Completing Rune Mage and Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017

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*screams*

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July camp NaNoWriMo is done! And also, Rune Mage is also done at 198k words and 100 chapters! My gosh, when I first started writing this in November 2016 as my NaNoWriMo project, I didn’t anticipate it to be this long. I was aiming for 100-120k and then kinda overshot. Oops.

Rune Mage has been the most Nano’d of my projects — it began its life in November 2016 as my second attempt at NaNoWriMo, and having journeyed through two camps (and the months in-between) I’m so chuffed that it’s finished before it turns a year old. Certainly my best work to date — but then again, I feel that way with every book completed.

The rest of Rune Mage will be updated daily on Radish Fiction (you can find it on the app) until its completion. The Wattpad one will be updated 2-3 times a week until completion; I would update more regularly but the algorithm can be quite unforgiving if I did that, so that’ll have to stay that way.

The next step is “what is the next step”? I have three plot bunnies waiting to be properly brewed; I also have significant editing of this story that needs to be done, now that the lore is fully established in my head — thanks mainly to my readers who ask me questions about the rules and limitations on a regular basis! Current plan is to go through the first fifty or so chapters and add in extra lore where there was confusion, mainly:

The differences between magics: flash, rune, burst

The genetics and inheritance of magic

And add more Seiren sass!

Over the next few weeks I’ll start plotting the new story. The plan is to kick it off on Radish before it will start on Wattpad… we shall see!

How did everyone fare on NaNo?

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017

camp-2017-event-bannerJuly Camp NaNoWriMo is just round the corner! What are you guys doing for it? After the high of completing NaNoWriMo2016 and then April Camp 2017 and getting my groove back into writing — and I’m enjoying writing Rune Mage so much — I’m pretty psyched to do July Camp 2017.

The problem is as always: do I carry on with what I have and finish it as the NaNo project, or do I pick up something else I’ve been meaning to do for ages and just finish Rune Mage at a leisurely pace?

Either way, I think I’ll start plotting for a new novel during my week off next week and see if I have enough fodder to do it for Camp. If not, it’ll be Rune Mage all the way to the end.

What are you guys doing for Camp?

Boo-Yah, Camp NaNoWriMo

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27 days and 25,000 words later, I have completed Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017. My first ever NaNo camp!

*throws confetti*

25k words is manageable. I normally write about 15k words per month, so this was me sitting down a few more sessions and repeating that. It meant Rune Mage has a few more chapters under its belt so if I ever get struck with another bout of long shifts, I can still update. It also meant it gave me more time to go back to unpublished chapters and add more fodder when I get inspired.

Current word count is 138,454 and I’m hitting the climax of the story soon. Check it out here!

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Camp NaNoWriMo

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I hadn’t planned on doing this. Rune Mage for NaNoWriMo2016 was tough as it is because of work, but my friend Stef was like “Do it! Do it!” so I joined her cabin. I’ve pledged to do 25k, which is just under double my usual amount (~1.8k twice a week, about 14k a month).

Making progress so far, I think! Certainly allowing me to move ahead with the story and gives me time to have ‘spare’ chapters for when I’m too busy to write.

Word count for the novel so far is 121k and I haven’t reached the climax yet. This might be a book that’s a tad too long. Oops.

Completing March City

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28 November 2016 marks the upload of the last chapter of March City: The Land of the Gifted, my first attempt at NaNoWriMo back in 2014. This story took almost two years to complete simply because of the long hiatus I took not long after the 50k, so that, along with Seeker: Demon Killers, are quite special accomplishments for me. I pulled through. I completed those works.

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NaNoWriMo: Week 4

On the 26th November, I completed 50,000 words of NaNoWriMo. I finished it! With much encouragement, tears, sleepless nights, and dogged determination, I pushed my word count bar past its finishing point.

Things I’ve come across (and maybe learned) in the past month:

  • To avoid sitting in front of the desk and your mind blanking, always be thinking of the next scene when on the go. Whether it’s showering, cooking, driving (if safety is achieved!), on the toilet, etc., always think about what’s happening next. That way, you hit the ground running when you sit down to write.
  • Because of the above, there is always time to write no matter how crazy your schedule. Whether it’s during a work break, toilet break, commuting (if you’re not driving), if during hands-occupied periods you’re thinking of what happens next, when you do have hands you can start writing right away.
  • The NaNoWriMo Facebook group is very friendly and helpful. The people there are always chirpy and encouraging and they come from all sorts of backgrounds, so there are lots of ideas to bounce off and funny stories.
  • Real life camaraderie is great fun. I found out through pure coincidence that one of my work colleagues also write and is doing NaNoWriMo (looking at you, Jenny) and it’s great fun when over lunch or driving home with her we can chat about writing and NaNoing.

The last (and first) time I did NaNoWriMo, I was a medical student and spent much of my clinic sessions (which involve me sitting inconspicuously in the corner trying not to fall asleep) writing in my notebook. I had time. My work days were mostly 9-5 or 8-6, no nights, no weekends.

This time, I did two sets of 7 shifts in a row, which were both 3-4 day shifts flipping immediately into 3-4 night shifts (totalling 80-ish hours each), and some long days interspersed with office hours in-between. Quite a few of the days I left work late as people became unwell. It was really hard. Granted, I have no children or pets so I didn’t need to look after anyone but myself out of work hours and I didn’t have long commutes from work. I didn’t need to do much tidying or cleaning. It could have been harder.

Still chuffed about my progress. Rock on NaNo2017!

NaNoWriMo: Week 3

Week 3! Wow, November’s gone quickly, and that’s not a good thing. I’m one-sixth of the way through my research project and only have two weeks left to do it. Admin keeps not giving me the notes I need and it sucks.

But the writing? It’s getting better! At the time of writing, I’m at 38k. Almost at 80% of the way through and ahead of the line (just!) I’m slowly getting to know the characters’ voices. Seiren is getting more out of control, both mine and in terms of her place in the story, but she’s also finally finding her niche, so I’ll let her progress the way she is. I’m also developing the side characters and I enjoy seeing how they interact with each other. I’m absolutely exhausted with lack of sleep and constant type-type-typing away, but it’s still very much enjoyable.

The story’s ending came to me at midnight last night when I was trying to get to sleep. After a quick scribbled note into my phone, I finally fell asleep. So the current ending is kind of a happy one, but as my readers are aware I don’t usually do happy endings. Bittersweet, yes. So it might just end up being bittersweet.

I think I can do this. I’m feeling optimistic.