Category Archives: NaNoWriMo 2013

NoWri just No

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I am not sure if I am going to make it to the end of NaNoWriMo this year.

As you can see my word count is drastically behind schedule and at this point I have no idea whether I am going to be able to catch up. It didn’t help that my entire 7,000 words that I gained within the first week disappeared. I am sure if I am able to put my mind to it I will catch up seeing as I am only 30,000 words off from today’s target.

I’ve heard that unexpected things happen in NaNoWriMo while writing. A scene, where no scene was before, pops up or an unexpected relationship suddenly comes to light, where there was only supposed to be hatred, has always seemed to put me in a sense of stupid. Most likely since it has never happened to me before this year. But now it has.

When I planned to kill off Nasty Wizard it was just going to be him getting killed by a drunk driver who doesn’t even realize he hit a man and continues to drive, realistically I guess swerve, off down the highway.

The scene was going well until Nasty Wizard didn’t die right off the hop from the hit. That is when my drunk driver suddenly changed into an assassin / mercenary type person (except he did not do it for the money nor did he let them know what he was planning to do when he overheard their conversation in the coffee shop).

A/M didn’t just drive him over. He stalked him down what would be about a quarter of a kilometer and running him multiple times. Once he was sure that Nasty Wizard was dead he drove up beside the body poured some sort of liquid on it, while smoking a cigarette, (I believe it was gas but I wouldn’t put it past him to pour some whiskey and possibly brandy) before tossing an entire magazine of matches on him. Then drove off.

Damn. I can’t believe that came from my subconscious mind. If you are wondering who the character model that came to mind after I wrote this particular scene was Noah Segan. What do you think?

I looked up the definition for both assassin and mercenary but neither seemed to fit this ruthless character that just barged into the story. He isn’t a gang member or a hit man either since there was nothing in it for him; no money, no recognition, nothing. Here I have put him as an assassin / mercenary but I am thinking that he is more of a rogue version of either with his own sense of right and wrong; regardless of it being twisted and not with a moral compass pointing directly north.

As I continue to think about what happened I realized that my writing is starting to grow and become more my own. My subconscious is starting to really come into play while I write. I mean seriously, where else would have my drunk driver turned assassin / mercenary come from?  I am very glad that my writing style and voice seems to be changing.

Has your writer’s voice changed? What was it like before compared to now? Has your novel taken any sharp changes?

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Thank god my NaNoWriMo Notebook is Part of my Plan

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You know how things just DO NOT work out in your favour when something so important to you just decides to blow itself up and leave you broken fingered??

That is just what happened to my word count. Almost got to 10,000 then BAM. I had to hang my head when I typed in the dreaded “0” into my update word count box.

Not even an hour ago. FML to the MAX.

So now you are probably wanting to know what the hell happend.

In short I figured out that liquid story binder looks cool but unless you want to be reading a 50+ page how to manual (which I really don’t want to) you are going to be having a hell of a time trying to get what you want done. In short: my Liquid Story Board went belly up, screwing over all that I had typed into it, I wasn’t able to fix it. I had to do the unthinkable.

I uninstalled the program.

On my last post, Freshest Scene First, I had a commenter who asked me why I don’t use Scrivener’s NaNoWriMo Free Trial? When I responded I mentioned something along the lines of how it would be my luck that at the end of NaNoWriMo I would forget to save it all to a word document and all would be lost.

I guess I didn’t foresee this happening in my very distant (now past) future.

Thankfully I didn’t loose everything that I had written. My NaNoWriMo Notebook did have some of the scenes fully written out. These are the scenes which I had been writing on the bus as I went from school to home, school to library, and home to everywhere else. So now I am busy retyping up all my written words onto Scivener in order to get my ass back on track but I will still have to be having to redo everything that I had lost.

I actually quite like the program. It really has grown on me. Many of the features that it provides are what I have been wanting for a long time. This includes cue-cards. Seriously just because they have cue-cards I am loving it. I can write a quick summary of what I want to have happen in the scene then BLAM! I can go back and write it out fully.

Freaking perfect and it saves a lot of my money with not having to go out buying colourful cue-cards.

In short: Scivener is what I am working with now, but I still hold my Word program very close.

Freshest Scene First!

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Today I have decided to change my NaNoWriMo writing strategy. I suppose better now on the second day than on the 24th otherwise that may mess everything up.

Every year as I scramble to make the word count (and for the most part fail spectacurly) because I write the novel from the beginning and by the time I get to a scene that has been rolling around my head for the past x amount of time its gone! That is why this year I have decided to focus on the scenes but not necessarily in order. As I write the scene and move onto the next I will obviously leave out the part that glues the two together in order to make the story flow.

Sounds stupid, I am quite aware, but keep reading! Just let me explain before you throw a writing/typing/storytelling device at me!

When I get the dreaded NaNoWriMo writers block that would normally take ages for me to get over (when I obviously do not have agest since this has to be done in 30 days) I will go back and begin the task of putting the scenes together as one would do when sewing a whole bunch of patch work squares to make a quilt. See what I am getting at? I’ll still be getting words and it will be productive. The idea is that I will be able to come up with new scenes and ideas as I sew everything up.

Today I worked out one of the last scenes of my novel. Don’t give me that look!

Many years ago, when I was still in highschool, one of my very awesome band teachers once told the class that in order to make the song amazing you work from the last note first. Well since I don’t play my flute as much and I am no longer in band (thank god) I figured I would put that advice to good use else where.

The scene I wrote is basically about a thousand words where my main character (still unnamed by the way; if you have any name ideas send my way!) finally discovers who the warlock is that she has been trying to find.

Hope all your NaNo Novels are coming along great. Have you guys found any plotholes yet?

THE MADNESS IS HERE!

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ITS TIME TO NANO!! WOOT WOOT!

Winnipeg, Manitoba IS IN THE HOUSE!

Unfortunately I have to go to bed because I have a lovely 8am class this morning but thankfully I am going to be writing on  the bus so I am going to be able to keep upping my wordcount.

I hope that tonight my dreams will unravel my scenes that I have to work on. Or maybe they will just change it up so much that my poor brain will be spinning and going, “What the fuck was that?”

Pardon the language.

Goodnight, Peace out, Lets get this NaNoWriMo started!

Can you hear the words sing? Singing the song of Novels to come.

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Its down to the last day October and already I can feel that the words of all our novels are starting to push against the barriers in our minds that are keeping them at bay.

My NaNoWriMo 2013 planning will be going into overdrive tonight as I hand out candy and treats to the tricksters coming to my door. Yesterday I finally figured out what caused my main character to lose her memories and consequently her ability to dream. I was inspired by the last passage in Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.  Essentially my character wrote a story when she was little and some of the characters popped out. One of the nasty ones (a warlock) decided that if she had her memories erased of this incident that he will not end up back in the book (side effect of his curse: unable to dream and reading level shot down).

As the story goes she meets her characters, who are now a bit older, and they make a solid effort to get her memories back.

I have yet to settle on names, but have a running list of names from either television shows or just random streets that I have seen in the city and thought, “Ooh that would be a brilliant last name for a character!”, but I have the “models” that I want for my characters. I think this year I am going to do the names last-minute or else halfway through the month I will come up with various amounts of names.

Maybe, if I feel like I have time, I will put my character traits and stuff up here.

FOR NOW THOUGH picture: (my character models so far) Skye Sweetnam, Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Zegers.

Pretty epic eh? Yeah, I thought so too. Its going to be a wild, and interesting story.

At first when I thought about the story I had decided that there would be romance that I would have purposely threw in, subtle though, but now I am thinking that I will just let the natural romance fall into play. I feel like this may be more natural and realistic rather than having a cliché romance.

How are your stories going? Any interesting characters or plots just happening to pop out of the wood work? Have your stories been messed around, scratched out, and surgically put back together?

Happy NaNo Eve and to all a good night write!