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NaNoWriMo Day #2: Earning the Secret Noveling Badge at a Baby Shower

Thumb Under your desk. In a public bathroom stall. On a horse. If you’ve “noveled” someplace you probably shouldn’t have, give yourself this badge.

Okay.

So, I knew I wasn’t going to get much writing done on Day Two. I had a baby shower to go to. A party for my boyfriend’s father’s best friend’s son’s pregnant girlfriend. Couldn’t make this up even if I tried. How I even got invited to this baby shower is still a mystery to me.

Anyways, no judging, but it wasn’t the most exciting baby shower. The mother-to-be didn’t even get around to opening presents. And there were no games like “measure the belly” or “guess how many diapers are in the jar” or whatever.

While hanging out with my boyfriend’s family was fun, and while all things baby made my biological clock wiggle, I still needed something to pass the time. So, I may have done some NaNoWriMo writing on my phone, next to blue balloons and confetti and a very curious boyfriend who kept trying to sneak a peak at my work. I only got about 700-800 words done on Day Two. Which means I’m already behind, but I’m planning to do some catching up on Day Three.


Does writing at a baby shower count as secret noveling? What badges have you earned? And how is NaNoWriMo treating you guys so far?

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo Day #1: “Where Do I Even Start?”

I’ll admit, it’s a slow start. Really does feel like the first day of school after a long, lazy summer. Feels a lot like last year, when I started NaNoWriMo 2017.

Not going to lie, but I did have a moment where I was like “Fudge, where do I even start?” I have a bad habit of trying to tackle everything at once. Don’t worry, I’m working on it. I do have about 2,000 words so far. I’m hoping to get back into the rhythm of writing daily soon. Starting a new routine is always challenging.

Even though there’s first day jitters, I’m committed to the reaching the 50,000 word goal.

Good luck to all the writers participating in NaNoWriMo.


Wanna be buddies? Find me at LadyJabberwocky on the NaNo website. (I’m assuming that’s how it works)

How are the first days of NaNoWriMo treating you guys? Let me know in the comments.

Leave Your Questions for Q&A Celebrating 100 followers

Lovebugs!

I’m incredibly excited.

I’m creeping up on 100 followers. Which, I can’t believe is actually happening. Never thought I’d get to five followers, let alone a hundred.

Seriously, thank you to every follower and comment, I appreciate your support very much.

To celebrate, I will be hosting a Q and A, where you can ask me anything. Writer related, nerd related, personal life related, I mean anything. This lady is an open book.

Got a burning questions? Leave it in the comments below. And when I officially hit 100 followers, I will give a shout out to your blog and answer your questions. Looking forward to hearing from you guys!



Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

Starting Prep for NaNoWriMo: Learning from Past Mistakes

So, I’m starting my NaNoWriMo prep a bit differently than most.

Last year, I participated in National Novel Writing Month, the challenge for writers to write 50,000 words in one month. And last year, I failed that challenge. Don’t cry for me, Argentina. Despite not reaching my goal, I still learned a lot about myself as a writer. That experience lit a fire under me, and I’m happy I tried NaNoWriMo. With November right around the corner, I’m ready to try again.

I’m incredibly critical of myself. And an incurable perfectionist. In previous blog posts, I made notes for improvement on my writing during November. Today, I’m tackling the mistakes I made during my last NaNoWriMo run head on. Here are, what I consider to be, my weak points, and my plans for improvement. (Cue the demise of my self-esteem)

Stop Trying to be Perfect

Remember when I said I am an incurable perfectionist? I wasn’t kidding. Last NaNoWriMo, I feel like I did not let myself free write because one bad sentence was nagging at me. Or the ideal phrasing wasn’t immediately coming to mind. And then there’s that self-doubt that all writers have. “Everything you’re writing is trash. Everything you’re even thinking about writing is trash. You should just stop, stop forever and eat potato chips all day.” I mean, that’s what my voice of doubt sounds like. I just want my story to be perfect. But I know that no story is perfect, and I should get over that idea.

Solution: Accept that writing garbage is okay. That not every word out of my brain will be amazing. That at least half of those 50,000 words will probably be changed. Just to write without stopping myself because something doesn’t sound right. In the words of Hemingway “The first draft of anything is garbage”. Next month, I’ll fight the urge to edit and perfect until December.

Focus On One Scene At A Time

If you can’t tell already, my brain is easily distracted. I have a bad habit of jumping around from scene to scene, writing small bits here and there. Then, I find myself losing focus and becoming frazzled. When I try to write a bunch of bits for a bunch of different parts, I become overwhelmed and nothing gets done.

Plan of Attack: This one’s hard. I need to work on my focus. I need to push myself to concentrate on one scene at a time. I can’t write the whole novel all at once. My best bet is to tackle certain sections or scenes during November.

Write More Descriptions

Well, writing descriptions wasn’t, and maybe still isn’t, my strongest suit as a writer.  Actually, I recently wrote a post centered around tips for writing setting descriptions. I talked about how I struggle with writing about the setting. Usually, dialogue comes first to me when I’m writing. But a forest is just a forest right? Wrong.

Plan of Attack: Let’s just say, I’m working on it. I’m more mindful of how the people and the places in my stories look. My goal is to paint a vivid, realistic picture for the reader. Trying my best to tap into sensory details of settings and also the unique physical features of my characters.

Lost Connection

I’ll be honest, there were moments I didn’t feel connected to my characters nor to the time period. To quote myself from the previous year “It was like we were once roommates, living together and then, they became the neighbors down the street. An unexplained distance came between me and this story idea.” Think about it, I’m a modern-day lady writing in the perspective of a young man living in the roaring 20’s. How can I possible fit into those shoes?

Solution: Well, for starters, this year, the big bang happened. By completely changing the plot, I feel much more confident in my story idea. As for the characters, I’m gonna try a couple of things this October. Really flush some characters out and get to know them inside and out. I want to make sure that they’re 3-dimensional characters. As for the setting, research is important. I’ve already collected some resources to help me understand that time period. The goal is to be as accurate as possible.


What would you say was your weak point from last NaNoWriMo? And what are you doing to overcome it and improve for this year? Let me know in the comments, lovelies.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

 

When Life Puts Things Into Perspective – The Loss of a Loved One

So, for those of you who follow this humble little blog, you’ll know that the other day,

I wrote about how I lost some work on my novel.

And how “devastated” I was.

I had no idea what was coming.

Shortly after that post, I found out that my boyfriend’s grandmother has passed away.

She was like a grandmother to me, and one of the kindest souls I had the pleasure to know. And I’ll never forget that little old lady who would sit in her chair and yell at the t.v. while watching her team, the New York Mets.

You know.

Sometimes life puts things into perspective.

Worrying about computer problems seems meaningless now.

Stop. Look at the bigger picture.

Words are replaceable. People are not.


I’ll be back next week.

And I’ll continue working on that novel, despite the setback.

She would have wanted me to keep writing.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

Hey Writers, Don’t Forget to Go Outside

I spent so much time writing and working, I feel like I missed summer.

And that’s kinda sad.

Writers can be like rabbits sometimes. We dig underground and hide in our burrows, away from the life happening on the surface.

For me, I’ve been locking myself in my room, hunched over the keyboard like a mad woman. Between running this blog, doing oddball jobs on Fivver, and writing my novel as well as weekly comic book reviews, I kept pretty busy. The cons of being a freelance writer who works from home.

But then, I was beginning to feel disconnected from the real world. I wrote more about life than actually experiencing it for myself.

Tearing my eyes away from the screen, I left the nest and went for a walk. For social interaction, and for some Chinese takeout. And it was so nice. Dealing with real people instead of fictional characters.

Clearly, I need to leave the Writer’s den more often and live life instead of just writing about it. Don’t take for granted a cool breeze on a hot day. Take a break, once in a while.

Walk outside and look around.


Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

Lady Jabberwocky Turns One: First Year of Blogging

On August 9th 2017,

I made my first post on this blog.

It’s crazy, it doesn’t feel like a year.

I’ve learned so much about myself by writing for LadyJabberwocky.

Can’t believe I’ve made it this far.

I just want to take a minute to thank every follower, commentor and reader

for being a part of my nonsense ramblings.

Seriously, I am eternally grateful.

I just wanted to create an honest blog about being a writer

and to share writing advice and stories with all the other artists out there.

Being able to support other writers, even if it’s through my tiny blog, is unbelievably fulfilling. I wouldn’t be here without you guys.

So, thank you, THANK YOU!

Side note, you guys; I would love to do a Q and A if I hit 100 followers. It’s not much, but to me, it’d be a milestone, and I want to celebrate in some way if that happens. Keep your eyes open for that.

And thank you again, you wonderful people!

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky.

 

 

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