Posted in 2017, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo 2017, Update Post, Writing

NaNoWriMo 2017 Winner Update and General Blog Update

So if you follow me on Twitter you may already know that on Sunday morning I managed to reach 50,000 words and win. This is my third win overall out of four attempts. This story is not done however. In fact it’s far from being finished. I doubt that I’ll be able to 100% the novel by tomorrow at midnight. That doesn’t matter much as long as I get it done in December at some point. This is the first time that a novel that I have written for NaNoWriMo is going to be at least 10,000 words longer than 50,000.

There are a few things that I have to think about before I go to revise this draft. The first of these is that I need to focus a little more on how certain events are connected and how my plot twists need to be more noticeable and surprising without being stupid. Second I need to get rid of info dumps because every once in a while while writing I would come up with a piece of lore which fit in with what I had already decided upon and I would add it in. This information needs to be revealed earlier on. Finally I need to focus more on my characters in terms of how they act, talk, and relate to one another. This will make it so that my characters don’t almost always have blank faces or faint smiles.

I will keep posting updates about my novel as I continue writing in and then move into the first revision phase of this story. I just ‘can’t wait’ until I get to wait three hours for all those pages to print so that I can properly revise my story.

Now as for the blog update I just wanted to inform everyone that I am still technically on a hiatus. It’s the end of the semester so I have a lot of things I need to do so I won’t be able to post much and I don’t have a buffer at all at the moment. I will start by having semi regular posts at around December 12th then I will go back to regular posts in January. I’m doing this so that I can make a buffer of posts again so that I don’t fall behind.

Of course there will be a few more posts between now and then since I have a couple completed posts scheduled.

Anyways I will have a full blog update up within the next few weeks with all the things I want to do in terms of blogging in the new year. Just note that I will be focusing more on my writing and I will be doing more analysis of writing in terms of characters, scenes, and introductions.

Just one last thing before I end this post. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in joining me in a charity thing. I want to do a fundraiser and I think it would be fun if I made it a sort of blog challenge. Please comment below if you’d be interested.

 

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Posted in 2017, A Fae Alone, Fantasy, Fiction, NaNoWriMo 2015, NaNoWriMo 2017, Update Post, Writing

NaNoWriMo 2017 Update 1

I had been hoping to post this on Sunday but a few things happened so I couldn’t. Also because of those same things I am now behind about 5,000 words. This is easily manageable as it is still within the range of my ability to write tons of words in one day. If you look at my author stats page you will see that the most I have written in a day is over 9,000. But because of this I will need to write for a little longer than I normally would, especially if I ever want to reach the climax which should give me at least a few thousand words.

I am finding the same thing I always find when participating in NaNoWriMo. There are many things my story is lacking such as sufficient worldbuilding to make it seem believable, minor characters which would add a lot to this story, and more. I spent the first 7,000 words writing the introduction so that all the major characters could be known by the time the inciting force came along, but they are highly underdeveloped, especially Nyfo who is the main character. I even ended up adding a bully character to add conflict before the inciting force to make it easier to introduce some of the characters but I ended up calling her Fua which is way too similar to one of my other protagonists who is called Fora.

So now I’m writing after the inciting force and the characters are all reacting to this happening. I may have added a few minor plot points here and there to make the plot more streamlined (i.e. making two characters run into each other a while before they actually meet, creating a third perspective character). I am also noticing things that I need to focus on during later drafts and revisions. This is good. You are only supposed to write your first draft during NaNoWriMo and first drafts are supposed to be awful. They act as the true starting point for writing stories so I don’t really care that it needs a lot more work. Besides at this point I actually think that this novel is the most likely of all my NaNoWriMo novels to actually get published in the near future. The First Dragon was put back on the drawing board especially after I changed all the lore. The Fatal Deception was dropped without a word. Lies Over Secret Truths was set aside for a while and I will return to it after I have some more inspiration. So yeah since A Faerie Alone is set apart from my big world, doesn’t contain any of the dark topics I sometimes write about, and may or may not have a sequel someday, I may actually succeed with finishing it.

Anyways I also wanted to tell you guys that I will be taking a step away from this blog. It won’t be a complete step as I will still be posting things regularly, but rather than posting daily I will be posting about three posts per week. I don’t know how long this will last but hopefully I will return to my normal schedule after November. If I don’t I will be returning at full force in the new year when I will also be announcing my super secret project #2. Here’s a hint:  cela implique la charité! I will also be starting a couple more blogging series that may or may not replace worldbuilding tips and give me something to post on Sunday’s.

I will be posting another NaNoWriMo update next Thursday. If you want to talk about how your novel is going you can comment below. If you don’t or you’re not writing a novel than see you next Thursday, or maybe tomorrow when I post a prewritten anime review. Whatever. Until then Happy Writing.

Posted in 2017, Update Post

Blog Update – October 22, 2017

Just a quick update to tell you that there will be three amateur writing tips on Wednesday. One will be my post for last week since I missed it, one will be the post that was originally for this week, and the last one is a post that I feel should be posted before November starts. Also during NaNoWriMo I will have roughly the same posting schedule as now except that I will also be writing a NaNo update every Sunday of the month.

Posted in 2017, A Fae Alone, Fantasy, Fiction, NaNoWriMo 2017, Update Post, Writing

NaNoWriMo 2017 Plan Change – September 24, 2017

I have decided to change my plans for NaNoWriMo this year. Before I was going to write the first drafts of several of my already planned out stories of which I have a literal ton, but now I will be focusing on a single story about a girl who finds herself trapped in a world that is not her own where some people want her dead. You know how sometimes you are just cooking spaghetti and you get the perfect idea of a concept for a story that you then go and develop? Yeah that is exactly what happened to me.

The title of the story right now is “A Fae Alone”, but that is bound to change. It is about a fae girl who falls into an interdimensional portal and finds herself trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong. As she tries to survive she learns of something that may allow he to return to her home and she meets both people who become her friends and people who become her enemies. This will be a fun story to write, especially since this type of story is my specialty.

Oh yeah and sorry about not posting at all yesterday and late today. It is super hot and that makes it super difficult to write.

Posted in 2017, Update Post

Quick blog update – September 17, 2017

There are just a few things I have to say. First of all I will be postponing all video game reviews until the new year to give me time to make several in advance.

For the month of October I want to do two things slightly differently. My worldbuilding tips will be based around classic horror creatures and my writing tips will be writing aid related. Then in November my writing tips will be NaNoWriMo survival tips.

And that’s pretty much it.

Posted in 2017, personal, Ruminated Scrawling, Update Post, Writing

Quick Update and World Suicide Prevention Day

Hello,

Sorry I haven’t posted in two days but I wasn’t feeling well and I didn’t have much of a buffer. To fix this I decided to spend a few hours today and several hours for the rest of the week writing posts until I have a buffer of two weeks. I’m doing this with the help of a very useful app which I will actually write a review on. It’s a writing app which keeps track of words written and multiple projects called Writeometer just in case you want to check it out before I review it.

Anyways today is World Suicide Prevention Day. This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. If you can please donate to a suicide prevention/mental health related charity, or if you can’t donate do one of the following things.

  • Light a candle in your window at 8 tonight
  • Go to an event in your area
  • Hang out with friends

Now I’ll start writing my posts for this week. I already wrote a movie review for Saturday. I reviewed a movie that has been talked about a lot lately in both anime and nerd culture. I can’t wait for you to read this post. I will also be writing a ruminated scrawling based on the same movie. It should be fun.

Thank you for reading my writing,

EclaDragon

Posted in 2017, personal, Ruminated Scrawling, Update Post

Goals for 2017-2018

Since it’s the first day of September, I’ve decided to make a list of goals that I want to complete in the next year. This is of course because for many September is the true beginning of the year since in Canada at least most schools start their years in September. These are mainly goals that I know I can easily complete, but there will be a couple more difficult ones. I will also be withholding a goal or two for personal reasons.

So here’s my list:

  1. Win NaNoWriMo – This year it will be a little more difficult to win since I’ll be writing the first drafts of several short stories and a couple other smaller projects instead of writing an actual novel. I realized how many uncompleted projects I have just sitting there waiting to be written so I decided that I might as well.
  2. Submit at least 5 pieces of fiction to be published – This does not mean that I’ll get published but I need to start at least trying if I want to get those stories out into the world.
  3. Improve my GPA – It’s not that low but it could definitely be better.
  4.  Grow my blog
  5. Interact with different communities more frequently.
  6. Take a lot more pictures – This is one of my hobbies. I got a DSLR camera for Christmas last year and I just love taking pictures. I will probably not post pictures here because I don’t feel like they belong here.
  7. Complete Secret Project #2 – I can’t tell you about this goal because it’s a secret. I won’t tell you about Secret Project #1 mainly because that’s not its actual name. If I gave its actual name it would be obvious what the project actually was. There are some people who know about Secret Project #1. No one knows about Secret Project #2 but me.

So here’s my list of goals for this school year. What are your goals?