NaNoWriMo 2017

So, November has come and gone, and with it NaNoWriMo.

The event was largely a success for me, even though I didn’t reach 50k words (I reached 35k), nor did I actually complete writing Nerralyth, as I intended. The story grew into far more than I had originally intended, and I simply had to plan out what I needed, which I’ve managed to do.

I talk more about this in yonder YouTube update.

I thought I’d give a few hints and tips that I’ve picked up during this year’s NaNo that should hopefully be helpful to others, as well as my future self. While these are directly related to NaNo, I think they work with writing in general.

NaNoWriNo Hint No#1

Don’t sit down to write 1700 words. Sit down to write 500. See how that goes. If it goes well, try to write another 500. If it was a bit of a struggle, take a break, and come back later.

NaNoWriNo Hint No#2

Try to end off where it’s easy to pick up again. I find it’s a bad idea to finish at the end of a chapter, so when you return you have to start a new one. Ending in the middle of a sentence can let you hit the ground running when you return to your story.

NaNoWriNo Hint No#3

Let’s not be disheartened if you don’t make a daily target. All progress is good progress, and bad days will happen.

NaNoWriNo Hint No#4

(more or less carries on from #3) Always try to look forwards. Second guessing yourself and lamenting any less productive days or writing absolute tosh will only dishearten you. Keep pressing onward!

NaNoWriNo Hint No#5

If you’re pressed for time, or need to approach something a little bit at a time, just give yourself that 15 minutes, or that 30 minutes, to write in. You’ll be surprised how much you get done, and how much these little bites of writing add up.

Streaming Alterations (next 3 weeks)

Due to annoying real life responsibilities – training courses at work and the like, the next few Writing Streams over on Twitch will need to be changed from Tuesdays to Thursdays. This will happen from this week onwards, so streams will now be happening on the 27th of July and the 3rd and 10th of August.

After this they’ll change back to the usual Tuesday evenings unless we find that Thursdays are somehow advantageous!

Thanks all!

A Wild Blog Appears

I always disliked the term ‘blog’, but unavoidably what this is going to be called.  This is my second attempt at doing one if these for Iiosia. The first ended because I replaced it with notes on the website, and this one’s being created to replace notes on the website.

A site like this lets me post both quick updates and longer, more in-depth thoughts on how things are progressing with Iiosia and all the things which surround it.

Let’s hope I keep it vaguely up to date, eh?

That’s all for now – i have more I’d like to get done tonight, so don’t want to get bogged down becoming overly wordy here yet.

But yes, new updates, to make it easy for me to update, and you to find what’s going on here at a glance. Huzzah!