WiP Wednesday (NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep Edition): Post #5

Hello, everyone! Finally time for a WiP Wednesday! It’s gonna be short…

Since my last post, I’ve…um…

  • outlined a chapter
  • plotted where some general developments are going to happen
  • finished one of the books on my research TBR

By the next post, I hope to have accomplished…

  • more outlining and book research: It just needs to get done. :/

Have you started prepping for NaNoWriMo this November? How is it going so far?


WiP Wednesday (NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep Edition): Post #4

Hello, everyone! Finally time for a WiP Wednesday! You’d think that’d mean I’ve actually made progress, right?

Hahahahahaha. No.

Since my last post, I’ve…

  • finalized my playlist:
  • officially announced my novel on the official NaNoWriMo site! Check it out here.

By the next post, I hope to have accomplished…

  • more of everything: outlining, book research–you name it, I probably need to do it. School has been brutal, but I need to make time for these things, or it’ll be too late! 

Have you started prepping for NaNoWriMo this November? How is it going so far?

WiP Wednesday (NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep Edition): Post #3

Hi, everyone!

I’ve been absent from this blog the past week and a half or so, but I promise I’ve done work toward my WiP since then!

Since my last post, I’ve…

  • done more outlining: I’m up to Chapter 11. Almost half-way through, guys! 😀
  • started finalizing my playlist:
2017-08-16 (1)

I really need to transfer this to a doc, hahaha.

  • added to my research document: I’ve done more formatting, and added more terms!


By the next post, I hope to have accomplished…

  • more outlining: Perhaps I can make it to the halfway point (Chapter 15) at least by next week!
  • more researching:
    • start Phantom
    • start rereading Hush, Hush

Things are going well. 🙂 I’m excited to report back again next week!

Have you started prepping for NaNoWriMo this November? How is it going so far?


Hi, everyone!

I’ve been absent from this blog the past week and a half or so, but I promise I’ve done work toward my WiP since then!


Since my last post, I’ve…

  • found a score: You have no idea how excited I am about this! I’ve been listening to the New Moon Score by Alexandre Desplat to plot for this novel, and there’s something whimsically dark about it that calls to me for this story. One more thing to check off my list. Yaaaay!


  • started a research document: I’m putting together a document about abuse/tactics of abusers/what have you, so I can default to it while I’m drafting instead of having to look stuff up all the time.
2017-08-09 (1)

Definitely hoping to add more to this.

  • outlined eight chapters: You read that correctly. 🙂 And the best part? It hasn’t been very difficult! I’ll continue to tweak as I go, but I’m so glad to be making progress. The L.S. MS was much harder to outline for.

By the next post, I hope to have accomplished…

  • more outlining: the more, the merrier. Once school starts, this might get harder to do.
    • The sooner finish outlining, the sooner I finalize my playlist, so…yeah. Outlining needs to get done.
  • more researching:
    • Need to fill out that glossary!
    • I also have more books to read. (Like Phantom of the Opera, hello! *rolls eyes at self*)

I’m hoping to at least start pulling this off. Wish me luck!

Have you started prepping for NaNoWriMo this November? How is it going so far?

WiP Wednesday (NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep Edition): Post #1

Hello, all!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything about my WiP (Work in Progress), as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Between schoolwork/college stuff, extracurricular commitments, traveling, and health issues, I haven’t been setting aside time to work on The L.S. MS, so I figured it was pointless to keep giving you the same update about how I hadn’t written anything this week…yet again.

But fast foward to the present, a month before school starts. School=fall, fall=November, November…

Yep, you guessed it. It’s NaNoWriMo prep season.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for three years and won every single year. (Add me on the site, BTW! I’d love to make some more friends! 😀 ) However, it’s been harder in recent years for me to allot enough time to write once schoolwork kicks in; the ONLY reason I was able to win last year was through free-writing exercises, and even that was only after I’d decided (halfway through November, BTW), what the heck, why not try it.

But this year, I want to write a novel again–plotted, planned, and Pinterest-ed. Here’s my theory: In order for me to successfully win NaNo this year, I need to be able to just write like a manwoman. In order to do that, my story needs direction. To give it direction, I need time to flesh my story out. If I want that time, I need to start planning now.

So that is (the long-winded version for) why I am starting prep for NaNoWriMo now. Every Wednesday up (and through!) NaNoWriMo, I aim to give you updates on my planning process and word count so you can join along for the ride that will be writing this novel!

Let’s start with a few details about the book I plan to write:

My NaNoWriMo 2017 WiP

  • title: For now, I’ll just stick with calling my WiP “ATU” ; that’s how I’ll refer to it here. 🙂
  • word count goal: Right now, I just want to make it to 50k, but I’m thinking it’ll be anywhere from 60,000-70,000 words long–maybe more, depending on what happens while I’m writing.
  • genre: mostly YA contemporary, but (again!) with a paranormal twist
  • premise: gonna be vague here on purpose, but basically, ATU is an Orthodox Christian Phantom of the Opera retelling, containing some very autobiographical aspects. Things are going down, fam.


How I’m Planning

  • outlining: This is obviously the key to writing any successful novel (for me, anyway). I know a lot more about plotting than I did when I started prep for The L.S. MS, so I’m hoping this book will…actually have a plot. That’d be quite nice.
  • researching: There are several aspects of my novel which will involve research (some of which I can’t reveal because of spoilers!), but one very prominent aspect of this novel is abuse. I wanted to see how partner abuse is portrayed in YA literature, so I’m compiling a list of YA books featuring abuse, and I plan on reading all these books before November so I can get a better feel for how to write this relationship. I also need to dive in to some YA paranormal romance, because some of those relationships are seriously dysfunctional.

Here are the titles I have. If you have any recs, please share them with me!

  • more researching: I need to make a list of the things I need to research so I can actually get around to researching them. Have I used the word “research” enough times for your fancy yet?
  • finding music scores: I’m the type of writer who must write to music in order to be more emotionally invested in my work. So now, I have to find a movie/TV score to listen to while I write this thing. I love James Newton Howard, but I need something just as whimsical and “youthful,” if that makes sense, as it is dark. Basically, I need a score that sounds like something you’d write a young adult dark contemporary romance to. Any recs? (P.S. Actually finding a usable score would be a huge check off my to-do list for this book.)

So there you have it: my writing plans for the next few months. Think I can manage all that prep?

How are you prepping for NaNoWriMo this November? Got any tips?

WiP Wednesday: 2/1/17

Hello, and welcome to this week’s #WiPWednesday post!

#WiPWednesday is a weekly meme started by Brigid Gorry-Hines from Wordfare. Every Wednesday, I’m supposed to post an update about my WiP (Work in Progress), including word count and where I’m at in writing/revising it. Hopefully, doing this meme will keep me motivated to continue working on my WiP.

So let’s get started! I’ll try to fill out these categories as best as I can.

WIP:  The L.S. M.S.

Writing or Revising? 


Current Word Count: 95, 801

Still outlining, but the word count has gone down a little.

How It’s Going:

I haven’t made much progress (any, really), but it’s because of school. Maybe this weekend, I’ll be freer?

Goal for Next Week:  

Brainstorming. I want to get a basic plot point pinned down so I can develop certain scenes from there. Hopefully I can manage it…if schoolwork doesn’t kill me first.

WiP Marathon #6: January 2017

It’s that time of the month again–WiP Marathon time! I present to you: the first 2017 update! Check it out below. 🙂

Last report word count + chapter count/scene count:

95, 829 words, 26 chapters.

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 

The same, honestly, I haven’t written anything new since this update, so no new scenes. Beta reading has been my priority.

WiP Issues This Month:

Prioritizing. Because I decided to take on beta reading as a hobby, I haven’t had time to focus on my own work. I want to find ways to progress in the revision process, but, since a lot of it is just staring at my outline and moving scenes around/brainstorming, it takes time–time I don’t ever seem to have.

What I learned this month in writing: 

I haven’t written at all this month, but I’ve read a lot of other people’s writing, and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s this: Keep a leash on your prose. Don’t let it get out of control.

Also, make sure your premise (your promise to the reader) is the same as the actual plot of your book. And make that plot exciting, whatever it is.

What distracted me this month while writing: 

Beta reading, although I wouldn’t call it a distraction so much as a voluntary choice. I chose to beta, and beta-ing involves deadlines–deadlines I need to keep up with. I chose that over my own novel.

Goal for next month

Finishing the revised outline completely. Then, from there, I can start rearranging scenes/working further on plot, and things should get a lot smoother. (Famous last words, heheh.)