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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.

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!

Pen [Check], Paper [Check], Hit the Words!

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Once again I am taking the absolutely crazy challenge of NaNoWriMo (50000 words in 30/30 nights and days). This will be my third year participating in this event.

My friends think I am going nuttier every year I do it.

This year I have armed myself with a different medium called Liquid Story Binder. I found out about it while reading “NaNo Prep and Writing Kalla” earlier this morning. Thanks to Amber I immediately searched for the program on Google, found it, and now its downloaded onto my computer. They also give a handy-dandy user guide on how to use the program. If you are unsure about downloading the program just read the user manual first.

Or be like me and download the whole shebang before reading a lick of words.

That is pretty as much as far as prepping materials, besides my usual collection of paper, pencils and notebooks.

Unlike my previous years of participating in NaNoWrimo this year where I have been a pantser this year I am actually trying to be an prepper. Which when you get to know me is a seriously laughable idea. I do not do “organized” or “clean” or “neat” or…well you get the idea. But now you all can cheer me on (or egg me for not getting  the word goal, your choice) because I have added NaNoWriMo widgets on the top left of my blog page! *cheers, confetti*

What else can I say? *thinks for a moment*

I will be honest and tell you that I have a faint seed for my story. I know the main characters meet in a bookstore. October will be my planning month. I am looking forward to the weird searches that I will be doing.

If you are a NaNoWriMo participant this year please add me! I’m Moonlight Raven. Mike, over at mikecoville.wordpress.com (see related links) is also adding buddies onto NaNoWriMo! Stephanie, over at ramblingsofayoungwriter.wordpress.com (see related links) will also add you to her buddies on NaNoWriMo. Another Munchkin (WOOT!) has posted a blog entry about NaNoWriMo so go check her out (in the related links) as well as a few other links that I am adding down here for your enjoyment and further knowledge!

Are you going to be doing NaNoWriMo this year? Have you done NaNoWriMo in the past? What ideas have you been spinning around in your head that could make a lovely story? Comment down below!

Happy Writing!