most people aren’t like me and don’t know how EXACTLY it’s going to go down, but all you need is a vague idea, a vague endpoint, and drive your story in that general direction. It may change, it probably will change, but as long as you have a direction, you’ll be set.

Now, I may be about 10,000 words behind where I should be for NaNoWriMo standards, but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up on #GroundhogOne, even if things are getting a little crazy at work and the holidays are starting up. Like I did with the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale novel, I’m going to write when I have time, whenever I can. It may be a little at a time, but a little at a time is not the same as NOT writing. We can’t all sit down and bang out 5,000 words or more a day. That’s always the goal, but even for people who are full-time writers, that doesn’t happen for every.single.writing.session. Temper your expectations and understand that writing is as challenging as any other art. You’re creating a world that ONLY exists in your head. Only you can do that. It may take longer than others, but you can and will accomplish your goal as you keep working at it.

AND, as another bonus to saying ‘screw it’ to writing #GroundhogOne in order is that I now know some other things that are going to happen in the story, which I wouldn’t have figured out if I pressed on with my original plan of writing in order. There’s going to be space fights, arguments, an attempt at infiltrating a prison that’s going to go SUPER wrong, like, wronger than the other attempts at infiltrating said prison (and even as I think about this, an attempt that’s going to go SUPER WRONGER than any of the other times I’ve planned on writing. Here’s another short tangent: talk it out. Sometimes, if you get stuck, if you talk about what you’re working on, you’ll go in ways you never imagined if you just talk to someone or write it out. Try it.), and a realization about birthdays.

Remember friends, in space, no one can hear you if you never finish your book. So, don’t be like space.

Also, maybe don’t try to write your What I Wrote This Week post before the coffee’s kicked in.

The writing adventures continue, and now I need to figure out how to kill off my characters in the fun news ways that I just figured out as I was typing this post.

Need some resources? Don’t forget my Writing Tips page, or the NaNoWriMo Writing Tips Countdown, which starts with Part One, and the rest of it is linked below this paragraph. Need prompts? Well, I have hundreds in the Prompt Library, or the exclusive Prompt eBooks in the Shop. Don’t forget that 100 Original Writing Prompts by TFR is on sale of 99 cents, all NaNoWriMo long. Or head on over to the NaNoWriMo forums for advice and inspiration of any and all kinds.

Part One: 4 Reasons Why You Should Participate In @NaNoWriMo

Part Two: 6 Tips For A Successful @NaNoWriMo

Part Three: 5 Ways To Focus During @NaNoWriMo

Part Four: Pre-@NaNoWriMo #MondayMotivation

Part Five: 3 Reasons Why It’s Not About Winning @NaNoWriMo

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What I Wrote This Week – #NaNoWriMo Edition

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Seventeen thousand, one hundred fifty-four of what? – excerpt from what I wrote on Day 1 of NaNoWriMo for #GroundhogOne.

NaNoWriMo 2017 is in full swing, and I kicked off Day One with a whopping 1,800 words. I know it sounds like a lot, and if you’re someone who couldn’t come up with that many, couldn’t reach whichever daily goal you set (be it 1,667 or more or less), don’t worry. For some people, it takes some time to get into the swing of NaNo-ing. I’m not going to have 29 more days where I bang out 1,800 words a day, for a lot of reasons. Some are because, you know, life gets in the way, the holidays are a thing, and other times, it’s because the words just don’t work for whatever scene I’m attempting.

These things all happen, and there’s no reason to feel bad about that or worry that you’re not going to hit your goal.

Some days I’m going to write a couple thousand words and be way ahead, other’s I’m going to write like, 12, and say, “Screw this, I need a nap.”

And I can safely say that the top reason why the words flowed so quick yesterday was that I KNEW what was going to happen in that scene, and since I am writing by the seat of my pants, I’m not always going to know exactly what I want to happen in order to get from Point A to Point B. Writing comes with a whole host of challenges, and plot is certainly one of them.

Remember,  you’re not going to get any writing done if you don’t try, so remember to try. You must just try. I’m posting updates about my writing trials and tribulations on Twitter (see: the accidental break I took because of something that happened on an episode of Property Brothers, among other things), which include some lines I’ve written that will eventually fit into the story, along with some retweets of advice from other writers who are diving into the adventure.

If you need some additional inspirational assistance don’t forget that, all month long, 100 Writing Prompts by TFR Volume One is on sale for just 99 cents! Need some craft-based advice? Head on over to the Writing Tips page for some advice on craft and world building and how to name your character or focus on getting your writing done. And don’t forget the five-part Writing Tips NaNoWriMo Countdown Series:

Part One: 4 Reasons Why You Should Participate In @NaNoWriMo

Part Two: 6 Tips For A Successful @NaNoWriMo

Part Three: 5 Ways To Focus During @NaNoWriMo

Part Four: Pre-@NaNoWriMo #MondayMotivation

Part Five: 3 Reasons Why It’s Not About Winning @NaNoWriMo

How’s your writing challenge going?

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