Noveling the Plantsing Way

Oh my gosh! October is almost over! Only one more week (or less?) until November! My favorite month!

Why is November my favorite? Well, there is my birthday, but NaNo came along last year and made it so much better. I mean…who wouldn’t want to dedicate an entire month to writing 1,667 words a day with the hopes of reaching 50,000 words by the 30th? (Don’t read that sarcastically, because I was being completely serious)

While my first NaNo novel isn’t presentable, (I haven’t read it since I finished writing it on November 29, 2015), I’m hoping this year’s novel will be. All the first drafts that I have completed using NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo are worse than the ones that I would take years on, but the awesome thing about this program is that I am able to get so much writing done in one day, and it leaves me feeling confident in my abilities.

And…I am so excited because they created the plantser badge! Traditionally, I am a pantser (meaning “flying by the seat of your pants”–not the other thing). But, after diving into my first NaNo novel (having signed up two days before november 1st) I decided that I needed to be more planned. However, I am against declaring myself a planner because that goes against my moral code of flexible schedules, impulsive writing, and spontaneous creativity. When I first thought of the idea for this new novel and was deciding how far to go with prewriting, I was intending on not planning it out because I wasn’t about to become a planner. Then I discovered I could be a plantser (planner+pantser) while looking at the self-achievement badges for this year. Congratulations to me! I can be both! Compromise for the win!

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Sorry this post is short (this is literally being written at the last minute(I’m pantsing it)). I’m not bothering to explain NaNo because I think most people are familiar with it. So if you have no idea what it is (because this post certainly doesn’t help), I strongly recommend that you look it up (there’s plenty of information out there already), and if you are already doing it…YAY!!! Can we be buddies? My user name is PWhite1021 (nod to my old pen name). Please feel free to add me. I promise I won’t think you’re a creepy stalker person. Unless you are (but that’s a whole other bowl of bananas), and let’s conquer 50,000 (or more) words together!

My First Book Ever

It’s time for me to show the world some of my writing. Since writing takes time and I like to waste my time, none of my newer projects have been edited, so I decided to start way back at the beginning. And when I say way back, I mean way back. Like back when I was obsessed with horses, wrote several of my letters backwards, and had to ask my mother how to spell words. This is my first story: a tale told in twelve words, three pictures, and vibrant colors that makes no sense at all.

So, without further ado, I give you…

Horsey, Horsey

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Oh Horsey Horsey
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Oh Horsey Horsey was funny
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oh Horsey horsey, Fun

There used to be more pages to this epic story (I know for certain that there was at least one more sentence between pages two and three), but somehow they disappeared. I have no idea how old I was although my guess is that I was four or five

Thank you for reading! I am so glad I got to share my favorite piece of writing with you:). The reason why I love this book is because it certainly shows me how far I’ve come, not just in my writing, but also in my drawing (although I no longer illustrate my own stories).

Sorry this post is so short, I just wanted to be nostalgic for a little bit.

God bless,

Catherine

Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic

Good morning! I am here to apologize for my failure to post something last week. I have a good okay excuse, and it involves the three Rs: Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic. Although honestly I don’t need excuses. This is my blog so I can do what I want, but I want to have a more goal oriented life, and blogging at least once a week is a good start.

‘Rithmetic

Now, my excuse actually only involves the third R. ‘Rithmetic. Last week, I was absorbing math. I was doing (or at least trying to do) algebra problems three miles long, graphing parabolas, memorizing formulas, and solving for X. Those of you who know me are now quite certain that I am out of my mind. Since Pennsylvania only requires three credits of math, I have not been taking any form of algebra, geometry, or calculus this year. Math is poison to my brain, so therefore I try not to touch it. Not even with a three foot pole. But last week was different because I was studying for the SAT. I took it on Saturday and frankly have no idea how well I did.

Despite those worries, I am happy. Hallelujah that it’s over! No more math for the rest of my days!

Reading

Also, since Saturday, I finally got out of a reading slump. I’ve read barely anything in the past few months, and what I did read took me ages to complete because I just wasn’t into it. But all that changed and in the past seven days, I have roughly read one book a day excluding Sunday. In these six days, I have read The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell, (very good book, but don’t expect a book report from me on it) and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I am currently reading the fifth one which is an astounding  one thousand two hundred twenty-five pages long (solely because the only copy the library had was the large print one). Due to the great controversy concerning this series, and just because it sounds like fun, I will be writing a review of it and posting it on here. I’ll probably finish the series in the next week, and therefore should have my review out sometime this month. However, no promises 🙂

‘Riting

Here comes the third R. Yes, I know you noticed these are all out of order. My apologies. Haha. Just kidding. I actually have nothing to apologize for.

So, to talk about writing, *clears throat**mumbles incoherently* I haven’t done any recently.

Geez, Catherine. I thought you were a writer.

Heh. Me too. Sorry.

But, I am hoping to write some more this month, and as I said before, I want more goals in my life. Therefore, I’ve decided to set myself some goals specific for October.

Goal 1:

Since NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming up in November, I will be writing another novel. I have the idea, but I want to outline my plot. Note that by outlining I mean setting a few guidelines. Essentially, just give myself an end goal and a few checkpoints.

Goal 2:

Worldbuilding for my new novel. I want to be prepared for next month, and what is a story if it doesn’t have a believable world to live in?

Goal 3:

Write my book/series review for Harry Potter, and try to give a clear, unbiased view of it.

Goal 4:

Outline Days of Deception. This is an actual outline with structure and no loopholes. This goal may take me a while, so I’m not going to be sad if I fail to complete this one.

Yay! I have a list of things I need to do. I’d better get started! I’ll post at the end of the month to see if I finished these goals.

Until next time,

Catherine