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 ;) )
Well, at the beginning of the month, I decided – pretty much last minute – to join the fun at Camp NaNoWriMo. Continue reading
Many people think that being a writer means not being very interactive by default. You sit there alone in your room, typing words into your computer or drawing character charts on your note pad. It’s just you and the story, no one else needed.
Well, partly those people are right, but partly they couldn’t be more wrong. As a writer, your chosen profession is to tell stories. And even though you always start off telling them only to yourself, you already dream about making them public one day, to share them with the world, with an audience. This is the moment when you start to realise that writing a story is not a lonely or self-centred project at all. It’s more like trying to start some sort of conversation. You are not just an author, not just a writer, you are also a story teller and a sender of messages. You are communicating.
And that’s exactly where things start to get difficult. Continue reading
That’s generally a very good piece of advice. Currently, I feel like I’m writing on tip toes, but I still hope those baby steps will eventually take me to a complete story.
*hugs* to all my fellow writers out there!
Don’t worry, of course I don’t mean the weather outside (although I could complain about the serious lack of snow for hours. It’s winter, it’s almost Christmas, I want WHITE, not green, grey and brown!).
Instead, let’s talk about weather in a novel. Continue reading
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.