Hey everyone, and welcome to my mid Nanowrimo Update!
Normally I’d be posting for the Author Toolbox Blog Hop at this time of the month, but it’s on holiday until January. For past posts, on Learning to Write from TV and Film, Work experience in Publishing @Penguin, and others, click the links.
This time last year I’d written about 27500 words in November, and I was over half way towards winning Nanowrimo. Looking back at my blog posts from last year I had some really nice snacks too. This year? I’m not even trying for 50k.
The Notebook Challenge: Fill an A6 notebook in November.
I’ve checked @writevent daily for writing prompts, but I haven’t been active on Twitter. Between classes, deadlines, and filling my notebook I haven’t had the energy. Once I’ve submitted my assignments, and I’m on break until my next module, I’ll chill and catch up with every one!
I aimed to write 2 pages a day in my notebook, but I’ve been consistently 2 – 4 pages behind. I think it’ll be easy to catch up though. So far I’ve written short stories, fanfiction (Yu-Gi-Oh, because I got back into the trading card game), excerpts from Dragonspire and my new idea, and a small Merlin snippet (I know I said I was leaving it for now but I can’t completely!)
It’s been awesome to write whatever I want, rather than sticking to a single project like I’d normally do for Nanowrimo. I don’t know how many of the pages I’ll use, but it’s been fun so it doesn’t matter. If I fill my notebook by the end of November I’ll have about 6000 words.
Days 1 & 2:
Prompts that stood out were: Know, Chemistry, Destroy, Unease, Infection, and Sound.
I wrote 4 pages around those prompts, switching between my new project and Dragonspire.
I wrote my Sunday Scribbles Story, Intruder Alert. It’s now edited and posted, but I had to change a lot of it because the POV wasn’t working. It was tricky, but I think I’m happy with it.
More scenes from Dragonspire, but from much later on in the story. Nick’s written himself into more scenes again, and earlier than I originally planned. I swear this character has a mind of his own and is a complete pain, but I love him anyway and can’t imagine the story without him!
The new project makes an appearance again. One character’s killed someone, and the other’s not happy about it. I’m not sure how to define this story yet, but I like it!
Days 9 & 10:
I wrote 4 pages of Yu-Gi-Oh fanfiction trying to redeem the spirit of the millennium ring, who I always thought needed more character development. Will it ever see the light of day? Who knows. I write a lot of fanfiction that I never post!
Back to Dragonspire: I wrote new descriptive scenes to help bring my fantasy world to life, based on feedback from my workshop group. I also wrote a scene for my Merlin story, mostly because my fiancee put the BBC show on TV. It’s nice to know the muse still exists!
I’ve been writing a story about winter for Sunday Scribbles next week, as well as a few scenes from Dragonspire. There’s a bit of fanfiction too, but I think it’s out of my system for now!
As of today I’m two pages behind, and I estimate I’ve written 3000 words.
University: Assignments & Classes.
There are only two assignments this semester, but I feel snowed under. One is a 4000 word piece of creative writing. I’m not too worried about that one to be honest, there’s a lot to do, sure, but it’s just writing. As long as I don’t get caught up in making it perfect I’ll be fine.
The other is a 2000 word creative manifesto. The guidelines are vague, to encourage creativity, and I struggled to know what to do with it at first. I’ve decided to take a risk with it, because that’s what creativity is about, right? It’ll either go down really well, or not. I’m hoping well!
I want to do my best so I’m putting a lot of effort in. This is new for me: During my BA, with the exception of my castles project, I started assignments the week before they were due in. This time I started 6 weeks before the due date, and I’m still wondering if I’ll get them done in time!
In other news, the gaming world’s divided over Fallout 76. I loved the other games, but I haven’t bought this one. I’m searching for more opinions first, so if you have it let me know what it’s like!
How’s your Nanowrimo going? What’s the most awesome thing that’s happened this month so far? Looking forward to Christmas? Keep it fantastical, and thanks for reading!