IWSG Day, NaNoWriMo 2019 & Eye-openers

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Happy IWSG Day. There’s one more IWSG blog hop left and then 2019 is done. But we’ll still be together, doing what we do best, in 2020. Being there for each other through our struggles and successes. Thanks for bringing us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts posting today are: Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So what’s going on with me this month?
Well I made a bookcover and found names for my latest characters. A May-December couple, inspired by a metro ad, Andrew and Carmen. I’m still down one character’s name, the husband in my menage story, with Robyn and Jackson aka Jax.

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But moving on from that, today’s day 6 of NaNoWriMo! Instead of doing 50k I have my own word count goal of 30k. And my current word count is 5,228.
You should have seen me during the last week of October. While in research mode I finally pinned down the genre of my nano novel. Which completely changed my original approach in how to write it. Here I was thinking it’s a simple action/adventure fantasy. Then I started reading stories with similar plots. Featuring mythical beings and creatures living alongside humans in the open. The world ravaged by war and is in a state of rebuilding. And the main character takes a job. Not by choice for my main character.
The more I read, the more I realized that my NaNo novel is an urban fantasy. As well as an alternate history. Why did I now realize that? Well, it was back to the drawing board. This time delving deeper into the lives of the mythological creatures and races. My character’s place in that community. And the villain, who I finally found eight days before NaNoWriMo. His place in the story, his motive, etc. Needless to say, I had my prepping hat on.
I’ve shared before how I always muddle through my middle. Until I started writing from the middle first. Now it’s not as unclear and daunting I thought it’d be weeks ago.
Here’s to keeping the momentum going! And staying healthy.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? What are you working on? Ever realized your story belonged to a different genre or sub-genre you originally thought? What did you do? Scrap it altogether and completely start over? Or change direction? What are you doing to stay healthy as a writer? What do you snack on while writing?

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PS Any urban fantasy recommendations I’d enjoy reading? And help improve my writing, to write a story worthy of readers of this genre? It’d be much appreciated.

PSS Here’s a video I hope would be of help to my fellow NaNo participants.

PSSS You’ll likely see the image below whenever I get weak in staying off social media. So when you do see this image or me online, please give me a proper scolding to get back to my NaNo novel.

nano anti social media

36 comments

  1. Good luck with NaNo. I attempted last year and failed in a spectacular fashion. LOL I admire anyone that has the focus and dedication to get to the end. And congrats on nailing down your genre even if it meant going back to the drawing board of sorts. I don’t read a lot of UF. The only ones I’ve read of late were written by an author friend, Coralie Moss. She has a 3 book series out, but she reads a lot of them and will do recs on Twitter from time to time.

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    • Thanks Meka. Been doing NaNoWriMo for years and I failed spectacularly, for the first time, in last years NaNo too. I’m a slow writer so learned during my early years of NaNoWriMo is that writing 50k words would be overwhelming for me. It’s best to shoot for 30k and if I write more than I’ve written more. Now that I’ve nailed down my genre, a lot of the plot has changed. It opened a path to new characters, a villain and a subplot, things that were lacking before. The only constant is the prologue which I’m keeping.

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    • Thanks Alex. Starting to put my MC through the emotional wringer and the writing feels flat. So far, I was able to wrench two chapters out of me. And hopefully, I can keep the momentum until the entire story is wrenched out of me. Then there’s the months after NaNoWriMo for the rewrites.

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  2. Good luck with NaNo! I’m not doing it, but I am cutting back social media now, and getting off completely for December to concentrate on pure writing. My current first draft can’t seem to decide if it’s paranormal/horror or just horror. It has paralyzed me from moving on to the first (of several, I am sure) revision.

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    • Thank you and good luck to you too. Why must books be categorized and sub-categorized? Wouldn’t it be simpler to just write your story? But then again we wouldn’t know how to query and market it to editors, agents and publishers and to our readers. Sigh. :-/

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    • Thank you. I’m a snail writer myself so doing 50k in 30 days is not doable for me. That’s my NaNo goal is 30k. And it’s why I specifically focus in writing the middle of my NaNo novel because that’s where I always get stuck. The other 20k, of the ending/resolution and begininning of the story, I can make up after NaNoWriMo ends.

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    • Thank you. I have Pinterest boards for man and girl crushes that I sometimes go to to find character images.

      I used to do yoga years ago (and need to get back into it) so once I saw the video I had to save and share it.

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  3. Good idea to set social media aside until you have the writing done. I have a hard time doing that, but I love the idea.

    I practice yoga and have for years. If I miss my practice my body goes into revolt, so I don’t. It’s an hour or so a day that keeps me going.

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    • Me too. I try. I do. But then sometimes it’s good to see how my fellow NaNo writers are doing.

      It’s great how your body is hardwired to tell you when you’re missing a yoga session. Sigh, I have to get back into doing yoga again.

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  4. I really enjoy yoga and have an app on my iPad, which I try to do every day. I find it’s very helpful for both mind and body when it comes to writing. Best of luck with your NaNoWriMo project! 🙂

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    • Thank you. I was a little over a hundred words from yesterday’s word count goal. I really write best when I split my writing time and word count. Need to commit to writing 500 words in the morning or afternoon and another 500 words in the evening.

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  5. Good luck with NaNo and your goal to stay off social media! One of the biggest epiphanies I had was back in my beginning writer days. I realized one day that I was writing a YA novel, and everything clicked after that. Amazing how getting to that spot can free so much!

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    • Thanks. And it was freeing. Before I knew it I had pages of notes about the current political climate of MCs world (tense and rife with corruption, inequality and unrest). From there the characters and the story took off. I now know what to write, it’s just figuring out to write it so the reader can feel the energy and the age of discontent, is a problem. The writing feels flat to me. But it’s a draft and at least the story is being told. Will have to concentrate on writing it then focus on making it more alive in the rewrites.

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  6. I hope you hit your 30k goal! A story sure does have a mind of its own! I have had a few who decided to change up on me. It can be a bit frustrating, for me anyway, but at the same time exciting cause it will lead me off on an unexpected journey. I’m writing a Christmas Romance for my NaNo this year and my goal at the moment is 12k. 🙂

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    • Thank you, me too. 50k is a bit much for me. 30k is a more attainable goal and if I pass my word count goal, then I passed it. After NaNoWriMo ends, still plan on writing outwards and write the rest of the ending and beginning of the novel.

      Good luck reaching your word count goal and your NaNo novel!

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  7. Hope Nano is going well. I have kind of drop the ball with it but am working on something else that won’t really meet the required word count of November but I still update a little. Good luck with your Urban Fantasy. Thanks for visiting my blog. Belated IWSG!

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    • Thanks Juneta. I’m finding that the weekends aren’t my best writing days. Seem to be less motivated and have a harder time storytelling. Must constantly remember I’m telling myself the story first to push on. Good luck with your other project and thanks for stopping by! 😀

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry it took so long for me to drop in here.
    Things seem to be going well on your NANO journey. I’m not doing Nano but I and working on a fantasy and some children’s books right now.
    Good luck staying offline and reaching your word count.
    Thanks for the video.

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