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Hi, everyone! I attempted to write a novel in a month and I won in the first try! Here is the proof:

Congrats to everyone who won and if you “lost” remember that the real prize of NaNo and its sister Camp is your novel that you worked hard to create!

In the meantime you’re welcome to visit my newest blog, which is where I post my stories. I will post my Camp novel there shortly. Come by and say hi!

Camp NaNoWriMo Participants

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To my surprise and delight I discovered that I didn’t have to wait until November to enter a prestigious writing competition. I was driving myself mad with the waiting because I’d essentially finished plotting and making character profiles and I had nothing to stimulate me until then.
Fortunately I discovered Camp NaNoWriMo. I was relieved because I don’t much to do in August other than attending one class in one day for four days of the week and piano lessons. The writing bug has bitten me again and I’ve been writing at any chance that I can, including during seminars and classes. Now I have something to test my writing abilities.
Of course I am aiming to win but I’m not going to make a big deal out of it. There is always November and next year. I have plenty of story ideas (though they don’t have the potential to be turned into novels) to keep me busy. I’ve only told a few people of my plans for August so that I won’t be pressured by other people asking how I’m doing with my novel.
Below is the book and pen that I plan to use. The book is of A4 size, has 200 pages and has silky paper. The paper is lined with thin grey lines spaced at 8 mm. There are thirty lines per page and the book is stitch-bound. My mum bought it for me at the mall just when I was getting into pretty notebooks. The pen is Standard B-Gel with a 0.7 tip. I chose black ink because I’m using blue ink for my journal at the moment.
To August’s participants, good luck! Don’t worry about much. Just strive to get the words out. Happy camping!

NaNoWriMo 2012 – Update

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I have written complete profiles for the characters of my NaNo novel, including their favourite foods, drinks and colours. They might not be relevant to the story but I think that it’s important to know your characters’ traits inside and outside, especially when writing for a crazy event such as NaNo where you are under time and word constraints.
I’ve decided to use loose-leaf folio paper to write my novel in. This is so I don’t have to worry about running out of or wasting paper because of the pre-set number of pages. I may add more pages as appropriate. I have designed the cover of the makeshift novel and written the dedication as well. I keep the novel in my folder that I take to school every day.
The working title of my novel is “Friendships”. This is the first word of the entire title. The story is based on the plot of the fan fiction that I wrote several years ago. I have yet to fix the tiny holes but will do so before November.
How is your preparation for NaNoWriMo going? And, if you aren’t participating, what’s keeping you from it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

One Step Closer to Becoming an Author

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I came up with this idea while planning out my NaNoWriMo 2012 novel. Once I finish editing and polishing it, I’ll convert it into PDF form and upload it to this blog for the whole world to read.

This may not be a good idea, as my friend suggests, because other people can come to steal it and then pose it as their own. But what matters to me more is that my own original work, and not fan fiction, is out and published (without the hassles of publishing ;p). What I truly want from readers is feedback on how I can better my story-telling and writing skills.

If someone steals my novel from me, I’ll do my best to disprove their ownership. I can provide hard evidence that is the notebooks that I’ve used to write that novel, with my handwriting, and my NaNoWriMo certificate (if I manage to win this year). But I’d read the comments that the thief’s readers have given and use them.

The notebook that I'm planning to use for NaNoWriMo 2012

 This blog may not have many readers yet as other stationery blogs but I’ll do my best to provide new, interesting, content of the world from my point of view. And to those who are following this blog already, thank you. You have my token of appreciation and gratitude.

Planning for NaNoWriMo 2012

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I just turned Owen, my beloved laptop, on for the purpose of writing this post. After this I’m going back to writing.

Last night I was planning my NaNoWriMo story because I couldn’t sleep. As I wrote with my favourite gel pen, which had blue ink, on the lined pages, flipping them over so that I could write more, this thrill grew inside of me. I suddenly can’t wait to write this story to see how it would play out. I regret that I didn’t come up with this plot sooner, when I could have participated in the competition last year. Now I have nine months and around two weeks to wait.

Along with that thrill came an epiphany. I suddenly knew what I want to be when I grow up. An author! It would fulfill what I’d always dreamed of! And now that I’ve discovered the joy of writing on paper, I can now concentrate on writing full-time to reach my dream!

I was so happy about this revelation because after I quit my childhood ambition of becoming a flight attendant for being too-reliant on aesthetics, I was in limbo, unsure of what I wanted to be. I failed every subject that I was taking because I didn’t see the point of graduating if I didn’t have a clear view of where I was going in life.

To me you must do what you love in order to earn money. Even if it’s a job that is generally low-paying, if you are enthusiastic about it, then it will pay you back. So many authors fail to get published, but that doesn’t deter me because I love writing.

I just hope that during these nine months (I’m essentially pregnant with a story) I don’t make unnecessary additions to the plot, thus complicating it for the readers and myself.