NaNoWriMo 2015 — 30 Days Later

Today is December 1.

That means NaNoWriMo is now over.

Over the past month, I’ve written some updates on my progress during this annual November challenge to write 50,000 words. Mostly anecdotal stuff, nothing special. More like pouring out some thoughts on my current state. Let me now take some time getting into the meat of what that month was like for me.Read More »

Behind The Scenes (After) Act 2 Scene 11 (The Honeymoon)

Last Week’s card made me explore the possibility of a main character dying, or have other characters believe that he’s dead.

What the exercises on the card #13 Kill The Hero missed in my opinion is looking at the option of having the reader think the character dies. When that occurred to me, I knew I had to end the last scene with just that sort of thought: a cliffhanger; a gunshot that might or might not kill the hero. So I did.Read More »

Behind The Scenes (After) Act 2 Scene 10 (The Honeymoon)

Not sure what to think of how the last scene came about.

I didn’t quite follow the outline as much as I wanted (however open-ended I kept the outline).

And I didn’t quite go with everything I thought about in the before-post.

The scene ended more on a cliffhanger than Read More »

Behind The Scenes (After) Act 2 Scene 9 (The Honeymoon)

My biggest issue with writing is focus. As in the mental ability to think and stare at a screen, mash words together, make sense of it all. This is especially hard during work days for me, since my day job is construction for the City of Calgary (water works). In the past, writing during my work days was near impossible–I was tired and sore and some such thing. So, usually, I pre-write the posts for the next  scene before and schedule them for their respective day. This time, though, my work picked up so much that I didn’t have time pre-write any of this week’s scene.

But all my writing exercises have trained me well. Not only did I manage to write the scene last minute (the night before), but I actually enjoyed writing it despite the fact that I had to force myself to sit down and write (tired and sore and having worked more than a 60-hour week). That is a very good feeling, knowing that I have come so far in my writing ability that I can ignore the fact that I JUST DON’T FUCKING WANT TO, and do it anyway. That’s great.

Card 11 Puny Humans
Card 11 Puny Humans

So, let’s talk about last week’s scene.Read More »

Behind The Scenes (After) Act 2 Scene 8 (The Honeymoon)

This week’s scene played out parallel to the previous scene, when Sarah had to deal with her wedding. Meanwhile, Mitch found his mother and all he wanted was for her to leave.

02 Fight The Ginat 16 Start The Clock
02 Fight The Ginat
16 Start The Clock

I drew two cards for this scene, which is explained right here.

Making two cards work isn’t exactly easy, but it worked out. Read More »