#Writing Update & #NaNoWriMo Prep

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Word Count: 2,790 words

I know I said these posts would become sporadic but I didn’t intend for it to happen so soon! It’s mostly been down to plain laziness with writing in general or me just forgetting about this completely. Starting to play Destiny also doesn’t help.

Not a great deal has happened really. My FMC’s housemates have been introduced (with one taking a particular dislike to her), she’s had her first Etiquette, Deportment and Elocution & Charms lessons and has had another run with the girl who took a dislike to my FMC first.  Majority of the words written were covering the lessons and introducing the teachers. Even so, I feel as though I am making progress and these things are going to help towards character development and the story.

Whilst I have been playing Destiny, I have had a few thoughts about the back story of the world, leading up to the start of the game. This has led me to wanting to attempt to write sci-fi again but using fan fiction to teach me how to write it whilst getting out the story that is in my mind. This is a strength of fan fiction I feel. (I discussed this a few years ago in this post).

So my NaNoWriMo project is changing ever so slightly from pure original fiction to original fiction and a fanfic. There’s a chance this may change obviously. It seems to be traditional that I at least have a wobble in the days and hours leading up to the start of a session. Writing two projects though also gives me a higher chance of winning. My only November win was when I was writing two different stories, though granted they were both original fiction.

Prep therefore for the next few days is continuing with the first project, playing, researching and making sure I read every Grimoire card that I get to help me write the Destiny idea. How’s your writing coming along? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Having a wobble? Set on an idea? Maybe your planner knee-deep in research, a pantser with the vaguest of ideas or in the middle and are a plantser (half and half).

Let me know below and I will try to be a bit more consistent with these!

 

EDIT 26/10/16: Know that wobble I talked about? Yes, well, I think I am going to start writing the Destiny fan fiction now. I’m rebelling anyway so nothing has really changed there. Just thought I should say something now just in case I fail to another one of these updates between now and whenever.

#Writing Update

d7a3e-writingWord Count: 1,445 words

Total Word Count: 7,039 words

Compared to last week, very little in terms of real writing. It was mostly just my FMC waking up, discovering that my MMC is in trouble and starting physiotherapy. I have figured out some other bits though with the help of friends. It doesn’t figure out for my MMC to face criminal charges so I have figured out an alternative plan, that leads on to more story.

I swear this story is hiding so much from me. I knew it would be an ongoing, autobiographical affair (the FMC is a character who means a lot to me) but I didn’t expect this story going on and on. For this month, that’s good as it gives me something fairly easy to write with a very busy week coming up.

I have also been thinking about next month. I am fairly set with the story but I know from experience that writing outside of my normal genre doesn’t always work out well. Therefore, I am wondering whether I should have a back up idea. I do know what other ideas I could use because I was planning on doing some sort of rewrite of earlier NaNoWriMo projects. But I am wondering, would that be a good idea?

Any ideas? Thoughts? How have things been for you? Any plans for next month? Don’t be afraid to comment.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 13

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Day 13: 6,683 words

A bit of description of what I think might be an important place and new character as well as a chance to reveal some back story. A lot of world building as well yesterday, again. It could be all padding and unimportant in the end, considering this story is being made up as I go as a result of me writing outside of my genre in the first place. Maybe it is not surprising as I don’t really read sci-fi but I read a lot of fantasy and school stories.

The important thing at this point is words as it’s quantity over quality at the moment isn’t it?

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 7

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Day 7: 4,565

Not much to report. Just my characters having a family discussion which lays more of the groundwork for my plot. My MMC has accepted the job offer, whilst his brothers have been made redundant because their warehouse has been automated. The sister is the one doing some of the IT for the automation.

In light of today’s budget here in the UK, I might have to rethink some elements of the plot and the characterisation among other things.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 6

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Day 6: 4,150 words

After a moment of annoyance with my Excel progress tracker (not mine. Available from here) because it had lost several days worth of word count data, I managed to push on and write more on the sci-fi robotics story by simply skipping over a scene I was stuck on. It was of great help and yielded some interesting ideas that influence the plot later in ways I hadn’t thought about.

I also wrote a little more on the other magic school story, mostly revealing a bit more background. Hopefully, that will kick-start a bit more now I have most of it out of the way though I am only writing that at the tail ends of writing sessions and I am usually tired by then.

I am now also very much ahead of the curve for my 10,000 word target. This might seem low considering my progress and the fact I am working on two stories but it will only take for me to have a lazy/non-writing day or two to be some way behind or ahead by only a few words.

Hope everyone else’s writing is going as well.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 5

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Day 5: 2,390 words

Okay, so to get writing, unfortunately it has meant I have had to start a new story in the fantasy genre so will be flipping between the two if need be. I am tempted just to skip scenes in the sci-fi one to get myself going with that. It is a mess and, as mentioned before, it is a genre I am not used to and I think I have the wrong beginning altogether now so that possible explains why I am struggling with it. It could also mean a variation in word count target.

The new story is basically focusing on a young witch starting her magical education and realising how corrupt her family is, maybe leading to her helping to take down the family. I know. I am repeating themes and ideas but it is something that is of interest to me. Don’t ask me where, when or how. I am still trying to figure that one out.

So not the ideal situation but getting there.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 1

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Word Count: 923 words

Characters are being introduced, an indication of the humour is coming through but my main issue is that I am trying to give it something of a sci-fi feel but as I only watch Doctor Who, the new Star Trek films, The Big Bang Theory and the odd episode of Stargate SG1 here and there, my knowledge is limited and it’s difficult. Need be, I will probably just go for telling over showing with this one.

It’s the story I want to get down on paper more than anything and any sci-fi-ness will be a bonus.

Science Fiction Turned into Fact

Fascinating information here. First that China has opened it’s doors to the Sci-Fi genre but also how the genre has predicted many things , long before they actually happened.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Readers of my blog may have noticed my love of science fiction.  I loved reading as a child, even if I could not explain the thrill I felt when reading Jules Verne’s or HG Wells’ works.

I recently felt vindicated in my love of the genre, when I read the following comment by Neil Gaiman on The Guardian:

“I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him Why? SF had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed?

It’s simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the US, to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the…

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Why They Write

This caught my eye a few days ago but I am only just getting round to reblogging it now because I’ve been thinking about my own reasons for writing.

I agree with those that say that the reason changes day-to-day. For me, I write because my mind keeps coming up with stories, even before I realised what I was doing when I was younger. I suppose when I was younger, it was just my imagination coming up with games to play but as I got older, it continued and I started writing down the stories (a lot of fan fiction) because one of my school teachers pointed out that I had a gift for it.

It is also partly because I had just found my genre, the type of books and stories I liked to read and write, around the same time. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series inspired millions of children around the world and I am one of those. Even now, I go back to the premise of the Harry Potter series and Enid Blyton’s school stories, especially the Malory Towers series occasionally.

I love fantasy stories, I enjoy school stories and over the years, I have also come to enjoy romance, crime, drama and some comedy and sci-fi stories. As I have read them, I have incorporated that in my writing. My writing can become dark in places but it can also be light.

What is it about them? It’s the escapism. It’s the discovering a world different to our own, sometimes right on our doorsteps. It’s the common premise of school that most people will be able to relate to. It’s the rooting for the characters to be together, the solving of a puzzle, the everyday dilemmas that we experience in our lives and the fabulous funny moments that we think of later which makes you smile and laugh out loud.

Even in the stories set in a place different from our own, there is the baseline of common themes and occurrences in our lives. That’s what attracts me to those sorts of stories and probably attracts many, many others to them too.

Reading and writing are inextricably interlinked I feel. You can’t do one without the other.

I also write because it is a type of therapy and escapism. When the life is getting stressful and tough, it is a nice way to escape for a while and to get out all those feelings through characters on to the physical (or virtual!) page. If I didn’t have an outlet for those sorts of feelings, and others, I don’t know where I would be.

I would love to get paid to write and maybe that will happen in the future but for now, it’s therapy, escapism and an outlet for all the stories clamouring in my head.

Is my answer clichéd? Perhaps but that’s how I feel today. Who knows? Tomorrow, I might have a completely different answer.

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Sorry!  I totally forgot that I was going to list people’s answers and reasons to Monday’s question.  Please check out the blogs and published works of everyone:

“I’m on board with most of that but I write poetry and know there is no money in that.” The Mirror Obscura

“I love writing because I’m totally addicted to it since the day when I started reading “anything” so seriously” Insight

“For me as a total readerholic and mental escape artist all my life, the writing came late, but now that particular joy of creating worlds, people, dragons, scenarios – whatever – can’t be matched by anything else that I’ve ever done.” Jo Robinson

“I think the reason evolves over time. I began writing as a way to express myself in a healing way. But then I began writing poetry. Poetry is a great self-expression for me and I…

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