Nanowrimo 2017 Day 9

This was a much better day for me. Not only because I was back on my meds, but there was just something about the day that made me feel that anything was possible! I drove for UberEats for a little bit, and then I came home to do some writing. I was feeling pretty good about what was happening in the story. Then I took a nap. Woke up and went to a write-in at a bar/restaurant called The Garage (because it used to be ab actual garage that sat empty for at least 15 years.). Five other people came to it! I was so happy! I did a good amount of writing there, but I mostly chatted with a particular young writer who I’m currently enamored with. Then some friends from work stopped by and I chatted with them for a while. It was just a really good time. Then I went home and stayed up past my bedtime to do some more writing!

The problem I’m having right now is that because I’m writing in one big document, (Episode 2 is included) I’m not sure how far along I am word wise, and that has affected my pacing. So I copied and pasted what I have written in Episode 3 into a new document. I’m already 6k into it and I’m just starting the plot! Yikes! I gotta wrap up Part 1 and head into Part 2. Though, I’m not sure what is going to happen in it. Oh, the discoveries waiting to be found! Tally ho!

Words Written Goal: 3,000

Words Written: 2,076

Total Words Written: 23.730

XPJ

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Nanowrimo 2017 Day 8

I had an awful day. I was feeling so depressed about my life that I’m not sure much writing got done. I had been at 20k for two days and it didn’t look like  Day 8 was going to be much better. Despite how I felt, I managed to write 1,133 words! That’s frelling awesome! I finally broke 21k!

 

Word Written Goal: 500

Words Written: 1,133

Total Words Written:  21,654

XPJ

Nanowrimo 2017 Day 7

Yesterday was an awful wording day. I felt very depressed and didn’t feel like doing anything. I hung out with a friend and helped her clean her apartment, then I met a friend to do some more writing. The writing only yielded 263 words all day. I have dishonored myself, my family, and my cow.

Words Written Goal: 5,000

Words Written: 263

Total Words Written: 20251

XPJ

Nanowrimo 2017 Day 6

Day 6 wasn’t bad for writing. I could have done better, but I also could have done much worse. I went to two write-ins. The first one was in a space made specifically for writers; writers who enjoy peace and quiet. No one was allowed to talk indoors. We had to go outside to talk. The write-in was three hours long, but I only managed to write for the last hour, managing a thousand words at least.

I was starting Episode 3 and I suck at starting new episodes or chapters or scenes because I’m never sure how to start them. The beginning is so important that I don’t want to mess it up! Novels live or die by their beginnings. I just want it to be perfect. I suppose that’s what editing is for.

The second write-in was at an IHOP on the Northwest side of town. I got there an hour and a half early because I didn’t want to deal with the 5:00 rush hour traffic on the freeway. I did okay on my own, but when the others showed up, I got distracted. I did manage about a thousand words there too. It was a good day!

Word Count Goal: 20,000

Words Written: 3,242

Total Word Count: 20,258

XPJ

Nanowrimo 2017 Day 5

Day 5 was pretty lit! Am I using that correctly? I went to a write-in at the library where I was the only one there for a good hour before two other people came. I didn’t get much writing done there because some prior clients from my last job found me and started talking to me about their problems, and then the writing folks and I started talking about the anime shows we’ve seen.

After the write-in, I continued to write. Well, I took a nap first. I was pretty sure that I was going to finish Episode 2 of The Heroes of Lunde. It took me three hours, but I finally did it! I finished Episode 2! So now I’m getting ready to start Episode 3! Boy am I glad I don’t have to come up with 100% of the material. I have a small synopsis to go from, and I’ll be pantsing the rest. Hopefully it goes well!

Word Total Goal: 16,000

Words Written: 3,227

Total Word Count: 17,016

Nanowrimo 2017 Day 4

Day 4 was beautiful! I went to a write-in at the main library with one other person there and it was fun! I worked on my playlist for my radio show while I wrote. I was stuck for a bit on what should happen next in the story. The Heroes weren’t sure what to do, the villains took some time out to enjoy some cinnamon raisin muffins while I tried to figure out what they were to do. It was one of those things where I knew what needed to happen, but I hesitate to trust my instincts. So, I gave into my instincts and kept writing. I wrote some more during my radio show and I think I’m in a good position to finish Episode 2 in Day 5!

Word Count Goal: 13,000

Words Written: 3,601

Word Count Total: 13,789

XPJ

Nanowrimo 2017 Day 3

Day 3 was so good! I wrote for four hours at a write-in hosted at a local used book store! I planned the event and I was very happy more than three people showed up! I should have taken pictures!

I feared that the story was wrapping up too quickly. I was at 8k and I sensed that I was nearing the end. I started to panic a little bit. I want these episodes of The Heroes of Lunde to be about 15-20k. I can’t have it ending at 8k. I had to think of more plot to keep it going. Not that I want to fill this full of filler, but I want there to be a full reading experience. I’m just about finished with Part 2. Gotta figure out what Part 3 is going to be about. I have about 5-10k left to write.

Word Count Goal: 10,000

Words Written: 4,134

Total Word Count: 10,728

XPJ

Nanowrimo 2017 Day 2

I didn’t get as much writing done as I wanted, but I did get a good chunk in! I took my laptop with me on my deliveries and there were a few moments to write while I waited for the next delivery. I wanted to get to 8k, but I was short on time and fell short. I then opted for 7k, but was too tired to get the words I needed.

I’m feeling good about this story! So, no danger of dropping it!

Word Goal: 8,000

Words Written: 2,306

Word Total: 6,594

 

Nanowrimo 2017 Day 1

It’s November! Praise be to Alanis for that! I had wanted to start Episode 2 of The Heroes of Lunde for a long time. A friend of mine convinced me to start early, so on the evening of October 30th, I did. I felt much shame about it, but it turned out to be pretty good.

October 31st, I joined a bunch of writers for an event I call The Midnight Dash. It’s where were gather at IHOP at 10:30 or so and we get excited about writing. Then at 12:00 we start writing our butts off! We had a great time and I managed to crank out 1,710 words!

I’m an UberEats delivery driver now, so I’ve been taking my laptop with me on my journeys across town while I wait for orders. I didn’t get much writing done, so I might not do that anymore. I came home for a break and wrote some more words, and then when I was done driving for the day, I cranked out a few more! At the end of the day, I had written 4,288 words! I wanted to get to 5,000, but I didn’t want to risk missing my window of opportunity to sleep.

Word Goal: 5,000

Words Written: 4,288

Total Word Count: 4,288

We’ll see how I do on Day 2!

Thanks for reading!

XPJ

OMG, I’m Back Again…

Hello folks! I’m back to wipe the dust off my blog again. Jeezy Chreezy, I am bad at updating this regularly. I don’t when the last time I made a post was. Enough lamenting about lost opportunities. I’m going to tell you what’s in the future!

I’ve been plotting stories to write for about 85% of 2017. Around August I got tired of this and decided that I was going to start writing actual stories again. So I came up with a couple of ideas, but none of them really stuck. I had an idea that a bratty prince was exiled from his kingdom by the king. His quest was to go have adventures and come back home with a title worthy of a king. I loved this idea for a hot minute and then I woke up in the middle of the night and hated it. The next morning, the project was dead.  I had announced the project the night before and as per usual, the next day it died.

I came up with another idea! I’d had been trying to do a superhero series for the longest time. I’d also wanted to do a quest fantasy series. I finally got the idea to put them together! I created The Heroes of Lunde! Using some characters I had created in March that I didn’t know what to do with, I created a team of adventurers who continually save their kingdom from outside threats. I went to the NaNoWriMo webpage and looked in the Adoption section where people were giving away titles they weren’t going to use. I picked up 8 of them and used them for The Heroes of Lunde. I have 10 episode titles (two of them are two parters.) and I came up with small plot synopses for them and THAT’S IT! I’m not plotting anything else!

I have done NaNoWriMo as a pantser and as a plotter. This year, I’m a plantser, which means I’m doing both plotting an pantsing! I’ll plan a little bit, and then pants the rest! I’m excited because this is something new to me. The possibility of failure is high, but I’m really thrilled to be taking this approach. I’ve won Nano 13 times in a row, I guess failing would be something new to experience, but not actively sought after.

Now, I’ve noticed a curse that has been cropping up on me this year. I’m intent on doing a series. I make it to the second episode of plotting/writing something, and then the ideas stop and it’s over. I call it the Second Episode Slump. I’ve fought hard to make it past the second episode and succeeded sometimes, but not often.

For the sake of The Heroes of Lunde, I decided to write the first episode before Nano to make sure that I was jazzed about the concept an the characters. I didn’t want to get to a point where I hated it sometime in November and then have nothing to fall back on. So I wrote the first episode and I finished it last night. I was only planning on it being 10,000 words, but it came out to 18,126 words. It’s amazing. There are some horrible mistakes in it, but I’m going to go back and look at it another time. For now, I’m just going to revel in my accomplishment!

Episode 2 is looming. I’m debating whether I can start and finish it before October 31st. Should I attempt it? Am I a madman?

My goal this Nano is to write three of the episodes in one month! If each one comes out to be 20,000 words, then I should finish strong with 60,000. Doable? I think so!

So, that’s what’s going on! I will keep you posted throughout next month to let you know how it’s going!

For those of you participating in Nano 2017, good luck and happy writing!

XPJ