NaNoWriMo: I’m doing it, and also a tag

I should’ve actually titled this post “NaNoWriMo: I’m maybe tentatively doing it, but super worried I’m going to fail, plus idk what to write, and also, a tag” but that is kind of a mouthful and way too long to fit onto a featured image graphic. However, it is true! I am tentatively participating in NaNoWriMo yet again! For today’s post, I’m doing a tag that I’m borrowing from Sophie’s Corner.

What is your NaNoWriMo WIP?

This is…probably more complicated of a question than it should be. I’m still not totally sure if I want to write what I’ve started to write. Last year for NaNo, I started a novel that on the blog I’ve been calling Queer Bookish Novel, about a girl whose friend dies by suicide, there’s a book con where she meets her favorite writer and they possibly have a romance, and she enters a writing contest to distract herself from her grief. I was really passionate about this WIP when I first started it, and looking back, the writing is not actually as terrible as I thought, but I feel like this book could also be fluffier and not have death and grief. However, I’m also thinking about just writing the depressing version for myself to deal with some *things* like the death of one of my own friends a few years ago, and then write the fluffy version later.

However, I also have two other shiny new ideas that I’m more excited about and want to write and plan. If I’d decided sooner to do NaNo and committed to it sooner, I probably would’ve spent October outlining one or both ideas. So I may also try doing that if I give up on Queer Bookish Novel.

Oh, and here’s the very bisexual colored aesthetic for Queer Bookish Novel:

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I’m also debating making all the characters non-cis males. But that would probably come in a later draft.

I’m also debating completely abandoning this WIP but I feel like it’s a story that I have to write whether I want to or not. So we’ll see.

 

WHAT STAGE IS YOUR WIP IN? (FIRST DRAFT, SECOND DRAFT, THIRD DRAFT, EDITING, BETAS, ETC.)

Technically I’m still in first draft stage, though I am rewriting the first half before I go on to the second 25,000 words.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? (MONTHLY, WORD COUNT GOALS, ETC)

Since I still feel like I haven’t decided if I’m sticking with this WIP, I’m not sure. I guess my main goal is to write more, and then maybe plan/play with/explore my two other novel ideas. If I stick with this WIP, I’d like to get to 50,000 words, even though I think my actual novel will be longer than that.

DO YOU HAVE REWARDS FOR MEETING CERTAIN NANOWRIMO GOALS?

I feel like I should, because I am a person who responds well to positive reinforcement, but I am also trying to budget better and spend significantly less this month. So I may plan my rewards out but actually reward myself when I am in a better financial state.

 

ARE YOU IN A NANOWRIMO CABIN OR HAVE NANOWRIMO BUDDIES?

Not officially, but at least two people have said that they will cheer me on, which is lovely! Thank you Aurora Libralis and Marie of Drizzle & Hurricane Books!!

 

HAVE YOU DONE NANOWRIMO IN THE PAST (NOVEMBER AND OTHERWISE)? HOW DID IT GO?

Yes. In 2016, I did Camp NaNoWriMo with a goal of 25,000 words and met the goal. Last November, I did regular WriMo and got to 25,000 words as well. It seems like my pattern is getting halfway through a novel and then abandoning it because I don’t know where it goes.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR THIS YEAR’S NANOWRIMO?

  • Actually writing again–I haven’t written in a whole year
  • Potentially exploring exciting new ideas
  • Writing enough that I can write blog posts about writing
  • Being creative on a daily basis
  • Using my bullet journal to help my writing (there will be future posts on this!)

 

WHAT IS YOUR #1 ADVICE FOR PEOPLE DOING NANOWRIMO?

Um…I probably shouldn’t be giving advice about NaNoWriMo because I’ve never won official NaNo. But…I guess I’d say to just write as much as you can and have fun and not stress too much about the actual word count. I feel like the main goal of NaNo is just writing a lot and getting into the habit of writing a lot, so even if you don’t win the word count goal, you still win!

 

 

9 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: I’m doing it, and also a tag

  1. I am so happy you’re doing NaNoWriMo, Mel, best of luck for your writing, you can do this! ❤ I absolutely love your ideas and your aesthetics and I will cheer you on all along – feel free to send me a comment, a message, an email, a tweet, anything (I'm marie.dhb on NaNo, if you want me to cheer you on there, too!) I'll be your official cheerleader. You can do this. I get how hard it is to get back to writing, I've been getting back to it little by little and, even if I haven't met the NaNo daily goals at all so far, I feel good just writing a little bit 🙂
    Happy writing!! ❤

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    1. thank you so much, marie!! ❤ ❤ so the embarrassing thing is that a couple days after I scheduled this post…I kinda broke up with my WIP…I just haven't been feeling it. So now I'm planning to start outlining something totally different. So hopefully that counts for NaNo even if I'm not working toward a wordcount goal??

      I'd be so delighted to talk to you more about our various ideas though; I have been in need of someone to bounce things off of and get excited about writing again. you are the sweetest ❤

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      1. YES that certainly counts, if you ask me, as long as you’re working a little bit on your story, you’re doing something and it’s AWESOME. I am so proud of you and I hope the outlining will go well and that you’re excited about this project ❤️ I can’t wait to hear more about it and will be there to cheer you on!! ❤️
        Oh and please, feel free if you need to bounce ideas off or something, anywhere, in comments, via twitter (@dh_books) , instagram (@slowlyallatonce) or anywhere else via email or something, I’d be happy I can help! 🙂 ❤️

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  2. Hello Mel!
    I am glad that you decided to do this tag. It was great to read about your WIP(s!) and about your plans for Nanowrimo this November. Yes I absolutely agree that the fun of Nanowrimo is to enjoy the writing process. It is about the journey after all 🙂
    I would love to see posts about bullet journalling in the future! Bullet journalling is something that I’ve always wanted to get into 🙂

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    1. I’ll keep that in mind 🙂 I’ve been interested in writing more about bullet journaling in general, and posting about it with writing seems like a very appropriate thing for this blog 🙂

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  3. Making these choices can be so hard!! Whenever I’m “not feeling it” with my WIPs, I usually take a break and work on something else…which is why I often have multiple projects at the one time. It’s better to work on SOMETHING than on nothing.

    If you want to procrastinate a bit, I’ve tagged you in “The Writers Tag” that is going around at the moment (apologies if you’ve already been tagged). The questions and instructions are given at the link below:

    https://rebeccaalasdair.com/2018/11/06/the-writers-tag-lets-connect/

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    1. Oh, I would love to procrastinate a bit, especially for a tag! I love tags a bit too much, lol. Thank you!

      After writing this post, I actually ended up deciding to break up with my current WIP for now because I’m just, as you say, not feeling it. So hopefully one of my other ideas will work out.

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      1. YAY you’re welcome!! And about your WIP(s), as I said, I think it’s always better to write SOMETHING than nothing because you’re trying to force yourself into a project you’re not in the mood for. Good luck for whatever you end up working on next!! 😊

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