NaNoWriMo 2015

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? I don’t always have time for it (I’ve only won once), but this month I challenged myself and started a new book that I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Though I’ve been behind on my word count since Day 3…

Grammarly put together this cool infographic with tips to avoid making the 5 most common novel writing mistakes.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, add me as a buddy (username: foxyluvshorses) or tell me about your project in the comments! Good Luck!

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NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up and More…

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Well.

I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. Not even close.

But I did get my first draft to 100K. 100,000 words, people! So if you’re keeping track, I’m officially 2/3 of the way done with my first draft.

You really can lose and still win.

Anyway.

It was a busy month, trying to finish up my online classes, starting a new job, and traveling for Thanksgiving. I didn’t get to write near as often as I usually do, but interestingly, when I did, I spit out far more words. Like lack of productivity on the project made me more productive when I actually had time to work on it.

The most interesting things that happened in November were that I changed the title (though I think it might change yet again) and added another family character. A fourth sister. A dead sister.

I’m impatient to get to revisions, though I know I’ll kind of hate my life while I’m doing them, but still. I already know I have tons of changes to make, especially with this late-game addition, so I’ll have plenty to keep me busy.

My classes are winding down, so I’m hoping to get this draft done by the new year! It’s like I’m taking a second chance at NaNoWriMo. 50K words in December.

Novel Progress: 1/2 Way

For previous posts on this subject, click here and here.

I feel like I’m a little less positive than my last post. This section has definitely been tougher than the last bit. I keep reminding myself that all I have to do is finish the first draft, just keep putting words on the page. But some days, I feel like my writing is absolutely leaden and awkward. The character I found the easiest to write is now the hardest and vice versa. Some sections are good, I think. Some sections are downright terrible. The good news is, with the word count I goaled for myself, I’ll definitely have room to cut the things that drag the story down.

The middle to latter third is my weak point. I’ve always known that. Lots of other people struggle in this area, too. I just sort of hoped it might magically be different this time. No such luck.

Some articles helping me get through this rough patch:

Don’t Stop Writing in the Ugly Middle by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

25 Ways to Fight Your Story’s Mushy Middle by Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds (Warning: Very NSFW)

25 Questions to Ask As You Write by Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds (Warning: Very NSFW)

In other news, I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo to challenge myself to keep plugging along. I did it in 2008 and finished, didn’t do it in 2009, started in 2010, but got distracted by school and life, didn’t do it in 2011. There’s still time to sign up! It starts tomorrow. If you want to be my friend, my username is: foxyluvshorses.

Happy Halloween, friends!