NaNo Rebel Update: Home Stretch Time

NaNo writers. NaNo Rebels. We are into the home stretch. Ten days of NaNoWriMo are left. I hope everyone is doing well. If not, hang in there. I’m here, as well as many other writers, to support and encourage. 

This past week was not good for me, if it’s any consolation to those who are struggling. I made plans to finish two stories this past weekend. Because of some unplanned issues (namely sleeping before picking up my sister-in-law), writing fell through. And if I didn’t have to work this morning, I would have put the finishing touches on one story at least. Such as it is with the writer’s life. It would be ideal if all we did was write all day. But some of us have day jobs, family to care for, errands to run. So on and so on. 

The more I think about my goals, the more I’m starting to think that I might not meet them. I’m trying to be optimistic, though. The last story I want to finish doesn’t appear long. But I haven’t written the ending. So it could be longer than I anticipated. I’ll just have to see where the story takes me.

The holidays are going to be tough. As the case with pretty much every writer I know. Family obligations and working some crazy shifts the week of Thanksgiving have me creating some possible solutions to meet my goals. Writing first thing in the morning is one solution. Writing on certain nights would be possible, as long as I have some coffee or Monster on hand.

So, this is where I stand today. I want to hear from my fellow writers and rebels on your progress. What are your plans these last ten days? Do you believe you’ll meet your goals? Why or why not? I’m curious to what everyone has to say. 

I’ll see you December 1st with my final update. I’ll let you know how it pans out. 

NaNo Rebel Update: Week 2

How’s it going, my fellow rebels? Hopefully, well. 

So at this point, the enthusiasm to write tapers. Writers hit a wall in their story where they don’t know where the story should go next. There are issues with plot holes and character development. All these things are typical in writing, whether you’re a plotter or pantser, where you’re doing NaNo or not. The only thing I can do is to encourage you to keep writing. Maybe skip a chapter or jump to another scene. The objective is to keep the words flowing. 

Now, as I mentioned last post, I started drafting “Carpe Nocturne.” I’m happy to report that phase one is complete. I finished the rough draft. Of course, I took some time off to let it rest. Friday, I jumped into editing. I bought another 4-in-1 pen to work on it during my breaks. This weekend, I intended to start typing it out, but forgot my draft book. But I was determined to not let the weekend go to waste, so I went to work finishing one of the stories from months back. It’s nearly finished. (If I could type faster, I would be done.) As far as “Carpe Nocturne,” I’m still combing through edits and hope to get that story onto the laptop this week.

I must say that I am making good time on my plan. I must say, though, that scrounging up the energy to write is difficult. Working every day at either or both jobs is taxing. And giving rides to family drains me more. By the time all is said and done, I have nothing left. I’m working on a schedule to where I can make time to write in peace, but I haven’t found a suitable time. But I’m not giving up. 

So that’s where I stand this week.

What about you? What is your progress so far? Have you hit a writing wall? Do you have a plan to overcome it?

NaNo Rebel Update

NaNoWriMo has passed one week. I’ve been reading stats and progress reports of writers and Rebels alike. Having said that, I thought I would chime in on my progress. 

On Monday, I finished the rough draft of “Carpe Nocturne,” a story where the title was attached to a story I thought about rewriting. But the writing powers-that-be slapped my creative side around and said to create a new story with that title. I ignored it for a while, but at some point, your creative side has to stop being so stubborn.

So, I decided to listen and give the title new life. I think the WPTB saw I had researched prompts on Pinterest and they pointed it out to my creative ego. I don’t think the CE was too keen on the prompts, so I decided to let Twitter decide the prompt. Three days later, they decided to use a 3AM wake-up call to drive the story. 

With the prompt set, it was time to iron out scenarios. But nothing was working. As I do sometimes, I aired my frustrations on Twitter. A fellow Rebel, Julie Reeser, offered this piece of advice:

“Just start writing. Don’t worry about plot so much.”

I’m paraphrasing, but the point was clear. I followed Julie’s advice and started pounding out words. All of a sudden, the words were flowing and I had my storyline. It took four days, writing during breaks and in between customers.

I finished the rough draft yesterday. So now I’m taking a couple of days off to let the story marinate. The next step is editing and getting the order right. Someone asked me if I was going to start writing something else. I said no only because I have two other stories that already have rough drafts. But I will look over them if I can find them on my journaling app. 

So that was last week. This week will be about pounding out an official first draft to share with fellow writers. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them after I have other writers read and critique them. I haven’t thought that far ahead. 

Best of luck to all my writer friends. 

NaNo Rebels Unite!!

NaNo is off and running, so let me get this out of the way. Best of luck to everyone participating this year and I hope you reach your goals. On a recent post, I shared my reasons for not participating in NaNo. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be writing. I mentioned on my blog and on Twitter that I set out to finish three short stories by the end of the month. Apparently, this caught the attention of a couple of my Twitter followers. Specifically, Julie Reeser. And as such, she gave me a title for such an occasion. I am a “NaNo Rebel.”

From what I learned from Julie and a couple other writers, a “NaNo Rebel” is a writer who doesn’t participate in NaNo, but wants to accomplish writing-related goals. I didn’t know whether this was good or bad. But then I saw more writers added. Some had done NaNo before, but opted not to for various reasons. Some are even published authors, maybe have a book that started as a NaNo project. Afterwards, I didn’t feel guilty. I felt surrounded by writers who had goals of getting writing stuff done and didn’t need NaNo to validate themselves. I felt like I was part of a club or something. And I suspect there are other “NaNo Rebels” in the writing world.  I am in good company.

NaNo would, no doubt, challenge my resolve to meet my goal. But finding time to write around 1,700 words a day is daunting. Most of my works barely surpass 1,000 words. So that’s why I feel NaNo isn’t right for me. But thanks to Julie and other “NaNo Rebels,” I don’t have to feel guilty. I can write as many words in a day, in a month, and still feel connected to others taking on this tremendous task. 

Whether you decide to do NaNo or not, know that I, as well as many other “NaNo Rebels,” will be writing just as much and that you have cheerleaders. I suspect I will be a “NaNo Rebel” for life. But that’s fine with me. I will wear that badge proudly. 

So “NaNo Rebels,” what are your goals for this month?