Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Hi, guys! It's Elizabeth. Yeah, I haven't posted in a while... I'm really, really, really sorry about that. Really.

Anyway, I just want to update you guys on what I've been doing writing-wise in the last few weeks. I've started on a new project via NaNoWriMo (I don't have time to explain it, but for more info check here).

Except, I'm doing the young writer version. It's for those 18 and under. I personally prefer it because you can set your own goals and the site just looks a whole lot cooler. I've set my goal to 30,000 words (which I have to do by the end of November). I know my limits, my life is crazy enough as it is, I just don't have the time to do the full 50,000.

But, thus far, I have been keeping up with it. I'm currently at 6,156 words. I'm trying something a little bit different this time, though.

I normally tend to lean towards YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi, but this time I'm doing something that would probably be considered YA Contemporary.

What about you guys? Are any of you doing NaNoWriMo/have done it in the past? Have you ever had a time where you've changed genres?



  1. Hey, Lizzy.

    I've done NaNoWriMo twice, both times outside of my normal genre.

    My first NaNoWriMo was a fanfiction about Aravis (of The Horse and His Boy) and her brother, Arad.

    My second was YA Contemporary like yours--about a subject really new for me.

    I had a lot of fun with both projects, and God taught me a lot. (I kept needing the truths I was making my characters learn).

    I haven't been able to do NaNo these last few years, but I do hope to do it again sometime.

    Is this your first year? How are you doing with "the quantity not quality but not just jibberish"? =)

  2. Hi Hannah!

    I did it last year too, but my family went on a trip to Disney World like right in the middle of November, so I couldn't keep up with it there and gave up. :/

    I WILL actually finish it this year, though. I'm determined. Both books of your sound really interesting! Did you work on them after NaNo, too?

    The quantity not quality but not just jibberish has been difficult, haha. It's so easy to just write in a million adjectives and adverbs and call it a done job, or just skim through it with no purpose/quality whatsoever. I guess I'll see how I did once I'm done! :)


  3. I worked on my fanfiction a lot after NaNo until I found out that it is illegal to write Narnia fanfiction. :oops: =)

    My second one, well, it was exactly what thisv says not to be:
    Con: Targeting a certain amount of words in a certain amount of time does lend itself to manuscripts full of what is called "adjective-padding," "adverb abuse," and what my friend calls "blargh-spackling" - the making up of nonsense words to boost one's wordcount. This really isn't a decent way to do NaNo, especially when even the creators of NaNo try to make it clear that the wordcount isn't the purpose of the organization. If you end up with 50,006 words, 35,629 of which do not aid the plot and 1,885 of which border on blargh-spackling, your month of typing was in vain. What you've ended up with is fluff, not a story. Don't. Blargh-Spackle.

    I dropped the project about six months later.

    I look forward to hearing your report come December!