NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 4 Survival Journal — My daily recount of hurdles, achievements, happy thoughts, and raging explicit content. 7,413 / 50,000 words. #nanowrimo #orderofterima #plotholes

NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 4 Survival Journal — My daily recount of hurdles, achievements, happy thoughts, and raging explicit content. 7,413 / 50,000 words.


What makes a writer a writer? Writing. A lot of people would say ‘talent’, but talent is really just the ability to do something well that most people have to work hard at. If you don’t think you have ‘talent’, just work hard instead—the talent often comes with a cost, anyway: a lack of good work habits. The talented ones often never had to learn to work hard; so many of them don’t finish their work because they never had to—it was enough to be talented, to offer people a glimpse of what you could be. So don’t be that person—don’t be the person that everyone believes could have done something. Be the person who tried.


The above quotation is one I want to remember. I couldn’t write a Blog Update the last 2 days, mostly due to being ill. I have managed to continue to meet the minimum goal of NaNo, which is 1,667 words daily. I am striving to make 2600 daily, but falling short. It’s been a rough week. Today I went to 1800, since I’m feeling a modicum better and the writing was easy today.

Ganston is starting to feel more alive than he has ever felt, and keep in mind, I’ve known him since 2010. I’ve learned that Jain, one of my antagonists, has a son. I’ve learned that he is a fair human being, which is at odds with his oppressive father. I’ve learned that a good chunk of this story is going to have a military sort of aspect to it, because Ganston’s currently a meatsack. I mean that in the fact that he has no redeemable physical traits, and he needs to be shaped up into something useful.

Adia just had her first appearance in this rendition of the story. I’ve seen her as an adult, under the instruction of Lavinia – who is still a mystery to me-, but I’m not sure how much that’s going to affect her childhood.

Magic will eventually come into the story, but most magic in this novel comes from Sisters of Terima (Marin’s Order) or the Desinders (Marcam’s Order). This story is heading to war, and right now that’s just an action that’s building up. I think this story will see some good battles, and will test some relationships. I feel now that I’m officially just recording the story and that the characters are in control.

I managed to wake up at 6 AM once this week, again, due to Diabetes trouble and lack of sleep. I need to wake up at 6 again because early morning writing is the best writing. A new week, a new start.

Keep writing.
Keep writing.

Keep writing.
Ooh look, Chocolate.


NaNoWriMo Day 1 Survival Guide

Day 1 : NaNoWriMo Journal – Here we are again! A year has passed since my last NaNo. Last year I wrote Natalsa of the Brim, and it is currently out with a hope of being published. It unquestionably became the book I am most proud of. It brought me into a world so lavish with magic, and adventure that I can’t be away from it.


[Spoiler Warning – Natalsa Spoilers in this very next paragraph.]




I return to that world this year, but from the world some 50-60 years past the last events of Natalsa. The world has embraced the witches again, and Natalsa’s son Marin has formed the Order of Terima. An order of witchcraft that seeks to control the new rules of magic. Anymore, anyone can learn the ways of magic, where previously it was just women who could learn. But Natalsa broke the standards, and the world is better for it.

Marin, being a child of both magics, is stronger than anyone else in the mortal realm. But something has been troubling him deeply, and it especially bothers him when he is near a certain place near the Forks of Elkshead where the barrier between the demon realm (Firstborne) and the Human World. Hiding the secret from his aging mother, Marin keeps this to himself.  However, evil has escaped, and there is a new threat to The Order of Terima.

Meanwhile, across the world a Fisherman by the name of Ganston has ambitions of his own, and he seeks to gain admittance into the employ of a rogue lord that is seizing power up and down the coast by the name of “Lord Marcam.” Ganston has always wanted to be more than a simple fisherman. He has always wanted to provide the best future for his young daughter, Adia.

When catching kingfish no longer cuts it, he decides to cause a ruckus and see if he can’t get an invite to the Lord’s dark ranks. But eventually, all evildoers gain unwanted attention. When Ganston discovers to whom he’s really become indentured, he struggles to right what has been done, but finds himself in the beginnings of something far more sinister than petty robbery and vandalism.

He befriends an undercover agent in Marcam’s employ, and together they fight from within to tear down the walls that Marcam is building all across the world, and together they fight to undo the hate that is rendering families asunder.

The beginnings of war can be seen in this fantasy novel, and when its demons versus witches, there’s bound to be destruction. Ganston hopes that when the smoke clears, there is still a future for his daughter.

I’m 2,408 words in out of 50,000 (Though I want to break into the 80k range by end of the month), and I think I’m at an okay pace to get there.

I had a near heart attack at about 7 AM this morning, I was up early to get my dedicated NaNo time in. Well, I was writing, at about the 1600 word range in Scrivener, and my computer gave me the blue screen of death.

Good news though, thanks to the marvels of Dropbox, Scrivener, and the fortune of God, I didn’t lose any work. So let this be a day 1 reminder, Ctrl+S your work about every couple minutes. Incorporate it into your typing, you can never save too frequently.  Had I lost those initial 1600 words, I would have been broken. Though, I would have continued, I’d have kicked myself a good number of times.

Little steps. NaNoWriMo is little steps, over and over, until you can get to the top of the 50,000 mountain. I believe in this project, and if you’re doing NaNo, I believe in you. You’ve taken the first steps to getting to where you need to be in your writing career. Be amazing, and don’t give up! Even if its 10 words a day, every day, write them.