NaNo ist coming …

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participantHey everyone :)

First things first: Who else is getting ready? Are you excited? What project are you planning to work on?

Truth be told, even though I’m excited, I’m currently more like: OMG, it’s only two days away. How did that happen?

14581471_1752439985020872_2818120346941342125_nAfter ‘just jumping in’ last year, I actually wanted to get more preparation done this year. Some decent plotting. Or semi-decent, at least

But then my October and November schedules got really busy (especially work-wise), and for a long time, I just wasn’t sure if I should even try and participate. The fact that I had three possible projects on my mind and couldn’t decide on one for the life of me wasn’t helping. I felt stuck, unable to make up my mind. For weeks.

And then today, the clouds finally started to clear. Suddenly, finally, something started to make sense.

I think I made my decision. No, wrong wording. I decided.

tellthedamnedstoryquoteIt’s very ironic that in the end, I’m settling for the very project I originally discarded right away. But then again, last year I first discarded Blood and Rain because it was ‘just an idea’,  not even plotted properly, and ended up doing it anyway.

This year, I can’t just jump in. I need more structure. This is why I’m turning to my oldest project, aiming not only for a (German) re-write of the very raw (English) scenes I did ages ago, but also for a complete first draft of something I can actually get published at a later point.

It seems only fair, given that it is the oldest project in my ‘collection’, and falling back on something I have thought about for so long is most likely the only way I’ll be able to survive this NaNo.

Besides, it’s a mixture of all the other projects I considered, being a mystery story with a dash of romance and a dystopian background.

So no more (over)thinking. I’ll be working on Solving Puzzles.

Wish me luck.

And see you this NaNo!

If you want to join me, my profile can be found here  :)

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Pictures used:

from NaNoWriMo and http://www.coffeepress.con/angrywriter

All good things come in threes

painting-1175576_960_720Talking about threes: the third week of Camp NaNo is over. How did your week go? Can you see the finish line, or have you crossed it already?

For me, it’s time to pack up my things (as I mentioned in my previous post, my camping month will only consist of three weeks this time) and to validate my word count.

But first, a final summary. Continue reading

Gone Camping (again)

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What have you been up to, except for watching football (given that the European Championship is going on atm)?

Seeing that my favourite Teams (Wales and Iceland, for those interested. I always love to support the underdogs) are doing surprisingly well, I have been writing.

So, it’s time for another little status update – Second Camping Edition :)

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Since once again, like last April, I decided to join Camp NaNoWriMo.

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Camping, colours, crazy (good) times

 

Just a little status update, given that you haven’t heard from me in quite some time ;)

So, what have I been up to in April? (Writing-wise, of course. No one cares about the boring rest ;) )

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Well, at the beginning of the month, I decided  – pretty much last minute – to join the fun at Camp NaNoWriMo. Continue reading

Bring on the champaign

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have an announcement to make: It’s done.

Yesterday, I got to validate incredible 50 977 words – which makes me an official NaNoWriMo Winner. Alcohol-free champaign and cookies for everyone!

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Looking back, I can honestly say I’ve never seen an entire month go by so fast. Today is already the first of advent, November is almost over and NaNoWriMo is coming to an end. candle-in-the-dark

An end that brings very mixed emotions:

 

surprise – When I set out on this adventure, I honestly never thought I’d get this far. It’s still a shock, sort of.

pride – I made it! Still can’t believe I did. And even two days early.

happiness – It was a wonderful experience, which I’m truly grateful for, and it was made even better by all the lovely supportive people around me.

sadness – Yes, there is also a bit of sadness that it’s over and now it’s back to ‘normal life’ (and to editing… oh dear).

 

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(picture taken from quotesgram.com)

Going into NaNoWriMo, I had a very strict goal. Quoting from my first-week-post:

“This first of November, it would be do or die. Either I’d rediscover the magic, or I’d fail miserably.”

It’s good to know that I didn’t fail. It’s even better to realise that I still have that ability of stringing words together and building a story. The magic is still there, so to say, it probably has been there all along.

Even if the story is far from done. Even if the whole thing still lacks proper structure. Even if most of those 50 000 words suck.

The NaNo experience is not about creating a perfect text. It is all about writing and letting your muses run wild (which mine did. A Lot.) and having fun.

The result still needs major editing and several rounds of revision, but for the moment being, I’m quite happy with it.

 

And finally, I would like to thank those who made it all possible: thanks

My cats for their endless support and patience and all the hours they spend sitting next to me while I was typing.

All the NaNoWriMo staff who made something great and you keep making it better and better each year.

All my friends who were supportive and kept asking about the story.

thanks-for-your-great-supportAll the Swiss WriMos making up the small but amazing Swiss NaNo Community (special shout-out to the Winterthur section. Hope you guys will all make it over the finish line!).

And last but not least, all my amazing Writing Buddies – especially Mika Krüger, who already finished last Tuesday but still waited for me so we could cross the finish line together, and Jery, whose supportive, smart and funny messages were better than muffins, brownies and cookies – combined.

I love you guys, more than I can ever say (or write). You are beyond amazing.

 

Muses running wild… and lots of coffee

That’s a perfect summary of my third NaNo week. writercaffeine-300x236

After lots of caffeine and many many hours of typing, it’s time to look back at another week before starting a new one.

On the positive side, my characters finally started to turn into real people. I was especially worried about Will, the lead character and focalizer of the novel, who seemed just too 5678b3ea4d0eea403d1c1205bfe9ad84well adjusted to have any kind of real personality. Luckily, my other main character saw it pretty much the same way and made it his personal mission to cause character development. And boy oh boy, was Will developing.

But it was not just him, but also the rest of the cast. They said things I never expected them to say, did things I didn’t plan for them to do, and put their feet down several times to let me know this was how they wanted things to go.

As E.L. Doctorow said, “Writing is a socially accepted form of schizophrenia.” It’s one I fully embrace though, for it means my characters finally started to have voices and talk to me :)

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On the negative side though, my inner editor came back this week, just to remind me that this sucks!!! and to question how on earth that story was ever going to make sense (I can see the HUGE logic gaps from over here!). As predicted by the end of week two, the real battle was week three. And the battle is still ongoing.

Although… I’m currently two days ahead of the schedule, at 40 000 words. I’m so close to the finish line, and every word is another step towards it. I’m not going to give up now.

And to all my fellow writers: We are almost there! I’ll meet you at the finish line. And I’m going to bring cookies!

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(c) by Pusheen the Cat

Status: Still writing

il_570xN.448123416_94bbWhat a week this has been… there was a Friday the 13th, which is a day I love (I never had any bad luck on that supposedly unlucky day), and a meeting with fellow WriMos at Starbuck’s in Winterthur (if you are reading this, hi to everyone! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you).

It was also the second week of NaNoWriMo.

And surprise, here I am, still writing and still going strong.

That does of course not mean I didn’t have any of those doubts and setbacks that week two is famous for. In fact, I’m scared I’ll have more of those coming up in week three. But so far, I managed to fight through it, and yesterday, I breached the important halfway-line.

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Perfectly summing up my week… (from “No Plot, Not Problem” by Chris Baty)

25 000 words. Wow. Never even thought I’d get that far…

That calls for another massive THANK YOU to the amazing NaNo Community in general, and to my absolutely awesome Writing Buddies in particular.

And now, onto the next half!

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