Monday, November 13, 2017

Beautiful Books - How’s the Writing Going? {NaNoWriMo 2017}

We’re nearing the end of Week Two of NaNoWriMo, guys!

My second week of NaNo was slightly less crazy than the first. I only had work one day this week, I got to spend a lot of time at home just purely focusing on writing, I didn’t have to battle any monstrous spiders (thank goodness), annnnnd Friday night I got to see THOR: RAGNAROK AND I 10000000% RECOMMEND IT FOR ALL MARVEL FANS. IT WAS THE MOST HILARIOUS, EPIC MOVIE I’VE EVER SEEN. It is officially one of my top favorite Marvel movies. Which is saying something, because I basically love them all. But yeah wow this movie.

Oh wait. I wait talking about NaNo. Ahem. (But seriously, go see Thor 3 you won’t regret it.)

Since this week was sliiightly less eventful, instead of doing a daily log like I did last week, I’m going to join in the second installment of Beautiful Books and babble more than I should about my novel that way! FUN STUFF.


Visit Sky @ Further Up and Further In or Cait @ Paperfury to join the linkup!

1.) Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

Welllll, I’ve been going to bed at 1 in the morning basically every single night (and that’s late for this old lady), I’ve been writing 4k-5k almost every day, and I’m so behind on blogs/email/social media sites/my own life by December it’ll probably all just collapse on top of me and kill me.


I’m doing great!

No, seriously. I’m having THE. BEST. TIME. All that stuff happens every NaNo, so it’s just another November for me. What’s new? XD Yes, I’m literally only running on caffeine and get extremely overwhelmed when I look at all the things that need doing. But I’m also so utterly in love with my story I don’t even care!

Last week while, yes, I was having fun with my story, it wasn’t quite yet my absolute precious child. THINGS HAVE CHANGED.

Now that I’m way past the beginning and right in the midst of it, I JUST WANT TO HUG IT.

Saturday I finished up Act I of the novel and slipped into Act II where things start to get SERIOUS. And FEELSY. And also super creepy, with much higher stakes. AND I COULDN’T BE MORE THRILLED. The deeper and feelsier (we’re pretending that’s a word, don’t argue) a story is, the happier I am. Writing lighthearted stuff is fun buuuuut I thrive off the emotional scenes. Not that this story has been lighthearted until now. The characters have almost died like 53 times, but now things are getting really dark and personal and and and *CACKLES* I’m loving writing this thing!

(I may also have utterly destroyed Karis’ world but ya know.)

Though I am kind of bemoaning the fact that it appears the novel is going to be much longer than I anticipated. So my plans of taking this NaNo a little slower are slowly crashing away as I realize I really need to buckle down if I have any hopes of finishing this thing before December. We’ll…see how that goes.

But otherwise, I’M HAVING SO MUCH FUN.


2.) What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

Of all the many things Karis Levine imagined doing with her life—and she did like to imagine numerous possibilities—being flown to the most dangerous place in the continent of Ilderwind had never once occurred to her.


3.) Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?


I love my Karis and Jonah bbys EQUALLY. Honest to goodness, I don’t think I could ever choose between them. I feel a liiiittle closer to Karis only because the whole book is in her POV, so I’ve spent the last two weeks solely inside her head, which gives me a special bond with her. But that doesn’t mean I adore Jonah any less! I’ve just only experienced him through Karis’ eyes.


Truthfully, my favorite is both of them together. The other day I was just sitting there grinning and squealing while writing because their awkward, growing friendship gives me life.

A thought struck her. “Hey, Jonah.”

He paused, swerving back around to face her, eyebrows raised. “H’m?”

“Thank you for saving me.” She grinned. “Again.”

His face relaxed, a hint of a smile reaching his eyes. “Any time.”

Those two simple words were like the burst of flames coming to life on the torch, bringing to light a realization. Jonah wouldn’t hurt her. In fact, he’d do anything to make sure she, or probably anyone else in the world, was safe. In less than a day, his actions spoke louder than any promises ever could. Any doubt about him vanished at that moment.

She may not know his past, why he had been sent on the Isle, but she knew the present Jonah. And he could be trusted. She thought she was sent on the Isle to die alone. Instead she found a friend.

She sidled up to him, laughing at the loud squishes of her boots. “Let’s get out of here.”

(Let’s just not talk about how I’m currently destroying everything. *cough, cough, cough*)


4.) What do you love about your novel so far?

I bet you can’t guess. I’ve made it suuuuuch a mystery. I love theeee…..



*GASP* RIGHT???? Such a plot twist!

Okay, okay. I’m totally enjoying other aspects too. The characters will always be my favorite part of any novel, but there are so many other things as well!

One thing that’s shocked me is how much fun I’m having putting a 1920s feel to the story. Yes, it’s steampunk-fantasy, but the world is very much based off the 1920s, just a steampunk version. I honestly didn’t even realize how heavily I was going to do it. I thought most things would just be made up, with maybe some 1920s undertones? But as I’ve been writing, the 1920s-esque setting has really been popping. AND IT’S FUN. This coming from a girl who vowed she’d never write a historical fiction. So…yeah. New surprises everyday, guys! Obviously, it’s not historical fiction in the least, but basing the world off of ours and putting a steampunk twist on it has been super fun! Which is shocking for me. Because creative settings is something I struggle with, but this go ‘round I’m very much enjoying coming up with the world.

Really, the overall setting is a BLAST. The Isle itself has soooo much crazy stuff like pathways that move and a magical library and a suuuper creepy forest area and just thiiiings. I don’t know if I’ve ever had so much fun in a setting as I have with this one!

Like I said, settings is not always my strong suit. This book is giving me new realizations on places and things I like to write about. And it is GOOD. VERY GOOD.

Goes to show, every single book we write is important in our growth as writers!


5.) Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

Well, there was that one day where I realized I had typed “cereal killer” instead of “serial killer” because that’s just how hard I fail at life. Good times.

Then another time this happened: “They went downstairs and opened the front doors. A rush of wet hair hit their faces.” That was supposed to be a rush of wet air. The Isle is weird, but it’s not so weird that wet hair just randomly flies through doorways. That’d be awkward for everyone.


6.) What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

Well, I’ve already mentioned multiple times now how beginnings aren’t my favorite because it takes me a bit to really get the feel of my story and accustomed to being inside my characters’ heads. It’s like that awkward stage of new friendships where you want to be friendly and enjoy time with them but like WHAT DO YOU SAY? HOW DO YOU WORD THIS? THIS IS HAAARD.

Climaxes used to be my favorite because HELLO. Everything is happening and there’s probably explosions and the story is almost over and YES. CLIMAXES. I still adore climaxes with all my being.

Buuut, honestly? These days I kind of think middles may be my favorite? The middle is where ALL THE STUFF HAPPENS. Where you’re watching the procession of the characters grow and getting deep into the root of it all. Not the beginning where everything is unfamiliar and awkward and hard. Not the climax where people are probably dying and you’re about to say goodbye. The middle. The CORE.

So yes, middles are awesome. They’re my favorite to write and read. (But I do still think climaxes are loads of epic fun.)


7.) What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best?

My writing habits during NaNo?


Write until my eyes bleed?

All right, all right. I have been taking it sliiiiightly easier this year. Maybe? We’ll pretend? I usually get started right after lunch, with a cup of coffee in hand, and then continue writing as much as I can throughout the day. I don’t really do anything special to write. Just open my beloved Scrivener file (and yes, I’m looooving using Scivener this year) and write. Then feel guilty about the 234 things I abandoned that day. Sometimes I wave at my pile of Stuff That Needs Doing before going back to writing and ignoring it. (I think it’s plotting to kill me though? So…gotta keep a close eye on it. <.<)

By do I have a specific snack you mean coffee, right?

I absolutely listen to music! I detest writing in silence. This year, though, I don’t actually have a playlist. o.O IT’S WEIRD. But nothing I could come up with was working. So instead I’ve taken to using YouTube for songs to fit the specific moods I’m writing. Such as yesterday I was writing a super creepy scene, so I searched for something like “soft haunting music” and got this, which was perfect for the scene. This is my first time to do this—not have a playlist and just randomly search for “mood music”, but it’s turning out really well!

I get the majority of my writing done in the afternoon, buuuut I think my best writing comes at night. When everyone is asleep and it’s all dark and quiet, I can really disappear in my story and feel the emotions of it. But I do value my sleep a liiiiittle, so I try to write during the day when I can.


8.) How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?

Cheer squads is my fuel! I honestly think I would have given up long ago if not for all my absolutely precious, amazing, utterly FRABJOUS writing buddies encouraging me every. single. day. (That’s YOU GUYS, by the way. <3333)

Here on the blog and over on Twitter are my favoritest places to connect with other fellow writers and readers and cheer each other on.

Writing DOES NOT and SHOULD NOT be a lonely career path. Social media saves writers’ lives! (And makes us procrastinate writing our books, but ya know…)


9.) What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

Mostly my obsessive urge to get the book done. Not even kidding. XD On those days I just want to be lazy and not write, I remind myself it’ll never be done unless I WRITE. So that makes me push on.

And, as we’ve discussed, my spectacular cheer squad motivates me like nothing else. <3

Lastly, I just love stories! Yes, writing is stressful and overwhelming and 87% of the time I just want to stop writing and go on a Netflix binge. But I always push on anyway because my love for stories and burning desire to get the thousands of ideas in my head on paper won’t let me stop.

(But if we’re talking about what keeps me writing this novel specifically, mostly Jonah and Karis, let’s be real here.)


10.) What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

I’m not even halfway through this book yet, and it has already taught me so much! I will repeat what I said earlier: Every single book we write is important in our growth as writers, no matter what you are writing.

So let’s go with some things I’ve learned thus far:

  • Don’t be afraid to try new things. Like basing your story setting on the 1920s even if you’re not much of a history person. *wink* You won’t know ALL the things you love to write until you’ve tried your hand at each of them.


  • Don’t forget to also write things you know you love. I know, I love contradicting myself. But, see, for a while with this story I had so much action going on, I forgot to write the quiet but emotional scenes. Those scenes where the characters have meaningful talks or consider their lot in life or pause to have existential crises. You know, good stuff. THOSE are my favorite scenes. The deeply emotional ones, when the battles have settled and the characters think on things, have sweet and/or heartbreaking conversations or inner thoughts. The ones that really makes the characters grow. The more emotional a story is, the more I enjoy writing it (and the better my writing gets, I think). Just the other night it hit me how few of those types of scenes I’ve been adding in The Nether Isle. It’s been lots of action, near death experience, and some lighthearted fun. Which I love, but the heart-aching EMOTIONS is what I’m here for. So ever since that realization, I’ve been adding in more moving scenes, and not only is it helping my story become richer and deeper (I hope), it’s helping me enjoy writing even more. So ALLLL that to say, if you’re struggling writing your story, take a moment to remember what types of stories and scenes make your heart soar and fingers fly, and try to integrate those more in the novel.


  • You’re probably going to change everything during revision time anyway, so just slap those words on and keep going. I’ve been a little upset with myself at how dull and messy my sentences have been. Like 90% of my dialogue action beats has merely consisted of “he smiled” “she laughed” “they nodded”. Like wow, Christine, creative much? But as I’m writing, I realize…what does it matter? I’m already seeing a lot of scenes that probably will be changed and maybe even removed come rewriting time. But I’ve first got to get the whole story down to see what I like and what works and what will be changed and taken away. So I’m trying to push past my annoyances at my gross writing and just GET THE STORY DOWN. It’s eventually going to be all changed anyway, so why worry about perfect and original sentence structure now? And yes, this is basically the “first drafts are supposed to be messy” speech we’ve all heard a thousand billion times, and something I’ve talked about on this blog about a hundred billion times. But for some reason with this book it really hit me? I’ll probably rewrite every single bit. Why spend hours perfected a scene that I very well may just cut anyway? But I won’t know until it’s written, so right now I’m just writing!

. . .

Overall, I’d say this NaNo is going very, very well! (My sanity and ability to go to bed at a decent time is gone though, but that’s fine. I’m sure I won’t regret it later. Right? Right??? Yeeeah.)



SPILL IT, GUYS. How has your second week of NaNoWriMo been? (Can you believe we’re almost to the halfway point like wut even?????) Is everyone surviving? Do you need motivational cookies? What do YOU love about your novel so far? I would absolutely love to hear about it! (Seriously, discussing stories with you guys is my fave. <3) And am I the only one who likes writing middles over beginnings and climaxes because I feel like I am…?


  1. *sighs* My Nano is just going bleeeeeeh. (Much better than last year but still bleeeh). It didn't really get off to a good start. The day after Nano started I had to go to a violin competition so had to do all my writing on the iPod my brother and I share O_o. Then I got home and my huge biology book squished me... So yeah, still working on getting it off of me :P

    But your story sounds AMAZING. I love your updates :D


    1. Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that! D: Ugh. I hate when NaNo starts off with busyness. It just throws off the whole month. I so, so hope the rest of the month goes better!

      And thank you! You're so nice! ^_^

  2. THE SNIPPETS! They just keep getting better and AWESOMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't write without music, either. I have a lot of Owl City and Coldplay on my book soundtracks. lol. I really recommend listening to Sky Sailing by Owl City. It's awesome. :D

    1. AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! THANK YOU! That makes me so happy you think so!

      OWL CITY.
      MY. FAVORITE. MUSIC. ON THIS EARTH. I'm obsesssssed with Owl City!'s probably unhealthy. XD And yes! His Sky Sailing stuff is so gorgeous. Just SDKJFLKJSL:DJF. I LOVE EVERYTHING HE DOES!

    2. You're welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      YAY YOU LOVE IT TOO!!!!!!!! OWL CITY IS THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    4. YAY!!!! ME, TOO!!!! XD

  3. Your typos were hilarious, Christine!

    I have a bad habit of writing climaxes before the rest of the story. Then I wonder why the piece trainwrecks half the time or I get bored with it the rest of the time.

    Things are going better over here in crazy Catherine's land. I actually started writing again after neglecting it for over...a couple of months or so.

    Your story sounds absolutely awesome, and I can't wait to hear more!


    1. Hahahaha! I'm in a constant state of finding these wild typos and just wonder hooowww they got there. I'm the worst about typos. XD

      Oh, but that's a really interesting way to write! That way you know where your story is supposed to go instead of wandering around trying to find the ending. I think that's really cool!

      That's wonderful!!! :D Getting back to writing after a long break is such a good feeling. And neglecting it for a couple of months is NOT bad. Do you realize, before NaNo started, I hadn't written anything since FEBRUARY???? So...yeah. You're doing fine!

      Thank you! :D

  4. The first sentence. That bit of dialogue between Karis and Jonah. It sounds fantastic!

    I actually laughed aloud a little bit at the hair mistake with that perfect Tangled gif! LOL

    Also, you have given some really good advice, I must say.

    Good luck on the rest of NaNo. Can't wait to read more updates!:)

    1. *squeaks* Thank you!

      Hehehe. Glad to provide some laughs! My typos get prettttty crazy sometimes. XD

      Awww, I'm glad to hear it! Writing this story is teaching me so much. It's been really good for me! Hopefully it'll continue to go well. Thanks so much, girl! <3

  5. "A rush of wet hair hit their faces.” - that sounds unpleasant, but it made me laugh
    Great to see the story coming along so well!

    1. Lolzy! I just don't even know what my fingers are doing half the time. XD

      Thanks! I'm really enjoying it! ^_^

  6. YOU'RE DOING SO GOOOOD! KEEP IT UP! :D I love your opening line SO MUCH and your snippet, and that's fantastic you're enjoying the world and story and just YAY SO MUCH HAPPY! ^_^ Thor was so fun!!! :O :O :O So glad you got to see it! :D And yes, I think I have to say middles too? Because beginnings and endings have all this PRESSURE to start or finish right. Middles are where we're finally comfortable with our characters and story and there's no pressure and it's just FUN! :D I love your tips, too!! I've been reading No Plot No Problem and one part I really liked was his idea to make a list of all the things you LOVE in books you read, and all the things you hate in books you read, and try to write the good stuff and avoid the bad stuff. (He says it sounds silly, but stuff you don't like WILL creep in if you're not careful. XD And, I mean, I don't really care for reading loooong areas where a character is just THINKING, but I write it aaall the time, especially in NaNo, so yeah. XD) ANYWAY. Love this post and thanks for sharing and KEEP WRITING! YOU CAN TOTALLY DO THIS AND FINISH IT! *CHEERS YOU ON*


      Thor was the besssst! I grin or snicker to myself every time I even think about it. XD

      So I'm NOT alone then? :O Because I know a lot of people complain about writing the "draggy middles". And I'm just like, "But they're the whole point of the story!" And you made such a good point, there's waaay less pressure! YES. I've thought of that before. Beginnings you want to get just right, endings you want to make as epic as possible AND tie up the dozens of story threads, and it's just overwhelming. But middles are just where the fun stuff is happening. Yes, totally agree!

      OKAY I LOVE THIS ADVICE. :O That is suuuuch a good idea. I want to do this! Because I DO often write things I don't like and just...why??? Why would we do that? It's so insane! I need to start a list and update it while I read things. Thank you for sharing this golden advice. I'M TOTALLY DOING THIS! :D

      THANK YOU, CELTI! YOU TOOOOO! YOU'VE GOT THIS! *waves pompoms*

  7. Your gif use made me laugh, which was needed! Especially the hair one, I've done things like that. So not only are your character's the sweetest thing ever. I adore 1920's settings. You got this Christine, you can write this story!

    1. Awww! Always happy to provide some laughs! I get quite amused myself at the absolute absurd typos I find in my books. I just don't even know how I do them. XD

      MEEP. Thanks, Skye! That makes me happy! ^_^

  8. NUMBER 5. Ahahaha! I nearly laughed aloud, cuz I totally do the same thing -- great use of GIFs!! Wow! I can't wait to read this story, girl. It sounds beyond fantastic! Each of your answers were so wonderful and genuine and great! Thanks for the tips. Here's to the next half of November!! :]

    1. Lol! My typos can get CRAZY. Sometimes I botch up a word so bad I don't even know what I was trying to type in the first place! XD

      AWK. Thank you so much, Sarah! And YES. Let's rock this second half of NaNo! *fistpump*

  9. I clicked on the link to the music you recommended and I can't stop listening to it... it's so ominous, yet oddly relaxing! I love it.

    My parents saw Ragnarok yesterday and they really enjoyed it. My brother and I are looking forward to watching it sometime soon. :D

    Love the snippets! Keep up the good work!


    1. YES. I'm glad I'm not alone in this! Because it's sooo eerie but...totally relaxing at the same time? I don't even know, but I love it!

      They did? FUNNN! I can't wait for you to see it! IT. IS. HILARIOUS!

      Thank you so much, girl! <3

  10. Favorite character + favorite character = THE BEST OF ALL THINGS

    Also, props for your usage of the /entirely/ underutilized language gem that is "frabjous". Keep fighting that good fight.


      YESH. *fistbump* ALWAYS use frabjous. Always! May we never let it die!

  11. THAT is a PERFECT use for that Flynn Rider gif. I'm still wiping away tears....

    I really want to see Thor 3, but I'll probably have to wait until it comes out of the theatres and gets put on VidAngel, so we can take the language out. But I can't wait!!! kjghslkdfjghlkdfj As long as I don't get it spoiled for me beforehand...

    1. Hahaha! That's basically what I pictured when I caught my typo. XD

      Awww, yeah. I totally understand that! I was cringing a little at all the language. Which I hate, because otherwise it was pretty clean. But they just had to riddle it with language. *siiigh* Watching it on VidAngel sounds like a perfect plan. I can't wait for you to see it either!!! :D But yeah, spoilers, they're everywhere. Must be vigilant on spoiler-avoidance. >.> <.< >.>

  12. Love this post! You made me laugh so hard at your typos...XD XD XD
    I'm not doing Nano, but I've been super busy with Kung Fu, play rehearsals, school, and church activities (my dad's a pastor), AND I may...or may not...have been staying up since midnight reading a spy book I got from the library...(shh, don't tell anyone! :-P) so I'm tired. XD
    In my writing I'm just getting the storyline together still. My MC is a girl named Eden Claire, and it's a piratey\steampunky\1700's book. I'm so excited to start writing it! XD
    I would love to see Thor, but I don't know if I'd be allowed to yet. Maybe on VidAngel. :-D My friend saw it though, and she loved it. XD
    Great work on Nano!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD

    1. *beams* Thank you! Always happy to provide some laughs with my absurd mistakes. XD

      Oh wow! It sounds like you HAVE been busy. I think it's good you're prioritizing everything. I've shamefully kind of dropped everything this month just to write. XD I probably should balance things better! And, don't worry, I won't judge staying up reading. Literally the story of my life. ;D

      OH. MY. GOODNESS. Steampunk/pirate/1700s story???? :O :O :O I LOVE ALL THOSE THINGS. THAT SOUNDS AH-MAY-ZIIIING!!!!!! I love it already!

      Totally understandable! I really wish they had toned down the language. I hate when amazing movies are ruined with language and stuff. It's so rude. *pouts*


  13. Hey, so I had an idea... Feel free to tromple me if it's bad. *deep breath* Do you think you could guest post on my blog sometime??? I know that you inspire me all the time with your posts on here and, well, I want to share you with my followers! Anywho. You can email me here if you're interested:

    1. :O :O :O

      That is the NICEST thing you want to share me with your followers. Like like like...I CAN'T WITH THE NICENESS.

      Would it matter if I did it in a couple of months or so? I'm pretty swamped this month. XD And December I was going to try to be as lazy as possible once I'm done with NaNo. *cough* But afterwards I'd totally want to! If you have any specific subject you want me to talk about, let me know! (Because I totally struggle coming up with blog topics. XD)


    2. I have the worst timing, oh my. I swear an idea pops into my brain and I can't rest until I've acted on it. I am so sorry for dumping this one you during NaNo!!! *facepalm*

      ANYWHO. January/February would be perfect because I'm on Hiatus during the holidays anyway. And I did have an idea so maybe you could email me at orrr I could DM you on Twitter (or we could chat about it here). Whatever works for you!!

    3. Don't say such things, you are a gem! I'm the one that should be better at USING my time and balancing stuff, but I sooo fail at that. But yes, any time after the holidays should work! Consider an email coming your way!

  14. Your book really does sound amazing! I totally want to sit down and snuggle up with a nice cup of tea and your book! If you want a beta reader. . . I'm sure you already have a crew of beta readers, but seriously an extra pair of eyes ;)
    So I've finally got all my main characters together. So far they've been all over the place up till now. I've had to slow down a bit to figure out what happens next. I have several possibilities and I can't decide. So I'm writing one of them out and then maybe I'll write the next and the next till I find the perfect one. It's hard to know what the perfect ending is. Seeing as how I've never written one before and I've only just written a climax (?) I don't yet know which part of the book I enjoy writing more. I guess all of it. It just is so much fun to sit down each day and write whatever I want to, to make up an new creature like a dragon-skunk or a javelina-horse, or kill off a character or whatever I'm in the mood to do. Bwahaha! Happy Writing for all parts of the book!

    1. *clutches heart* That is one of the sweetest things anyone has ever said to me. Writing was really hard for me yesterday, so I needed that boost. THANK YOU!!! And I'd looove to have you as a beta-reader! I honestly have no clue when I'll rewrite this one and be ready for beta-readers though. Once it's done, I'll be returning to editing another one. But your offer just MADE. MY. DAY. <333

      Funnnn! My favoritest bits in stories are when the characters finally are all together. It's just the best! And I looove that you're writing out multiple ideas to see which one clicks. That is a wonderful thing to do! I've done that myself and it helps so very much!

      Yes, yes, yes! I think that's what I love about writing the best, we can make ANYTHING. The possibilities are literally infinite. It's just magical! I'm so glad you're enjoying yourself! I hope it continues to go absolutely wonderfully! <333

  15. Loved this! Whatever it is about writer's and writing journeys....
    Glad you're having fun with this story! Reading this just made me happy for you. :) My current story is behaving nicely and being enjoyable at present, so I know that feeling. Here's to hoping the writer's block stays away! *cringes*
    "Well, there was that one day where I realized I had typed 'cereal killer' instead of 'serial killer' because that’s just how hard I fail at life." That made me laugh. (Also your perfect Rapunzel gif!) Honestly, I'm pretty sure when I first heard the term "serial killer" I thought it was "cereal"...
    I loved your first sentence! It's eerie and captivating, but it's also a bit long and it makes you think. It sounds like an amazing start to a story!!

    1. Thank you! :D

      I'm so happy to hear you're enjoying your story and it's going well! It is seriously the best feeling! But goodness yes, let's hope the nemesis of writers (especially writers doing NaNo) a.k.a Writer's Block does not show its ugly head. >.>

      Lolzy! I honestly just don't even know what to do with my brain sometimes. The typos I produce get so absurd. XD And don't worry! I'm pretty sure I used to think it was "cereal" as well. It's a very confusing term when you're a kid. XD

      Aaahhhhhh! That makes me ridiculously happy. THANK YOU!!! <3

  16. I never really wanted to write today but I guess I should try to write at least 1K, right?

    1. Aw man, those days are hard! I had a day like that this week. It was SO hard to get the words down. The next day I took a good break and got out and just lived a little, and it really refueled me. So don't push yourself TOO hard. It's good to get those words in, but also don't forget to allow yourself a break and time to refuel if you need it. Your story will thank you in the end.

      I hope writing goes well! <3

  17. NaNo is going by so quickly! *screeches*

    Ooh, I haven't seen Thor: Ragnarok but I've heard mostly good things and Thor is my favorite so hopefully soon!

    WHOA. 4K-5K a day???

    That opening line is AMAZING. And the snippets! I love them.

    The Isle sounds like a really fun setting to write about and explore. I love all the tricks and mystery around it! And a 1920s steampunk setting sounds so full of possibility for adventure and creepiness and magical things...

    Oh my goodness, "cereal killer" is a fantastic typo. ^_^

    I definitely needed the reminder about how much will change in revisions. On a sentence-level, I've been worrying about how flat everything looks to me, but it's nice to remember that it is a first draft and a lot will change. Style can come later! (And the way it's shaping up, this novel's going to be A LOT different after a round of revisions. *laughs nervously*)

    I'm so glad NaNo has been going so well for you! Your writing speed is super impressive and I hope the NaNoing continues to go well!

    1. I KNOW!!! I CAN'T EVEN.

      IT WAS SO GOOD! Now, I do actually wish they had added more emotion. The humor kind of overtook everything. But even still I LOVED IT.

      I am so obsessive. I think I need help. XD

      MEEP. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! That gives me all the happy-fuls! ^_^

      Awww, thanks! I am having the greatest time with my setting. It's so different from the normal stuff I write. It's been a lot of fun to explore!

      I haz skills. XD

      I'm with you! My sentences are turning out AWFUL and I'm just like, "UGH. Do I have no creativity at all???" But, like you said, the style can come later. Right now we just have to get our stories written! You're doing great, girl. Right now we're just discovering our stories. Thankfully, anything can be edited. ^_^

      You are the sweetest! THANK YOU!!! I hope the rest of NaNo will go amazingly for you! <3

  18. THAT OPENING LINE, THO. <3333 And Karis and Jonah sound like the most adorable duo ever! Except I don't trust anyone, ever since you talked about everyone having secrets and there being major plot twists. *squints at Jonah suspiciously*

    Your setting sounds amazing too! I'm more and more fascinated with it every time you share story stuff with us. That gif--oh my word, I think I snorted out loud back when I read the post. (Because I have a bad habit of reading posts and coming back an eon later to comment. XD)

    You're so right about middles! ALL THE STUFF HAPPENS. I looove the feeling of being solidly at home in the story and having room to thicken the plot and develop everything and ajsndkdlskdj. YES.

    Your advice is fantastic, btw! (Which I think I indirectly told you already by sharing your link the other day. <3) Seriously though, I admire your bravery in writing a historical-ish setting! During NaNo, no less! *claps*

    These NaNo posts are amazing. I've loved journeying through November with you!

      Bwahahaha! With my stories, it's usually best to not trust anyone. *slinks back into the dark hole from whence I came*

      Thank you! I really am having the best time with my setting. It's turning out much different from any setting I've ever written, and it's so much fun trying my hand at new things! (You are not alone!I'm constantly reading posts and then coming back to answer them later.)

      I'm so glad I'm not alone! So many people complain about having to write middles, but I'm just like, "But the middles are the STORY. They're the important bits!" I love middles!

      YOU ARE THE SWEETEST! You just made my day linking to my post! <333

      That just makes me SO HAPPY! Thank you, Tracey! *HUGGLES*

  19. I'm glad you're having a fun NaNo! And those typos. XD Best wishes on your story! :D

    1. Thanks, Tori! I hope your NaNo is going well! <333


    Also, I am IN LOVE with that first line!! <333


      Aaaaahhhhh! THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. THANK YOU! <3


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