Surviving the NaNoWriMo Train and How To Get Left Behind- NaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap!


Hello guys! Here is my weekly NaNoWriMo recap and what a week it had been! I swear I thought I wouldn’t survive the beating NaNoWriMo servered up. But somehow it’s Sunday and I survived. I survived.

So Monday started okay I think and so did Tuesday but it was on Wednesday everything went to high hell. I just couldn’t write. Anything. At all. I was still writing my first kind of info dumping part and it was forcing me into a writing block. So you know what, I just skipped over all of that snd went to a refreshing and completely different part of my story and I was able to catch up on 3000 words (I was down by 7000).

So by tomorrow, I should still be down by 4000 words but there will still be another weekend to catch up then. If I stay ontop of the 1667 words a day, then I’ll be okay.

Another thing I have to comment on is that how my characters literally hate me. My story is taking so weird turns and I don’t know if I should steer my story into the write direction or just let it roll. Someone help.

Weekly Word Count: 21,011

Good luck to all of my fellow writers! Remember- we can do this!

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

Scraping The Muse Barrel- NaNoWriMo Week 1 Recap!

Hey guys, I hope your Sunday is brilliant, I am currently slaving away on some Biology homework which forces me to write a lot more than I would even write in English! And as you might probably tell I changed my theme of my blog. I think I just wanted something clearer and lighter, so picked this cute theme. Tell me down below if you like it or not because you’re the ones who will have to see it!

But today’s post isn’t about me failing at life, but me failing at NaNoWriMo (sort of). I have decided to write my story into three parts and I am still on the first part of my first part (I hope that makes sense). Two more days and then I should be on the more interesting parts of my story.

Weekly Word Count: 13, 414 words

So currently I am on top of my NaNoWriMo game! I am seriously shocked by this because yesterday was a really bad day for me.

Now even though I missed the word count by 200 words yesterday, that wasn’t the problem. I think I hit a writer’s block, or really tripped on pieces of a writers block. I was writing well for a few minutes but then I just could write anything after. It was super hard to write and I just couldn’t bring myself to even write the 200 words I needed make the word count. Six hundred worlds before that I was writing utter crap. I was on a scene that I really didn’t expect or want to write. The characters were doing there own thing and I couldn’t write to compensate that.

I went to bed feeling frustrated and defeated. 200 words was all I had to write and I couldn’t even write a sentence more.

I woke up today and didn’t write anything, I wanted to distance myself from the crap I wrote just yesterday.

Why couldn’t I just have a break for one day from NaNo? I am kind of ashamed to say I was thinking so negatively even though I just missed the word count by 200 words, but I was. I wasn’t going to give up though, I just need to have a break. And I did, for the whole  day until I sat myself in front of my google docs page and forced myself to write my 1667 words and an extra 200.

I did it to cut a long story short and I think that little stumble has made me realise something; I can’t expect to only give myself an hour at the end of the day and come out with something brilliant because I won’t. I do need to give myself more time and take off some pressure I have on myself. NaNoWriMo should be fun!

Next week is a new week anyway and there are only three weeks to go! I feel like I am having a bigger realisation now about writing in general, but I won’t disclose that yet.

Good luck to all of my fellow writers out there and keep the faith! WE CAN DO THIS!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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October Wrap Up + November TBR!

Happy 1st November! I think we can officially start counting down until Christmas! I hope your reading month was brilliant and enriching, please link below your Wrap Ups and TBRs so that I have something to read while doing NaNoWriMo!


Here is my October Wrap Up first!

It felt like a lifetime ago since I read the Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, but I did and my review is here!


After that I completed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which I loved reading! The review is also here.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was next and this book smashed my feels pieces them back together and then smashed them again. Meaning, this book was brilliant! Review here.

Town of evening calm, Country of cherry blossoms was a lovely read and first graphical novel I read in a long time! If you want to check out the review click here!

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I read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell guys. And I liked, not loved it, but still thoroughly enjoyed it I believe. You know the drill, the review is here.

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And then guess what? I read Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and it was kiss ass awesome! I LOVED IT SO MUCH THE SEQUEL NEEDS TO BE IN MY HANDS NOW! If you want more coherent thoughts the review is right here.

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Though Shadow and Bone wasn’t as polished and clean as Six Of Crows it was still awesome and I can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy. Review.

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I made quick with Spinner by Tabi Card which was a e-copy of a book sent to me for review! A lovely fast paced read! Review.

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The final book I read for October was the Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. A review to come soon but it was a really solid book in my opinion.


November TBR time!

And my pile is going to be extremely short, but don’t worry it’s just because of NaNoWriMo. I’m going to try to write loads at the start so that I’m not panicking at the end, but hopefully I get to read throughout the month anyway.

So, I need to finish off Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.


Also today I started reading Maus by Art Spigelman and I am loving it! It should be finished soon, so there’s another review for all of you!


And hopefully I will get to More Than This by Patrick Ness which people have been telling me is great.


And that’s all because I don’t want to promise anything that I can’t deliver.

So to summarise I have had a great month with reading for October, but it will be on the back burner while in November.

Remeber to link all your TBRs and Wrap Ups below and I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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My NaNoWriMo Story- NaNoWriMo #6

Firstly, good luck to all of the NaNoWriMos who have already started this great feat! 

  
So NaNoWriMo is like less that four hours away and I am totally freaking out. But before I hide myself away, I at least owe you lovely readers a blog post kind of telling what all of my five blog posts are based on, the story they are based on.

Now in advance, my blog posts and time in my blogsphere are going to be limited but I am going to try my absolute hardest to blog more or less regularly. It feels like I have been a little distant with the blogging world, but I swear if I have a spare ten minuets between passing out from exhaustion and eating a chocolate bar I will be blogging (and doing homework and trying to socialise and reading).

Without further ado here is my NaNo novel…

The Enchanted

 Ophelia is an Enchantress, meaning she can control on of the four elements the world depends on. In Taibria Enchanters are to be locked away as they threaten the easy routine of the Taibrian people.

After she creates a deadly forest fire, Ophelia is taken away and kept under lock and key in a high security prison for the rest of her life…well that’s until she is kidnapped by he most powerful Enchanter from the rival kingdom Arbius three years later- to be used as a war weapon.

But what Ophelia doesn’t know is that she’ll be making a lot of dangerous foes along her way and and not everyone can be trusted, including her own mind sometimes.

Rosalie on the other hand is a bored princess and Enchantress for there is no adventure for the future heir of the Kingdom of Elium. That’s until a non magical with a stubborn persona and driven mind catches her eye. 

Suddenly her life is turned on it’s head when she has to escape a Taibrian invasion leaving only with her hot fury for revenge and a snarky non magical.

As their lives cross and entwine not everyone will be able to survive the upcoming war that threatens to destroy life as anyone knows it. 

…..there it is. I know I know I’m crap at summaries but oh well!

I would love to become your writing buddy so just click here to go to my profile on my NaNoWriMo page if you want to too!

It’s really likely in not going to be at a laptop at the strike of twelve so my phone is my laptop for the time being. I will try to do regular posts about my NaNo journey but don’t hold me account to that! 

Um there’s nothing to say but good luck and remember this is just fun! And tell me about your stories in the comments!

Oh and happy Halloween 🙂

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

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