Nov 7, 2017

November Beautiful People

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Hello Book Blogians! Today comes part two of Beautiful Books, The Nanowrimo edition of a writing meme, Beautiful Books, hosted by Cait at Paper Fury, and Sky at Further Up and Further In.

So without Further Ado, here is part two about my Nano Project, The Clara Wars! 😊 (I might not keep that title, I'm not sure it fits.)

    Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

    I find this question hilarious. 😂 I mean, I guess my mental state could be worse, I missed a day, so yesterday I had to write like 3,056 words to catch up, but since I actually wrote an outline this time it's pretty helpful knowing ahead of time what to write, so I haven't been as stressed out as I thought I'd be. Though, it's like 5:30 right now and I haven't done any writing today yet so... 😱 now I'm a little stressed. 
    And what exactly do you mean by how is my novel going? I mean, as of right now I'm caught up on my word count but do you mean how the story is going? Because I guess it's going pretty well, but I just realized it's day seven and I have 21 pages and 10,000 words and I'm not even done with chapter one yet, so I'm kinda worried I might not be moving my story along fast enough, but oh well, it's all about the word count, right? 😉

    What's your first sentence (or paragraph?)

    Oh boy. 😰 Usually I have an idea of how I want my first few sentences to go, but I realized when I started that I hadn't really thought it out, so it's probably not that good, but here it is:

      The golden evening sun shone through the studio windows, warming the building after the 70-degree end-of-summer day. Alandra and I were just coming out of the dressing room at the end of the day after Acrobatics class (acro for short) when we ran into the new girl. We were busy somberly complaining about how school started back up in a few days this Monday and how much we missed Tollia already.

    Who's your current favorite character in your novel?

    Hmm, I don't know, Maybe Kesia 'cuz it's fun to write in her accent, or Melody because most of the story in this book revolves around her I think? I'm not sure.

    What do you love about your novel so far?

    I love that it's a lot easier to get words down that I expected it to be. It's nice have a simple outline, and then setting the scenes and letting my characters just kinda take the dialogue and stuff and just kinda run with it.

    Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

    Not really, but I think because I keep trying to type faster to get the word count down, (and also the house is freezing and my hands keep getting cold) I keep hitting all the right letters, but in the wrong order, and it comes out looking like one of those games where you have to unscramble all the letters and rearrange them to figure out the word is. 😑 So like; "beautiful" ends up like: "beuaftilu" or something weird like that and even autocorrect is like: "What the heck is that supposed to be???" 😂

    What is your favorite to write, the beginning, middle or end-and why?

    Anything but the middle. 😂 I don't know why, but I'm usually pretty good at beginnings and endings. I usually have an idea of how I want my stories to start and end, but in the middle I have NO idea what I'm doing, and I fall into a slump. Hopefully now that this is the first time I wrote an actual outline, I won't have that problem when I get to the middle, and I can actually make it all the way to 50,000, but we'll see. 😅

    What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

    Well I don't really have a specific snack that I eat, but really anything snacky sounds good, like popcorn, cookies, chips, PB&J, and stuff like that I guess. I do like to drink chai tea, hot chocolate and other yummy warm drinks like that though. 😋
    I don't usually listen to music, but if I do, it has to be instrumental and it has to have something to do with what I'm writing, or else I'll get REALLY distracted and start daydreaming about literally anything but my novel. I don't know how other people do it! 
    I think I write best maybe in the early afternoon if it's quiet? But I guess if I put my mind to it the time of day doesn't really matter as much.
    I don't have a writing space to take a picture of. 😢 I just write on my bed, and it's pretty crowded and messy and doesn't have good lighting. I used to have a big nice desk and my own "office" in our extra room, but I don't anymore. 😔

    How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?

    I mean, I don't know. I'm pretty private, but lately I have been sharing my writing a little bit more with people, and I'm trying to get more involved with other writers. 😊 I want to be able to go to my area's Nanowrimo write-in, but I'm not sure I'll be able to. But anyway, I guess it's a little bit of both.  

    What keeps you writing even when it's hard?

     Well, I'm kind of going through a hard time in life right now, so I feel like writing is the only thing I can actually do to feel like I have some control over my life and to feel responsible by doing what I love to, and I wanted to do Nano this year to get back into practice with writing and distract myself from the rest of my life which kind of seems to be falling apart, so that's why I keep going, at least at the moment.

    What are your top three pieces of writing advice? 

    What makes you think I'm qualified to give writing advice??? 😂

    youre insane jared padalecki GIF by Gilmore Girls

    But I don't know, if I have to I guess I'll just say:
    If you are writing a first draft for something like Nanowrimo where you are just trying to get a word count down as fast as possible, DON'T USE CONTRACTIONS!!!! Seriously, even if it is for dialogue and typing out each word fully sounds really weird for your character, do it anyway! YOU CAN FIX IT LATER! It will help double your word count so much faster!!!

    And...that's all I got. I don't know if it's very good advice, but It's what I got so...😂

    How is Nano going for you guys? What's your word count? Mine's at 10,003. I'm hoping to get to 11,669 today, but it's kinda late already and I haven't even started writing. 😰😳 
    If you need some writerly encouragement, I will do my best to help! (Or probably just cry with you, I'm bad at advice. 😂)

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    1. Sounds like it's going well, Heather!

      1. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogNovember 13, 2017 at 12:53 PM

        Thanks. :)

    2. I'd never thought of not using contractions in NaNo. Interesting advice, Heather, I should try it. :D Good luck with NaNo!

      1. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogNovember 13, 2017 at 12:54 PM

        Ha ha, thanks. I am not used to giving advice, but it works. :D
        Thanks! Good luck with your writing too!