- Creation Story
Stories in Progress:
- Superhero Story
- Studio Ghibli Inspired Story
Total Words Written:
- 28,249 words
This week, I thought I would hit a slump in my writing. I feared I would run out of things to say (a common fear I have anytime I start a new project). But, much to my surprise, the second week of NaNo has been productive and inspiring in so many ways!
I finally caught up on my word count and honestly, I am over the moon! At the beginning of the week, when I was still a day and a half behind, I feared that I wouldn’t be able to meet my 50,000 word goal. (At this point, I’ve accepted that I won’t write 60,000 words by the end of the month.) But now that I’ve caught up, that final goal seems a lot easier to achieve.
This is the week where I finally started my superhero story. Over the past couple of months, I’ve gotten more into comics books, graphic novels and the superhero genre. I’ve always had a fondest for superheroes, but most of my knowledge came from watching blockbuster movies. (I love the MCU with all my heart, but I pray that DC/Warner Brothers get their act together because I prefer their roster of heroes.) One day, I decided to read a comic book and I’ve been hooked ever since. In fact, my TBR pile is an almost equal mixture of books, single issues of comics and graphic novels. The story that I’m currently working on is inspired by the superhero genre, but I also wanted to tackle mental health issues since it is something I’m an currently working on myself. I’m not sure how successful the final story will be, but it’s still fun to think and write about a physically powerful individual who can’t seem to muster the motivation to continuously live by their superhero creed.
I also wrote the opening line for a story that is slightly inspired by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli films. I’m not sure what will happen in the story or if it’s a story that I will want to submit for publication one day. But this story is important to me because the idea came after an lengthy brainstorming session on what I ultimately want to achieve with my writing career and who I’m targeting with my stories. I won’t go too into detail about it all, but I know that I want to strive for as many happy endings as possible in stories, because I think we all sometimes need reminders that things can get better. Maybe it’s cheesy, but I think there’s always room for another happy ending or two.
One thing that I often feel is overlooked when it comes to “rules” of writing is the importance of connecting with other writers and building a community that is invested in your writing journey. The more I dedicate myself to a life devoted to storytelling and creative writing, the more I’m finding out just how imperative it is to my success to surround myself with a support group filled mostly with writers.
As I mentioned in my first post about my 2018’s NaNoWriMo plan, I’m participating in the “Voices On Fiyah” program, created by the speculative fiction magazine, FIYAH. At the end of each week, I fill out a short survey that asks about the progress I’ve made with my November project. I write down my total word count, one of my favorite lines from a work in progress and jot down a struggle I had during the week. FIYAH, like many literary magazines, is very active on Twitter and each week, they highlight the participants successes on their Twitter feed.
It’s genuinely inspiring reading lines from other writers and then having some of those same writers rally behind and encourage me and the other participants. Already, I’ve connected with writers who want to see me meet my goals and there’s even talks of creating an online group dedicated to sharing our work and holding each other accountable when we need it.
It’s easy to think of writing as a solitary activity and to feel as though others will never understand how difficult it can be putting words down or rearranging them until you’re satisfied. (Are we ever truly satisfied with the final product? Probably not.) But there are so many writers, both online and off, who can relate to the struggles that come with being a writer.
So if you’re not a part of an active community of writers who inspire and support you throughout the writing process, then go out and find some like-minded creative types. We’re out there and we’re always happy to help! Being a part of a community is certainly not a requirement for becoming a successful writer, but it certainly makes things a little less lonely and a lot more fun!
For those NaNoWriMo participates, we’ve reached the halfway mark! Keep going no matter what your current word count may be! Happy Writing!