Friday, 28 November 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner!

I am officially a 2014 NaNoWriMo winner! That makes it three years in a row!

And I think this is the year that I finished the fastest, and with the most number of "vacation" days. I only started on the 2nd, and I took 5 days off last week to go on holiday. I'm really happy about it, because for the last two years, I finished on the last day of November, around midnight. That shows how close I was cutting it :p

The contrast this year though...
I had a lot of fun being a rebel this year. I got to write a lot of the stories I wanted to write, and I think most of them are at a good length. Too long, and they'd bore everyone. I've also learnt that I can't really write humour stories on demand. I have to be particularly inspired for that to happen.

Anyway, although I intended to be a "rebel", My short story was really dominated by two stories. One was my Nutcracker retelling, which expanded from an intended two-part tale to nine parts. It's also about 12000 words, so it's more than one-fifth of the NaNo requirement and a novelette. The other story is a five-part mystery-type of story called "Found Your Bones", based on a dream I had. The rest of the story are rather disparate, with a lot of them being one shots, and a few being two-parts.

Some of my stories have potential (by which I mean, I will not die of embarrassment if people read them), but some are never going to see the light of day. I'm not sure what to do with them, but I'm very tempted to polish some up and trying to self-publish them.

There's still some time, so I hope everyone is on-track to win. And if you've already won, congrats!

Friday, 14 November 2014

NaNoWriMo Week 2 Update

Week 2 of NaNoWriMo is over! How is everyone doing? I hope you're meeting the wordcount goals!

I'm really happy with how my NaNoWriMo is going so far. I'm a few days ahead now, which means that everything is going ahead as planned. I won't be able to write from the 19th to the 24th (I won't even be near a computer for the 20th to the 22nd!), so I need a nice buffer to make sure I don't fall behind too much.

I'm really proud of my stats. These are my best ever. 
As for the stories, I have found that if I try too hard to be funny, I end up being decidedly un-funny. So, comedy comes from a relaxed frame of mind. Lesson learnt.

The Nutcracker story is progressing nicely, and I have one more chapter and the epilogue (the epilogue is already drafted out too) left. I'm considering adding another chapter though, from the perspective of an OC that I'm writing.

And, I'm started another multi-part short story, based on a dream I once had. It's quite fun to write, and as usual, what I think is a two part is going to be at least three parts.

If you're curious and have a WriteOn account, you can actually read all my stories (so far) here. One thing that I really think is helping me achieve my word count goals is that I aim to post at least 1667 words a day (even if no one sees them). Unlike the previous years, where I didn't let anyone see anything, a few of my friends have actually read a few of my short stories. For some reason, that's a big motivator to keep going.

NaNoWriMo is halfway over! Onward and upward!

Friday, 7 November 2014

NaNoWriMo Week 1 Update

The first week of NaNoWriMo is over! Happily, I'm caught up on the wordcount requirement, which is great because I didn't start writing until the second.

I should have taken a screenshot last night. My average was much higher :p
I didn't get to mention this before I started NaNoWriMo (my cousin was here, so I didn't have time for blogging), but under the encouragement of the awesome Google+ people, I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo as a rebel. Instead of trying to pick up my two stalled works, or do a completely new one, I'm aiming to write 50 000 words of short stories and try to exhaust my muse long enough that she'll stop hopping about so randomly.

For this NaNoWriMo, Evernote has proved to be even more helpful that last year. A lot of my writing is being done on my iPad, and I've even written a few paragraphs on my phone. For some reason, most of my inspiration comes just before bed, so just as I'm about to sleep, I'll bolt up and start typing a few paragraphs (or a basic one paragraph outline for the story).

Since this isn't a story, I've been free to work on whatever my muse says. I've actually got a few stories being written at the same time, but I only report it to the NaNoWriMo word count when I'm finished. It's really fun for me, since I don't have to worry about how the novel is going to progress overall.

Even though I'm doing the short story thing, I realised that the first short story I wanted to do, a dark retelling of the Nutcracker, is turning out to be much longer than I first envisioned. I think it'll take up about 1/3 of the wordcount by the time it's done :p

Another thing that's happening differently this year would be that a few of my stories are already on the Internet for reading. I've written two crackfics based on prompts by my friends, so I uploaded them to Figment for them to read. It's my first time doing parody, but judging from their twitter reactions, I think I succeeded. I'm not sure how many people will understand me though :p

Since I have relatives coming over for 5 days in the middle of the month, I'm really hoping that this writing output continues for a few more days. I'd really like to get a nice buffer for those five days of no computer or writing.