NaNoWriMo 2016 | Day 2

I’m going to confess something. I’ve never completed a NaNoWriMo. Not even half-way.

Now, I’ve always participated, but you don’t win just by participating. Every year I have a novel lined up. I fill out all the fun information, I plot, I talk about it with my friends. The first few days go by amazingly and then I just stop. The steam is short lived, I get busy, I make excuses, etc., etc., etc.

We’ve established before I procrastinate, a lot. This isn’t anything new, really.

This year, however, I’m actually doing fairly well, at least as far as the starting part goes. I do have to balance out work, which means on my full days I can’t dedicate several hours to writing for NaNo, but I can at least dedicate a few hundred words, which I’ve done so far. Kudos?

In addition, I’ve managed to not edit while I write, which is quite huge since it’s very hard for me to go through a story without editing while writing. I sometimes forget that drafts exist for a reason, and the first one is supposed to be kinda trash – it’s your first take, the place where your mistakes are made and where you can note improvements.

So in the spirit of NaNo, I figured I’d share a snippet of what I have so far, ignoring the fact that I could probably do to edit and rewrite it. For anyone participating this year, happy NaNoing!

 Generations ago, before the Dwarves delighted in the surface for the first time, before the Elves sung their kingdom into existence, before the Humans learnt the ways of fire – there were Dragons.

They were great beasts, larger than any dwelling known to man, powerful by ways of strength and magic, they dominated the lands from Mira in the East to Rh’on in the West. Commanders of the elements, arbitrators of magic, these beasts roamed land and sea alike. In many places, they were revered, and in others, they were envied. Years they lived, flying high above the creatures of the Earth or swimming deep within the depths of the sea among the sea-folk – unbothered, unaltered.

It was the Dragons, according to legend, that bestowed the gifts of Magic unto the Elves, and Dragons who carved the first Dwarven caves deep within the Cratous Mountains. Humans, Dragons spurned – they gave no magic and carved no great halls. For this, humans became envious.

For this, they hunted the Dragons.

October Wrap-Up & November Plans

October started off really well for me – and then I fell off a bit. Unfortunately put behind by Florida’s inclement weather and needing to catch up on work, I’ve neglected this blog a bit. That being said, work has been phenomenal. I ended up scoring another editing client for on-going work, and am steadily building a long-term client base with clients that I already have.

I’ve also been working through ‘behind the scenes’ things for this blog and getting ready for NaNoWrimo, my Patreon launch, reading more, and cementing a little more what the actual purpose of this blog is. It’s an ever-evolving thing, I think, though having blogs in the past I know that consistency is important. I always tend to have a lot of steam starting out and then it peters out towards the end of the month, and I know that’s something that I need to work on.

Outside of writing, I’m working on an online store. The goal is to be fully self-employed within a year, between freelancing, and that. Which is going to definitely take a lot of work on my part, but in the end I think it will be a rewarding experience overall. I like having the responsibility, for one, and I also enjoy being able to set my own work hours, work to my pace – do things that I actually enjoy doing as opposed to the things that I don’t.

With that in mind, November goals:

  • Write consistently, every day – non-work related writing.
  • Stick to my blog’s schedule for certain posts, mostly freelancing articles and 30 Day Challenge things.
  • Begin, commit to, & win NaNoWriMo.
  • Finish up preparations for Patreon launch for December.
  • Stick with & keep up on writing routine.
  • Keep up with bullet journal (the only thing that ever keeps me organized.)

Simple goals, not too different from last month. Here’s to a productive, fun November.