… also included in the bargain, some Wrimo-tips!
Status update: Writttteeeee… Braaaaaaaaaiiiinns!!!!!!!
Eating: There’s no time!
Listening: “When We Were Young” ~ Take That. This has to be my new song-obsession. It is the single to the new Three Musketeers-movie. Seriously. Go and listen to this thing. If you have the same taste in music as me anyway. I’m singing aloud to it at the moment. Well, I’m air-singing, rocking it out. My parents would probably murder me if I sang aloud – especially this time of night! The lyrics just seem to mean so much to me. Perhaps it’s just the kind of mood I’m in…
Reading: What’s that?
My NaNoWriMo is going okay! I wrote over 2200 words on the first day… 1673 on the second, and on the third… 1776. Well, at least I’m still ahead, okay? So it’s going better than last time! I experienced the same last time: the first week is the worst. Once I hit 10,000, I’ll be getting into the swing of things. And now I’m over 5000, so I’m halfway okay!
Here is the synopsis I wrote for my profile on NaNoWriMo’s website. I would also post a word-count widget in the sidebar here, except that all the people over at the Office of Letters and Light decided not to release them yet. Bah!
It is a kingdom outside of time. One day that never changes. People live out their lives in this perfect, balanced, stagnant environment.
When Abrielle’s husband is killed by a single rebel, she feels stifled in this society with all its faults. She decides to go out into Time and find her healing there — for she would never find it inside the kingdom.
She leaves the timeless environment and goes on a journey through Time. But what she thought would be a refreshing, healing experience leaves her cold. Where she thought she would find a better world, she finds a place filled with even more pain, more desolation, more faults than there ever were inside the timeless kingdom.
Finally Abrielle can understand why her people shut themselves off from the progression of Time.
But perhaps she will also learn to understand why she felt that she could not stay outside of it and what there is for her inside the progress of Time.
I also decided you may as well see the Jack o’ Lantern I drew for the start of a Hallowe’en cartoon and then abandoned for reasons of a NaNoWriMo-nature.
Also, I wish this was my manuscript!
That would have been so cool, to have it done and dusted! Actually, ^that^ is a pic of my stack of background reading for my English lit exam on Monday. I’m using that stack right now to balance the laptop on.. It makes quite a good lap-desk. Anyway… I know by now that it is only the beginning of NaNoWriMo that looks so bad. At the moment, it looks so very daunting, but once I get into the swing of things… Yeah, I have experience in this by now! One year, but I guess that counts…
Anyhow, this probably makes me eligible to give some advice! So, if there are any first-time Wrimo’s reading this, here are some tips!
- Plan! Okay, so some people are pantsers (me too!), but I’ve found it works better if you have at least just a bulleted list of stuff that you want to happen in your novel. If you don’t have any idea of what’s going for what, you may just get stuck at 10,000 words without a plot. Of course, if you are a planner, you may also want to plan everything out in detail!
- Get your word count every day. Last time I did it, I missed the 1667 words on the very second day. So that meant from the very second day, I had to do catch up. And in my last week, I had to write over 2000 words every day to be able to finish on time. Not a good idea!
- Actually, linking up to the previous bullet, try to get more than the word count, especially on the first few days. This may mean that you could either finish earlier, or it may save you on an inspiration-less day.
- Try to find some system of rewards. Me, I paste my writing into my 750words.com as well. This is because I really want to be able to show off their NaNo-badge. Two birds with one stone!
I hope you have a great week (especially if you are a fellow Wrimo!)