NaNoWriMo, Studying and Working

NaNoWriMo Participant-2014-Square-ButtonHello, my friends! Is anyone still out there? It has been ever so long since I wrote, I am a bit ashamed. In my defense, I have been very busy studying for my very last two exams for my tax qualification and I have been stressed out of my mind about it. I think it’s just because this is the home stretch and I so much want it all to be over. The last weeks have been especially tough, but I have two more days of revision, then two days of working and then next weeks are my exams. If I pass these, it will all finally be over and I will be able to spend a lot more time doing things I love. Like writing, doing my blog (which is of course also writing), reading, crocheting. So I think I can be forgiven for being very anxious for it to be over.

However, not all is doom and gloom here. I am once again preparing to participate in NaNoWriMo in November. Unfortunately I won’t have much chance to write before the 5th of November when my last exam is, but I will just have to catch up on other days. (I am sure I will be able to sneak some time in, after all, one does sometimes have to take a break from studying, right?)

I was originally thinking of finishing my poor 2013 NaNoWriMo novel, which got a bit snowed under and forgotten by all the studying that followed November last year. For one I wouldn’t have had to come up with another story and I genuinely liked what I had started. Also, I felt bad to just abandon my poor novel.

But…(and we all felt this BUT coming) I got a great idea which I would love to explore further, so I have decided to start something new this year. After all, with my exams out of the way I will have oodles of time to finish both novels and edit them. And I also did not feel like being a rebel (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). So, a new idea it is. Due to time pressures I am going to have to pants it somewhat again this year, but that is all right. I actually quite liked pantsing last year, I think that plotting my first NaNoWriMo novel to death sort of took the joy out of it. I did write a quick and dirty plan, I used the 7 point plot for this. I found it very helpful to at least give my novel somewhat of a direction. And even though I am studying and can’t sit down for hours on end plotting and planning, I am still thinking about my characters and their journey quite a lot and I have a fairly good sense of where they are going. So I am at least somewhat prepared.

What else? Oh yes, I am planning on handwriting my novel again this year. Although I write much slower than I type, I do find it more inspiring to handwrite, if you will. I felt more of a connection with my characters during last year’s NaNo, and that could be because I didn’t plot too much, but I also think that the act of handwriting helps in focusing my mind on the stories and characters. And I still was able to write 50,000 words last year, so I am sure I can do the same this year.

However (funny, scary story): because Scrivener is one of NaNoWriMo’s partners and I have heard really good things about them, I decided I would try it out and see what it’s all about. In the back of my head I was thinking of maybe writing my novel using Scrivener if I liked it. So, off I went to download it on Saturday and guess what? As soon as I had downloaded it, my laptop decided it would stop working. (This had nothing to do with Scrivener, by the way, just very bad timing.) I was able to get all my information from my laptop, which consisted mostly of pictures, but I was told my harddrive was bust and I either needed to fix it, or buy a new laptop. As I quite like my laptop, hubby and I decided to fix it. So…one new solid state drive and 2G of RAM went into the laptop. Then I installed all the necessary software and my laptop is finally back. I’m so happy I was able to get everything off and I hope I have learned the lesson to always back up! But yeah, with this scare, I am once more convinced to handwrite. After all, I did buy a whole bunch of new notebooks, so I will need to fill those, don’t I?

Well, that was the update so far, sorry it was so long. There will probably be another period of radio silence as I go through my exam and NaNoWriMo, although I really hope to come here every now and then during November to give a little update. Book reviews will have to wait till December I’m afraid.