nanowrimo 2018 week 2 wrap-up

Week 2 NaNoWriMo Recap

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Welcome to my week two recap, A.K.A., part three of my National Novel Writing Month series! For those of you just tuning in, there's still plenty of time! Go ahead and sign up for NaNoWriMo here! But first, you may want to read my other article(s) in the series, the first of which is here!

This is where I summarize my writing week and show y'all what I've learned! I'm hoping you guys will be able to learn something from what I'm saying, and maybe benefit a little from my week of ups and downs. This week was actually pretty,
hard for me, as I fell back a few thousand words. I lost inspiration and noticed a few plot-holes I had to fill. I also had a bunch of questions that needed to get answered, and felt like my novel was going downhill before I even penned it! I ended up getting really discouraged and felt like I would just quit. There was no way I would be able to catch up, given how far behind I was. If you relate: Don't quit!!

There are a lot of reasons to get discouraged during this month. There's a lot going on, and you're adding a large project to your schedule. It's easy to get overwhelmed at all of the writing/plotting/planning that has yet to be done. It's okay. Writing is hard. After all, you're creating a world that exists solely in your mind and transforming it into words on paper. The main thing to remember is to leave you inner editor, critic, and any unpleasant thoughts at the door. This month is your first draft and is going to be bad. All first drafts are bad. Editing makes it good, and editing is for later.

Even knowing all this, I can hardly help going back and fixing everything so that it sounds right. Just trust future you to know what to fix and where to fix it. I also went through a day where I just felt like the story wasn't working. I didn't think it sounded interesting. My characters were flat. My entire story just seemed meh. Instead of giving up on the project as I would have a year ago, I started finding solutions. This helped me to both

  • a.)Understand how to make my characters and plot better,
  • and
  • b.)Get myself excited for the story, and looking forward to writing.

You just have to have fun with it and realize it's your story. If you find yourself in a slump, push through it and do what you need to to get inspired for your story again. Force yourself to look forward to writing. If you're excited about it, it'll be easier to write. Figure out what gets you in the 'writing' mood, and do it. Whether it's chopping up a chocolate bar, and rewarding yourself with a piece after every 300/400/500 words, or researching things around your world so much you could actually have lived in it, or whatever else. Just go and do it! You'll feel better when you're looking forward to it. Though some days you'll have to push through your attitude and temperament and just force the words down. It'll help you overall, even if you don't enjoy that one day.

Because of all the solutions, I searched for, the last end of this week has been pretty productive. I'm at a semi-steady rate. I'm really getting the habit of writing; I can feel myself falling into a routine, and trusting 'future me' more and more. It's getting easier to write a couple thousand words in a sitting. Today, I went to my fantasy correspondent and got more answers to my questions. I'm really excited again, and ready to write!

Lastly, remember the end of the day. That word count may seem ominous. It may seem intimidating to write over a thousand words a day. At the end of the day though, what is the word count? A completed novel? The end for your project? Nope nope! Trust me, a lot will be removed in the editing stage. You;ll have to stick with the project for a while after you finish the document. All the word count is, at the end of the day, is a word count. When/if you get your work published, no one will really care how many words there are. Nobody's going to count, that's for sure. What's important is to take the novel and hold onto it. Work at it consistently, develop the plots and characters, and write your story. Write what you want or need. Writing is supposed to be fun, a hobby. Ys, it could be a career at some point, but right now, focus on having fun with your writing, and writing what you want/need. Go! Write! Conquer!

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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When You Decide You Don't Love Me Anymore

I'll forgive you.


I never thought I would write this, but I feel like I have to: there will come a day where you won't love me anymore. This won't be a sad day, but instead a day I have waited for all along. You see, they all leave and that is perfectly okay. People may not be meant to be in my life for all of it, not in any of our lives but this is normal and although initially saddening it is a part of our lives and inevitably part of our journey.

When this time comes I want you to know that we did our best, that we were in fact in love once and that we had hoped it would blossom into a lifetime commitment but it didn't and I accept that and will respect you always. I know you did not wake up one day out of the blue and stop loving me, I know this feeling grew over time in your heart and that it was not something you planned on. I respect this.

You were the only person I trusted and the one I loved the most, but nothing lasts forever and I hope you can understand there is no animosity here and certainly, no stone left unturned. We just are not those kinds of people, we would have tried everything to keep our love burning bright and tried for quite a while to understand where the cracks began so that could fix them, it just isn't that simple. Love is a long complicated process, you know that and falling in love with me couldn't have been easy, I am misunderstood and stubborn as all hell and I am FULLY aware of that but that does not mean I didn't try to ease up on you, I promise I did my best.

I have always done my best to understand you, to make you happy, to keep the flame alive, but it has been extinguished. Love does that sometimes, it is there one day burning bright and then it slowly starts to dim with every fight, every unrequited "I love you" and every day passing by in which we spoke less and less about the things that mattered and more and more about worthless things.

This is all okay, it is a season of life, a part of our lives in which we do suffer but one we must grin and bear. I want you to know that I will always love and care for you, although it is now in a much different way, now we no longer look at each other with doting eyes and open hearts but instead with the freedom to let go and move on.

It is time for us to go on with our lives and find a new adventure, one that will light our hearts on fire instead of continuing to snuff our joint flame. You will always be in my memory and a huge part of my life that I once had but I accept that it's over and that time sometimes wears on things as it has worn on us.

You are the love of my life and that is truly the reason I must forgive you.

Goodbye, my love.

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