Camp NaNoWriMo Weekly Update #3

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!

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Discussion: Reasons to write: Fantasy vs. Contemporary

So far I have attempted to write a contemporary novel and I am currently working on a fantasy novel. It is very different from my contemporary story and so far I am loving it. For this discussion, I wanted to discuss some of the differences and pros and cons of writing these two genres and compare them.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Weekly Update #2

Week two of Camp NaNoWriMo has just ended. For those who 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. This is not a lot but I’ll be going on a vacation in the middle of July and won’t be able to write from then on.

I am currently in a small writing slump, I’m at a chapter and I don’t really know how to finish it. I’m sure I’ll figure it out once I get myself to actually write some more. Yesterday I wrote only 60 words and that’s a big disappointment for me. I can do better! I’m going to try to write at least 1000 words today but I’m pretty sure that won’t reach it. It’s already late afternoon, and I haven’t written more than 150 words… I’ll try though!

I found that I am really good at randomly improvising and adding in characters or storylines on a whim. Sometimes it just clicks and I write a thousand words about stuff that isn’t even in my outline. I created a character that I think will have quite an important role later in the story. I’ve also gotten to know my characters better, especially Noa. I really like how all the characters come alive on the paper.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: weekly update #1

I’m cheating and writing this way ahead of time. When you’re reading this, I’ll be at a festival and not writing (haha nope I forgot to schedule it so it’s Monday now and I need to go to uni). As I’m writing this it’s Wednesday, and Camp NaNoWriMo hasn’t even started yet.

For those who 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. This is not a lot but I’ll be going on a vacation in the middle of July and won’t be able to write from then on. I also have an exam this week, and well, today I’m at a festival so I won’t be writing much either.

My novel idea is an adapted version of the one I wrote about a few weeks ago. It’s called Our Shattered Minds (I think you heard about it by now, I’ve talked about it so so much haha). It’s about four outcasts: an assassin who loves playing with other’s hearts (Emery), a blacksmith who just wants to be left alone (Felton), a nanny with anger issues (Noa) (I hate the word nanny almost as much as Noa does xD) and a wanderer running from his past (Brim). They live in a world with magic, but it’s rare and special. They all hide their powers, which are blood, fire/smoke, seeing the future, and electricity respectively. People with magic have been disappearing and an underground rebellion arises, and all four of them get caught up in different ways. This is where their stories come together.

I finished my outline, which I’m super proud of because last time I made a super shitty one. This one is much better and I actually followed some guidelines and tips. It’s basically: we’re all okay – wth is going on?? – okay we can fix this – we’re screwed – maybe we can? – rising action – epicness – omg point – the end 😀

Doesn’t that sounds good?? But in all seriousness, I divided my book into 11 parts, which I then divided into 4 chapters which are written from the four different perspectives. I’m not sure how that will work in the second half of my book because then the characters are often together but I’ll see what happens.

So with 44 chapters, which I think will be about 2k each, I’ll hopefully end up with an 88k manuscript. Which kind of scares me a lot because 88k is so much *help*

I’m kind of writing this with the idea in mind that there might be a sequel? One day? I’m seeing a future of more epicness with my characters.

This part of the post I wrote on Monday.

Stats

Beginning: 5,096
Day 1: 1,263 (total: 6,393) (something is wrong in this calculation but I don’t feel like checking it haha)
Day 2: – (total: 6.393)

Snippets

I worked on the third chapter, which is about Felton. Today I’m going to try to write the fourth about Noa today.

It was silent in the room again and normally he would love the silence, but this silence was loaded and heavy, like an anchor pulling down his mood.

 

He was good at judging people, at seeing through the smile they plastered on their face, and this girl definitely had her secrets.

 

In these moments, all he wanted was to just leave. Leave this city, leave his job, the people. But he knew that if he left, he would truly not have anything left.

How is NaNoWriMo going for you guys? Have you written some things you’re proud of already? What are you most excited about in your WIP?

Newbie Bloggers: Breeny (@Breenys Books) | Writing Advice

Hello and welcome to this second edition of Newbie Bloggers, a project organized to introduce new bloggers to the community. Today, I’m excited to introduce to you: Breeny from Breeny’s Books!


Who is Breeny?

Tell us something about yourself: Who Are You?: Hello, I’m Breeny! I’m a bookworm and a writer. I love reading and writing YA contemporary, sci-fi, and fantasy. I’ve been reading and writing for as long as I can remember *breaks out into singing Moana*, and they’re both strong passions of mine. One word that could describe me would be booknerd, and those books are either the ones that I read or the ones that I write.

What’s your blog about and what are you planning to do with it?: My blog is @BreenysBooks and I use it to chronicle my book reviews and writing journey. I upload posts every Monday and Thursday, so be sure to look out for those. I also use my blog to interact with other wonderful bookish and writerly people.

Why did you start blogging?: I started blogging to share my love of words with others, and to join and explore a community that loved words just as much as I do. One of my favorite lines that I’ve come with is: “I write to inspire and I read to be inspired.” And I like taking that inspiration and sharing it with all of you guys. Blogging is also a big stress-reliever for me, and I find it to be so much fun. Everyone in the community is super awesome, and I feel super awesome and lucky to be a part of it.


Breeny’s Post: Some writing advice!

As a newbie book review and writing blogger, I’ve recently been asking the community for tips. It’s my way of first engaging and reaching out to another blog, and I always love reading the responses that I receive. There’s a lot of variation in the responses, and I feel that reflects the variation of everyone’s individual blogging journeys.

That being said, I thought today I’d share with you all my number one piece of writing advice that can also be applied to reading and just life in general. As I’ve progressed through school, at times I’ve had to put writing and reading on hold. That’s one of the main reasons that I enjoy blogging, because I can schedule my posts ahead of time (and interact with you lovely people). Anyways, as a writer, I’ve heard the advice ‘you should write everyday’ given so many times. I used to hold myself to that standard, until I realized that I wasn’t any less of a writer if I wasn’t writing every day. Nor was I any less of a reader if I wasn’t reading every day. Writing every day isn’t the only thing that makes you a writer, and I’ve started to embrace that. I go months without drafting or editing, especially during this time of the year when school is wrapping up, but I’m a writer. Sometimes just thinking about your story is enough. Or creating a playlist, looking at Pinterest, jotting ideas down on napkins. Those are all ways to engage with your creativity and your writing, and engaging in both of those things is what I ultimately believe makes you a writer.

I’m interested in hearing what you all’s number one piece of writing or reading-related advice is, so be sure to comment them down below.

Thanks for reading! Happy reading and happy writing.


Lia: I hope you liked this post, and if you did, go follow Breeny! You can find her on her blog, twitter, and goodreads!

If you would like to participate as well, check out this post. The project will be bi-weekly and on Sundays. If I get a lot more submissions I might change that. If you want to participate but don’t have a post yet, you can also just send me a message then I’ll give you a date, so you can work on your post and send it to me before that date.

Discussion: To Write or Not To Write | Rambling about writing and Camp NaNoWriMo

I only started writing “seriously” in (or after?) November of this year, when the bookish community suddenly was all about NaNoWriMo and I, silly girl as I was (just kidding I’m smart), started low-key panicking, because should I participate??? I hadn’t written much before that and with a very busy month I decided not to, but I loved how the entire community was suddenly all about creating new stories instead of only reading them.

In December I hosted a project I called Short Story Society in which I, and with me several other bloggers, wrote a short story each week. As to kind of make up for the missed NaNoWriMo and to get the writer juices flowing. Though it wasn’t a huge success (my organization skills definitely were not on-point and many people only participated for part of it), I really liked it.

It got me excited for writing and that is what Camp NaNoWriMo also did for me back in April. If you don’t know what it is, it is a smaller version of NaNoWriMo (there is no “real” camp,  it’s just online). You can set your own goal, in words or hours, and you have cabins to cheer each other on. In April I wrote 30 thousand words, which is more than I have ever written on a single project.

July is coming up, and in July there is another Camp, and only yesterday I’ve decided to participate. And I have no plan, no outline, nothing. Just a story idea. *help*

I will be writing the story I was talking about yesterday, with the magic and awesomeness and I CAN’T WAIT 🙂

Why participate in Camp NaNoWriMo?

  • Because you love writing. This is obviously the most important reason, if you don’t like writing this is definitely not for you.
  • Because NaNoWriMo is just a bit over your head. A little. Or a lot. It’s really nice because in Camp you can set your own goals, and if that goal is to write 3 poems of 20 words each, go for it. You can also set it at 100k if you want to die, it’s all up to you.
  • Community and support! There is, of course, your cabin, you can either make one or get sorted in one. You can chat with your cabin mates and help each other out. It is fun and it’ll help you get more motivated (which is my next point).
  • It helps you get more motivated to write. I can set a daily goal for me any day of the year but it doesn’t seem to work for me. Sometimes I don’t write for days or weeks, other times I write a lot on one day. Having a consistent writing schedule is hard and having Camp really helps to keep me accountable.
  • It makes you excited to write. Aren’t you already excited??? I AM.
  • It is fun and you meet new people. There are also virtual write-ins on youtube which are lots of fun to participate in, and there are writing sprints and well, there is an entire community of writers out there and they are all awesome.

Why not participate?

  • Pressure!
  • Expectations!
  • Life!
  • Stress!
  • Okay, but seriously. There is only the stress that you give yourself. You don’t have to write, you don’t have to outline, you don’t have to prepare. But it’s useful and quite stressful sometimes.

I am trying to avoid the stress by putting my word count goal not very high. I have set it to 15k, which is half of April’s goal, but I am also away for almost half of July so I think it’s fair. I calculated a daily word count of about 750 words, which is very doable. I decided to not rush too much with this project, because I feel like that will make the end result 10 times better.

Are you participating this July? Have you participated before? Do you write or not, and why?

Writing: A Poem, A Snippet and Some Writing Ideas

I normally post on Sundays and I was planning to do so yesterday as well, but life got in the way (and also this thing I did on twitter). Oops. Anyway, I’m going to make it up to you by posting today! It’s even more elaborate than I initially was going to make it, because I got inspired yesterday night (as in: in the middle of the night because who needs sleep when you can write? Me, obviously.).

A Poem

Maybe I didn’t rise
from the ashes
of my shattered heart,
Maybe I just
got up
and started walking

Maybe I didn’t mend
all the pieces
of my fractured heart,
Maybe I just
picked them up
and hoped for the best

Maybe it didn’t
make me stronger,
Maybe
I did.

~I’m not strong because of it, I’m strong despite of it.

Story Ideas

I’ve been “working” on my current writing project for a few months now and I like it but it doesn’t really interest me that much anymore, so I’m giving myself a break from it. Maybe I get back to it, maybe I don’t. At this moment, I honestly don’t care that much… But I do have several new ideas I’d like to work on of which one you might have heard about before (on Mahriya’s blog, because I won this round of The Typewriter’s Project :D).

  • Our Shattered Minds

This is a story/novel idea about 4 very different people who sort of share one mind. I’m not 100% sure whether it will be a multiple personality disorder kind of thing, or a more sense8 kind of thing (in which the characters are connected without them being the same “person”). But there is magic and in some way, the characters split their lives which messes up the magic in the world (which is called Caligan). They’ll have to fix it. It’s all very vague yet but I really like it. If there ever were a sequel I would call it These Fractured Shadows.

 

If you click on the image and press show full size you can read the small text 🙂

  • What We Wrote on the Bathroom Walls

This is a story idea I had a few weeks ago and it kept me up half the night. I really need to get back into a regular sleeping schedule that doesn’t involve me falling asleep past 1 am every single night.  The story is in it’s entirely told by things people wrote on bathroom walls. It’ll be a story about high school and bullying. I’m still struggling with the format and how it’s supposed to look and work but I really like this idea.

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A Snippet

This is a snippet from the first story/novel idea I wrote about, Our Shattered Minds. This is about one of the characters (she’s an assassin and badass).

This was the part she enjoyed most. The flirtatious eye-lid fluttering, the giggling about silly jokes, the hasty brushing of fingertips and lips, the pleasure of luring someone in. It was the part of anticipation, of wonder. The part of seduction and sensation.

What came next was something that Emery wouldn’t gladly admit made her feel at ease. The power of having someone’s life in your hands, completely and utterly, was something that topped every drug she had ever tried. And she had tried a lot. She liked it bloody, knifes and swords, sometimes even a gun, but her orders were to be swift and clean. So she was. With a quick swipe of her fingertips along the man’s jaw her magic did its job. She could feel his heart beat slowing, like it were her own. Every single drop of blood in his body slowed its movement, finally coming to a stand-still. His heart stopped, and hers bounced louder in her chest.

Euphoria. That was what it felt like.

I hope you liked this! I’m going to try to do bi-weekly writing posts, which means on Sunday I’ll alternate between Newbie Bloggers and writing. Are you also a writer? Had any cool story ideas lately?