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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Superstitions – Poem (SW#27)

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I needed to get this off of my chest!

It’s true, all of it.

I have so many necklaces.

I never used to care much about which one I wore,
they all mean something to me anyway.

The ones my boyfriend bought me,
or the few I received on my various birthdays
and that thing I bought online too;
all tying to memories,
like a ball on a string
I can use to pull the memories up.

I never really cared about which one I wore,
until my accident.
Then there were ones that brought bad luck,
one that I wouldn’t leave home without,
and one I refuse to wear again.

You’d think it’d make sense really,
since the pendant falls so close to your heart,
it’s like something is there
that can change your fate.
Maybe there is some energy flowing from the middle bead,
or running down the spiral charm
on its way to your heart.

That’s not how I see it though.
I never understood energies,
just feelings.

It was just easier to visualise that way.
Energies are funny.
Feelings are easier to identify,
but not to understand.

I wore a different necklace today,
for the first time in months.
It felt strange.

Wrong.

I didn’t know it was there really,
but if I reflect back,
the crushing anxiety,
lack of breath,
loss of motivation, and
how mentally drained I became…

It really makes sense don’t you think?

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Cute OTP Story Prompts (SW#26)

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Beating the Writer’s Block!

Inspired by tumblr text posts that are seen all over social networking sites and usually appear unwarranted and when you least expect them. They’re always so cute, angsty, and just overall adorable figments of the writer’s imagination.

I know that reading other people’s OTP story prompts has helped me clear my writer’s block and inspired me to write, so I hope that my little mismatched ideas do the same.

Feel free to use these as story prompts or one-shot ideas, maybe even make them into a story of your own! Please credit me if you do and pretty please link me to your story because I’d love to read it 🙂

CUTE STORY PROMPTS!

* Person A is lying on their back on the bed, holding the phone up to the ceiling and ignoring the pain in their arms. ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ is playing on the screen. Person B is standing at the foot of the bed, out of sight, twirling a ring between their fingers teeth clenched and shoulders tense. “Hey.” Person B scares Person A into dropping the phone onto their nose. “I have a question.” Person A sits up, concerned by the shake in their lover’s voice. B takes a deep breath; “Do you want to pick out a dress too?” “I’m more of a suit kinda person.” A laughs out a reply, which dies out as they watch Person B drop to their knee holding up a simple gold ring with small markings around it.

* Person A bites their fingernails and this bothers Person B, so Person B offers to paint Person A’s nails. They take two hours trying to make it perfect, doing nail art, gradients, watching YouTube videos; yet the nails turn out so so ugly! Person A is so overwhelmed by love and promises to keep the painting in perfect condition for as long as possible, layering on excessive clear coat polish to seal off the artwork. Person A forces themselves to stop nail biting and keeps the polish on for weeks until it begins to crack, and peel, but Person B repaints them.

* Person B hurries out of the rain and into their house to find Person A wrapped in a blanket lying on the couch. Person B creeps up alongside the couch and crawl on top, wrapping their arms around their significant other. The two lie there all night, finally rising when they cannot discern their stomach rumbles from the storm outside.

* Person A is staring lazily into the oven, watching their cake rise and Person B comes up behind, scaring Person A into turning around and thrusting a bunch of wild Daisies in their face. The tiny flowers held ridiculously between Person B’s thumb and forefinger.

* Person B wakes up to Person A tapping their face lightly and singing along to the rhythm alternatively Person B wakes up to Person A softly running a make-up brush up and down their face.

* Person A and B are standing side-by-side brushing their teeth in front of the mirror. That’s it.

* Person A is throwing pillows around the bedroom, mad about something. Person B can hear the noise from the kitchen and goes about lighting all the candles in the vicinity, opening a packet of chips and turning on Harry Potter, listening as Person A makes a different noise: feet pattering across the hallway.

Did you enjoy these? This is my first attempt at this and now my brain is fried. Goodnight xx
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Underdog Book Launch! The Most Down To Earth Book Event <3

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The Most Down-To-Earth Book Event Ever!

On Friday the 15th of March I attended the book launch for Underdog, a #LoveOzYA anthology of short stories based on what it is like to be an Australian. The novel is named after the new publishing company of the same name, started by the book’s editor Tobias Madden.

The event was held at Dymocks books on Collins St. in Melbourne’s CBD. It is the biggest Dymocks – and probably the biggest book store – in the city and maybe even the state!

Warning: Photos may be blurry because I was shaking a lot more that day and I was taking photos on my phone.

What is Underdog?

Edited by Tobias Madden (@tobias_madden), Underdog is a celebration of the once humble hashtag, turned global phenomenon #LoveOzYa! The anthology is a collection of diverse short stories of our wonderful nation’s ever-changing diverse and beautifully inclusive culture. The stories are sometimes political, very queer and overall, a giant love letter to Australia.

You can read more about the novel on the Underdog website!

The Launch!

Sarah from @TheYARoom lead the interview for the launch, with Shaun on camera and Bianca on social media duty. Sarah asked questions to each of the seven authors and did an amazing job with name pronunciation for that is always the hardest part, as all booktubers and bookaholics alike will understand.

My favourite part was when Tobias spoke about how Underdog started. How it exploded from a dream and just a sh*t ton about of effort and determination. He has people who have stuck by him throughout the whole journey and… well please watch the video 🙂

Melbourne Authors:

Photo from: Jes’ Instagram: @ageekwithahat

(left to right) Michael Earp, Jes Layton, Tobias Madden, KM Stamer-Squair, Cassi Dorian, Sophie L. Macdonald.

All Other Authors: Sofia Casanova, Stacy Malacari, Felicity Martin, Kaneana may, Sarah Taviani, Vivian Wei.

Favourite Part!

Jes Layton is known as @ageekwithahat on all social media and is someone who I have interacted with at many bookish events and is just wonderful to talk to. She was having her own copy of underdog signed by people who asked for her signature. I think this is the coolest thing ever!

The whole event was just so humbling. It was plainly obvious that these authors couldn’t even believe it themselves that they could now see their writing on shelves, let alone in the biggest Dymocks in the city! Everyone was just so down to earth and genuinely excited and awestruck that everyone had come out to see them and celebrate their little stories in such a big way!

I’m so proud of every single one of them and all the other authors who I haven’t had the chance to meet, and to Tobias who made everything from a single crazy thought. Amazing!

Look Out For My Author Interview with Jes Layton on my blog!

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A Woman’s Poem (SW#25)

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Another poem time!

I read a book about strong women. I reviewed a book about strong women. Click the link to read the review for Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, the story that inspired this poem.

I Read a Book Today
I read a book today that tore out my heart.

I read a book today that ticked my sides.
I read a book today that opened my eyes.
I read a book today that made me want to speak up.
The book I read today was about women.

I read a book today that made me cry. 
The book I read gave me hope.
It was about love 
of a different kind
A sweeter kind,
a kinder kind.

It was aggravating,
bone shaking,
protest making!

I want to speak out
and speak up.
Scream out and stand up
for what is right,
turn down what is wrong.

The book I read taught me how to stand up
and what to stand up for.
It gave my passion a spark, 
my writing a new voice
a new way to speak.

I read a book today from two amazing women.
These women gave me articulated insight
into a scary,
hate-filled world with a 
reason to fight harder
stronger, without 
Violence.

I read a book today that made me feel everything
and
left me with a valuable message.

I read a book today that all women should read.
A story men need to understand
In a world where this,
the moral of the story
is the real world problem and 
Not fiction.
Not fantasy.
Real problems with real solutions.

The book I read today inspired me.

I wrote this poem after I’d finished reading Watch Us Rise. That book shook me in a way that no other book has done before. Pick it up, read it. Stand up for what you believe in and like this post if you like this poem x

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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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Choosing A TBR (Short Story) StoryTime Wednesday #24

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Storytime Wednesday Is Back!

“If I hadn’t gone and purchased another five books, maybe choosing my TBR for this month wouldn’t be so hard.” Lilly’s exasperated sigh reached the phone, and a laugh was played back.

“You know Lil.” Rachel’s voice was muffled from the speaker being smooshed into the blanket of Lilly’s bed. “I think this book thing is crazy, but maybe a little logic can help you.” Lilly nudged the phone a little to clear the speaker.

“Huh?” Yeah right, like that was a good idea. If Lilly was ‘logical’ then she may have not purchased the books she really desired yesterday.

“Well don’t you receive advanced copies from publishers? What are the called AKS?”

“Yeah I do; and it’s ARC, like ‘ay-arrr-cee’ and not AKS.” Rachel laughed at that, the sound crackling through the room.

“Oh man, the playback from your phone is annoying! Put headphones on woman,” Rachel called out. Lilly winced slightly and turned away from her bookshelves to turn the volume down on her phone.

“Better?” She asked.

“Yeah. Much better. So what books have you received from publishers recently? Let’s start with those.” A rustling sound was made on Rachel’s end as she made herself comfortable for the book talk. Lilly smiled at Rachel being interested in her passions.

“Well. Are you sure you want to listen to this?” Lilly decided to give her an out. Rachel is the kindest soul she knows but is 100% not personally into books, choosing to go crazy over clothes and make-up.

“Oh shush you! Of course, I want to listen to you go crazy over books, or I wouldn’t have asked. Now tell me about the new ones,” she demanded teasingly. The smile on her face making it through the phone to Lilly who reciprocated it.

“I have two that come out early February, and one that was released in late January.” Lilly pulled three books from the shelf. A pink one with two girls on the cover, a holographic one, and a blue one with a person of colour on the cover. “I can’t choose which one to read first!”

“List them off for me.” A rustling sound came from the phone, then a pen click. Lilly smiled and hoisted the novels up in her arms standing before the phone like a performer on stage before an act.

“First up we have Watch Us Rise by Reneé Watson and Ellen Hagan; next is A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer; and lastly I have What Momma Left Me also by Reneé Watson. The last one is the shortest novel of the three.” Lilly finished her speech still standing, her mind no clearer now than it was before speaking the titles.

“They all sound amazing! There you have it. That’s your February TBR. Don’t put too many on the list, you’re a busy woman.”

“Agh thank you! I’ll send you a photo,” Lilly spoke over Rachel’s last words and made a frantic grab for her phone, loudly tapping out a message.

She sent the following photo which can be found on her Instagram (@thebookishbree 😉

“Oh my gosh! These books are awesome!” Rachel loves aesthetics more than she loves books. “Okay, so which book was released first?” Scratching of pen on paper sounded through the phone like some ASMR video.

“Well,-“ Lilly rifled through the pages of all three novels. “Okay so, A Curse So Dark and Lonely was released late January, What Momma Left Me is first for the month of Feb, then Watch Us Rise.” She pouted her lips thoughtfully, arranging the books onto her side-table for easy access.

“Since that Curse book came out in January, I think you can put it on hold till later right?”

“Yeah, I agree. Maybe I should read What Momma Left Me first.”

“That’s a good plan. Didn’t you say it was the smallest too?” The scratching of pen on paper through the speaker made an appearance again.

“It is! I’m so excited to read it!” Lilly’s voice pitched a little at the end. and she hugged the book in question to her chest, giddy. “I think it should be first.”

“I think so too. What are you waiting for woman!” Pages rustled, the notebook shut and Rachel’s pen clicked a final time. “Get reading Lilly, you wonder-filled child.” Lilly didn’t need to be told twice.

“Thank you so much I actually love you, Rachel! Have fun journalling and doing your Rachel things!” Lilly signs out this way fairly often, but it still made Rachel giggle happily.

“You’re welcome, my Lil Bug. I love you too! Now get reading.” With that, the call clicked off abruptly and Lilly opened the book in her hands. Not wasting any time; not even bothering to sit down.

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What books are you reading in February?

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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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