Double Up Day (A NaNo Update)

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If this image and it’s fellow graphs feel all too familiar to you, then you are most likely a participant in NaNoWriMo, the daunting task to pen 50,000 words in a single month.
The 7th marked the close on the first week of the contest, as well as their Double Up Day. This was a promotion to push writers to either double their word count, or just double their usual writing amount for the day. They also featured it in their donations, a $25 donation got you gifts from the $50 prize pool.
I thought about donating, earning that shiny golden halo on my profile and further fortifying my commitment to my novel. Unfortunately, my bank is better fortified. It’s overdraft fees and diminutive balance are suggesting that next year would be a better choice.
So, I took part in Double Up Day via the wordcount. I’ve been lagging a bit, so I had to do just over 8500 words. Being a slow typer, it took me most of the day, but I managed. The sense of accomplishment was wonderful, and not just my progress today, but altogether. This is the farthest I’ve ever gone on a book, with today alone being more than I’ve written in the previous few months.

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My story is picking up now, the pace increasing. A couple days ago I wrote what I thought was an overly descriptive bit. Turns out it worked as foreshadowing for an event I wasn’t sure how to play out. That writing gave me the idea I need to keep the story going. I had decided not to include a certain  character when I first started. In a scene yesterday, she just showed up. I knew I needed her there, and she fit, perfectly. Most of what I wrote feels very much like word vomit, but there is an occasional sentence or phrasing where it is spot on, the words sing from the page, and it feels like a real, true story.

How have you been progressing on NaNoWriMo? Anything unexpected show up in your writing? Write anything really poetic you’d like to share? Hopefully you haven’t had to kill anyone yet, right? That’s a week 2 or 3 thing.
Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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NaNoWriMo

What is NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a web based community built to inspire and support novelists to complete their goal. A 50,000 word novel, in one month.
I first learned of NaNoWriMo after finishing Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, The Night Circus. She had participated for a few years, and it resulted in her finished book.
The main reason this appeals to me, is the forced deadline. I will spend forever on one paragraph, trying to perfect it the first time around. I get hung up on wording and phrasing and can’t let my rough draft be just that, a rough draft. I’m hoping the limited timeframe will keep me going forward and pushing on.
This will be my third try at finishing a novel. (Not counting my semi-serious highschool attempts.) I did 4-5 chapters in college about magic gemstones that granted elemental powers. Last year I wrote approximately 15,000 words about a great swordsman refusing to serve his king in war, and had his arm amputated as punishment.
I wanted this one to be in a more modern day, urban setting, but still with some fantasy elements. The story focuses on a teenager who recently lost his mother. His father copes badly, losing his job and drinking more. They move to a poor neighborhood filled with gangs, which the main character becomes involved with. The gangs are pushing a new drug, which the kid also gets involved with. Struggling with addiction will be a theme of the book, as well coping with loss and how people try to comfort themselves.
Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo in the past, or will you try this year? Share your experience or novel idea in the comments below!

Days 26-30

Days 26-30

Day 26: Top 3 Favorites
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I don’t think I could ever pick an all time favorite, or even a few favorites. These 3 just happen to be ones I’ve really enjoyed over the past couple years, and are generally one of my usual recommendations.

Day 27: Favorite Villain
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Denth, hands down. He manipulates the main character into pushing for war on her homeland. He flat out tells her he can’t be trusted. He tricks her into thinking he’s her friend and working for her.

Day 28: Quote
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“Love is temperamental. Tiring. It makes demands. Love uses you. Changes its mind. But hatred, now. That’s something you can use. Sculpt. Wield. It’s hard or soft, however you need it. Love humiliates you, but hatred cradles you.”

Day 29: Chapter
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Current chapter I was reading in a book I picked up from the library, A Natural History of Dragons.

Day 30: Read This Month
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And here are all the books I have read this month, in order of easiest to stack first, The Price of Spring, The Name of the Wind, An Autumn War, A Natural history of Dragons, & The Wise Man’s Fear.

Days 21-25

Days 21-25

Day 21: People on the Cover
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Kylar Stern, a.k.a. Azoth. The depiction of the assassin on the cover is one of the main reasons I started this series.

Day 22: I Need to Buy This
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Lots of people seem to like this, and from what I’ve heard of the story, it sounds really interesting. It’s definitely high up on the list of books I need to buy.

Day 23: TBR Pile
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That’s right, there is no pile. I generally read books as soon as I get them, I rarely give them the chance to stack up.

Day 24: Bookmark
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What could make a better bookmark than a library card, right?
I unfortunately lost my favorite (and real) bookmark a long while ago. It was these colored ribbons tied together, and one end had beads on them while the other featured a small metal figurine of a mouse sitting inside an open book.

Day 25: This Gives Me Feels
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Santhid, from Words of Radiance. Reading the description of this creature, and then being able to see a picture of how the author actually envisioned it, left me breathless. The entire series is filled with detailed drawings like this of it’s world’s inhabitants. I wish my writers would attempt this sort of thing.

Days 16-20

Days 16-20

Day 16: OTP
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I had to look this one up, I’m getting rusty on my internet lingo. I wasn’t sure who to pick really, I’ve never been really moved by character’s romantic relationships with each other. I settled on Vin and Kaladin. They are both serious, no nonsense types. They also tend to not be trusting of others.

Day 17: Spine of Book
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I could think of nothing better for this one, than one of Sanderson’s monsters. I mean, who else can put their titles sideways on the spine, instead of up and down?

Day 18: Recommended to Me
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I can still remember the day I saw my 5th Grade Science teacher reading this. I asked him about it and he said when he was done with it, he would let me know. He encouraged me to check it out from the school’s library, and it’s still one of my favorites.

Day 19: Book to Movie/TV
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I really enjoyed the movie adaptation of this, more so than the book itself. I felt that it was pretty spot on, and held more of an emotional impact than it’s paper counterpart.

Day 20: This Should Be a Movie
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I could totally see this being a really good movie, if done well. It would probably still be kind of cool even if it was done badly too.

Days 11-15

Days 11-15

Day 11: Can I live here?
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The Uglies Series, specifically, Extras. I would like to live here mostly for the surges, or surgery. You can look just about anyway you want, and it’s cheap/easily accesible. Credits, or income, is based on popularity, but just about everything you could want is already provided for you. They also have some really cool technology, like hoverboards. It’s the 21st Century, why don’t we have hover stuff yet??

Day 12: I’m Reading This Next
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The Name of the Wind. This will be my second read through of these books. I love the tale of Kvothe, despite the many criticisms people seem to have with the books and author. I am beyond excited to see how the final book turns out.

Day 13: I Can’t Wait for This
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Newest book in the Mistborn series, the series that made me fall into heterosexual love with Mr. Sanderson. And then ANOTHER one early next year? Yes please.

Day 14: Didn’t Finish
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The Goblin Emperor. (Yes, that is the actual copy of the book I owned) Didn’t even start it. Not that I didn’t want to… I would of loved to read this, I heard lots of good things about it.

Day 15: Hero/Heroine

Kvothe

Kvothe. Can’t help it. He’s just a bad ass.

Days 6-10

Days 6-10

DAY 6: Favorite Series
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The Mistborn Series. This one was recommended to me by a friend, shortly after it came out. Intrigued by the cover and his description of the book, I read it and quickly fell in love with the unique magic system and surprisingly in depth characters.

DAY: 7 Character Most Like Me
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“I never make fun of ladies, Blushweaver,” Lightsong said, picking up his drink again. “Mocking a woman is like drinking too much wine. It may be fun for a short time, but the hangover is hell.”
I had a hard time with this one. I picked Lightsong because, despite being a God himself, he doesn’t really believe in his religion. (I’m agnostic myself) He also tends to be really witty and sarcastic, traits we both share. It’s also used as a cover to hide that he’s actually a really good and caring person.

DAY: 8 I Cried… A Lot
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-SPOILER- So, yeah this made me cry. Well, misty eyed, because men don’t cry. The main character trains to be a surgeon, following his father’s footsteps. His younger brother gets drafted into the army by their spiteful city overlord, so he abandons his fathers dream and the money his saved for his schooling to join the army with his brother and protect him. He is unable to protect his brother, and he dies. He manages to kill a general with godlike armor, a feat so rare its pretty much considered impossible. The armor and credit is stolen by his captain, who kills his squad, the only witnesses, and then brands him as a slave. After a few failed escape attempts, he gets sold into another army. He is forced to carry siege bridges with fellow slaves. They aren’t allowed any armor, and are basically disposable human shields for the army. At his lowest point, he almost kills himself by throwing himself into a chasm. This character was so well written, and his backstory so tragic and unfair, I couldn’t help but cry when he finds the strength to keep going on. I mean, get teary eyed. Guys don’t cry.

DAY: 9 Favorite Cover
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I think I became interested in this book just for the cover.
The whole color theme of the book is white and black, with a splash of red.
The shiny rainbow glossy stuff can be the magic swirls.

Day: 10 I wish It Ended Differently
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This was a really amazing book and I enjoyed every bit of it. I loved how detailed it was without ever being boring or slow. The only exception is the ending. It just seemed anticlimatic, and that it dragged on longer than necessary.