End of National Novel Writing Month 2014

My goal is write 50,000 words this year/month failed. I even stopped posting blogs about my progress even though I said I would try to write everyday. Thinking back on last month, I realized that I made a few mistakes.

First, I don’t think I was ready to write again. I have been editing a previous NaNoWriMo for the last year or so and I think my editor self didn’t want to take a break. I never thought of this year piece as something I could have fun with; I always thought about it as something to be written well.

Secondly, I didn’t prepare enough. Not only did I not get into the mind set of writing again, I feel like Tattoos, Bones and Death wasn’t given a chance to flush out, by notes, on paper. I started writing on a whim. I also stuck to my outline and didn’t allow any creativity to form in my head.

Thirdly, I started to think of my piece as a chore. It had to be something that I needed to write because I had to and not because I wanted to; like at the beginning.

Overall, I knew college homework was going to be a priority at the very beginning. I just wished I had been more disciplined on writing Tattoos, Bones and Death.

My plan this month to finish that novel I have been editing. I won’t be starting Tattoos, Bones and Death until later. I’m still going to write the series; I just need a little more time.

Hopefully in the future, I will keep writing the story. I really like the overall plot and idea that I had about it in the beginning. I think when I start writing it again, I will have more an idea about the overall arc of the series and the novel as a whole. To all those who actually read this blog and the chapters I posted up: Thanks so much for the support (and the follows).

Last word count: 21,772

Writing Marathon

Currently, I have been trying to write Tattoos, Bones and Death while studying for tests and working on projects. The effort has, somewhat, paid off. I’m only behind two days now and hopefully I will be caught up by the end of this week but no promises.

The storyline has completely moved from the original plan. I know I mentioned before that it took a turn but now, it is out of control. I think it still makes sense. I’m just trying to finish the word count. All I know is that there is going to be a lot of editing in the future for this story. I also feel like my writing had gotten worse. These last two years I have been editing another story that I finished for NaNoWriMo back in 2012. Seems to me like the editor mode isn’t completely gone.

I posted the new chapter is here. Hopefully by today, I will post up another chapter. Wish me luck.

Behind on Word Count

This is weekend was not the best weekend for me to write. I am behind by 6k or so words and my much needed break from school put me behind on my word count for NaNoWriMo. I don’t regret taking a break; it was great to sleep in and not have to go to work (I had finished most of my homework for this upcoming weekend on Friday). So far, this past weekend had been one of the two weekend that I could relax. My goal from this week is to catch up on my word count as long as it doesn’t interfere with my tests and projects I need to work on. I shall be posting chapters as soon as I am able to do so. Wish me luck.

Day Six

I have completely thrown away my plot chart. I do have a few scenes I want to add which forces the story, so to speak, into the same vague direction I wanted it to go in the first place. Now, I’m just writing what comes to mind and hopefully it all makes sense. I do have to remind myself that I can always go back and edit but I find it difficult to convince my editor brain to turn off for this month. I’ve been using that mode for a few years now and I guess she has made a permanent niche in my brain.

For this chapter, let just say that it was very difficult to end. I didn’t know where exactly I wanted to go with that chapter, it just happened. At least, I have some vague idea of what I want the next chapter to be about. Until next time.

I posted the chapter here.

Word count: 10,131

Day Five

It was only yesterday that I mentioned how chapter five of Tattoos, Bones and Death was difficult to write. I didn’t lie but today wasn’t much better. In part because I realized that my rough drafts are really bad. Which, I have to admit, is the point of writing for National Novel Writing Month. The thought about my writing not being good took hold of me for the majority of the afternoon and well into the evening. Truth be told, I was complementing the idea whether to stop writing Tattoos, Bones and Death. My writing hasn’t gone remotely to where I planned it and the words aren’t coming out the way I want them to.

However, I decided – vaguely, though I doubt this is possible – that I will continue to write Tattoos, Bones and Death without worrying that my writing isn’t the best at the moment. After all, that is what editing is all about. I added the chapter here. I do like to mention that I did reach my goal for today and I was able to finish the chapter.

Current word count: 8547

Day Four

This chapter had to be the hardest one I had to write so far. This is mainly because I had to get to that stepping stone that will start an amazing journey for Angela. At least my work load for school isn’t a lot this week and I was able to right the chapter. I’m not sure about the rest of this month though. The great thing was that I was able to hit my mark today and write even more than I thought I was going to write. Basically, my goal is to write one chapter per day which is why it’s always a little over the minimum word count for NaNoWriMo. As you can see at the bottom of this post, I went beyond the normal two or three hundred words. I feel productive!

You can find the chapter here.

Word Count: 7143

Day Three

I was able to hit my mark today, again, plus more. Somehow I feel like this chapter is a bit boring but I promise you that it is important. I’m setting the stage for the entire book. It is also a bit slow, in my opinion but I do like this chapter. By now I think we have an understanding of Angela’s (the main character) relationship with her mom. This is just more set up for later conflict. To whoever has taken the time to read the first few chapters, you have my deepest gratitude.

You can read it here.

word count: 5400

Day Two

After a day of reading about the archeology search for Troy, I decided it was time to take a break and continue to write Tattoos, Bones and Death. I had already written most of chapter two earlier today while having lunch so finishing it didn’t prove to be a problem. Today’s chapter consisted of exploring the mother-daughter relationship between my main character, Angela, and her mother, a witch, Eleanor. The Aunt, Anna, made her appearance and she didn’t help the situation at all.

The chapter had conflict that is, in my humble opinion, one of the backbones of a true story. Otherwise, a story can’t be interested without some conflict. Thanks to this heated chapter, I was able to reach the required minimum and more of today’s word count. You can read the chapter here.

Current word count: 3539

Day One

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo 2014 and the first day of the long struggle for 50,000 words. I started the day off at 9:25 by grabbing a notebook from my bookshelf, a green pen and started writing. Truth be told, I hadn’t even planed out the first sentence of Tattoos, Bones and Death. I just started writing and that is the beauty of this month. I don’t need to think about making the first chapter look good. All I needed to do was to write and that’s what I did. Thanks to that hour, I was able to get more than enough material to work with. I can’t wait to keep writing.

I have typed up the first chapter and have updated the word count of nanowrimo.org. I posted the chapter here.

Word count: 1804

Story Arc, Subplot and Relationships

I love reference books and highlighting everything that I find useful. A sudden thought popped into my head: where do I want Tattoos, Bones and Death to go? Not to mention, what are my subplots. With this in mind, I grabbed Writing the Paranormal Novel off my shelf and flipped to the section labeled subplots. I re-read all my marks and thus started to create the overall arc for my series. For, I am writing a series because the entire story can’t be told in one book. Plus, there’s a lot more of my world to discover.

Now, I have a good chunk of knowledge about the real culprit of Tattoos, Bones and Death. Thanks to this discover, I can now work on the long term relationship between my characters and how that’s going to complicate their goals. The arc will also show my characters’ development over time and it should be interesting to see it all play out. Now, on to writing out the current relationship (in the story) with one another.