NaNoWriMo 2017, Day 1

AKA, yesterday.

I didn’t really get a lot of time to write yesterday, it was mostly a few minutes here and there throughout the day.  But I still managed to get hit my word count!  I’m officially 1,667 words into my rewrite of Reaper!  Now, I’m the worst when it comes to outlining, I’ll admit it, but I’ve been using Katytastic‘s method (3 Acts, 3 Blocks, 3 Chapters) and I finally got my story situated the way I want it.  More than likely, it will change down the line, but now I have something that I can write to.  It would probably also help if I wrote in chronological order, but that’s not happening.  I tried my hardest to start at the beginning yesterday and just couldn’t do it.  Where did I start?  That’s right, the very end–right in the middle of the big fight scene.  Don’t ask me why, but I did.  And it worked, since I was able to hit the word count goal for the day, and I’m not even done with that chapter yet.

It feels good to be writing again instead of pulling my hair out while trying to outline.

So, how did your first day of NaNoWriMo go?  Let me know!

Happy writing, y’all!


Two Weeks Late…

As I’ve already established, I have severe problems with procrastination and follow-through, which is why my plan to finish plotting Reaper in a week has now stretched to three weeks and I’m still not done.

In my defense, I was working on some ideas to switch up my storyline a little bit, since that’s what was hanging me up so much before.  The good news is I had a “light-bulb” moment early today and now I know exactly how I’m going to be mixing things up as I move forward with the plotting of Reaper.  The bad news is I’ve got to kill someone.

Not literally, just fictionally, but still…I’ve had this character in every version of this story I’ve ever tried to tell.  He’s changed quite a bit over the years, and he’s come a long way since the jerk I made him out to be in the beginning, but he’s gotta go.

I wasn’t sure at first, but when I got to really thinking about Reaper I realized that the middle of the story wasn’t that great, and it wasn’t just because it was the first draft.  There needed to be something happening, something to spur Austin and Phoenix into action, a not-so-literal kick to the pants.

Why I hadn’t thought of this before is beyond me, especially when I consider how easy is was to pull this dude out of the frying pan and stick him in the fire.  It’ll be sad to see him go, and I can already tell it’s going to hit my other characters hard.

Have any of you guys ever had that happen?  A character that you absolutely love and want to keep in the story, that just ends up being another name on your writerly hitlist?

And I’m Back!

Wow!  It’s been a while.  A completely unintentional, really long while.

In my defense, it’s been crazy, with all the crap that went down with my ankle/leg break.  But now I’m back in one piece and trying to get ready for NaNoWriMo next month.  Is it really time for that again?

The answer-yes, it is!

I’ve had every intention of working on my manuscript over the past few months, but you know what they say about intentions.  Hopefully, this NaNoWriMo will be exactly what I need to get my butt into gear and finish this thing!

First off, I really need to redo my plot.  It’s scattered all over the place, and in two different tenses to boot.  So, over the course of the next week–Monday to Monday–I’m giving myself time to work on my plot, figure out my arcs, and see if I can make any sense of what I’ve done to the poor thing.  I’m crossing my fingers that it won’t actually take me that long, but just in case.

Second off, I need to consolidate all of my work.  I’ve got notes in at least half a dozen notebooks, and around three Scrivener projects.  What was I thinking?  I’ve recently bought a cool little notebook–well, two if I’m being honest–and I’m trying to get everything organized into those two locations, while also combining those projects on my computer.

Currently, my go-to plotting styles are adapted from a couple of my favorite YouTubers, Jenna Moreci and KatytasticKim Chance also has a video about a few different methods for plotting and outlining.

My question for ya’ll today is this–What are your favorite ways to plot and outline your stories?  Let me know!

Read or Write?

I’m trying to do both, but one always gets in the way of the other.

“Wink” is still a work-in-progress.  I wanted to work on it over the weekend, but I didn’t have a computer to work with.  I spent most of it doing housework (it was work, even if it wasn’t my house).  A few ideas popped into my head that I think I like.  I’ve officially given up on NaNoWriMo 2016, though.  I’ll try one of the Camp months next year, but for right now, I’ll just piddle around with what I’ve got and go slow.  I think most of my problem was that I have no outline…and I didn’t get this idea until a week into NaNoWriMo.  Brains are lovely things, aren’t they?  Not tricksters at all.

The Tome Topple Read-a-Thon is also coming up in a couple of days.  I decided to do the insane thing of writing down the page-count of all of my books.  I am really, truly insane.  I gave up on that halfway through the F’s.  Upside, I found several over-500-page books that I can go through (even though there’s a great possibility that I won’t even get through one!).

I’ve read The Host by Stephenie Meyer before, but I’ve always liked that one, so I might run through it again.  I also have the Ezio collection of books by Oliver Bowden, Renaissance, Brotherhood, and Revelations.  I’ve read two of these three, and a couple of the other Assassin’s Creed books, but these are over 500 pages!  I may try The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher, if I get around to it.  My World War II book collection is also growing, so I might dive into one of them–I’ve got The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson, and several books about Hitler and the Third Reich.

I’ll either so through six or seven of these, or I won’t even get through one–there will be no in between.

What are you guys going to do for the read-a-thon?

I’ve Caught My Second Wind…

Kind of.  I was looking on Pinterest, of course, and I saw a picture.  It’s from way back in season 1 of Supernatural.  The picture is black and white, from Sam’s point-of-view, and looking over at Dean.  Dean is looking back (even though he should be looking at the road).  I know the context behind the picture in regards to the show.  I know the episode, the scene, and the lines that go with it.  Sam needed to get to the interview, but Dean didn’t want him to go.  They were a good team back there.  I’m obsessed with this show, I know.  I know.

I ended up staring at this picture for several minutes.  Then I got to thinking: What if, instead of Dean, his name was Sterling?  What if, instead of baby brother Sam, it was girlfriend, Melanie?  Where are they going?

Then it hit me.  She’s going home.

I haven’t gotten much down yet.  I was writing it in a spare notebook, but I’m going to start in on a Word document in a few minutes.  I have no plot at this point, and I only have a vague idea of what’s going to happen in my head.  I think I’m about 15,000 words behind on NaNoWriMo.

I’d better get to typing!


In the process of trying to work on my outline for “Wink” I’ve discovered that I don’t really know if I like it or not.  NaNoWriMo starts TOMORROW and I still don’t know if I like it.  I don’t want to go horror with it.  I freak out too easily-I don’t read horror, so I won’t write horror.  I still like my tagline, though.  I think I’ll just keep working on my outline as I go.  If ya’ll want to take a look, my NaNo is here.  Be my buddy!  (Or you can just creep on my page, I don’t have much up.)  Tell me what you think of my tagline/synopsis; I’d love to hear!

In the meantime, I’m going to get back to work on the outline, which will probably just end up with me looking at Pinterest longer than I should for inspiration.

Happy NaNoWriMo Eve!

NaNoWriMo 2016!

I finished it!  I finished my restructure and printing of Reapers!  It clocked in at just under 60,000 words, and I’ve taken the last three days to do nothing.  Well, I did do some stuff, but I didn’t write a word.  While that’s all fine and dandy, now I want to start writing again.

So!  I’ve been scouring my idea-notebook and idea-board on Pinterest.  There were a few pins and things that got me to thinking (I’ve currently got eight tabs open), but then I looked through my notebook again.  And I found it.

Some of you may watch as much TV as I do-I’m currently catching up on Teen Wolf because, once again, I was late to the party on that show.  In Season 3 there was an episode where the lacrosse team had to stay at a hotel for the night.  The last scene of the episode is the bus pulling out onto the highway, and there’s this song playing.  I had to look it up, I couldn’t help myself.  The song was called Sleep Paralysis and it’s by Gabriel Bruce.  There were a few lines of lyrics that I liked-liked enough to write them down.  I saw the lyrics in my book, and then I saw the pin.  The Pin, y’all.

And that’s how I partially figured out what I’m going to writing next.  At the moment, I’m calling it Wink.  It’ll probably change down the road, but for now it’s good.  I only have two writing buddies on the NaNoWriMo site, so if any of you want to find me, the name is the same as it is here- OneOfNyn!  I hope to see you guys there!