NaNoWriMo is upon us, we have to blog, we have to study, we have to write, we have to be with our families. Thanksgiving is coming and people keep talking and the world is rushing all around and chaos and voices and the nois-
You’d be surprised at how it helps.
But I sometimes forget to breathe. Do you? When you find your heart beating too quickly or the scene unfolding in front of you takes away the air in your lungs, do you breathe? Do you take a step back or do you jump in? Reorient yourself, my friend.
I’ve been learning these past months to take a moment, breathe, read a Psalm or a chapter of whatever book of the Bible I’m currently in, and then get back to the whirlwind of life. I challenge you to join me. To put aside our perfectionism and take breaks to breathe and reorient ourselves. We are human, not machines, no matter how we like to fool ourselves into thinking we can work until we can’t keep our eyes open.
Just in time for Camp NaNoWriMo, I have a handy dandy sort of helpful(??) guide survival guide. Prepare to be amazed!
Look At All That You Must Accomplish… AKA Panic
After you have sufficiently been overwhelmed, move onto step two. It gets better from here.
Sort Out Your Priorities.
Look at what you need to get done that day, and please, look at it realistically. Factor in snack breaks and inevitable probable procrastination. Know your limits. Do not think things like “I can do five math lessons in an hour and then figure out that one plot hole in ten minutes.”
That. Will. Not. Happen. Realistically.
Trust me, I tried.
Start On The First Thing.
You’re laughing, aren’t you? “Wow, Ruby, I had no idea I was supposed to start. Thanks for adding that to the list.” You’d be surprised at how many projects are never finished because they were never actually started because the person got too lazy and procrastinated.
The beginning is the hardest part of any project. The middle and the end are beasts as well.
Make yourself begin. Whether it’s googling that math formula that you need to memorize, writing the first sentence of a book, or finishing that latin homework you forgot about over spring break.
Because once you begin, you feel guilty if you do not finish.
Let Yourself Have Breaks, But Not Too Many or Too Long.
See, you start out with great intentions of only having a ten minute break or a couple breaks. And then you wind up an hour or twenty breaks later explaining yourself to the pile of work that needs to be done and you look something like this man below.
And once you take too long or too many breaks, you start to crave the sun and fresh air. You want to talk to people.
Once that happens, you can’t go back to chipping away at your block of work. So do yourself a favor and limit the breaks. You can go lay in the sunshine when you’re done.
Work For The Allotted Time Period.
Once you have figured out how long you want your “work day” to be, every day, work for that entire amount of time. Plus breaks and whatnot. But don’t decide that you’re going to end earlier that day and go later the next. Do your best to have a rhythm. School and writing can be juggled chaotically, but still juggled. You’ve got this!
Once The Work Is Done, We Don’t Think About Work.
The work is done. It does not matter anymore. Work has no hold on us. We are free. Free as a bird. Until tomorrow morning.
All joking aside, this is actually very important. Placing what you must do tomorrow out of your mind once you can do no more is actually healthy. You stress less, you can relax more, and you can get more done if there is an end in sight.
Hope this was able to help those of you writers who were frantically looking for this guide. I got your back. 😉
NaNoWriMo was this month, and I didn’t really tell many people that I was doing it because I wasn’t entirely for certain if I was doing it until the last week. It all started when I was talking with my dad and telling him about how I was probably only going to get 45,000 at the most cause I was pretty behind. My dad, being well, the way he is, responded with “You’re so close. You can do it!” I responded with, “YES. YES, I CAN!”
And I did. It took 8,000 words in two days and being exhausted the next morning. It took a horrible ending to my novel and tons of random scenes that I didn’t need to have because I had to write words. But I did it.
Hence the reason why another installment of Penance or many blog posts have not been put up this month. I ran out of words at the end of the day.
The novel that I was writing is called How To Break The World, and I am hoping to get it to at least 60,000 words once I have written the second draft. It’s actually going to be part of a trilogy that I am going to write.
How To Break The World has been an idea in my head for a very long time, but I just recently decided to write it. It’s part of a trilogy that has not been named and plotted out, but that I will hopefully be able to make brilliant and detailed.
A brief synopsis:
If you’re reading this, that means the plan went wrong. What’s the plan? A last ditch effort to restore our society. We’ve been told we were gods so many times that we’ve begun to believe it.
The Æsir came to me, practically begging for help, wanting me to fix their mess. I was still imprisoned at the time, so they made a bargain in that ratty cold cell. I got out, and they got me. So the plan was born. We decided to forget everything. All of us. All of our history, our traditions, our brotherhood would be forgotten. Fine by me.
We start anew. We become human. We become like you.
But if you’re reading this, that means somebody other than me cheated the system.
Good luck, you probably just broke the world, whoever you are.
So, the premise of the book is that the Norse gods are not actually gods, but advanced alien humanoids that were worshipped by early people. However, if you tell somebody something enough times, they will believe you, so they began to believe that they were actually gods. The government of the Æsir doesn’t like this, so they decide that everything needs to change. Which is where Loki comes in.
I did Camp NaNoWriMo in July as well, and this time I aimed for 10k! I ended up getting 10,029 words today, finishing it. First time I did this and finished! I finiiishhheedddd! I am victorious!
It was a lot of fun, second drafting Realms Unseen. I am about… 52 pages in now, and hoping to get 200! That is my goal, and I hope to reach it. By Christmas of 2015, but I have no idea if that will happen… All depends on if Writer’s Block is merciful and I continue to have more ideas with the second draft.
My villains just came in the story, actually, and if you guys would like, I’ll do a blog post introducing them! They’re pretty hilarious and awesome, well, as awesome as evil gets. Anyway, will do a longer blog post later, but right now I’m going to go celebrate my victory by dancing around in my room!
Hello again everyone! I believe I told you that I was doing Camp NaNoWriMo in my first post, if you forgot, or haven’t read it yet, here’s the link: I’m Back. So, I was trying to reach 50K, but a lot of stuff happened. Probably the most important event was that my aunt and cousin came to see us for a week! We live overseas so we don’t get to see family much so that was a HUGE surprise. And sadly, my writing lacked that week…
Hence that, I have changed my word count goal to 40k, and I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to make that. I hope so, and I’m writing as fast as these fingers can go, but it’s hard. I knew that when I signed up for it, so I need to suck it up and get writing. Thanks to all you lovely people who continue to motivate me to keep on writing!:)
At the moment, I am warding off writers block and trying not to run after plot bunnies. I’ve got a pen for a sword and my rough draft for a shield. It’s fun, but it’s challenging. I’m swimming across an ocean and I don’t know how wide it is, still avoiding the word count shark, though it did almost bite me the other day… Gotta go! Novels don’t write themselves (unless there’s a novel writing tree I don’t know about…)
Oh! Before I go, there’s a challenge over at my friend’s blog, here’s the link: The Challenge. I’m hoping to finish my entry by Wednesday, so watch for me over there. I think that’s it…