*passionately thinks about story instead of writing it*
✏️ It’s okay to set your own goals and take things at your own pace!
✏️ It’s okay if you don’t win!
✏️ It’s okay if you don’t want to participate!
✏️ It’s okay if you have other things going on that are more important!
✏️ It’s okay if NaNo isn’t something that helps you!
Everyone writes differently and what helps some writers make progress might not help you. That’s okay! I hope you have a productive month whether you participate in NaNo or not, and that the writing community celebrates each other regardless of if they are or aren’t doing NaNo.
Tips On How To Make November Work For You
- get on the forums anyway - they’re full of helpful information and fascinating discussions!
- go to meetups anyway - they’re great for making new friends and getting writing done
- use the wordsprints - if you love a good wordsprint, soak up that community competition and follow along on Twitter!
- write everyday - progress is progress and the NaNo atmosphere is a great way to push for that
- set your own wordcount goals - if 1667 words a day is far too much this month, try 100 or even 10 words a day to keep your writing rolling!
just because we’re not taking part doesn’t mean we can’t join in and benefit 💖
Ways to cheat at NaNo (that I think are totally valid)
We all know NaNo is supposed to be fun, fulfilling, and magical, but lets be honest– this time of year is already bonkers busy.
For some of us, the pressure can be really, really discouraging. So here’s a list of NaNo hacks I’ve used in the past that have really saved my sanity.
- Switch your timeframe: Thanksgiving is HUGE for me at work, so that last push week is just NOT an option for me. So in years past, I’ve started a week early and kept myself to a 30day time frame, just shifted in a way that allowed me to finish it
- Drop your word count: Yeah, theres no official way to do it outside of Camp, but do it mentally anyways. Then you can still ride the high energy of NaNo without the stress of a goal you know you cant meet.
- Work on an existing project: 50k is a very small novel. If you know your project is gonna spill over, just track the 50k you do in November.
- Count EVERY word: work on an outline? Did a brainstorm? Rewrote a line of dialogue 70 times–delete NOTHING. Count it ALL. If your approach to NaNo is just 50k of words, then toss all those words in a pile and sort it out later.
- Chatter with friends: The words always seem to flow better when were gushing away with friends, yeah? Count it! If it helps you figure out things about your world, its valid, and totally counts imo
the girl who misplaced the fire ↷ an excerpt
i was tagged by @pechaes and @tragedyshow to do the last line tag- so i used the chance to finally write and post another excerpt from tgwmf!! i missed writing this dearly, so you will for sure be seeing more of it in the near future.
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On average, there are about 250 - 300 words per page in a book.
I’ve written 2,355 words today which is roughly 7-9 pages of a book.
If you’ve written 250 words, that’s still a whole page of a book, and that’s bloody brilliant.
And even if you haven’t written any words at all today, you’re still doing fantastic because you have a story in your head, characters, an idea.
There is so much more to being a writer than a word count.
Writers be like: And then I actually had to write it, ya know? And it was so hard. I thought the scene would never work out.
And other writers be like: But it turned out good, right? I hope so. Writing can be so hard sometimes.
And then some more writers pitch in with: Wait, you actually write?
And normal people are sitting there like: If writing is so hard, why do you do it?
And writers be like: That’s not how it works. We don’t call the writing. The writing calls us. Sometimes it’s hell, but the writing demon summoned us to be the writers, and we cannot refuse the call.
But the writers are also like : I refuse the call every other day.
And folks, that’s just what writing is
𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐄𝐋𝐒 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐒 ; a nano wip
A group of wayward reincarnates are trying to recreate the world in the way they experienced before. It’ll be paradise. It’ll be heaven. But first, they have to dissolve a few countries. As a result of this, a cold war begins, and in a desperate attempt to keep the peace, Sebastian Harada resurrects the saints. With the knowledge that reanimation changed people, that it was easy to be completely and utterly shadowed by who you had been (and if you really been that person then a part would always linger), and sometimes it was best to redo childhood with more bite and more anger, I, the author, will now formally introduce you to 𝘼𝙡𝙡 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘼𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙡𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙎𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙨.
genre: young adult, low fantasy
pov: 3rd person, past tense, changing narratives
characters: saint jahana, saint jangya, saint habi, saint asi, saint siku, alexander maybury, nora howell, sebastian harada
goal: over 50k words!
features: gays being gays, gals being pals, found family, internal struggling, dumb teens, religious imagery, pining, saints, angels, ghosts, friendship and more!
Daylight Savings Hijinks
1. A didn’t change their clocks and shows up for a date with B early, leaving them to think they got stood up. B arrives soon after A leaves, and when A doesn’t come B thinks *they* were stood up.
2. Getting dark early makes for more convenient stargazing. Chilly stargazing date!
3. Rant (or group rant) about why daylight savings is the worst. Meanwhile at least one person in the room didn’t realize the time had changed.
4. An extra hour of cuddles in bed.
5. Musings about how time is a human construct - no, not a flat circle. stop saying that - and doesn’t really matter so kiss me already, it’ll be fine.