Friday, 27 November 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015 Winner!!

Today, I've validated my NaNo WIP and am officially a winner!!

I'm not sure, but I think this is the earliest that I've validated the novel. I've normally validated only on the last day, so this is a pleasant feeling.

This is the first year where I used an outline system, and I think that played a big role into helping me win early. Getting to know the characters in advance, and to have a few chapter beats written out (I didn't plan the whole thing, because as I write, I get to know my characters more and I wanted room to change things) was fun and a game-changer. I'll probably use the same system for the next project/NaNo.

Last line of the WIP:

The secrets deepen and only time will tell the truth.

And of course, the official winner's certificate. By the way, I may have exciting writing-related news up ahead. Stay tuned!

Monday, 23 November 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015: Week 3

Ok, I'm a little late this week, but that means I have exactly one week to go. And right now, my word count is at 43,280 which puts me at almost three days ahead of the whole thing!!

I've been averaging about 2000 words these past few days (except when I had the headache), but I'm a bit worried about the last week. For one, my family is here, and that tends to bring my headcount down. For another, I'm going to Kagoshima from the 26th to the 28th. I haven't decided if I'm going to bring my computer or not.

In other news, I gathered up the courage to share the first two chapters on my Dayre. Not many responses at all... although one person did camp my day (i.e. pushed a button to say they want to be alerted when I updated it).

Anyway, graph for the week:

Some words from this week:
Although there was no reason for Amiko to obey Hiroto, she still made her way to the wishing well early in the morning. There was no harm, her brain said, in listening to what he had to say. Perhaps he was here to apologise. Or maybe, another part of her brain said, she was still under his sway, just like when they were dating.

“Morning,” Hiroto said as he strolled towards her. Amiko nodded in response.

“What do you want?"

Hiroto frowned, “I liked you better before. You were such a pliable girl.” When Amiko didn’t rise to the bait, he continued talking, “I need you to help me win Ada’s heart."

“I’m already helping you. I’m giving you information and advice, aren’t I?"

“It’s not enough. It only took me two weeks to make you fall in love with me, it’s been over a month, maybe two for her and still nothing,” Hiroto raged a little at that. He had never been patient. The shadow-student president of the Academy might appear kind and self-controlled, but he had always been selfish and he always would be.
How's NaNo going for everyone? Any validate theirs so far?

Saturday, 14 November 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015: Week 2

And with my week 2 update, I can say that I'm back on track!! I've made it to 24076 words, which means that I'm slightly over the target for today!

It's been a tough week - I've managed to write a bit more than 1667 per day most of the time, but there were days like yesterday where my class lasted for 6.5 hours and my brain was too tired, or that the words wouldn't come. I can't do much about brain tiredness, but the beats thing is seriously helping (I think I mentioned that in the last post too?).

Just realise I was taking screenshots last year! (That's how little I use this blog) I'm too late for last week, but here's this week's screenshot:

Some of the words I wrote this week:

The first days of exile were never easy. Up until then, the other lands had always been something that he read about in books. They were good for dreaming, not so much for living.

Pendragon opened the chest he was allowed to bring with him. He had opted for the minimal amount of clothes in favour of as many books as possible. Of course, this presented difficulties in moving the chest, but making it grow legs didn’t take that much energy. Now though, it was sitting quietly in the middle of the boat, as Pendragon waited for a passing ship to pick him up.

But the ocean was wide, and there were no ships to be found. None in the right direction, anyway. One day, Pendragon swore, one day he would ride the grandest ship ever built back to his homeland, where he would be feted as the visionary he truly was. But until then, he had to find a new place to live. He looked at the setting sun and sighed. Another day gone. That made five.

Five days since his sentence was handed down. Three days since he last saw land. And all because of the little book that he was holding in his hand.
How's everyone's NaNo going? Are you keeping up with the word count?

Saturday, 7 November 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015: Week 1

I have realised that this blog has turned into the occasional writing update. (Also, I need to update about how the editing went... all those months ago ><) But anyway, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo again this year, and here's my Week 1 update:

Word Count: 10,085

I'm 1581 words behind, as of today, and that's partly because of the Saga International Balloon Fiesta, and partly because I fell sick. As a result, there were a few days were I didn't even meet the minimum word count. I've been averaging more than that, though, for the past few days, so while I'm not ahead (like I was in the previous years), I still have hope for winning.

This year, I'm trying something different: I actually plotted.

Well, actually, I wrote the beats for the first 22 chapters, and I got to know the characters and the world before I started writing on Nov 1. So far, I've got to say that it's really useful - while writers block still exists, it's not as bad as before, because I have this rough skeleton to cling to.

I'm going to need to plan the beats for the next few chapters soon though - but I want to know the world a bit more.

By the way, I'm putting my NaNoWriMo WIP up on WriteOn, mostly for the word count function. You can find it here.

By the way, in the spirit of plotting, I actually wrote out a blurb, but whether the story goes according to blurb is yet to be determined:

Everyone is playing a game. 

Heartless, foreign Ada is having fun breaking the hearts of Sakoku boys. Of course, she's staying within the rules. Why get sent back to Kaiguo before her fun is over?

The Sakoku wizard trainees have their own bet going on - the first one to break Ada's heart, well, since she's heartless the first one to pull the rug from under her feet, will rise to the top of their group.  
Watching everyone is the Head Wizard, Pendragon, who's playing a little game of his own. Only this one goes beyond Ada and the wizard trainees. This game is going to played among countries.

To end my update, here's the first line of my WIP:

Dear Headwizard Pendragon,  
 Oddly enough, the reason why I decided to put my heart in a box wasn't because of a failed relationship or anything like that. It was because of my friends.

What about my NaNoWriMo friends? How are you doing? (Also, I'm really sorry if I'm absent on G+, school's been busy so if I have time, I'm working on my NaNo)