November Challenges: Week #4

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The close of November brought the end of both NaNoWriMo and the Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest). By some miracle, I managed to complete my goals for both challenges despite a few days of writer’s block and the Thanksgiving holiday.

NaNoWriMo

Early Bird word count: 1,611

Week 1 word count: 3,262

Week 2 word count: 4,567

Week 3 word count: 3,535

Week 4 word count: 2,416

Total: 15,391

I hit my goal of 15,000 words (plus a little more). It doesn’t get any better than that! All I can say is I’m grateful for planning a little bit ahead when I clocked in three early bird writing days. I knew Thanksgiving weekend was going to be crazy, so I worked in a few extra days beforehand to alleviate the stress of cramming in writing time while also trying to spend time with family. Thank goodness the only pantsing going on was with the actual writing, rather than with scheduling!

The Month’s Trends:

I pantsed it the entire time!

I fully expect to be referencing my notebook during the next phase of my novel, but the first seven chapters were completed pantsed. And I loved every second of it! I never would have guessed it, but pantsing is quite liberating.

I’ve always planned everything I write, but this time my characters had other things in mind. I fully intend on giving them more control as the process continues. Why bother fighting them? They know their story best, right?

Music Matters

I’ve always used carefully constructed playlists to help fuel my muse’s imagination. Even with pantsing, this is still true. Imagine Dragons, Junip, and Muse all played a key role in giving my main characters a deeper sense of emotion, while also unearthing some pretty interesting secrets.

I have a lucky charm.

My typewriter key pendant has become a talisman of inspiration. I don’t know if I’m just imagining things, but my writing time always seemed to go a little smoother when I wore it. I’ll be wearing it until The Muse’s sequel is finished.

There’s always time to write.

Is my life crazy busy? Yes. But this month has reminded me that there is always time to write. I just have to want it bad enough. Small sacrifices had to be made, but it was worth it overall to get the chance to tell the story that’s been inside my head for so long.

November Poem A Day Challenge

A month of poeming has come to an end and I’m proud to say I wrote a poem for each day in November. I had to play catch-up a couple of times, but I still completed the challenge on time.

The next step is choosing 20 poems to create a chapbook submission. I’ve entered this competition several times before without success, but I’ll jump in again anyway. It’s free to enter and I love the challenge of piecing together a collection. I learn something every year about what works and what doesn’t when selecting poems for a chapbook.

The last batch of poems I wrote for the PAD challenge will be posted on my haiku blog, Haiku Tree, throughout this week. Check it out!

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How did you fare on your goals for November?

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c.b.w. 2016

 

November Challenges: Week #3

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Progress continues on both the novel and poetry fronts. Both projects are chugging right along and I can hardly believe there’s only one week left!

NaNoWriMo

Early Bird word count: 1,611

Week 1 word count: 3,262

Week 2 word count: 4,567

Week 3 word count: 3,535

Total: 12,975

The overall goal for the month is 15,000 words, so I’m definitely feeling like the prize is within reach. The next biggest challenge is making sure I guard my writing time during the Thanksgiving holiday. Distractions abound and I hope I can stay on track!

This week’s trends:

I’m superstitious!

I always knew I had weird writing traditions (like always having a Cafe Mocha nearby when novel writing and only being able to function if there are at least five different colored pens in my pencil pouch), but it turns out I’m rather partial to a lucky charm. I have a pendant made from a typewriter key with my first initial on it. I wore it on November 1st to celebrate the start of NaNoWriMo. One day I couldn’t find my inspiration and I chalked it up to forgetting to wear my typewriter key. Since then, I’ve worn it every day to keep my muse happy!

Still a pantser!

My novel notebook still sits on the shelf unopened. The characters are so chatty and eager to tell their story, it’s like they already know where they’re going and I’m just along for the ride. I don’t know how much longer this will last because I know there are some research notes I need to reference once I hit a certain point. Until then, I’m just going to enjoy every twist and turn.

It’s all about one song.

Demons by Imagine Dragons is basically on constant replay as I write. It has well over 100 plays at this point. I see it as the anthem for one of my main characters.

November Poem A Day Challenge

The prompts were a little tricky this week for a haiku poet, but I managed to make it work. I missed a couple of days (the novel was very distracting this week), but caught up quickly.

All the poems I’m writing for this challenge are continuously being posted on my haiku blog, Haiku Tree. Check it out!

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How are you doing with your November writing projects?

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c.b.w. 2016