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.
NaNoWriMo has started and I am so excited! Last week I wrote about how I really wasn’t excited and since then a lot has changed! On Tuesday, the day before NaNo started, I finally realized that working on a WIP that didn’t excite me anymore wasn’t gonna do me any good. I, instead, changed my story idea to something that I’ve been wanting to write since this summer and had been afraid to start. And it is so much fun to write!! More about that story idea later.
What I noticed already is that my drafting is going way easier and faster, because I’ve finally come to realize that drafting does not need to be perfect. My draft is gonna be a mess, with incoherent sentences, spelling errors, repetitions and messy dialogue and you know what? THAT’S OKAY. This draft can be as messy as I want it to be because in the words of Jen Wang: First drafts are like practicing dance moves in your room alone in the dark; it doesn’t matter what it looks like because it’s just for you.
So what’s my story idea?
You might remember, I once wrote a post with several story ideas that I was considering writing for NaNoWriMo, one of those was a transgender Mulan retelling. I was so excited for that one and I’ve finally decided to just go for it. Research can come later, now I just need to get the story out.
The story initially was set in 5-6th century China because that is where the story of Mulan originated but I’ve decided to change it to modern-day China. I wanted to include modern media and it was much easier to make the story diverse, which is something I really wanted.
My current working title is Making Mountains Bow. The story is about Xiulan, who is a transgender boy but not openly because his family doesn’t understand. I don’t want to spoil the entire story but it includes: an amazing sibling relationship, quirky friends, a tragic death, a war, dragons, expectations, betrayal, battles, strong male and female characters, and much more!
I have created many character aesthetics for my story, some of which are below! Some of these characters I haven’t introduced yet and there’s even one that I have no clue how to work into the story.
I’ve currently written 6.813 words and I’m really happy with that! I hope to write another 1-1.5k today, but I have obligations so I’m not sure I’ll be able to write a lot. So far I’ve had one day on which I just couldn’t write more than 1k, which was because I wasn’t feeling very well.
I’m having a hard time finding snippets I love, because the prose I use right now is not that good. But that doesn’t matter right now, anyway, I can change it in the rewrite. I do have a lot of dialogue that I just love so here are some snippets from that:
“You look like shit,” she said pointedly. Another thing about Kailee, she never knew when not to talk. She had no filters between what she thought and what she said.
“Well, thanks, I hadn’t noticed,” he said sarcastically. He felt like it too.
“Wild night?” she smiled, “got to meet any cute girls?” She and her girlfriend had just broken up a few weeks ago but she was already on the look-out for new flings.
“Ha, if you call my sister cute, then yes. Or champagne, is champagne a cute girl? I met a lot of champagne.”
She grinned widely, “ooh got a little tipsy, then?”
“I think I rambled on about the stars, walked into twenty people, puked in a bush and then woke up with an axe hammering my head. Figuratively then.”
“So your ordinary Friday night.”
“I’m sorry for ruining your night,” he said softly, the guilt biting at his voice.
“No! You didn’t ruin it, you were a sweet drunk. Very… wise.”
He chuckled, “oh god, I made a fool out of myself, didn’t I?”
“Only a little bit.”
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?
I am looking for people who are Chinese and/or transgender and would like to help me out with the representation, so if you’re either of those and don’t mind me contacting you ask some questions while writing, please let me know!
I wasn’t even planning on doing many tags now after I’ve binged so many over the summer but then Michelle came up with this awesome tag and I couldn’t resist! I am addicted to aesthetics lately because the pinterest fever finally came to me and I cannot stop. (no the pinterest fever is not an actual thing, sometimes I make stuff up)
I was tagged by both Michelle and Kat and they both made wonderful aesthetics so go check out their posts (and their blogs too because they’re amazing). Thank you both for feeding my aesthetics addiction 🙂
💛 Thank whoever nominated you (maybe you’re bitter that you have ANOTHER tag to do on top of the billions you already need to do (#relatable), still though. Someone thought of you. Be thankful. At least pretend to be
💛 Credit the creator of this tag (Michelle!)
💛 There’s no limit of how many aesthetics you can make for a question, but think of your poor readers.
💛 Make your OWN aesthetics, please don’t steal them from someone else. Also what’s the fun in that?
P.s. I might steal them from myself though because I make aesthetics quite often and why not reuse images I found before?
Favourite book of the year
WITH NO DOUBT: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
A Character You Relate To A Lot
Kiko from Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman! She’s awkward and loves art and her relationships with family aren’t very well. She also has social anxiety (which I don’t) and is bi-racial (which I also am not), but still, she’s very relatable!
A Character You Look Up To
I love Cinder. Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles is such an amazing character, I could learn a lot from her.
An Underrated Gem
I just read this over the summer and loved it. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin is so underrated!
A Character That Deserves More Love
Evie from Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne just has the worst luck when it comes to boys tbh?? I do still ship her with Olli though, but she deserves someone who deserves her! Still, she has the best friends anyone could ask for (seriously, give me a Lottie and Amber please). She also has OCD (not that that has anything to do with this but I feel the need to let you know).
An Underrated OTP
Can I just say Kady and Ezra from Illuminae *dies*
I didn’t include pictures of Ezra because I honestly can’t remember what he looked like… Oops.
It was a bit of a strange week, on some days I wrote a lot on some not at all. For those who (still) don’t know what it is, Camp NaNoWriMo is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which you can set your own goal. For NaNoWriMo your goal is 50k, but for Camp NaNoWriMo I set my goal to 15k.
I have just finished the one-but-last chapter I was planning to write for Camp, and tomorrow and the day after I will write the last. It feels good to have so many words down already, but I feel I’m getting into the mid-month slump. Luckily, or sadly, depending on how you see it, I will only be participating for two more days. I’m going on vacation and won’t have my laptop with me.
I am really looking forward to going away and I plan on getting some more inspiration while I’m away and maybe add some minor storylines and add some character development, things like that! I think a small break from writing can really help me get inspired again! I will be writing (or at least try to) while I’m away, but that will be on paper. With an actual pen. Yeah, I guess I’ll see how that goes!
Wow, just wow. It’s Wednesday evening as I’m writing this and I just finished my final words. I just went to the camp page and entered my final word count and just wow. I feel so incredibly good. I feel like dancing and screaming and crying and just everything at the same time, but first I’m going to finish this post.
So what happened since Sunday, I wrote wrote wrote and then wrote some more. When you’re reading this I’ll be camping (yeah for real this time), I’ll be away from Thursday until Sunday and writing is not really the easiest thing to do on a camping, so I decided to just go for it and write so much I won’t have to write much anymore when I was camping. Due to my horrible math skills (seriously writing is eating up my neurons, one by one, until I can no longer do math), I miscalculated and was done a lot earlier (as several thousand words and one evening earlier) than I thought.
My book is far from complete. There are a million things I have yet to add and I’m only about halfway through my story. I’ve added so much and wrote so much more words than I had planned, so it all stretched out a bit. I’m planning on continuing writing during May and June and maybe participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in July, although I will probably go on vacation and miss most of July. I’m planning to make it to 60k and wrap it up as my first draft. Yes, that’s right, there’s going to be a second draft. As I was writing, I was already thinking up things I wanted to add and relationships I wanted to elaborate on, characters I wanted to put more depth in, conversations I wanted to improve.
I’m going to do a more elaborate post on things I’ve learned from Camp NaNo later but this is just my initial thoughts on my process and finishing.
As I’m finished writing for this month (I don’t think I’ll be writing much for the rest of it), I’m thinking of a new name for my book. Currently, I’m using Drive On as my temporary title, but that was back when most of the book was about the road trip, now it’s a smaller part of the book (about half probably). The idea behind that title was that it was about continuing life after something horrible happened, keep on going, drive on. However, I kind of dislike it. I’ve got a list of titles I like but none of them are perfect, either I think they’re cheesy (this book is not cheesy) or not fitting.
It’s so weird to call it a book, like, I’m no writer, how can I call it a book, but on the other hand: I write. Which in conclusion means I’m a writer. I think, therefore I am, right? I write, therefore I’m a writer.
You pass so many faces every day and yet you never stand still and wonder who these people are. They’re there, but they might as well not have been there at all. Ghosts, with a face and a name, but nothing more.
The city sparkles below us and the sky above us. “You know how stars that shine the brightest, burn up the fastest? I read about it online a while ago, it’s because of the heat of the fuel, I don’t really remember.” I trail off, “It reminds me of mom. Mom was probably the brightest star on the horizon.”
Random thought #1: this last one is actually the final lines in my draft at this moment and oh my gosh it’s the perfect way to end this project.
Random thought #2: I should call my novel: Bright Stars Burn Fast (or quickly? or swift? What do you think?).
If you want to follow my aesthetics board on weheartit, you can find me here.
Happy writing! How did your Camp NaNo end? Happy or not?
I love aesthetics and in the past few years (okay throughout my entire high school career and university) I have spent a probably too large amount of time on weheartit. This is a website on which you can “heart” images and save them in collections etc. There’s a lot of stupid pictures on there, but it’s so much fun to collect them and make aesthetically pleasing collages with them. Therefore this award was very easy for me (I’m a pro at wasting time haha).
Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).
I don’t really need the tips but they are here anyway:
Find inspiration by spending (minimum) three hours scrolling through aesthetic Tumblr posts relevant to you.
Two great places to hunt for pictures are Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Pinterest requires an account; WeHeartIt does not.
This doesn’t need much explaining. I love books. I adore them and I love browsing bookstores and libraries.
Why do people always underestimate short people?
I spend quite a large amount of time on trains.
I LOVE looking at the stars.
I weirdly relate to this girl because I do that too a lot, the hair smelling thing.
I just realised this is almost the same quote as before. Oh well.
Sometimes you just need to breathe, I could use some more air sometimes.
This picture is just amazing. I love it.
I am a relatively shy and introverted person, and sometimes there is this very extroverted giggly funny person inside of me that comes out when I’m comfy and happy.
Cycling is by far the best way to travel short distances. Except when it rains.
I love writing.
The sound of crashing waves = the best sound ever.
Wolves are my favourite animals ever since I read The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater.
Space art! This just makes me happy.
I have survived a lot. And also I really like mountains. This country is so flat! No mountains!
I’m not nominating anyone but I am gonna say “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.” I love this tag, but I can see that it can cost a little bit (or a lot) of time so I won’t pressure anyone, therefore, if you want to, go do it! I would love to see your life in aesthetically pleasing pictures 🙂