30 December 2016

Another year's over

As this year is coming to an end I realise that I've not done what I had hoped to this year. I was supposed to finish at least one of my writing projects, but alas I've not. Instead I've started two new ones. The nano, which I haven't touched since, and after that another YA-romance that is going so so.

Wait a minute, I did finish one project. The novella Hannah's Folly in Writing Wenches's Anthology Beyond the Friend Zone, was an old, sort of fanfic-project, of mine. But none of the big one's are finished, or even close to finished.

I've been busy being a mother and now my maternity leave is coming to an end. I start work again on Monday January 2nd. Hopefully I get a lot of writing done during the train ride, but I wouldn't hold my breath. It's not really worked in the past. I know how bad I'm at prioritising when I'm working full time. And I want to be with the kids when I get home too.

Anyway, I am going to try to finish the first book of my fantasy series I've been working on forever. At least to get the first draft ready to be beta read. And maybe, if my husband allows it, enter nano again this November. :P

I just signed up for  #365skriv (write) with Kreationslotsen. You get a different theme everyday to write something about to kickstart your writing day. Hopefully it will help to get the words I need down everyday.

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2 December 2016

Post-NaNo-Angst

This year's NaNoWriMo has been over for nearly two days. I reached the goal of 50k words on the 28th and had two whole days to write just for the fun of it. Or I tried to find an end for the story. The competitive side of me was gone, however. As soon as I hit 50k my drive disappeared. Since then I've only written about 1500 words. That's nothing compared to what I wrote a day before I hit 50k. 

Just a few of my many, many
postits.
I have noticed before that I work best under pressure. A deadline that someone else has set works best. Word sprints and competition against someone else is super, even though the quality isn't the best, the words are being written down. You can't edit invisible text, someone told me the other day, when I was complaining of the the poor quality of my work. The point of NaNo is to have a first draft of a novel, something to build on. 

That the characters have mutinied and totally disregarded the little I had planned to happened, is irrelevant. It can be fixed, but I have to believe in my idea. Or at least in the modified version of said idea, the one that evolved during the writing process. I need to sit down and sort through the text, put it in the right order. Still this is probably the most chronologically I've written in a NaNo thus far, which is good. I have, I don't know how many PostIt-notes with ideas, things that must be researched, characters, background stories and other stuff to go through. I need to find surnames to basically all my characters, and a few haven't even got a first name yet. 

And still I'm not sure if the text is worth all this work, because I'm pretty sure it stinks. 

While on the NaNo-subect, does anyone know of an app that's similar to NaNos wordcount thingie? I need that in my life to continue writing toward finishing a story. Let me now, 'kay?