Woe to the world, the snippets have come! Let all receive more than their shaaaare! And everyone groans as Madi me-forms, instead of informing, instead of informing, insteeeaaaad of informing!
Who else is still singing Christmas carols?
Christmas carol parodies?
January 8, 2018
The two guards clang their sake flasks together. “To us,” my guard says. He takes a swig. “Yay us.”
Daily Word Count: 2016
Total Word Count: 14,843
^ My alphas really liked the “yay us.” XD
I went to bed really late (or, ahem, early, as it was after midnight), so I ditched the 4 AM idea.
“Tori and Han’na escaped like the excellent shinobi I trained them to be.” Kira’s nostrils flare as she exhales in anger. “I’m ashamed of you, Ari Kireina.”
AWWW ARI BABY.
January 9, 2018
Han’na helps me to my feet as Tori storms toward Hinoki. “You’re that idiot from the forest.”
Hinoki stands and draws his katana to defect her less-skilled blow of the tachi. “Back by popular demand.”
Daily Word Count: 1837
Total Word Count: 16,680
Aaaand… I ditched the 4 AM idea again.
Today, the first 1.1k went like BAM. I wonder why? Oh, that’s right, the first 1.1k was in Hinoki’s POV.
Dread penetrates my body as I tear myself away from the scene and press myself against the wall, heart sledgehammering against my chest.
It’s the beautiful kunoichi woman I fought in the forest.
But we have to switch back to Ari’s POV sooner or later.
I gasp as I glance up at him. His handsome western face strikes me as familiar, and my lips finally find his name. “Hinoki.”
HAS ANYONE STARTED TO SHIP THEM YET.
Hinoki tosses a glance behind him just as Tori snatches one of heavy iron folding tessen fans from the arsenal wall. Hinoki begins laughing. “You don’t even know how to use that.”
I laughed SO HARD in real life while writing this part. 😂
January 10, 2018
I clutch my head with both hands, sliding to my knees. I fight to keep away unconsciousness while my vision swarms. Do I try to obtain the document or flee for my life and tell Kira I failed her again?
Daily Word Count: 2627
Total Word Count: 19,307
I successfully got myself into bed at an early time, and even though it took me hours to fall asleep, I got up at 4 AM.
While a smirking and giggling Tori and an infuriated Hinoki prepare to duel it out with swords, Han’na kneels by my side and gently puts her hand on the back of my head.
I moan in pain, fighting to keep my consciousness. It’s too close of a call. “Tori!”
Han’na pulls me to my feet as Tori twists the blade out of Hinoki’s hands. “But I was just getting good!”
XD I’m having way too much fun writing Tori than I thought I would. I think she’ll be a really memorable minor character.
January 11, 2018
Crouching in front of me, Kazanawi tips my face up to look at him with a finger under my chin. When I turn my face away, he socks it again. “What were you thinking, choosing to fail Maruko like that? He is going to make an example out of you to the rest of us that failure is not an option.”
He is? What does that look like? Dread settles in the pit of my stomach as I turn my throbbing face back to Kazanawi, who grabs my arm and pulls me to my feet. He reaches for his steed’s reins and mounts, then pulls me up behind him.
Daily Word Count: 1849
Total Word Count: 21,156
On day 10, I fell back asleep after writing, so I decided to bump my writing time a little later than 4 AM. That way, it would be time to get up by the time I was finished writing.
I got up at 4:45, spent half an hour with God, edited the previous session’s words, and got started at 6:10! Eesh. Editing that 2.6k took a while. XD
He adjusts his leather jacket and walks up beside the man standing in front of my face. “Should’ve listened to my advice a lot sooner, Kazanawi. Rasako Deyuan has been at this thing for a long time.”
Guys, I have a new obsession with leather jackets.
Not only do the bounty hunters in my series wear black leather-clad outfits for their warrior garb, but I ordered a leather jacket for myself that’ll be here on the 18th.
You don’t know how excited I am to take a new profile picture in it. I look like a depressed video gamer in my current one. I need something that rings “undefeated”, you know?
January 12, 2018
“And is this the part where you bow and take off my head?”
The grip on my arm tightens. “I wish.”
Daily Word Count: 1949
Total Word Count: 23,105
Hinoki pulls the horse to a path and breathes deeply. “I hate you.”
Every time I read this, I read it as “I deeply hate you,” which makes me laugh out loud every single time.
When the woman slips her hand into mine, chills run up and down my spine. I pull her up behind me and feel a surge of disappointment well in my chest when she pulls her hand back.
Yes! Hinoki’s POV! *pumps fist*
It’s my last chance to prove to Kira I’m not the worthless failure God deems me.
Just kidding again, we’re back to Ari’s.
January 13, 2018
Daily Word Count: le nothing
Total Word Count: 23,105
By this point, writing began to feel like a chore. I was loathing the next 4 AM alarm to push words out of me from a previous night of sleeplessness… despite an already lack of sleep.
The hardest thing for me as a writer is quantity over quality (but I make myself do it, of course. >:D). I like sprinting fast—hook me up with intense music, a rush of adrenaline, the occasional thrill of competition, and the passion for my story and I’m good to go. I’ll throw everything on the page I can and feel awesome about my word count.
But then I’ve ended up with writing of terrible quality.
So in trying to slow down, I slow way down. Back to my I-thought-it-was-so-good-back-then 500 words every half-hour. *cringes*
It is producing quality writing, but it makes me frustrated when I stare at the screen to focus on what good line to write next instead of barfing on the page instead. XD I ended up dreading my writing time instead of craving it. Le not good.
So I took Saturday off to evaluate my problem, pray, and come up with a solution instead of moping about it like a defeated writer. It’s no surprise that my genius revelations came at 1:00 AM on Sunday morning while I had been desperately trying to fall asleep for hours.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BETA READ:
Worst case scenario, I’m extending my book’s completion date to April 30th instead of early March, so I’ll finish it during Camp NaNo. I want to have it done before Camp’s end so I can edit during Camp, too, but if not… I’ll have to push the beta signup dates back. I’m super sorry!
January 14, 2018
When we assume the waltzing position, Hinoki begins breathing at a faster pace again.
Daily Word Count: 1695
Total Word Count: 24,800
*pumps fist again* Hinoki gets an entire scene and a half all to himself now. His character voice is so easy.
I straighten a little to keep Ari from slipping off me [and the horse they’re riding on]. Then I lay my hand, still wet from the tears of her face, on her wrist to keep her stable.
January 15, 2018
Can I walk away from a murder and call it mercy?
Daily Word Count: 820
Total Word Count: 25,620
The leader touches the end of the pistol to the side of her head, and Ari lets out a gasp that shreds my heart.
On this day I implement my new daily goal, 800 words. Today I got it done in 40 minutes, which is a faster rate than usual, phew.
January 16, 2018
Daily Word Count: 0
Total Word Count: 25,620
I took melatonin the previous night to help me fall asleep better and even woke up naturally before my 6:30 alarm, but felt too tired to get up until 10. Not good.
Then I had to get my braces tightened (I wear both Invisalign and braces, but you can’t see my brackets in any of my pictures ’cause they’re deep in my mouth), which took forever because they accidentally popped a bracket off. XD
I didn’t have any time to spare if I wanted to work on my blogs when we got back in the evening, so my word count today is a proud zero. *bows*
Week 2 Overview
- Getting up early to write works for me occasionally, but on a consistent basis, my body… can’t. I’ve got the drive and passion even though I despise it, but sometimes I get sick. -_- So I’m ditching the 4 AM ideas.
- My parents require me to put my phone up before bed now, so the nighttime writing schedule I’ve adopted since I was eight years old DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE. I’m finding lots of new ways to fit writing in to my day.
- After a hard writing day, I’ll be like WHY DID I THINK I WAS THE BEST WRITER EVER BECAUSE I’M NOT. And then when editing the next day, I’ll laugh out loud and be like “😂 Why did I ever think I wasn’t? This is genius wordplay!” 🤦🏻♀️
What I’ve Learned and Will Do for Next Week:
- I’m going to schedule writing time during the day and set two heart-rattling alarms to get my carcass out of bed in the mornings no matter how tired it is. >:)
- Writing in new locations usually distracts me; I like writing in the same place day after day. But recently, I’ve discovered writing in my sunny brother’s room. As long as he keeps his mouth shut and focused on his LEGOs he yells at me not to step on, it works great.
That’s all for this recap! Thanks so much for reading again and for joining me on this journey wow that sounded really cheesy!
What’s the hardest part about writing for you? Do you write quality or quantity? Do you sometimes lack motivation to finish projects, or are you self-driven?