NaNo 2011 – Day 3

Well I am trudging along. I am on track with my word count goals.

I am currently at 5319 words as of 10 pm EST. I may write a little more but I’m balancing the day job with writing.

I will let you know that 2 things that have helped me so far has been Scrivener (for Windows) and Write or Die.

I am loving Scrivener because I breaking down the chapters into scenes so I can just write what comes to me and then  move them around later.

I’m still not happy with the title but I’ll worry about that later.

Nano 2011

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. And you will noticed that I’ve finally unstickied the word count meters from the previous year I NaNo’ed.

This year’s story is an update to an idea I’ve had for a while.

It’s a crazy, slightly funny, bit adventurous paranormal story that involves a half-demon, a mix-up at creation, a fall angel and a witch.

I am going to try to update every day but will definitely be updating at least twice (maybe three times a week) about my progress.

NaNo Tips from Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier

I have a rough (very rough, very sketchy) outline of a plot. So my goal this year is to just write and see what happens.

Why I Write

I’ve been thinking alot about why I write and I keep coming back to the same reasons.

I love creating the stories, weaving strings of words into a (hopefully) entertaining tale. But it’s also that when I was growing up, I loved to read (I still do). But I got started writing stories because the books I was reading wasn’t reflective of my world and environment. Nor were they reflective of my friends, family and extended family lives.

So for years I wrote for myself, wrote for friends and only shared it with a few close friends or strangers online. You’re probably wondering where the strangers come in, right? Well I discovered fanfiction. I started writing fanfic for my favorite shows when they in my opinion, jumped the shark or went a different way than I had hoped. But then things got complicated. The stories started diverging so much that they were mini stories of my own, loosely based on the shows and characters. I would recreate the worlds, characters and backgrounds.

Then a friend suggested I try my hand at an original story. Cause hey, I’d written such vastly different stories that it was walking the line to call it fanfiction and these weren’t just short stories but long 100 and 200 even 300 and up page stories. And this was before I started studying the craft of writing and learned about dialogue tags, point of view, headhopping and other writing mistakes/problems and newbie writing errors.

And I found I loved it even more. Creating stories that were of my own making, my own tales and characters and worlds. So I sat down and wrote a 350 page novel in about 4 or 5 months. I subbed it. And got some great feedback. Then I got sidetracked, sidelined by life and other circumstances. But along the way I found the great writer’s forum and writer’s community Romance Divas. And I mentioned my other writing persona too. But I would still work on the (as I call it) back of the drawer story.

That story where I would work on here and there, just for me. And I guess what I was doing was finding my voice, finding my style, trying out different things (I have a hard drive full of half completed stories, half fleshed out ideas as well as fully thought out ideas that I have not written a word on).

So this year during NaNo, with the help and encouragement of some great writing and goal setting buddies, I made a decision about my writing and where I want to be with my career, where I want to go. I pulled out an old idea and decided to work it during NaNo. And boy did I have fun. Writing was fun and exhilarating again.

And I’m not giving up on my other persona, I just had to ask myself – which is more sustainable? Could I see myself really writing “such and such genre” and “such and such story” over a long period of time? So I decided to do what was right (almost wrote write) for me.

Nano – Day 14

We’re at the two week mark for NaNoWriMo. And I am happy to say that book 1 of the Faery Dance Troupe series is done. Well the first draft is done. I’ll start the editing/revision phase/draft toward the end of January or early Feb.

Final word count on book 1 is 32542.

I also am planning two free reads. One I will post with the next EM free read. It’s a first kiss, first love story. The second is about lasting love and making love last in the face of difficult circumstances. The second will be a serial read I post on the blog. When the final chapter is posted, I will post it on the site as a complete read.

Quickie Post – Writing Update

I will update my word count on the NaNo story this weekend. And I will also be updating the project page. I have two free reads planned and will be providing info on those as well.

But overall, I am still having fun writing. And that is the point or it should be. Writing should be fun.

Before I was stressing myself out to much and worrying to much about submissions (don’t worry I’m not giving up on submissions). But the worrying took some of the joy out of writing as I tried to force myself into different boxes instead of writing for myself, for the joy of writing and allowing the story to unfold.

Why Nano?

I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year (officially) and have unofficially participated off and on for years.

I like NaNoWriMo because it’s like a way to restart my writing process. Plus real life has been particularly rigorous and hard this past year ironically enough starting last year in November. So this year I’m using Nano to get back into my writing groove. And I recently made some decisions (with the help of some writing friends) regarding my writing career.

Nano has helped me jump start my writing juices. But since I haven’t really been an official participant in the past I guess I never really paid attention to all the hype and comments about Nano. I didn’t realize that some people may write a novel in November and submit it in December with little to no editing. It never even occurred to me to do that. And it also never occurred to me to mention that I wrote a story/manuscript during NaNo. I don’t know what the month the book was written in matters. I admittedly was naive about the process and about how some agents and publishers feel about NaNo books.

Why do you NaNo? Or are you NaNo-ing?

NaNoWriMo – Upstart Crow Literary Agency

Nano – Day 6

I am still doing my 2.5K a day.

Some days are harder to  make the word count than others but that’s more when real life and family responsibilities are at their peak.

I am enjoying creating this story and making up lots of new words and phrases. And there has been a few surprises along the way in the writing, but nothing that has derailed me.

I know it’s a small update but I will blog tomorrow on my thoughts on Nano and why I’m doing it.


Nano – Day 3

I think I am hitting my stride on nano so far. The first story in the faery dance troupe series is really starting to take shape. And I am enjoying what I have written so far.

Favorite line from last night:

Ultan, blood trickling down his gray forehead, from an open gash near his hairline stumbled into the ballroom, his hair vanilla hair matted to his forehead where the blood begun to dry.

The word count post at the top has been updated. I originally planned to work on both stories. And I have made small progress on True Darkness.

But writing is fun again. It’s not because of Nano. And may even be because of the story. But I think it’s that I’m allowing myself to just write, create the story as it unfolds (even with the twists that are being thrown at me cause of my wild imagination and the “what-if” factor).

Word Count Meters

I will be updating this post and adding new stories as these are completed. So I’m going to sticky it to the top in case you’re interested in my progress.

Story 1:

Fairy Dance Troupe Series
30542/90,000 words ~ 33.94% done!

Note: Stories will probably be about 30K instead of the originally planned 25K each. So just over 33% done for total series, 101.81% done for book 1.

Note 2: Book 1 is obviously over 30K, depending on what happens in the editing/revision stage (which I will tackle in January or February) then I say the final word count may be between 45 and 50K. I’m gonna finish off this scene which will more than likely stay as the end. So I’m estimating roughly 32K for the final rough draft.

Story 2:

True Darkness
2000/80,000 words ~ 2.5% done!

Nano Day 1

Today is the first official day of NaNoWriMo.

I’ve participated in the past, but am bad about updating my count on the site. I plan to do better this year because I plan on (will attempt to) blog every day that I write during Nano.

So far I’ve written just over 3100 words on a planned YA high fantasy series about a fairy dance troupe. It has mystery and romantic elements.

Fave line so far: Practice would come later, right now the fairy dancer wanted to touch the clouds and get lost in them.