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Slow Hopping

It’s pretty obvious that Plotting Bunnies has gotten quieter in the last month. Those weekly posts I promised aren’t so weekly anymore. So the first thing I’m going to do is apologise for the absence! Next thing I’m going to do is present my excuses.

1) I got a casual job! So thrilled about that. I work 2-3 days in a retail store with some kickass coworkers and love every bit of it. Double love for the money :P

2) I’m spiraling down into exam period in a couple of weeks. In fact, I did my last two assignments the night before they were due. One word to describe how I feel about end of semester exams? Pretty screwed… wait, that was two words.

3) I started driving lessons! Yes, yes, I know. Turning twenty next month and only starting to get serious about driving. Trust me, it was for the greater good. But I love driving, no matter how many heart attacks I give my passengers.

So yeah! I’ve been so busy lately with not much time to myself. I haven’t worked on my novel all month – but I have been thinking deeply about it! It actually helps to have more time to think about it. Sometimes the story just isn’t ready to be told. When it is, we’ll know.

It’s been busy but I still love writing and I still love sharing that love with you guys. There’s so much backlog of cool stuff I want to post! While it may be quiet around here, I’m still here! Still reading all the comments, still forgetting to reply and still mentally composing blog posts that have traffic-jammed themselves at my fingers. Things will pick up after exams, pinky promise.

Happy writing!
Christine

P.S. Having a job makes your savings look 7x handsomer :P

P.P.S. I’m super excited because I just commissioned an artist to draw one of my characters! Can’t wait to see the final result!

✎ Writing prompts (Week 18)

1

They asked her which planet she wanted to live on next.

2

Selfish.

3

“Did you hear what they’re saying about the old post office?”

4

It was the last thing he wanted to see.

5

One of your characters is handmaking a gift for another character. What are they making, why and do they end up giving them the present?

6

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2013 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Calendar

An essential calendar for your scary venture into NaNoWriMo 2013! Generously made by Melora Johnson, this sweet calendar has quotes, reminders and the good old daily word count. Who wouldn’t love to have this on their wall?

Melora Johnson's Muse

Here it is folks – a calendar of quotes and inspiration with your daily word count goals for NaNoWriMo.  We’ve still got a month and a half so start day dreaming about what you want to write now!

I’m going to attach the calendar full size but you will probably have to click on it to really see the image clearly.

2013NaNoWriMoCalendar

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Are you writing?

It’s that time of the year again. Standing at the bottom of the mountain, staring up at that endless summit with your ‘50,000 words’ flag clenched anxiously in your hand. There’s less than one month until NaNoWriMo, folks!

Let’s rehash – what is NaNoWriMo? Why, it’s National Novel Writing Month, an online event held every year where writers do what they do best: write – and lots of it. The goal is to write 50,000 words in November, which comes to about 1,667 words a day. It’s a monstrous challenge for most, a walk in the park for some and pretty worthwhile for everyone involved. The best part is, you don’t really lose out if you don’t make the 50,000 words. Even if you only got 5,000 words in, that’s 5,000 words you didn’t have before and that’s not counting any inspiring epiphanies you might’ve had in the process.

Oh wait, I lied. That’s not the best best part – which is, of course, that it’s free! And the best best best part is you’re not alone. The forums are always bursting with activity, from day-to-day chats, to Wrimos answering each other’s research questions, to adopting pet names. It’s a great atmosphere to be in.

… Now here’s where I get booed off stage for admitting I probably won’t be taking part in this awesome ordeal this year. I’d really love to! Camp NaNo was great (even if I did make a mad rush in the last 24 hours). I’ve got exams and work going on in November, and my preparation for my novel isn’t really mature yet. BUT! I’m certainly going to be doing a little writing challenge of my own! To be honest, I will probably never have the right timing and speed to hit 50,000 words while I’m a student. So my goals are usually smaller. Maybe I’ll try for 750 words a day. I might even sign up for NaNoWriMo despite not being in the same race – the atmosphere might give me a boost! I don’t know what I’ll be doing specifically but I do know one thing – in November, I’m going to write.

Which is probably what some of you do every day anyway. So why did I make this post?

Because I haven’t been doing much of it. Writing, that is. I’ve been really bad with progress lately, being so busy with uni and my new job… and taking naps… and playing Skyrim… and watching anime… and telling myself I will write tomorrow. It feels like I’ve hit a motivational rut for everything, not just writing. The only good thing that came out of it was realising I’m probably not the only one with this dilemma. We all get stuck sometimes. Realising we’re stuck is the first step. Pulling yourself out of it is a downright sprint.

That’s why I really hope you guys will consider joining NaNoWriMo this year, or making a solid writing goal for yourself. To anyone who is suffering a bout of laziness, demotivation or a plain period of busy life, I just wanted to tell you that I’m right there with you! And that in the slowest, laziest way possible, I’m gradually dragging myself out of it. I just needed a big push of willpower. And I’m not saying I’m back on track (because I’m pretty sure I’m still way south of it), but I’ve got a novel that I can’t bear to leave unrealised. I’m quite terrified of never finishing it by the time I die. I am that unbelievably unproductive. I admit it.

My belief is that if you create a character, they trust you to tell their story. They can get tired of being let down time after time, just like us. Maybe one day they’ll leave us, their good for nothing creators. You never know when that day is just around the corner, so get writing! NaNoWriMo is a beacon of what any writer would love to achieve. But don’t give up just because you think, or even know, that you can’t do it. Just get as far as you can. There’s a story itching in those fingers that only you can tell – you, one in 7 billion. No one else will be able to write the same story with the same plot, the same characters, the same development and the same writing style – not even if you told someone to ghost write it for you. Now that’s a thought!

Dear writers,

You have a world in your hands. Don’t drop it.

Happy writing,
Christine

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