Goodbye, 2017

2017

 

Well, here we are, at the end of another year. Can you believe how time flies? I really can’t. Time is such a precious thing, isn’t it? Continue reading “Goodbye, 2017”

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Outlining Your Novel Workbook by K.M Weiland- Review

Hey, guys!

So, today, I have a review for you! As you probably can tell by the title of this post, I’m reviewing the Outlining Your Novel Workbook by K.M Weiland.

Recently, I joined her exclusive group, Wordplayers, and I requested the Outlining your Novel workbook to read (for free!) and review.

So let’s get started! (Oh, and don’t worry- I did read Outlining Your Novel first (turns out they did have it at the library, after all.))

 

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Usually, I despise workbooks. A lot of the time, I can’t understand what is wanted of me. So I was very pleased to see that the Outlining Your Novel workbook was very easy for me to understand.

I’m really more of a visual learner, and I loved all of the little charts and things, such
as the “How Much Time Do Stories Need?” thingy (what do I call it?) on page 56.

I also loved how Ms. Weiland took real stories and movies for her examples, such as the Hunger Games. (Fangirl speaking XD)

The whole workbook was amazing, but my absolute favorite parts were the character interviews and the whole of chapter 17.

As I’ve been working through my outline, I’ve been feeling “caged in”. I need room to dream, and I can’t have everything planned out. I will admit I was very close to giving up on my outline, when I scrolled all the way down and found chapter 17: “Unconventional Outlines.”

That chapter was EXACTLY what I needed. I adore the map section the most, but all of it was so amazing. (let’s forget the fact that I can’t draw a map to save my life.) And the calendar was absolutely genius.

After reading the workbook and working through it, I know exactly the direction my story needs to go.

All in all, I give the Outlining your Novel workbook five stars, even though outlining doesn’t exactly seem to be my thing.

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And that’s my review! I know I’m really awful at writing reviews… but I did my best!

 

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Do you outline?

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Choosing Which Novel to Write – 3 Tips

Hello, dear readers!

Today I have 3 tips about choosing which novel to write for you! It’s always so hard for me to choose what to write, and these tips really help. I’ve been using them a lot lately, as more and more novel ideas pop up… and I’m pretty sure I can’t write more than two novels at once… much less seven. XD

Continue reading “Choosing Which Novel to Write – 3 Tips”

Ahoy There, December!

Hello there!

This week has been… crazy, to say the least. XD

I have survived NaNo! And I sorta won… lemme explain.

A few days before the end of November, I finished the first part of my novel and switched POVs. But then… I got stuck.

I had no idea where to go. And so, after a lot of thought and banging my head on the computer desk, etc. I decided to go back and outline Starless, and then rewrite.

So, basically, I wasted all of November writing 43k. Oh well.

And in other matters….. in the course of three hours, my parents have decided to move out to a farm.

Yup. That choice was made in three hours.

Of course, nothing is settled. There are some other people who want said farm, and so we’ll have to move fast to get the farm before they do. However, my dad is currently talking on the phone with the realtor.

I’m kind of excited, because if we moved, with 20 acres, a horse would totally be possible. As would a cat. I’VE SPENT SO LONG TRYING TO CONVINCE MY PARENTS TO LET ME HAVE A CAT. *cough cough* I’m also kind of afraid, because out in that area… snakes…… oh well, we’ll come to that when we come to that. 🙂

Anyways, I thought I’d update you about that!

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November Highlights:

  • Thanksgiving, of course!
  • Read Nightfall…. and AGHSJDKLAHJHAJDKLSAMJKHWSDFHJKAL;HERHSDUAJK I’m dead.
  • Performed in Annie Jr.! It went really well and it was a ton of fun!
  • Write 43k in one month. 10k more than I have ever written in one month.
  • Started to learn to tap dance in my musical theater class. (Tapping in Converse actually works!)

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Fangirl Moments:

  • Read Nightfall.

Not many Fangirl moments happened in November, I was too busy with NaNo…

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November Goals Recap:

  • Don’t get stage fright at the Annie Jr. performance CHECK! Well, kinda. It all went away after my teacher talked to me a bit backstage. 😉
  • Finish Starless Ehhh…. well, no. Ish….
  • Survive. CHECK!

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December Goals:

  • Make 250 Blessing Bags/Stockings for the homeless people in our town. (Speaking of that, would anyone be interested in a post about the whole Blessing Bag process?)
  • Read 10 Free Reads for school. (Don’t know why they are called Free Reads when they are required… but.. XD)
  • Finish half of the Starless outline. And… for Arendale’s sake… don’t come up with anymore evil ideas… for her, at least, poor girl.
  • Start fleshing out the idea for the Starless sequel. That’s right, there may just be a sequel!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Hopefully, I’ll be back to posting on my regular days, now that NaNo is done!

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How was your November? What are your goals for December?

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NaNo Week Three Recap + Snippets from Starless

Hey guys! So, this should have been posted on Wednesday, but….. I’m getting extremely stressed from NaNo, even though I have only 10k to go. However, I’m finally getting down to writing this post.

How was Thanksgiving for all of you? I had a great day, and I just got some awesome news from a very special person’s mom and I’m really, really happy about that! 😀 (And if my post seems kind of bouncy, that would be why! :D)

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NaNo Week Three Recap

Day Fifteen:

Quite honestly, I remember nothing about Day Fifteen. XD I suppose I procrastinated… oh, that’s right, I did! How did I procrastinate? By watching Liberty’s Kids and the Wiggles.

And yes, I still love those shows. Yes, I am aware that I am thirteen years old and that it is not normal for a thirteen year old to love those shows. It’s a good thing I’m not normal.

Total word count: 25,077

Day Sixteen:

More procrastination, more TV. And I feel behind. Again. Bad Dobby, very bad. *irons fingers*

There. That should teach me a lesson, right?

Total word count: 26,487

Day Seventeen:

And again, I don’t remember anything about today…. except that I caught up again!

Total word count: 28,378

Day Eighteen:

My characters really, really don’t like me. *sigh*

Total word count: 29,773

Day Nineteen:

More procrastination…. this time in the form of reading! Huzzah! (In case you’re wondering, I was rereading Harry Potter…… I think….My brain is all muddled.)

Total word count: 31,748

Day Twenty:

Writing starts to get miserable……..

Total word count: 33,352

Day Twenty One:

Let us just say that this day was the worst yet….

I fell behind almost 1k because it’s agony to write with a fever, a headache, and a sore throat. So I just watched Matilda and slept all day.

Total word count: 34,182

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And now, for some snippets. Please, please don’t die from their awfulness.

“Alright, the adults are going to go back into the village,” Zachary announces.
All of us “children” set up a rucus at that. “I have no parents, I can do what I want! And I’m as good as an adult anyway!” That, of course, is Arendale.
Then there are the others. “My parents won’t care, they don’t care about me!” Davy.
“Father, I have to come with you!” Shauna.
“I’m nineteen, and therefore over age, I’m coming, uncle.” Alex.
And then me. “I’m coming, thank you very much!”
Zachary holds up his hands. “You can’t come, don’t make this hard for us,” he pleads.
“I’m sorry, Mr. Zachary, but I’m coming.” “So am I.” “Me three.”
Zachary rubs his forehead. “What can we say to dissuade you?” he asks. We look at each other.
“Nothing,” I say. Everyone nods.

I don’t know why, but I really liked writing this part.

Rosemary’s lip trembles. “But- but… my mommy and daddy!” Everyone exchanges sorrowful glances as Rosemary bursts into tears. I’m not sure what to do, and neither is anyone else, so I go with what my heart tells me to do.
I crouch next to Rosemary, hugging her. She clings to me, sobbing violently, her heart pounding with fear. “And- and my brother, and my little sister,” she wails.
“Shhhh… Rosemary, I promise you, we will find them. We will bring them back to you. They will be okay, and I will take care of you, Rosemary, until we can find them.”
Rosemary looks up at me, wiping tears from her cheeks. “Really and truly?” she whispers.
“Really and truly,” I assure her. What am I getting myself into?

I nearly cried while writing this one. XD

I slump to the floor. It’s hard to breathe… what am I doing here? I’m trembling and raindrops run down my face. Maybe I can just give up now…. the world doesn’t need me. No one needs me… I am all alone.
And then four more figures step out of the darkness.
Alex, holding a gun at ready. Shauna, with an arrow to her bow. Ashlyn, standing tall even though she holds nothing but the popular new weapon, the frying pan. And… and… no… it’s not possible… but yes. Yes. It is Isaiah. What is he doing here? He hates me. Oh. Maybe he is here to finish me off. Though… maybe that would be an act of mercy right now.

And that is all you get, I hope I didn’t kill you from the awfulness of it.

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How was your Thanksgiving? Do you like Pumpkin Pie?

 

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