NaNoWriMo update week 2 | Motivation is Hard to Find but I’m Still Going Strong


This is the second week of November and I’ve officially been writing for NaNoWriMo twelve days and it have been twelve crazy days. At the beginning of week two of NaNoWriMo (last Wednesday), my motivation was so low! I just couldn’t get myself to write and eventually had to force myself to keep going. After that Wednesday, things went up and down, my motivation is still not that high but it’s better than it was. On Friday I almost didn’t write at all, which was so demotivating! However, on Saturday, I suddenly wrote 3k.



What’s my story?

If you have forgotten what my story is about, it’s called Making Mountains Bow and it’s Mulan retelling/inspired mixed in with elements from How To Train Your Dragon. The story is set in modern-day China and is about a transgender boy. There’s war, dragons, family, tragedy, joy and a lot of amazing characters that I love to pieces. Unfortunately, I had to kill one of the characters but let’s just forget I did that, okay? 


Character Aesthetics

Only two this time because I have only two characters I didn’t properly introduce last time and because I don’t have time to make more.

Jiahoa Aesthetic


Longxian aesthetic



I’m currently at 21.222 words, which is a little over 1k ahead of schedule! I’m actually really surprised I managed to catch up so quick because I was behind only a few days ago. I’m having bad days and good days for writing and sometimes they’re both at the same time. Often, I don’t feel like writing but once I start, I write a lot.




“So now… the rest?” Mars asked. They had worked in silence but he could see in her eyes that she wasn’t very comfortable with this. Cutting off his hair was probably already too much to ask.
“You don’t have to do it, I can just go to the hairdresser’s.” The thought of having to explain what he wanted to a stranger scared him.
“I’m afraid I’ll ruin it.”
“There’s nothing to ruin,” he laughed, lightening the mood a little, “it’s just hair, it’ll grow.”
But it wasn’t just hair, that was the whole point of this. It was shaping his identity in ways he had never imagined.

“But that’s An,” he said confused.
“I knew it!”
“That’s not a good thing. That’s my cousin. And if he sees me like this he’ll…”
“He’ll what? He seems nice enough.”
He’ll tell my family. That was the sentence he had wanted to say.
“I bet he doesn’t even recognize this handsome face,” she pinched his cheek.
“Ouch, you may have helped me to look like this,” he motioned to himself, “but that doesn’t give you the opportunity to hurt me.”
She pursed her lips, “aww petty boy, does it hurt?” She pinched him again.

Her arms tightened around him, “I love you too. You deserve to be loved, you know. Everyone does.”

It’s weird how their fates had aligned and brought the two of them together. Xiulan barely remembered ever having to live without Mars. He couldn’t imagine having to live without her. While the universe had taken [SPOILER], it had given him Mars in return.


Ps. Mars and Xiulan weren’t supposed to be this close idk how that happened but Mars keeps doing things I don’t expect!


How is writing going for you? Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? What’s your favourite snippet that you wrote in your NaNo project? Any tips or tricks you’ve discovered?

25 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo update week 2 | Motivation is Hard to Find but I’m Still Going Strong

  1. eek my excitement for this is GIGANTIC!! the snippets get better and better every time and the aesthetics are amazing as usual but also i’M CRYING ABOUT WHOEVER DIED EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NO IDEA WHO IT EVEN IS. congrats on hitting over 20k! 😀

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  2. Wow, ahead of schedule. Now that’s something I can only dream of (I’m currently at about 15k…). Your story sounds really interesting and snippets sound great! I discovered that I suck at writing dialogues. They just sound absolutely awful…What has really helped me whenever I don’t know what exactly I want to write is just start writing without actually looking at what I’m writing. Most of the time that leads to the actual scene or a new idea for a scene.

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    1. Thank you! I really sucked at dialogues too but somehow this time around my dialogue is so much better and I’m actually really enjoying writing dialogue! I shall try that!

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      1. The problem with my story is just that the people in this fantasy world have access to other peoples ‘souls’ in a way. So they can access their emotions and exchange images…which obviously makes dialogue so much more difficult. 😀 I’m happy that you can write good dialogues (any tips?)

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      2. Oh wow that sounds very confusing to write! I don’t really have tips, sorry haha I don’t know how I do it xD
        Good luck!


  3. AGAHGHAG I SHIP MARS AND XIULAN ALREADYYYYY. (Is the name Marslan?? Xiulars??) And al;sdjflsd I need to remember to email you about the character aesthetics stuff — but again, totally focus on your own writing first!! And yesss for being 1K ahead of schedule, Lia, that’s awesome!!

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    1. I DO TOO BUT ARGH I DON’T WANT ROMANCE IN MY BOOK AHH It’s so frustratingly annoying, because they’re too damn cute together. I don’t even know Xiulan’s sexuality?? help
      Thank you!!

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  4. this is AMAZING! for being unmotivated you certainly have written A LOT! *sitting over here with a measly 5k* ugh don’t judge me. lol seriously mom life and writing does not mix well apparently. lol but hey! that’s 5k of a story that wasn’t even really an idea two weeks ago. so i have to stay positive! right?! right! this is me staying positive and maybe opening up my story to write some…

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    1. Thank you! I don’t know how I do it but I’m pretty good at forcing myself despite not being motivated. I’m just so competitive I just NEED to get to that 50k!
      Good luck with your writing!! You can do it!

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  5. THIS SNIPPET THOUGH. WOW. <3333 and the aesthetics are gorgeous. I've written a bit – managed about 1k yesterday which was great. planned out the rest of the chapter and I'm hoping to finish it over the next few days! my aim is to get to 8k this week. lol.

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  6. The more I get to know your story, the more I want to read it. The character aesthetics look absolutely stunning and I very much like the snippets! I hope that your writing will flow smoothly and that the motivation will stay with you! 🙂

    Writing for me is going slower than in the beginning, because university keeps me busy, but I’m still ahead, which makes me happy 😄

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