Did I survive NaNoWriMo 2017? That’s a the real question, isn’t it?
I guess, since I’m here typing this out, then yes, I survived. The real question is did I survive this semester? (that’ll be answered in a different post. for now…. NaNoWriMo 2017.
So here is a November wrap up of sorts.
Except, I didn’t call it a wrap up or look back because I wanted a click-baity title.can you tell I’ve watched a lot of youtube lately? hmm. \ (>◡<) /
A dystopian. It’s pretty neat.
so i’ve come to realize that I like to write books about schools that have major moral issues and mal-intent towards its students.
— Jeneca Zody (@jenecawrites) November 5, 2017
short story: twin bros receive a scholarship to go the school run by the country that has oppressed their sector since before they were born… but they don’t play by the rules when they get there.
After the Culture War, after the nation went through its Second Reconstruction, things changed. No one wants to repeat incidents leading up to the war or upset the United Faction.
Living in the middle of nowhere Indiana, now one of the many sectors to receive multiple ideological strikes, two brothers receive the Scholarship. It’s a chance to leave their and receive better education in the Unilege. What they find, however, isn’t all golden. Whatever truths and realizations the Culture War and Reconstruction caused people to come to aren’t true, and aren’t working. Things are worse off than they were before the violence started.
No one wants to repeat the War… Zeyden and Lane are among them. But what if the first outcome wasn’t the one that needed to happen?
(it’s dystopian, if you haven’t noticed lol)
Here’s my pinterest board, by the way. As inspired by Katie and Aimee’s absolutely stunning pinterest boards, I’ve been trying to do a better job with mine. Usually I pin everything any anything even if it doesnt match. They’re usually pretty ugly. This year was different.
He’s INTP. Drinks his “coffee” black because that’s what they can afford. Desperately logical. Fiercely protective of his family and rarely apart from his bro.
ENFP. Ready for adventure, enjoys playing any role he can. More… experimentive than his brother and thinks on his feet a little quicker.
ISTJ, generally silent. considering her background, it takes a long while for her to warm up to someone to trust them All logic and wit. But once you’re trusted… you’re in.* And she’s not as stiff as she seems.**
(*ID LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE TO SAY THAT THIS IS NOT A LOVE TRIANGLE THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS BOOK AND THERE ARE NO LOVE TRIANGLES THANK YOU GOODNIGHT people I didn’t mention like Asha the firey latina girl who like never took off her black ball cap and Charlie the smol cinnamon roll from the super supressed region of what was West Virginia.)
**so there is a smol teeny tiny romance that didn’t really go anywhere but makes me squeal a little with delight. *cough*
All start off by saying this: this was a really, really, hard NaNo. I don’t know exactly what caused it, but I do have a general guess.
I, as you know, didn’t write anything for my Trilogy this NaNo. Since all three books have been written and now require editing… i wanted something fresh. I haven’t written anything new since, well, 2014 when I started my Trilogy. Plus, all my books are in female perspective. So this one is in the perspective of a dude. And I wanted to include family, since my other books don’t really include that. (family and dystopian don’t always go together… in this case, though…)
I really, really, enjoyed it but man oh man was it hard. I didn’t really give myself enough of an outline to go on. I hadn’t completely figured out the rules of my world, the convictions of my characters, the “theology” so to say, and motives and structure… it’s kinda a mess. Of course, I had a general idea. I knew what I wanted to do… but did I accomplish that? Who knows, man. This story sprang out of one idea that then went a completely different direction. Going into it, I wasn’t even sure that I’d like it.
nanowrimo is especially hard when you know its hard because you didn’t prepare hard enough.
— Jeneca Zody (@jenecawrites) November 7, 2017
at least I got to include a grandfather who was fluent in memes because he grew up in the meme era of today.
Things were just really hard as I tried to set up this whole school environment. I did the same thing to myself when I set up the Institute in Sparrow Singing. Past me hadn’t really planned everything out, so present me then had to fly by the seat of my pants for the details.
It’s alright, though. Everything’s fine.
HAPPY END OF DAY 9 OF NANO.
Is it just me or does it still feel weird?
Like, is it even NaNo? Is it November at all? What year is it again?
— Jeneca Zody (@jenecawrites) November 10, 2017
And yes, I did include a grandad that knew about memes… I also may have done this:
today, I wrote two musical references into my novel. here’s one: pic.twitter.com/80Yy2d8DF7
— Jeneca Zody (@jenecawrites) November 12, 2017
Gotta keep things light, as this is a pretty serious book dealing with serious topics and issues and life on the line rebelling stuff.
Week three was hhhhaaaarrrrddddd. Not only was this book just difficult to write, but I got sick with something like strep in the middle of it, felt like doing absolutely nothing and everything ached, and then Thanksgiving happened.
here’s an idea: don’t put off your writing till tomorrow, because tomorrow you might be sick and in pain and wanting to sleep, not be worried about your wordcount.
just sayin. definitely didn’t happen to me today…
— Jeneca Zody (@jenecawrites) November 18, 2017
50k on November 28th
final wordcount: 64,073
This week actually went… well? It picked up towards the end. Because of necessity. I’ve become a stickler about finishing my novel in the month of November, not just 50k. That will probably come back to bite me, because the end’s kinda a mess, but s’all good, s’all good. That last day I wrote somewhere around 11k? I forget, honestly. It was a lot. It was difficult. I almost died, probably.
So that was that. My book is done. It’s a mess, but it’s done. I survived. If you’re reading this, you survived, too. so perks!
you all know stats are the best. I loved stalking watching other peoples stats all month. It’s just so interesting! I don’t love math, but I love statistical numbers and word counts. XD
I’ll see you all next post. It’ll probably be the last of the year, but with this post, my Hiatus has officially ended! My new goal is to blog once every two weeks, or at least keep up the once a week. I’m thinking about starting a youtube, so that might change up my post scheduling around here. We’ll see. ;P I really need to keep editing my book so I can query it but MORE ABOUT THAT NEXT POST. mwaahahaha
What do you think? Did you do NaNo? If so, how did it go and what did you write this year?