Being a Writer – Expectations vs. Reality (Part 1)

Being a writer is weird. Absolutely weird. And then there are some things that you expect will happen (or go a certain way), but they just don’t. Warning – It will probably seem a bit over-dramatized.

WRITING HABITS

Expectation –

*types furiously*

*pauses*

*takes a sip of coffee*

*resumes typing furiously*

<< 2000 words later >>

“I really should write another 1000 words, and then I can take a little break!”

Reality –

*writes 20 words*

“Oh my, I’ve written so much! I think it’s time for a well deserved break!”

*goes on Pinterest for 4 hours*

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Brewing with Briar (Ep.1) – NaNoWriMo Cuppa

INTRO TO BREWING WITH BRIAR

Okay, so I’m starting a series called Brewing with Briar.

So we’re almost halfway through NaNoWriMo, & even though I had all these amazing ideas about stuff to post during NaNoWriMo, I didn’t, because I’m lagging behind (and yep, writing this blog post is a form of procrastination). Anyways, here is the recipe for my NaNoWriMo cuppa, & even though I’d planned to post this about a week ago, I’ll post it now, because better late than never, right? Right. Let’s roll.

Stuff you’ll need

  • Milk (or water, whatever you like)
  • Coffee (this is kind of obvious, but still)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla essence
  • Sugar (optional)

Procedure

(Fair warning: get ready for a weird mix of normal, Shakespearean & accented English, along with a dash of French, as my subconscious has gone crazy because of trying to juggle NaNo, old English poems & conjugations in French, & it won’t let me post in plain normal English)

  • Heat up zee milk (or water).
  • Add zee coffee according to thou taste.
  • Repeat step 2 avec le cocoa powder, vanilla essence & sugar.
  • Mix it all up, & um, yeah, your NaNo cuppa’s ready 🙂

Dracula’s Evil Ways of Hitting the Word Count in NaNoWriMo

Here’s how to increase your word count goal in NaNoWriMo.

Dracula’s Evil Ways of Hitting the Word Count

(Although the evilness of this is certainly questionable.)

  • Block the backspace. Put some red tape on it, place a spider on it (Ron Weasley, you hearing me?), grow some poison ivy on it, I don’t know.
  • Write out the full form of everything. Be it POV or RAM (Though I’m pretty sure you won’t be using Random Access Memory in your novel).
  • Whatever you do, DON’T EDIT during NaNo. It will take up precious time, in which you could be writing. You procrastinate enough during NaNo as it is.

Don’t lie, I know you do.

  • On a related note, you can shut up that Inner Editor with chocolate. See, it’s a win-win situation; you get to eat lots of chocolate, & you save time by not editing.
  • Tell A HELLA LOT OF PEOPLE that you’re doing NaNo. That way, you’ll get more motivated to write, because, if you don’t win, then they get the right to tease you about it till the next NaNo. Trust me, this totally works.
  • Also, remember to tell those people who will motivate you (& scold you when you start procrastinating).
  • Utilize Friday nights. *checks calendar* See, you’re getting 4 Fridays this NaNo season. You can get a lot of writing done on Friday nights, because 1) you can stay up late because no school/work the next day, 2)hence, you also don’t have to do homework, 3)Fridays have this comforting feel which makes writing so much easier.

(Okay now the tips start getting obvious)

  • If you feel too sleepy to stay up late writing, instead of taping up your eyelids, it’s better to go to sleep & wake up early the next day to write.
  • DON’T PUT OFF YOUR HOMEWORK OR PROJECTS. Do them as soon as you get home, so you can write later without the burden of uncompleted work in your mind.
  • If you reach your word count goal of the day & still have the time & energy, continue writing. Some days, you might not get the time to write AT ALL, so at least you won’t be lagging behind too much.

That’s about it. If you have any NaNoWriMo related posts on your blog, tell me!

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Getting excited for NaNoWriMo,

Briar

Cluedo Series for NaNoWriMo

I made these outfits on Polyvore, inspired by the female characters in Cluedo.

This year, my NaNoWriMo novel is a thriller, in which my characters get locked in a huge mansion by a psychopath. The psychopath makes them play Cluedo, & whoever cheats or loses, pays for it.

So, yeah, I was outlining the novel, & I told myself that making these outfits is essential to prepare for writing this novel, & then I went ahead & made these. And I’m still wondering how it has helped in outlining the novel.

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Until next time,

Briar