NANOWRIMO 2017 - WHAT AM I EVEN DOING? (DAY 13 - 18)

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I have not been writing as I should be for NaNoWriMo. I'm still adjusting to having a job and studying for school. I choose the wrong year to participate in NaNoWrimo, but at least I have an outline that I'm excited about. If I don't end up finishing NaNoWriMo (which is definitely a possibility!), I'm most likely going to figure out the best way to add writing to my everyday life. I miss writing fiction and poetry.

Next week I'll have Thanksgiving break which is where I'll try to expand on my outline more. I think I'll be making my NaNo project into a year long one. Or at least until I'm done writing it. I do have the work I wrote for last year's NaNo on my Drive, but I feel like it needs more work in terms of what happens when and to who. I don't have work tomorrow, so let's see if I can get some outlining done.

What have you been up to lately? 

NANOWRIMO 2017 - GIVING UP? (DAY 9 - 12)

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Daily blog posts are not for me when it comes to updates about my life, especially when it comes to writing. I want to give up. I truly do. I'm still only at 7,000+ words, and it's so far from what it's suppose to be that I can't see myself ever getting to 50,000 words by the end of November. I'm not sure how I did it the first time.

I'm not giving up though. Sure, I may not have written the amount of words I should have by now. I may not have the best story idea or plot. I may not even be the writer that I think I am. But I have figured out what's working for me and what's not. I've gotten a large kick in the rear about my habits and changing myself for the better. I'm finally implementing the routines and strategies that can (and hopefully will!) help me evolve into a better person. (I totally didn't sound like I was a Pokemon or Digimon in that last sentence!)

The best lesson NaNoWriMo can teach anyone, is that writing is possible if you truly want to write. NaNoWriMo teaches me that I truly have to want something and be willing to change to get it. It's unfortunate that some events are out of my control, but I have to remember that I can still change and become better in spite of it. So I'm not giving up NaNoWriMo. My word count goal may be slightly lower than everyone else's, but that's okay. As long as I've gotten writing down into a daily routine, anything is possible.

What are your thoughts on NaNoWriMo?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - ALREADY FAILING NANO (DAY 8)

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Remember how ambitious I was at the beginning of the month? Well everything has gone downhill. Tomorrow the word count goal is 15,000, and I am around 7,000 or so words. It's not looking too well for me right now. Although I outlined, I can't seem to get the words down on paper.

I'll be attempting to flesh out more scenes and character traits in an attempt to convince myself to write more. The pacing of my story feels kind of slow even though I do have to set up most of the background stories and main theme before even tackling the fun stuff. There is a few more topics I need to research before I could write some scenes which may help my word count goal later this week. Let's hope I can pull through with a miracle this month.

If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, what's your current word count?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - BEHIND ON WRITING (DAY 7)

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If you keep up with the little Pokemon counter on the side of the blog, you can tell that I'm behind on my word count in NaNoWriMo. I'm currently working on it. Kind of. I'll be mostly catching up tomorrow or Friday since Tuesdays and Thursdays are my busier days.

One way that I'll be trying to catch up is outlining scenes a bit which may seem a little cheater-like, but I know that some people like to write out what happens first and then flesh out the details. I'll be using that method to see if it'll help my word count. I'll be aiming to get over at least 500 or more words over Saturday's word count

What have you been up to today?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - SLEEPING ALL DAY & MY FIRST DAY OF WORK (DAY 5 & 6)

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I mentioned on Day 4 of my (almost) daily NaNoWriMo blog post that I had an eight hour work training day. It was mostly watching various videos and learning how to do things correctly, however it was also a full eight hours that I was awake. I like to take on a little persona on my little blog where I mostly write about the more positive aspects of my life.

I'd rather not write about the more negative parts of my life, but there are days where I am not at my best. It's starting to add up recently. Which means that I spent all of Day 5 of NaNoWriMo asleep on my bed. Yes, I definitely didn't leave my bed for more than ten minutes on Sunday.

I felt numb, neutral, and tired. I didn't want to get up for anything even for food. I begrudgingly got up for the bathroom to brush my teeth in the morning because I wanted to check off that little box in Habitica (and considered that trek as my exercise routine for the day). I got only about 100 words down on Sunday. Day 5 was not my best day, but I had more hope for Day 6.

The moment I woke up this morning, I was nervous. It was my first day of work. An actual paying job where I had to interact with coworkers and ask for help. I had to psych myself up by applying makeup and blasting a few songs that made my heart jump. It helped for the most part. By the time I actually got to the job and was working, I felt good.

And the day ended. I spent four hours working, and I didn't feel like I was going to mess up. Although there was definitely a small disaster when a previous worker hadn't properly stacked items which caused the pallet to collapse later. Another newbie coworker and I were able to get help from a more seasoned coworker in making a stable pallet. After finishing the pallet, the shift was over.

I'm around 700 words for NaNoWriMo today. My aim was 6,000 words, but today was filled with a little too much excitement for me. I might stop there for today and catch up on Friday or Saturday.

What have you been up to today?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - TRAINING FOR WORK OR WHATEVER (DAY 4)

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I just finished eight hours of training. Yes, there was breaks. Yes, I am tired. So tired. I didn't get a chance to write in that eight hours or in the morning before I left. I did get about fifty words down in between waiting to be picked up from work, but I know I can write 2,000 words in two hours if I really put my mind to it.

If I don't write 2,000 words by tomorrow, I still have an extra hour since we gain an hour tomorrow. Oh yes, more time to get homework done and write at the same time. Which means, it's time for me to go speed write those 2,000 words.

What have you been writing for NaNoWriMo?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - ORIENTATION AND WRITING (DAY 3)

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Today I had my job orientation. We watched a lot of videos about safety and other similar topics for about three hours. It was very tedious. At the end, we got our shifts, and I had to change my days because I somehow got assigned a day that I didn't want. Thankfully I was able to switch the date so I don't miss class.

I'm currently attempting to get to 2,000 words as I type this blog post. I just finished watching an emotional ZNation episode. It was intense. I need to write to escape my feelings.

Have you been writing lately?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - A LONG DAY (DAY 2)

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NaNoWriMo Day 2 is almost over, and I still haven't reached my personal word count. Today has been a busy day with most of my physical classes going on Tuesday and Thursdays. I'm most likely going to keep writing passed midnight despite the fact that I have a job orientation tomorrow. I like to live on the wild side, isn't it obvious?

In other news, I have figured out the names of my characters. Yes, I didn't think of them before hand. When I write new characters, I almost always write about what they do and their personality before their name ever shows up. I like my characters to "choose" their own name by having them try out a few different ones as I write. It helps me keep them from being too restricted by a name that has too many meanings or doesn't have any at all.

Do you write? If so, how do you name your characters? If not, what do you think makes a good name for a character?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - THE BEGINNING (DAY 1)

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I decided to blog and post a picture on my instagram (almost) everyday for the month of NaNoWriMo. If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it's where you write 50,000 words in a month. Instead of writing just 1,667 words a month to reach the goal, I'll be writing about 2,00 words a month in case something unexpected happens.

I do have a test coming up in a few days which is why I wanted to be able to be ahead of the word count. Besides having a test coming up, I'm going to my orientation date this Friday for my new job. If you want to keep up with how much I'm actually writing, I do have a word counter on my blog that I'm not sure you can see on mobile. It's a Pokemon themed word counter that I got for free here. My cousin wanted me to have a Feebas so I can get a Milotic at the end of the month. Let's hope I can keep up with this daily writing on my writing projects and the blog!

Are you participating in NaNoWrimo?