Is what I have tentatively named the flashback part of book 1 which I still have yet to finish even though I had all these plans to, and I am down to my last 10 days before school starts up again. In order for me to finish I would need to accomplish a chapter a day and that’s just if my guess of having 10 chapters left is true, however I suspect it is a little bit more. So what have I been doing this month that has prevented me from writing for three weeks? I have not been without accomplishment. I studied hard for exams and came away with a whopping 87% on my creative writing final boosting my first term final grade for that class to 83% and finishing with an A-. As long as I can hold that during second term I will actually make it into the 2nd year writing program! I also painted 2 canvas’ for Christmas presents. An Alice: Madness Returns for my brother and a Legend of Zelda: OoT for my parents.
My family came to visit me the weekend before Christmas, which was both fun and over much too quickly. I miss them terribly. I have been feeling out of sorts for the last week, sleeping way too much and eating way too much, as if my body is trying to make up energy it is lacking, although I’m not sure why. It’s made me feel extremely unproductive though, and I haven’t been able to do much of anything. It was like, I completed NaNoWriMo, finished all my final projects, studied for exams, finished 2 paintings and crashed. Crashed in a very hard way. I am forcing my way back out of it now, and hopefully I’ll be back to my normal self soon.
We’ve spent the last couple days visiting my in-laws for Christmas and it has also been nice to see them since we haven’t visited since September. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in 2014, and if it’s anything like 2013 it will involve some even bigger life changes than this year. This is my December update. I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas, Hanukkah, winter solstice or whatever you celebrate! And in case I don’t get another post in here I am wishing you all a wonderful New Year!! May it hold many good things and exciting new adventures, I know mine will!
Looking up the definition for “Character” it simply states “A fictional person”. Everyone KNOWS this, but somehow it resonated with me. This is certainly not conducive to studying for my writing final, which I should be doing right now, but to simply state Character as a fictional person seems so… wrong, even though that’s what they are. They aren’t real, not in this physical realm of the five senses at least.
I can have whole conversations with characters, trying to flesh them out and find out who they are and they become intimate beings, separate but inherently part of me. They are not me, I cannot control them, they make their own decisions, have their own thoughts, fears, dreams, wants, needs. In the sense of what make people, people, they are all those things, but their bodies do not have flesh and bone in a literal sense, they are but words on a page.
A character is not real. But to me, the solitary writer, most days, they are my only friends.
In April, after having finished the first round of edits in my first book, I had asked myself what I would be able to write if I did not need to spend 12hrs a day, 4 days a week at a full time job. And this month I answered that question. I still had full time school, and other life commitments, but I managed to write every day and I have since accomplished in 30 days what I can’t imagine ever accomplishing again. I officially have the first draft of my prequel book, and it is finished at 69, 544 words. That is over 2000 words longer than my first draft for book 1. And to think, I was originally only going to write it as a tiny novella!
I feel like the prequel will expand quite a bit still. I had to cut out some details from the last chapter in an effort to finish the book before the end of NaNo, but it officially has an ending written so I’m calling it done for now and I can go back and edit some more details come January. My last day of official classes is tomorrow (Monday) and then I will be on holidays until January 6th. I technically have 3 exams, but I won’t be stuck in a classroom every week, so I’m not counting those. I think I will take a couple days off, let me brain refresh itself and then I’m hoping to get back into book 1. The poor thing has been so neglected since the beginning of June when this adventure first started.
It bugs me that I only have ten chapters left to finish. My goal is to have them finished by the end of December. Even with Christmas, I’m sure I can do it! I’ll have a lot of people encouraging me, mainly my dad who has been patiently waiting to read the thing for oh, I don’t know, eleven months now hahaha. So to all my NaNo-ers, congratulations on your accomplishment this month! Even if you didn’t reach 50,000 words, every book has a beginning, and every chapter counts, so you are a winner in my books!