#SundayBlogShare #CampNaNoWriMo July 2016: Days 13-16

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Word Count: 10,172 words

Slightly higher than that now but still, I have passed the 10k mark finally! YAY! Most of the writing happened yesterday to be fair and I am behind. I’ll take whatever victories I can though after having a non-writing day on Friday (the 15th).

A lot of the writing was descriptive and exposition, ranging from describing my FMC’s apartment and new hometown to how the sun dampens my vampires powers, sapping them of energy and increasing their need to feed. I also talked briefly about different ways they did feed and about the ways slaves could be bought and sold as that provides a lot of the conflict. As for story, my FMC has met a new possible love interest (let’s call him MMC2) followed quickly by her meeting up with my earlier MMC, now MMC1.  The meeting with MMC1 was a little heated but was interrupted by my FMC having an appointment with a literary agent, the same one as MMC1.

After the meeting, MMC1 followed FMC and the two ended up fighting because my FMC wants nothing to do with him after the way he played with her heart whilst he seems to have become stalker-ish with her, wanting to talk and insisting they could still be an item. I am admittedly rather proud of the fact that my FMC punched him and kicked him in the googlies for his trouble.

Currently, my FMC is doing her shopping and has stopped to watch the slave auction, which is really the start of the real story. I seem to spend way too much time in set up! Or maybe I should just plan a bit more.

The plan for the next week after a late second week slump is just to catch up as many words as possible and get right into the story properly. Re-reading Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper is helping me to focus properly, even if this is going to be somewhat a nightmare to eventually edit. The other Camp story is going to be hard as well but at least I have planning in that one. This one is being totally winged! I may yet also have a look at stuff about writing romance stories, love triangles and stalkers. Those will be fun Google searches!

How are things for you? Slumped badly? Keeping going? Ahead or behind? Feel free to comment below.

#CampNaNoWriMo July 2016: Day 6

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Word Count: 6,267 words

Yes, not too many words. I just couldn’t seem to settle down to write. The romance story has reared its head again with my FMC and her sister talking about the MMC, the sister persuaded her to at least ask him out for coffee then the FMC trying to find a way to contact the MMC. She now has his address and is trying to get the confidence to go to his house.

Here’s hoping I will get more written today.

#SundayBlogShare #CampNaNoWriMo July 2016: Days 1 & 2

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Word Count: 1,680 words

Forgive me for the two hashtags in the title of this post. I am experimenting with Twitter again.

A respectable start really considering I junked my previous idea 24 hours before this session started. I know I said I would wait until midnight, just open a document and just start writing but that didn’t quite pan out. The story I am writing is a very old one that I have talked about before on here.

You might remember me asking a question about rewriting back in January of last year and the picture that was posted with it. Well, that story decided to rear its head again whilst I was running errands on Thursday and I decided to give it another go.

At its very core, the original plot that I conceived for the story nearly 10 years ago now is about a young vampire author who rescues an abused neko slave boy and is fighting not just for justice of the boy but also against the slavery system in her country. Naturally, that has developed over the years as I have worked on other stories and life took it’s course. Now, there is also a romance/family plot that is running along the slavery one. My FMC author/social worker is in a relationship with my MMC author/civil servant vampire and their parents disapproving for various reasons, the author’s sister going out with a werewolf (so a vampire/werewolf plot possible too) as well as my MMC’s brother discovering he is gay and unable to come to terms with it.

This story, for now, feels right for this session so I am going to stick with it and see what happens.

How is Camp going for you? Is it going well or are you struggling already? Don’t be afraid to comment below.

 

#Writing Update

d7a3e-writingJust a quick update for the first one of hopefully many for this year.

Word Count: 948 words

Been struggling to write so what I have ended up writing is something that is absolutely awful featuring some old characters. To be fair, it has got me writing at least. It’s probably going to be hit and miss and just random stuff featuring the same characters, hopefully but I’m writing. It is threatening to turn somewhat into fluffy romance which probably isn’t a bad thing since Valentines Day is next month.

I’ve also managed to join Write All Year on the new website. No forums or anything but you can set your own writing target and it does offer a couple of graphs based on your word counts and information about the most active members for the current day and for the current month. Hopefully more features and maybe some forums will be added to the website soon because it does seem like a good way to keep writing. If you are competitive like I can be, the most active members stats could become almost like a daily challenge.

The word counter thing is confusing. It’s not like NaNo where you put your full word count in and it figures out how many words you have written that day. Rather you have to keep track of how many words you have written per day and enter that so it can added it to your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly total. Very annoying and very confusing at first but hopefully it will become easier to use after a while.

How is your writing going? Have you started something new or working on something from last year? Does anyone else use the Write All Year website? Do you find it helpful? Don’t be afraid to comment below.

The Confessions of a Writer

Been tagged to do this by Niina at Northern Chapters so I figured I would give it a go.

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Rules of the tag:

  • Please link back to A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly’s post, so that the original rules are always accessible to anyone who is curious and wants to participate!
  • Acknowledge the person who tagged you in your post.
  • Tag your friends and fellow writers – it’s up to you how many!

The Confessions of a Writer Tag was created by Nicolette at A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly. It is a ‘get-to-know’ the writer interview tag, dedicated to spotlighting the creative process, works in progress, and connecting to other writers.


 

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I aspired to be many things as a kid from a vet to a nurse to a pop star, all the usual little girl ambitions. I wasn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the pack at the time and had no interest in anything remotely academic. It took a teacher pointing out I was good at writing that something seemed to start to click in my mind. I did start writing but the switch wasn’t fully turned on though until I discovered the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. After that, everything clicked into place.

What genre do you write?

I gravitate mostly to fantasy and crime with romance sub plots in most of my stories. Family drama, social commentary and thriller also make appearances in a few of my stories, something that didn’t hit me until a tutor pointed it out. I have attempted forays into the science fiction genre but they rarely work out well to be honest.

Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?

I’m working on my magic school story from July Camp NaNoWriMo. Anyone who follows my blog will know it started just from an idea after a failed sci-fi story and has continued since then. The story revolves around a teen girl, coming from a dark magic family involved in criminality, trying to escape and be different. Not sure what I will do with the story later. We’ll see.

What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?

The first story I chose to write was a fan fiction based on Flint The Time Detective, about one of the detectives called Merlock Holmes and his daughter. It never was finished and is absolutely awful, with stuff borrowed from the Cardcaptors/Card Captor Sakura, Lord of the Rings and the Malory Towers series to name but a few. It did have the first version of the school my FMC from the above answer attends so it was not all bad really.

What’s the best part about writing?

Creating new things and exploring the world through the written word. One day, I want to explore the world myself, not just through stories.

What’s the worst part about writing?

Hitting a wall in the creation of the first draft then editing and rewriting. Ugh! Necessary but still hate it.

What’s the name of your favourite character and why? (This can be from a book by another author or from your own work. Book crushes are perfectly acceptable here as well).

Oh! I have no idea! I love characters like Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third from the How To Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell because he’s not your typical hero, and Hermione Granger, because she was smart and her description is very similar to how I was as a kid. Those sorts of characters appeal to me.

How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

I tend to write in the evening most days because it is the only free time I have available to me in a typical day but I do prefer to write and work on an afternoon. I’ve run my errands, had something to eat and drink, checked the news and e-mail, etc. I can just sit and write (and watch some YouTube and television). It’s a routine that was developed at university and has proven the most productive.

Did you go to college for writing? Or if you haven’t been to college yet, do you plan to?

I did Professional Writing at university (or college as it is in the USA), with the idea that it would set me up not just for writing in general, but was applicable to other jobs too. I’m not working as a writer in any capacity at the moment sadly but I do have ideas and career plans that relate to writing, even just part-time.

What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors, or grammar errors?

Has to be grammar mainly but the others drive me up the wall too, especially if it is in a document or something that you would expect to be correctly spelt, punctuated, grammar checked and formatted correctly.

What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

It’s actually a philosophy quote by Confucius that applies to every part of life: “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” In other words, keep writing!

What advice would you give to another writer?

I hate the advice write what you know. You could write about everything you know very easily and quickly and end up stuck. I prefer the advice write not what you know, but what you would like to find out about. Write about the things that you want to find out about. The world is a big place so explore it!

What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?

My friends are usually my first port of call for help but I also follow a lot of Tumblr prompt and advice blogs, such as Write World and Writing Cafe, as well as seasonal picture blogs that have some stunning picture ripe for prompts, Rayne Hall’s Twitter (her books are brilliant too) and love using Seventh Sanctum.

Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?

Love to read, watch a lot of TV, films and stand up comedy, like Call The Midwife, The Big Bang Theory, How To Train Your Dragon 1 and 2 (I love Toothless!) and comedians like Russell Howard, baking and chatting to friends.

What is the best book you’ve read this year?

This year has to be Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud! Second in the series with a cliffhanger to match the first book, The Screaming Staircase. I am in love with this series!

What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?

Has to be Kingsman: The Secret Service. The church scene! The church scene!

What is your favourite book or series of all time?

It changes but I do default to Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society by Adeline Yen Mah. Mah weaves a beautiful story of a girl playing her part in World War 2 in occupied Shanghai with wonderful teachings from Chinese philosophy and culture.

Who is your favourite author?

My all time favourite is JK Rowling as she is also my heroine.

What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?

Mostly just to write, as I haven’t been in a place to do so for a while due to life. More focused goals are to hopefully get my second NaNoWriMo win and to keep writing my Camp story.

Where else can we find you online?

Aside from here, my main ones are Tumblr and Twitter but you can also find me on NaNoWriMo.


 

Finished! I am tagging Kit from Where Landsquids Fear To Tread, Lizzie from mylittlebookblog, Diane from Tales from Baggins Bottom and Charles from Legends of Windemere. Anyone who I haven’t tagged but would like to do this, go for it!

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015: Days 11 & 12

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Word counts first.

Day 11: 11,873 words

Day 12: 12,405 words

So what’s happened over the weekend?

Well, my word goal has dropped from 50k to 25k. It was just not going to happen this month with everything going on around me. At least, I can get as much of the story written as possible and write a basic outline of the story. I just want to write and this is the first time in a long while I have really felt like trying to write and going for it. That is my priority for now.

In terms of real story, my FMC is already beginning to talk to the dragon and her dog about what’s going on and her thoughts and feelings. This might seem like an odd thing to note but considering that my FMC will mainly be on her own for much of the rest of the story, it is important that the character starts developing this. Note just to help her work things out but also for her mental health.

Speaking of characters, the FMC and her crush have also decided to run away from me again by kissing in the forest and then she slapped him for doing so. It’s what happens when they apparently really want to be together but cannot. Quite a tune change from earlier. My characters can be evil like that.

My character has also finally arrived on the main island of the archipelago! Hurrah! Took me forever to get their but she is there finally and I can start the next part of the story properly. Maybe the words might be a little easier this time, maybe.

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015: Day 8

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Word Count: 9,204 words

Yesterday, I came up with more questions than answers whilst writing but that’s a good thing as it gives me stuff to play with later. It is early enough in the novel to still be introducing sub-plots and plot points to follow-up and use later to further the drama and action.

One of the points is still up in the air but it’s about my main characters dog. I was planning on having her leave the dog behind but he’s suddenly going with her so wondering if I should actually kill the dog. What do people think? I would be grateful for some advice on that. I have no idea really what to do there.

The other is the revelation that the my main character and her crush are on bad terms at the moment because my main character wants to try a relationship despite the long distance and the chance she will never return to the mainland. Meanwhile he doesn’t want to try because he cannot stand the idea of her not being there, being a long distance boyfriend when he could never see her again. I understand the characters concerns and like the fact it has caused conflict between them but that leaves me with a problem: when do I resolve it and the finer points of how?

Still, as I said, that’s good because it gives me things to play with and use later. How is everyone else going? Do I kill the dog? Any ideas?