NaNo 2016: Week 3 Update

This update is full of heartbreak and angst.  Ok, mostly angst and anger.  As I was working yesterday on building my characters out–actually adding words y’all, my ENTIRE FILE CRASHED AND I CANNOT OPEN THE RESTORED FILE 🙁

So my total week 3 update is zero, zip, nada.

I am not happy about it.

But I refuse to wallow any longer. I have an older version of that file on my backup drive– I CANNOT stress how important it is to back up your files on an external drive people.  I shall see what I can salvage from that and I shall move on.

Onward and upward people.  I remain in the NaNo hunt (I think this is the longest I’ve stayed in so far 🙂 ) But know, I am not happy about this still.

NaNo 2016: Week 1 Update

NaNo week 1 was been full of action and activity! By far, one of my more productive week 1’s in my NaNo participation history.  I am currently:

  • Taking a very detailed plotting workshop by Mary Buckham
  • Brainstorming story details and characters
  • Creating my world
  • Doing Character sketches
  • Fine tuning my initial story outline

NaNo Week 1 UpdateSo most of my NaNo work this week has been spent on activities that don’t necessarily produce words, but without which I will never have a story.  This is my process, I simply cannot plot a story or create characters without knowing a decent amount of backstory & details.  This is my first time actively doing story development while also drafting an outline and character profiles.  It’s been working!!!! (But more on that later 🙂 )

So, week one accomplishments include:

  1. 2,709 words
  2. Completed “Believable Characters: Creating With Enneagrams” craft book
  3. An outline about 80% complete
  4. The humble beginnings of my story bible
  5. 3 main characters which are solidifying into tangible, workable pieces

Week 2 Goals include:

  1. Finished working outline for book 1
  2. Do template work in workshop
  3. Completed initial sketches for main characters (4)
  4. More tangible words on my story- 7,000
  5. Additional worldbuilding and brainstorming as I see fit

NaNoWriMo 2016

It’s November 1 and we all know what that means!! It’s NaNo time!  There will no long speeches of intent this year.  There will be no super involved and complicated schedules and trackers this year.  No, this year I plan to simply do it.

To. Do. It.

What is it, you may ask.  Well, this year, “it” for me is to, at bare minimum, loosely outline a new 3 book paranormal/urban fantasy (can’t decide which right now) series and to get started on the rough draft of the first book in this series.These are lofty, but doable goals for me this year. And to help ensure my success, I have some tools handy.

First up, this super cute NaNo tracker from Kara over at Boho Berry. One thing I’ve discovered this summer while I was working my way back to writing, is that colorful and stress free creative exercises prime my mind to actually be productive when I sit down to either write or do author goals.  To that extent, water painting, doodling, coloring, free writing, or fun list making do the trick for me.

2016 NaNoWriMo Tracker
Kara made this really cool tracker and has it available as a free download on her site.  The graph really appeals to the analyst in me. I really need to see the numbers and my progress daily and weekly and this allows me have that info but without a spreadsheet or a computer program.  Also, Kara include a cute book shelf with 30 books on it.  I  plan to color in 1 book for each day that I spend with my butt in the chair working on my NaNo goals. This is an easy, unobtrusive way for me to view my stats and get my mind freeing exercises done each day.

Secondly, I am currently taking Mary Buckham’s Power Plotting workshop.  I was lucky enough to win participation in this workshop from the Moonlight and Magnolias conference last month.  Plotting really is one of my weaknesses, so taking this workshop as I am plotting out my new series has been beneficial.  It’s a lot of work to keep up in the workshop and write, but its the path I must take if I am to achieve the goals I’ve laid out for myself.

And lastly, I have me.  Yes, I have my own determination, grit, and accountability working in my favor.  I’ve taken a bit of a break from the creative side of my writing over the last few years, but the timing feels right for me to get back to it now.  I have several stories that I need to tell and there is no time like now to do it.

For all those doing NaNo this year, I wish you good luck and happy writing!! Feel free to add me as a buddy, I’m listed as La-Tessa.

Camp NaNoWriMo: April 2013

Camp NaNoLooking at the writing goals I’ve set for myself, I have quite a few projects I want to see completed in 2013.  Writing a book can be a mostly lonely and autonomous process if you allow it
to be.  That’s why a lot of authors ban together in supportive groups, either as critique partners, writing partners, or join online writing communities.  Who else can understand your
frustration when your characters decide to boldly go down paths you didn’t lead them, but are helpless to stop?   Who else will understand the pain of having to trash a manuscript you’ve spent over a year and 80k + words on because (to quote Keith Sweat) “Something, something just ain’t right”?

That’s where your support group comes in.  To that end, I decided to participating in the April Camp NaNoWriMo last month with one of my critique partners.  I have a few deadlines approaching in Qtr 2  and I figured this would give me a good head start on those.

And today is Day 1 of camp! No fooling! (bad joke, I know, but hey, it’s Monday.  You get what you get out of me on a Monday) 🙂 Anywho, while Camp NaNo is a bit more flexible than regular NaNoWriMo, I plan to use it to get at least 60% through my new UF that I’ve spent the last month brainstorming, tearing apart, rebuilding, and tearing apart again.  Oh yeah, this is going to be some fun writing this one!!! (<–that’s my sarcasm speaking, just in case you had trouble picking up on that :-))

Anywho, Day 1 awaits me. I have words to produce!