NaNoWrimo 2017 – My Thoughts, Struggles, and Rants

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As I’m writing this it is the fifth day of NaNoWriMo! I have over 6,000 words and everything’s going… alright. If you’re not aware of what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a program where they challenge you to write a novel in a month (the regular word count goal is 50,00 which is also the one I’m doing). This is my third year doing it and on my first year I got only around 2,000 words and didn’t even finish the book. My second year was better and I finished my novel and hit my goal of 20,000 words. This year I’m determined to hit 50,000 words. So I suppose you’re wondering what my book is about.             I don’t want to say a lot since I’m planning on publishing this novel, it has to do with the solar eclipse and it’s a dystopian/sci-fi. At the moment of writing this I just hit the climax of my story, and while I feel like I’m on the right track and I know where the story is going, I have a feeling that the characters are going to surprise me at any moment and decide that the route they’re going on right now is not the one that they want to adventure down. I know you might be thinking “But you’re the author! Don’t you decide which route the characters take?” and while that is true sometimes; when you’re a writer your characters come to life and make their own story, and you’re just the one writing it all down as they tell it to you.

When a plot isn’t working it’s like trying to rewrite Cinderella but her mother is alive, it just doesn’t work as well as another route would.

I think one of the hardest things that I’m struggling with this book is that I have two brothers in the story. I haven’t read a whole lot of books where there are two brothers and not a brother and a sister. Writing their relationship, especially with how complicated it is, has been a challenge. One thing I’ll say is there is lot’s of sarcastic jokes and arguing.

All in all, I think this book will hold a lot of surprises and twists and turns for me, and I’m even thinking of making one of my characters an anti-hero *insert evil laugh here*. Now here’s a short excerpt from the book (this is subject to change because this is the first draft and yes it’s short).

             I can’t remember the last time I looked at the sun and smiled. Perhaps it was when I was a child… but part of me believes it was never. My crimson hair reminds me of the sun, reminds me of the place of which I supposedly was born of. Watching the sunset through the tinted factory windows distracts me from packaging cans of beans and soup.

NaNoWriMo’s website: https://nanowrimo.org/

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