Well, it's official: I won National Novel Writing Month! Although this probably isn't a surprise to anyone who's been following along, since I haven't shut up about it anywhere, I thought I'd do a final post for this year's NaNoWriMo, wrapping up how it went! I set out this month to write 50,000 words of … Continue reading Writing update #13 | I wrote an entire Jane Austen retelling in a month
6 days left, NaNoWriMoers! How we feeling? I don't know about you, but for me, this month feels like it's flown by faster than usual. We shouldn't already be in the last week of NaNoWriMo! Didn't we just start?? What is time and why does it keep passing. Despite my ongoing existential crisis, I'm actually … Continue reading Writing update #12 | NaNoWriMo: it’s the final countdown
Time just keeps on passing and before you know it, you're already a third of the way into a month long writing challenge and already falling behind. Hello everyone, and welcome to my yearly existential crisis! This November, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month, which means I'm attempting to write 50,000 words in … Continue reading Writing update #11 | NaNoWriMo is already a third of the way done???
Well, I have exciting news, everyone. I finished the first draft of the WIP I've been writing since last spring! I now have 84k words of a messy, inconsistent, cringeworthy first draft that needs piles and piles of work before it's even remotely ready to show to another human being...but it's the first step, and … Continue reading Writing update #10 | finishing my WIP draft + NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag
Have you heard the news?? I wrote over 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November! That's right, I won NaNoWriMo! Not only that, but I hit 50k three days early (which has never happened before) and wrote over 5k more before the end of the month. Plus, I managed to hit my … Continue reading Writing a book, part 4 | I conquered NaNoWriMo!
Are you looking out at the last five days of NaNoWriMo and wondering how you're going to make it to the end? Are you sitting down to write each day and doubting that this garbage is ever going to look like a finished novel? Whether you're on track with your word count or scrambling to … Continue reading Writing a book, part 3 | how to finish NaNoWriMo when every word feels like garbage
[writing a book, part 1 is here] Day 12 of NaNoWriMo, and all is (mostly) well. My first week of NaNo felt so easy - I was writing 2-3k words each day and felt excited about everything I was writing. Now, I'm 20k words into this draft and I still feel like I haven't gotten … Continue reading Writing a book, part 2 | NaNoWriMo motivation and tracking
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 … Continue reading Writing a book, part 1 | NaNoWriMo begins
If you've ever done NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) before, you know that throughout the month you'll get encouraging emails from published authors with inspirational messages and advice. Though I am far from a published author, I'm going to attempt my own version of that. What are my qualifications, you ask? Well... I've done NaNoWriMo … Continue reading 9 Tips for NaNoWriMo (from someone completely unqualified to be giving advice)