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Another Year, Another Novel

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 17, 2015, 6:47 PM

I've been participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for six years, although I've only completed a handful of 'novels' during that time. The 50,000 words which I wrote back in November of 2010 is still a monumental milestone in my life, although the story itself from that year is now being reworked to fit into a much newer idea. For this year, I bounced around several options. The first was working with one of two fanfictions that have recently been pleading for attention. One of those fanfictions is based in the amazing and magical world of Harry Potter, while the other takes place not long after the defeat of Smaug and the rebuilding of Dale in the Tolkein-verse (flavored heavily by Peter Jackson). The second was to start something completely from scratch and totally original. When I sat down on the first of November, I ended up choosing the latter. All I had ready were my computer and a little notebook. And, much like that first year, I have had no problem pumping out my required 1,667 words a day.

Something that stands out about this year's novel, though, is that my protagonist is male. I've never done that before. Not even in a fanfiction has a guy stood alone for several thousand words. While he isn't the only important character, and a female does come into play a little later on, he stays in that position as 'most important'. A cross between Sherlock Holmes and Special Agent Pendergast, Jasten Gretz is a man who loves puzzles. Better still, he loves solving puzzles. Shunning certain aspects of his family's past, he willingly works in a position below what his station could obtain for him. A fascinating study in protocol and independence, Gretz has proved to be one of the easiest characters I've ever written. At moments, I feel like I'm nothing more than the pair of hands typing out the words he's dictating. For anyone reading this who isn't a writer, that will sound incredibly daft and probably a bit like I'm suffering from some sort of strange multiple personality disorder. However, for those of you know exactly what I'm talking about, isn't that a wonderful feeling? You aren't having to drag words and thoughts out of an unresponsive character. Instead, their actually shoving more at you then you can handle! For the first time since I've started NaNo, I've actually had to keep myself to only writing my word count each day.

I know there are people out there who probably wonder what the point of such a program like NaNo actually is. After all, what sort of product will you have after thirty days of intensive writing? It won't be perfect, and it probably won't even be complete! True and true. But that isn't the point. The point of sitting down and writing over 1,500 words a day is a bit like an artist sitting down and doing several pages of sketches at some point between when they wake up and when they go to sleep. The goal is to simply do it. Not to make something perfect....not even to spend a great deal of time on what you've done. The more you practice, the better you get. The more free throws you shoot, the better you get at shooting free throws. The more miles you run, the easier the miles get. The more times you play the song on the piano, the more ingrained those notes become (even if if drives your family insane). Basically, you're creating a habit for yourself, something that will keep you going, even if you 'don't feel like it'. Because let's admit it, writers. There are definitely days when we just don't have the desire to come up with yet another scene. And yet, we know we need to.

And so, have a great rest of November, NaNoers! Keep writing and don't forget: if you get stuck, just throw in a troll!

Happy Noveling!


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  • Watching: The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies, Bonus Features
  • Drinking: Pepsi


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I honestly do want to thank each and every one of the people who've faved my work! However, after awhile, dA thinks I'm spamming people. Therefore, I will say it here instead of on everyone's pages... THANK YOU! :heart:

Also, I do read every comment, even if I don't comment back.

I'm a wannabe historian, a struggling writer, a closet princess, a bookworm extraordinaire, a reluctant pianist, a too much tea drinker, a someday traveler, a hopeless romantic, a computer game connoisseur, a daughter of God, and a Guitar Hero addict...but you can call me Clio.

Favorite genre of music: Christian, Classical, Musicals, Movie Soundtracks, K-Pop
Favorite style of art: Impressionism
Personal Quote: Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. ~C. S. Lewis

To Do List:
(1) Write next chapter for Only a Dream

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Lynixie Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Haven't found another artist on deviantart that does NaNoWriMo, what a breath of fresh air! Good luck with your goal!
IWillFly Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday Q u Q have you have a great day cos yes you deserve fun stuff today :heart:
greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dawww thanks lovely! <3 <3 <3
IWillFly Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
> u < <3 <3 <3
furesiya Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) happy birthday green! Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 
hope you have a good one that's full of nummy noms!!!
greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It was! Both good and full of goodies! Thanks lovely! <3 <3 <3 
DraconisKnight Featured By Owner Edited Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlarunplz: HAPPY B-DAY, GREENIE!!!! :iconlarunplz:

*leaves behind a :cake: *
greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*eats all the cake* *gets sugar high* <3 <3 Thanks Knighto!!!
DraconisKnight Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! :dummy: I hope it was a good day!!
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