How was your weekend? Mine was awesome! I’m in love with my NaNoWriMo project! Love the story and the characters!
Let’s see how I did on last week’s goals…
1. LAST WEEK’S POSTED GOALS:
*Writing 13,767 words for my NaNoWriMo rough draft. Wrote 15,977!
*Chat with my critique partner on short story draft #2 (zombie fic). DONE!
This story got some direction. I got feedback saying it was a good story with an interesting plot and characters. But, it had some issues. So we brainstormed. I went back to the drawing board. Third POV was not working for me in this story. There was a time when I wrote in third POV all the time. I thought it was easy. Well, our thoughts can be delusional. For me, writing first POV keeps me feeling the character and getting their emotions on the page. Third POV turned into action and more action but no emotion. So, thanks to all those who read the rough draft. And, a special thanks to my CP for believing in the story and encouraging me to continue with it.
*Look at resources for author website. Didn’t happen. I had too much on my plate trying to get all my words written for NaNoWriMo, work on the zombie fic AND read books. It will get done, but it may be closer to the end of the month so that I can devote the time needed.
2. THIS WEEK’S GOALS:
*Writing 13,767 words for my NaNoWriMo rough draft.
*Chat with my critique partner on short story draft #3 (zombie fic).
3. A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: Magical. My story is an urban fantasy that takes place between Seattle, Washington and a mythical, magical place called Chimeria. There are two distinct Realms (Luminaria–home of the Light Fae and Symmeria–home of the Dark Fae) in the kingdom. I’ve created magical characters like this little guy….. I saw his pic online and knew he needed to be a character in my book. He speaks like Shakespeare, has magical powers, and is very wise. I just love him. I have no idea what he is in real life (if he exists and isn’t just somebody’s Photoshopped image).
4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Days when the words didn’t flow. I’ve had days when the words flowed easily (word counts of 2,123, 2,098, 3,085 and 4,028). The days when I struggled getting past 1,500 (I had three of them) were hard days indeed. I had to remind myself not to beat myself up and just pick it up the next day.
5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: (the Urban Fantasy, Demon’s Birthright) I sat on this idea for a year. If a scene came to me, I wrote it down and filed it away. I gathered up those scenes (over 22K words) and organized them. I discovered I had a story. But, I was afraid that I might not be able to work with it for NaNoWriMo. I can only count new words added to the story to get to 50K. So what was my fear? That it was just a fluke and I wouldn’t have the inspiration to really work it. Well, the story is moving along. I’m loving the characters especially my female main character, Raevyn. She’s gritty and so badass. She doubts everything until she gets proof, but when she does…ah look out! My male main character is a total prick, Cullen. He’s good looking and every female in town wants to keep him company. Raevyn and Cullen set off sparks every time they meet…so much animosity…so much tension…but they’ve got to work together to save their worlds. I can’t wait to share them with everyone.
Well, that’s this week’s update. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, let me know so I can support you too!
Remember, life’s short and there are NO guarantees. Embrace it and enjoy yourself! Have a great week!
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