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Thank Goodness It’s Over

Thank Goodness It’s Over

NaNoWriMo this year was a struggle. Hitting 50k wasn’t the hard part — in many ways, that was easier than the last few years. The hard part was finishing the novel, which I’d promised myself I’d do. I haven’t finished a first draft since writing¬†Bard in March/April last year, and while I wrote a complete redraft of another book earlier this year, that’s not quite the same as getting to the end of something new. It’s been so long since…

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To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

NaNoWriMo has been a part of my life since I was thirteen. In 2009, somebody on the writing website Protagonize.com was talking about National Novel Writing Month and, being a keen/obsessive writer at the time, I decided to sign up, although it was already the seventh of November and I had no plot, characters, or experience of writing a novel. Nevertheless, I succeeded at the 50,000 word challenge, and finished my first (terrible, short, cliched) novel. I’ve done NaNo every…

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Past And Plans

Past And Plans

Did you know, it’s seven years since I joined WordPress? It’s funny — it feels both longer ago than that, and much more recent. For example, I was sure I had a blog before I started NaNoWriMo for the first time, in 2009, but if I didn’t join WordPress until nearly the end of November, I obviously didn’t. Perhaps I created it in the wake of my first year of NaNo success, still riding the high of finishing my first…

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NaNo Reflections At 42k

NaNo Reflections At 42k

I’m now at around 42k for NaNoWriMo this year (this is definitely one of my slower experiences), and I figured since 42 is meant to be the answer to life, the universe, and everything, it was time for an update on my progress and feelings. Then I wrote this post and wasn’t sure if it was worth writing, because it feels kind of a downer. Oh well. Too late now. I managed to write a fair amount early on last…

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First Drafts And Second Guesses

First Drafts And Second Guesses

I spent a lot of time second-guessing my decision to do NaNoWriMo this year. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense, committing to write fifty thousand words this month when I have multiple essays, dissertation drafts, translations, and other work-related things to do. It would mean I couldn’t read as much, and would generally be one stress more than I needed. I also couldn’t face the thought of failing. I have never lost NaNo, not since I was thirteen…

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Back To The Bad Guys

Back To The Bad Guys

My plan had been to set aside my darker, angstier stories for a while and work on a book known only as HAPPY GAY MAGICAL NOVEL, but it turned out that my brain hasn’t been in a position to create much lately, so trying to write a first draft seemed a bit futile. I couldn’t come up with a plot — trying to fix the holes in an existing one was difficult enough.  Besides, my country is falling apart and…

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Consistency and Success

Consistency and Success

I’ve been pretty absent from this blog for a while now. Actually, if you knew me in real life, you’d know that I’ve been pretty absent from all sorts of things: lectures, social activities, ballet classes… The vague illness I’ve been feeling for a few weeks decided to completely decimate me for the past week, which I spent primarily in bed. On the plus side, I watched all thirteen episodes of Jessica Jones and the first season and a half…

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Expectations And Realism

Expectations And Realism

I passed 25k for NaNoWriMo this morning. I probably should have been working on one of the two essays due within the next week, but I decided to start the day with some writing, and I enjoyed doing it. I also enjoyed reaching that milestone, even though a couple of years ago that would have been disappointing. The problem with having been a very very fast writer (before I had university to get in the way, and wrist problems to…

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NaNo Cold Feet

NaNo Cold Feet

It’s funny — university is hitting me much harder this year in terms of time to blog, even though I don’t feel quite as overwhelmed and panicked by the amount of things I’m doing. That said, there are quite a few things that I’m meant to be doing that I haven’t done. Today, for example, I was meant to have a rehearsal for Pirates of Penzance from 2-5pm, but since I didn’t get up until 2.30pm, that … didn’t exactly…

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NaNo Rebelling

NaNo Rebelling

This evening I made a decision: I will not be writing a novel this November as part of National Novel Writing Month. After five years of participating in and completing the challenge, this is a very weird thought. But because I’m a masochist, I couldn’t resist taking part anyway. My reasons for not writing a novel weren’t related to time commitments, wrist concerns, or even that I don’t think I can commit to a long piece of writing like that…

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