NaNo Cheater

I am a NaNoWriMo cheater. Am I proud of it? No.

Why am I writing about this?

The way I see NaNoWriMo is like a game, ranked or just friendly. It lets you play a game in which you’re the protagonist trying to write a novel. In fact, you are your own protagonist in real life, but I know you get what I mean.

That are so many aspiring writers out there, waiting for any opportunity to start writing, or motivation from somewhere. That, unfortunately, doesn’t always come from family or friends; internet is a beautiful tool for artists to get their creative space, big or small.

Logo_of_National_Novel_Writing_MonthNovember 2019, my story began (the real life story, not my novel) when I decided to participate on NaNoWriMo. My motivation reached a very tall peak, I told myself that was the perfect opportunity to challenge myself. It was, truly, but sometimes life smacks you out of nowhere. I stopped. Not only my novel; also my blog, all of its activity stopped because I had matters to attend. Everything’s fine now, but it does not excuse the fact that I wrote an entry for everyone to participate, when I was destined to fail. No, I am not proud of it. Still, I know real life stuff is more important, I can’t help but feel bad about it.

Nothing about me, though

You have no clue (or maybe you do) how small things like this affect a portion of aspiring writers. Not being able to complete a personal challenge as it is NaNoWriMo. We all know that NaNoWriMo isn’t meant to make the writer prove anything. Although the admins there have always clarified that, some of these independent writers start to feel that they have no talent at all. It is sad, I was like that once, I thought if I’d tripped once I would not be able to run anymore. Our thoughts are our worst enemies the majority of time. Damn you, brain!

I think this is the best tweet for them:

I am 99.9% sure my words are irrelevant to any aspiring writer, but how about a published author? This is the best tweet I have ever seen on Twitter. Why? Because she’s right, she’s telling you that if you only write 50, 500, 1000, or more words, you’ll end up with a book. Everyone has different responsibilities, and as soon as you’re determined to write anything every day, then someday you’ll have a story written. Time is gold, and that time should be spent wisely; prioritize your health and family, and then your writing. Also, remember, if you believe your writing sucks, that is not the end of the world either; anything can be edited, EXCEPT the words YOU HAVE’N WRITTEN. Editing is the most important step!

Cheater, you ask?

Indeed, I am a cheater, because I am back. Just in time to keep writing my novel while I keep this blog active. I am also working on short stories that’ll be available for FREE here! Some of these stories are going to work as a prelude for my novel, so I encourage you to keep reading and, if you like my stories, share my work to your family and friends.

Ah, cheater, yes. I am going to participate in 2020’s NaNoWriMo. Of course, my novel will be finished by then (I hope), or at least close to an end. So this is the way I’ll be cheating NaNoWriMo. I won’t get a reward, but I’ll lie to myself to feel better about my writing speed. Am I proud of my ideas? No.

In the end, what matters is the final revision of the story.

A Blog: For Her Moon, Pt 4

Fourth update of my project called For Her Moon, until I come up with an official title for the novel. I’m a NaNoWriMo participant–you can follow my progress more directly on my NaNoWriMo by clicking HERE!

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Yesterday was slow for my project For Her Moon, so this could be considered another failure of me. I suppose so. However, maybe I didn’t write many words last night, but I am so pleased to announce that I also have been working on a few short stories! Hopefully, one is going to be ready by the end of the next week, so I was very active writing. But yeah, I suppose I have failed at my novel.

I deserve a second medal for disappointment.

Thank you for reading me!

Let me know in the comments bellow if you are participating on NaNoWriMo!

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A Blog: For Her Moon, Pt 3

Third update of my project called For Her Moon, until I come up with an official title for the novel. I’m a NaNoWriMo participant–you can follow my progress more directly on my NaNoWriMo by clicking HERE!

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There’s not much to say about yesterday–it was a busy day and I wasn’t able to write more than a few hundred words. I declare November 5th that I have failed.

Well, I guess I just need to keep writing and see if I today gets better.

Thank you for reading me!

Are you participating on NaNoWriMo? Feel free to talk about it on the comments below.

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A Blog: For Her Moon, Pt 2

Today’s update for yesterday’s progress.

I managed to hit 4,212 words! It doesn’t seem like much (because it isn’t), but after a few corrections I had to make, I feel like I’m on fire!

You can directly follow my NaNoWriMo word count by clicking HERE!

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Still on the first chapter of my novel. I thought it’d be shorter, but I believe it was necessary to extend its length. This first chapter I’ve been focusing on character building and some mundane activities to introduce them to the reader. I am doing the same thing with world building. Though the world building is not so big of a deal, because it is an urban fantasy set in a small town in the United States of America.

So far, I am having a lot of fun writing my characters, and I really hope you enjoy reading me once this book is released, hopefully by the second half of 2020.

Thank you for reading me!

Are you participating on NaNoWriMo? Feel free to talk about it on the comments below.

Feel free to follow me here and/or Twitter if you’d like. Say hi!

A Blog: For Her Moon, Pt 1

This is my first NaNoWriMo progress update. You might want to see my updates here or take a more direct look at my NaNoWriMo page HERE!

As you already know, I’ve been writing a novel. The project For Her Moon was originally meant to be published later this year 2019. Unfortunately my muse left for a good amount of time. She returned with all of her power and punched me in the face. Thanks to that, my brain started to function as intendedor maybe not as intended, but at least I can write now.

I have officially started writing the novel on November 1st, just in time for NaNoWriMo 2019 and to pretend I’m playing a videogame. I believe it would be a BIG mistake to participate if I do it as work. And I must admit that my first approach to writing is thanks to Eartbound (Mother 2).

To the point: I’ll be writing my novel Monday through Friday and try to update my blog with new information about For Her Moon every day (along with the NaNoWriMo progress). Saturdays and Sundays, though, it’s going to be my break from the job and my novel. I’d like to be fresh whenever I write. So here I it is:

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I managed to hit 1,452 words on Friday, November 1st, while I was writing a certain gaming blog that’ll be published on November 7th—if you like videogames, you probably know what November 7th is. As for Saturday and Sunday, there’s no progress; I won’t be writing anything related to my novel those two days, as I have mentioned above.

Progress so far

There’s not much to say at the moment. I introduced the setting and the two protagonists. Both are University students that went to a not-so-popular restaurant and have a normal conversation about having a party next weekend.

Interesting? I guess notan introduction to the characters and the current word count won’t tell you anything, of course. Let’s wait and see what happens next!

Thank you for reading me.

Tomorrow I will post my today’s progress!

Are you writing a novel? Are you participating on NaNoWriMo? Feel free to talk about it in the comments below.

I must admit I’m loving what I have so far, but I am so afraid (and shy) to share more details about it. That’s why I decided to vaguely tell you a little about For Her Moon with these NaNoWriMo updates.

Feel free to follow me here and/or Twitter to know what’s coming. Or just to say hi!

Update: NaNoWriMo and Short Stories

I already have made a post about my NaNoWriMo participation; I’m not going to take it like a serious thing, though, it’ll become my game. A game I plan to beat. Even if I don’t reach the goal, I’ll feel more than satisfied with it. And even if I reach or surpass the word counting goal but the story is not finished, I’ll be satisfied.

The thing that really excites me about this is that I’ve finally figured out what to do. After writing and rewriting my novel, I finally got this.

So, what is the plan for NaNoWriMo? Is to write my project called For Her Moon while my inspiration and musical company stand with me.

What the hell is For Her Moon? Is the name of the project. I don’t have an “official” title for my novel yet, so I’m calling it For Her Moon until I decide to come up with a name. Maybe when the novel is finished. Doesn’t matter now. Nothing matters until it’s done!

What about this not-blog? I’ll do constant updates about the project, including NaNoWriMo word count. And I plan to write short stories that’ll be available here for FREE! This will be a good way for you to know my writing style without me feeling the need to reveal anything about my novel–I feel kinda uncomfortable revealing my work, to be honest.

There’s nothing else for me to say at the moment, I guess. Feel free to ask me anything. Or, if you’d like to interact directly  with me, feel free to follow me on Twitter.

See you!

Should I Participate on NaNoWriMo 2019?


NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) is basically a way for–aspiring or veteran–writers from every place on Earth to gather and share with its community their work. NaNoWriMo has a goal: 50,000 words during November. That doesn’t mean your novel has to be 50,000 words; it is just a goal for anyone to reach and motivate them to keep going!

For some people this might be weird in many ways because it’s hard–almost impossible–to write something good within a time limit like that. That’s not the point though. If I have to describe it myself, I’d say this is a place where you challenge yourself, like in a videogame, to DO WRITE that story that’s been hidden in your head for so long. To me, this could be myself playing the role of a developer creating a new IP (intellectual property) from the beginning to the end. Still, I know this keeps the same thing floating: it is almost impossible to write a good story in a month, taking it that 50,000 words is the minimum count for something be considered a novel. Specially if you have the dream to write an epic fantasy like The Lord of the Rings (Tolkien), The Stormlight Archive (Sanderson), or similar.

I believe the main purpose of NaNoWriMo is to enjoy yourself writing. Interact with the community, see if it has any resources to help you in your writing quest, or simply to push those words out of you!

We need to remember something: there’s not a perfect  creation out there, and even those things you felt well-polished (poems, songs, games, books, TV shows), required a lot of repetition and editing.

NaNoWriMo is just here to let YOU see your own progress; that project, or story, you always wanted to see on paper, to be printed on paper or just digitally for others to read. That’d be just the first step! After you’d completed this challenge, CONGRATULATIONS, you’ll find yourself taking the second step: EDIT!

EDIT EDIT EDIT! NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE! Edit as much as needed. Start by yourself, read and correct your story, your grammar; remove everything that seems out of place, or add is something’s missing. It might take two or more readings, but once you’re done, look for someone you trust and is willing to give you a hand and good critique on your work. Same as the previous step, do it more than once or twice if possible. This is your creation after all, you might want to make  it look good!

"Keep your head in the clouds and your hands on the keyboard."
Marissa Meyer

To summarize, I think NaNoWriMo is a good web resource for writers, specially aspiring ones, to make their work a real thing and not just a daydream photo. After beating the challenge, go and make your girl/boy look pretty/handsome!

Should I participate? I’ll probably do, now that I am talking about this.

Personal note: it feels weird to talk as if I could actually give any advice when I haven’t achieved anything as a writer, to be honest; I am writing my first book in this language, and it’s being a hell of a challenge.

I guess this whole post/article/blog is just for me, trying to give myself that advice no one has ever given to me. If this post actually helps someone else, I’ll feel very happy.