The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad — The Final Week

good morning, cyberspace!

I caught a cold.

Yep. We’re jumping right into the meat of the post today, folks. Perhaps some of you noticed that there was no post on Saturday. Or Sunday. Perhaps you spent your entire Saturday excessively refreshing your WordPress feed whilst tears of despair dripped down your sad little nose because you couldn’t find a new post written by Yours Truly. or, you know, perhaps you couldn’t care less that there was no post on Saturday because this month’s lineup of blog posts have been nothing short of abysmal and an incoherent mess. aha. oops?

As always, the lateness of this post is, of course, due to multiple reasons. One of which is that I spent the whole of Black Friday writing my book so furiously that I’m pretty sure I burned a hole in my laptop to make up for my Thanksgiving Slip-and-Slide. One of which is that I promised you all a pep talk, and the mere act of promising that has caused me to literally forget how to pep talk.

And the most important reason of all is, most obviously. . .I caught a cold.

And all of these things stock-piled together adds up to one very late, extremely incoherent blog post. Because when one’s throat feels like a giant lump set on fire by the volcanoes of Pompeii, one’s writing style is bound to become most gloriously cramped.

However, last week I promised you all a pep talk, and so a pep talk you shall have.

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Kenzie’s Pep Talk For The Last Week of NaNo

spongebob squarepants good luck GIF

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There you go, guys. That’s the pep talk.

Aha.

YOU CAN’T BLAME ME FOR THIS, PEASANTS, I HAVE A COLD.

In all seriousness, though, no matter where you are in your writing journey right now, just please promise me you won’t give up on your story, okay? I know it’s hard to continue pushing forward when you feel like everything is crumbling down around you. Believe me, I know. Whether it’s your plot that just won’t work no matter how hard you twist it, or your characters that keep going off on random tangents about their most terrible backstory, or the fact that you currently have no voice and your throat is on fire (#me), I know exactly what you’re going through. And maybe you — like me — have absolutely no hope of completing your NaNoWriMo Dare Squad Goal.

Oh yeah, guys. I said it. I AM NOT FINISHING MY NANOWRIMO DARE SQAUD GOAL. I’m going to lose most spectacularly, in fact. And you know what? That is perfectly okay. It sounds supremely cheesy, but believe it or not, the whole point of NaNo has nothing to do with whether or not we lose, and everything to do with whether or not we had fun trying. Sure, your characters might have toddled off into a magical land you had absolutely no clue even existed in your storyworld, but as long as you had fun wrangling them back (or had fun waddling off after them, of course), then you won.

Sure, your plot might have crumbled like a perfectly aged Gorgonzola cheese, but as long as you had fun crumbling into the depths of despair right along with it — YOU WON.

Sure, you might have hit absolutely nowhere near that daily goal of 1,667 words, but even if you only wrote a hundred words every day, and you had the most magical, most fantastical, most amazing time writing those words. . .you guessed it. You’re a winner.

Writing is not about how many words you can spill onto a page in a specified amount of time. Writing is not about being the fastest writer on the planet, or even being the most talented writer on the planet. Writing is about the journey it takes to write a book. It’s about the adventure and the magic. It’s about creating something that no one else can create.

So if you, like me, find yourself staring at your Dare Squad goal or your NaNoWriMo wordcount with the realization that there’s absolutely no way you’re ever going to hit that goal. . .don’t worry. You’re still an amazing writer. The words you have written this month are still valid. The story you’re writing is going to be amazing, as long as you have the courage to never give up.

It’s going to take some time, to be sure. You’re going to have to put in the hours and the minutes to get this book done, but trust me, my friend. If you just keep plugging forward, someday you will finish that novel.

And it — like you — shall be glorious.

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Well would you look at that. A super incoherent and weird pep talk, as predicted. Well, at least you can’t say that I didn’t try.

But anyway, let’s get into my Week Whatever-This-Is Recap, shall we?

. . . In Other News . . .

i. I BROKE MY WORDIEST DAY EVER!!!

This is pretty much the only thing I have worth mentioning for this week, but I mean????? I BROKE MY WORDIEST DAY EVER!!!!! ASDFGHJKL!!! It’s a Christmas miracle!

Or rather, it’s a Black Friday miracle, because instead of going out and getting trampled over and killed by hangry Christmas shoppers, my mom and I stayed home in the happy comfort of our little house, and I got a load of writing done. 4,036 words of it, in fact. And this happens to be my ultimate high for a November NaNoWriMo, so I am just so insanely happy about this, you guys.

But then, of course, to put a damper on my sunshine parade. . .

ii. I CAUGHT A COLD THE VERY NEXT DAY.

And instead of getting a stuffy nose (which is something that I can handle relatively well), I GOT A SORE THROAT.

OF COURSE.

And now my voice is gone and my soul is gone and my hope in humanity is gone and I sound like a dying whale every time I try to talk. Hoorah.

iii. I broke 40k!

On the very same night that I broke my wordiest day and caught a cold. Very serendipitous, if you ask me.

iv. I’m totally failing my NaNoWriMo Dare Squad Goal!

And I feel like this is something worth mentioning again, because it just goes to show that no matter how well-meaning I am, I am absolutely rubbish at creating manageable goals for myself. However, I still have very lofty hopes of winning NaNoWriMo this year, even with this blasted cold, so stay tuned for more on that, folks. . .

and finally, last but never the least. . .

v. The final Dare Squad post MIGHT come out in very early December, rather than the final day of November?

Because I really want to spend these last final days kicking all my writing power into high gear in order to win NaNoWriMo, and in order to do that, I’m going to need to focus all my creative energy on writing my book, rather than writing a blog post. And I mean, I think you guys will understand this? Because you’re writers doing NaNoWriMo. Obviously. But if there happens to be an angry mob over the Dare Boards and whatnot being posted on the first or second of December, rather than the 30th of November, well. . .

. . .I’m still gonna post it late, ahahahahahahahahaha.

Seriously. I need to win this NaNo. My poor insulted ego can’t handle losing two November NaNo’s in a row, you guys.

However, if it turns out that I win NaNo a couple days early (highly unlikely, but still) then I shall hopefully have the post posted on the 30th. But I ain’t holding my breath for that one, or anything. . .

*inhales sharply*

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TALK TO ME, PEASANTS!

I think that’s everything I’ve got to say for today. This post is kind of an incoherent jumble — as are all of my NaNoWriMo posts, it would seem — but this is pretty much the best I can come up with in my current mental state.

Ahem. You’re welcome.

But anyway, what have you guys been up to for the past week? Have you gotten a lot of writing done, or are you hoping that the magical gnomes will write your words for you in the dead of night whilst you sleep? (pretty sure this has happened to me before. believe in the magical gnomes, my friends. BELIEVE.) Have you won NaNoWriMo yet, or are you (like me) just barely scraping by on the daily wordcount goal? What new and exciting things have been happening in your novels? What new and exciting things have been happening in your real life? and most importantly. . .

HAVE YOU CAUGHT A COLD YET THIS YEAR??? (and if so, did you lose your voice, too??? because i am feeling oddly like Ariel right now. i’ve even started a thing-a-ma-bob collection!! i’ve got twenty so far. . .)

Let’s talk about ALL OF THE THINGS! down in the comments below! And as always, until next time. . .

*flings cookies in the air and disappears*

30 thoughts on “The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad — The Final Week

  1. I ALSO HAVE A COLD! And it also interrupted my creative output a bit. I have a dribbly nose and only a mildly affected throat. I’d switch with you, except I’m drinking cranberry juice and better wait till later.

    More importantly…YOU ARE SO CLOSE TO WINNING NANO! YOU CAN DO IT!!! (Even if the draft won’t be finished, alas…)

    I won NaNo, and promptly derailed the entirety of my writing energy into nothing but existential crisis and art. I’ve kept writing each day, but man, it’s tiny amounts now. I also dreampt that Spectra was crossed with Avatar: The Last Airbender, so writing about that gave me some extra words yesterday.

    I prefer the Dare Squad announcements to be on December 1st rather than in November. It gives a nice sense of closure, it’s like a little after party, one we can fully enjoy as all our fates will have been sealed by then.

    I have no idea what to write right now, which is sad because your pep talk is good and I want another draft to fully complete. Oh wait, I was considering writing Miranda’s Madness in the style of a fairy tale or picture book…Perhaps I will manage it if art hasn’t taken me over entirely.

    ONWARDS TO STORY VICTORY!

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    • Oh no!!! I’m so sorry to hear you’re sick, too… :(( Getting sick during NaNo is the WORST. But I guess being sick on Christmas would be even more terrible… Mmm…cranberry juice. I drank ginger ale the other day when my throat was burning. It’s not exactly the healthiest drink, but MAN was it good…

      ASDFGHJKL!!! I won NaNo!!! Which you already know now…BUT STILL!!! XD (The draft is most definitely not finished, but it gives me something to continue working on, which is good…)

      Okay, but like this sounds EXACTLY like what happened to me after I won NaNo. Except…not the art thing. Cause I can’t art. XD But the minimal writing and existential crisis??? IT ME. Oooh! That dream sounds amazing!!

      OH DARN IT. I POSTED IT YESTERDAY CAUSE I DIDN’T SEE THIS COMMENT. I’m sorry. :(( But I mean it’s out there now so like??? Yay?? 😂

      OH OH OH!!! You sent me an email on this!!! Once I get caught up on blog comments, I’m gonna go and check that out!!!

      *crowds cheer violently behind us as we surge ahead*

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      • Yeah, thankfully it’s starting to abate now. Ginger ale is tasty. I kept drinking ginger “tea” during the worst of my cold.

        YESSSSSS! :D

        Alas, I don’t know if there is a way to change a post-50k writing slump…except I’ve heard the advice from Over Achievers to try to write through the 50’s as quickly as possible and get to 60k. But man, I was certain I would want a break from major story stuff after that.

        It’s fine! Ironic, because I was quite happy to see it a day early. xD I suppose if I had a bigger goal I was actively trying to reach I would’ve felt unprepared for the post.

        Sorta, it was mostly to see what kind of styles there are for such stories.

        *Crowds applaud us*

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        • Oh good. Mine’s still going pretty strong, but I think it’s gonna start leaving soon. Hopefully. *is hopeful* OOOH. Ginger tea?? I don’t think I’ve ever tried that. I absolutely love cinnamon tea, though! (the only tea besides Raspberry iced tea that I think I can stomach…)

          Oh goodness. I could never be an overachiever. Not ever. XD I think the most I’ve written in a month is a little over 50k. I’m just a slower writer than some, I guess.

          Right. As it is, if the Dare Squad returns next year, I’ll probably post it on December 1st, because — as you said — it would be a bit more of a wrap-up party post thing… But that’s if the Dare Squad returns. I’m not thinking that far ahead in the future quite yet. XD

          Well, either way, I absolutely loved it. XD It made me laugh out loud!

          *one man dies of excitement*

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          • It’s pretty spicy stuff, and you’ll have to be careful not to get something mixed with green tea, but there are pure ginger “teas” (tisanes, that’s the word), and ginger tisanes with other things like peach.

            I want to build up my abilities to overachieve, it seems so fun and crazy to do it.

            Sounds good!

            Hehe. :D

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            • Blech. I HATE green teas. But mmmmm… Ginger tea sounds really good! If I ever decide to give tea another chance, I just might have to try this.

              True! I just don’t think I could ever do it… :(( I’m so slow. But I definitely think you can conquer it!!! You’ve already written 50k in 16 days!! (Or was it 15..?)

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              • I’m not fond of green tea either. xD

                Technically, finishing NaNo early does count as overachieving, so technically you did it too. :)
                It was 16, I guess next year I’ll try for the 15th and see if I can write 100k…because why not? xD

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                • OOOOH! Really?? But I guess I only finished like two days early, and then the next two days were spent barely writing anything at all. XD Holy cow, Jethan. XD I’m really hoping you mean writing 50k in 15 days, because writing 100k in 15 days sounds like death. XD

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                    • I did not know this! Well, I’m an overachiever by two days then. WOOOT!! *lights fireworks*

                      Aha! See, I think you could do that, but I feel like it would TOTALLY burn me out… Definitely keep me posted on whether or not you try this, though, cause like….*whips out pompoms*

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                    • *Cheers and applauds* *Lights sparklers*

                      Definitely! It sounds like a lot of fun. Actually, maybe I”ll be crazy and attempt in January…Get some serious Spectra work done. Especially since I’ll have an extra day.

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                    • MEEP! *eats sparklers*

                      OOOOOH! Dude, you should totally try this!!! If you do, make sure to keep me posted!!! I’m so excited… Actually, I’m doing something just a WEE bit similar, but I’m working on my WIP from January till the end of February. So…yeah. XD You’re much more daring than I. XD

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                    • That sounds like the perfect plan, actually. I’m currently working under a self-imposed deadline, and while it’s working well for me right NOW, I probably won’t do that for every single month. Sometimes you just have to relax and take a break.

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                    • Momentum is hard to retain, honestly. It’s something I continuously struggle to do, but I find that getting my writing done in the mornings helps me focus more later in the day. And it gets the hardest part of the day out of the way . . . which is actually writing. XD

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                    • I find myself daydreaming Spectra scenes, but not writing anything at all. I should have a little goal of writing a few notes down while things are fresh in my mind.
                      There’s several blog posts I want to write, but man, I need to get them done in the morning for that reason exactly. :|

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                    • Oh yeah, daydreaming about scenes is wonderful!! It helps me get past blockages when I’m struggling with a specific chapter.

                      YES TO THE BLOG POSTS. I have so many I want to write, but I hardly have time to write them all. Aha. :((

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                    • The beginning just feels too frustrating that I can’t enjoy it enough to daydream. Blargh. I probably need to rant to the void about that…

                      Man, I don’t feel ready yet. xD

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                    • Ranting to the void is very nice… You could always rant to our group if you wanted!! We make a very nice void… XD

                      LOL! I was definitely ready, but I think that’s because I don’t feel right unless I’m blogging. It’s become a favorite hobby of mine. XD

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                    • I probably do, but I did get some interesting ideas for the beginning. I’ll email about that.

                      I think I’m warming up to it again. It is fun once you get in the swing of things again.

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                    • OOOOH! I must check my email!!!!

                      Yes!!! Again, I think it’s that really weird balance that’s hard to keep. Usually I end up burning myself out by writing ALL OF THE BLOG POSTS and then NONE OF THE BLOG POSTS, but right now I’m trying to keep myself focused on my book. It’s helping to keep me grounded, I think,

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                    • Yes!

                      Right now I just don’t know what to do with my blog, it would be good to have some kind of plan for it, but I think up too many different directions and do nothing. I still have to finish a tag you tagged me with, but I have to come up with a pun and 11 facts about myself and I’m stuck. xD

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                    • Oh no!!! Well, you don’t HAVE to do the pun, I’m sure. XD (I can’t for the life of me remember the tag…) But I totally get the different directions throwing you off. My blog is mainly centered around writing, but sometimes I start posting about books and other random stuff, and I have to pull myself back. XD

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                    • AHA!!! Oh yes! I do remember this!!! #marshmallowbrainremembers I think one of my questions was making you guys make your own puns… Well. That’s quite unfortunate… BUT I HAVE EVERY FAITH IN YOU, JETHAN!!!! XD

                      Ooh, yes! And now that Camp is here (I got to this message late) I’m….well, actually I’m kind of freaking out but I mean??? Pssh. We’re fine.

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  2. Get wel soon! You can survive those last days of NaNo even with a cold!
    I’m still behind, but catching up. I’m around 40k, so I just need to tie myself to my chair and glue my fingers to the keyboard, and everything will be fine.
    And i’m totally fine with the Dare Squad announcement after November. Writing is more important now! (shh, I totally have not neglected my blog for the whole of November)

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    • Oh my goodness, thank you, Saartje!!! That means so much to me… AND I DID WIN NANO!!! Which I’m kind of shocked about, but still extremely happy with. Did you end up writing that last 10k???? I have been so absent on the blogs this month it’s not even funny…

      Oooh, yes. NaNo is solely for the writing… Although I did manage to get it out on time because I won a couple days earlier than expected, but I’m kinda thinking it would have been better to post it on the first anyway. Ah well. 😂

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