Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

Not dead, still running

Only metaphorical of course, this is a no-sports zone, thank you very much. me-snow

I just wanted to pop in here, to show my metaphorical face. It was snowing this morning, I was not amused.

 

Tempting The Dragon will continue soon but I’m currently working on something else. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, aiming for half the amount of the normal words.

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sexy-ailen-assAs I have said before, I came to writing by writing porny sexy fanfiction and looking at those real world examples made me think that I could write stuff like this at least as good as that if not better.

Sooooo, yes, there’s going to be alien porn and it’s going to be sexy and romantic.

On that note, I would also like to point to this writing opportunity: A sexy Anthology for Valentines Day is looking for contributions.

The story needs to be:
Between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length
ORIGINAL characters – I don’t care if it’s fanfic with the serial numbers filed off, as long as they’re filed off thoroughly
M/F or M/F/M
Sexy romance/erotica. At least one EXPLICIT sex scene that should last around 1,500 to 2,000 words.
End on a positive note – if not an HEA, at least Happy For Now
EDIT: Valentine’s themed!

There you have it. If you have a naughty sexy story on the backburner, this may be the opportunity to get it out into the world.

So long and happy writing!

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Camp NaNoWriMo!

As I have failed to keep a blogging schedule once again, let’s just start something new.

Hi there! I’m going to do Camp NaNoWriMo, how about you?

In case  you don’t know what that is, Camp NaNo comes from the same people that bring you the National Novel Writing Month every November (which is the worst time of the year, seriously, only single dudes could come up with that date!). Camp is much more relaxed than the big NaNoWriMo, the main reason for that is: you set your own goal!

Setting your own goal is so good! It’s this load of pressure off my chest. Instead of having to meet this arbitrary goal of 50,000 words, I just set my goal to 28,000 words and it so nice. Look at that attainable goal, so slim and friendly!

The only problem now… I kind of procrastinated preparing for Camp. I don’t have an outline, I don’t even have a full idea of a story. I have a a vague plot bunny jumping around in my head and a few characters but I haven’t written down a single thing.

So… that’s what I’m going to now, eh?

Ja ist denn schon November?

Nobody not german will get the joke of the title…

Anyway…

hello

Two more days and it’s National Novel Writing Month and I’ve got nothing. I have no plot, no outline, no anything.

Anybody still procrastinating to the last minute like me? Some help for you and me:

WHY YOU SHOULD DO NANOWRIMO… AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T – Chuck Wendig with some great points for and against doing NaNo, in case you’re still undecided.
In It to WIN It—Preparing for NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) – Kristen Lamb’s best overview about story structure and how to write a successful novel.
Libbie Hawker / Take Off Your Pants! – An amazing book to turn your pantser self into a writer who knows where they’re going. I’m currently working on something that could possibly resemble an outline one day with this book.

I’m all for doing NaNoWriMo, unless it makes you feel bad. This is not a requirement for “being a real writer”. Even if you don’t write the full 50k words in a month — you’re still a writer.
Personally, I’m aiming for 30k and I just want to enjoy the feeling that everywhere around the world people are writing along with me at any time of the day. (I like to call it InterNaNoWriMo for that reason.) It’s an amazing feeling.

Let’s do this!

write!

 

 

NaNoWriMo is go!

I decided to do NaNoWriMo, or as I like to call it InterNaNoWriMo, but I’m going to do it to my own rules. This means that I’m joining in on the fun and the great worldwide community feeling of writing but I’m not aiming for 50,000 words.

I did my first NaNo in 2013 with a mass effect fic and I actually won. I wrote like crazy, managed to write 52,000 words and then I crashed. I had the biggest writer’s block ever after November 2013. I think I had not even overcome it by the time I started on NaNo2014. I would rather not fall into a hole like that again.

For this years NaNo, I’m aiming for 30,000 words. It will be a dirty first draft, pretty much flying blind and only with the barest outline (I know that because I haven’t even started on an outline yet). It will still be a challenge because on most days I don’t even manage to write my 960 words but I feel like it is at least doable.

So, I’ll be joining you all in blood, sweat and tears and pull my hair along with you (does that metaphor even work in english?) and will be happy with my dirty first draft in December, even if it’s a bit shorter than all the others.

If you want to do NaNo too, join the site and add me as your writing buddy. nanowrimo.org/participants/barbex