NaNoWriMo 2017: Writing Soundtrack

I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month almost every year since 2008 (I skipped in 2010 while working on my undergraduate thesis and cowrote last year using a different account) and have found that, no matter what, the soundtrack I listen to ends up being one of the most important parts of my process.  Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Writing Playlist

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participant-180If there’s one single thing I’ve learned over the course of the past several years participating in NaNoWriMo, it’s that a writing playlist is absolutely essential. I write best to a soundtrack, and over the past couple of years that we’ve been brainstorming, my writing partner and I have come up with soundtracks for each book in the series we’re working on.

This month, though, we’re working on A Night Full of Red, and

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Day 7 Complete!


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Day 7 of NaNoWriMo is complete! Final word count: 15,334.

Emi and I are still pretty far ahead of our goals, even though we barely wrote today — the Day 7 goal is 11,667 words. I finally hit the point where I’ve started struggling, although I think it might be due to outside stressors (Election Day) rather than anything inherent.

Still, I’m pretty pleased with some of the stuff we’ve written so far, despite getting stuck mid-scene and needing to walk away or hand off to Emi for a while. Ironically, the most difficult character to write is Dani, who’s the main protagonist of this book. We’ve made good progress, though, and I think it’ll only get better.

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Today’s photo: A generated picture from MapLoco to show what states I’ve been to. You can clearly see approximately where I live based on this map! (Technically, I’ve also been to Georgia, but it was a layover at the Atlanta airport, and I don’t feel like that should count, because I didn’t breathe any of Georgia’s outside air.)

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Day One Complete!

Day One of NaNoWriMo is complete! Final word count: 3,363.

This is about twice the number of words for Day One, so we actually have already gone past the Day Two goal. It’s a good, strong start to this year’s novel, but both of us plan to write more today.

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Today’s photo: My first successful version of garlic fried rice, although I used a little too much canola oil. Garlic rice is a pretty classic Filipino breakfast dish, although my dad never made it growing up. I learned to make it from this article on Kitchn.

NaNoWriMo 2016: Launchpad

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participant-180Every November for the past 8 years, I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. It’s the beginning of November 2016, and today I’ll embark on the first day of my ninth NaNoWriMo project.

NaNo is a 30-day challenge to write 50,000 words, which for a lot of participants is quite a feat, but its real purpose is to bring together writers of every age and type. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo 2013: Writing Playlist

We’re ending the first full week of NaNoWriMo, so to get things moving, I wanted to share the playlist I’m using to motivate myself this year. Every time I do NaNoWriMo (or Script Frenzy or Camp NaNo), I make a playlist I can listen to that inspires the work either in terms of setting, character, or what have you.

This year, I tried to stick with songs from the late 90’s up to 2006, since my project takes place between August 2005 and May 2006. A couple later songs snuck in, but most of the songs fit those criteria.

  1. A New Beginning – Good Charlotte
  2. Bring It (Snakes on a Plane) – Cobra Starship
  3. Where Is The Love – The Black Eyed Peas
  4. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
  5. The Great Escape – Boys Like Girls
  6. Mobile – Avril Lavigne
  7. Holiday – Green Day
  8. Secret Valentine – We The Kings
  9. Nobody’s Fool – Avril Lavigne
  10. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage – Panic! at the Disco
  11. Pressure – Paramore
  12. Pump It – The Black Eyed Peas
  13. Take Me Out (live) – Franz Ferdinand
  14. Born For This – Paramore
  15. You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid – The Offspring
  16. Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World

My word count progress the morning of Saturday, November 9 is 5,430. What’s your current NaNoWriMo word count? What music is driving you this year?

Welcome to NaNoWriMo 2013!

2013-Participant-Facebook-ProfileAnother year means another NaNoWriMo project – and that’s always a ton of fun!  This year, I’ll do a little bit of explaining throughout the month to show precisely what I’ll be up to and different things I’m doing to encourage myself.  I hope it encourages you, too!

This year, I’m doing things differently than normal: instead of a 50,000-word novel, I plan to work on a graphic novel script with a personal word count goal of 25,000.  The project is actually a rewrite and adaptation of a project I did a few years ago for Script Frenzy – except this time, it’s not a movie script but one for a graphic novel.

This year’s NaNoWriMo theme seems to be retro video games, which makes my superhero-themed graphic novel script project even more appropriate than usual!  This month, I plan to have a few fun posts for everyone:

  • This year’s NaNoWriMo playlist
  • Halfpoint Progress
  • Influences and ideas for reworking and revamping
  • Final Update

This year’s manuscript is currently titled Project Ex: Welcome to the Academy and is the first volume in a four-part graphic novel series.  Welcome to the Academy follows six new students at an academy for supersoldiers as they are assigned to the same bottom-ranked team and strive for the top spot.  I’m not sure how long the graphic novel will actually be, and I’ve never tried a graphic novel script before – so we’ll see what happens!

What is your NaNoWriMo project for this year?  What do you think is the most exciting thing about NaNoWriMo?  More importantly, what music will you be listening to for NaNoWriMo this year?