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 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