NaNoWriMo Update [2015.3]


Well, here we are again. I have to confess that I haven’t been writing at all these last few days. I guess, I’m not as stalwart in ignoring distractions as I thought myself to be. There was some intent friends and family time involved, but also some ‘I’m a lazy chicken, not crossing the road’-time. Crossing the road, of course, being a metaphor for not writing (also: I’m not actually a chicken).

What have I done? I’m at 30,000+ words, which is twice as much as I’ve written for WriMo last year. And I’m still  determined to win it. I hope,  you’re getting along with your writing. Leave me a comment, let me know where you’re at.

I think I’ve mentioned to you that I’m writing a Zombie-story. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s pretty insane. Thinking about what kind of things might happen during a Zombie Apocalypse, the kind of character traits people show, the courage, the skill, a fight or fly attitude. People will still be differnt, and some might choose to fight, others might choose to hide.

I’ve really come to love writing the supernatural. If I’ve known it would be this much fun, I’d done it way before now. It’s a lot about choosing which myths and legends you put in, and which you’ll ignore. How does your Zombie look like? When does your werewolf change? Are a cross and holy water your vampire repellents, or is this just mysticism?

And then there are your humans who have to react to the news that these kind of creatures exist. They’re certainly made of tougher material than your run-of-the-mill protagonist. But not too tough, not beyond harm, or fault. Never that.

I enjoy myself a lot writing these days (not the last few, because I’ve done none, but before that and hopefully again later today). It’s not that late today. Maybe I’ll do some NaNoSprints to warm up. One more week of NaNo and just under 20k words to write. Wish me luck.


NaNoWriMo Update [2015.2]


I guess a title change was in order, just so I don’t get too confused or confusing by using the same title too often (I might be planning to participate in NaNo years to come). That’s not the only change I made if you’ve seen my Home-page. Yes, it’s English only now, but I will add another page for my German Neuigkeiten.

That, however, has nothing to do with NaNo, I’m just a little more productive these days. But NaNo…it’s still going well, though I had two days of procrastination so far. It had a little to do with finishing Halfway Home. I don’t know what you do when you just finished a novel, but I usually take a couple of days to regroup, decide on a new project, let it all sink in.

This being NaNo, that wasn’t really possible. I had a hard time deciding what to do next. And, yes, I know I made that perfectly good list for the projects I wanted to write, but I’m kinda bad at following simple lists. I needed a new project.

So, because I had such a good time writing about werewolves (you can read Courage here and here now), I wanted to go back to the supernatural. And now I’m doing a zombie story. It’s for a submission call, so there are some directions to follow, but I have a good feeling about Gale: The Zombie Diaries. And, of course, I had to make a cover to go with it (you may have noticed the header looking a little different, I put up some covers of stories written, to be written, maybe never to be written who knows).

Yesterday was half-time NaNo and I reached my 25k words through sprints and some actual continual writing. The great thing about the NaNo sprints (you’re not familiar? it’s a twitter feed with great prompts and timed sprints @NaNoWordSprints) is that they go well with the diary style I’m writing. The prompts are so random and I get to write some additional diary entries using totally unrelated themes. It’s great.

So, NaNo is still a go at my house. How are you doing? Leave me a comment to let me know. Also: you’re awesome. Your writing is worth the effort. Go, writer, go!!!