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Thankful for Thanksgiving | Nano 2018

Waddup Savi Crew!

This week was rather interesting. I have yesterday and today off from work re: Thanksgiving holiday since my employers are American (but I’m not :-).

So I thought that I’d have glowing boasts to make this week seeing as though I had two extra days to put in some serious writing (one if I posted my blog on time).

And while my final word count before blog post isn’t tragic (38,469 words) and is actually—for the first time since Nano started—above the Nano daily target for day 23 (38,333 words), my plan going in was to hit 40k this week so I’d have a nice cushion to finish Nano strong over the next 8 days. That obviously didn’t happen.

They say God laughs when we make plans… Well, I think I overheard the Nano fairies chuckling too. But I’m not giving up. And until 11:59pm November 30th(you know, it’s times like these I wish the month of November had 31 days lolz), I won’t relinquish my goal to write 50k in 30 days.

I’ve also had two epiphanies: One, I agreed to base one of my YA anime-inspired characters on one of my work buddies. Since that happened, the character has taken on a life of its own. It even inspired something that will be incorporated in book 3 of the series.

Initially the character was going to be more of a background, filler character but this new role actually has him front and centre in book 3 which was a pleasant surprise. His presence now further complicates the plot in a way that’s not contrived but actually makes sense.

Now, I obviously can’t divulge too much information here—spoilers—so I will say the character has this “special” ability and initially I had no idea what to call it. This same work buddy lives in a particular part of the US and when I saw the name, I said, “That’s it! That’s what the character is.” It was glorious. Have you everhad epiphanies like that? Don’t they feel awesome?

Two, here’s a helpful tip that I learned this week: If you’re writing fantasy or sci-fi, try creating a glossary of terms used in your novel. It’s life-changing. I heard that advice from Brittany Wang, an Authortuber and it literally blew my mind. I mean, my brain is still smoking as we speak.

I even took a “zero day” just so I could create a glossary in Scrivener for my YA anime-inspired WIP. And even though I didn’t write any words for Nano that day, I knew that the glossary would come in so handy later on in my writing journey, especially since I’m writing a series, that I’ll take the L now—gladly.

Next week, Nano ends precisely on November 30th so I’ll try to get the blog scheduled for my regular 6:00 am slot. Anyways, I’m rambling again which meansit’s time to sign off… Toodles for now.

And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life! Happy Writing!

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