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Updates on my writing progress.

A Change of Plan.

The grand plan has changed.

I started NaNo with hopes and dreams, and I felt really prepared, I was ready to ‘smash it’. It was all pictured in my head, I even had names, everything felt well.

But, straight away, plot holes. I thought I had ironed things out. By the end of the first chapter, I had already noticed two. I’d already wrote inconsistently in the same POV over two paragraphs.

It is the first project I’ve ever attempted to write. I think I bit off more than i could chew. The idea is still there, I still have what I planned, but I think I need to work on the craft of writing first. It will help me with style, descriptions, lexical choices, everything. I think it is needed. I can sit down here, blab on about nothing with no plan and I think it reads quite well. The second I try to do it with a planned out chapter, fart.

So, I am officially retiring my first book from NaNo 2013. On top of the writing problems, I also haven’t had the time – two exams, coursework to start and finish, and just being tired from university stuff. I think the best time for me to crack on will be over Christmas break.

However, the work has not stopped. My new goal is to write a number of short stories in my world. I’ll write the first one, and publish it for free. Then, if that goes well, then I could publish the rest in an anthology – ‘The Agerian Chronicles’, or something similar.

I vaguely know what I’ll be writing about too. I posted a basic history of the Agerian monarchy some weeks ago, and I have developed it further. The short stories will all be from different eras in the history. The first will be the story of Endrew Blacktree of Fulford, and how he fought a king. I am cracking on with the planning as we speak.

Hopefully, I will have more things writing related posted more frequently. I don’t like to post about writing, as I can’t do it myself yet. Maybe soon.

(In a completely unrelated note, my exams went better than I thought they would, and my parents visited, and I feel my man period has nearly fully retreated.)

Have a good day.

NaNoWriMo Update #1

It has been slow going so far. I was so excited to get going, had it all in my head, but the second pen met paper, the words just wouldn’t flow.

I seem to have lost the ability to start a sentence with anything other than a name or a pronoun. It is disappointing for sure.

I am a country mile behind where I need to be to meet the target. I can’t believe we’re a week in already.

I’ve switched from pen and paper to computer, for the first time, and I think I’m going to stick to it.

I’m going to have some tea, and then I will be cracking on. Hopefully I can get two chapters done by bed time. My chapters are extremely short. Most people, upon editing, shorten their paragraphs. I aim to double the length of mine. I use few descriptions of the setting, so I’m adding bits in where relevant.

I’m not in uni for three days, and I have no plans, so I should get quite a lot done.

9 DAYS ‘TIL NANO

I said on the 4th October I was going to do/attempt NaNoWriMo for the first time.

It has come up on me fast. I’ve been trying to do more work for university on top of university. Also, I’ve been saying I’m going to go to the gym (I must point out that I’ve done a lot of saying, not a lot of going). Plus, I’ve got an exam as soon as the 31st October, and a couple in November. At £9,000 a year (plus £4k+ on accommodation), exams need to take priority, unfortunately. My course is bloody hard so I won’t be able to ‘wing’ it.

But I guess that is the point of NaNo, putting all that effort in despite everything else, writing every second you’re free for a month. If it was easy it wouldn’t be worth doing, and everyone would do it.

The goal in my head is still the obvious 50k, but I’d be content with about half of that. I’m 18 years old, I (hopefully) have a lot of years left to write this novel. But, I think that would be a solid base to build on, and that would be enough momentum to keep me cracking into December. I get three weeks off at Christmas, so hopefully I have the entire thing finished by the end of that. I’ve never set a word goal, but I guess 80-100k would be nice.

I’ve prepared more than I thought I would have over the last two and a half weeks, with a lot of chapters planned out, more names created and more work done on my map. But, bloody names are still the bane of my life. On the plus side however, 60% of my POV characters have names. They’ll be the ones I crack on with in NaNo.

I’ll be trying hard to do more preparation over the coming weeks, and hopefully everyone can smash NaNoWriMo.

Have a good week everyone x.

NaNoWriMo

I’ve decided that I’m going to give NaNoWriMo a go.

I’ll be working on the novel I’ve already been working on, which has about three completed chapters written. However, after much procrastination, I realise they will need complete re-writes, so I’m effectively starting from scratch.

Over the next month, I’m going to work hard on chapter outlines, names and world building so that I can write at the speed of light come November.

The goal is to write 50,000 words, which won’t be the full novel. Although it won’t be a finished novel, probably about half of a novel, I think we can all agree 50,000 words would be significant progress from three about to be scrapped chapters.

The goal I have in my head for my finished novel is 80,000 – 100,000  words, which I think is a good length – not too long, not too short.

If I make huge progress this month and a writing fever sets in, I may cheat and start writing before November 1st. But even if I did that, I would still aim to write 50,000 words in November.

It’s an exciting prospect, I feel like a five year old on a friday at school at 3:30pm.

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Writing Update + October Plan

I still haven’t got much writing done.

I have plenty of alone time (I’ve only been in lectures for about 6 hours in the last 10 days), yet I still manage to avoid doing anything productive.

However, NaNoWriMo is next month I do believe, so my goal for October is to have a relatively detailed plan of every chapter I envisage being in the novel.

Then, when November starts, I can blitz it! I can just write and write and write as I’ll know what I’m writing.

I keep finding wholes in my plot, and I’m still trying to flesh out the world. Names are needed, more names are needed, and maybe some more names. Also, just deciding on some names. You probably get the picture at this point.

The problem has risen due to me knowing how it ends (before the planned sequel… Like that’ll happen). However, I don’t know how I’ll meet that ending. So perhaps the ending I’ve envisaged needs to change. A shame, it’d have looked good as a Hollywood blockbuster.

I will keep you updated. I might have a EUREKA!!! moment and write 80,000 words in the next two weeks. We’ll see.