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 15th

Howdy y’all.

This week my Preptober has been going… okay, I guess you could say. I didn’t really finish all the goals I had set for last week. I outlined a chapter, and worked on outlining another before I got distracted by other things. Like making a gosh darn playlist for my novel. I have never done that before, and that is a work in progress still. I am not too sure how often I will listen to it when writing since I have a difficult time writing when there is singing going. Instrumental music I can write to, but vocals throw me off. Still, I had fun with it. 

I did not flesh out Lorenz much more, my bad Lo. 

Didn’t work on the mechanics of magic either, which was a goal. BUT I did come up with an area of new tension for two characters and that involves magic, so in a way, I worked on the magic of the novel. 

Slowly figuring out the beef that Dot and Wren have. These two characters grew up together as I mentioned in my previous entry. Their initial beef is still on the tip of my fingers. I am slowly teasing it out. I am getting even bigger hints of what it could be! So, that is good. In fact, I might even write a scene involving the two of them as kids and that will take place waaaaaaaaaaay before the novel, won’t be inserted into the novel because I am not planning on having traditional flashbacks. But, it could help me write a scene I do have planned, so. Yes. 

Excitement. 

This week I simply have a question I am asking myself, but I can’t really share it with y’all because it could be considered a spoiler. But, thinking about this question, has been helping me a lot get further into my character’s heads. And… speaking of characters, I thought it might be fun to introduce a few of them to y’all today!  So, let’s go say hi to them.

Wren Lowe: The protagonist of the story. Spoiler alert: she’s a ginger because I make every single protagonist of mine, gingers. You insert what you know. She’s in her late thirties. She has two kids, Bramwell and Briar. She has healing magic, and a garden that takes up practically her entire backyard. She grows a lot of her own plants and herbs to be used in potions and such for healing. Her current best friend is named Edie.

Briar Acacia Lowe: Wren’s oldest child. She’s fifteen in this novel. She has her Mom’s red hair, but she keeps it short. Briar is messy. She likes to live in a cluttered space, she claims. Clutter, she claims, makes her feel calm. She was recently introduced to riot grrrl music, and is a convert. She’s working on a zine with her best friend (to be named). Briar has dream magic. She’s protective of her younger brother, and of her mom, though she’s much gentler with Bramwell than she is with Wren.

Bramwell Cassius Lowe: He is ten years old. He is neat and thrives on things being put in their proper place. Briar’s cluttered existence makes him stressed. Nothing is out of place in his room. He tries to sneak into Briar’s room on occasion to clean it for her, and that usually results in a fight. He has empathy magic, and he knows how much that worries his Mom and sister. Even without the empathy he would know it. He feels a bit like a burden, and he wants to prove to his Mom and sister, that he will be okay. 

As you can see, there are different types of magic in this world. I am still working on… the rules and such for it. Because I had an idea, but the more I think about it, the less I am certain it will work. So, back to the drawing board with that. Fingers crossed I figure it out enough to write come November, but November is all about that rough draft baby, so even if I need to completely change it… well, I’ll worry about it later. I’ll just make certain to have something down for now.

I hope you enjoyed the very brief introduction to my characters. I finally finished a prompt too! I am simply sitting on it for a little while before I reread and do minor edits, and then I’ll share it with y’all. How is your Preptober going?

an introduction of sorts. and oh, lowercase.

hi.

this is my first blog post. sure, i have tossed up my prompt responses that i wrote in August, but. this is my first, actually-intended-for-the-blog-post, and with that, comes a certain amount of responsibility. or something. of introducing myself, and i suppose, my blog. explaining, perhaps, what you will find here or what my goals and intentions for this space on the internet are. 

so, i guess, a bit about myself first.

you can call me lyne. i like writing in all lowercase, and i know that could be frustrating to some. but there is something pleasant to me about it. it feels more like a conversation, even if i am just talking at you at the moment. lowercase also feels more like me. i am quiet. i mumble. i am one of those people that you need to ask to repeat themselves, because i mumble/whisper/talk-to-fast. so, sorry about that. on personal entries, you are going to see the lowercase. when i share my writing, i promise to do my best to follow grammatical rules. 

ahem.

so, back to me. i am in my thirties, i have two kids under the age of five, and two cats over the age of five. i have a husband and when you walk into our house it looks as if it is owned by teenagers considering how we have decorated it. why hide all of our fandom paraphernalia in rooms no one goes into? exactly. i am unemployed as of covid and trying my hand at homeschooling the oldest kiddo. i have decided to try to make writing more of a job-thing for me. something to focus on, and hopefully, make a dent in. 

the purpose of this blog will be to chronicle my writing (mis)adventures and to share some writing. i really enjoyed taking prompts on my facebook in August, and i plan on taking prompts from friends and family every month. i plan on sharing scenes from stories i am writing as well as what i am thinking about writing, the struggles of finagling a plot, and how i am trying to figure out a decent way to plot that i like (hey, i am a pantster! but i think plotting might do me good). there will be yelling into the void, frustration galore, hope too. personal posts, perhaps. we will see.

my favorite and most productive time to write is in the early mornings, starting anywhere from 5am to 6, but usually, smack in the middle at 5:30am. it is pleasant, the quiet of the house after i feed my cats. i write until my kids wake up. or i think about my writing then. it has taken me until about now to finally admit that: i am a morning person. bizarre. 

anyway, as you can see, i have some plans for this place. and i hope some of y’all will enjoy it. thanks for reading and i hope you come on back.