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NaNoWriMo: Week 4 (Did I Win?)

Hello writer bees!

Is it just me, or did November just fly by? I swear it was November 1st like two days ago.

So, the big question. Did I reach my goal? Nope, not even close. I almost got half way, barely. Around 30k ish words. If I’m honest, I am a little disappointed, I wish I wrote way more.

But it wasn’t a total bust.

On a positive note, NaNoWriMo got the ball rolling. It got me thinking about the story as a whole. It got me writing. Even just a little bit. And at the end of the day, that’s what counts. I added new scenes and rewrote some old ones. Writing a novel isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. And I’m in this race for the long haul.

I’ve recognized the bad writing habits are still there. And although difficult, I’m working to breaking them. I really need to fix those. A New Year’s resolution perhaps? Let’s add ‘be a better writer’ to the list.

I’d like to start editing soon. Maybe as I delete and revise my draft, more ideas and words will come. Here’s hoping, anyway. My real goal is to write the best novel I can, no matter how long it takes. But life is short, and I really need to write more often, just to reach that “published” finish line.

I just want to say thank you everyone who supported me in my endeavors this month. Every ounce of encouragement really kept me afloat. So, thank you all so very much! And congratulations to everyone who participated in National Novel Writing Month this year.

How was your NaNoWriMo experience this year? Did you reach your goal? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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NaNoWriMo 2019: Week Two

Hello, hello Writer Bugs.

I can’t believe we’re halfway through November already. Progress has been made. Small progress, but progress nonetheless. Better than week one, at least.

At the start of the week, I has some trouble gaining traction. My project is on one giant GoogleDoc, and it’s getting difficult to manage. I finally understand why people use story writing/plot outlining software. So, I decided to write on separate blank doc, and It helped me get past writer’s block and focus on the scenes that don’t have a definite placement in the main story yet.

As of now, I’m closing in on 10,000 words, which I will hopefully reach by the end of this weekend. That would bring up my total to 30,000. Honestly, I’m trying not to worry about word counts. I’ve written everyday this week, (gold star for Lady Jabberwocky), working on my WIP. I’ve been rewriting existing scenes for a better flow. I’ve also been creating new scenes to slow down the pace and shine a spotlight on characters and their relationships. Slowly but surely, I’ve been writing.

And lemme tell you guys, I want to edit SO BAD. I’m sticking to the writing, but man, everything needs edits. I’m still holding out until December to do revisions. Let’s see how that works out. This weekend, my boyfriend and I have a wedding Saturday and a DnD game Sunday. All fun things I’m looking forward to. But I’ll still find some time to write, fingers crossed. Maybe I’ll do some word sprints too.

How’s your NaNoWriMo project going? How are you guys holding up? Also, do you have any suggestions for story writing or outlining software? Leave a comment, I love to hear from you writer bees!

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo 2019: Week One

Hello, hello, writer bees!

Hope NaNoWriMo is treating you well.

Things have still been bumpy on my end. Monday morning, I woke up sick as a dog. Took me out of commission for 3 days. It sounds like an excuse, and it probably is. Still battling my usual writing demons. I’m trying to push through my fear of writing trash. This entire month may be garbage, and maybe that’s alright. I haven’t edited anything, even though I desperately want to.

I’ve written about 3,000 words~ this week. Which I know is awful, don’t remind me. It’s a slow start. Cross your fingers that I can crank out more words this weekend, after some serious cuddle time with the boyfriend, of course.

Currently, I’m busy playing catch up. I’m not out of the running yet, folks. Hoping for more progress week two.

Again, thanks for all the kind words and support.

How is NaNoWriMo project going? Let me know in the comments!

– Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo 2019: A Bumpy Start (Days 1-3)

Hello Writer bees!

So, NaNoWriMo started off a bit bumpy.

(It’s fine. Everything’s fine.)

This is my super short NaNoWriMo update.

First off, I suddenly had freelancing orders to write this week. Right before November started. The schedule of a freelance writer is unpredictable. Although my attention is split between projects, I’m managing to juggle.

(Breathing through a paper bag. )

And I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I’ve experienced some issues with the NaNo site (Incorrect word count and stat updates.) I hope this gets fixed soon. Not helping my motivation either. I really rely on stats every NaNoWriMo.

(Sobbing on the floor in misery.)

Frankly, I’m having a slow start. Cranking out a few hundred words a day so far. BUT I’m trying to keep my head up and slowly gain momentum. My goal is to write at least 1,000 words before DnD game later today.

Sorry for the small (and probably lame update). I’ll share my full week one progress on Friday/Saturday. Thanks for all the support and encouragement, writer bugs. Good luck to all the writers participating in National Novel Writing Month.

Are you guys having trouble with word counting and stats too? And how was your NaNo start? Let me know in the comments.

– Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo 2019 – The Goal, The Plan, The Anxiety

Hello, hello, writer bees.

NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. And although I’m a bit nervous, I accept this intimidating challenge. I wanted to share with you guys my hopes and my game plan for National Novel Writing Month.

The Goal

Okay. My goal isn’t the traditional 50k in November. Currently, my draft is hovering around 20,000 words. And it’s looking pretty rough. It’s a rough rough draft. So for NaNoWriMo 2019, my word count goal is 40,000 words, making for a total of 60,000 words.

Frankly, my real goal is to write more often. Daily, if possible. Even if it’s just small increments everyday. Unfortunately, my WIP has been simmering on the back burner for too long. I want my humble little draft to take one step closer to becoming a full fledged manuscript. That’s how I want to finish NaNoWriMo this year.

Planning and Prepping

So, considering my goal, I figure that averages about 10,000 words a week. That’s possible, right? The skeleton of the story is there, scenes just need to be bumped up or added. I’m working on an outline as I write this post, but am open to new ideas that come along during the writing process. I guess that makes me a plantser? Half planning, half “winging it”. Hopefully, I can scrape something together before November starts.

Part of my prepping involves looking back at my previous NaNoWriMo experience. Learning from past mistakes. Taking my own advice. I acknowledge my weak points as a writer and I’m trying to push through them. Like writing without editing or deleting scares me. That’s one obstacle I’ve struggled to jump over.

Right now, I’m stressing a bit and waiting for the NaNoWriMo excitement to fully kick in. Imagine that nervous feeling before jumping off the high diving board. That’s how I’m feeling at the moment. What if I run out of ideas and my writing fizzles out? And maybe it’s just me, but it seems like everyone else is having fun prepping with their neat, organized outlines and I’m over here with my ugly baby of a draft. Seriously? However, I’m working on staying optimistic. Perhaps we can polish up this draft, it’s worth a shot.

What’s Happening on Lady Jabberwocky?

Glad you asked! During this November, I will be posting weekly updates on Fridays/Saturdays. That way, you all can follow my NaNoWriMo adventure. I really do want to put in the effort this year. So, I hope you guys come along for the NaNoWriMo ride with me.

Thank you guys for your support and lovely comments. Best of luck to all those participating in National Novel Writing Month.

Lady Jabberwocky

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Celebrating 200 Followers!

I’m not going to lie, this week was a long week for me. Currently, I am deep in the trenches of a 6,000 word article. Both my boyfriend and I are feeling under the weather. And I’ve been stressed out about being sick while swamped with work.

But then, I woke up to the notification of 200 followers! You guys, that’s amazing! Thank you all so much for your support. I truly appreciate every like, view and comment I receive. Every ounce of time and energy I pour into this humble blog is for you lovely folks.

I hope you guys will continue to follow me on my adventures as a freelance writer and my upcoming NaNoWriMo journey.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much, Writer Bees.

(Psst. Should I do something to celebrate? Leave your ideas in the comments.)

Third Times the Charm? – Signing Up for NaNoWriMo Again

Hello writer bees!

Time flies so quickly and it’s already October! And I’ve only just started to think about NaNoWriMo. Geez, I’m behind. Honestly, I wasn’t sure If I should, or even could, participate in NaNoWriMo this year. The last two tries ended in “failure“.

Frankly speaking, I’ve been distant with my WIP as of late. Life and freelancing get so busy and drafts get put on the back burner. I want to change that.

I have to get back in touch with my characters. I want fall in love with the setting again. I want to add more to the story and create something special. That’s my plan for October and NaNoWriMo.

I don’t know what my word count goal for the month of November will be yet. Maybe 30,000? Maybe the big 50,000? The basic skeleton of a plot is mostly done, hovering at around 20,000 words. Perhaps my goal should just be to write everyday, even if it’s a small amount.

Sounds like I’m just convincing myself to commit to NaNoWriMo this year. My boyfriend said “What’s the worse that could happen? You write words?” Thank you, handsome voice of reason. And who knows? Maybe third times the charm.

What do you guys think? What should my word count goal be? How are you guys planning for NaNoWriMo? Would you be interested in my weekly updates during November? Tell me everything in the comments. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

– Lady Jabberwocky

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3 Tips on Writing the Twistiest of Plot Twists

Hello Writer Bugs!

Need to shake up your story? Send your readers on a wild rollercoaster ride with a good ol’ fashioned plot twist. That’s right, kiddos, in the spirit of MayOf Mystery, we are going to talk about plot twists. Think about it. Every great mystery story has at least one plot twist that leaves the audience gasping in surprise and shock. Let’s break down some tips and tricks to incorporate plot twists into your stories.

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Foreshadowing is Everything

Dropping breadcrumbs of information is crucial. Basically, foreshadowing is about dropping small clues in the beginning that become something much bigger later on. Hand your character one clue and have that piece of information develop into something else. In terms of a mystery, the briefest mention could turn into a crucial piece of evidence. How does this handkerchief left at the crime scene tie to the murderer?

If done right, the reader can reread the story and pinpoint the clues hinting the big reveal. However, be careful of foreshadowing too much, making a surprise reveal predictable. If that happens, consider deleting some of the hints, so your plot twist is more of a shock.

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Redirect with Red Herrings

For good measure, toss a couple of Red Herrings into the pot. What is a red herring, you ask? By definition, it is a phrase that means “something, especially a clue, that is or is intended to be misleading or distracting.” Think of it like giving the reader a wrong answer, which in turn, leads them to a false assumption. A piece of info that sets them on a path to nowhere. Redirect their attention and keep them guessing.

For a mystery, have the detective follow evidence they believe is true. Then, turn the tables on your own characters and have them react to the evidence being false. A dead end, so to speak.

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Eliminate the Obvious

Not sure what kind of plot twist can be added to your story? Try brainstorming a list of every possible, obvious thing that could happen. Then, throw that list away. Plot twists should come out of left field and be completely unexpected. There’s no fun in a predictable plot twist.

Make the reader, and the characters feel certain about something. “This is definitely the murder weapon. This was how the victim was killed.” If you assure them that there is only one possibility, them tricking them will be easier. When things aren’t as they appeared to be, that’s when heads start to spin.

Plot Twists as a Plot Device

A moment of surprise in your story can be a powerful tool for any writer. Trust me, there is nothing more satisfying for a author than pulling the rug out from under the reader. Just grabbing their assumptions and flipping them upside down. All in all, be aware of the clues you choose to show your reader, and wait for the right moment to make your big reveal. That is the key to any plot twist.

Talk to me, Writer Bees

What are your favorite plot twists in fiction? And what’s one surprise reveal you’ve written in your stories? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you guys.

May the plot twists you write be extra twisty.

Write with Heart,

Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo #18: Snowy Catch-Up Days

Here in New York, We’ve got our first dusting of snow the other day. It was actually more like a couple inches worth of snow. Starting to feel like Winter over here.

Sorry if I’ve been absent, I’ve been playing catch up these past couple days. Hovering around 15,000, I think. I know I’m incredibly behind now, but I’m still going to keep going.

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Even though I’m behind word count wise, there is a bright side to taking a slower pace. I’ve noticed that scenes are arranging into place, and that’s pretty cool. Things look like they are coming together in my story, it’s exciting. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year, keep on writing! Let your imagination be your guide! And just do your best!

It’s peddle to the metal in these last few weeks of November. As I’m writing this, I’m about to start another nightly writing session. Burning the midnight oil, as it were. Keep your fingers and toes crossed, lovelies, that something decent gets written.

How is NaNoWriMo treating you? You guys holding up okay? Any plot revelations? Or writer stress? Pour a glass of wine and talk to me in the comments.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo Tag – Celebrating 100 Followers

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Today, I am celebrating 100+ followers with the NaNoWriMo Tag! Seemed fitting enough, it being National Novel Writing Month and all. Thank you to each and every one of you who follows this blog. I greatly appreciate your support. So, here it is, the NaNoWriMo tag!

1. How many years have you participated in NaNo?

This will be my second year participating in National Novel Writing Month. Last year was a rewarding experience, and I learned a lot about myself as a writer. Writing during the NaNoWriMo event has given me the push of motivation to write my novel.

2. Are you a planner, pantser, or plantser?

Most of my story and characters are planned out ahead of time. However, I do have some wiggle room to add scenes I didn’t initially plan for. Nothing is set in stone. During the writing process, things change, and that’s just fine. So, I’m like 80% a planner, and 20% pantser.

3. If you are a planner/plantser, what are the first story elements that you flesh out?

Because I am writing a mystery novel, one of the first things I have to consider is the case itself. What is the central mystery pulling everyone together? Is it a murder? A disappearance? So I need, at least, a vague idea of what mystery is being solved here.

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Typically, I develop my characters first too. For me, characters drive the overall story. Like playing the Sims. I like to come up with the cast of multi layered characters and let them loose into the fictional world.

4. NaNo Forums? Do you use them?

No I don’t. Maybe I should…?

5. Writing Buddies? Do you prefer to write socially or alone?

I’m a firm believer that writers should support other writers. It’s the reason behind this blog. When I’m actually fiction writing, I usually write by myself. Actually, I have a hard time writing when someone’s peering over my shoulder. Puts too much pressure on me.

I like to think using the Lady Jabberwocky blog helps me connect with other writers.

6. Do you diligently write 1,667 words a day, or do you write in spurts?

At the moment, I’m writing in spurts. Some days, it’s a couple hundred words, other days it’s a little over 1,000. Despite being way behind word count wise, I am still trying to write every day, even if it’s only a little bit. Balancing work writing and fiction writing has been difficult, but I am determined to keep writing daily and to reach the 50,000 word goal.

7. Do you have a writing totem?

Not sure if it counts, but I have a photo book of pictures of Brooklyn in the 1920s. Looking at historical photos helps me connect to the setting I’m writing about. Also, my boyfriend thinks I need my hair in a messy bun to write. Which is true. Maybe that’s my writing totem too.

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8. Do you go to kick-off, write-in, or wrap-up parties?

I’ve never been to one, no. But I have considered going to a write-in, if it was close to where I live. Events like that sound like fun.

9. When writing, are you an analog (handwritten) or digital writer? Does the same apply to when you’re taking notes or brainstorming?

I am a digital writer, I write solely on my laptop. In terms of notes, I have sticky notes posted around my room, when I want to quickly jot down ideas . However, I do have some notes on my computer too. But mostly, I stick to post-it notes for brainstorming. My wall is starting to look like something out of a crime movie, all I need is the red string and newspaper clippings. “It all makes sense! Everything is connected!”

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10. Share your NaNo username (if you feel comfortable doing so) so that others can connect with you on the NaNo site!

You can find me at LadyJabberwocky on the NaNo website. Feel free to add me as a writing buddy, if you like.


I just want to thank you guys again for all your support. I never thought I’d hit 10 followers, let alone 100. Truly, I appreciate every follow and comment. You lovely people inspire me everyday to keep writing.


Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky