Ahh can you believe it’s December 4th? Christmas is so close I can taste it! I mean – I literally can taste it because my mom won’t quit baking and I am not complaining ❤
The start of December also marks the end of NaNoWriMo and for today’s post, I wanted to do a quick wrap up of my first year partaking in it! So let’s get into –
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Starting in October, I had this huge surge of inspiration as we getting a ton of work done on my sci/fi novel so I was really excited to give myself a challenge and try out NaNoWriMo. My quick draft was about halfway complete when November rolled around so I really wanted the month to get as much of it done as I could – if not all of it.
As most writers will know though – you plan a writing day and then life happens. One of my coworkers was really ill during a huge chunk of November and since my job is a staff of 6 people, I began picking up a ton of shifts I hadn’t planned for. Great for Christmas shopping – not so great for NaNoWriMo goals. While the start of the month began really going strong, my goals for 1,000 words a day really started to tank by mid-month.
By the end of the month, my writing finally began to pick up again. I’ve started to do a bit of writing 1-2 times a week at my local Starbucks just to change up the scenery and it’s really been helping! I love writing in bed and in pjs as much as the next girl but sometimes getting out of bed and being surrounded by chatter and indie music was just what I needed.
Write 1,000 words a night
So like I said in the summary, this goal started off going super strong but started to die down towards mid/end of month. Some nights I felt bad sure but you can’t always write thousands of words right? No one ever said writing was easy and so I even if some days I could only get to 500 words, I accepted that was totally fine! All in all, I was really happy with the fact that I’m just writing way more in general and decided the word count wasn’t as big of a deal.
Make Character / Location Aesthetics
I did actually get to making some character aesthetics in a blog post which you can read right here! But since I am missing a couple other secondary characters I was thinking of doing a part 2 to show them love. As for latter, I didn’t get around to this one but I’m really hoping to take some time off of the quick draft to just simply sit down and world build some more, then make some location aesthetics out of that!
Take Two Writing Classes
In my goals post, I mentioned two writing classes I was hoping to attend – one in my city and one online. I did go to my editing workshop which was so worth it! The author, Lori Weber, was incredibly sweet and though I was the youngest there by a good deal, it was entirely girl-dominated apart from one boy and just over all a great experience. Lori kept it well-paced and went over editing on all parts of the novel from opening lines to character development to setting and plot, to ending a novel and finally opened the room to any questions on publishing. I didn’t have a chance to sit down and take Jenna Moreci’s online class on Skillshare.com – which focuses on marketing as an author – but I’m still fully intending to soon!
Complete Quick Draft
I definitely have not finished my quick draft but I’m really happy with the progress! I have about a quarter of the book left to go and I’m so amped up to finish and go back to explore my story in new ways 🙂
Brainstorm Final Faction Names
I did actually get to this one!! I created names for the antagonist faction and have a few name ideas for what I’m still calling ‘the rebels’. I’m also still wanting to come up with nicknames for the privileged faction that lives behind a wall and those that live outside it.
This one is for sure still a work in progress! I mean, a books title is probably like in the top 3 most important aspects right? So I gotta get it right! :p
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All in all, my experience with NaNoWriMo was way more focused on the writing aspect – which was great!- and so my brainstorming goals got kinda put on the back burner. Buut I’ve been carrying around a fresh new note book everywhere I go lately and I’m hoping it’ll help me when those random world-building ideas come out of nowhere!
That’s all for today’s post from me – If you took part in NaNoWriMo, how was your experience? Did you enjoy it or was it super stressful? It was quite the roller coaster for me!! Let me know how you fared in the comments down below!
That’s it for me today – have a good week everyone and enjoy the start of the holidays 🙂