Category: Writing

Nanowrimo: Change of Plans

 

Day 11 is getting to an end and I’ve just hit 40000 words. Feels pretty amazing, not going to lie. I’ll have reached 50000 by day 14, at the very latest, and then what? My story is getting near the end but I’m determined to not stop writing. My goals is to write every single day and to have a minimum daily word count of 2000 words.

To achieve this I’ve decided to start on a second story. The one I’m writing right now is a near future dystopian where a governmental experiment goes right. But my next one will be a contemporary. I love the thought of writing fantasy, dystopian and  sci-fi but most of the time I enjoy contemporary more.

So, starting on day 14 I will start a new novel, after I’ve finished my first one. I don’t have a word goal for this one. I would love to write 50000 more words but I’m not going to go crazy over it.

I haven’t decided on a title yet but it will be about mountain bikes. Which I know nothing about, sooo… that will be interesting. I might even create a drinking game: Lets see how many things Anneli can get wrong about Mountain Bikes- drink every time! I’ll keep you updated on twitter. Also, if you have any knowledge about mountain bikes (the sport, the equipment, the training) don’t be afraid to share.

I hope nano is treating you well. Happy writing!

 

 

 

Nanowrimo: Week 1 Update

 

Hello fellow Nano fighters!

The first week is over and I hope everyone have had a good and productive couple for first days. Personally I’ve already reached 20000 words in 6 days which, I’m not gonna lie, makes me feel like a superhero.

For me, the key to being able to write a lot of words is to not take it too seriously. I’m not taking my writing, my plot or myself anywhere near ‘too seriously’. I am well aware that those 20000 words I’ve written are to a major extent crap. They are complete and utter shitty crap.

But that doesn’t matter. I’m well on my way of getting my story down on paper and I’m spending some quality time with my characters and I’m developing a craft I love doing.

I’m not thinking about the future. The future have absolutely nothing to do with Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo is all about what’s going on now, in this moment and the future doesn’t give a shit about your future plans- and neither should you. The one single year when Nanowrimo felt like a chore and not like a fun month of doing what I love was the year I was writing to get published. The project turned out to be the most boring thing I have ever written and I was miserable writing it.

So write what you love. Write the characters that you find intriguing. Jump between POV’s as if they were all on fire (maybe they are). Put them in a world you know you’ll enjoy and love. There are no musts or rules for Nanowrimo. If you want your villain to be riding a horse-sized frog in the middle of Manhattan while giving away free chocolate that turns everyone who eats it into a talking ferret. Why not? You do you!

So don’t be discouraged or too afraid. Just sit down and write what ever comes to mind. And if that is a crazy villain, a courageous hero or a simple plain high school student who’s biggest problem is getting a D on his math test, that’s not the point.

The point is: You Are Writing!

 

 

 

Nanowrimo: And So It Begins

 

It is just a few hours before midnight and I’m totally pumped and ready to get this show on the road.

My characters are semi-developed. I barley know anything about the world or setting and the plot is almost nonexistent.

But that doesn’t matter because this is exactly how I wanted it. I want to dive head first into the story and see where it takes me. The most important thing is that my characters are interesting enough to keep me going.

Compelling characters makes me an eager writer.

I think that’s the most important thing during Nanowrimo. Find the thing that makes you an eager writer. Find the one thing that you are compelled and giddy and excited to write. During Nanowrimo, that’s all that matters.

Because as the lifelong saying goes. “You can edit a shitty story but you can’t edit a blank page”

So get excited. Find a cause. Find your dream character, your dream plot or your dream villain.

3-2-1 WRITE!

 

 

 

Preptober: The Last Preparations

 

Depending on which timezone you’re in, Nanowrimo might just be a few hours away. And here are a few things you might consider doing those last few hours before midnight.

  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking your favorite meal in bulk
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family
  • Water your plants
  • Tidying up your desk/writing space
  • Buying your favorite snack in bulk
  • Stack up on tea and coffee
  • Play with your pet
  • Finish your current read

You might think this is a bit excessive. But believe me, when Nanowrimo strikes, you don’t want any distractions in any form.

I’m an expert in everything procrastination and I’ll tell you this much, I’m usually a very messy person, I live alone so who cares, right? But November is the one month out of the year when my brain goes “I should scrub down my toilet, sort out my pantry, reorganize my bookshelf and clean out my closet” My apartment is never as clean as it is in the end of November.

So to counteract this I’ve already done some of that stuff and my apartment is currently looking better than it has in a long time. We’ll see how long my messy lifestyle will keep it this way. but it’s worth a try. I’m sure my brain will come up with something new for me to do but I’ve at least tried.

Now I just have to come up with a way to ban the internet…

 

 

 

Preptober: All The Snacks

 

We might have arrived at the most important topic of preptober.

SNACKS!

Everything and anything you consider snacks are qualified.

It can be anything from frozen banans cover in dark chocolate to salty crackers to french fries.

It can be a cup of comforting tea or a spicy bloody mary.

Whatever rocks your taste buds, make sure to fill your pantry, fridge and freezer before November. Because as the 1st rolls around that should be the least of your worries.

Snacks should be something that won’t distract you too much from your writing, tastes delicious and keeps your energy high.

Personally I’ll have a variation between tea, coca cola, buns, popcorn and clementines.

What are your go-to snack during Nanowrimo and have started buying it in bulk yet?