I finished NaNoWriMo strong with 50,963 words, and found time to write for at least 30 minutes almost every single day in November! It was good to get the gears turning again, especially since the last couple years for me have been spent focusing on producing theatre and not writing novels.
I learned a lot this past month, and gained a lot of lost confidence too. I choose a project that was solely for fun, and that gave me a lot of freedom to write without needing the story or characters or scenes to be good in any way! Rather, I was giving myself the freedom to write a bad scene, or change something on the fly just so I could experiment with writing styles. After all, I wouldn’t have to go back and edit it later!
At the end, I got about half-way through the novel I had plotted for NaNoWriMo, but along the way had finally gotten the inspiration to figure out the details for the big novel I have been building in my brain since finishing Polarity. Here’s a little teaser.
There is a story that I am quite passionate about, but I feel like it always gets told wrong. Horrible situations are romanticized; ambigious characters are glorified; fear is flattened where it should be terrifying. I waited and waited for someone to tell this story right, or even historically correct. Finally, I decided that I would just try to do it myself.
Now, I didn’t want people to come in with their expectations. This isn’t a love story. It isn’t simple. And it certainly isn’t a kid’s story. So I had to find ways to mix it up, to subvert those expectations so that they can see the story that I see. A story about political intrigue. A story about slavery and manipulation. A story about great fear and good reason for it. A story where a young woman defies the men who try to control her and finds the courage to fight for what is right.
That’s all the clues I’m going to drop for now. I have been working hard on worldbuilding, pinteresting, and writing some short story excercises to get to know my setting and characters before I dive into writing in a couple weeks. I’ll be sure to share more tidbits with you as I go and I look forward to sharing this novel with you in the future. I hope you will see the amazing story that I see when you do.
As many of you know, my primary tool for writing is Scrivener. It is the perfect program for a writer, and I use it for both my novels and musicals. If you don’t know much about Scrivener, this post isn’t so much an introduction to the program as it is to how I specificially use Scrivener. Perhaps it will give you a few ideas of your own!
For this blog post, I am going to use the binder for my current project, The Blessed (yep, I’m back at it!), but I will do my best to avoid any spoilers in the process.
First off, I use Scrivener in all of my planning and outlining stages. While I am a huge fan of the whitebook and the classic notebook, when it comes to really nailing things down, that goes into my Scrivener binder. Everything from worldbuilding to characters.Read More »
There are two apps that I have found to be very useful, if not essentiel to my writing process, and both of them are free! (But unfortunately only available for Android phones. If you know of similar apps for ios, please share them in the comments!)
The first is one I have mentioned before on my blog, and the fact that I’m bringing it up will hopefully show how much I love it. The Writeometer. This app allows you to not only track your word count, but it keeps record of it by sessions, organized by day, so you can always look back and see all of the details of each writing session.
It will also help you set a daily word count goal, depending on how many words you want the finished project to be, combined with when you want to be finished by. You can also set alarms to remind you to write!
Not only that, but it comes with a timer, which locks down your phone until the session is complete, at which time you can enter how many words you wrote to update your word count. One of my favorite things about this time, is if you try to exit it (which you can in an emergency), it will give you a little inspirational (or guilt-trip) quote to encourage you to not give up!
The final amazing part of Writeometer is the reward system! For every session that you complete, you earn guava fruit, which you can spend on rewards, which you also set. Some of my rewards (or “Treats” as they are called) include:Read More »