In Which I Talk About A Cute Anime Jerk

I’ve got 22 days left to write a book that I haven’t even started. It’s that time of the year…

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Yaaay…

I’m scared.

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Goodbyes and Creativity Time (November Goals)

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In the final days of October, Giovanni and I squeezed in as much time together as we could before I go to Washington for the month. This is the longest time we’ve spent apart since working together, let alone dating. Besides snuggling and binge watching Scream, we took a spontaneous trip to Berkeley (known as the most vegan-friendly city in USA – is it true? I don’t know).

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The Future of My Books (Part 1)

My story, G.D. (initials), started back in seventh grade, and I completed two books and started a third. I stopped writing regularly until freshman year, when I revamped the story and started typing it up, opposed to keeping it scribbled in numerous journals. On and off I added to the draft, until senior year sent the story souring with NaNoWriMo. I won, but the 50k seemed to only mark halfway into the story. Today, G.D. is at a dribbling pace. I broke the hiatus with the first days of July’s CampNaNo but haven’t dabbled with it since.

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My 2014 NaNo Mad Libs (Camp NaNoWriMo)

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July 2014, Camp NaNoWriMo’s editorial director, Tim Kim, created a pep talk in the form of a Mad Libs game.

What are “Mad Libs”? Mad Libs are a word game in which you have a story filled with numberous blanks directing the player(s) to pick an adjective, noun, verb, etc., and thus create a funnier (and/or stranger!) story.

To celebrate the anniversary of my favorite pep talk, I wanted to share my Mad Libs and give you the chance to fill out your own, be it again or the first time! Post your Mad Libs in the comments or share it on your blog (and link me so I can read it!).

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Is Quitting The Best Choice? (Camp NaNoWriMo)

Since 2014, I have gleefully participated in November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but since winning 2014, the fuel of my NaNo fire only leaks out. NaNoWriMo is an event full of support, challenges, exercise of discipline, and, most importantly, fun. Yet it hasn’t been much fun for me since last year’s November run or the following camps.

I don’t do well under pressure, and, well… NaNoWriMo comes with plenty of pressure: a giant, looming deadline all month long. Balancing my struggles with deadlines and other life commitments I floundered to keep up with already (college, my relationship, family, a new job, sleeping, eating…), I didn’t do well. And I found it difficult to look at what I did accomplish instead of what I didn’t. I felt like a failure.

As any writer will tell me, this is what it means to be a writer. NaNoWriMo may have pressure, but if I ever want to be a published author, I have to learn to live under deadlines. Writing is not the only aspiration with a deadline either. The world is filled with deadlines. Everyone’s life has a deadline… and that’s the one deadline we shouldn’t stress about. Back to my point, I never want to give up on NaNoWriMo, but I also don’t want to participate when it stops being fun. Once more, however, any writer will tell me that writing is not always fun… as a writer myself, I can definitely nod my head. Writing isn’t always fun. BUT, when it is, all that self-doubt and running through water is worth it. When writing is fun, magic happens between the storyteller and the story.

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#strugglingcollegestudents (CampNaNoWriMo Prep)

 

For whatever reason, I always miss April’s camp session. The first year (2013), I might have been too burned out by NaNoWriMo, or I just had no idea what “camp” was. In 2014, I forgot, and in 2015, I remembered too late and instead decided to wait for July (which did not lead to any successes either).

I don’t feel all that prepared for April 2016, but it’s March 23rd and I’m thinking about it, so… that’s as prepared as I’ve ever been. My desire to write has bloomed in the course of my first year in college, and I understand more than ever that in order to get myself anywhere in writing, I need to write. And I want to. Writing is difficult, but I love it. So here I am, a college student fluttering in a tornado with a goal to stay afloat. Besides, there is never a consequence in trying NaNo.

Moments ago, I submitted a cabinmate request in the forums and hope to get some fellow college students interested in joining me on this adventure. At first I felt extremely intimated by putting myself out there as a cabin leader, unsure if my schedule and my tornado-fluttering could deal with it all, but then I realized I didn’t have to go through my experience alone… I can surround myself with people who are experiencing the same trials! I never understood the true purpose and beauty of cabins until now, and I’m grateful for NaNoWriMo thinking all these things thru and providing us with these great opportunities.

I look forward to (hopefully) meeting new writers and college students and acting as a brave and fearless leader for my new friends! I want us to be a team, so I will work as hard as I can for my cabinmates and myself.

My fingers are crossed for an emotional, successful, and fun April.

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