Saturday, April 22, 2017

When I Just Don't Want to Write...

Goooooooooooodmorning, everyone! Two more weeks of NaNo has passed, and by now we’ve all probably reached a low on our stories. Either that, or you’re in the corner squealing cause FINALLY THE CLIMAX. or buildup to the climax. Buuuut if you’re like me...Distractions happened, and all the sudden, I've lost motivation.

All was going well in my writing. I was getting the words down, and I was even a nice amount ahead. It was perfect! Then...all the sudden I just had a slump. It’s not that I hate the characters. Not that I hate the story. I didn’t love it though. It’s was just kind of... meh.
When you boil it down, I just don’t want to write it. Maybe this is because of my binge watching the entire season of The Miraculous Ladybug, or simply the fact that, at the time, I would have much rather sketched, watched youtube, or read, or...just not look at Silver and Gold.

So what do I do? Give in and shove the story off? Sit in the middle of the floor with books and sketch pads? As lovely as that sounds, I’m adamant to win this Nano. In my quest of the answer, I came up with a list of things I typically do to come back and re-motivate. So, tada! My list!

  1. Take a Break
Most people freak out and start squacking out a whole spiral of why they can’t, but think about it...You’re stressing yourself out so bad, pushing yourself to the brink of insanity. If you’re characters aren’t speaking, maybe it’s cause you’ve drained them.

I’m not telling you to take a huge year long break. It could be a day, a week. I don’t know, you would have to decide that. But you can’t just be digging yourself a grave with that pen.

Also, when I say take a break, don’t just close the doc and open youtube. I am telling you to close the laptop, or power off that computer. Go adventure outside, it’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s actually super amazing. And stay away from the food. That chocolate will offer no inspiration.

Now what about when you really can’t, or don’t want to, take a break.

2. Change Your Location

Ninety percent of the time I find myself feeling meh, is because of my setting. Quite a lot, I can get away with sitting amidst the covers of my bed, pecking away at my blue and white keyboard, but sometimes I need a change.

Typically I’ll go outside under the shade of the tree outside my window, or else at the table where I do school in the living room. I know a lot of people go to a coffee shop, and I do as well. My sister and I have been going to a farmers market with a coffee shop and writing. This actually helps a tooon. Anytime you can venture outside the setting of your home, I recommend it. It really helps. Not just with writing, but with any project you need done.

3. Pinterest
Pinterest is your best friend. Seeing the visuals that you originally placed with your story can be a big motivator, and can offer a renewed vigor. Plus, you can get new visuals, quotes, character inspiration, and settings. It may just give you the push you need to start up again.

4.  Watch a Movie\ Read a Book

Sometimes the problem is you need a little plot inspiration. You need a way for the character to get to get that evilized butterfly out of the akumatised victim’s pin before they make all of Paris filled with hatred and broken hearts. *hacking coughs* But, how!? I’m not telling you to plagiarize, steal the exact scene from that TV show you love, but it can help majorly in getting some ideas. Also, you really have to be careful to not go into binge mode. That’s the point of no return.

5. Share What You Have Already

Shhh, stop screaming. I know, it’s scary to show people the ugly, scraggly first draft with all the red lines, stars, and horribleness, but it could really help. I have my doc shared with my friends, Sierra, Rachael, and Matie, and the feedback they have given has really given me a boost to continue. I seriously wouldn’t have made it to the amount of words I have now without them. Yes, it’s scary to share the mess of words, but hey, it’s the first draft and everyone knows what a mess they are. It could just be a snippet, a scene, or even the whole thing.  

Annnnd that’s my five things! These are just five, not the only. Anyways, I hope you found it helpful, and will have the exuberance to finish your project.


Do you agree with the list? What do you do when you just can’t write? Please, comment down below and tell all! ^0^

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Camp NaNoWriMo: Week One (Snippets and Squealings)

*ducks in and hides in shame* No, I didn’t post last week. I’m a despicable groundhog. But it was actually, in a roundabout way, intentional. I wanted to be able to do snippets and a little update for my Camp. So...As you guys may know, today marks the first finished week of NaNo. The question is: Did I survive? *throws confetti* YAS, I DID!!! YAY FOR ME! ^0^
(WARNING: post includes much squealing. Grammer Nazis, OCD humans, and people with fangirl allergies, approach at your own risk)

I actually haven’t written in two days, but I was three days ahead so technically I don’t have to write today. xP I’m going to though; shooting to do 3k… *coughs* We’ll see how it goes…Some people I know that’s a breeze for, but me...Ja, I’ve only done about 2k days.

Anyways, for those who don’t know, and want to know more of what my project is about, I have the post explaining it right here and the playlist here. ^0^ Feel ever so free to check them out.

So let’s get to the actual snippets and awesomeness! AND GUYS I AM SO SO HAPPY WITH MY STOOOORRRRY!!! *SHRIEKS* My friends have been like so stinking awesome and supportive, and they read it and like ^0^ *squishes dem* It’s been amazing and I lurveeee the characters...Like, goodness, I adore them so much.


^0^ that’s me squishy, Ross. Andandandand as you can see da silver mist and hoodie cause he fab like dat ^0^0^0^

Anyways, now snippets. ^0^ *dives to hide under a house*

This here is the prologue. I was having a super hard time starting out so the capybara said I should start with a prologue. AND I DID AND I LURVE IT ^0^. Sadly, the whole thing didn’t fit as I wanted so here da end. *sniffles* (Also, this is nearer to the end when Ross manipulates himself to not feel emotions AND DEN HE GET LIKE ADDICTED TO MANIPULATING HIMSELF AND *BAWLS* SO HE JUST LIKE THIS EMOTIONLESS LOG)

  Annnnd now the first chapter. Okay, for those who didn’t know, it’s basically just this cheesy romance so…
 Okay, also here’s the deal with Kait being at their house. (I just figured this out the other day so…) Kait’s father died (cause he was drafted at the beginning of the war) and then her mother died soon after. Ross’ and Kait’s mothers were besties, so they basically adopted Kait. ^0^

(Kait, as said in the other post, has the ability to redirect and resist emotions. She’s also like really powers smart, and slightly nerdy. She helps train younger kids seeing as if anything goes wrong, she can just resist, and, I mean...she’s crazy smart seeing as her father did a ton of research on it and she got all his books and research when he went off to war. So here, she was studying, and trying to figure out her redirecting powers. Ross will help her out with her powers when he is needed.)

Ross and Kait will also travel to this meadow where they do training. He normally goes just to assist with the supplies and all that, but then sometimes if a child is having a hard time calming down, or is just too nervous, he’ll manipulate their emotions to help them calm, and listen to their teacher.  ^0^ This time, it was a smol human who can’t figure out her powers and she was like huuuurt and abused and she’s so precious and *sobs and squishes her tightly* though, that’s basically just from my knowledge that came to me while writing the tiny bit with her.

*coughs cause I need to stahp putting in the snippets where I put in the star things. I promise I don’t do that the whole time*

Tada! I won’t plague you guys with any more much-too-long snippets for now. BUT WHAT DID YOU THINK????? OF THE CHARRIES? THE STORY? ANY QS? Cause I know I’m like 0.2 percent sense, and 99.8 percent gibberish. Soorrrrry :P