December? Already?

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When did that happen?

It does not only mean that Christmas is approaching fast, but also that NaNoWriMo 2016 lies already behind us.

If you participated: how did it go? Did you reach your goal?

I most certainly did.

Given that I had decided to write a story that has been on my mind for ages, things were going exceptionally well. I managed to write every day – even after working from 8 AM till 5 PM, even when I had to make up for my Book Berlin weekend.

My average was a fairly high 2000 words – between 1552 and 2525 per day. Therefore, I beat NaNoWriMo on day 25, and got to amazing 60 155 words in the end, a result I had never expected, not even in my wildest dreams.

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However … I couldn’t help but notice that this NaNo felt completely different from last year’s. Back then, I had to struggle really hard to reach 50 000 words, but felt really proud in the end. This year, I’m sort of missing that feeling.

But yeah, maybe it’s just because there are some scenes left to write. The complete story is most likely going to be around 80 000, so there are a few more words to write, and a lot of revision to be done. An AWFUL lot of revision.

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My personal highlight this November was most definitely the Book Berlin – a small, cosy yet very impressive book fair. It was so much fun meeting great people (hi Michael, Sarah, Tinka and everyone else!) and witnessing my dear friend and fellow author  Mika Krüger presenting and selling her books there. Already looking forward to next year!

Still, I would like to thank all those who supported me this NaNo:thanks-1804597_1280

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.

daisy-1403041_1280The  Facebook-Community, lead by the wonderful Tinka – it’s always so much fun with you guys!

And of course my beyond-amazing Writing BuddiesMika Krüger, who I met last NaNo and wouldn’t trade for the world, Michael Kracht, a great editor and amazing person, and Sarah Ricchizzi, who I finally got to meet in Person at Book Berlin. And of course everyone else I didn’t mention by name – you are all important to me, and I’m proud of every single one of you.

You all rock! <3

Everyone out there a happy and peaceful Advent!

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Pictures used:

Welcome December:  LoveThisPic
Winner Badge:  NaNoWriMo
Buch Berlin Logo:  Buch Berlin
everything else: pixabay

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

Hallo Autumn – a little Update

tumblr_nvjohkgppe1txq9ggo1_1280It’s getting really ciold out there … and really colourful :)

Personally, I’m a HUGE fan of the ‘darker time of the year’ – especially when it’s still golden rather than completely dark. But even then I love the shorter days, the colourful nature, candles, tea and cookies (or gingerbread). It’s the ideal season to cuddle my cats, and to curl up with a good book.

That’s why I updated the ‘sneak peek’ section on my German website. Now you can get a first glimpse at three short stories and one short crime fic leaves-1076307_960_720here  (sorry, German only at the moment being). There’s also a link to order the books, if you think you might enjoy reading more.

All those books are anthologies, which means you’ll find a collection of great stories and poems by different authors. In 2017, I will definitely publish a collection of just my stories, as well as my first novel (hopefully/finally).

And NaNoWriMo is coming up, too …

How about you? Are you enjoying the season, looking forward to partcipate in the NaNo fun, or do you have a great book to recommend?

In that case, I’m looking forward to your comment :)

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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