NaNoWriMo Day 14

The Words: 1867 written on my Neo.

After yesterday, I was pretty amped to write today. Unfortunately, a full day of work, followed by an evening of errands, kept me from having time to write until about 10:15 pm. I did a few sprints with @NaNoWordSprints and was glad to at last get par.

I’m so sleepy now.

The Story: After some catching up with her parents, they tell Lorrin that they’re moving away from their hometown. Actually, Lorrin’s brother drops the news, which annoys her parents (but I loved it). Her brother and niece are staying in the hometown though.

Then we cut back to where I last was in the story, which is talking about new developments after the general of the base Lorrin is stationed at died. Antios has taken to wiping out whole settlements at a time in the area around his fort, which is mostly frontier-like towns and villages that aren’t directly part of any nation. It’s been happening for months, and every week, they get a report with a new list of places that were destroyed.

In case you haven’t guessed already, one of the names on the newest list is the hometown Lorrin is from, which is where her brother and niece still live. And while she’s reeling from that news, the name of the settlement that her parents moved to is on the list too.

We’ll have to give her some time to deal with this.

Total word count: 41,924

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 14th

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NaNoWriMo Day 13

The Words: 2715 on my Neo. I did some sprints with @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter and a couple of word wars with some people from my region on Slack. When I realized I was 87 words away from 40k, I pushed myself to pass that threshold.

Today was a very noteworthy day for me, writing-wise. In fact, I just checked the box next to the following badge on my profile on the NaNoWriMo website:aha

It all started on November 6th, when I realized that I might run out of story before I reached 50,000 words. I started to brainstorm more details and backstory to add to the novel. More flashbacks to make up the meat of the story. I came up with some scenes showing the king and his best friend, who has become the nation’s greatest enemy, back when they were friends. I really liked those scenes, and it also added more words to my story.

But I knew it wouldn’t be enough. So I drew a card from my Writer Emergency Pack in the hopes that it would spark my imagination for something new to add to the story. This is the card I drew:WEP 26.jpg

At first, I told myself it wasn’t a helpful card, because the first thing already happened early in the story, the third thing happened some time after that, and the middle thing would require destroy a location that just wasn’t something I was willing to do. But I carried this card around (not at all times) and kept coming back to it over the next few days.

I did come up with a new idea for the first one, which I can’t share right now, but is going to end up being a huge connection between this story and the rest of my writings.

And I kept thinking about that middle one. I started wondering about my main character’s family and home, where she grew up. They had literally been a blank spot in my mind. And then it happened.

A new sprint leader came online on the @NaNoWordSprints Twitter this evening. She announced that she going to do a series of sprints in homage to Stan Lee, and the first prompt was this: “I don’t know about you, but comics were a huge part of my childhood and definitely helped make me who I am today, so for this first sprint let’s incorporate an origin story!”

And suddenly, I knew I had to stop where I currently was in the story (which was struggling to start a new scene anyway) and write about the main character’s home and family. And if you haven’t already guessed, based on the card in the image above, I’ll be setting it up for a devastating future, but there will be a reason for it, and I think it will be great!

The Story: After writing a bit about the aftermath of the battle I wrote about yesterday, I completely switched gears.

We get to see Lorrin visiting her family at home. She doesn’t get to go home very often, but her parents and brother are supportive of her military career. She has a young niece who somewhat recently lost her mother, and Lorrin is regretful that she hasn’t been able to spend as much time with her niece, or her now-widowed brother, as she would like.

When I got to the end of the writing, Lorrin’s parents had just returned from helping out a neighbor, which I get the feeling is something they do a lot.

I am literally going to get to know these people from scratch tomorrow, because I didn’t even conceive of them until tonight, and they showed up right at the end of my writing time today. (Writing is fun!)

Total word count: 40,057

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 13th
If the week 2 blahs have got you down, it’s a good time to check out the 3rd episode of the NaNoMusical!

NaNoWriMo Day 12

The Words: 1297 written on my Neo.

I headed to my desk to write at around 8:00, expecting to write for an hour before it was time to put my daughter to bed. However, I ended up caught up in something else and didn’t get to writing until 10. At that point, I realized I didn’t have much will for writing today. My husband suggested that I just get a few words out (because I said I at least wanted to keep my streak of writing every day this month) and be done early.

So I did 2 sprints with @NaNoWordSprints and called it a night.

I don’t know for sure why I didn’t want to write today. I think it’s either general week 2 blues or a concern with my outline about to get messy. Or both.

Because a few days back, I realized that I was about halfway through the outline when I wasn’t even at 25k words yet, I started brainstorming more scenes for the story. I didn’t just want random scenes either, because it’s important that this story is long enough to be a book in the end, so it was clear it needed more legitimate scenes.

I came up with a few that were very helpful to the story, and have since thought of some more ideas too. The problem is that they weren’t in my outline. And the outline is somewhat convoluted already, because of the way the story is told in specifically timed flashbacks. So figuring out where these scenes fit is going to be important, but I haven’t taken the time to do that yet. Since I’m nearing the climax of the story, I want to have the other scenes written, so I do need to figure out how to fit them in. And I realized this at some point before or during my writing today, which I think was part of my problem today.

The Story: Lorrin and her unit that went into the enemy’s base to try to rescue the general have returned with their leader. Unfortunately, he died just after they got him back to their own base, but not before saying some cryptic words to the king.

The general was the king’s oldest friend, so he understandably took the death hard. Lorrin tried to comfort him, but he lashed out in anger and essentially blamed her for not saving him quickly enough. She’s left him alone in his grief for now while she helps the rest of the base organize the clean-up and rebuilding.

Total word count: 37,342

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 12th

NaNoWriMo Day 11

The Words: 3072 written on my Neo.

I wrote about 1400 in the afternoon alongside my 8-year-old daughter, who was creating things like a cell phone and a laptop out of paper. (Earlier this month, she made me a pencil, a notebook, and a word sprint timer out of paper.) After she made the laptop, she joined me for a 14-minute sprint (pretending to type on said laptop). She has pretended to sprint 3 times in the last 2 days. Each time, I ask her how many words she got before telling her mind, and each time, she picks a number within 50 of what I got, without knowing what I got. Twice now she has beaten me!

After she went to bed, I got the rest of the words during a sprint alongside @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter, and then one final sprint on my own to try to break 3000.

The Story: As the king feared, the base that Lorrin is at was indeed attacked from within by the people who they had captured. It was a joint attack with Antios’s men. By the time the king arrived, fearing the worst, the base commander had been captured, presumed dead, and taken into Antios’s fort. Lorrin and a few other soldiers have snuck into the base to try to get the commander back, though they are currently listed as simply missing.

The king has taken command of the base and is planning a mission to rescue their missing men.

Total word count: 36,045

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 11th

NaNoWriMo Day 10

The Words: 2,027 written on my Neo.

Today was the first time this month that I thought about quitting before I hit the daily goal. I had to work this afternoon, and though it was only for a few hours, I was there about an hour later than I expected to be. So I got a late supper and I had a headache to boot.

I did a few sprints on my own while my 8-year-old daughter did some crafts nearby. When I had gotten to 840 words, I decided I didn’t really want to write any more. It was almost time to put my daughter to bed anyway, and I told her I was done. She convinced me to do a sprint until her bedtime came (11 minutes), so I did, and got another 608 words. At that point, I was close to the daily goal, so I decided to do one final sprint alongside @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter, which got me the rest of the way to my count for the day.

The Story: The king had a difficult time leaving Lorrin with the medic, but he knew he needed to get the prisoner and get back to his normal duties. Before he left the base, he had a discussion with the commander there, who is one of his oldest friends, about his developing feelings for Lorrin. He comes to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter how he feels, because she’s needed here on the front lines, and he can’t let his emotions get in the way of what is important for the country.

Over the next few days, thanks to some insight from Lorrin on the night she arrived at the base, they are able to find the encampment of their northern enemy and take many of them prisoner. This will allow them to re-focus their efforts on Antios.

At the end of my writing today, the king was approached by an emissary from the enemy to the north (I really should use more names…but I haven’t settled on many names), who insists that they have no encampment in the region of the base Lorrin is station at, and that their people have been ordered to leave the king’s people alone while they’re at war with Antios.

Total word count: 32,973

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 10th

NaNoWriMo Day 9

The Words: 2130 written today, all on my Neo again. It’s been my favorite way to write this month.

I wasn’t really feeling the writing today, but I think I know why. I wrote the outline for this story last year, after dreaming up the idea two years ago. During NaNo2015, I was writing the real account of the time my dad spent in the hospital only 2 years before that, and it was very difficult writing. During the month, this romance was playing itself out in my head, and now and then, when I needed a break from the reality of what I was writing, I’d write out whatever scene I’d gotten to of this romance in my head.

This means that the story I am writing this year already has a few scenes written out, and because it was 2 years ago, I have polished it a bit since then, and I really like it. So when I got to one of these scenes today, it was very difficult to write it, knowing that I already had it written in a way that I liked. I knew from past experience that it was better to still write it again, rather than just leave a gap to fill it in later, because A) it would keep the current writing flowing, B) I might hit on something else this time that really belongs in the story, and C) I need the words. However, it still slowed me down and made me less motivated than normal to write.

And I’m not past it yet, so I’ll have to pick up on the same scene tomorrow.

The Story: Lorrin and the king have arrived at her new posting, and she’s just met the famous general who is pretty much her idol. She’ll be serving under him, and she can barely believe it.

The general tells them about how their neighbors to the north, with whom they are normally at war, but that feud has mostly been put on hold while Antios attacks both of these nations, have been attacking them at night recently. They suspect a base nearby, but haven’t been able to find it.

The three of them are attacked by a would-be assassin, who is no match for these 3 warriors. However, while the general goes to get someone from his base to help the king escort this new prisoner back to their ship, the man attacks again, this time seriously wounding Lorrin. At the end of my writing today, the king is taking her to the base’s medic.

Total word count: 30,946

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 9th

NaNoWriMo Day 8

The Words: 2139 written today, all on my Neo again, written alongside 3 sprints with NaNoWordSprints. I don’t really have much else to say about the writing today.

The Story: Not long into my writing today, I looked at my outline and realized that, while writing away from home yesterday without my outline, I’d gotten a bit off-track. The story isn’t being told in chronological order, but I followed Lorrin from the base to the ship as she is being transferred by the king himself to the front lines. The story is supposed to skip ahead a few years to show the resolution of Lorrin’s connection with Falin. I realized that after my first sprint, so I made a note to come back to where I was later, and then changed gears.

A few years after Lorrin and Falin met, they were stationed on the same base. By this point, though we still aren’t privy to the details, Lorrin’s heart belongs to another man. However, as she tells Falin, she hasn’t seen the man in over a year, and she’s pretty sure he doesn’t know about her feelings. Still, she has to rebuff Falin when he tries to re-connect.

Unfortunately, Falin doesn’t give up easily. Rather than get embroiled in base drama like she was before, Lorrin gets herself transferred. She is sent to a remote northern base, which is where she was when the story started.

Total word count: 28,816

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 8th

NaNoWriMo Day 7

The Words: 2444 over the course of an hour and a half waiting for my kids to be done with their Wednesday night activities at church. I found an unused room at the church and typed away on my Neo.

Also, I passed the halfway point today!

The Story: Today’s writing jumped between different times when the king and Antios were discussing Antios’s travels, either before he’d left, or after he returned. In the end, the basic understanding we’re left with is that Antios has changed a lot, and not in a good way, and that the king regrets not keeping his friend from leaving in the first place.

Total word count: 26,667

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 7th
And in case you need some extra inspiration, check out the 2nd episode of the NaNoMusical!

NaNoWriMo Day 6

The Words: 2896 written today, on my Neo, at my first write-in for the year!

Yesterday, I realized that I was halfway through my outline, but not halfway through the 50,000 words, and not even close to halfway through the month. I prefer to write most of the month, even if I hit 50k early, but that’s harder to do if you run out of story.

I have already started to think of ideas for a 2nd story to start on if I do run out of story, but I’ve decided it will also help if I slow down a bit. I still want to write at least 1667 words every day, because that’s the core of NaNoWriMo, but I won’t be pushing to write any more than that.

The Story: Falin arrives at the base after learning that Lorrin had been recalled and tries to talk her out of taking the transfer. She is a very dedicated and loyal officer though, so she leaves on the king’s ship the next morning, headed to the front lines against a very dangerous army led by a man named Antios.

On the ship on the way to the front lines, the king tells Lorrin about the enemy. Antios was once the king’s best friend. When they were in their early twenties, Antios itched to explore the world. They’re taught as children that most of the countries out there are off limits to them, for one reason or another. They have some allies, but there is a lot of fear and hatred out there.

He’s heard stories about a particular place that he longs to visit, that’s known for magic and freedom. The king, at this time still a prince, tries to tell him that it’s a bad idea, but then we jump ahead to a time when the king is the reigning monarch, and Antios has just returned from being gone for a few years. He’s a changed man, and the king is just trying to understand where he’s been.

Total word count: 24,233

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 6th

NaNoWriMo Day 5

The Words: 5686 written today, all on my Neo again. I wrote about 2000 words before I went to bed last night, and then got the rest with sprints throughout the day, both with my region’s Slack group and with NaNoWordSprints. (It helped that I had today off.)

The Story: A character almost got mauled to death by a bear today, completely unexpectedly (even by me). It was a pretty exciting start to the day’s writing. Also, Falin has become a bit less snarky and even opened up to Lorrin about his own past in the army. A bad call by a commanding officer had caused men in Falin’s command to die, and that led him to reset the military. This revelation led to a vulnerable moment between Lorrin and Falin, but Lorrin won’t have a chance to pursue this potential relationship.

The king has arrived at the base she was recently living at and has asked to see her. He’s informed her that he is promoting her and sending her to the front lines to fight under the most renowned general in the army. Though she is honored, she suspects that he is only doing this because of the recent drama on the base. He assures her that he was already planning this before he found out anything happened.

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Total word count: 21,337

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 5th