How to prepare for NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s October, that means time to get ready for NaNoWriMo 2017! Unfortunately I have “graduated”. So I will no longer be able to participate in the YWP. Which means no more easy word count goals set by myself. This means word count goal over 50,000! Yikes!

I have been working on Galiana Chronicles for… quite some time now. Β But I have saving Loxley Chronicles for this years’ NaNoWriMo, since I have not actually written any of it.

I wrote part of my novel, Galiana Chronicles, for NaNo 2016. And reached my YWP goal of 15,000. So this year I’ll have to more than double that!

Loxley Chronicles

Loxley Chronicles takes place in the year 2011. The opening scene takes place in a local park, with dozens of 7th graders. Alice, an adventurous little 12 year old, takes off into the woods with her best friend, Sean. They find a strange, futuristic card of iridescent honeycombs. Loxley Chronicles tells the adventures and magical journeys of Alice and Sean in that forest.

So there’s my summary for Loxley Chronicles. The plot is still very rough, but it’s getting there. Slowly, very very slowly. I’ve always believed in writing a story’s ending first, but I haven’t found the ending for Loxley Chronicles yet. (Good thing is I still have a bit of time before NaNo begins.)

Now that I kinda have my idea down for my book, I have to prepare for it. What am I going to need?Β 

Well, since this is my first year doing the 50,000 word count goal I am very nervous.

So if I want to make it to my goal of 50,000 I’ll need to do 1,666 words per day. That’s gonna be tough for me since I am a very busy person.

It’s gonna be difficult, but not impossible.

So if I am going to tackle that word count goal, I need to be ready. How?
Here’s a short list of things I’ll be using and doing to get ready for NaNo 2017

  • Have writing supplies ready
    Since I don’t spend very much time on my computer, and carrying my laptop everywhere is a bit of a hassle for me, I’ll be using a notebook, pens, pencils and such.
  • Coffee/Green Tea
    This is very important. Coffee and green tea have caffeine, you have to find a way to keep your energy going. I will say however that I find green tea to be better. Because it gives you smooth energy throughout the day, coffee (At least with me) gives you more of a rush then a slump half way through. But chose which ever you like best!
  • Find a writing buddy
    So this is a new one that I have not tried before. But I have a friend or two who love to know about my writing(s). I am planning on picking their brain throughout the month of November to get to my word count goal and to find new writing prompts and ideas.
  • You need a comfy place to write
    Be it a desk chair, on your bed, on the couch, or maybe all three (or more). Just find somewhere where you are comfortable to write, somewhere that inspires you to write.
  • Start working on a playlist
    Now this will vary greatly on you and what you are writing. I am going to be writing SciFi/fantasy and time travel this year. You may be working on a romance, thriller, horror, medieval, historical, fantasy, YA, fanfic or autobiography for all I know. Just create a playlist that inspires you on whatever genre you are writing. It’s a great idea to use Spotify. Because with Spotify you can actually create playlists with songs you want to listen to, you don’t have to listen to a bunch of music you don’t know or even like. The only thing is that you do get adds, and Spotify on mobile you have to shuffle your music. But if you use it on your tablet or computer you can pick whatever song you want.
  • Make a plan
    When are you going to write? Mornings, evenings, midday? I don’t know, it’s up to you. Just have a plan to tackle those 1,666 words per day!
  • Don’t stop
    Sometimes it happens that we’ve got nothing. No inspiration, no desire to write anything whatsoever. But what about those days that everything just keeps pouring out? Don’t just be content that you met your goal for that day, keep going! If you plan on writing only 1 chapter per day, but you got that one chapter done and you still have awesome ideas coming. Keep going!
  • Don’t edit
    This causes you to slow down, and not reach your word count goal. Save the editing until after you have met your 50,000 word count goal.

Taking these steps and mentally preparing yourself for NaNo 2017 will help you get to you word count goal and be a winner!

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The Writing Process Pt. 2: How to make a story binder.

First off I’d like to say sorry. Last week I didn’t get to post anything due to being ridiculously sick. I was in bed for 5 days straight! And I am still suffering an annoying cough.

 

Now about my story binder

I had been going back and forth (as you can see here) as to digital or paper for my novel writing. And I finally cam to a decision. Paper.

I have always had a love for paper. Always obsessed with stationery of all sorts.

I own a ton of composition notebooks because of school. I don’t use them anymore, but I am going to use them for writing my novels.

So here are some tips to make a story binder:

Supplies:

  • Binder
  • Composition notebook
  • Loose pages
  • Sticky notes
  • Sketch paper (If you want)

So, first off you’ll want to title you binder. You can use “story binder”or the title of your book.

Then you’ll want to write your plot, or story line. just to make sure that your writing stays on topic.

Third, on a separate page write a list of characters of your book

Now, on the composition notebook you can start writing the first draft of your book.”

Your first draft is not supposed to be perfect, it’s supposed to be finished.

You can use sticky notes to make observations on things you need to change in your story.

Now just write, write, write.

I think there is so much information out there for writers that we get overwhelmed and forget to make the first step. Just write.

I believe that other writers, and readers too, want us to be as perfect and experienced asΒ  Rowling or Austen. Well guess what. It ain’t gonna happen! To become a good writer, sure we have to “study” or research. But to be a truly good writer, we must gain experience, this means just write

 

The Writing Process Pt. 1

How do you write? What is your process? Many writers have many different techniques. Some write their novel digitally, others write one paper. Some have 3-hole binders while others use computer files. Some work on the couch others at a desk, and others in bed.

Well, here’s my writing process. Maybe it will spark your imagination and get you writing!

First off, I use a 3-hole binder. I use an index card to write the title. The plot is 3 pages long, all hand written. Then I have an open pouch where I stick my notebook and the first 20 pages of the novel. Then I have another pouch for my writing prompt notebook (It is very useful to carry this around everywhere you go.) And I have several other loose pages in the binder. I have an itinerary for my book, character page, list of places, a timeline, and a “courses” page since my character will be attending an academy.

My notebooks are not fancy by any means. In fact they are simple composition notebooks. (They’re cheap, and have many pages πŸ˜‰ just perfect for me). I absolutely love tiny notebooks too, they come in handy when your bag is too small to carry a regular sized notebook.

Things I want to change:

First I want to get nicer binders for my novels.

I really want to create an accurate map of the places in my novel.

I also want to insert pictures and drawings. I might also add quotes to the cover of my binders.

I really want to make a writing binder, for writing in general. I am also going to make a page especially for blog post ideas.

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How to Live to the Fullest

I know not much of life, for I am only 18. But I do know a few things, things that seem to be long forgotten. Especially by people of the new generation, my generation. I have always believed that I was born in the wrong time period. I’ve always wanted to be a writer in the medieval or the Victorian age. The thing is, I love life. I really do. And I want to do the most with my life, I want to grow, work, travel, meet people, fall in love and just live my life! Not sit behind a screen all day for the rest of my life looking at stupid memes. I want to actually LIVE!

So here’s a bit of advice from a green, fresh, out of high school, student. Live your life! Put away the phone. Put away the laptop. Disconnect from the technology and reconnect with people and nature.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my phone. I can take pictures, text with friends, and connect with my viewers and readers. But… life is so much more important than all that. I don’t want to be 60 years old and look back on my life, and the only memories I have are of me staring at my screens all day, watching TV, on my phone or my laptop. I want to look back on my life and remember all the great little adventures I had. The mishaps and ideas. Running in the back yard at midnight playing hide and seek with my best friends. Having a wall full of amazing art, created by me. Looking over to my bookshelf to find books and novels I wrote. Seeing pictures of me climbing a mountain, hiking, fishing, camping, cooking out, swimming, and laughing with my best friends.

Now that you know this, I need to break some news. I am not going to be posting twice a week, or even once a week. I am going to post hopefully once or twice a month and if not… oh well. I want to live to the max, without being stressed out about my next online appearance.

This is what I did at graduation. I left my phone inside and went to party. Once the night came to a close, I had not a single photo, but I had amazing memories that I would not have had if I were glued to my phone. And those memories will linger forever.

So here’s my tip for this round. Leave the phone, the laptop, the TV or whatever device that is holding you back, that is distracting you from living the life you want to live. Leave it all and do what you love.