I Won Camp NaNoWriMo 2016!!! (April Session)

So much writing… *twitches*

Last month’s Camp NaNoWriMo was an uphill battle with portals and magical evil mages along the way, but I managed to reach the end of the trail and hit my goal of 50,000 words! (seriously, there were evil mages. I fought them off though… for now)

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This was the hardest NaNoWriMo event I have ever participated in. It was difficult in the beginning and then, for a few days, things seemed to get better… but then it went back to being hard again. And it didn’t stop being hard until I finally dragged myself across the 50,000 word line. Most of the month was spent like this-

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I guess more than anything what this session taught me was to never ever give up. For the first time I had to really live the advice I have been giving people ever since I started writing which is, ‘when things get tough, when writing the book is torture and you could think of a million other things you would rather be doing, just force yourself to keep going.’ This is the first time I’ve ever really had to do that. I mean, every writer has their struggles with plot holes and frustrating characters and the debilitating self doubt that nothing you write matters but this was the first time where I honestly didn’t enjoy writing the book. And not just some of it but pretty much everything. But I kept going, and now I have 50,000 words of a story that I’m starting to like. Without the pressure of reaching my goal weighing down on me, I feel more free and it’s easier to write.

It kind of weird to say this but, this was the first NaNoWriMo session that I didn’t really enjoy. I was counting down the days until it ended basically the entire month. But if I could go back in time and choose whether or not to do it again, I think I would still make pretty much the same choice I did. It taught me a valuable lesson. No matter what, never give up. And I also have bragging rights now for enduring all that and still coming out with 50,000 words. 😄

How about you guys? Did any of you fall into a hole and have a hard time climbing back out? Were your trails as bumpy as mine? I’d love to hear all about your Camp NaNoWriMo adventure!

I also want to let you guys know that I’m trying to post more frequently on here. I always feel bad for not putting out enough content for you guys. I’ll try to be better about it from now on. If you want, let me know what you’d like to see in the future! That way I can know I’m giving you the best content possible!

Thanks so much for sticking with me even though I may not be the best blogger in the world. I’ll try to get better for you all. 🙂

I’ll talk to you soon and remember to keep writing, even when it’s hard! 😀

Camp NaNoWriMo Update (April 2016)

A couple days ago I hit 20,000 words! Yay!!! *throws party and celebrates*

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But unfortunately, this session hasn’t been all sparkles and celebrations.

Up until a few days ago, I really disliked my story. Fantasy just isn’t my genre and I really wasn’t enjoying my book. I came *this* close to giving up, and would have if I hadn’t been so determined not to break my NaNoWriMo winning streak. I didn’t write as much as I should have though and I, very quickly, fell behind.

I decided to just drag myself through though, no matter how tedious and torturous it was. Now I have hit 20,000 words and am actually kinda enjoying the story. I still don’t really know what I’m doing or where the book is going but I am pulling myself through it word by word.

So if you ever think your story is garbage or it’s not working, do NOT give up. Even if it’s the most boring, horrible, tedious experience of your entire life, do NOT give up. Push through the challenge and persevere! You never know where the story might go and what wondrous adventures it might take you on if you just decide to follow it. 🙂

I think one of the best quotes for my situation this month would be this one by E. L. Doctorow-

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It’s one of  my favorite writing quotes and I’ve understood it long before this book but this one gives it a whole new meaning. I barely even know what’s going to happen in the next scene. 😄

Some other quotes to sum up my experience so far this month include-

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And this. Lots and lots of this-

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What is words?! What is story?! What is fantasy?! UHG!!!

Fun times…

But anyway! It’s getting a whole lot better and I can now see myself more easily reaching my goal of 50,000! I am starting to understand my characters and my world better and the other day, my MC even surprised me with something I didn’t even know she was capable of!  It’s been incredible to watch my fictional universe and the people I’ve put in it start to flourish and, really, that’s all I need. I can go from there on plot and other things.

I will try to get another update in before the end of the month! If you want, let me know how you guys are doing with your Camp NaNo goals! I’d love to hear about your experience! 😀

I’ll talk to ya’ll later and, until then, remember to keep writing!

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016- April Session

First of all, I want to apologize for being gone for so long! It’s terrible and I’m sorry. 😦

Second! I want to let you know that I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo again this year! 😀

The two projects I will be working on this month are-

  1. A collection of short stories about characters from a trilogy that I am in the process of editing.
  2. A new urban fantasy novel. I am still trying to work though the plot of this one but I can tell you that the book it is most like is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire. It was very similar to that, especially in the beginning, but is now starting to take it’s own form.

My word count goal for the month is 50,000 words and I am currently at 8,720.

The urban fantasy project in particular is kind of scary for me because I don’t really like the fantasy genre. I haven’t read much in it or really done anything with it. I’m kind of playing it by ear and trying to figure out the genre as I go along.

It originally started out as just fantasy but when that proved too challenging I decided that I would change it to urban fantasy so I could mix the magic of fantasy with the realness of having some characters from our world in it.

World building is something I struggle with, it’s one of the reasons that I hate fantasy because it takes so much of it, so I haven’t been enjoying that aspect of it a lot. If you guys have any tips or tricks for world building, or any articles, books, or websites that you think would help, I would absolutely LOVE if you would share them with me. I need all the help I can get.

I have been taking my writing a little slower this month. Normally I finish really early but I think I’m going to take it a little easier this time through and give myself a break from the craziness of NaNo months.

Are any of you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? If so, how are you doing? I’d love to know what genre you’re working on and what your word goal is for the month!

I’ll hopefully be doing a few more updates and posts throughout the month. Until next time, remember to keep writing!

 

 

My Top 5 Fictional Character Crushes

It’s Valentines Day! The day of love! Besides the fact that I don’t have a boyfriend… But guess what I do have! Fictional characters! And I guess that’s just as good right? Let’s dive right into my top 5 fictional character crushes! This list will be in no particular order.

1. Cas (The Altered Series by Jennifer Rush)

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Cas is an all around great guy. He’s funny and funny, and did I mention FUNNY!!! He never stops joking and talking about food (which he loves). He’s also sweet, nice and cute. I think he would be really fun to hang out with. I love him so much. ❤

2. Lukas Vetti (The Orion Series by Anastasia Cross) (Link to Pinterest board here)

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Luke is a nice guy. Everyone else thinks he’s a jerk (which, I guess he can be sometimes) but he has a good side. I know it. (Even though he insists he doesn’t). He’s also the bad boy type. And his sarcasm is on point. He’s sweet, even though he would never admit it.

3. Scott Skyy (Blue Skyys by Anastasia Cross) (Link to Pinterest board here)

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Scott is just a really good guy. He’s sweet and he’s Christian which is a big plus for me. In a blog post Ana did on him (I’ll link it here) she said his core value was friendliness, and that ‘he believes in being kind to everyone no matter what’, which I agree with and really like. His favorite color is blue like the sky so high five! That’s my favorite color too!

And then there’s this from the blog post I mentioned above,

41. Life is an act of ______. How would he finish this sentence?

“Life is an act of living, because you kinda have to live to live…wait now I just confused myself…”

Isn’t he the cutest? 😄

4. Nikolai Staunton (The Orion Series by Anastasia Cross) (Link to Pinterest board here)

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Nik is Russian and he’s super cute. I mean, look at this.

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How can you not love this?

Plus he’s really sweet, loyal, optimistic, thoughtful, and a Christian! He loves his family and friends. And butterfingers are his favorite candy! I LOVE butterfingers! *high fives* He’s the kind of guy I could totally see myself being best friends with.

5. Parker (from a story by one of my best friends, Alexa)

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Parker. I can’t even with Parker. Okay first of all, I was there when he was named. And I also came up with his last name. And I was his first fangirl. (I have official claim to him so any other future fangirls should know that he’s mine) 😄

He’s the bad boy type too, but I don’t think he’s as bad as people might think or say he is. He’s sweet. Love ya Parker! 😀

So those are my top 5 fictional character crushes! I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting a lot of them but I can’t think of any others at the moment.

Who are your top fictional character crushes? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back with another blog post soon! Until then, remember to keep writing!

NaNoWriMo 2015 Update

NaNoWriMo is officially over! Congrats to all of you who won! You all deserve a round of applause.

Also a round of applause for those who didn’t reach 50,000 but still wrote more than they would have if they hadn’t tried. You guys are all winners!

So now that NaNoWriMo has ended, I thought that I would tell you how I did on my NaNo project this year.

On November 19 at 12:12 in the morning, I won NaNoWriMo, clocking in at 50,698. I also finished the book!

This NaNo has been a complete success for me. Not only did I manage to hit 50k, but I also reached a goal I had set for myself at the beginning of the year. I told myself that I would write three books in 2015. And I reached that goal by finishing my NaNo novel!

I am super excited about how everything turned out this year and am looking forward to 2016. I have the feeling much more writing and editing will be done then.

How about you? How was your NaNoWriMo? Did you win? Did you not reach 50k but managed to get a lot of words anyway? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you all had an amazing NaNo experience! I will be back with another blog post soon and, until then, remember to keep writing!

Thanksgiving Tag

Since it’s Thanksgiving I thought I would do a quick Thanksgiving themed tag. 🙂

1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

I really really really really love my mom’s homemade stuffing it is the BEST!!!

2. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?

Hmmmm… pie… what kind of pie? Hmmm… ALL THE PIE!!!

3. What does your ideal Thanksgiving outfit look like?

I don’t know. Most of the time I wear something casual and cozy but this year I just wore jeans and a grey tee shirt so idk… If I could pick an outfit though probably jeans, a nice tee shirt, and a sweater with some cozy socks.

4. What is your best Thanksgiving memory?

One year I made mini acorns which were Hershey kisses melted onto vanilla wafers with a piece of pretzel stick stuck to the top of the wafer. I was proud of them and they tasted really good. I ate them with my cousin and we hung out and played because we were young and it was the best.

5. Least favorite Thanksgiving dish.

Probably one of the vegetable things. Like today we had asparagus and, usually I like asparagus but I didn’t have any. I love almost all Thanksgiving food though!

6. Do you have any quirky Thanksgiving traditions?

No not really. We have after Thanksgiving traditions though. We always get a Christmas tree and decorate it the weekend after Thanksgiving. We start listening to Christmas music afterwards too.

7. Where do you and your family usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

At our house. We’ve been celebrating it at our house for as long as I can remember.

8. What do you love most about Thanksgiving?

The comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. It’s always so warm and cozy and relaxing and I love spending time with my family and friends.

9. What do you think has changed most since the first Thanksgiving?

Basically everything. Back then, things were simple and people were grateful for what they had, now everybody just wants more more more and they are never content to just live and be grateful for what they have. And now I sound really preachy so I’m going to stop.

10. What are you thankful for?

Everything. Seriously, I am so blessed in so many ways. I have the most amazing family and the best friends anyone could ask for. I’m only 15 and I have a passion for writing. I am safe and have a warm home and plenty of food, books, clean water and so much stuff that other people don’t have. I am so incredibly blessed to be living the life I am. I am thankful for everything God has put in my life.

Here are two pictures of the food we had for the Thanksgiving meal.

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Everything tasted so good! I had an amazing Thanksgiving. How was yours? What are some things you are grateful for?

I will be doing a NaNoWriMo update soon. Talk to ya’ll later! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

(I completely forgot to do this when I wrote this up. I’m going to tag some people now.)

I tag:

thatfangirl250

Inkspot

The Randomness of a Teenage Writer

A Demi-Gods Life

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Tag! You’re it!

NaNoWriMo 2015

Hi guys! I just wanted to do a quick post to tell you how I’ve been doing with NaNoWriMo this year. Yes, it is official. I am participating in NaNoWriMo again! 😀

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Yes, yes I am!

My word goal is 50,000 and last night I hit 25k which means I am halfway there! Yay! I am hoping to reach that goal by the 20th.

I am happy to have more people doing NaNo with me this year. I have so many friends, on the internet and in real life, who are participating this year and it is really fun to have people with me on the journey.

I wanted to tell you a little bit about my project. It’s a contemporary, coming of age/finding yourself story with friendship and a little romance sprinkled in. I have been enjoying writing it so far, even though my characters are being rebellious and straying from the plan. I had originally planned for my MC to fall in love with one guy but she ended up falling in love with another. :/ Characters, am I right?

I haven’t read much in the contemporary genre, and haven’t really written in it either, so I was a little nervous about writing it this November. So I decided to read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and finished it a few days ago. It was really good and helped keep me inspired. Now I’m going to read either Fangirl, The Night We Said Yes, or Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. I stared reading Fangirl two days ago and so far it’s really good, although the third person writing is a little odd.

So far, NaNoWriMo 2015 has been going pretty well for me. How has it been going for you? What is your word count so far? What genre are you writing in? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear. 🙂

I hope to do another post about NaNoWriMo soon. Until then, I wish you all amazing luck with your writing endeavors this month!