Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hitting 50k and winning NaNoWriMo

The feeling of accomplishing a goal you thought was impossible 26 days ago is crazy, it is beyond words. I am so ecstatic. The only thing I shouted out on social media was "I WON NANOWRIMO" and then a lot of exclamation marks.

For the last 26 days I have been slaving on my novel's first draft and now today I reached 50 027 (50 043 according to NaNo website) and validated it. I have a few scenes I need to finish before my first group of readers can read it but I won. I won NaNoWriMo. I literally wrote 50 000 words in a month, something I thought was impossible 26 days ago when my big goal was to reach 10k.

I reached 10k, then I reached 25k and then I today reached 50k and can proudly call myself a NaNo winner. It is almost too big to completely comprehend, but yet not.

The rest of you still slaving away, you can do this, no matter how much you have written I am sure you can do it and even if you don't reach 50k you will have reached far longer into your story than if you hadn't tried at all.

Later today I will do a sum up of day 25 and 26. It will come, I just need to bask in this feeling a little while first :D

5 days left of 10% on notebooks with the code NANOWRIMO14 in my etsy shop

Monday, November 24, 2014

NaNoWriMo, day 24

I can smell the end now, it is damn near. I am around 2k away and I'm on the home stretch. It really feels good, I just hope I will have time to write the rest this week considering the busy times I have in front of me.

Been pondering a bit about chapters today, right now they have working titles in the actual novel. 8 chapters to name and I will darn name them, I know it is not as common anymore to do that but I have always liked a nice chapter title.

Anyway, today I wrote 2018 words and landed on 48 247 words overall, as said, it is drawing closer to getting the novel validated and win NaNo! If I write 251 words a day now I will win so I am hoping to pull this off. :)

6 days left of 10% on notebooks with the code NANOWRIMO14 in my etsy shop

Sunday, November 23, 2014

NaNoWriMo, day 23

Today I think I managed to write a bit of a record, in half an hour I wrote 812 words. I know I have pulled off 1k in 45 min before but I think this is a new record. Anyway, I felt like I came back to my way of storytelling again with beautiful scenery, that have gone a bit up and down in this book. Scenery description overall have been lacking I feel.

I seem to have a thing for falling snow and rain, well anything falling actually since a lot of my poems have had the theme of falling leaves. It is now New Year's Eve and it is snowing, chapter 8. It is exhilarating.

Stats today: 46 229 words which means I wrote 2015 words today.

I have realised that keeping it around 1k a pop and max 2k a day that means I get time to think of the story and to get a fresh look on what to do next every 1k. If I do NaNo next year I hope to keep that up since it has worked well for me so far this month.

I am hoping to hit 50k on Wednesday (since I have a job intro thing on Tuesday and might not get any writing done). Unsure if my story is done at 50k though since that is just 4k away (haha compare that to how daunting 4k seemed when I started!). I think my story might need up to 55k to wrap completely.

Unsure if I should validate it when hitting 50k or when finished, we'll see.

7 days left of 10% on notebooks with the code NANOWRIMO14 in my etsy shop

Saturday, November 22, 2014

NaNoWriMo, day 22

I don't have much to say today, it was like pulling teeth to write today, awful writing and it didn't get the story forward and it was just useless in my point of view. At one point I was so tired that I contemplated napping and then I had just written 20 minutes in at my second hour.

I did manage to get 2098 words written today though which landed me at 44 214 words, can't say it was any quality writing and since I was so tired when writing I think that the fluency isn't there either. The last while have been a lot of "and then she did this and then she did that" which makes no sense and just makes her sound very ADHD which I know my character doesn't have.

It just feels crap now and I am unsure how to tie the bag. I have 6k to figure that out. Before I felt that so much could happen in 2k now nothing happens in 2k, she texts someone or she does some meditation and ponders about going to yoga class. Bleh. It feels like total crap today.

Fingers crossed for a better story tomorrow, last chapter.

Friday, November 21, 2014

NaNoWriMo, day 21

I am starting to feel my character is not very stable (hello understatement), she is going between being fine and then crashing in the next moment. I mean, that is all part of healing from a relationship but I feel a little stuck in this at the moment, I am hoping the pushes I have planned will change her horizon a bit.

Anyway, I wrote 2025 words today and therefore landed on 42 116 words! That means that I only have 7884 words left to write which both feels like only and a huge amount, at least when I think about what I want to have happen in them (not much).

NaNo claims that if I write a little under 800 words a day now I will still reach 50k, that is quite cool, it lowers every day. It is also nice to know that if I one day feel like I'm pulling teeth when writing then all I have to do is reach around 800 words. :)

Today I got some scenes I liked and some scenes I feel are utter useless for the story, but we'll see, I have a group of people who want to read so we'll see what they say. That is next step though, in December or something, I need to have a small break between writing this chunk and editing it all.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NaNoWriMo, day 20

It is crazy that I have for 20 days written on my story now, it feels longer and yet shorter at the same time. Today I managed to reach 40 091 words which means less than 10 000 words left, the exact amount I thought I would reach this month, talk about underestimating myself. I wrote 2066 words today.

Not much happened in today's writing, my main character had a phone call, sent an e-mail and went to the pizzeria. Wow huh? 2k on that, I know, earth moving!

In a way I am scared to work too fast on the things I want to happen since I am unsure if that will reach 50k then so I added a bit some inner turmoil thoughts today and I have some ideas of things that will happen before the real things go down (ending). She have so far reached her turning point, which I am sure I have said before, which feels great, now I just need to take it home!

10 more days until 30 Nov is it 10% on notebooks with the code NANOWRIMO14 in my etsy shop

Transgender Day of Remembrance: today

This day is about remembering and mourning the transgender people who have suffered hate crime, they are everywhere, in my country alone they were forced to sterilise up until last year! Transgender Day of Remembrance started after the murder of Rita Hester in 1998. 

I cannot tell you the perspective of a transgender person but in a Swedish debate article, I read today, it said that 65% of all young transgender people have considered committing suicide and 1/3 have tried. That is some awful numbers and that has to change, transgender rights is human rights. People should be able to be who they are without ridicule and threats of violence or death.

This day is important to highlight in my opinion, it's important because it lifts all those people we don't see, that needs to be seen, that needs to be treated just like everyone else.

In Sweden there are gatherings in Stockholm (Mynttorget) and Malmö (Triangeltorget) at 18:00 (6pm) today, if you know something happening in your town maybe go and show your solidarity.

Newly found animes I'd like to watch

I wasn't planning on finding a bunch of new animes to put on my "must watch list" but well, that happened... too late now so here is the list of them!

5 centimeters per second
Movie (drama/romance), 63 min, 2007 [imdb]

Movie (drama/romance), 60 min, 2013 [imdb]

Garden of words
Movie (drama/romance), 46 min, 2013 [imdb]

And one that doesn't fit into the other group, it just seem a bit psychedelic (apparently not much speaking at all) and weird, I might watch it some time:

Angel's egg
Movie (drama/fantasy, 71 min, 1985 [imdb]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NaNoWriMo, day 19

Wooo! I have now passed 38k, feels pretty good actually. Today I was a little extra inspired and during my second hour I wrote 1k in 45 minutes which was some time ago I managed to (might be because I got a part time job today right before I was writing! I will write more on that later).

During my first hour I felt like things was taking an ugly turn, I did not want my character to do that at all but during my second hour I managed to get it back on track again (for my intended ending) and it feels really good at the moment, it feels like the story is going forward. It feels great to write on the turning point, we are around my favourite section at the moment and I have lots of ideas for what needs to happen in the next 24h (that is how long timeline I have left before the end).

I reached 38 025 words today which means I wrote 2027 words.


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