Yes! I am participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. I had an amazing and fun experience last year and at the end of it all I had one of my best received novels 90% complete. If you are a writer in need of a good kick in the pants when it comes to productivity, NaNoWriMo just may be the experience for you.
This year I will be tackling Book 3 of my Secret of Ceres novel and paying a lot less attention to all the social media hubbub that comes along with my favorite writing month. It was a hard choice for me to say no to all the fun WriMo tags this year but a necessary one. I really want to focus on my writing and while on my NaNo page I have set the more realistic goal of 50K words, I am actually shooting for a full 70K this year. Before you ask, no. I do not plan on doing any pre writing. I have worked on a very loose outline because this book is part of a series, and an outline of some sort is necessary to ensuring I am on topic with the rest of the series.
So stay tuned in Creative Types! I will be updating you with my progress weekly, just like last time. Feel free to drop your NaNo updates in the comment section below! Peace, Love, and Happy Writing!
– Stella Williams
NaNoWriMo has come to an end. It’s a bittersweet moment for me. I am glad I chose to participate and proud of the amazing output I was able to maintain throughout the month. This month of writing has given me both the inspiration and the confidence to push myself in not just writing but many other aspects of my life. Thank you to everyone who followed along with my journey and I hope you will all stick around to see what’s next in the Stellaverse.
Community is Key
Day 28 of NaNoWriMawesomeness! I was able to sit down and attempt to write for most of the day. I did more planning than writing to begin with. really hammering in my plot goals for each arc so I could get to the fun part of filling in the gaps. Again I cannot express the importance of having a solid group of writing friends. Even when I feel like I couldn’t possible write that day or even week, my group is there to cheer me on. While I have abandoned reaching a second 50K draft for NaNoWriMo, I haven’t given up completely on writing for the remaining days. I set a new goal of 15K words for the next couple of days and I am proud to say its looking to be quite possible.
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Back to Basics
It’s Day 27 of NaNoWriMo and I must admit that after hitting my 50K goal in the first couple of weeks I got a little over confident in my writing ability. I’d vowed to complete an entire novel draft in the remaining time without factoring in writer fatigue, mental burnout, and family time over the holidays. I’m certainly nowhere near completing a second draft but that doesn’t mean I’m not still pushing to get as many words in as I possibly can this month. To get my writing mojo back I ventured out to a local write in and thankfully it was the perfect atmosphere to get me back in the writing spirit. I added another thousand words to my draft and got to mingle with a few new writers in my area. I guess the moral of this story is never give in to the funk.
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It’s so close I can smell it! I’m not just talking about the yummy Thanksgiving Meal I’ll be enjoying later today. Just over one week until the end of National Novel Writing Month! If you haven’t reached the 50K word goal yet, I encourage you to keep pushing. Even if you don’t quite make it or are far from that mark. You deserve a round of applause just for trying your best to get there. NaNoWriMo is definitely a challenge where participation awards are just as valuable. How many times as writers have we heard from friends and strangers “I wish I could write a novel” but they’ve never actually tried? So many I wish I got paid every time. So bust out that laptop, tablet, notebook, pen, and paper and get to writing!
I must admit I am distracted by the upcoming holiday. I myself am only doing the minimal amount of cooking required because of a much-appreciated invite to a friend’s dinner. Still, I managed to get in some decent writing time today. Well, writing is a bit of a stretch. I mostly sat in front of my computer staring at a blank screen and trying to Jedi mind trick myself back into binge writing mode. Maybe I’ll just enjoy a holiday break and pick things back up in a couple of days.
Feeling like the little engine that just couldn’t. That about sums up my feelings so far in the second half of my NaNoWriMo journey. Either way, I am still sitting in front of my laptop and doing my best to put up at least a couple hundred words a day. Even if I am nowhere near the on par total for the day.
Started on my next first draft and let’s just say it hasn’t been smooth sailing. I guess I expended all my binge writing capital in the first half of the month. I’m not complaining. I just hate when I feel super excited about a new project or idea but my brain and body just won’t talk to each other to make my dream a reality. Not to mention, my family is more demanding of my time after being basically ignored so far this month. Today was mildly productive but I didn’t get anywhere near the almost 5k words a day I need to finish another 50K by the end of this month. I look forward to future write-ins this week to help me get back on track and knocking out those word count goals once again.
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Thanksgiving is coming up fast and NaNoWriMo is officially in its second half! I had a swell time busting out the first draft of Ferocious and I can’t wait for the editing period to start. I like to take at least a week break from my first draft to clear my head and get a real fresh look at my draft for editing. Although it’s tempting to start on it right away and make a push for a New Year release. I know that for the sake of my readers I need to take this seriously and put forward my best work. Even if it takes longer than my excitement deems necessary. With that being said, Ferocious is the first book in a new series so I have plenty of storylines left to keep me churning out words for the rest of NaNoWriMo and beyond. Will I make it to another 50K in the next half of the month? Keep checking in to find out!