NaNoWriMo – Week 3

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Week three has come and gone, rather quickly to be honest with you.

I’ve rather enjoyed NaNoWriMo this week as my story has started to get more interesting and I’ve had the chance to introduce my main character to the story!

I didn’t really struggle this week and found that I got a couple of chapters finished (three to be exact!) as well as reached over 37,000 words not long ago. I found a couple of days during the week that I wrote twice as much as I needed to so I could have a break on the following day, which was nice. I know I needed this Thursday night as I was shattered after a hard day at work.

However I did find that my Mom would come and pester me at times, which put me off my writing and I’d lose ideas (which thankfully came back to me during the night) and this is also the reasoning for the picture above. 😉

As well as this I was chatting away with various people every night which distracted me at the best of times, but my friends and loved ones come first and writing can happen when everyone is tucked up in bed and asleep.

I’m so pleased that I have my partner in crime for NaNoWriMo this year, my friend Amy. Pretty much every night we sit together on Skype (typing, not call or video) and discuss our novels, as well as beauty related matters!

I apologise by the way that this post is late being written up and posted, I got up rather early this morning but instead of turning my laptop on, I just chilled out in bed, keeping warm and watching YouTube videos. Then before I knew it I had to get up to go meet my best friend to have lunch at the German Market. It was lovely and after that I headed over to Coventry to my boyfriends, which is where I am right now.

We’ve just gone through my NaNoWriMo novel, as he’s my proof reader for it he ensures that if anything needs correcting on it or parts of the story added, we work through it together to do just that, which is why this post  is a little late too.

I can’t believe this time next week NaNoWriMo will be over for another year and Christmas will soon be around the corner, as well as my posts being written normally again.

I know this post is only brief but I’m not sure what much to say. This week has been pretty normal and straight forward with NaNoWriMo and quite frankly I’m glad! As much as I love to write I’m fed up of writing everyday now. I want to get back to being able to come home, relax and get some awesome blog posts written up for you all to enjoy.

Roll on next Friday!

I hope everyone is doing well and as I’ve said the past 2 weeks, if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo, please let me know in the comments down below how you’re getting on!

Until next time, take care all!

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NaNoWriMo – Week 2

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I won’t lie, this week was tough and I really don’t know how I got through it and carried on.

After last Friday I had a busy and hectic weekend. I’d woken up on that Friday to get some morning and afternoon writing done before  my boyfriend came over. He had his last gig in Wolverhampton and we said we would leave early so as not to catch any traffic, trust me it should take only 30 minutes to get to Wolvo and back, but it took us just under an hour.

So he came to meet me at mine and I think he expected me to be ready to go, but he just got here so quickly and I was so busy writing and getting my creative juices flowing that I hadn’t realised the time. It took me an hour to get ready, pack my bag for when we came back in the early hours and tidy my room ready for Sunday night when I would be back from his.

With that we set off to Wolverhampton, then Birmingham to pick up my things and then back to Coventry. But the traveling didn’t stop there. On Saturday morning we had to travel to Wales to pick up a purchase my boyfriend made on eBay and our friend who is also one of his band mates was lovely enough to take us.

The trip was tiring and I ended up napping in the van on the way home, as well as when we got home. I didn’t feel at all well and my boyfriend tried to encourage me to write, but I just couldn’t. I had zero energy and due to it I felt pretty crap too.

We were meant to go to the cinema in the evening to watch Bad Grandpa but after so much traveling we called it off and said we would go the next weekend, which is now this weekend.

We eventually went to sleep but come Sunday I still felt the same as I had done on the Saturday and due to be tired I once again didn’t get any writing done. I came home and felt just as bad so I said to myself I would sit down and do loads of writing come Monday evening after I finished work.

However come Monday evening I felt pretty low and miserable and I have no idea why! I’m a woman, I suppose. Either way I didn’t get any writing done then either, so come Tuesday I said to myself when I got home I would stay up as long as it would take to catch up.

I sat on my laptop until 3am in the morning and wrote 7,308 words. I’ve never written that many words in one session before for NaNoWriMo and now I look at it, I can’t believe I actually wrote that many words!

Sadly this didn’t mean I’d caught up but I said to myself I would do the same again after working on Wednesday and with that I finished writing around 3.30am after writing 2,523 words and with that I had officially caught up!

Now it’s day 15 of the NaNoWriMo challenge and I’m currently on 23,399 and I’m due to be on 25,000 words which I’m going to get started with as soon as I’ve finished writing this post.

Sorry it’s been so long, but I just felt the need to explain why I had to catch up.

I still can’t believe on Monday night in my woe and misery that I was saying to my boyfriend, as well as ranting on my Twitter how I was a failure and that I wasn’t going to be able to catch up in time etc.

My boyfriend has been the most amazing person ever (as he always is!) and just encouraged me to carry on writing. He’s the only person I’ve been sending each finished chapter of my novel to as I trust his opinions and he loves my story so far, telling me what to change in it for the better if he finds any hiccups.

I’m really quite proud of myself that I have managed to catch up, the only downside of it is now my sleep pattern is a tad messed up, but I’ll be able to fix that this weekend.

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? Let me know in the comments how you’re getting on if you are. 🙂

Well I’m off to get my daily word count written so I can get on with what I need to for the day.

I hope everyone’s had a great week and I only wish you an awesome weekend!

Until next time, take care all.

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NaNoWriMo – Week 1

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Well it’s a been a whole week since November and NaNoWriMo started and I’d like to think I’m doing good so far!

On the first day I wrote over 5,000 words. Amazing huh? I didn’t get to do much over the weekend mind as I was busy seeing my boyfriend, as well as attending an all day gig that Four Floors Of Whores were attending, which I of course took pictures of.

Right now as I’m writing this I’m not only shamefully  listening to Wrecking Ball (not even joking ladies and possible gents!) I’m also on 12,217 words for my novel. I would have been on more, probably 15,000 but I took my Mom late night shopping yesterday after work and I didn’t get home until after 11pm so I was far too tired to turn my laptop on and get on with any writing, sad to say.

However I have the morning to myself before I am whisked off by my boyfriend to Wolverhampton for Four Floors Of Whores last gig of the year whilst the two guitarists go off to have their babies. 🙂

I won’t lie, on day 5 I actually contemplated giving up but I’m really glad I never because I know I would have regretted it otherwise. I was suffering from a mild outbreak of writers block (as well as tiredness after work) and I think I was worrying about whether or not work would interfere with me writing or not, but so far it hasn’t done that at all.

So really as soon as I get home from my close shift at work, I just get on with my writing and attempt to write as much as possible, which I’ll be doing as soon as this post is written. 😛

I’m rather proud of myself for how much I’ve done so far, although a part of me wishes I had written more but that’s just the type of writer I am and have always been and throughout the past week I’ve  moaned how badly I’m doing, even though my friend Amy (who is also taking part in NaNoWriMo) and my boyfriend have both commented on how well I’m doing right now.

Speaking of Amy, I want to just give a mini shout out to her. She’s been doing amazing this year so far for NaNoWriMo and is currently on over 15,000 words! As well as this she has also started writing on her blog again, as well as giving it a brand new name! She does amazing reviews for make up products and I would recommend you checking her out over at vondork.blogspot.co.uk

I finally got to meet Amy after probably five years of knowing her online and it was amazing to meet her, she was so lovely and bubbly but I’m saving all the details for a blog post in the next week or so, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

I can safely say my music has changed from Miley Cyrus to Calvin Harris (ooft!) so now I’m off to get on with some more writing.

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, if so how are you getting on so far? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next Friday, take care all and I hope everyone is doing well so far this November.

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NaNoWriMo 2013

I mentioned that I would be taking part in NaNoWriMo on a recent blog post (link) and as some of you may not know about NaNoWriMo, I thought I would tell you all about it!

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NaNoWriMo is an exciting writing (Ha! That rhymed!) event that occurs ever November of the year. Writers get themselves pumped up to write a 50,000 word novel i just 30 days! So it takes place from the start until the end of November and whilst you don’t win anything cool like a book deal for the novel you’ve written or some money to spend on some writing equipment, you do get that sort of pride that you wrote that many words in 30 days. It’s something I’ve added to my writing CV when I apply for experience and jobs, as well as when I’ve been applying for my writing postgraduate degree.

The first year I took part was in 2011, after my friend Sophie mentioned it to me over coffee one afternoon. When I got home I had a look on their website and it was exactly how my friend had described it, so I signed up and started to think of some story ideas that I could write-up.

My friend Sophie an I met up a week or so before NaNoWriMo was due to start and we discussed what story ideas we’d both come up with, as well as buy ourselves some notebooks for writing ideas and notes in. We spent a good hour or so in Starbucks writing and discussing ideas and it was great, it reminded me of when we were both at university in our creative writing class. I really miss those days.

That afternoon I went home with a great idea and this is the one I used for my novel.

Image taken from http://meditativemeanderings.blogspot.co.uk as I can’t find the old email that I had mine on.

I started on 1st November, as if you start beforehand or use a novel that you’ve already been writing it’s classed as cheating and while you wouldn’t get into trouble about it from anyone, it’s just pointless to do really. Anyway, I digress! I started on 1st November, as everyone did/does and I finished 5 days early on the 25th November. I was and I am still really proud of myself for doing so well with the challenge and to this day I still can’t believe I wrote that many words in such a short period of time.

Since then I’ve been continuing writing that novel and as of yet, it isn’t finished and it still needs to be proof read as I really would like to try and get it published in the future.

In 2012 I attempted NaNoWriMo again but I did really badly the first week and ended up quitting on the idea of being able to do it, thus I gave up and was really disheartened about it all. But this being said November 2012 was a really bad month for me and the last thing on my mind was writing, even though I love it so much.  Plus I was always at work and for some reasons I was always doing late and night shifts during this month, which sucked as it meant I had no time to do my writing.

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I’m going to learn from last year and try my best this year to complete NaNoWriMo again! I’ve been thinking of novel ideas already and have a few in mind, which is great for me!

I have a month now to plan and such like that and I have a feeling my boyfriend as well as my fellow writer friends who take part in NaNoWriMo every year will be really encouraging and supportive when it comes to writing everyday, which will help so much. I really do hope I complete NaNoWriMo this year and if I don’t, I hope I at least get closer to it than I did last year.

In a months time I’ll be writing a post to update you all on how I’m ready, what my plan is for writing and such like that. Also at the end of each week in November (so it’ll be on Sunday evening or Monday morning) I’ll be keeping you up to date with my progress on NaNoWriMo.

Before reading this post did you know about NaNoWriMo? If not did you find out about it through this post?

If you already knew about NaNoWriMo, will you be taking part in it this year like myself? If you found out about it through this post, are you inclined to give it a go now?

Let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to hear from you.

I’m so excited for NaNoWriMo this year that I’m already getting ready to buy a notebook so jot all my ideas and notes down in. The more organised I get myself, the better!

Until next time, take care and I hope everyone’s week has been good. Enjoy your weekends all and I’ll see you next week with my monthly posts.

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