Writerly Update #12 // I Fell Behind… A Lot and I’m Struggling to Catch Up Ft. Snippets + Hilarious/Stupid Typos!!!

So you know that time when you just feel so DONE with everything that you want to give up??

Yeah. That’s how I feel right now about writing.

Somehow I fell pretty behind on NaNoWriMo, and I HATE IT. Because now not only do I have to write the daily 1,667 words, but I also have to write ADDITIONAL words to catch up. I’m lazy. I don’t have time for this.

But while I went through a period of “omggggg I don’t want to write anymore I hate writing why did I do this I’m not writing anymore I’m done”, I am now back to my usual bubbly self* and ready to catch up!!!

I also made some pretty hilarious typos/mistakes so just looking at those cheered me up.

Also: You can learn more/refresh your memory about my novel HERE, and you can see my first NaNo update HERE!

(And if you’re a dumb cabbage and don’t know what NaNoWriMo is: it’s a month-long torture method challenge that takes place in November where you try to write 50K words—aka torture a novel!!)

*Ha hHAHhahahaHAA hAAh wHAT A silLy joKE mAAAyYYYyy.

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STATS

Day 8: +2431 ~ 14545 ~ I’M SO PROUD OF MYSELF
Day 9: +790 ~ 15335 ~ I was lazy and I wrote a lot the day before okay
Day 10: +1391 ~ 16726 ~ feeling meh
Day 11: +1823 ~ 18549 ~ still feeling meh
Day 12: +1694 ~ 20243 ~ more meh
Day 13: +1596 ~ 21839 ~ everything’s meh tbh
Day 14: +667 ~ 22506 ~ AND THE SLUMP HITS
Day 15: +1002 ~ 23508 ~ trying valiantly to catch up
Day 16: +1035 ~ 24543 ~ slowly falling more and more behind…
Day 17: +1577 ~ 26120 ~ SO CLOSE (it was my bday today so yay!!!)
Day 18: +0 ~ 26120 ~ I HATE MYSELF!!!!!! but it felt good not to write
Day 19: +948 ~ 27068 ~ I tried
Day 20: +1532 ~ 28600 ~ I wanted to get to 3.5K today but… no
Day 21: +2534 ~ 31134 ~ YEAH BABYYYYYY this girl’s catching up

I can’t believe I have a whole week of this left still. WHY.

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THOUGHTS

(okay I don’t remember if I said this yet but I’ve settled on the titled “Glittered Ghosts” for now, sorry if I never said this before?????)

So I ORIGINALLY set a personal goal of 25K… and I hit it!!! I’m super happy because I was doubtful that I could even write 25K in a month and now I’m actually going for twice as much as that, 50K????

But I’m pretty behind and I’m kind freaking out. Like Emily Dickinson* said, hope is a thing with feathers. But this time, it’s a thing with feathers that’s desperately trying to fly and by the end of the month, it’ll be on the ground, choked and horribly dead.

Wow that got morbid quickly… MOVING ON.

But! I am currently on my week off of school for Thanksgiving break (happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!) so that’s allowing me LOTS AND LOTS of time to write.

But it also gives me more time to procrastinate so there’s that.

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What I’ve discovered are lifesavers are: WORD WARS. I’ve rambled about how much I love them, but dude. You set a certain time to write. Whoever writes the most in that time wins. It’s competitive** and then you can take little breaks in between and you DON’T FEEL BURNT OUT.

This NaNo, I’ve done word wars with mainlythesetrashypeople. (But mainly the last two. Because the other two suuuuuuck.)

And then I also word war by myself… as in I try to make myself write but then get distracted by other things. What can I say, I’m easily—OH MY GOD LOOK AT THAT DOG HE’S SO CUTE AWWWWWW.

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I’ve already talked about this before, but I feel like this whole novel is just FILLER. It’s made up of random scenes to fill the space between the beginning and the end, where everything cool happens.

Like as individual scenes?? I think they’re okayish. But as a WHOLE, as an actual novel with a story and a plot—IT SUCKS. Because it has no plot! Thus leading me to writing the same things OVER and OVER again.

Literally, my novel is made up of:

  • nightmare scenes where Maire tries to fight off monsters and blames her lack of fighting skills on the fact that she’s never been taught self-defense but is actually just an excuse so I don’t have to do research
  • library scenes where Maire reads and/or talks to Niko and/or Romy and I completely forget to make Niko socially anxious and Romy playfully sassy and everyone turns to a sad mush of no personality
  • random scenes where Maire has some Thoughts™, often angsty
  • dialogue scenes (in the library usually) where I literally tell all the answers to the readers #NoInferringNeeded #DontYouLoveMe

So if you basically just repeat those over and over again, you’ll have my novel!!!!

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Also I feel the need to mention that there was one scene where I was writing about monsters attacking Maire and her struggling to get out of their grip and I literally sat there like this as I typed:

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#when #you #have #no #human #feelings

*I was about to call her Emily Dickens or Emily Brontë when I realized no, those are other old people. (Is Emily Brontë even someone real???)
**I don’t seem very competitive, but I… need to win… I HAVE to win…

 

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TYPOS / MISTAKES

This is what happens when you write at night and your WiFi isn’t on (because #distractions) and none of the squiggly red lines show up so you don’t realize you made mistakes and you’re also closing your eyes because you’re exhausted:

This is what happens when you write at night and your sentences don’t make any sense:

This is what happens when you rely on spell check to spell cocoon* for you:

This is what happens when you have a reading queen and a ready bath:

This is what happens when I am distracted and watching my sister play Wii while I write:

*I SPELLED IT ALL BY MYSELF OMG.

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SNIPPETS

Hf;lkdjaslkfjaslfajd.

Again. All of these snippets are COMPLETELY unedited. I haven’t read over anything I’ve written. It all sucks.

ALSO. WHY ARE THE SNIPPETS SO LONG??? YOU DON’T NEED THIS MUCH TRASH IN YOUR LIFE????

NUMBNESS AS A SUIT

(this isn’t very well-written because it was like for one chapter that she was numb and then for everything else she’s like FEELINGS EMOTIONS THOUGHTS AAHGAHGG)

ROMY, A GAY ICON

ME TRYING TO BE SASSY AND THEN MAKING IT DEPRESSING

MAIRE BEING SALTY AS HECK


shall we chat

 how is nano going for you? or, if you’re not doing nano, how’s your writing life in general? tell me about your WIPs! what hilarious typos have you made? do you have a fav snippet (of your writing or mine)? and do you sit there emotionlessly as your characters are tortured???

sign off 2.0

70 thoughts on “Writerly Update #12 // I Fell Behind… A Lot and I’m Struggling to Catch Up Ft. Snippets + Hilarious/Stupid Typos!!!

  1. Oh. My gosh.
    HAHAHA THAT ROMY SNIPPET I’M CRYING AND WINKING LIKE HIM AT THE SAME TIME.
    Ok, so here’s what’s up with moi…
    I hit 25k halway through November, and then I shot for 50k. I was being my panicked self and I was like, “I’m behind!” because I’ve gotten this silly though in my head that to finish super early, but I realize how ridiculous that is by actually typing it. I feel like I’m letting out all my feelings. Like your my therapist.
    HAHA no according to my novel therapists are bad news.
    But I lowered by goal to 45k, because that calmed my anxious little self down a bit, and I’m ahead at 35k and I DUNNO WHAT TO DO. *cries**eats mangoes**sneaks pie*
    Should I raise it to 50k? I am being indesicive like that tree outside my window that’s half green and half orange like “I kind of don’t want to partake in autumn” oh i’m just rambling now. I’ll shut up. (finally)
    ~Sam

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  2. Yes, Emily Bronte (with the little thingy over the E … I’m too lazy to figure it out … is there like a shortcut or something for the little double dots? xD ) … anyway, she’s a real person. She’s a poet from the 1800s. Charlotte Bronte (who wrote Jane Eyre) is her sister. (I know; I shouldn’t know all this) (Ima creepy classics nerd) (But you know I’m actually okay with that stereotype? Like, it is me, so who cares what people thing …)

    ALSO, Emily Dickens is not a person.

    But Emily Dickenson is … she’s an awesome poet. I can literally quote that whole poem, though … MAY HELP ME I’M DYING IN MY NERDINESS.

    how is nano going for you?:
    Good! I mean, I haven’t made my personal goal these last couple days, but … whatever. Maybe my expectations for myself can change a little … 😛

    what hilarious typos have you made?:
    I honestly refuse to look at my writing while I’m writing it. *shivers* It’s too confusing … XD

    do you have a fav snippet (of your writing or mine)?:
    Of yours, I like the last one. Of mine … uh … it’s all kinda nonsense? So not really? I mean, I like parts, but they don’t make sense to anyone but me … and even then late I’m like, “I have no idea what happened here … or here … or here ….”

    and do you sit there emotionlessly as your characters are tortured???:
    Yes, I do. My BFF (who is reading my novel) is just like sobbing and cracking up and I’m like, “Eh … who cares. I only created them ….”

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    1. Ah okay, I knew there was a Charlotte Brontë but I wasn’t sure if there was an Emily Brontë. And hhahaa I knew Emily Dickens wasn’t a person, I get mixed up easily. 😂 EMILY DICKINSON IS AMAZING.

      Omg I refuse to read my writing, but I HAVE to go back and fix the typos!! 😂

      Omg thank you so much!!! 💖 And YESS honestly no one else will get my writing except for me. Oops.

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      1. Well, I don’t know, Charles Dickens had like 62 kids (okay not really but it was like 13 or something) and so maybe there was an Emily in there … it was a popular name. 😛 YES. She’s one of my favorite poets. They’re just so … awesome. AND I kind of want to hole myself up in my bedroom and just write. Though maybe not wear all white. Whenever I wear white I inevitably get something on myself … xD

        Yeah, I’d just start revising/editing and it would not be finished. 😛 I’m like, “Well, while I’m changing that I can change this and that and that and this and oh, wait, I haven’t written all day?” Everyone has their own process though; it’s so interesting how one thing works for one person and another for someone else. 🙂

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  3. If you ask me, I think you’re doing pretty awesome at NaNo because YOU ARE WRITING THE WORDS, MAY and I am so proud of youuuuuuuuu. ❤ ❤ ❤ You'll manage to catch up, and even if you don't, you already wrote all the words and you can do this and all of these random scenes you think are quite random, but I am sure are quite awesome already, will end up in printed pages on bookshelves all over the world. YOU CAN DO THIS. I'm officially cheering you on.
    I loveeeee these snippets so much, seriously, unedited, you've got some talent already 😉
    Best of luck for the rest of nano!!

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  4. I think NaNo is going great for you May, I mean you’ve already passed the goal you set before the month and that’s amazing in and of itself. Still I’ll keep my fingers crossed you manage to make it to 50K before the end, I’m seeing we only have about a week left and I’m thinking to myself wow I can’t believe this month has gone so quickly! 😀
    Your WIP sounds amazing, and oh I love the snippets you posted (from what little I’ve read of your story Romy is already my favourite character!) Also I’ve made plenty of spelling mistakes, mainly because auto correct doesn’t recognize my character names on my iPad so it changed them when I was doing some writing on that instead of my laptop. I didn’t realise until too late and I know I haven’t found them all in my WIP. 🙂
    Good luck for the remaining week May. I’m sure it won’t be too long before you’re back on track! 😀 ❤
    Also great post. 🙂

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    1. Aww, thank you so much!! 💕 And yes, the month flew so fast? It’s like that when I’m writing as well; I think I’ve written a lot in a short period of time but nope. 😂

      AKLFLAFJ THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! And omg Romy is my FAVORITE as well. 😍 Hahaha I’ve taken off autocorrect from all of my devices because I get super annoyed when that happens! Hope you find all of the mispelled names. 😂

      Thank you so much!!! Good luck to you as well! 💕

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      1. Where has the time gone? Also completely messing with my mind that we’re nearly in December now. 🙂
        Ha, I have favourite characters too. I think all authors must even though they deny it sometimes. And I really doubt I’m going to find all my mis-spelt names but this is the first draft so I’m not too worried about it.
        That’s all right, and thanks. 😀 ❤

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  5. YOU CAN SURVIVE NANO FRIEND.

    I went for 25k (because school ate my life this year rip daisy) and my characters are so sarcastic and witty omw it’s like someone else wrote them??

    Basically:
    “…You’re the greatest hero of our time?” Violette tries very hard not to sound judgmental— but not hard enough.
    “It’s a fact.”
    “Is it?” Violette launches toward the girl, kicking the coffee cup out of the girl’s hand gracefully, then leaping back in seconds.
    The girl looks down at the coffee that is spilled across the floor, before slowly- anti-climatically, Violette thought— looking back up. She takes her sunglasses off, and speaks.
    “Yes,” she is matter-of-fact. “It is. You want to know why? Because I don’t rely on arbitrary shows of physical prowess to prove my heroic demeanor and clean conscience to destroy property merely for the sake of proving a point.”

    THERE IS NO ACTION JUST FUNNY CONVOS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN WHYYYYY IS THIS MY LIFEEE

    at least your typos are funny xD that’s got to be the best thing about NaNo.

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  6. You can do it, May! *claps hands* *except I can’t relate since I’m not doing NaNo* *but I tried* *claps hands anyway* Anywayyy, good luck! Just eat a lot of mangos and think about how proud you’ll be (and how proud you already are!) for reaching your goals. 🙂

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  7. Hey there, May! I have a rather odd request. XD Sarah (for-all-who-wander.blogspot.com) has a birthday tomorrow, and I’ve been gathering birthday messages from a bunch of her blogging friends to add to the birthday post I’m doing for her. Is there anything from you that you’d like me to add to the post? 😀
    Thanks so much!

    -Clara ❤

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  8. MAY CONGRATULATIONS ON EVERYTHING YOU’VE WRITTEN SO FAR BECAUSE THEY ARE WORDS THEY MATTER EVEN IF THEY DON’T MAKE SENSE! i think you’re doing great because you completely exceeded your expectations, right?

    my novel is going downhill because I’m not writing it :/ that makes me feel terrible (my poor characters ;-;) but I have some amazing ideas for a few short stories and poems, which is what I’m focusing on right now. tbh I don’t think I have the attention span needed to write a novel xD

    also ROMY ROMY ROMY ROMY ROMY ASDFGHJJKKLLSDHJK

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    1. sorry for answering so late but THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! ❤ i really am proud, bc i definitely didn't think i'd actually make it to 50K????

      aww i'm sorry!! and oh, i bet your short stories would be just as good as novels! those are amazing as well, and i hope you write them ❤

      ROMY IS MY FAV I LOVE HIM SO MUCH AHGAHGHAG

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  9. MAY I’M DYING AT YOUR TYPOS I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE I FIND FUNNIER THE READING BATH OR THE HEAVY AWKWARD SALAD (tag yourself I’m the awkward salad)

    Also love Romy, our Gay Saviour

    I completely understand what you mean by your entire book feeling like filler though. I’ve had that same problem with the second book I wrote (the first one is probably full of filler too but I was nine or ten when I wrote that so that doesn’t count). It’s really frustrating, but remember: it’s only a first draft! If some scenes are unneccessary you can always rewrite or leave them out. Good luck with the last few days of NaNo May, you can do this ❤️

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    1. HAHAHAHH the heavy awkward salad is one of the most iconic lines I’ve ever written lbr

      Romy is my gay icon and I will love him forever ❤

      Asdlf;ajslkdfjasd thank you so much, Michelle!! I'm definitely hoping that I'll be able to re-outline this and then rewrite it — you're right, it's definitely just a first draft!!

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  10. well done YOU WON
    WE BOTH WON
    WE ARE BOTH DEAD
    WOHOOOOO
    And yes for being an overachiever and going OVER 25k. Honestly, i can’t write…now? Like comments are hard for me to form. and really i have nothing to say
    BECAUSE YOU HAVE ALREADY WON
    but yes i am not trash.
    dogs are cute
    my novel has no plot even though i thought it had one but i kind of didn’t like it so yeah
    the last 2000 words of my novel ACTUALLY NOT EVEN EXAGGERATING LOOK LIKE THIS:
    “Yeah” I ays being dohdnd su killfing

    THE BATH IS READING
    IS THE MC A BATH?

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