The End is HERE!

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Today is the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo and I have “won”!  I admit, for a couple of days, I didn’t think I was going to make it, but I persevered and completed my goal. It was such a wonderful and terrible journey. At this point, I’m exhausted but this story did make me realize that I have a long way to go before Blue Moon is ready to meet the world.

There’s no much more planning and tweaking I have to do. However, before that, I have to finish the story. 50,000 words was not enough for me to complete the novel. I’m going to need more than that. I haven’t decided if I want to use NaNoWriMo in November to do this. I might just end up working on another story. It’s up in the air. I’ll leave that for another day.

Right now, I’m celebrating.

I’m just glad it’s over.

Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 21

It’s been a roller coaster ride writing Blue Moon for Camp NaNoWriMo. At this point, I have no idea if anything makes sense. To make matters worse – sort of – I’m just reaching the middle part of the story. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing yet. Granted, I am writing a fantasy story so this story won’t be told in 50,000 words and I’m okay with that. This just means that I’ll have to keep writing to finish the story.

Since I won’t finish the story with 50k words, it got me thinking that maybe I can write the rest of the story in November for NaNoWriMo. But, I doubt I need 100k words to write this story. My best bet would probably be to find another project for November.

To be truthful, this is probably the most ambitious and difficult story for me. I have written fantasy before but not in this magnitude. I won’t lie, it’s a bit overwhelming and intimidating. But I haven’t let that get to me just yet. Sure, there have been instances over the past week where I haven’t completed all my word count for the day, but I haven’t fallen behind. If I do leave some words unwritten then, it’s no more 200 words. I’ve always caught up the following day.

Since I’m going on vacation next week, it’s going to be a bit harder for me to write but I will write and I will reach 50k words by July 31st. That is my goal. My deadline and I’ll meet it.

Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 11

I’m happy to announce that I did manage to catch up on my word count. Thanks to careful planning and calculations on my part, I have been able to reach my word count for the day without sacrificing any other activities.

There’s been a lot going on lately. My sister and I agreed not to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo for our collaboration story. Unfortunately, there were too many things that we needed to work on and it just wasn’t the right time to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo together. Luckily for me, I had been writing my own story so I’ll continue to write that one on my own.

With the collaboration story, my sister and I still intend to write the story. That hasn’t changed. We just won’t be on a deadline per say to write it. It’s a bit disappointing but it couldn’t be helped. For next time, I’ll be fully prepared for a collaboration story if it presents itself.

A few other things going on is that I have also been working on other stories as well. Now, these aren’t other side projects for Camp NaNoWriMo. No, I’m not capable of doing something like that. Writing 50,000 words for one novel is tough enough. I’m not doing that for two. What I meant is that I’m writing weekly chapters for one of my stories on wattpad. It’s called The Vampire Prince goes to High School.

Yes, I know how it sounds. To be truthful, I don’t even like this story. It would be no issue for me if I stopped writing it. However, there are too many fans that like this story and so that is why I continue to write. I do it for the fans. They deserve closure and I’m going to give it them.

The other side project I mention is the rewrite of Crimson Queen. It’s another story that I wrote on wattpad and it’s been completed. I have been rewriting the entire story and adding more depth and side stories. The first draft was just plot and it needs to be beefed up a bit more.

These side projects keep my creative juices from drying out. Writing one story, motivates me to write another. It might explain why I am exhausted by now but I won’t stop. I will reach my goal.

Lastly, another one of my game reviews has been posted. It’s called Shapeless. You can read it here. It’s a game where you match shapes to create a different shape. The tricky part is that you have to shift the entire board to match the shapes. It took me a while to get used to this. I like it because it passes the time.

Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 3

I’m happy to announce that both my collaboration and side story are progressing as planned. So far, I’m keeping up with the word count. Luckily, I know how my side story is going to end so that has helped me quite a bit.

My sister and I are working hard on the collaboration project. Since there are two of us, we’ve been making some progress. Plus, with the extra pair of eyes, we can help each other reach the word count for the way. Some of the story has been planned out so we haven’t hit any writer’s block or anything. Even if we do, I’m confident we’ll be able to push past it.

One of the biggest issues I had to deal with today was with my side story. I’ve called it Blue Moon. This morning, I  started typing up notes to myself on how the story should progress. As I typed, I realized that I started the story with a scene that could be used later in the story.

Because of this, I wrote the beginning again. I think it was a good idea because the scene before will be of use later. With this beginning, I could show more of my main character’s characteristics and basically, why she belonged in this story. Plus, it also helps put into light her motivation for doing what she does and living how she has been living. Despite being the first draft, I like to make everything as perfect as I can the first time.

I know it won’t always be perfect and sometimes I just have to push through the awkward scenes and get to the other parts. It’s fine to skip around in my opinion. If I’m having trouble with a scene, I leave a note and move on. I don’t like feeling stumped because I can’t get a scene perfect. There’s a reason revision and editing exist.

For now, everything is going well. I hope my good luck streak continues.

Conflict: the bread and butter of a story

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As July approaches, my sister and I are hard at work planning out her story. By this point, I should say our story but that still feels weird. I don’t believe I will ever consider this story as mine because I had no say in the idea development. Saying that, if collaborating helps my sister finally write her story then I’m more than happy to do that.

Recently, we discussed the source of conflict of the novel. While we don’t have the most of the middle and the ending planned, we still wanted to plan out what would drive the story forward and what kind of obstacles the main character, Nina, would face. I like to term this discussion as: “how do I make the life of a character more difficult?”

First, we started with the external conflict. This conflict derives from external forces. Meaning, the conflict comes from outside forces like a flat tire on a way to a job interview. Or a jealous co-worker secretly sabotaging the main character’s report. It can also be two people arguing.

Now, Internal conflict comes from within the main character. I like to think of these as feelings or simple terms: the inner struggle. e.g. stopping to help someone who fell or hurry to an important appointment. Or pay your bills early or buy that book you have no room on yourself for. It’s also choosing right from wrong. Depending on the character and/or situation, right and wrong can be different.

Not only did my sister and myself identify where the conflict was coming from, we were also able to expand on those ideas. Furthermore, Nina, the MC, will be overwhelm with her new position and current one and she believes there’s been a mistake and waits for the moment where someone else replaces her. This leads to her work being sloppy and incompetent and it further leads to confrontation with the boss and others in the managerial positions.

I’m happy to say that Nina’s life will be very, very difficult.

On a different side note: two of my reviews are up. One of them is called Tubocity. The game is an endless runner as you try to see how far can you get as you jump and swipe your way past obstacles.

The other game is called Picture Perfect Crossword. It is exactly what is sounds like. Players are given a picture to name. They select letters at the bottom of the screen to fill out the crossword puzzle.