Wednesday, November 1, 2017

It's NaNoWriMo Time!

I almost titled this, "Happy NaNoWriMo!" but then thought people might find it weird because most don't feel like it's a happy time? I know it stresses some out, and it can be disappointing to not reach 50k by the end of the month. But for me, it's always been fairly motivating. I've never actually won NaNo before, but it's gotten me to write. those. words. down! One year, I wrote 16k words. They're all basically trash now, as I've figured out how I want to restart that novel. But it was good to get a beginning down, and some of the words will stay. Last year, well, I didn't write anything. The election completely threw me, and I tried to write, but I couldn't. So I'm looking forward to doing this again, when I'm in a better mental health mindset and I can give more time to it.

And this year, I'm just really excited because of the WIP I've decided to work on. Originally, it was going to be the redraft of the one above. I started thinking about where to start, but I couldn't settle on a POV. (I still haven't). But now, I know what I want to write, and while it's something I've been working on, I'm starting a new beginning. After reading the Meet Cute anthology, I got inspired to write my own meet cute. I wanted a challenge; I wanted to motivate myself to finish a project of slightly lesser demanding and word amount. I kept saying it will only be a short story. But one night while I was trying to fall asleep (because this is apparently the only time when my creativity is on), I realized that I wanted to turn it into a full-length novel. And it's going to be my NaNo project!

I've been outlining it for weeks now. It's not to the extent of one of Cait's (LOL whose is?), but it's more than I've ever done for a WIP before. I wanted to get into the mindset of working on it now, and of knowing what I want to do, so that when I inevitably hit a writer's block or bad MH day, I have a direction. Too many times before I've given up BECAUSE I couldn't figure out where to go in a story. So, what was the harm in giving outlining a try? We shall see how it works out for me at the end of the month! I'm REALLY hoping to hit 50k and actually win NaNo, but I'm also hoping to get such a huge start in the book that finishing it within a few months won't be a problem. Because, you know what? It's high time to get serious about becoming an author.

I've known this awhile, and I DO intermittently work on WIPs during my days off. But I'm not a great self-motivator when it comes to life, and I never know how to un-stuck myself in a book. It ends up being SLOOOOW going, and I've never been able to type the words The End. I've never gotten to that point. But I am so in love with this story. I say that all the time, but DAMN it won't let me go. It wouldn't let go so much that I could not help wanting to write more of it, and make it into a novel. And like, I'm just so excited that I've barely been able to stop myself from starting it early. (I would, but then I'd have to manually figure out word count all the time, and ugh no I'm lazy). So yeah, happy NaNoWriMo month, guys! LET'S GET ALL THE WORDS WRITTEN.

Without further ado, probably the part you're all here for, some details about my newest WIP!

*it's set in college, but my MCs are teens (so I'd call this upper YA? idk, but it's YA)
*dual POV
*soft boy named Sean who just wants to work at his family's orchard for the rest of his life
*ambitious and wild girl named Amelia who doesn't know what she wants to do with her life
*also bi and leans mostly toward girls but finds herself still attracted to Sean, but anyway she's got a girlfriend now
*breakups are hard though
*it's set two years after Sean and Amelia first meet at the orchard
*they decide to keep in touch, even knowing it should be platonic
*this story is all about relationships, and how growing up is complicated and full of mistakes and learning
*it's a lot fluffier than MOST of my books honestly
*but therapy and mental health are still major components here, as well as sexuality and other sociocultural elements
*however, the story itself is not dark and sad, which I LIKE
*Amelia has a fam consisting of her dad, brother, and cousin, and her relationships with them are such a big part of her life (and it's also one of the things I loved most about writing their meet cute)
*Sean's grandma practically raised him after his mother walked out and his dad threw himself into maintaining the family business
*he learns how to bake exceptionally well from her (but not as good as her bc of course)
*it's full of some of my fave things: fall, apple cider, donuts, Michigan, the first year of college, hoodies & jeans & boots weather, history, walks around campus, discovering what you want to major in/do with your life, complex bitch queen MCs, the complicated relationships with friends and family, mental health positivity

So yeah, I can't wait to get started today! I don't know how much writing I'll get done on work days, but I'll see what I can do. I think I'll be playing a lot of catch-up, which is fine, because I always have a ton of time on the weekends to do it. However, my computer is currently not working, so I have to take it in and I don't know WHEN I'll be able to start NaNo. Will probably hop on the family computer until my laptop is fixed, but ugh. BUT I am determined as fuck to win NaNo this year!

Are you guys doing NaNo too? If so, we should be buddies! Add me: skizzles22 :) I wish you all the best in your writerly endeavors!

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