NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 27: 50,000!

He’s done it again! The absolute madman! He’s fracking, done it, again!

The first time I participated in NaNoWriMo, I crossed the threshold a day before the end. Last year it was on the last day itself. But this year I’ve exceeded every expectation I crossed my 50,000 words today! That’s not one, not two, but THREE whole days before the end of the month! Wow…

The moment before pressing that button to validate your word count, knowing that this time the counter will finally pass that magical number… It’s absolute exhilaration, no doubt about it. Every, single time! Then you push through and press the button. The banner appears. The NaNoWriMo team congratulates you with an awesome video. You see those words. You see those numbers… And then, when the streams of tears and adrenaline collide you know you’ve made it!

As I’m writing this I’m actually still so full of adrenaline I just don’t know what to do with it! It might be better to take a bit of time to relax, clear my head and calm my mind. If anything, this log will probably be a lot more coherent. At the same time, though I’m just so eager to share this amazing news with you all! I mean, the words have been reached, the shirt has been ordered and… Ah, yes, there’s the banner!

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That’s right! I’ve just won NaNoWriMo for the third year in a row! WOOO!

The elation I’m experiencing is so incredible, it’s almost enough to make you forget there’s still three days left in the month. That’s three days to truly finish the story. No, it’s not quite over yet. Our knight and our kingpin still have a little bit longer to go before their adventure is concluded and I’m going to make sure they make it to that conclusion before this month is over!

For now, though, I’m going take that earlier advice: relax, clear my head and calm my mind. That way I should be well prepared to continue the final stages of the journey tomorrow! And I hope you’ll continue to join me, so that we can face these last days together!

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 26: Go! Go! Go!

At last it’s there! About half a week before the end of the month, I have finally managed to create an outline for the final part of this story, containing all but the last part of the epilogue! I’ve actually gone a step beyond as well. Not only does the outline contain what I want to put in the story, but also when it’s supposed to be written. I’ve devoted every day to writing a specific part of the story. So each day I will not just be striving to reach the daily average word count each day, I’ll also be writing full scenes which, under normal circumstances, might just have taken multiple days!

And that all starts today! I’ve already written the amount I’d normally need each day to finish, but the scene has yet to be concluded. It once more continues the scene featuring the two protagonists, but today it’s taken a major turn in a different direction and with that it has opened the way for the literal beginning of the end! After I’m finished writing this log, I’ll continue to finish the scene, so that I’ll be ready for the next one tomorrow!

Yes, even more than it’s already been, it’s going to be one wild ride, these last four days of NaNoWriMo 2017! I’m a bit nervous, but now that I’m armed with pretty much all knowledge of the rest of the story, I feel confident I’ll be able to bring Pwnage to its proper conclusion! See you tomorrow, everyone!

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 25: Nice!

A bit of strange writing day, today. For the most part, all went according to schedule. By the time I had planned to be finished, one scene was done, steering storyline two closer to its already very close conclusion, and another started. Unfortunately I was just about twenty words short of the daily average word count. That time also happened to be the time I had set to meet up with my friends. While that didn’t allow me to finish my writing for the day as scheduled, it really didn’t matter. Even if it was for just a few hours, hanging out with my friends again after not having seen them for a month or so (and some even longer) was really nice! Add getting a cool travel gift into the mix and this was definitely one of the better days of the month, whether I would reach the words I needed for the day or not.

Afterwards, I set out to write those last few words, but eventually and ended up nearly finishing the scene I’d started earlier! It was a follow-up to the scene I discussed yesterday and there almost was another struggle with the cheesiness. This time, though, I remembered the lessons I’d learned earlier and managed to successfully apply them. The result: increased character development and the bridge to the climax almost complete!

Overall, an off day to be sure, but the time with friends, the gifts and the surprising progress on the story made mostly a really good one! Tomorrow, it’s back to basics: no appointments, no activities on the side, just good old writing! See you then!

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 24: Drama!

I think I may have found another little writing weakness of mine: writing emotion-driven scenes without making them overly cheesy or sappy. The scene I worked on (and still am working on) today was probably the second hardest to write this month and not too dissimilar from that other scene. It’s a very quiet scene, focusing strictly on the two protagonists, the interactions between them and the development of very specific aspect of those interactions. Let me tell you: this was hard.

First of, as we’ve established, I’m not quite as proficient with writing these kind of scenes as I’d like. Second: I not only have a type of scene to write with which I’m hardly familiar, it’s also up to me to make sure that scene’s tone doesn’t clash with the rest of the story. And since I’m dealing with a story that’s filled with absurd humour, over-the-top action and a fair bit of self-awareness, you might imagine how emotional character interactions can be hard to pull of in a way that doesn’t make them look like they belong in a somber drama or sappy romance novel. In short: I wanted the emotion in there, but at the same time preserve the overall tone of the story.

Whereas I put the earlier difficult scene aside for a moment to focus on the next part, this time I marched on once I realised the solution was actually much more obvious than I’d thought. I just continued with the scene as I had done for the rest of the day, but I sprinkled in a pinch of the story’s aforementioned self-awareness into it here and there. It’s amazing how much that simple change affected the tone, but kept the intent of the scene intact! In the end I’m quite content with the result: a touching scene that isn’t out of touch with the rest of the story.

I’ll be writing a bit longer than usual after writing this, since the daily average word count has, for the first time in quite a while, not been reached yet. Tomorrow my writing schedule will be (mostly) back to normal again. I hope that will also affect the productivity. I could definitely use a bit of a boost after today. See you tomorrow, everyone!

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 23: Moving Along

Well, that didn’t go too bad. I finished a bit later than usual because my appointment today, but aside from the log, everything was done before dinner. Unfortunately no additional plot outline has been written yet. Pantsing it has gone alright up until now, but it’s probably beneficial if spend at least a bit of time on getting some structure into that plot before the month is done.

Today’s scene was an interesting one. It was first one really beyond the originally planned plot outline and I’ve really been struggling with how I was going to get this part of the plot moving along and finally resolve it. At the end of the day, I think I’ve figured it out, especially with the start of the follow-up scene. How and where the focus characters of this storyline are eventually going to end up is still up in the air, but I’m already very content with the progress made so-far.

And that’s it for today. A rather short log, but it has been another fairly quiet day. With another appointment around midday, tomorrow is looking to be quite similar to today. Fingers crossed it’ll be at least as productive. And quite a bit more structured! ^_^ See you then!

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 22: Overdoing?

Today’s scene was a bit more difficult to write. Part of the reason for that is the shifting of gears involved in going from two fairly explosive scenes in a row, back to a more character-driven one. Changing the focus from action to character interaction and (some) exposition will require a small adjustment period, but after that I foresee smooth sailing once more!

The more prominent matter, however, is me pretty much having reached the end of what I’d planned out in my plot outline, which means things going a little slower than usual. While I have most of the rest of the plot planned out in my head, I might want to spend a bit of time writing out a general outline for it, to prevent the ever looming threat of overthinking or overanalyzing things.

Other than that, though, the day went well again. Still on target to reach the 50,000 before the end of the month, the plot is moving along smoothly, if a little bit slower, and thankfully it’s been fairly quiet. If all goes as planned, I feel the latter is likely to be a more common occurrence as we approach the end of the month.

Hopefully that’ll also be the case for the upcoming two. I’m a bit worried about having two appointments around midday, but I should be better prepared than when it happened last time, so let’s just hope I’ll manage. More developments on that and more tomorrow! See you then!

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 21: Do It!

For a moment it looked like things weren’t going to go so well today as I woke up this morning. feeling a bit feverish again. Thankfully, that didn’t last too long and I could put my consideration to start a bit later, like a few days earlier, aside. Before I knew it, the writing engine was running once more. Slightly over halfway through the sessions, the last part of yesterday’s “awesome scene” was finished, which was, again, an absolute treat to write. After that, it was onto the next part of storyline one and the aftermath of the previous big scene.

I have a feeling the story, at least for the next few days, is going to be a bit quieter, with more focus on character interaction and development and of course the prelude to the eventual big finale! Yes, that’s right! The finale! Let’s not forget there’s only slightly over a week left, so it was only a matter of time before the story’s ending truly came in sight! Finishing the actual story is going to be a big challenge, but if I keep it up like I’ve done for the past weeks, I have the utmost confidence I will succeed!

So let’s go and do just that, shall we? ^_^ See you tomorrow!

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