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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Creatively Speaking: The Week I Discovered I Was A Plotter

A quick run down of the creative things I did this week include: Sketching, colouring and plans for how to make a chainsaw out of cardboard.

But we're in November so we know the creative things I have done this week are not the real issue here.

No this last week was the first week of NaNoWriMo 2015 so the real issue is how many words have I written.

But just before I get to that as the title of the post implies I discovered I am a plotter as opposed to being a pantser.

I've always considered myself a pantser - having a vague idea of where the story was going and then just going with the flow. However this year I have been planning this novel using the Snowflake Method. And even though I didn't quite get through all the steps of the snowflake I did have a scene list.

A scene list that I have found invaluable as I have a better notion of where I'm going next.

Another invaluable tip that I've been using, that I got from Write Fast, Beat Procrastination... is timing my writing sessions. Rather than just writing and writing (or trying) and looking at the clock every 30 seconds wondering how long I've been supposedly writing for I've been setting the timer on my phone for 20 minutes and when the time is up I have a little rest for 10 minutes or so (i.e. watching YouTube videos).

So with these two methods combined I feel like I'm being more productive than previous years (despite the fact that I am currently a little bit behind).

So on to what my word counts have been for the last week (not including today as the night is still young!).

And yes the first day was a little slim on words but as I mentioned last week I was out all day (hence why Creatively Speaking wasn't posted until Monday).

1st Nov: 362
2nd Nov: 1772
3rd Nov: 1881
4th Nov: 1761
5th Nov: 925
6th Nov: 945
7th Nov: 2081

Grand total: 9727

So like I said I am a little behind but I am slowly but surely catching up (for a brief moment I thought I might actually over take the daily target early on in the month - but come on have I ever done that before?)

So I better be off to write some more.

Tune in next week to see how I'm getting on... or not!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Creatively Speaking: NaNo Is Underway

Just a quick post this week... and to explain why I didn't post this yesterday.

Yesterday I went to visit my sister as it was her birthday so by the time I got back home it was gone 8pm... and I still had to start NaNoWriMo.

So I'm sorry but getting some words (any words!) written took priority.

So apart from starting that this week writing wise I continued working on my scene list - just tweaking it here and there, and I read a little more of Conflict, Action & Suspense by William Noble.

Creative wise I've been mainly colouring in my mandala adult colouring book and making plans for making the chainsaw for my Grell Sutcliff cosplay that I'm planning - how big the chainsaw will be, how I make the blade (it's going to be made of cardboard but the question is how I make the teeth - do I stick them on? Do I paper mache them? Do I layer my cardboard up and cut the teeth out of the middle layer? Decisions, decisions...

Oh and just before Halloween I painted my nails...

It's supposed to look like blood spatter.
I got the idea from a video I watched on YouTube. But on the video it looked ever so easy and fairly tidy.

However by the time I had finished I looked like I had stuck my fingers in a blender as I had nail polish dripping down my fingers. And despite the fact that I put vaseline round my fingers to make it easier to wipe off the excess polish I still ended up with stained fingers (as you may be able to see in the photo) - a little more blood spatter than I intended!

And I thought doing water marble on your nails was messy!

But I must be off as I have to get some more words typed.

Til next week...

Sunday, 1 November 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015 Is Here!


Da-da-da-da-da-da-daaaaaaaa!

NaNoWriMo 2015 is now in session...

...now go get writing!