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National Novel Writing Month Check-In and Visiting Nova Scotia

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Hey everyone!

How are you all making out? I wanted to check in and see how NaNoWriMo is going. I’ve hit the 12,000 word mark. I should be a little over 17,000 words, so I have a fair bit of catching up to do today.

I’ve been writing with my friend Biljana over Skype a few times this week. We chat for a bit and then sprint for a half hour or so. It’s a great accountability trick, and I’ve managed to finish two chapters. I look forward to our writing sessions a lot πŸ™‚

Sundays tend to be quieter for me, so I think I will have some time today to work on my story for a few hours.

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Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

I’m in Nova Scotia visiting my family. I always feel so nostalgic when I go to Yarmouth. It’s a little maritime town at the end of Nova Scotia. A lot of people lobster fish here. I grew up in Yarmouth for seventeen years until I moved to New Brunswick.

As a teenager, I couldn’t wait to leave. There was a big world out there that I wanted to explore. I wanted to live in a city and meet new people. I have seen some of the world, but I now enjoy living in a quiet village in New Brunswick.

As a writer, I find this place a wonderful spot to live and write in. It’s quiet and relaxing. When I lived in the city, it was chaotic and busy. There’s a certain magic to cities, but there’s a calm peace with living in the country.

I have space to think and breathe and dream. I’m not so preoccupied.

If you are feeling a little discouraged with NaNoWriMo, don’t be! This month is meant to be a great inspiring time, but it can be stressful too. Life happens. Interruptions stop the flow. That’s okay. There’s still December and a whole new year ahead.

Today, I will enjoy time with my family, read from M. Dalto’s TWO THOUSAND YEARS, and hopefully pen a new chapter or two.

Enjoy the day. Go for a walk if you’re stumped. I find walking helps my ideas flow better.

Some fun blog posts are going live this week! I interviewed a lovely fantasy author and can’t wait for you to read!

How is NaNoWriMo going? I’d love to hear below ❀

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Writing Resources for National Novel Writing Month

Hi everyone!

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I hope you’re having a good day so far. For those of you who haven’t heard, today is the first day of a global event called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

You’re challenged to write 1667 words a day, totaling 50,000 by the end of the month.

It’s a great way to start a new project, complete an older project, or work on short stories. People sometimes choose to revise during this month or outline! There is such infectious energy and excitement online during November.

The first time I participated was November 2012. I wrote a YA paranormal about a mermaid, haha. That hasn’t seen the light of day since, but out of that, a new idea grew. My seafaring fantasy, THE LOST SAGES.

Writing Resources

You never know what you might write! Here are some writing resources that might help you throughout this month.

The Merry Writer

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Here is a great resource. Every day on Twitter, the hosts post a question. You can respond and meet other writers. Click here for the first prompt. Have fun making new writer friends πŸ™‚

Pinterest

If you ever find yourself stuck, why not go on Pinterest and scroll through some images to help your imagination spark again?

I created a storyboard for my current project, THE AUBERGE OF WIZARDRY, and had a blast collecting images of characters, settings, and random items.

I find when I get stuck, I’ll return to the storyboard and look through the pictures. This usually helps me get unstuck.

#RevPit

The fantastic team of editors atΒ #RevPit are doing all kinds of things to keep November interesting. They will be hosting word-sprints (writing for thirty minutes at a time) and WIP games.

Check out their TwitterΒ to find out what’s happening today πŸ™‚ I’ve enjoyed getting to know some writers through #RevPit.

YouTube

I know everyone is different. Just throwing this idea out there. Sometimes, I like to write to music. Other times, I need complete silence. It just depends on what scene I’m working on.

I created a playlist for my NaNoWriMo project. Before I begin writing for the day, I look through my storyboard on Pinterest, and then I go listen to a song. This usually helps me sink into the right head space.

What Are You Working on This Month?

I hope you found some of these tips helpful. I’d love to know what you do during this month or whenever you write. Do you write by hand or on the computer? Do you like to outline or write from scratch?

How do you get unstuck?

Also, share with me what you’re working on this month! I’d love to hear in the comments below ❀

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Trust the process

April 7th, 2018 7:09 pm

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Hey guys!

I decided to participate in Camp National Novel Writing Month. If you can tell from the title, yes, you attempt to write a novel in ONE month πŸ™‚ I decided to take a break from EVREN and KING BLUEBEARD, while they are with beta readers and editors, and instead write a new story about dragons and a young woman who has been imprisoned in a tower for the majority of her life. So far, I have about 10,000 words, and am enjoying this process. I am completely pantsing the project, meaning, I have no outline or previous brainstorming for it. I am literally opening the document and writing what comes in my head at the time.

I thought today I would talk a little bit about trusting the process. Trusting the process of drafting a new novel, brainstorming a new novel, or editing said novel, whatever spot you are at in this journey.

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Before I began pantsing this project, I’ll be honest, I was nervous. What if I couldn’t come up with characters that readers would follow for a novel? What if I just stared and nothing came together? What if the plot did a face plant?

I am happy to report that as I’ve begun drafting, the characters and world have revealed themselves to me. There have been parts where they have surprised me and made me laugh. This for me, is part of the joy of writing, when you are surprised by your own characters. It feels so magical.

However, if there is a part where you get stuck, there are some things you can do to unstick yourself πŸ˜‰

-With a notepad and pen just scribble scene ideas down and circle some of your favorites to pen later

-Go for a walk or hike in nature and try to give your brain a chance to float and be quiet. Sometimes my best ideas pop up during these times.

-Research! Research often sparks plenty of ideas for me that gets me rolling again

Writing freely

Many better writers before me have spoken about this but they really recommend that the first draft of anything, to try and write freely without having that inner editor speaking too loudly in the background. The first draft tends to help you get a feel for your characters, world, and plot, but it does not have to be perfect! Try and silence that inner editor and write this draft for fun. That’s what I have been doing and its a liberating experience. I know oftentimes in rewriting and revising, that the magic occurs. That is where I can fix sentences and deepen character motivations, fix the plot and subplots if there are any gaping holes.

So, enjoy writing! Trust yourself that you can finish this draft. Give yourself permission to write a messy first draft, but have fun while doing so! Another note, everyone’s process is different. This is what works for me. πŸ™‚ What may work for me, might not for you. I just hope you feel encouraged and excited with whatever you are working on.

What are you working on at the moment?

Until next time,

Loie xo