💻 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day enjoying all your reading & having a wonderful writing process (if you write, of course) ❤️ Today I’m super excited because I’ve come with the first part of a series of posts that I’ll be starting and will last throughout November, where my plan is to share with you all my experience participating for the first time in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), both my good moments and my not so good ones, my writing process, what kind of project I’m working on and simply put all my feelings here to be able to chat a little with you about how I’m feeling and how my progress is going. 😊
I think that sharing my creative process could be something super positive for me, one of my main goals is to be able to learn while also beginning to know myself more deeply as a writer.
With these posts, I hope we can not only talk about my own process, but I’m dying to know everything you can reveal about your own projects, so don’t hesitate to tell me everything about how you’re doing and leave any link to your own writing posts so we can all check them out. We’re going to support each other, that’s the most important thing. 👏🏻
I also want you to know that I’m absolutely open to any type of criticism and above all advice, if it’s with love and respect, everything is welcome, I’m here to grow and learn, so it would be very useful to have all the information & opinions I can. 😍
These Sunday posts will be super informal, in fact, I don’t have any kind of structure designed for them, I like to structure my posts, but this time I’ll go with the flow and with what feels good every week, the important thing is that you’re here to support me and you know that I will always be here to support you. 🥰
I hope you enjoy this mini-series, that it’s something that can serve you in some way too, and that’s it, I LOVE you, thank you for always being there for me & without further ado, LET’S START! 💻
📝 I wrote a little over 21k in total, so far
Well, guys, this week has been wild, and of course, the doubts have finally arisen.
I found myself in that kind of moment when you read what you already wrote and think, what am I doing? LOL
I feel that the first week was much more relaxed for me, maybe because I was already clear about how I wanted the plot of my story to start and develop, but the middle part is difficult, I don’t know which scenes are good, which scenes contribute something and which ones are there just for filling.
Sometimes I read it and I’m like…I really like this, it’s fine, it contributes to the growth of the character and I like how it flows, but then I read another part and I feel like I rush too fast, and I don’t know how to put together the feeling of mystery and suspense that I try to convey.
Then I also have doubts about how much each character should appear and that kind of thing, you know?
But, I think what has me most doubtful is that I don’t know how long I want my book to be, and it’s okay if I want to elaborate more on each story and it’s ok if I want to make it longer, but I’m not sure what I want yet. The thing is … my chapters have around 3,000 words each, do you think that’s a lot? or little? I would love to know.
I don’t want to be here complaining about the process, I mean, I knew it would be a challenge, it’s the first time that I write every day in such an intense way, and at times I recognize that I think I’ll not achieve it, but I want to focus my challenge on much more than writing 50k, especially in learning about myself as a writer, with what I feel comfortable and with what I don’t, and I believe that every doubt that comes to me is in part the growth process itself.
So, for next week I’ll be practicing being kinder to my accomplishments and celebrating every little thing, no matter what it is.
This is so funny because I knew it would happen to me at some point, I’m a perfectionist in everything I do, I’m working on it, I want my brain to learn that not everything can always be perfect and that’s fine. And the truth is, I get along pretty well, but there are still times when I think, OK, I have to go back to the beginning and start correcting everything, and I do it because I can’t help it.
In fact, I’ve figured that I really enjoy the process of correcting and adding things to what I already wrote, I know that it’s not something that I should be doing while I’m supposed to concentrate on the development of the book as such, but I cannot help it at times I just want to do that, it relaxes me and I enjoy it.
Even so, I don’t want to be something that becomes a habit, I want to control myself and be able to move forward without going back so many times.
Sometimes I’m super pleased to have corrected some scenes and added new things and ideas, but it’s not something I want to do often. I think I should focus more on finishing the idea and even work on the ending and then in the future begin to correct, add, and remove things.
So, this week I’ve learned that my brain loves perfection and I have to control that in order to have better progress, I will make it of better quality once I finish the main idea.
So, let’s talk a little about the good things, I think that after working a lot this week in terms of my descriptions of places as such, I have improved a little, so I’m very happy about it, at least I’m a little more pleased with it. I know I still have a lot to improve, but I think I’m on the right track.
I’ve had new ideas too, ideas that fit perfectly with the plot thread, and other ideas that I’m working on which are mostly some details to give the plot more shocking scenes and add some plot twists.
I’m also working on romance, I hadn’t mentioned any of this because it’s still in process, but there’s a bit of romance in my book, I don’t want it to be invasive, but I want it to be a significant complement but not a protagonist. My romance is centered between the main female character and another girl who’s also an important character but who lives on the Island.
I’ve been exploring various horror concepts and working on them a lot, I’ve searched a lot of material and listened to advice from the masters on the genre because although I don’t want it to be the main genre as such, I want it to have disturbing scenes, so I’ve been exploring that and develop some scenes that have me very excited.
Lastly, I’ve been giving more life to my setting, the story takes place in Wisteria, which is an Island with a background of quite disturbing myths and legends, and now inhabited by very superstitious people, but it’s also a beautiful and vibrant place in nature, it has many landscapes in itself, so it’s important for me to give life to all the surroundings.
My Island has a main attraction that’s one of the reasons why it’s so popular in addition to its myths, and it’s the Red Forest, which is in the center of the Island, like its heart, and I’m also working on giving more life to all this.
I don’t think I’m THAT incredible in creating this type of aesthetics lol, but hey, I liked this one and I hope you also like how it looks, anyway I will be sharing more in the future ❤️❤️❤️
CREDITS FOR THE SOURCE OF THE ORIGINAL IMAGE HERE
I hope you’re enjoying these updates and it doesn’t seem like a complete mess lol, because I LOVE sharing with you 🥺
I hope you’re having a great weekend and have an even better week! 😊
🌿 Now it’s your turn to share with me, Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? or Are you writing & tell me, How is that going? I want to know everything, I can’t wait to chat with you in the comments. 🌿