We’re almost to the halfway mark in NaNoWriMo!
How have things been going? Are you still writing? Has your story/project surprised you in any way? Tell us about your favorite character! And, of course, we’d love to hear how many words you’ve written so far.Share all of your wins (and worries!) in the thread below.
I have been enjoying NaNoWriMo, especially the connections surrounding it. My new Writing Buddy and I meet weekly for check-ins and Writing Sprints, and I join other Sprints when I am able. I am writing the origin story of two MCs who have been with me for quite a while and, lately, they have been pestering me constantly. For a few months before NaNo, as I was doing my prep, I HAD to write as the characters were insistent. I have never experienced that before and it has been thrilling! This is my second NaNo and my best as I am so much more motivated and full of words when I am able to write. The downside has been that I have had so many unexpected life events come up this month that have interfered with my writing time. So, I am not participating in high word count goals. Rather, my goals revolve around remaining passionate about writing this story and writing more than I would normally and, in those, I have already succeeded wildly. I am looking forward to finishing November with gusto and, importantly, keeping it going! Thank you for the support and the invitation to share! Happy Writing, Everyone!
I was pondering wether to join NaNoWriMo or not. Since any kind of deadlines and timeframes give me a writer’s block, I didn’t join officially, but I’m writing this month with NaNo in mind. So far - a pretty decent progress. The story I’ve started in November is approx 25k, a romantasy. Another one I started before, the progress in November is approx 10k. Not bad, I think.
Finally ! A page I can post to and don't have to pay. What other fiction writers can I join and read as well? I'm new here and need to know the ropes. I want to post my writings about Barack Obama Jr and Obama Nation. Our adventures and missions in Abilene, Texas, Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, Hawaii, DC and a few other places. Mostly fiction but some true. Our underground railroad adventures and righting wrongs in America and around the world. I hope I get a few readers and positive vibes.
Glad to be here.
Hi! Still writing but it's sporadic (and word count is low) and very few wins. So just have to look at the fact that I'm still writing as the win, I suppose 🤔
All over the place. I just hit 9k words. My goal is not to hit 50k but make dent in this novella. I had about 4k written before, so that’s some progress. Had some serious distractions and mental health stuff come up so I feel I would have more if that didn’t happen. Not editing, just hitting the plot points.
Thanks! It’s my first crack at this, and I have only done short stories before. Hoping for more progress this week,
This is my first NaNoWriMo. I took it on as an interesting challenge and because I have had an idea knocking around for a couple of years that I wanted to test out - it's based on a historical figure and I have given a lot of time to thinking how to deal with him as I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction. So far I'm surprised at the directions the story/character is taking me in ! I've got to approx 16 k words which leaves me some way to go!!!
I haven't really been participating in NaNo this year. I now work full time, so I don't have as much time for writing as I used to, and that has meant not being able to update my newsletter regularly. However, I do have some ideas for writing short fiction, particularly dark or unconventional Christmas stories. My plan is to put up at least two of them on my newsletter between now and December.I also want to get working more on at least one of my novels in progress.
I'm at 25K! Mostly plot development, character sketches but a fair amount of unedited prose and conversation at this point. My story is mostly the latter but I'm adding in some letters and historical records that my protagonists discover.
My story is a mystery. Two people in the present, a divorced middle-age techie and a historical society librarian/aspiring novel writer join forces to unravel a mystery dating back to the 1920s. My main character from the 1920s is a short story writer/muckraker journalist whose aspirations are thwarted by various obligations and restrictions. Ultimately, her life is tragically cut short; and so is the life of her love interest, a WWI vet. Back in the present, someone is haunting the house that the middle-age techie bought and part of the haunting includes odd dreams that he is convinced are not his own. He joins forces with the the librarian/writer to go on a history/geneology hunt to discover who lived in the house and what happened to its inhabitants. Their adventure culminates not only in a reveal of the house's secrets but also an uncovering of their own entangled personal histories.
I don't know a ton about the 1920s in America so I have been supplementing writing with researching the era as well as learning what people were reading at the time and who the main women journalist/writers were. I'm also researching the support (or lack thereof) provided to WWI vets on their return. The time between 1917 and 1921 is FASCINATING and TERRIBLE. I guess there is no time in history that doesn't have that, but my eyes have been opened. (American Midnight by Hochschild uncovers a ton).
My prose is a combination of conversation between characters and letters written to and from characters that get discovered along the way. My most difficult choice right now is to decide whether my two characters in the 1920s have requited or unrequited love; I'm leaning towards the latter.
Hi! I'm brand new here, first NaNoWriMo. In fact I only found out about its existence in the world via youtube video a few weeks ago. So, here I am! Standing with my lunch tray and looking out at a busy school cafeteria. Fun, but also a bit daunting. I'd love a writing buddy / table to sit at :D. I'll make an effort to be more friendly. Write on, everyone :)
Ok so here’s a question... I’ve written the ending. And... it’s horrific. It’s what I wanted to write, and it needs to be dark, but seeing the words written down has given me the creeps! So the question is: is this ok?? 😬 I am now writing an epilogue to bring back a little optimism
Still going, and I got about 22k words in my manuscript. Of course, with the project the way it is, I've mostly dealt with the easy part so far. But now that I ran into my WIP, I expect my progress to slow down considerably. I managed to get a few hundred words in yesterday but I'm hoping to put in more today.
As for my favorite character in this hodgepodge, definitely the main character. He's a time traveler who's gathered a bunch of stories.
Definitely have been interesting ride so far, figuratively and literally. Here's my latest weekly log on it: https://germanicuscaesar117.substack.com/p/nanowrimo-2023-log-2
After getting ahead of the word count, I ended up falling behind when I was hit with an epilogue idea that led to me crying throughout the day. But I don't really mind, not making 50,000, but I've clearly made significant progress. Though I would like to finish the draft sooner rather than later, however many words or months that takes. It was only with NaNoWriMo I was in a state to come up with that epilogue.
I wrote 6,344 words so far. I didn't write every day and I didn't write as much as I wanted but more than I hoped. My favourite character is a boy who is also the protagonist of my story. I can't decide whether he's 6 or 9 years old. And today, 13 days after I started writing his story, I am getting glimpses of his world. Which is a good sign. I have to see a story to be able to write it and I couldn't see this one until now. It takes a moment until the magic happens.
3000ish words last night as I rolled thru chapter four with gusto. I'm behind about 4k, but the story is moving at a good pace, and it's the first time I actually did some kind of outline - not an exact one, not chapters but a stories beats one based on the 15 beats outlined in Save The Cat. I feel really good about this book.
I'm a hopeless memoir writer who has hit bottom. Thanks for being amazing all of you writing warriors.
hmmmm I'm wary of saying too much - there's a saying here in Ireland that many a good novel was wasted in the pub! In other words talking too much distracts from the writing. Suffice it to say he's a figure from Revolutionary France, a wheeler dealer who survived several regime changes. Many people regarded him as the devil incarnate but for all his faults he was a visionary . . .
How can I edit my page, I want to change to a pen name
That's very enterprising Kate. Well done on having the courage and determination to start again. A memoir in poetry is a whole other challenge in itself. Best of luck with the work - sounds like you're well down the road with it already.
I'm focusing onpublishing a poetry, essay chapbook, and in a dark night of the soul. I am trying to adjust my posture so I can be on the computer longer. Thank you so much for contacting me. Elizabeth
it;s been a long time coming and I just had to face my fears and proceed. Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it very much. Blessings on your work. How is it going?
For this November, I only had 3 things on my agenda. 1) Take care of my mom and enjoy the heck out of staying with her while my dad has been away for 3 weeks at Deep Camp in MN. (She just had a stroke.) 2) Rest Rest Rest after 9 months of getting my butt kicked by 3 government agencies and the seizures that it brought back into my life. 3) Enjoy NaNo.
Wellllll...I’ve been a bit obsessive in all this quiet and down time. I just passed 42K.
As for surprises...YES. Since I wrote the original bare bones plotline when I was 13-17, looking at that setting of 1987-89 through the eyes of an adult...it was all there. I just didn’t understand so many things because I was a kid. So many skeletons of really important issues all wrapped inside teenage angst and starry-eyed passion. So many plot holes I didn’t know how to fill in or conflicts I didn’t know how to resolve because...I didn’t know how. I first wrote this story as a subconscious act of desperation, trying to figure out how to deal with that world and so many of the people in it. Now 35 years later, it takes on such a different life of its own.
And yet, so much is still the same. *Spock eyebrow...* Fascinating...
Sending out pompoms and Muse-dust to y’all, especially if you’re struggling. May some of my obsessive word-vomit anoint thy shoes. But...like...in a pleasant way. 🤪
you said it! Spoiled for choice!! How's your project going?