Nano Day 15: We’re halfway there

OOOOH LIVING ON A PRAYER.

GUYS. I HAVE EXCITING NEWS.

Last week Monday, I finally, FINALLY wrote the last word for Music’s Curse.

I FINISHED IT.

After years of working on it, I came to the end of the first draft with 123K words.

I KNOWWW. That’s a lot of words. But large chunks will be cut out when I edit it. IF I edit it…

But hey. Not gonna think about that right now. I FINISHED MY FREAKIN’ NOVEL.

This was my main goal of doing Nano this year, and I reached that goal. So I’m happy. CELEBRATE WITH ME. I brought imaginary cake and ice cream! *throws food at you*

So now that I’m done with Music’s Curse, I’m working on a new novel, tentatively titled The Same Nobodies. I haven’t planned it very much so I don’t really have a good idea of where the story is going. But I am excited to work on it. I have a couple thousand words already. It’s steampunk fantasy with Persian undertones, and I’m super pumped to see where this story takes me. Here’s a summary that I quickly typed up the other day:

In the world of Ardazan, identical twins are considered to be the spawn of the demons. Born with the power to suck the life force from people around them, identical twins have been at the heart of many of Ardazan’s problems. For this reason, a law was passed declaring that all identical twins would not be allowed to live past the age of five.

Kaveh and Jahan Corvzah were unfortunate enough to be born identical twins. Now at the age of 25, the only reason they evaded death was due to their parents’ careful planning, which led people to believe that there was only one son instead of two. For the past five years, the brothers have been living in separate cities, trying to avoid each other to keep their secret hidden. While Kaveh lives as a thief, Jahan has agreed to marry a girl named Yasmine to save her father’s business. The only problem is, Jahan dreams of becoming a monk, and has no desire to get married, and Kaveh secretly wishes for something more meaningful in his life.

But there’s another problem. Identical twins never make it past the age of 28. They are always found dead, their hearts black with poison. Determined to uncover the mysteries surrounding identical twins, Kaveh and Jahan set out to find answers as their lives slowly dwindle away and a poison creeps ever closer to their hearts.

So while I’m still not planning on writing 50K words, I’ll be working on this for the rest of November. I’ll probably check back in once and a while to let you guys know how it’s going. I’ll probably share some excerpts too!

But in the meantime, you guys should follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinTriscuit. I had been avoiding Twitter for so long but finally gave in and signed up for it. I’ll probably regret it. But anywho. Follow me.

Until next time,

Erin

OhNoWriMo

Welp. I didn’t do such a great job in the past couple weeks blogging. I apologize. It was midterms for me, which meant days of stressful studying for exams and writing papers. And when I finally had a moment to relax, I didn’t really think much about blogging.

BUT HERE I AM. So it’s all cool now.

And yes, I’m blogging on a Tuesday. Why? Because I didn’t think I should wait until Friday. Something started a couple days ago, and I felt like I had to give an update.

GUYS. IT’S NANO TIME.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is then you really need to get a life. Or just grab your phone and ask Google what it is. Come back when you know what it is. I’ll wait for you.

*sips coffee patiently*

Hooray, you’re back! Now we’re all on the same page. Literally!

So here’s the thing about NaNo this year: I almost didn’t do it. I wasn’t really feeling it, and I didn’t think I could handle it with school, two jobs, and a social life. But then when a co-worker excitedly asked me if I was doing Nano this year, I realized…

I had to do it. Not because I felt like I was being forced into it, not because I was afraid I wouldn’t be “a real writer” if I didn’t do it, but because I realized that I really, truly wanted to do it.

November is Nano for me. It’s been like that for the past five years. Without Nano, November is just…November. Just another boring month. But it’s gotten to the point where when I list the months in my head, I’ll go, “September, October, NaNo, December…”

Does NaNo stress me out? Hell yeah. Do I get sick of it after those 30 days? You betcha. But to me, that’s what makes it enjoyable. I love the challenge. I love the NaNo experience. I love the late nights of frantic word wars, the crazy, nonsensical chat conversations, and the struggle to contain your Inner Editor. I especially love the feeling of finally hitting 50K words.

However, all that said…I’m taking a bit of a different approach this year. I realize that I’m really busy right now, more so then I’ve ever been. So while I am doing NaNo, I’m going to relax things a bit. While I am still aiming for 50K words, I’m not planning on writing 50K. Does that make sense? Basically, if I think I have the time, I will try my best to reach 50K, but if it starts getting in the way of work and school and causing even more stress (not good stress), then I’ll pull back a bit. Basically, I’m doing this so that I don’t feel disappointed if I don’t hit 50K. The past two years, I was mad at myself for not getting to 50K because I had set that as my goal. This year, my goal is just to write as much as I think possible without getting in the way of other, more important things.

So what am I writing for NaNo? Well, I have decided that before I start a new novel, I have to finish Music’s Curse. I am so close! I meant to finish it in August and lol that didn’t happen. I’d say that I only need about 5K more to go and then I can finally say “SO LONG PARTNER” to the novel I’ve been working on for the past three years.

That is, until I decide to edit it…*shudders in fear*

After I finish Music’s Curse, I’ll be starting a new story for the rest of NaNo. It isn’t named yet, but I have a vague idea of the plot. I know it’s going to be steampunk fantasy with Persian undertones. I’M SO EXCITED TO START THIS. It’s gonna be great.

As for blogging during NaNo, I probably won’t be sticking to a set schedule. I’ll just kinda randomly pop on and give you guys updates. Things may get a bit…crazy. Don’t be surprised. Strange things happen during NaNo.

So how’s everyone else doing on their NaNo novels?! Still going strong, or ready to give up? Let’s be encouragement buddies, guys!

Until next time!

Erin

(P.S. Not proofreading this. No time for that. Gotta write my novel!)