Sunday, November 2, 2014

Way ahead of my old self

I'm a little bit tired of writing right now (therefor a blog post and not any nanowrimo:ing) but at the same time very. very. hyped! It's crazy. Day two of Nano and more than 10 000 words already? I've beaten my old Day Two Record with 2500 which I thought impossible when starting in the morning. But then again, the "shut yourself in and do nothing but write"-technique is quite efficient.

Another factor as to why I've been able to write so much in just two days is the heap of planning I've been doing this year. I've written a full synopsis consisting of almost every scene in the whole novel, which is several pages long, and then contracted it into very brief bullet points... which I divided into short chapters. It's like a road-map, easy to follow!

So far, I'm on chapter five of twenty eight (plus an epilogue) and I'm hoping to write at least a chapter everyday. Again - they're short.

Xyssify sadly won't do Nano this year (yeah, I know, stupid German schools, right?) so I'm a lone blogger over here. Aaaand that's pretty much all I've got to say for today.

Hope your nano is going great!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Aaaaand I'm back! #nanowrimo2014

I was kind of doubting that I would do Nano this year, due to a number of reasons. A) I've been working on a project with someone else for some months now, and we're halfway through, but it's not the kind of project I can use for Nano since I only write half of it, B) I wanted to focus on only one project and C) I am feeling a bit lazy. Plus, I already won last year! Totally deserving of a year off.

But then again... it's really fun. And a great motivator. So for the last week of october, I've been doing some planning and re-modeling of one of my old projects, which is what I'm gonna write on this year. If you're interested, go check my nano-page (Bokpanda).

So far, it's been going great. I stayed up til midnight, wrote 1,2k words, woke up early after that, and am now currently at 4,6k. I'm aiming for 5k for today, but not sure if that's gonna happen, since I'm about to go scare some kids at the annual "Ghost walk" at my stable. (Or who am I kidding, I will probably be the most scared, and end up staying in eating popcorn with the youngest children.)

Anyway, good luck to all other wrimos out there!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Nope. No. Just no.

THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY. I've reached 40k, which is awesome, but I'm so tired of my text. Tired because it changes and is super inconsistent and crappy. Tired because I want to go back and rewrite the whole thing, or, better yet: scrap it.

This is the time to stick with it though, isn't it? Aw, I don't know...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I'm not dead!

I disappeared again! I’m starting to see a pattern over here. So, Nano this year started of really good, with 10k done already after one weekend. Everything was going fine. I came across a bit of a bump in my story, not a real Writer’s Block Oh-No-I-Can’t-Write-At-All, but still enough to make the words flow a bit slower. But it was all okay, because I was ahead of the word count and so on. So what happened? School, that’s what happened. I have had like the shittiest two weeks, and I was just stressed out and everything sucked. We had to do this Projekt Prüfung thing, and I think we had like 8 tests in the last two weeks. I have literally only been studying and doing hw these last two weeks! Which is not like me at all! I usually don't have to study to get okay grades.

But, now it’s kind of done. And I say kind of, because I still have two tests, a presentation and a vocab next week, BUT it’s not as bad as it has been the last weeks, so I will *hopefully* have the time to catch up :) And the next weekend is supposed to be relatively hw-free, so I guess I will have time to write. Anyways, I need to get back to writing now, Amanda is on 30k!
Xyssify, who is definitely gonna make it this year!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Morningrushes and words per hour

This year's Nano is going great! It's feeling really good so far, I'm already at 15k! Last year I think I got stuck at 10k and then started over again. This year I am really hoping to make it.

Me and Xyssify's been a keeping track of a few other Wrimos and jeesus! - 14k already at day two? I guess it's impossible not to be jealous of that. But we also saw people who were just on the line or trailing behind a bit... that kind of thing gives you quite the egoboost ;)

So far, I think mornings work really good for me. The half hour it takes before you are completely awake is the perfect time to write, because it's so much easier to focus on only one thing. So I've been waking up at seven everyday so far in the month (which is four, so it's not too impressive to be honest.)

Lastly, is it important to know how many words you write in an hour (in average) or is it just a matter of when you are on flow or not? What do you guys think? I've been trying to time myself today, but the results are so varied that I don't think it's very much to go by.

- A.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Late mornings, low blood sugar, and 10k

I reached 10k! And I did it before Panda :D Well, she’s leading now, but I got to 10k before she did, and that’s enough for a celebratory sandwich.

So the waking up early didn’t really work out, I ended up staying in bed ‘til ten, and once I finally started writing, the first 200 words were so slow… I’m talking like hours in front of the computer, writing one paragraph. But then it kicked in, and I got reminded of why I love writing so much. I really do. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes it so awesome, but I know that those times, when the words are just writing themselves, I can’t help but love every second of it. It’s the nano-spirit y’all.  

It’s not like this was a particularly good day. I have a bunch of school stuff I should be doing, I forgot to buy a bunch of stuff I’m in need of, and I really should clean some animal cages. I also kinda forgot to eat, so once I had done my 10k I realized that my hands were shaking. But, you know. I just wrote like 3k words! I'm too happy to feel stressed :D
I'm really considering writing something useful or interesting on this blog, but... eh... tomorrow maybe?

Hugs and stuff

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Honeymoon happiness!

First off, I totally forgot about this blog! But I'm alive, and I'm doing this, and this year, I'm gonna do it right! Damn straight I am! (Also the whole school/German thing, yeah it's gonna be a pain, but I will handle it 'cos that is what awesome people do xD)

So far it’s all great. Sure, in all honesty, I am writing this blog stuff because I’m stuck at the moment, but I’m past today’s goal anyway, so I guess I’m allowed to have a quick break... Delia might be leading, but I could try waking up before her tomorrow and see if I can up my word count a bit. But I’m still super excited and happy about this. I get to eat chocolate and pat myself on the back because guess who isn’t behind on her word count? It’s just all fun and games right now.

Okay, I can hear Amanda (or Bokpandan, whatever) tapping away on her keyboard through Skype. She’s stressing me out. It was so much more fun when I was winning.  But I’m going to try updating this blog thingy daily, so we’ll see if I’ll stick to that.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Time for a second attempt? 2013 here we come!

Or okay, I'm gonna  try it at least. Xyssify lives in Germany and has a lot of stuff going on with school and everything (she goes to an ordinary german school with native german kids even though she only started learning it a little over a year ago - that's awesome.) So she might not be able to do it.

Anyways, I'm starting to prep up now. I've got a lot of ideas I'm thinking of trying but haven't chosen one yet. I might do a poll or something on here. Maybe :)

Are any of you guys going to go for NaNoWriMo 2013?


- Amanda aka Bokpandan

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Why are things so hard!?

I can't believe that I am only att 11k, while I should be on 41k :O

Hi guys *amazingphil-wink*
Because Amanda had to hint about our love for Charlie and Dan, I just had to remind you all of Phil. Big love for that guy.

Anyways, so after writing my heroic 'I-am-gonna-try-my-best-post* I ended up procrastinating. Or well, I did wrote 2k (2, not 1 ;P) words, on monday, but ended up deleted everything, and about 30 words more, so I ended up on minus. I don't know why I didn't wrote on Tuesday, I sat in front of the computer for atleast three hours. From Wednesday to Friday I was sick, but that wasn't really a reason, I wasn't THAT sick, just a little feverish. And I don't know what happened yesterday.
What I do know is that I kinda failed, and it is all my fault. Today I wrote like 2k, but that is far away from enough. I just keep putting it off. It's like, I am just gonna to that, and then that, oh, and I also need to to THAT.
I also forgot about the blog... Damn! It could have been a helpful procrastination tool.

Promise to myself; keep it up next year. Eh, I mean, manage the 50k this month! (Ah, everyone knows that I've given up on that)

Btw, December is on its way, and I both fear it and love it. I mean, on one side I will probably fail nano, and December will but the final F-stamp, but on the other side, santa och hot drinks and snow and alot of great stuff :D And I am going to read Amanda's novels, both of them. She is better than she gives herself credit for, I really want to read it. The downside is that I have to show my work to another living human (Amanda is the human in this case, even though I might be as brave as her and put my work on the blog for you to read, but I don't know if I can, hehe). My feelings about that can be described in two words:
Panic. Attack.

Also, I have to talk about my new bunny. I am in love with my cuddly, tini, tiny plot bunny. I want to write about that, not about this stinky, lousy, OLD story. And I am starting to dislike every aspect of it. Yeah...

But anyway, I'm gonna disappear back to my word document. I am kinda stuck again, otherwise I wouldn't be writing another post ^^

See ya later, alligator

P.S., if you're participating Nano, and need a laugh, maybe you should check this out


Well, I'm a pro at that at least. I really don't know how I am thinking, but somehow I'm always convinced that I'll write something... soon. And then tomorrow, when it gets to late. And then the day after that.

Procrastination is way too easy when you have access to the internet. Not to mention that whenever I get a flow going, someone always seem to interrupt me.

I think Xyssify has a major issue with this too, but she doesn't acknowledge it ( :'P ) And this may be a little tittle-tattley but whatever - she wrote like 1000 words or something.... and erased it! ALL OF IT! So yeah, that's maybe not going too well.

Here's some really nice youtubers (Charlieissocoollike and Danisnotonfire) talking about procrastination:

Xyssify and I LOVE these two, so I just had to put them up. Seriously, they're awesome <3

(And a little side-note, writing on this blog is procrastination too.)
- Amanda