Winter Spirit!

Alright, welcome back all my lovely readers! I’m sure most of you noticed that I was pretty much completely gone this november. A few posts here and there, mostly about NaNoWriMo, which I WON!!!! *pops a champagne bottle* Alright, so for those of you who don’t know what it is, or haven’t read any of my previous posts on it, NaNoWriMo is basically a giant writing marathon!

Last year, I finished the first draft of my novel, The Sorcerer and The Swordsman, with 150,000 words.  This year, I went for a much saner goal, as my job had changed and no longer allowed me to write during work hours, and as I no longer had someone to help around the house while I spent my time manically typing at the keyboard. I broke up the words into a retelling of the first chapter-or-so of TSATS, and a short story I plan to submit to an Anthology later this year. I even had a few thousand words left over to put towards the second chapter-ish of TSATS.

Things I learned from NaNoWriMo14:

  1. You can start out ahead and still fall behind.
  2. Finding the best place/time/people to write with should be top priority.
  3. Admit your faults. Don’t let them hold you back.
  4. Sleep is for the Weak. No seriously, you can sacrifice sleep for one month, if you need to.
  5. Always, Always, Always keep someone on hand to bounce ideas off of. Loneliness sucks.
  6. No matter what you’ve done before, doing something new is always worth celebrating.

Now that NaNo is over, I can calm down a little. Post more on here, maybe get that short story done for the anthology. I do however, have a few announcements.

One: I will not be continuing the Breaking Down Nemesis series. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from NaNo, it’s that writing things that you aren’t interested in only results in shit. So, sadly, I must discontinue this. I have learned a lot, and will greatly raise my level of writing from this, but I will not continue reading a book I cannot stand.

Two: I have a deadline! I will be publishing the first Novella of TSATS by June of 2015. You can look forward to it, and it’s sequels, here on this blog! I’ll be posting little snippets here and there, to gather opinions on it! Feel free to subscribe to keep up!

Please, let me know what lessons you’ve learned from NaNo in the comments! <3

8 comments to Winter Spirit!

  • Donna M. McDine  says:

    Congratulations on your NaNo success! Reading so many success stories I may just be brave enough to tackle it next year!

    • Otaku Lady  says:

      Please do! I’ll be sure to add you to my group when we work on it next year, that way, we can all enjoy victory together!

  • Sahar  says:

    I learned a lot of the same lessons actually! NaNoWriMo is a lot of fun and you can often change plans around for a short term intense period dedicated to a specific area of your life! Congratulations on winning 🙂

    • Otaku Lady  says:

      Thank you! <3 I'm glad to hear that you had fun! NaNoWriMo is what got me started on the path to be a writer, and I'm so glad I went with it!

      • Sahar  says:

        And I hope it helps me get further down the writing path 😉

        • Otaku Lady  says:

          I have no doubt it will! <3 Oh, by the way, if you'd like to follow me on Twitter, I sometimes tweet good articles I find about writing tips and various writing contests! I'd be happy to follow you as well? I'm @nchristopherson and I'd love to know yours?

          • Sahar  says:

            Fabulous! I just followed you. I’m @Saharou!

          • Otaku Lady  says:

            Just followed you back!

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