Monday, October 14, 2013

Writing Challenges

I completed my 21 Day Writing Challenge and I'm happy to say I'm feeling so much more creative than I have in a long time. Combining the challenge and doing the sticker calendar method has me really confident about doing NaNoWriMo next month. Also, looking back on my work, It's so great to see how my writing has grown after years of hard (and fun!) work with critique partners and exploring outside a single project. 

So here are my September stats:

Wrote 7232 words over 14 days
Average 516/day

And my October stats:

Wrote 3201 words over 11 days
Average 291/day

My average is lower for the second half, but there's a good reason. For the last three days of the challenge, I found an old notebook I used to write poetry in. For some reason, I never filled this one completely. I decided to change that and have written four poems so far. 

Not my poetry notebook. This one I currently use when I need a break from technology.
Also, my fountain pen of awesome. 
Here's one of the poems I wrote that came from a title I wrote a long time ago, but never the poem. This is what my mind came up with within minutes.

Green

The vines nudge me forward
Into the clearing where
There’s only a carpet of green,
the sun dazzling the diamonds
of dew from the morning
mysteries, and I wait
For another sign before
disturbing the splendor.
The grass yellows
and dies in the fall’s curse 
calling for winter.
Vines shrivel and die,
dust in the careless wind.
A white canvas stares
back at me, and I smile.

What about the other words I wrote? I used the different writing prompts throughout the challenge and worked on a short story. However, this short story has grown into something more. 

After talking to my Stone Circle critique partners, they pointed out there were a lot of unanswered questions that made it appear much bigger than a short story could handle. Thank goodness for their wisdom! So, I've decided to make it my NaNoWriMo project. I'm pretty excited about it so I'm using October to flesh out the world, characters, and possibly attempt an outline. I'm hoping I have a firmer grasp on this project than I did on my list NaNoWriMo novel. 


I'm also going to develop a game plan to revise/rewrite one of the books I wrote last year. So there's a lot of projects to work on for the time being. Each one is completely different from one other so it should be fun to explore and research.

I'm wishing the best to everyone as they plan for NaNoWriMo and their current projects. This is one of my favorite times of year since I love seeing how people progress on their novels. I'm so thankful to be part of such a great community. 

Feel free to add me on NaNoWriMo's website and share what you're most excited for in the comments below.

Write like the wind,

Natasha

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September Stats and Such

August was a crazy time for my revision, re-vamping my query and synopsis, and helping with critique. I was finally relieved when September arrived since we had family visiting and then we were off to DisneyWorld for a week. We haven't visited DW since 2010 so we were looking forward to seeing the new Fantasyland.

We decided to stay at a resort and do the full DisneyWorld experience. I will admit, this was the simplest vacation I've ever had to plan. And somehow, I almost managed to leave behind the park tickets!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our trip
Inside Beast's Castle/Be Our Guest Restaurant. The stain glass window matches my top!
(Yes, I wore that shirt on purpose.) 
There are three dining halls to eat in. The ballroom (see above), The Rose Room, and The West Wing.
So beautiful! In through those windows in the back it is snowing!
Inside Beast's Castle/Be Our Guest Restaurant.
We had to get our picture taken in "France" at Epcot. See that baguette my husband is holding?
We ate a lot of those. And desserts. I love France. 
There always has to be some type of picture in from of the Castle. I love the sky that day!
Muppets forever! I love their little section of Muppet heaven that seems there for me.
One of my all time favorites. 
I found this in Japan and I had to wear my Ghibli shirt.
A kitsune is one of the yokai in my novel. 
Since we've returned, I've felt quite refreshed. On the airplane, I wrote two pages of notes for stories floating around in my head. I started a short story to help get back into the writing grove and jumped into a 21 Day Writing Challenge. I'm two weeks into writing every day, and I love it. I'm mostly doing writing prompts so I'm creating new things every day.

I've been using a calendar and stickers to keep track of my progress after watching author Victoria Schwab's YouTube video. For now, I've simply printed out a calendar from Word and my stickers of choice are Star Wars (since I was gifted a ton).

So here are my September stats:

Wrote 7232 words over 14 days
Average 516/day

It doesn't seem like a lot, but then again, every little bit is something. It's getting me back into being creative and letting my mind work. After doing revision for the past year, this is exactly what my mind needs at the moment.

Now that October is here, and NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, I'm going to keep increasing my word count. I also would like to pick a main project to work on starting next week. Things are progressing slowly, but I'm happy with the results.

Write like the wind!

Natasha

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