NaNoWriMo 2020: Found a Method that Works (for me)

Part of the struggle of writing for me is finding a way that will spread it out and get me moving while still leaving the time for the little rewards I like to give myself. I think I finally found a method that will work for me. Also, I lost work for two weeks which would be more stressful but I seriously need to catch up on NaNoWriMo so I’m actually a little okay with it.

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NaNoWriMo 2020: Excuses

My word count is currently sitting at a number I do not care to disclose because it is not anywhere near what it needs to be if I’m going to make it. As such, I am going to present a series of gifs that represent some of the various excuses I have for why I am not where I need to be.

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Mid-Week Mumble: NaNo Midpoint

(Yes, I know it’s the weekend. This is just when I got to this item on my to-do list and I don’t want to change the naming convention.)

This has not been my greatest year ever, so far. I’m currently sitting at 5788 words, which puts me at about 20k behind where I should be. Oof. But if some people can finish 50k in a week, I can still do this. Especially since I did finish my outline. Sort of.

Prompt #17: Magnify

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

This is Prompt #17: Up close, everything looks different. Zoom in to focus on a moment, a detail or an emotion.

(Cor stops to give a little girl a trinket.)

There was no good reason for Cor to stop and talk to the little girl. Even less reason for him to hand over the little chunk of tourite he’d picked up a few days before. But she seemed upset, fine turquoise eyes shadowed and dimmed. So he talked to her. Hannalee gave no reason for her downcast demeanor, but there wasn’t really a need to. It wasn’t like Cor would be able to help her. But he could brighten her day, so he handed over the little curiosity. She turned it in her hand, fingers brushing over and over the rough surface, solemn eyes observing the dull reddish surface of the rock.

Instinct informed Cor of Brendin’s approach, a moment before he got there. The prickle at the back of his neck, the twisting feeling in his stomach as someone with baleful intent got closer. He was used to glares. This was more of the same.

Except, as Brendin hustled his little sister away, it wasn’t. The glare he leveled at Cor as he walked away was ferocious. Righteous. Protective. The seething fury banked behind stern eyes was almost enough to make even Cor’s rebellious heart quail, ever so slightly.

(Didn’t quite manage to zoom in, I don’t think, but it still gave me an idea for my upcoming NaNoWriMo novel, so that was something.)

Mid-Week Mumble: Star Wars D6

Just finished an amazing campaign (courtesy of my brother the DM) in the Star Wars D6 system. It was epic! Highlights include facing down an Inquisitor, charging a droid walker, and stopping a planet-crushing gravity device. Personally, I got to bluff my way out of an Imperial base, headshot said Inquisitor, and bluff past a Star Destroyer to buy my friends time to steer us out of there. Loads of emotional impact.

Stories have value! And good stories that make you feel things are even better.