Back from the depths of NaNoWriMo

It has been way too long since a blog entry. I really had every intention of writing a little summary of my writing day during NaNoWriMo, but I think it just became too many words. And, yanno, that happens sometimes. Best laid plains and all of that rot. 

I did manage to win at NaNoWriMo with 50,3022 words. I did not finish my novel. Mostly, it seems to be 50,000 words of exploring my protagonist and tossing her into some relatively mundane and arguably boring situations. Oh, there was tension, of course. Mysteries that started and needed unraveling. At the very end of those words there was also the potential of a love interest, and I had zero intentions of introducing one to her. Side characters were finding love matches left, right, and center but Wren wasn’t supposed to. But now I have this character by the name of Tobias (because of course he is named Tobias. How many of y’all read Animorphs in your youth?  I read a fair few but never finished the series. But, Tobias. I believe Tobias was my first literary crush and since then I tend to toss a character named Tobias anything with more than like 10k words). I enjoyed getting to know Wren and her friends and family. Most everyone seemed to line up with how I initially imagined them, but of course, there were some surprises. 

I took a few days off that story and I have slowly been climbing back into it. A fresh new scrivener doc labeled 1.5 has been created. I am going to pull scenes and writing from the first, but mostly, start afresh with these new insights I have. This isn’t a second draft. It’s an odd version of the first one, still in process. I am going to try to finagle a more coherent plot, figure out what the main problem actually is, but also just write. Continue to write and not worry about it being any good. Figure out what the actual story is. See where the heck Wren wants me to take her and her world, because I am still a little bit at a loss. 

Going into NaNo, I had not figured out an ending. Spoiler alert: I still have no clue what the ending is. I am stumbling along in the dark, and it is thrilling if not a little frustrating. Hopefully, with this new version of vague plotting and planning, I’ll figure out something.

Anyway, I am proud of myself. I wrote a lot of words last month. I fell in love with streaming the writing process on twitch (and also streaming in general). I am keeping that up. I am going to get back into blogging, though. My goal is at least two entries a week. Some rambling about my writing and mostly, prompts. I have missed prompts. 

Speaking of prompts… I found a list of winter prompts (https://www.writerswrite.co.za/31-writing-prompts-for-december-2020/) and I have selected four at random and they are:

  1. In between
  2. Underpressure
  3. Weak
  4. Pots

Let’s see how many of these I can actually write this month! Angling on working on the first prompt on Friday during a writing stream, we’ll see how it goes. You can follow me at twitch.tv/agingerwrites if you care to. 

Did you end up doing NaNoWriMo?  If so, how did it go? If not, have you ever done it before and do you think you could?

NaNoWriMo Day 3

Good morning!

It is 6:14 and I am just now getting ready to write. My personal word count goal for the day is 1,000 words. I am giving myself a little bit of a break today, but I plan on going harder tomorrow with my goal. But, no spoilers on what that will be. Insert a winky face here.


<.< >.>

I vanished. I managed only to get about 20 or so words before my son woke up. He’s pretending to nap right now, so I’m going to try to squeeze some words out. This is a game we play. His sister goes down for her nap and then he says he wants one, only to pop up a few minutes later with a “HAHA TRICKED YA.” So, I really shouldn’t be writing here. Going to go hop over to the other monitor and write. HUZZAH! 


I did some writing! My son actually did fall asleep, and I streamed again. I apparently really like streaming myself while writing this novel. Bizarre. This isn’t me. I blame the year 2020. Anyway, I passed my personal goal of 1,00 words today and I wrote 1,690! My current count for the novel is: 8,955. I am done writing the novel for the day. 

Chapters one and two are complete… ish. I wanna add some to a couple scenes but for the most part they are done and I’m sailing into chapter three. I am currently working on a scene that I’ve been itching to write. The closest thing I’ll have to a flashback. I get to throw all of my memories of feelings of first friendships into this scene, and I’m pumped for it.

I am starting to get a feel for Wren. Her voice is starting to come more and more easily to me, and to feel more real. Less stilted and fake. This is good, and we’ll see if I can keep it up. 

Y’all. NaNoWriMo is going great for me right now and I am going to bask in that feeling because I know… I know a wall is going to come and hit me. Or I’ll smack into it. But I kind of like the mental image of the wall being the active individual and hitting me.

Okay, my daughter sounds like she is awake so I’ll end this writing blog right now. 

Catch y’all later!

NaNoWriMo Day 2!

Good morning! It is 5:33am and I am going to be trying an early morning stream to get some words in! My goal for today lines right up with NaNoWriMo at 1,667. I’ll likely try to finish that before the kiddos wake up this morning, but we will see. Time changes are stupid. Anyway, let’s get to writing!


I have stopped streaming and I managed to get 1,363 words done in that time. I had music playing in the background, but apparently it broke twitch’s terms on accident, and now there’s no music with the video of my stream. I’m embarrassed but I know it happens a lot. I’ll need to do better research on what to play. If anyone has any resources on playlists that meet Twitch’s terms, let me know! Okay, it is 6:54 and I am going to try to write a little more. I stopped streaming because I heard my kids stirring but, they haven’t actually gotten up, so more words is a go! Catch you later.


No words written. It is 6:59. The mystery of my idiocy with the music has been solved, and I have found a solution. And my son woke up, so! I’ll try to get the rest of my words later. Buh-bye!


It is 12:54pm and I am sitting down for a surprise afternoon writing session! I have to write little over 300 words still to make it to 1,667 for the daily word count. I am starting the final scene for chapter 2. Seems fitting too because the scene is taking place at lunch time. Wren will be meeting up with her best friend, Edie. She has an unanswered text taunting her. We’ll see what happens!


It is 1:34 and I have written 2,151 words! Surpassed my own word count goal for the day. Edie and Wren’s lunch has begun, and they are discussing their own little dramas in their lives. I ended mid conversation. I think I am going to call it for the day. 

Woo! NaNoWriMo!

How is your writing going if you are writing?

NaNoWriMo Day 1

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, and my personal goal is to write 5,000 words. My husband intends to take the kids out of the house for a decent chunk of the day, and I plan to get as much writing done as I can. No one is up yet, but I imagine my kid’s will begin to stir soon. Setting up my bujo for the month of November, and this week, took a bit longer than normal, but after this rather boring ramble, I’ll get to focusing!

So, follow along on this blog. Each day I plan on writing about how my writing went. What??? More words you say??? What idiocy! But, I figure, it might amuse me and sometimes when you get stuck, writing anything else, can unstuck you. I’ll try to jot down the time I wrote each section of the blog entry. And we’ll see how long I keep this up! These first two paragraphs are brought to you by 6:30am. The new 6:30 am because time changes are stupid. Buh-bye! … for now.


I finished setting up my writing space and my son woke up. Zero words written thus far. <.< IT IS FIIINEEE. sincerly, 6:45am me.


I decided to stream myself writing today. I hate when people WATCHING me write. When teachers would look over my shoulders when I wrote as a kid or in school, it just… cringe. When my husband walks into the room and I’m writing my immediate response is to minimize what I’m writing. Which is stupid. I don’t mind people READING my roughest of drafts once I’m done writing them. Just the process bothers me. So, streaming made me feel itchy and awkward… but, I also kind of liked it and I think I’m going to try it again. So far I am at 575 words, and it is nearly 12:30. This is not where I wanted to be today. But! TIME TO PRESS ON. Going to switch writing spots and test out how smoothly scrivener works with me jumping around. Catch y’all later. 


It is nearly two pm, and I have switched to my kitchen table. I am trying some ambient noises for writing. I first did forest sounds from the forest app, and then switched to wintry sounds. It is kind of blustery and windy here today, so that seems fitting. I keep seeing bursts of what looks like intense snow but nothing is actually sticking to the ground. It looks damp and fall-y today. Anyway, I have reached 2k and then some. I am going to take a yoga break and then get back to writing. There’s no way I’ll make the 10k, but I still feel confidant about the 5k!


It is 4 and I am at 3,889 words. I still feel pretty confident I an reach the 5k mark and I’m still confident there’s no way I’ll reach the 10k mark. Which is fine! 5k is still really impressive, if and when, I get there. I have finished chapter 1 and am moving onto the chapter two! The tenses for the novel are already all over the place, and hopefully, I stop switching them. 

Okay! Knuckles have been cracked and it is time to get back to work.


It is about 6:30 and I am going to be ending my day with 5,114 words written! I am proud of how much I actually wrote today. It would have been nice to write even more, but I think I have hit my limit. And, I had fun writing in a bunch of random places all over my house. I actually had fun streaming my writing, and rambling as I wrote. I will possibly stream some mornings when I am writing, but I want to figure out a better layout for the stream. 

Anyway, today was a success! HUZZAH!

Preptober 26

The struggle is real. 

I have hit that wall that I hit when I’m pantsing my stories, but at least I am working on an outline. Surpassing that wall — of what my brain and heart and soul and other dramatic language regarding  body parts is blocking — is difficult. I have a … feeling. Nothing concrete. Glimpses of what Wren is feeling in these later chapters. Questions that need to be asked and answered. Things that need to be inserted into the story but I’m not quite certain WHERE. As I write this though, the solution is clearly obvious. Toss up scene cards in Scrivener and don’t worry about where in the book they will ultimately reside in. Just get these ideas out. Onto paper and all of that rot. 

Okay. Okay. I’ve talked myself off the ledge. Ish.

I am a pantser. I do not know why I am so upset that I might not have a full outline to go before the start of NaNoWriMo. What I currently have done is a lot better than NOTHING. There is a path for me to take at the beginning and towards the middle. Maybe just setting out on this path will help me unlock more things to come once I allow myself to sit down and write it all out. 

I can. And I will do this. I haven’t any choice because this is what I want.

Wren, your story will be told. Possibly a bit more meandering and with an absolute lot of garbage in this first draft. There will be so much I forget to put into your story, and so much I will likely have to take out of that first draft. But I want to tell your story. I want to take the time that is needed. I think other people might like your story too. 

And if not… that’s fine. No one else really matters here except for me and you. Me, because I’m the one typing away furiously (or I will be) to tell your story. And you, because it is YOUR story. Even if you aren’t a real person. I want to and will do justice by you. It just might take awhile. And lots of revisions, edits, and rewrites. And that’s okay. I just have to allow myself to GET to those points. 

Wren, let’s tell your damn story.

Okay, I took a break from writing this blog entry to write down ideas for those scenes where I feel as if we need them but I’m not sure, precisely, which chapter or part of the book to fit them in.

I feel better!

How is your NaNo prep going? What bits do you struggle with? How excited are you for NaNoWriMo to start? I am super excited. The adventure will truly begin in less than a week!

NaNoWriMo 2020

i am doing me some NaNoWriMo this year. i attempt the challenge every year, and have only won twice in my life. the first year that i won was in 2011, the year after i graduated from college. i didn’t have papers to write or books that i had to read, i was missing having deadlines like crazy, and i didn’t yet have a job or kids. there wasn’t much going on for me at the time, and i breezed through it. i had like two 10k days. it was fun, it was exhilarating. i have just lied to you all unintentionally. having checked the NaNo website, it appears i have won the thing three times. my bad. the second time i won was in 2017 and the third time was in 2019. somehow, i forgot i won just last year. in my defense, though, we all know that 2020 has actually already been 100 years long. 

in between those victories i have tried nano and failed it. i have tried camp nanos and failed those too. some projects i stop after only 1,000 words, some projects have nearly 10k or more. and an awful lot are at 0. i feel like most years i start off heavily motivated, that i will complete this goal, and then i fall behind. not just one day behind, but two or three, and it feels like once those days keep stacking up, it gets harder and harder to motivate myself back into the game.

i am also realizing that perhaps my method of pantsing it, with very little to NO plotting, could be a problem. and so this year, i am embarking on a journey of self-discovery, of learning how to plot and plan for myself. and i am having fun with it.

did you know that plotting— outlining even! — can take some off the edge, that “I MUST START THIS NEW PROJECT IDEA NOW OR WITHER INTO NOTHINGNESS” feeling sparked by a new idea? that sometimes is the problem with NaNo when i think too early about a project. i am hoping that i keep the passion, the excitement alive, with my foray into this outlining and plotting game.

so, starting this month and all through october, i will share my baby steps into plotting. i will share snippets of my outline. bits about the characters i will be writing about, and bits of the story i have in my head. 

i will also continue to work on the prompts i have been given for this month and ask for more prompts when i finish those. pausing prompts in november to just focus on the writing of my novel which is currently called: Motherhood & Magic

are you planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year? are you a plotter or a pantser? do you have any advice for a pantser who is attempting their first plotted novel?