Thursday, June 28, 2012

The End

Do you no how good it feels to type The End at the end of a month long haul of full on novel-ing? If you don't then you obviously have never tried and won a NaNoWriMo. I actually think that this NaNoWriMo was the best one yet for six reasons.

  • 1) It was in the summer, so no school to worry about, and plenty of time to write.
  • 2) I actually finished the novel, a feat I haven't actually done in a NaNo before (The 13th Games does not count)
  • 3) I wrote almost everyday and stayed on track with the word count
  • 4) I was trying something new with writing- a new genre
  • 5) There was a really interesting character and a pretty interesting character who were really fun to write
  • 6) I used a lot of people and events from my own life in my novel which over all made the whole thing seem a lot more real, but that's because I know what character is drawn from what person.
I should also say that a lot of the problems that are in Love By Text (New Title wanted, Old Title irrelevant), come from my life. Writing about them and incorporating them into the story helped me to better understand them and figure them out. It was like my own form of therapy.

A lot of ideas and events that I had planned to write, I never got around to writing because I felt like they didn't fit in the story just right at the moment. Some of these ideas include Ben hooking up with Julia again and Amy finding out when she surprises Ben at college, Amy and Ben writing letters back and forth to each other (Which was at first the entire reason for the story), and the Epilogue when Amy graduates and drives to see Ben in college. 

So, time for a two week break from novel writing. I have an announcement, I think, set to post on July 1st, so I better start preparing for whatever that may be. Time to catch up on some much needed sleep. 

Still looking for New Titles. Can't wait to start revising... Wait, what?


Friday, June 15, 2012

The Greatest Speech Ever Made

"There is a certain standard we must all hold ourselves to. We must not allow ourselves to grow lazy and foolish because with laziness and foolishness comes only evil. We need to be kind and caring to whoever we meet. We are all travelling the same road, we are just at different places. We need to be individual and independent, but with that we need to have a certain unity. It is our uniqueness and our individuality that unites us. We only have one life. Would you rather your one life be for good or for evil?"   ~Opi at Opinionated

Monday, June 11, 2012

Can't Quite Wrap My Head Around It

Hullo, It's me, Snowie, with a little quarterly (Sort of) Camp NaNoWriMo post. Isn't that exciting!!! Okay... So it's not all that exciting unless you really care about how things are going. That being said, I'll get on with the post.
Stats of Stats-ness
Look me up on NaNo!
Stars and moons

At this very moment, I am at 17,420 words. The Goal for today is 18,333, so I still have a little bit of work to do tonight. I haven't fallen behind yet which is actually pretty exciting. I am resisting the urge to research Pittsburgh, New York, and Boston because I will spend more time researching than writing. That means that I will fall behind and have to have writing sprees till 3am for the rest of the week just to catch up. I've done it before, just look at my stats from last November, and it is not fun.

Those of you who read my plot and character outline on Google Docs know what happens in the beginning and the end and a little of the middle parts. Those who have read Love By Text on Figment know everything that will be said in this paragraph, so you can skip ahead. So, what has happened to Amy and Ben since the beginning? Amy and Ben have spent a lot of time together in close, confined spaces. Don't take that the wrong way. For about 60% of what I've written, Amy and Ben have been stuck in a car together. Ben took Amy to her sister's college because he was passing by the college on the way to his own college. Amy spent the majority of the trip there sleeping in the passenger seat. Then, a week or so later, they meet up in the woods after Ben finds out that his dad is getting married to Raina, Dad's girlfriend. Amy and Ben decide to get away together for a while and they take off on a three day car trip headed East. They plan to go through Pittsburgh, New York, and Boston.

What's next for Love By Text? Well, I am hopping some crazy things will happen to them on their road trip and that these things will make for an awesome week two. Hopefully by the end of Week Two, beginning of Week Three, I'll part Amy and Ben. Ben goes off to college, Amy starts her senior year of high school. And for about a month they don't talk until Amy sends Ben a letter. The letters and texting begin, Ben's Dad gets married, Amy is putting up with her crush and Jenna and dealing with her life, Raina (the Dad's new wife) gets pregnant, et cetera, et cetera.

As many of you know, I have put Love By Text on a writing website called Figment. And... People actually like it! I mean... Yeah, people like it. I knew they would. It's no surprise. I'm just that awesome. Playing it cool, playing it cool. As Harry Banks said, "If at first you do succeed - try to hide your astonishment." Right? It's just a little hard to wrap my head around, but the encouragement is really nice.

Alright. I have to go write if I want to hit 18,333 word before midnight! Good luck to everyone trying this insane writing challenge. And it sucks to be you if you aren't (Yes, I am talking to you Baker)!

Best of Writings!


*Update* Hit Today's (Well Technically Yesterday's) Word Goal of 18,333 words with twenty seconds to spare. OH YEAH! 18,342 words Baby!

Friday, June 1, 2012

CAMP NaNoWriMo June 2012

Yes, that is right! Today is June 1st, the first day of 2012's first NaNoWriMo, camp style. I stayed up until Midnight to start writing (Well, I actually started writing at eleven. Shh....) and had a little over 2000 words down by 1am. I can already tell that week three is going to suck. I have Amy's exposition down along with her voice. She is currently meeting Ben by the lake at the way to drunk high school party. I might have a little fun with them and make them go swimming or paddle boating. We will see where it goes. I am hoping to reach 5,000 words today. NaNoWriMo is so much easier when I don't have school seven hours a day. Maybe I'll be one of those people who finishes NaNo within the first two weeks. That would be amazing!

Alright. Enough Blogging, More Novelling.


P.S. Click THIS to read my novel.

P.P.S. Thinking about scrapping my second and third revisions of the Night Stalker.

P.P.P.S. Second and Third Versions Scrapped. It actually feels a lot better now.