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NaNoWriMo 2015 ~ Now That It’s Over…Am I Happy?

I WON NANOWRIMO AGAIN THIS YEAR!!!!!

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Gotta love The Carlton!

My total wordcount at the end of the month was 50,144!

I realize, however, that this doesn’t matter very much.

It’s not really the wordcount that matters; it’s your goal, of course, but…let’s face it, making the decision to even take up such a challenge is huge.

It’s not just a decision to write every day; writing every day is something that I already do, and have done for years.
But it’s a decision to carve out even more time from your day to devote to it.  I stayed up later than usual all of the last month–and that’s saying something.
There were days that I didn’t get to the “daily goal” of 1,667, but I could still feel proud of myself.  Even on that day I only managed 700 words, I decided not to stress out about it.  What good would that have done?  That was only one day, and  I made up for what I didn’t write then later.
NaNoWriMo is stressful enough as it is.

But…am I happy?

Yes…and no.
I am super happy to have accomplished this crazy goal again this year–I won NaNoWriMo!  
I am so glad that there is an entire community of people just as crazy as I am; just as passionate about the art that is writing, and super-duper encouraging!

But, of course, the majority of what I wrote was rubbish.  Of course it was!  That’s what happens when you write so much in only thirty days.  It’s not really going to be any good; there might be a few paragraphs here and there…but even in those terrible paragraphs, there are ideas behind them.  Ideas that might be fantastic, once all of the junk around them has been cleared away.
As I’ve said a few thousand times; quantity over quality.  Especially when you remember that it’s just a first draft–there’s a reason you don’t parade those around and show them to everybody.

It’s not about being happy with what you wrote.
NaNoWriMo is about being glad that you have written.
It’s about the challenge; it’s proving to yourself what you’re capable of.  (Because I feel like writers in general tend to doubt themselves; I know I’m my worst critic.)

I love NaNoWriMo.  I really, really do.

I need to go grab a blanket and a cup of tea…I might still be in some mild form of shock after all of the craziness that was my November.  XD
But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How about you?
How many years have you attempted NaNoWriMo?
What was your experience with it this year?
No matter how many words you managed to scribble down, you should be proud of yourself!  🙂

I always treat myself to something writing related after NaNoWriMo; last year I bought myself a poster….  Any suggestions for this year?  I’ve been clicking around on Etsy, looking at NaNo Merch….

 

~*~RaeAnne

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NaNoWriMo2015 ~ Day 15

HalfwayThere!!Wow, guys!!!   I can’t believe that this year of NaNoWriMo is already halfway done!
I hit the 25K mark on Day 15–which was a bit of an accomplishment, as I had a little over 2,000 to write.  🙂

Even if you’re not at 25K, or if you’re already at the 50K–HOW DO PEOPLE DO THAT?!?!–you still have plenty of time and you should be proud of what you’ve managed to accomplish so far!  😀

I feel like I’m not halfway done with my story yet, though; I think I’ve been rambling a bit (quantity over quality)…but that’s fine, too!  And I would guess I’m not the only one with that problem…I’m a Pantser, too, so there’s that!  XD

I’m so excited to see where the remainder of the month will get me!  🙂

 

~*~RaeAnne

NaNoWriMo ~ Day 10

Between real life and writing like crazy for NaNoWriMo, I’ve been a bit busy lately!  It’s a wonderful thing, though; and NaNo has been going pretty well these past few days!  NaNoCountingDay10

There are still those times when it’s incredibly tough to write a few hundred words, and I’m still not sure how all of this is all going to fit together (Pantser, here!) but it’s being written slowly but surely!  🙂  My wordcount, not including the 500 words I’ve written so far today, is 15,204–not too shabby!  🙂

It’s fanfiction, as I believe I’ve said, and it’s been fun to experiment with different ages of a few beloved characters!  😀

It’s still been rather stressful, but today is day 10–the days go by an awful lot quicker than they feel like they do when you’re up until ridiculous hours of the morning, writing the few words that come to you just because you must write them!

How has NaNoWriMo been for you so far?  What are you most excited about?

~*~RaeAnne

NaNoWriMo2015 ~ Days 3 and 4

Well, guys, the initial excitement of NaNoWriMo has dwindled away.  When you’re writing nearly 2,000 words a day, I suppose that doesn’t take long.

I’m definitely finding it more difficult this year than I did last year–but, then again, I’m much busier this year than I was last year.  I really need to make time for it throughout the day, though.  The 1,000 words I had left to write yesterday were awfully daunting; the only reason I wrote that many, I believe, is because I didn’t want to shuffle off the last half of them to the next day.

Day 3, I was up to par, which was 5,000 words–only just!  Again, I found it taxing to get to that number.
And, yesterday, Day 4, it was just shy of midnight before I had gotten to my stopping spot.  The par for yesterday was 6,667; I got to 6,644 and left myself with a good place to start today.

Like I mentioned before, those last 500 words or so were hard to crank out.  I made use of my stash of chocolate, though (mentioned in my Survival Kit to NaNoWriMo post), as a means to reward myself for each few hundred words or so.
I’m sure by now that everyone is familiar with the “JUST DO IT!”
video of Shia LaBeouf; I got a good laugh out of that last night–and there’s nothing like someone yelling in your ear to motivate you.  (I prefer more soft-spoken encouragement, but that’s mostly because if someone is yelling at me, I just want to punch them!  XD )

Also, I turned on some wonderful music that I recently discovered!  Again, Mannheim Steamroller, as mentioned in this post about music to listen to while writing; and, again, from one of the many Fresh Aire albums.  Two songs in particular stood out to me:  Escape from the Atmosphere, and Earthrise.  They’re both quirky songs, the former of which is over 10 minutes long, but they’re something to just switch it up a bit!  🙂

*Sigh*  All of this talk about writing and I’ve not really done any today…guess what I’m off to do?

Good luck, to all of you attempting NaNoWriMo this year!  If I can make it through the tough days, then you’ll have no problem doing the same!

~*~RaeAnne

NaNoWriMo2015– Day 2

WritingsuppliesI managed to write 1,563 words in one sitting yesterday!!  I shared this photo beforehand, saying that I had comfortable pants on, my hair was up (I find it distracting otherwise; just a quirk!), Pandora was playing, and I had a big ol’ cup of tea!

What things do you need when you write?

How’s NaNoWriMo for you so far?

~*~RaeAnne

NaNoWriMo 2015 ~ Day 1

I made my super crazy busy weekend a little bit crazier as I started NaNoWriMo yesterday.  And, let me just say, NaNoWriMoCountingI’m so excited!!  It’s so completely insane, but I’ve done it before and know I can do it again.

And yesterday, I wrote 1,778 words–more than the “daily goal”…so I’m proud of myself for that, too!  XD

I’m writing a fanfiction piece for Beauty and the Beast!  As a Pantser, I didn’t really have anything planned…but I’m enjoying where things are going so far!

I’ve been hopping on my computer at random times and writing a few hundred words–and it’s going splendidly thus far!  🙂

How ’bout you?  What are you writing about?  How many years have you done NaNo?  How much are you loving it already?

~*~RaeAnne

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit–Are You Ready?

Everybody is different, something that the people over at the NaNoWriMo site understand!  Something that I like about that is that they realize people write differently.  There are the Pantsers, and the Planners.  The former, Pantsers, fly by the seat of their pants–which explains the funny name.  And the Planners…are just that!

Are you a Pantser, or a Planner?
Funnily enough, I’m a Pantser.  At least, in regards to NaNoWriMo I am.  I take it seriously, but perhaps not as seriously as I would other projects, so I’m not sitting there mapping out every detail for months.
Personally, then, all I have right now are a handful of ideas.  I know what I’m going to write about, and a few vague ideas about plot points here and there, but that’s all.  I find that planning things out scene by scene is overwhelming and limiting–this is true in my “regular” writing as well.  It’s stifling, and my poor muse is confined to a small room instead of the vast outdoors.  There’s nothing wrong with the people who plan for months and months, but that’s just not how I approach NaNoWriMo!
It might also help that I really only ever see myself doing something like fan-fiction for NaNoWriMo; that’s what I did last year, and what I’ll do this year.  It helps, then, I think, as I have my characters sorta figured out, and a bit of a plot to mess around with as I see fit–or one that I come up with entirely!  The setting could change, too…the possibilities with fan-fiction are endless (just click around the Internet!), but it also provides a bit of structure, so that’s nice.

As a Pantser, my survival kit is probably a bit smaller than that of a Planner might be.  I don’t have a myriad of notebooks to keep track of, maps that I’ve sketched, any of those things….  But here’s a few things that I think will help me get through NaNo this year:

My wonderful writing program, Scrivener:
Up until NaNoWriMo last year, I mostly wrote things on paper.  Obviously that would prove difficult for writing 50,000 words, so I had to change that up.  And I’m glad I did.  My problem with writing things by hand was that it took too long; my thoughts would get ahead of what my hand could scrawl across the page–and that’s with writing in shorthand!
Sure, any ol’ program will work just fine, but I’m excited to use Scrivener this year!
And if you’re the type who attacks NaNoWriMo with a paper and pen (or pencil), then…more power to ya!  I can just imagine the hand cramps….

Chocolate!!  (Or some other snack….):
Snacks are important, of course!  I prefer chocolate to anything else, and have a stash in my desk just for the purpose of eating while I’m writing!
Over the course of the month, I’m sure I’ll eat many different things as I write…but chocolate is just so wonderful!
It provides a slight distraction (especially if you have something like Skittles with different flavors to it!), and something else to focus on for a moment or two, but sometimes that’s helpful.  Plus, if you’re eating chocolate, there’s some caffeine in there!  XD

Good music:
Your taste will differ from mine, and probably on the type of scene you’re writing!  I mentioned some of my favorite artists/albums to listen to while writing in a previous post.  What do you find helpful when you’re writing–or can you not have any noise at all?

Moral support:
NaNoWriMo is not easy.  The very act of writing isn’t easy–it’s simple, sure, but that’s not the same thing!  Though I don’t talk much about what I’m writing, that doesn’t mean that I don’t need a few people to encourage me while I write!
My family and friends are wonderful at this…and the NaNo community is awfully nice, too!

A designated writing space (and time?):
I need minimal distractions.  I’m not the type of gal who will go to a coffee shop with my laptop and write to my heart’s content; partially because I don’t drink coffee, and just because that doesn’t appeal to me!  I might do it for a change of pace, but that has yet to happen….
The room I choose to write in is my bedroom, but that’s as specific as I get with it.  Maybe I’ll sit on my bed, or at my desk…it just depends!
Also, I usually choose to write late at night, when most everyone else is sleeping; the distractions are kept to a minimum, then.  And I just like to write at night!

Tea (or coffee, if that’s more your thing):
Always!  Tea is good for everything, but I see myself drinking an awful many pots of the wonderful stuff over the month of November.  (This won’t be a big change for me!)  I like to drink tea as I write…for no particular reason!  🙂  The same reason that I snack while I write, perhaps?  It’s calming, if nothing else.

Something to reward yourself with once you’ve reached your goal:
Whatever your goal is, you deserve to reward yourself once you’ve reached it!  This will provide a little bit more motivation, too, though the feeling of having reached a goal is a reward in itself!
Splurge a bit!  You’ve accomplished something incredibly difficult and taxing!  Throw yourself a little party and celebrate!

What will help you with NaNoWriMo this year?  Are you a Pantser or a Planner?
Good luck, to anyone attempting NaNo this year!  You’ll do splendidly!

I would love to know how you’re doing with your novel!
Follow my Instagram and Twitter accounts, and be my buddy over at the NaNoWriMo site!  I’ll gladly follow you back!

I’ll be sharing updates here daily, as well as on my social media sites–and the NaNoWriMo one!

You can do this!  And so can I!  XD

~*~RaeAnne

What I Love About NaNoWriMo

There are many things I enjoyed about my experience with NaNoWriMo last year.  Here’s a list of just a few of those things!

  • Copy of NANOWRIMOThe community.
    I’m not sure I can express just how helpful and kind the community on the NaNoWriMo site is!  Always so encouraging and there when you need them!  🙂
  • I am especially thankful for the people who make book covers for you–just for fun, because they’re cool like that!  I’ve completely fallen in love with the one I was given last year; and the one I had made for me this year is wonderfully splendid!
  • It makes me sit down and write every day.
    I do some online role-playing, and usually some journaling, so this isn’t such a big one for me.  But I feel like it is, at the same time–roleplays and novels (*gulp*) are two very different things.
    Sure, there are days I only get a few hundred words written; but those are a few hundred words I didn’t have written before I sat down.
  • I actually finished something!
    …well, a substantial first-draft of something, anyway.
    That was the first time I’d ever written something that long.  And getting past that goal of 50,000 words felt soooo good!
  • Quantity over Quality:
    This is sorta the way NaNoWriMo works–not that you make an effort to write poorly.  And, for writing the first draft of something, that’s completely how it should be!  Just spit it all out…that’s what editing is for, after all.
  • The Writing Badges
    They offer other badges, too (some of which are new this year?), but I just like them!  They make you feel even more accomplished at those “little” points along the way.  Each little word adds up!
  • The merch is pretty neat….
    I treated myself to a poster last year when I’d finished!  I’m contemplating a mug or t-shirt this year!

I’m so excited for NaNoWriMo!  How ’bout you?  What do you love about NaNoWriMo?

~*~RaeAnne

What is NaNoWriMo?

Ten days from today, it will be November 1st, the first day of NaNoWriMo.  I’m getting excited and nervous!  I plan on posting NANOWRIMOhere…perhaps daily, about my experiences with the crazy challenge I’m setting for myself this year.  I attempted (and won!) NaNoWriMo last year, and plan on doing so again this year!

But what is NaNoWriMo?

It’s short for National Novel Writing Month.
The month of November…your goal is to write (a minimum of) 50,000 words.

Yes, it is as crazy as it sounds.
My friend over at Caught Between the Pages encouraged me to do it last year.  It was something I’d heard of a long time ago, but always thought sounded insane and wondered why anyone would do it.
But I like a good challenge every now and then….  🙂  And I’m not the only one.  Hundreds of thousands of people participate in this each year!

And, really, if you’re consistent and make a point of sitting down to write every day, the goal is only 1,667 words a day, I do believe!  Obviously there will be days when you reach that goal, some days when you surpass it, and some days when you get nowhere near it–but that’s alright.
For me, the hardest part of a day of writing is actually starting.  If I sit down with a pot of tea and make myself write, it gets easier as time goes on.

Obviously, this is more about quantity than quality…but it’s also more about actually just writing than anything else.  Maybe you’ve been in a funk–this is one way to just get yourself writing again.

It’s a challenge.  And it’s something that feels amazing to have finished!

Are you going to attempt NaNoWriMo this year?  Have you done it before?  What do you have in mind?

I’ll be posting more tomorrow about my personal experience with NaNoWriMo!

~*~RaeAnne

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