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
If 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
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.)
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.
Every 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