#NaNoWriMo update: writing, editing, screaming

Earlier this month, I checked my blog’s archive and realized I haven’t talked about writing, or written a blog post dedicated to my writing since August. It’s not a surprise, really, given that I’ve really been struggling with my writing projects in the past year.

See, I started writing my current WIP back in 2015. I worked on a new draft of it from September 2016 to September 2017, alongside entering the real adulting life, my first job etc. etc. For over a year, I didn’t do much. I played around with Word documents, refined my story’s timeline, but I hadn’t written for so long.

Since my foot incident this October, I actually started writing again and…. now I’m doing NaNoWriMo. I kind of decided to participate on a whim and I’m not really following the 50K goal. I’m just, trying to write regularly again.

I’m particularily nervous to do #NaNoWriMo again, since I have tried it out only twice in my life: in 2014 (first failed attempt) and in 2015 (first winning attempt, with the first draft of this very WIP I am working on!). But let’s see if I can do this!

Today, to talk a bit more about my writing, I thought I’d take part in this very fun tag I’ve been tagged to do, well…. back in February (oops) by the incredibly amazing May, The Rising Author Tag! Feel free to check out their blog and give them some love, they’re one of the most awesome blogger out there. Really.

  • What is your current WIP about, and what’s its status? (ie. plotting, writing, editing, etc.)

I’m working on my current WIP since 2015, as I mentioned before. I am currently doing NaNoWriMo and using it to edit my story. I have basically no idea what I’m doing, but whatever, I’m doing it.

Here’s the small description I usually show around of my story…

After the disappearance of her best friend, Keely chooses to follow their dream-path and gets into the very selective boarding school they both wanted to attend. Grieving Gaulthier, making new friends and trying to make her dreams come true turns out to be more of a challenge than she thinks, especially when this new competitive world is paved with something that clearly seems like bad intentions.

This is an awesome aesthetic, perfectly fitting for my WIP and done by my incredible friend Michelle.

  • Do you plot things out and/or outline, or just figure it out as you write?

I’m a mix of a plotter / panster…. I think? I don’t really know. When I first write, I like to have some sort of outline, to know where things start, where they end, some main plot points and important things happening. Yet, I tend to have a very, very flexible outline at first. I add things on my outline as I write on, change things, etc etc. Basically I just have a skeleton, but add ribs here and there and everywhere. Wow, sorry for that imagery. To sum it up, that’s me when drafting with my ideas:

As I’m currently editing, I have a strict outline because I should NOT let things go everywhere, that damn skeleton needs to be, well… human or something.

  • What are some book ideas you want to write in the future?

I have so, so many book ideas and themes I’d absolutely love to write about, unfortunately I have such a strange relationship with writing, for now I just really hope to get around to finishing my current WIP. If I ever do and if I ever get a regular writing flow, I’d love to write about….

  • broken friendships and toxic friendships
  • long distance relationships
  • sisters, sisters, sisters and road trips and discovery and SISTERS. I also kind of want to co-write this with my sister. You know. That seems fitting. I’m working on bribing her to it.

I mostly have contemporary ideas, which is kind of obvious given my love for these contemporaries. Yet, to be honest, I also have some dystopian ideas with forests and buildings everywhere and disappearing people and technologies in your arms and you know, creepy stuff like that.

  • Out of the characters you’ve written so far, who are your favorites?

Well…. I know you’ll see this coming, but I absolutely love all of my characters so, very, very much. As I’m currently editing, I have to say I have a soft spot for Lyna, who is a major side character. She’s a badass with a soft heart, a Fallon Carrington, determined and ugh I just love her.

  • What’s your writing routine, if any? (ie. snacks, music, time of day, location, etc.)

I kind of need a routine to be able to write. If I get started writing a little bit every day, like NaNoWriMo forces me to, I feel good and even more enthusiastic about getting back to it. If I stop for a couple days, there’s no telling when I’ll start up again.

I’ve been writing in the mornings lately, but sometimes in the evenings just as well, on my couch and sometimes with my headphones on if my family’s around or watching tv or something. I don’t mind having people around, as long as I can open my documents and immerse myself into them, I’ll forget everything else.

Here’s a small playlist of my current WIP -a.k.a what I’m listening to to get the feelings!

🎢 Red – Pieces
🎢Andrew Belle – In My Veins
🎢James Bay – Let It Go
🎢 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
🎢Sia – Helium
🎢Marina Kaye – Homeless
🎢You Me At Six – Fireworks
🎢Damian Rice – 9 crimes
🎢 Hurts – Stay

  • Show your WIP’s aesthetic in images or words (or both)!

I already shared a lot of aesthetics for my story – you know, when you’re not writing, do aesthetics, and it seems like I’ve been using this procrastination method a whole lot…. So I’m going to share my latest aesthetic, which I made my twitter header, too, to motivate me to get off scrolling endlessly and go write.

Find other WIP aesthetics here!

  • What (or who) motivates you to write?

I might be a tiny bit motivated by the fact that writing this project has been such a long, long, long road and I feel like I can see the end of it all. Or maybe not, we all know a book isn’t quite finished until it’s gone to publication and on shelves and I know that will likely never happen. But I’ll consider a good part of it is done when I’m finishing these edits and most likely will try to send this to…. well, people. Yes. I will.

Honestly, what motivates me the most is my sister, because she screams at me ARE YOU WRITING YET every now and then and… well, peer pressure works.

  • What do you find is the easiest part about writing? The hardest?

That’s such a complicated question…. I don’t know. Honestly, I would have said that editing is the hardest part, but with me having a specific outline of things I need to correct, I’ve been doing kind of okay with it lately. I’m not into line edits or anything so who knows, that might be a nightmare.

For me, the easiest part and the best part of it all, is imagining it all. The story and the puzzle pieces getting together, the characters coming alive on the page. Just letting the words flow when they do, is the best feeling ever.

The hardest part is, well, maybe editing, most likely sharing my writing because I am absolutely terrified of this, or sometimes just making this story work. You know, holding two puzzle pieces that don’t quite go together, but being unable to find the right one. THE FRUSTRATION.

  • What genre will you never try, and why?

I haven’t written a lot of different stories, but I can safely say I’m not interested in writing erotica (not my kind of books or writing at all) and horror (I can’t read it and couldn’t write it, I’d scare myself).

  • Share a tiny (or large) snippet/excerpt of your writing, if you’re comfortable!

So…. I’m not that comfortable, but also I want to try this out so…. please don’t be too harsh with it all? I hope you’ll enjoy these! and I apologize for the mistakes I might have made, too. Still a work in progress.



If you’re writing or/and doing NaNo: how’s the writing going? Do you have any writing or editing advice? What about sharing your writing, do you do it often, do you enjoy to or are you petrified?

If you’re not writing: would you like to try someday, or not? Why, or why not? Also, aerm…. do you like it when I try some writing posts every now and then and would you read more? Let me know!

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66 thoughts on “#NaNoWriMo update: writing, editing, screaming

  1. “I kind of need a routine to be able to write. If I get started writing a little bit every day, like NaNoWriMo forces me to, I feel good and even more enthusiastic about getting back to it. If I stop for a couple days, there’s no telling when I’ll start up again.” – WISDOM. I’m the same.

    This was an interesting read.

    I’m glad that you have someone that pushes you. Your sister sounds annoying, yet cute.

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  2. I did NaNoWriMo 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and I won each of those years. It’s such a fun time of year! I would’ve done it this year but the timing didn’t work out. Instead I’m editing 2 books and outlining a new book that I’ll start in December. The two books I’m editing are like my 18th and 19th novels? I’m not sure. I’ve lost count now. Lol. I just keep my head down and keep on going. Good luck to you! Your novel sounds like a lot of fun!

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    1. WOW. Congratulations on winning so many times, that’s incredible – and you’ve written so much already, that’s fantastic πŸ˜€
      Best of luck for your writing! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  3. I started planning out a book like six or seven years ago.

    In June or July, started out a book- quick blurb: Sparkle, a 12 year old Fairy Frog, befriends Marge, a 12 year old toad. What happens when Sarge, Marge’s cousin’s try to break up this friendship. Throughout all of this, Sparkle comes with the idea of all the Fairy Frogs befriending all the toads. Sarge also tries to break up this friendship as well.

    I am on writing break right now- I take a break after each draft.

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  4. I’m doing NaNo too… kind of. I’m doing researching NaNo, if it’s that a thing πŸ˜‚
    I share my writes with certain people, but usually I go by instict.

    I will never probably write erotica too (why should I even? Sounds terribly boring). Maybe an horror in the future, but only if ti’s a mix of fantasy and horror, like some kind of monster world. Contemporaries are not for me. I cannot see me to write it down. My brain refuse.

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    1. Well if you ask me, that IS a thing! and yay, I’m so happy you’re doing a bit of research, I hope it’s going well πŸ˜€
      Ahah I get that – I guess some genres just aren’t our kind to write, at all! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Camilla πŸ˜€

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  5. Good luck with your WIP. I really need to get back into mine. I think editing is often the hardest part for me. I’m not much of a plotter. I know little things that will happen throughout, so that gives me something to aim for, but other than that, I tend to just go with it. LOL Love your playlist. I like finding songs that fit my WIP. I often listen to music when I write.


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    1. Thank you so much Lauren! ❀
      I admire that so much – I need to be plotting a little bit, otherwise I don't know where everything goes and I'm just, lost and confused hahaha. πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€


  6. I love the quotes you shared, Marie! It’s such a huge undertaking to write a book and you’re doing so great! I also couldn’t ever write horror. I can barely read it! I feel like the best books are the ones that impact the writer just as much as the reader so you definitely can’t remove yourself from the scariness to write it πŸ™‚ I’ve been meaning to participate in NaNoWriMo for the past few years (I even started a WIP like three years ago) but I just never have the time because November is such a busy month for me in uni. I seriously admire your dedication (mind if I borrow some for the week?? πŸ™‚ ).

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much for your sweet words Laura, that means a lot ❀ ❀
      OH I understand, sometimes it doesn't work out – there's always Camp NaNo if you're looking for the NaNo atmosphere in other times of the year! It's in April and June or July, I think haha πŸ™‚ I hope you'll get around to writing this story you want, I'm rooting for you!
      Happy writing πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much ❀ ❀

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  7. You know that I always love it when you share something about your WIP, I would be in love due to the aesthetics alone haha but I believe in you and you can do this!! I know the foot situation is less than ideal, but it gives you time to do things you are usually too busy or distracted for. I am so glad you decided to write this post ❀

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Kat, your support means everything to me always❀❀ I am so in love with the aesthetics Michelle did for the story and I only hope my writing does this justice, too, hahaha. πŸ™‚

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  8. I’m wishing you a ton of luck in your editing goals! I’m currently in the middle of editing a book, as well, and while it’s so nice to be able to open a word document and have something to work with, sometimes it is so hard to know what to do with it and how to improve it, and not simply be tweaking a word here and there. I actually stole Melissa Caruso’s editing method (she wrote a post about it here: https://melissacaruso.net/2018/08/30/editing-process-for-the-unbound-empire/ whereas I wrote a post about it here: https://thoughtsstainedwithink.com/2018/06/27/stealing-the-caruso-editing-method/) and it’s definitely helped, in case you’re looking for some sign posts to help you in your editing process.

    Regardless, good luck and now I’m rooting for you and here if you ever need another cheerleader! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ahh best of luck for editing! I completely understand what you mean, it’s so hard to know if we’re going in the right way or not haha πŸ™‚
      Oh I didn’t know that method at all, thank you SO much for sharing this, I’ll check it out right now!
      Best of luck for your edits too, and thank you so much!! ❀

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      1. But w’ere putting in the work and we are TRYING, so that means a lot, too! and we can’t forget about it.

        Just in case you needed any guidance! I’ve found it really helpful to help me stop just doing line edits and counting that as major progress. Hope it’s going well, though! ❀

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      2. Agree, at least we’re trying and that matters a lot ❀
        Thank you, really, that means a lot and helps me a little bit too!! It’s been going okay so far, I’m glad to be moving on and getting back to this story for sure πŸ˜€ I hope your editing is going well too! ❀

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      3. So true and so easy to forget, honestly, especially when we get into the dangerous mindset of comparing ourselves to others. But I’m so stoked for you! Not a great editing week this week, but after the holidays, ready and eager to hit the ground running next week! ❀

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  9. It’s great to hear that you’ve been able to get back to writing! I love the little excerpt you showed, and I have to compliment you on that music playlist! 9 Crimes by Damien Rice is one of my absolute favorite songs! I wish you the best of luck with completing this WIP, beautiful! ❀️

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    1. Awww thank you so much Kelly, I’m so happy you liked my snippets and the music, too! ❀ I love 9 crimes so much, that song gives me all the feelings haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ❀

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    the aesthetics are all so GORGEOUS and damnnn that blurb, im so sold marie, im so EXCITED for it! i love how your sister is such a big inspiration to your writing thats so cute awww. siblings are the best (and sometimes the worst lol)

    okay but the real question is hOW CAN YOU WRITE LIKE THAT??? its so atmospheric and gripping that was ONLY a few lines you shared!! can i 5 star it from now? wowowoow I LOVE it

    Good luck girl! you totally got this!

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    1. oh my god may I’m going to cry 😭😭😭😭 you’re way too sweet ahhh I’m just so happy you’re enjoying it, I hope you won’t be disappointed by the rest of it (because well I’d love for you to read it whenever I’m done with these edits if you’re still up for it)!

      THANK YOU SO MUCH ahhh, you’re too sweet you’re the best I love you ahh 😭❀️

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      1. are you kidding??? omg IT’D BE A DREAM to read your work (and im not just saying that so you can keep showering me with love and support, i promise lol) GHJFKHUITYFGHJ im EXCITED AND HYPED EVEN MORE NOW

        aaaaaaa i love you moreee and i cant wait for the day you see your book published what a thought 😭😭❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

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      2. Awwww 😭😭 you’re way too sweet, hopefully I’ll manage to finish these edits and send the wip to a couple beta readers, you included!! THANK YOU really for all of your support for my work and everything it means so much 😭😭

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  11. Yay, NaNoWriMo! *waves flags and banners and pom poms and whatever else can be used to cheer for you* Also your aesthetics are gorgeous! I love WIP aesthetics so! much! I hope you can get back into the rhythm of writing β€”Β and even if you don’t, at the end of November you’ll have more progress than you had at the beginning. Good luck ❀

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    1. Aww thank you so much Madeline, you’re so sweet! ❀️
      I love WIP aesthetics so much, I absolutely love seeing them all around and doing them is so inspiring, too!
      Thank you!! I hope NaNo is going well for you ❀️

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  12. It’s great seeing another post about your WIP Marie, especially considering it was last August since you shared anything about it on your blog! Your story sounds really amazing, definitely something I’d pick up if I saw it on a bookshelf one day, and wow I love the aesthetics you’ve created as well (when it comes to my own writing and people talking about their WIPs I’m weak for aesthetics). Also I love the sound of the future WIPs you may one day write, with those three bullet points you’ve pretty much picked up on the main themes I love in books! πŸ˜€
    I hope NaNo is going well for you. I’m still a little behind but there’s still plenty of November left for me to catch up with. Fingers crossed we’ll both reach our goals before the end of the month!
    Great post, and good luck with NaNo. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. aww thank you so, so much Beth, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post ❀️
      I’m with you about aesthetics, I always LOVE seeing stories aesthetics, and they’re so inspiring to make, too!
      Thank you so, so much, it means a lot that you enjoy my ideas and my current WIP, Beth, really!! ❀️
      I hope you’ll be able to catch up soon and happy writing!! πŸ˜€

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  13. Wonderful post, Marie! I honestly love your writing posts where we get to learn more about your WIP. 😊 Your aesthetic is absolutely beautiful and makes me even more excited for your WIP. And I love the excerpts that you shared; you’re an incredible writer, honestly.

    I love that you included a gif from The Good Place, haha. I love that show so much πŸ˜‚πŸ’“ And I’m not a writer, since I’m not confident in my writing abilities and I feel like everything I write is trash, lmao. Maybe someday I’ll try writing a short story, idk. πŸ™ˆ Anyway, great post as always! πŸ™‚

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    1. Dezzy ahhh thank you so much, you’re way too sweet 😭❀️ it means a lot that you enjoy these small snippets and my writing overall, thank you SO much!! 😭❀️

      I love The Good Place way too much, such an incredible show!!
      I am certain that everything you write is NOT trash at all! It’s like everything, takes practice to gain a bit of faith in your writing abilities, but from the way you’re writing blog posts, I can tell you’d be good at writing stories too!! πŸ˜€
      Thank you!! 😭❀️


  14. Ahhh, best of luck with your writing, Marie!❀️Your WIP sounds amazing and I’m sending you all the best wishes from afar. *hugs you*

    Also, as always, I have to mention the Friends gif and also question, is that Courteney Cox in the first gif?! Because if so, I really admire your ability to insert friends characters even if it’s not friends. XD

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Olivia, this means a lot!! ❀️❀️
      Ahah it’s not her – but…. that’d be a challenge… hmmmm I’ll have to try that for next posts haha πŸ˜€

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  15. Hello Marie!!!
    Loved reading more about your WIP! You seem to be making fantastic progress on editing so far which I am so glad to hear πŸ™‚
    I am also a mix of planner and pantser. Although I have everything all plotted out, down to a list of scenes that should take place, I always end up changing stuff up as I go along. That’s awesome to hear that you made a more strict outline for your editing phase, which sounds like the way to go. I love the skeleton metaphor which works well in this context I think haha πŸ˜€
    Lyna sounds like an amazing character. I really do love badasses who have a soft heart πŸ™‚
    I agree that the easiest part of writing is imagining everything, and yes it is hard to share our novels with others. I would very much love to be a reader or beta-reader because I am fascinated by the sound of your WIP. However it is up to you if you are comfortable sharing πŸ˜€
    Love the aesthetics and the snippets! My favourite snippet is the last one, because I am curious about what this secret is πŸ™‚
    Love this post Marie! Keep up the great work! Can’t wait to hear more about Keely and her gang!

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    1. Thank you so, so much for everything and for your support, Sophie, this means SO much ❀ ❀
      I'm always so nervous about sharing anything, even just one post haha, but you're too sweet! I would love it if you could be a beta reader for me when I'm done with my edits!! ❀ ❀
      Thank you so, so much! ❀

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  16. hahaha love your imagery for your plotting/pantsing style πŸ˜‰ Your ideas sound great as well! And love your aesthetics! aww that’s so great that your sister is your biggest cheerleader- mine is too! I really relate about being scared to share your writing- but yours is great, so don’t worry! And I’m never writing horror or erotica either lol. Great snippets as well! Really enjoyed this post!

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    1. Aww thank you so, so, so very much, your sweet words mean a lot! ❀ ❀
      It's so great that your sister is your biggest cheerleader as well, that's amazing, isn't it πŸ˜€


  17. MARIE I’M SO IN LOVE WITH YOUR WIP I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT SOMEDAY. Those snippets are really really good ahhhh I feel you – once I stop writing for a few days it’s so hard to get back into it? I have no idea why but I get all nervous it’s really weird.

    Also all of your other ideas sound so good?? I really hope you get to write them one day! We need more stories about toxic friendships and sisters and road trips – we just need all your ideas πŸ˜›

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    1. AHH MICHELLE WHAT you’re going to make me cry 😭❀️ I’m so, so happy you’re enjoying these snippets and aerm, well if you’re interested in beta reading in a couple months…. just give me a sign? ❀️ you’re way too sweet!! 😭
      I hope I’ll get to writing these ideas too, honestly for now I’m hoping to finish that first WIP, fingers crossed πŸ˜€
      thank you for all of your support!!

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