Plot Changes in Novel Writing #Realise (SW#28)

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Sometimes the story plans itself!

Realise. If you follow me on social media, you would have seen me hashtag that word in my stories, and sometimes in photo captions. In case you don’t, Realise is the name of the novel that I am writing! You can read more about the story’s origin in various Nanowrimo-themed posts on this blog as linked below:

  • Nanowrimo 2018 – In which I talk about Nano 2018, why I chose to write this story, where the idea for Realise came from, and some Pinterest inspo for the novel!
  • Nanowrimo Update – The first and only Nano update, where I unleash more secrets about the three main characters, and an updated Pinterest board!

Now that you’re all caught up, let’s move on to the real issue here, and the reason why I never finished Nanowrimo last year.

My character is actually being the sh*t that I said she would be…

In other words, I could never figure out her motive in the novel AND keep the original storyline that I wanted.

Well, not it seems that I have. Partially. There is still more work to be done, but after planning out all 23 potential chapters of this bad boi, and filling various pages of my new notebook – which was once an old notebook with all the used pages ripped out – dedicated specifically for Realise, I have come to some sort of peace with what is happening.

A sort of peace.

Sort of.

From other writers that I follow on social media, it seems as if their characters have a mind of their own and don’t like to listen to the plot, creating their own and ultimately making the story still awesome! Jaz (my main protagonist) is doing the exact opposite. She is using that mind of her own to steer the story in a- well there is no direction, that’s where I had to use my brain.

Planning may actually be important. Who knew?

I thought that the basic 24 chapters worth of heartfelt rubbish I had pulled from my 2014 published works on Wattpad would be enough of a plan to carry the novel. Oh, how wrong I was. It wasn’t until a few failed attempts to move the story along, and finally reaching chapter 10 that it hit me.

What makes my novel unique?

None of my characters is LGBT+, they aren’t in space, or going after the Faerie king to retrieve a very dangerous book on dark magic. These humans are literally just every day – mostly insecure – people in a very average situation, living the most hetero lives they can.

So how am I relevant to today’s YA crowd?

I don’t want to make the decision to change the sexual orientation or romantic preference of one of my characters for the sake of relevance because then it defeats the whole purpose, and I do remember Jes Layton said something wonderful on this topic at an event she was speaking at. She said something along the lines, that when she writes a story, the main character will be more than their sexuality. Much like her short story in the Underdog anthology, where the character is non-binary, but that wasn’t anything to do with the decisions they made that drove the plot.

Now I’m still stuck.

With relevance still being the forefront of my mind, but appropriate representation also screaming at me, the next thing I thought about was myself. Not sure if you see where I am going here.

Us as humans go through a lot in our lives, and as a woman writing an average ass female protagonist who is already an insecure shh*t-head, it is really easy to slip some anecdotal moments in there. To add depth to Jaz – the protagonist – and give her more character, I walked down the path of own voices. I decided to put her through councilling and gift her with some mental health battles. Although, where all these mental health dilemmas are cool and well in a contemporary, something I do not want for my character is for her to be “fixed” at the end of the novel, because

this isn’t a fairytale, this is true life.

The only thing I haven’t been able to-

OH SHEIT! I just got it!

I was going to segue into motives but it seems like my train of thought just collided with it. I’m writing this dang post in hopes of finding Jaz’s motives for the entire plot of Realise. Here I am talking on about anecdotes and unruly characters when the only thing unruly is my memory. I just needed to collect all of thoughts and bingo! Motives are solved!

The missing piece of my puzzle – motives – is what that separates Jaz’s experiences from my own. It is an event that I cannot pull an anecdote for, but I may just be able to use aspects of some stories of mine, mould them the right way, and create the perfect piece for my puzzle.

Question: Motives? Answer: More conflict.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING,

and letting me ramble to you. This has helped me plan my story out, finally come to a loving comfortable state of mind, and let out that toxic air that was clogging up my lungs. I legit can breathe clearer. No joke! If you ever need to sort something out, talk it out, and when that doesn’t work, ramble to your audience and you will be rewarded.

I do promise that once I have an established synopsis for this novel I will discuss it here exclusively on Jasper + Spice. You’ll receive the elevator pitch and full character cast. I’m so happy with how it is all coming together, as well as the crazy progress I made on this post.

Here are some well deserved Pinterest inspo photos for Realise:

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Do you plan your story before or during the writing process? xxx

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Writer’s Group Meet #4 @TheYAPage

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The best day of every month!

I haven’t had much time to write recently and to top it all off, I’ve been stuck at a single roadblock in my story. That was until Friday afternoon! Friday afternoon I somehow managed to fully outline my novel #REALISE, and on Saturday morning while I waited fifteen minutes for the train, I finalised my first chapter!

This is super exciting for me as I’ve been struggling so hard to perfect the plot of this novel and make it relevant to the YA audience I have directed it towards. It is my goal to make this my first finished manuscript and I just want it to be awesome!

The Writer’s Meet

We all met up at Mr Tulk on Swanston St in the city and had a hearty brunch and a wonderful chat about all the bookish things!

We let each other know about the books we are all reading and our feelings about them, as well as our current writing projects and how they’re coming along.

After we ate, we got to writing and I can now finally confirm that my word count is at 16,500 words! This is perfect and right where I want to be at 10 chapters in.

The Crew!

Photo courtesy of @TheYAPage on Instagram

There was a smaller group than usual this month, and it turned out to just be a girls brunch! I had so much fun and as I am going to these meetups I am becoming more comfortable writing with other people around me. Sitting in silence with friends is always a challenge, but when you are all writing and have the opportunity to workshop and discuss your work, it is truly something to be treasured.

As always I am so grateful for these events and I cannot wait to share my first chapter on the Facebook group and be open to feedback that may come my way.

#REALISE has turned into a partially own voices contemporary romantic-ish novel that is still being developed and currently will end at chapter 23 (if all goes to plan).

Comment below if you’re writing anything, or if you have a group that you write and workshop with.

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It’s A Novel Race!

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I started another project! *sigh*

So, there’s this thing that happens where I get an amazing idea; get hung up on that idea, and kinda have to roll with it. For some reason, I cannot stick to one task at a time and I end up taking on multiple projects – writing and the like – at the same time. Since I am also horrible with keeping up with “Blog Series'” or remembering to update anything ever (see my inconsistent posting on Instagram) so I won’t be calling this a blog series in the way people would,

BUTT

It’s a blog series.

How It Came About…

A good friend of mine and I have challenged each other to write a full completed novel in a six-month time frame – the length of our industry placements. Both novels are to stem from the same prompt, but have a different premise! We will be doing while completing a full-time work placement.

Who is my friend and why haven’t you heard of him??

It’s true, I speak about my friends constantly – well, mostly Tracy @trufflereads – but I’ve never spoken of this friend before, despite having spent every day for of the six-week summer semester together.

Does he write?

He has told me that he has only ever tried writing a story once in his life; though I don’t let that fool me. He is an amazing storyteller! As the DM (Dungeon Master) of two separate Dungeons and Dragons games, he has to have a keen eye for detail, and the ability to visualise and create original settings and characters, along with the ability to come up with various stories and wacky premises.

So What’s The Story Idea??

This challenge came about after viewing this post I sent him from Pinterest:

Honestly, it’s such a silly meme, but due to our collective lack of sleeps (yes, sleeps. plural) and the fact that we were both working on audit and taxation homework over the summer semester period, our brains were pretty fried.

We started feeling sorry for death.

And that’s how our stories came about.

My Idea/ Summary: Depressed death can’t take it anymore is on the edge but can’t die until some cute boi in white is like I’ll take ur job for a bit if you don’t let me die and death thinks this boi is hella cute (and hella tan, with those pretty brown eyes and goofy self-assured smile, and relaxed shrug) and Death doesn’t know why anyone would want this job, let alone a motal who looks like he hcan have the world at his feet, but death is hella sad and says yes Fuck it imma go on vacay and gives all his responsibilities over, goes on vacay for like a day and then says Fuck I can’t subject some poor pretty boi in white to what u had to go through so he tracks down obituaries and stuff coz he kinda lost his death tracking power after handing it over and like after tracking down dying people and sitting by their bedside who just won’t Fkn die, he decides to murder someone which brings new boi death to him and he’s like OMG you’re so sexy can I plz have my job back and dude is all like you didn’t even have a vacay and I love this gig. But death is all like please you won’t die because I love you and god is like SMITE you can’t love and be death Fkn choose so yeah I haven’t gotten past that yet.Also death realises why the boy wants his job and he is hella sad for him and well of course when it looks like one can have the world, their mind is holding them hostage and he too is hella sad and just wanted to make someone else happy if he couldn’t be.

This is the OG initial message I sent my friend when the discussion started. I am currently planning out the story out in tabular form and have reached chapter 6 already. Planning in this manner is the best thing I have done. The table layout I am using is as follows:

You can download a template for planning a novel by clicking on the document link: Book Writing Layout_ Plan

Holy Sheit! So I just read over that poor excuse for a paragraph for what feels like the first time in a month and I have totally deviated from it whilst writing my official plan. Not that I’m mad tho.

The plan I am currently writing has deviated greatly from the little paragraph above, but I’m happy with it. I like being able to compare my very first idea of the story with the plan, and then the first draft when I actually write it. It’s all to do with the flow of the novel and if the story I want to be written flows as a written story.

So that’s my new project all laid bare and exposed. I hope you enjoyed that, and with my planning, you should expect to see more updates on the Wednesdays to come! Let’s hope I can complete the first draft by July but knowing my track record, I’m not promising anything grand.

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Books Set In The Future: Talking About My WIP ‘THE INVERSION’!

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Futuristic Apocolypse!

Not all books set in the future have to involve aliens and space travel. The future could be 30 years from now in my expected lifetime where the world is falling apart. Maybe something happens and we don’t even get to space. Then all this science fiction will be just that. Fiction. Space will be nothing without us to admire it.

Too morbid? That’s okay, this post won’t be an existential crisis; I save those for 3am when I ‘show restraint’ going to bed after binge-watching Lucifer on Netflix for 8 hours. This post was inspired by the Day 25 prompt from the #FinnFuryRevolution Instagram challenge that I’ve been working through on here.

I don’t know if it’s just me or maybe all the books I read are very high fantasy, but I cannot pick many ‘futuristic’ novels off of my shelf. I’ve come to the conclusion that these three novels are the only I could find in that genre.

But we’re not here to talk about these books or existential crisis’. This is an opportunity for me to talk about my WIP that I have kind of, but not really cast to the side for the time being; and because I don’t want to completely neglect my first born, I have chosen this time to talk about it.

If you’ve been roaming around this blog long enough, you may know about The Inversion. It is a little (or large) apocalyptic/ dystopian novel with fantasy elements about an incident in the future in which the world kinda turns upside-down. No, I will not be appeasing flat-earthers which I think is a small (like really small) reason why this book is taking so long to write. It is very ambitious for me to be writing something of its complexity and I only hope I can complete it in my own short-term future.

Why is The Inversion set in the future?

That’s the thing! I didn’t know it was until it was. We tend to look to the future as something unknown, a place where really anything can happen because no one knows until we are in it. In actual reality, it should be the same as now; with technology slowly shaping it.

I like the idea of having some place that I am able to put all of my crazy ideas into and mess with the plot and characters in a way that is out of the realm of possibility. I have never written a full novel before, so when this idea came to me all crazy and full of potential I didn’t want to be caged in by the rules of realism.

I can’t really remember how the idea came to me, but as I was developing the characters in my head and laying them out in Pinterest boards with reckless abandon, I realised that the novel would come to have that kind of carelessness and I should let it. I should let my writing go wherever my heart leads it. Let it get weirder and weirder. So as with all apocalyptic/ and some fantasy novels I’ve read, I let the future hold my story and keep it in a place with no rules. In the realm of the unknown and undiscovered, ready to play my story out and take it as the truth.

Thank you for reading! Do you enjoy books set in the future? I like it for the reasons above, but mostly because I want to hear what the author thinks could happen in – or even past – our lifetimes.

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NANO Accepting Defeat and Final Words.

Heyo Bookaholics!

NaNoWriMo is over!

For me usually, this post will be arriving a little late to my blog. I am currently on my last day in Mumbai on a Social Impact Project of which it is currently Saturday afternoon. We will be heading off on an 8hr train ride tonight; destination: PAL.

In my earlier blog posts – NaNoWriMo Bi-Weekly Update and NaNoWriMo Preparation – I gave you information on my current WIP titled Realise. Realise was initially a Wattpad ‘poem’ book that has 26 chapters and a good base foundation for a full novel.

Realise tells the story of a girl named Jaz who loves a boy, Ed. It also tells the story of Jaz and Josh but through Jaz’s hurtful eyes. My aim is to write a story in which the reader sympathises with the background characters while not liking the main one. I aim to write this in a way in which it is enjoyable to read but also spark deep emotion in the reader.

Writing Progress for the Month of November (NaNo Month)

So… I failed NaNoWriMo. There will be no excuses or explanations in this post, just cold hard facts about my current WIP and how I plan to proceed in the future with it.

I use a website called Pacemaker to track my writing progress. It’s clean and effective to use and tells you the percentage you’ve written in your novel. As per 30th November, I wrote only 14% of my novel. A shameful amount which I intend to improve over the coming months.

Shown above is also a daily word count tracker of the period of time you’ve set (or as per current date).

Realise currently has 6,513 words and 53 pages as most of the pages are chapters that have been planned out prior to writing the novel. Unlike The Inversion, I had a full story plan for this novel with annotations and snippets of dialogue from the previous Wattpad version.

My plan from here is to keep writing this novel and hopefully finish it in the coming months and have the first draft edited by June/ July 2019. Don’t hold me to it, but that is my short-term goal to hopefully kickstart my writing career.

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Over Her Face (SW#23) – Short Story

Heyo Bookaholics!

It’s been busy.

Once upon a time, there was a King who had two sons. One was tall with long blonde hair and broad shoulders. His name was Tristan. The other son was shorter, older with cropped chestnut brown hair, and the beginnings of a beard forming around his jaw.

The King was content with his heirs. Two respectable young men who could hold their own in a battle. He raised them all on his own, with a little help from the maiden who lived within the castle, but she was a lowly peasant and would not be given credit for anything.

It came a time where the men must choose a wife. A woman on the throne appeased the people of the kingdom and helped the men keep up appearances. The King held a contest: Bachelor style. The pressure was on for the oldest son, Tristan to find a respectable, well presented, noble wife to rule beside him when his father passed on the kingdom.

The youngest son didn’t have the same expectations over his head. So little rested in his hands, his name wasn’t even known by those of the kingdom. Everyone presumed that he would be killed in a battle before he could collect his first tithe. Let me tell you, friends, to never underestimate those who are lesser, even if they are above yourself. Remember their names because they will remember yours.

The day the women arrived, they were followed each by a servant of both male and female orientations. The Tristan and his brother stared out into the courtyard from the window high up in the castle, watching the women shoo away their fussing mothers, and accept last goodbyes from their fathers who pushed the servants along behind their daughters.

Tristan smiled at it all, scanning the eligible bachelorettes for a face that he would like to wake up to every morning. A face that would represent the kingdom in the years to come. Someone who would age gracefully with him. The youngest son just starred.

Lips pursed together, he held back a scowl at this nonsense; they were never going to find love this way. Buth their father didn’t want love for them, nor happiness. He just wanted heirs and a for the kingdom to remain in his family. Foolish really, the younger brother thought. Would all mean nothing when he is dead?

The boys stood and watched until all the women had entered the castle. Their rooms had been set up by handmaidens provided by the King himself. Only the best for his sons’ future wife.

“Let us refresh. We will meet the ladies for dinner.” The King spoke from behind them. Hope resonated in his deep voice as he clapped a hand on each of his sons’ shoulder and squeezed. Again the younger brother tried his best not to wince or flinch and stayed positive for his father’s sake.

“Yes, lets.” Tristan replied joyously, flashing a mischievous smile at his brother before calling for a guard to escort them down to their temporary lodging.

The trio followed five armed men through the castle. Bridges connected each wing of the castle and spanned across the top of the main ballroom, with staircases leading to the upper and lower rooms. Making it to the top-most floor in the east wing, the King and his sons were greeted by servants who knelt at their feet and pledged their allegiance to the King current and future. The current King had ensured that their three rooms were heavily guarded and away from the guests and were well stocked with servants of course.

The youngest son took in his room and wasn’t sure whether to be happy or angry. Someone had gone through his room at home and brought over his treasure box. He touched the lid of the carved wooden box and did a quick visual sweep of his room to make sure there were no unexpected guests, before lifting it.

He placed the lid on the floor beside the box and frantically shuffled through the contents to ensure nothing had been moved or removed. No one knew what was in here, not even Tristan. He pulled out letter after letter after letter, reading the dates and counting them in his head. 27 in total. A few flower petals and blades of grass fell out with the letters and the younger brother smiled.

Those nights in another garden. Lying on the grass, exchanging letters and reading them out to each other in soft low voices. The forbidden love that existed in more mediums than it should. Now he would be forced to marry another. A woman at that.

A knock sounded at the door and Tristan’s voice drifted through the cracks.

“Brother? Are you ready? Dinner is soon.” He heard Tristan’s hand on the handle, the grinding as it turned.

“No, I am not ready brother! Please stay outside.” He tried to keep the rustling down and was sure his voice hid his most of his fanatic rush to hide the letters. The wood and paper staining red and green as he shoved in the flowers and grass on top. A sharp scrapping sound echoed around the room and Tristan spoke again.

“Brother is everything okay?” The younger brother looked at the box safely under his bed and smiled.

“Yes, brother.” He replied. Straightened out his clothed, slapped on a smile and stood in front of the door turning the nob. “I am ready.” Tristan looked like a King already. He deserved it truly. Standing there in the most regal blue coat, all he needed was the right crown atop his head and he could move mountains with his charm.

“Let’s meet the ladies.”

“Lets.” Tristan grabbed his brother’s arm, leading him down to the dining hall where 15 noble women sat all beautifully groomed and dressed up, expecting to be the wives of the King’s sons.

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NaNoWriMo Bi-Weekly Update! (30/10 – 10/11)

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How’s It Going Wrimos?!

October 30 2018:

  • I have a brilliantly laid out plan, very detailed, riding off of an idea of something I wrote a few years ago. I talked about it in this post about my NaNoWriMo Preparation which I created the other week describing the source of my idea for my WIP.
  • A plan has also been created for how many words I am to write each day… I have haven’t stuck to [any of] those goals.

My Week 1 of NaNoWriMo:

  • I now have 5,881 words on the document!!!! Here’s a summary of my progress:
    • Day 1 – 2,927
    • Day 2 – 3,187
    • Day 3 – 3,237
    • Day 4 – 3,569
    • Day 5 – 4,251
    • Day 6 – 5,308
    • Day 7 – 5,881
    • Day 8 – 0
    • Day 9 – 0
    • Day 10 (today) – 0
  • I am proud of what I have written in the past 10 days! Even though I haven’t written for 3 days…
  • You really should follow the Pinterest Board for my WIP.

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Character Aesthetics!

Here are some fun aesthetics for the main trio of characters in my novel titled Realise.

Jaz – the main character of whose point of view the story is told from.

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Josh – the lovesick fool.

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Ed – the oblivious male who is dragged into the middle of a messy friendship breakup, all because he befriended a girl.

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Goals + My Progress!

My current daily progress looks like the following:

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As you can see, the plan is designed so that I write less towards the start and more at the very end to reach the goal. I’ve never written 4,000 words in a single day, but I am willing to try it – or just write more than my low daily goals to catch up early.

Keep an eye out for future updates which will be posted every Saturday for the month of November!

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How have your first 10 days of NaNoWriMo been??

Or

For those of you not doing NaNo, how has November been treating you?

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NaNoWriMo Preparation!

Heyo Bookaholics!

NaNoWriMo is nearly upon us.

As promised on my Twitter (@thebookishbree), in lieu of posting a review today I have chosen to let you all in on my now not-so-secret NaNoWriMo Project!

If you do not know what NaNoWriMo is, I’ve snatched a description off of Wikipedia which sums up the event perfectly:

“National Novel Writing Month, is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. Well-known authors write “pep-talks” to keep them motivated throughout the process.”

You can read more about it on the website nanowrimo.org.

It’s 9 days until the event begins on November 1st and I am counting down the days until I can start writing my next project. I have another project going that I wish to finish before the end of the year, but I’ll either be writing that at the same time or put it on hold briefly to complete NaNoWriMo.

This year, I am determined to write a complete novel for NaNoWriMo!

Enough blabbering, I’m sure you want to know all about the inspiration for the book I’m planning to write and more importantly, it’s title. Plus I’ll add in some Pinterest board pics and links so you can follow my planning process from now through to the end of November (and onwards).

About The Book!

Wattpad needs no introduction. It’s been around since x and is the home of the widest range of fan fiction and other written works; it was also once the home of The Kissing Booth51 and After both are popular with teens and are getting – or already have – their own movies. Wattpad is also the place where I published my first piece of writing under the pseudonym coldcoco. You can still find some of my stuff up there now. I am not too happy about the works but I keep them up for two reasons:
1. I want to see how far I’ve come, and
2. I’m lazy af.

I wrote this ‘thing’ called Realise, way back in December of 2014, when I was in year 9 (only 16 years old). I call it a ‘thing’ as it was in the strange poem style that some Wattpad writers write in, probably so we didn’t have to spend time writing long ass chapters, I’m not too sure, but I did it and apparently, lots of people liked it. As of today, it has received 1,550 views and 123 stars, and some amazing feedback (surprising me).

Realise was initially published on Wattpad as a 24 part story (cover on left).

Realise is a story that had no plan. It just kinda happened and boy I enjoyed that. Now I think about it, the plot of the story is essentially about a love triangle in which the main character is loved by someone whom they cannot love back but is instead in love with someone else who doesn’t even know and cannot reciprocate those feelings.

It’s a big mess!

There’s a plot twist at the end!

It’s all happening!

But why would I take a work that I have finished to use in a writing project where the whole aim is to write a new book?

Well easy. As I just said, “It’s a big mess!”

For NaNoWriMo, writers usually plan out their story about a month in advance, have their Pinterest boards up and full of inspiration pics ready for the big start on November 1st. But I’m a little different. You see, my initial plan was to just write my own novel The Inversion throughout the month of November and try and reach a goal by logging the progress on NaNoWriMo, but I began nostalgically reading through my Wattpad works one night and had the bright idea to re-write Realise.

Thus the Pinterest board and Google Document was born, the only question was when to write? Well since the original Realise is only a story told in very brief detail, through text messages and conversations of a few lines it really was just a story plan in itself.

So yeah, that’s where I decided that I technically will not be cheating in this project and I currently have a plan (for once in my writing life!), a Pinterest board, and a document ready to go for November 1!

The Pinspo!

My whole plan for the Pinterest board is to help me kind of get to know my characters in a series of pictures. I have their images and mannerisms in my head but I don’t really know what they look like and some tiny quirks they have or even sh*t they say (which is mostly denoted by tumblr posts oops). You can visit this board here, or by clicking the image above and get to know my characters along with me!

As you can tell I am super excited for this year’s writing project and I cannot wait to revamp this piece and just give my characters and story more depth and have everyone fall in love with them all over again!

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Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?

If so, are you prepared? What is your plan?

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With Love Bree xx

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Panic! At The Disco + Writing Update (30k)!

Heyo Bookaholics!

I Had a Ripper Week!

I know this is a day late (again) oops, but I have so much good news that I really want to share with you!!

Panic! At The Disco!!

Yesterday I went to see Panic! At The Disco in concert with two of my bookish besties, Kat and Sarah and had the most amazing time of my life.

In summary,

  • The opening act E^ST (pronounced East) – a Melbourne artist – was brilliant and not at all what I was expecting;
  • Brendan showed off his vocal range any chance he got which made it so hard to sing along to the songs but made the experience so much more worth it;
  • We got the best spots in the mosh, close to the edge and a good distance from the stage;
  • Brendan wore tight leather pants and a sparkly blazer;
  • He sang old and new songs, and a cover of Cindy Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
  • The female guitarist of Panic! is so entrancing to watch;
  • Panic! played for 3 hours straight and the crowd when nuts when Brendan stood on the piano while singing!

Girls, Girls, Boys aka the Bi Anthem was played in which Brendan had many pride flags around his neck (including one Aussie flag) and the crowd made a rainbow with their phone lights around the stadium ❤

 

Writing Update!!!

According to the goals I set myself for the book I’m writing (which you can read in my Creating A Writing Plan post), I was supposed to hit 30,000 words by September 30; but alas! I was only 4,000 away from victory; though never fear, there is always room for improvement and we keep trudging on until we reach our goals, which I can now grasp so tightly. As you can see below, the total count for my current WIP titled The Inversion is now 30,000 words!!!!!

My review for LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff will be posted on Monday!
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What’s your favourite P!ATD song????

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Creating A Writing Plan + Reaching My Goals!

Heyo Bookaholics!

I’m all about planning!

I think it’s been a trend this week for me to post everything a day later than scheduled, which is very in character for me might I add, and today will be no different!

As you’d know by now I am writing a book titled The Inversion. For those of you are unaware or do not follow my updates on Twitter (@thebookishbree) I am trying to write a book of which I currently have 24,000 words!

My plan is to have the first draft of this novel (mostly) finished by the end of the year so I’ve set myself a goal of reaching 60,000 words by December 31st 2018. To achieve this I’ve devised the following plan:

September: I will write 2,500 words a week to achieve a total of 30,000 by the end of the month.

October: I will write 2,500 words a week to achieve a total of 40,000 by the end of the month.

November: I will write 2,500 words a week to achieve a total of 50,000 by the end of the month.

December: I will write 2,500 words a week to achieve a total of 60,000 by the end of the month.

This is only the first part of my plan. The second part is to make time for myself to write during my busy schedule around work, blogging, YouTube editing, etc. there will be no way for me to finish this novel if I don’t schedule in time for it.

The biggest thing about planning is to make time to carry out your plan!

I know that this may not seem ambitious for many of my readers, and I know people who can write a novel in a month, but I am not like that. This will be a major challenge for me and something I wish to get through in hopes to be able to hold the finished copy in my hand in the New Year!

I’ll keep you all updated in my wrap-ups and with writing update posts and videos both on this blog and my YouTube channel respectively x

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Are you writing anything? or planning towards completing another project? I’d love to hear about it and start a discussion in the comments!

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