The Secret of Writing More During Nanowrimo

This Nanowrimo I decided to do something a little different.

I told myself that I wanted to finish this novel. So I needed to write faster. I needed to exceed the Nano-word count goal which is 1667 words per day. And that is a lot of words for me to put to paper. So how do I do that?

It got me thinking, maybe I should start writing where the action begins. In my 3-act-structure, the action begins in the whole of Act 2. I decided to not start writing from Act 1 which is the beginning of the story, but to write from Act 2. And then followed by Act 3. After that, only I’ll write the beginning.

Let me tell you, using this tactic has been mind-blowing. I have not completed that many words in one day before. It was usually 500 words because that was the daily goal I set for myself. And now, I have surpassed that which is a shocking surprise…really.

I realised,

Writing from where the ruckus starts has helped me exceed more words than I thought. Action scenes make you write more. It makes you write sensory things that your character is facing or feeling or sensing in a scene. So yes, more words.

Also, descriptions fill the scene with words too. Describing things thoroughly can help you get more words down. In week 1, day 3, I got stuck at one scene where I knew that was no way I could make it longer. I already knew that it needed to be the second scene already. And since I didn’t want to do write the 2nd scene, because I told myself to write one scene every day, I went back and rewrote a few paragraphs, lengthening the description in order to surpass my word count goal of the day.

To some of you, it may be a bad thing to do that because you might end up deleting everything, but to some who think it is manageable might think otherwise. So I ended up doing that. And it helped me a lot. I reached my Nano word count for that day.

Now back to writing! Wide-Eyed Wanderer is signing out.

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Nanowrimo 2018 Tag

Hellooooo Dreamers!

It has been a while since I did a tag. Let me tell you, I have been watching a lot of tag videos on Youtube lately, and I want to do every single one of them. But if I do that, you all will be tired of being bombarded with tags.

Haha! However that does not mean I won’t be doing a tag today. I will be doing it of course! And it is going to be so much fun 🙂 This one called out to me when I saw it on one of my favourite Authortubers’ channel. Natalia Leigh.

Judging from the title, I think you already know what tag it is. *cue the dramatic music* It is called the Nanowrimo Tag!! I can’t believe I am participating in Nano this year AND I cannot believe I’m doing this tag so here I go:

Here are the Questions:

  1. How many times have you participated in NaNoWriMo? How many times have you won?

This year is my first, serious one. I have participated in previous years but gave up before I even started. So this year is going to be different. This year is the year I become serious about my work.

  1. Are you a pantser or a plotter?

I’m a bit of both – a plantser.

  1. What are the titles of the projects that you have attempted/completed for past NaNos?

I never finished it let alone started it, but I have attempted or wanted to write Project House (it’s a code name!)

  1. What are you working on for NaNo this year?

A standalone about university life, hauntings, dreams, friendships and death!

  1. What is one tip that you’d give to someone else that is participating in NaNo?

Failure comes when you stop trying. Just keep going and going! You’ll get there!

  1. What was the inspiration for this novel? Do you remember when the inspiration hit you?

This novel was inspired by a poem I’ve written last year. I can’t tell you the title because spoilers. When I was writing the poem, I realised that this poem has a deeper meaning behind it. I thought to myself, it would be interesting if it was a full length novel. Then BAM! Rivers of words flooded through my writing brain, and then a tsunami struck me!

  1. Read us the first sentence from your NaNo novel last year?

“A call echoed in the dark night, and a man figure hurriedly picked it up.”

  1. What do you plan to do with your manuscript after NaNo?

Probably leave for a few months and then come back and edit it.

  1. Are you prepared for NaNo? Are you nervous?

YES and no. For outlining, I did a bit of that. SO I’m VERY NERVOUS!

That is all.

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October WRITING Goals

Hi Dreamers!

I hope you have been doing good today. As I said before, October, the new month, and a spookif-ied month to be reading and writing. This time I’m going to talk about my writing goals.

This month should be me doing some preparation for Nano, yes, you guessed it Preptober. Well, if you all didn’t know I might be having an operation, or recovering from it in November – YIKES! But if all goes well, I can and will participate in Nanowrimo 2018 ~ woo-hoo!

Praying for that to come. Okay, without further ado, let’s jump right into the goals.

The first goal I NEED to do is to keep writing on my current working progress (which I call it Project Fire) no matter whatever I’m working on. You’ll understand what I meant when I tell you my 2nd goal.

Second is in every first week of every month; I’m going to be working on my blog. So, I’ll be posting blog posts about writing, reading, book reviews, fun tags, random thoughts about things I find interesting (who can top writing?), ETC, so stay tuned!

At the same time, I’ll be working on my narrative poetry (which is like taking freaking long – am trying to keep it poetic, but errrrr… it is the hardest to write. Still I’m not giving up). I want to finish it by this month, and so I can work on my Nano Project. This is going to be a bumpy road but I don’t mind, because Life is a Challenge, and a Challenge you will need to face. 

And then in November, yes you heard it, Nanowrimo begins. If you don’t know what it is about, then prepare to be overload with important information. You have been warned. Nanowrimo is a National Novel Writing Month, hence the world Na-no-wri-mo that happens every year in November. Who knew? Anyone in the world can enter even writer-alien friends from outer space. Writers have to attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript from the 1st day of November until the last day of the month. 

That is the tough break but it is worth to try. I have not succeeded in one yet. So this year, hopefully, I’m going too! During this month, I am going to write a complete new genre, and a new story. This happened because one day I was thinking to myself how come I always add a fantasy character or element to each story I write, which I didn’t believe myself, and so I opened my document of unfinished stories, and saw I do have more fantasy stories than not. So I decided to challenge myself to write in a different genre, indicating I made a pact to myself that I could write a contemporary fiction story.  And so I got started. I know, that sounds strange, but….okay I am going to stop now.

 

Well, that is all from me.  What are your writing goals this month? Are you participating in Nanowrimo? Let me know in the comments.

 

Till next time. 

Wide-Eyed Wanderer is signing out.

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