Update on my Meltdowns / AKA #NaNoWriMo Update

So, the lovely Cait has asked us bloggers/writers for updates on bb-redoneour NaNo novels. Which basically means us just complaining about our woes while the whole world watches. WHAT COULD BE MORE FUN??

So, without further ado, THE QUESTIONS:

1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

Can I just take a moment to just…laugh at this? My mental state is, of course, COMPLETELY and utterly FRIED. I have pounded out roughly 14K words in 4 days so basically there is nothing left in my brain right now. Also I never got to finish my outline before NaNo (I blame instagram and book photo shoots).

2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

DON’T MIND IF I DO. Feast your eyes:

The Panfar country house was situated on a rather large piece of land, flush with the woods on the outskirts of London. The family could not be described as particularly happy, but they were truly privileged in every way. By inheritance, they had money without end, servants to fill a small village, and seemingly endless land. The only thing the family did not have was a dog, but rather several cats of varying friendliness.

Mind you, it is COMPLETELY UNEDITED AND UNCHANGED. So….ahem.

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3. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

I’m pretty sure at the moment it’s a tie between Peter and James. They are basically polar opposites, but I love how mischievous Peter is and at the same time I love how James is trying to figure out what he wants without the danger element in his life. BUT I SERIOUSLY LOVE PETER. He is so daring and dangerous. And Wendy is pretty badass, too. I’M SORRY, DID I ASK YOU WHICH ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN YOU LIKE BEST???

4. What do you love about your novel so far?

Oh, you know, we’re still in the ‘honeymoon’ phase. I’m still jotting down brilliant ideas and I’m loving talking about all of the magical creatures and pirates and pirates weapons and what pirates wear. I’m also having LOADS of fun speaking pirate and also there is ALREADY ONE DEAD PERSON SO that is my fuel. ONLY it’s no one important. I have yet to kill an important character sooo….yes.

5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

This is so embarrassing. I’m going to have to say know (obviously I meant NO. There’s one typo for you. So my book is probably riddled with them). IF I HAD KNOWN THIS QUESTION WAS GOING TO BE ON THE TEST I WOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION. Does it count that for like a whole page I was referring to Wendy as ‘he’?

6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

MIDDLE. DEFINITELY THE MIDDLE. Why, you ask?* Well, it’s simple. That’s where the action and the blood and guts and fighting are. And in the middle, you already know the characters. At the end everything gets wrapped up and then I’m left with an empty feeling inside. So, I repeat. Middle 1892340928%

*I know you didn’t ask BUT I’M TELLING YOU ANYWAY

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7. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

Um. My writing space is my bed. AND I WILL SHOW NO PICTURES BECAUSE IT IS THE DEVIL’S HOLE. cries so messy

I think by now everyone here knows that I eat chocolate like I breathe air. I can’t stop. If I stopped, I’m pretty sure I’d die. Sooo yes. Also the best time of day is obviously when I’m working, but that doesn’t work so I ususally have to settle for late afternoon/night.

8. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?

UM. I would LOVE to have a cheer squad…if only I knew where to find one. BUT BUT BUT also I am really self conscious about my writing now for some reason. But I’d still take a cheer squad…

9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

Stalking pinterest, binge watching Peter Pan (with Jeremy Sumpter, of course) and Anne of Green Gables, also lots and lots of whining and talking to myself and telling myself lies like ‘You can do this!’

10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

NOW I’M GIVING WRITING ADVICE. What went wrong here…?

  1. DON’T THINK ABOUT IT. There are probably 872,934,093 typos in there,* but it never pays off to be a perfectionist on the first draft. That’s where you’r supposed to write ‘(insert awesome weapon descriptioin here)’** instead of actually writing it.
  2. When your brain feels like mush, take a break. Read a book or watch a movie. Who knows? Maybe they’ll give yo a little inspiration!
  3. EAT EVERYTHING YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON. When you are writing, it’s pretty hard to eat at the same time. So eat when you get the chance because three hours later your stomach will be MAD AT YOU.
*I know, it’s like 50x more than what you’ve actually written. But there are probably still that many.
**I literally did that because there was too much dying in my brain to actually look up the weapons and write the descriptions

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Tell me: HOW IS YOUR NOVEL GOING? Are you rocking it or are you floundering hopelessly? Or maybe BOTH?

 

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12 thoughts on “Update on my Meltdowns / AKA #NaNoWriMo Update

  1. Hahaha! You were the only other person in the linkup to admit to typos! GO US!!!

    Also my bed is my writing space, too! But mine is a bunk bed???? I will be a hunchback at he ripe age of twenty-three…

    1. Yes, yes and YES! I honestly didn’t really enjoyed what a challenge I had created for myself until now but it’s GREAT.
      Also I didn’t actually start using Pinterest until a few weeks ago but I’M HOOKED OMG!

  2. THIS IS THE BEST POST. DID I MENTION I LOVE YOUR BLOG, BTW?? <3 You're hilarious and you write so well!! Also I love your writing advice. Because food, obviously. And I’m laughing at calling Wendy a “he” the whole scene….omg, my protagonists were Max (short for Maxine) and Sam and I legit just spent one scene switching them. I don’t even know. It was very confusing for us all and someone might’ve started crying. (spoiler: me.)
    Also I love how you can’t choose favourites between your characters.? I have so many favourites IT’S PROBABLY BAD. I show huge author favouritism. Except you can tell my favourite because they’re constantly nearly-dying. It’s messed up. #EvilAuthorLife
    EEeeep, anyway, I loved reading this! AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR LITTLE NEVERLAND DARLINGS.

    1. OHMYGOODNESS THANK YOU I’m so glad you aproooove. I am so please that you think I am funny. WHENEVER PEOPLE SAY THAT I FEEL THE NEED TO SAY SOMETHING FUNNY. But then I don’t because it’s usually not funny when I’m trying. I get weird looks. Haha! That’s hilarious, I totally know how you feel (because Wendy is OBVIOUSLY A GIRL). Noooo no crying! Just eat more chocolate. It makes EVERYTHING better. I mostly love the characters that pose problems? Like, are mean, or are badass…. the nice ones aren’t usually on my list. I AM SUCH A DISCRIMINATOR. But it’s so hard to choose because no one in No Such Thing as Never is really purely good or evil, so I LOVE THEM ALL EQUALLY…almost. It’s impossible not to love Peter just a little bit more… But favoritism is good! It puts your babies in their places…sometimes they’ll get cocky and that’s okay.
      THANK YOU SO MUCH. I am having SO much fun with the pirates and the mermaids GAH. AND THANK YOU FOR THIS LOVELY COMMENT I am glowing right now!!

  3. I have to agree with you on your mental state, I am COMPLETELY FRIED ALSO. I am also kind of thrilled that I have finished my novel and I have actually planning to start another novel, but for now I think that I’ll just wait. The first paragraph of your novel is AMAZING! I hope it is okay if I drizzle some awesome sauce on it. 😀 No, I shouldn’t because then it will be all messy. I agree with you on Pinterest. Pinterest is probably one of my go to moves when I need to be inspired. c:
    https://polaroidbooks.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/beautiful-books-2016-novel-update/

    1. Aah FRIED BRAINS FOR THE WIN! Ooh congratulations *gives you mounds of chocolate* what I’d your novel about?
      Thank you YOU ARE MAKING ME BLUUUUSH! I love awesome sauce. POUR AWAY! I can’t believe I didn’t know about the pinterest for books thing earlier!? IT IS MY LIFE NOW. I live on social media haha!?

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