How I've Prepared for NaNoWriMo 2020!

Monday, October 26, 2020

As I just decided that I wanted to blog about my NaNoWriMo journey this year, I thought that it would make the most sense to talk about how I'm preparing for this month long journey! 

I shared the basics of my story in this post. In this post I want to go into details about how I've been preparing for NaNoWriMo. 

The Plot

I've been writing since I was 10 years old and I've basically always needed a plot to write. I've tried to be a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of their pants and not a lot of planning) but it hasn't worked for me. I like to have an outline that gives me the major plot points with enough room to change things as necessary. 

The first thing I do is use a bullet point list of any and all scenes I can come up with. I usually have the beginning, the main climax and the ending by the time my synopsis is written. I also create a separate list of scenes I'd like in my story but don't know where it fits in.   

After that, I flesh out the rest to have a better story. I've been using the 15 beat sheet outline method from Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder and Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. I got both books at the beginning of the year to help me plot my stories. 

The Writing Tools/Software

Pen + Paper 
Specifically, blue Papermate Profile 1.4 pens and college ruled composition notebooks. I am pen and paper gal so I can never truly write any story without it. I love these pens so much that I have about ten extras at all times. I have a very bad memory and handwriting things helps me remember better. It's not perfect, and it obviously makes it hard to count my words, but I'd much rather get all of the words down versus not. 

Scrivener 
When I won Camp NaNoWriMo, I was able to get a half off code for Scrivener so I jumped at the chance. While I do hand write most of my story, I do type up my stories. 

Google Docs 
I'm using Google Docs for voice to text annotations. I find it a lot easier than typing out everything I've written. As this is NaNoWriMo, I don't care as much about punctuation so I go with what little the software can capture. 

My Bullet Journal 
I don't think I've ever talked about my BuJo on this blog but I've really fallen in love with it. I don't do a lot of the pretty, decorative planning but I pulled out all sorts of stickers for me to keep track of how many words I've written. 

Other Things 

Snacks
Flamin' Hot Cheetos, coffee (frozen and cold brew), water, and a few Indian snacks that I always like to have. I think that I'm also going to get myself a few Starbucks coffees as rewards. 

Rest days
I'm really trying to get a head start at the beginning of the month when I know that my excitement for the story is going to be at it's peak. I want to take a few rest days. We have Diwali on the 14th, my dad's birthday some time after that, and of course, Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving really isn't all that big for us Diwali is one of the most auspicious days for Hindus. Now that my family lives all over the place, when we come together for Diwali, it's going to be especially amazing. 

I'm really hoping that all of this is enough for me to win NaNoWriMo this year. That's my biggest goals for this year. I want to write this story as it comes to me. 
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All About My 2020 NaNoWriMo Story!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

I am so excited to not only announce that I am participating in National Novel Writing Month this year, but I am also sharing more information about the story I'll be writing. I created a mock cover for this story. It's a simple one I created on Canva just for the fun of it. I'm trying very hard to get myself motivated to write this story and win NaNoWriMo this year.


Genre: 
Romance 

Sub-genre: 
Contemporary 

Age category: 
Adult 

Tropes: 
second chance romance, friends to lovers, single dad, grumpy hero 

Setting: 
Arden, Colorado

Setting details: 
A small, fictional town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains close to Aspen, Colorado. Essentially a tourist town due to its proximity to Aspen. It's closer to the mountains with incredibly beautiful views. 

Synopsis:
Suhana Rathore feels like her life has come to a standstill after everything in my life goes wrong. Now that her ex-boyfriend is getting married, her mother continues to hound her to get married, and her job announces that it's closing, Suhana is ready for a change.

When her aunt invites her to come to Colorado for a time, Suhana jumps at the chance. But when she meets her high school boyfriend again, she realizes that she can't continue to run away from her life. 

That's about all the information I have to share. The synopsis isn't all that good but it's what sparked the initial idea. All of my ideas come as synopsis, with at least my main character name and usually the main conflict. I've been using the Save the Cat (and the Save the Cat: Writes a Novel) beat sheet to help me outline, but I'll talk more about that in another post. 
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A Little Life Update

Thursday, October 22, 2020

I was really hoping that I could avoid making this post but I figured I owed an explanation about what's been going on here. As y'all can see, my Halloween movies series fizzled and burned out before it truly began. I should've known that would happen considering I'm not the biggest Halloween fan. Either way, life got in the way

I've been on the hunt for a job since July, after my company officially closed its doors. I found a job, and really enjoyed it, but I wasn't getting enough hours to make the job worth my time. It was a very difficult decision. I'm so fortunate that my parents allow me to live at home rent free but that has taken a toll on us. I want to be able to help my parents with the mortgage for our home and I can't do that without a job. I was finally able to find another job (well, I will be working part time with an old company) and I am happy with that.

On another note, I have decided that I will be participating in NaNoWriMo 2020. For those of you who might not know, National Novel Writing Month occurs every November. The basic goal for NaNo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I say basic, however, because people change and modify the goals to suit their needs. I am very excited about this story and I'm excited to begin writing.

However, and this is a big however, my overall goal is to once again prepare to take the LSAT in 2021, hopefully in April. It'll be my second time taking the test and I really want to do well on it. I didn't do all that well with my first score and it essentially left me feeling defeated. After a lot (and I mean A LOT) of reflection, I have decided that pursuing a law degree (specifically a JD) is what I want to do. Above the the job and NaNoWrimo is going to be my preparation for this test.

While I'm taking a full break from blogging on my book blog, I have decided that I'll be taking y'all with me on this journey of writing this book, studying for the LSAT, and just my life in general. I have been getting back into tarot and oracle card readings (I'm so excited for this) and I have been told over and over again that I need to take btter care of myself. I need get back into the enthusiasm of child me and get excited about life. Maybe I'll take in depth about my journey with all of this.

Either way, I'm excited for the next few months. I am trying to believe in myself and my abilities as much as possible.
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A Disney Halloween: Halloweentown

Thursday, October 1, 2020

I am not a fan of scary things. I don't like horror or even thriller movies. Don't give me ghosts or anything supernatural or paranormal. October and Halloween can be really bas for me because I get scared easily. However, I love watching children's and family oriented Halloween movies. They're the perfect amount of scary and fun. And thus, when I was planning my content for October, I decided to do a series where I watch Disney Halloween movies. This series is not sponsored by Disney. 

Today's movie is:   

I remember when we finally got Disney Channel and I was able to watch this movie every Halloween as a kid. I knew that the first movie I wanted to watch for this month had to be this movie. Not only for Debbie Reynolds, but also all of the nostalgia involved. It's been such a big part of my childhood. I learned English watching these movies. 

    <>Released on: Disney Channel
    <>Release date: October 17, 1998 
    <>Available to stream on Disney+

    CAST
    <>Debbie Reynolds as Agatha “Aggie” Cromwell
    <>Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie Piper
    <>Judith Hoag as Gwen Piper
    <>Joey Zimmerman as Dylan Piper
    <>Emily Roeske as Sophie Piper
    <>Phillip Van Dyke as Luke
    <>Robin Thomas as Kalabar
    • I love Halloween for the candy and I loved dressing up when I was younger 
    • Going trick or treating was one of my favorite new adventures with moving to the US as a kid
    • Dylan is such a great character and I love him so much; I remember thinking he was hilarious as a kid
    • I didn't know what a big deal Debbie Reynolds was as a kid and had no idea that she was Carrie Fisher's mother. It's so emotional watching these movies now, after she's gone, to see just what an incredible force she truly was. 
    • "My story is about a magical place where many different sorts of creatures live in peace." "Like Cleveland?" 
    • Listen, the ability to go to an entirely new place as a kid--one that's fictional and magical and a little bit weird--was the best thing for me as a kid. I want to go there even more now. 
    • I love that the bus that takes them to Halloweentown is a yellow school bus. Why does this remind me of the Magic School Bus? 
    • Wow, it's wild to see how much our technology has changed over the years. I remember being a kid and being blown away by all of the special effects but they look so aged now. None of us would ever be so open to watching a movie today with effects that were so aged. 
    • The costumes are so great, oh my gosh, I love them all. I wonder what a kid watching this movie now would think about it. 
    • "I'm something of a big cheese around here." Is this what's considered a great comparison for this time period? 
    • I want to fly on a broomstick! 
    • God, that scary flying creature thing in the movie theater scared me so badly. 
    • Ha, I love that they sent the dog after the skeleton. 
    • Sophie is the cutest! I love that she's always so observant and catches onto things her older siblings miss. 
    • Y'all ever just think about the fact that we leave children to do so much of the heavy lifting in these kinds of movies? 
    • I remember how shocked I was as a kid when Kalabar was revealed to be the bad guy. It was such a fun twist for kids. 
    • Aw, that cheesy ending is so much fun. I love that Marnie is able to get the talisman into the pumpkin just in time. 
    • I also never realized the idea of good versus evil and light versus dark. It's so obvious yet so much fun. 
    • I also love that the strongest witches were the matriarch's of their families. 
    • So, I've learned a lot over the years that goblins with large noses and ears can be anti-Semitic so I wonder if that's the case here. I don't think this aspect of the movie would hold up now. 

    I really enjoyed watching this movie again, after so many years, as an adult. It really brought back the nostalgia of this entire series. It's so incredible to remember how little I knew about Halloween as a child because this wasn't something I had grown up with. I will always love and appreciate how entertainment helped me learn English, understand certain aspects of the culture in the United States, and what a fun experience it all was.   
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