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 It also meant it gave me more time to go back to unpublished chapters and add more fodder when I get inspired.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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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 Rallying: Week 4 Interview

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Welcome to the NaNoWriMo Rallying, hosted by the Frog Blog! We have finally reached the very last week of NaNo. Our contestants are panting and dragging themselves to the 50k, which is in sight! (Well, some of us are. A few are already waiting at the finishing line, cheering us on!)

QUESTION: 

Now that you’re reaching (or have reached) the end of NaNo, is there anything you wished you had done before this all started to make this whole journey better prepared or a nicer experience?
What methods of motivation do you employ to keep yourself going for that final sprint?

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NaNoWriMo Rallying: Week 3 Interview

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Welcome to the NaNoWriMo Rallying, hosted by the Frog Blog! Week 3 has been and gone, and the end is in sight! How did our contestants do? Got any questions you want to ask them about their process or progress? Leave a comment below!

QUESTION: 

Have you encountered any writer’s block during your project, and if not, have you ever encountered it in the past? What is your experience of it?
How do you counter writer’s block (whether it’s during NaNo or outside of NaNo)?

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NaNoWriMo Rallying: Week 2 Interview

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Welcome to the NaNoWriMo Rallying, hosted by the Frog Blog! Week 2 is probably approaching one of the hardest period of the writing. Writer’s block and other inconveniences tend to pop up halfway, causing many to hit what is known as a “wall”. How did our contestants do? Got any questions you want to ask them about their process or progress? Leave a comment below!

QUESTION: 

Have you encountered any hurdles so far in your writing? If so, what are they and how did you overcome them? Did you anticipate these hurdles? 

If you haven’t encountered any hurdles so far, do you anticipate any in the future and how do you intend to overcome them?

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NaNoWriMo Rallying: Week 1 Interview

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Welcome to the NaNoWriMo Rallying, hosted by the Frog Blog! The first week of NaNo has kicked off with a bang, and as the end of Week 1 approaches, let’s see how our participants are finding the journey so far. Got any questions you want to ask them about their process or progress? Leave a comment below!

QUESTION: What are your highlights and lowlights of this week?

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NaNoWriMo Rallying: Meet the Books

NaNoWriMo Rallying BannerWelcome to the NaNoWriMo Rallying, hosted by the Frog Blog! This week’s post will be featuring the NaNo projects of our participants, which involve a range of genres from sci-fi to romance. Interested? Be sure to check them out and give them votes!

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