Writing a book, part 1 | NaNoWriMo begins

I haven’t talked much about writing on this blog, but it’s something I want to start doing, since I love writing just as much as reading. (Even if I don’t do it as often as I read.) (Sidenote: I wonder how much writing I could get done if I spent as much time writing as I do reading. Woah.)

Anyway, writing is a big part of my life, especially right now since it’s National Novel Writing Month! This November, I’m attempting to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Today, day 5 of NaNoWriMo, I’m at 10,101 words, which puts me ahead of schedule by 1768 words – and I haven’t even written yet today! Not too shabby.

The book I’m writing this month is the sequel to the first full novel-length piece I wrote, which is currently stuck in draft # who knows. Why am I writing the sequel before finishing the first book, you ask? Because I have no self control. Also, I’ve been having lots of ideas lately that I want to get on a page. Also also, there are a few plot points in book 2 that I want to foreshadow in book 1 that need to be fleshed out. Those are my excuses.

So far, I feel like I’m on a roll. I’ve settled into a routine: getting as much homework done before 9pm, making myself some tea, and then going to my nice quiet spot on campus and writing for as long as I can.

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I don’t want to say too much about the plot of this book (partly because I’m still figuring it out), but it’s a portal fantasy with a magic forest and a lot of amazing female characters. I’ve planned it out as a trilogy, but book 3 is still kind of a murky mess floating around in my head at this point.

One of the big questions for NaNoers is: are you a plotter or a pantser? Meaning, do you plan everything out before hand or make it up as you go? I think I’m somewhere in between; I have a rough outline for this book, but it gets broader and vaguer the further it goes. I’d have liked to plan it out a little more, but October ended up being a pretty full month. Plus, I can sometimes get bogged down in planning and not actually write the thing. Since I’m still at the beginning of the novel, I’m in the part of my outline that’s fleshed out, but we’ll see how it goes the further I get into the month!

It definitely feels good to be ahead in my writing count, but I think that’s come at the cost of neglecting other important things. Writing is a surprisingly good excuse to procrastinate annoying things like homework and other responsibilities, especially when I’m constantly being inspired by other amazing NaNoers. I wish I could just write all the time and do nothing else! But this month I definitely need to work on balancing the things I need to do (homework, figuring out my future (yikes)) and things I want to do (NaNo).

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^ Me this month. (The fire is my life.)

Anyway, here’s some little tidbits from my writing, I guess.

A random line: I definitely won’t pass my driver’s test if I commit vehicular manslaughter.”

Writing music: I’ve been listening to the music from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child basically non-stop since it came out on Spotify on Friday. It’s the perfect writing music because it’s mostly soft and ambient, not to mention absolutely beautiful. Plus, it’s taking me back to seeing Cursed Child onstage and making me desperately want to see it again!

Finally, I’ll leave you with this meme that makes me think of my main character:

This would be a great opening line for a novel. And your welcome. Use wisely you talented original artists'

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Are you doing NaNoWriMo? How has it gone for you so far?

x Margaret

4 thoughts on “Writing a book, part 1 | NaNoWriMo begins

  1. I’m so happy you’re doing NaNoWriMo and i feel the same way: if I spent as much time writing as I spent reading, well… I would write more haha.
    Your story seems so interesting though, I really like the idea (and that meme is awesome hahaha I love it!) 🙂
    Happy writing!! ❤️

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