I wish everything I ever wished for and wanted wouldn't be a wish.
I wish I could make it to college and help my family.
I wish I could be a lawyer.
I wish for the world to be a cartoon.
I wish my tablet had WiFi outside my apartment.
I wish there will never be discrimination all over the world.
I wish there are free food everyday.
I wish for the world to have peace.
I wish for Digimon to be real.
I wish depression and suicide didn't exist.
I wish for more acceptance.
I wish the world is made of chocolate,
I wish my family had a place to live and a car.
I wish for more gratitude in the world and for everyone's happiness.
I wish to have an amazing college experience.
I wish the world would be Black Butler.
I wish my future would be full of success.
I wish I could have this sharpie (that I used to write this).
I wish for more manga books.
I wish for everyone to have a good day.
I wish my school was Hogwarts.
I wish people would stop pretending to be someone they're not.
I wish to end world poverty and the lack of fresh water in Africa.
I wish to get into the school I like and live my life without any regrets.
I wish everyone tomorrow are always better than today.
I wish to attain happiness, glory, and pride.
I wish to make my family proud.
Here's all the information you need to be sure your brilliant work gets officially validated.
The start time for validating your word count to win NaNoWriMo is November 20 at 12:00 AM.
The deadline for validating your word count to win NaNoWriMo is November 30 at 11:59 PM.
To validate your word count, copy-and-paste the entire text of your novel into the Word Count Validator on the Novel Info page. If your count meets or exceeds your goal, you have won NaNoWriMo! You should see a page just for you, stocked with winner goodies. Sometimes, the Word Count Validator disagrees with the word count provided by your word-processing program. If the Word Count Validator has shaved off enough words to prevent you from winning, you may add random text (see below) or simply duplicate a section of your novel before pasting it in again. If you're handwriting your novel, you will still need to validate your word count to win. The best way to do this is to use a random text generator to simulate your word count. You can then paste that into the Word Count Validator. If you plan to continue working through November 30, be sure you've updated your time zone. We want you to have all the noveling hours you need. You can update your time zone on the User Settings page. Passwords for the publishing offer will be available in early December. If you have won, look for a password on your winner's page.
Help us pick out prizes for our Doctor Who Holiday Party on December 21st. We'll be giving away life-size cutouts of Doctor Who characters. Which characters would you want to take home with you? You can vote for up to five!
Calling all Whovians! Dress up in your favorite Doctor Who costume or t-shirt and join us for the best party in all of time and space. You’ll have a wibbly wobbly timey wimey filled with Doctor Who fun and adventure. The best costume wins a prize!
Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is told by five different perspectives- the wife, four daughters: Rachel, Leah, Adah, Ruth May. Nathan Price, an evangelical Baptist takes his family to the Belgian Congo in 1959 to offer "salvation." They come to Kilanga village in Congo and as series of event unfold, each of them except Nathan, transform and each adapt different point of view. Through misunderstanding, betrayal, and death, the family go on separate way while the political conflict is going on in Congo. Each of the character represents the choices that can be make on religion, guilt, and political. I recommend this to anyone who really enjoy learning about different culture and history of Africa. The reading is challenging but it is a fantastic written book!
1. Fairy Tail by Mashima Hiro (also check out Fairy Tail Zero) 2. Tokyo Ghoul by Ishida Sui 3. Sword Art Online 2 by Kawahara Reki 4. Love So Life by Kouichi Kaede 5. Tokyo Ravens by Azano Kouhei 6. Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea by Maeda Riso 7. Fate/ Stay Night by Nishiwaki Datto 8. Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan by Yamazaki Asuka 9. Shingeki no Kyojin by Isayama Hajime 10. Pandora Hearts by Mochizuki Jun
In a world where technology is our prime entertainment, we can jump into our favorite game without batting an eye. In The Eye of Minds, however, Michael, Sarah, and Bryson find that their favorite pastime- the virtnet- is inhabited by the cyber-terrorist Kaine- a mysterious figure with unknown devious intentions. People are dying on the virtnet, and the VNS (virtnet security) have tasked the three teens with finding out why. I recommend this book for anyone looking for an entertaining but not too challenging read. The action kicks off in the first chapter and keeps going until the very last page, which is why I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. This book can also be an eye opener to how all of the technology we surround ourselves with isn't as safe as we once thought- and that someone, somewhere, can use it against us.
The World is Virtual.
The Danger is Real.
Our Inklings Writing Club created some collaborative poetry (each person adds a line after only seeing the previous line) at our November meeting as we say goodbye and good luck to Alythya & Trumyn!
I saw, as the bright sky turned a misty green, cascading with birds drifting peacefully while eating cheese. Makes me smell weird, like old gym socks. I took out the socks to the trash, but they bit me. Bleeding, but without any bandages, I used the nearest thing to clean it, a stinky old cloth on the side of the road, drifting in the wind. The leaves were carried far and wide, the message they bore would terrify anyone who read it. But who would read?
Dean looked puzzled. Dean cried because of this. The tears rolled down his cheeks, leaving behind hot salty trails. Though they burned him, into a pit of fiery ashes that stretched to the sky. I threw the awful shirt and wished it a burning, painful death. Then I realized... I didn't have a shirt and purple unicorns were watching. It was embarrassing. His cheeks burned red as he hid his face. Then he knew... My secret identity was revealed.
Jimmy rode on a dog! But I fell off many times and broke my funny bone which made me laugh. Laughing insanely, thinking about yesterday when a bolt of lightning spiked the darkness. It pricked his finger which hurt. He uses many bandages but the blood spilled on the pavement, knocking him out. He awoke in a room wearing the weirdest, strangest clothing. Fits me poorly. The shoes were WAY too big! I looked like a clown. But I am a clown.
Braces suck. That's why I took mine off, But when I took mine off, my feet stank. They sank into goo of gooey toothpaste, which gave the most horrendous scent of rancid fruit, but tasted like ripe orange. It was yummy. Delish. Relish! rhymes. Pig and wig. Pup and sup. I can say anything I want to, but doesn't make sense. Absurd green penguins flop around joyfully drop on the deck. That 20 ft. deck of cards that's lying on main street was tumbling and fell. That was the end of the card tower.
My Dear NaNo-ers,
I don’t particularly like comparing novel writing to climbing a mountain, because it’s been done, but let’s face it: it works. Look at this fairly standard map of plot structure...
I mean, it looks like a freaking mountain.
If you’re anything like me, you reach that “rising action” stage about halfway through your manuscript, lift your head to the heavens to see how much of the book is left, and consider camping out where you are for a while or even rolling back down to the bottom. This may happen to you on November 15 or somewhere thereabouts. I am here to tell you two things:
Do not be alarmed. This is normal.
Do not camp out, and do not climb back down.
There is a lot of writing advice floating around the Internet, and there are also a lot of “don’t bother with writing advice, just put your butt in a chair and work!” manifestos. (Which was my motto for the past year and a half, actually.) Some of this advice includes:
“Getting to know your character” exercises (questionnaires, quizzes, free-writing, etc.)
“Mapping out your plot” exercises (break down your plot into the plot structure diagram above, map out each scene and make sure each one shifts the story from a positive place to a negative one, or a negative place to a positive one, etc.)
“Prose and voice” exercises (read your manuscript out loud, never use adverbs, alternate short and long sentences, etc.)
There are also many discussions about whether you are a “pantser” (writing by the seat of your pants) or a “plotter” (mapping out your stories beforehand), someone who writes from beginning to end, or someone who jumps around in time, and so on.
Some of you might know exactly which one of those things you are—you have a process, you know which pieces of advice work for you, you have a routine—and some of you may feel hopelessly lost. My advice to both camps of people, from my (still admittedly few) climbs up manuscript mountain, is the same:
Let go of your process.
Let go of stressing out about your process.
Let go of finding your process.
Let go of all of it.
When you reach the place on Manuscript Mountain that makes you consider admitting defeat, and the tools you have used to get as far as you have are no longer working for you, consider using someone else’s tools. Pantser? Try plotting. Plotter? Try literally burning your outline (safely! In a trash can or something!). Perfectionist? Try writing the worst scene you can possibly muster. Strict beginning-to-end-er? Write whatever scene is burning a hole in your brain and fill in the gap later. Whatever you do, don’t hold so tightly to whatever writer identity you have formed for yourself that you can’t innovate, change, and grow.
It is not important that you stay the same writer you are now, or that you have a definite routine or pattern. I started my first book in the middle, with no outline, and finished my third book with a detailed one, written from beginning to end. I thought I knew what kind of writer I was, but ultimately I found those definitions limiting rather than freeing. If I can let them go, I can become whatever writer each story requires me to be.
What is important, far more than the definitions we cling to, is that we finish the stories we are burning to tell.
So, fill your writer toolbox with as many tools as you can, even if they seem silly or like they will never work for you. You don’t have to make detailed outlines, or fill out character questionnaires, or do free-writing, or keep a journal, or draw maps if you don’t want to. But it helps to have new tools to pick up if the old ones stop working for you.
And consider getting desperate. Desperate to write, desperate to get that story on the page, desperate to let the characters speak, and desperate to finish. Get so desperate that you will try anything to make it work. You have a deadline. It is November 30. You can do it. But you might have to throw all your preconceptions about yourself and your writing out the window.
No manuscript is perfect the first time through. You don’t need to worry about perfection right now. But you are participating in this magical month of generally antisocial behavior and potential caffeine overdose because you believe that pushing through a manuscript in a month will help you in some way, and that means you need the wild, thirsty freedom of a writer who will get to the end.
Don’t be a plotter or a pantser, a strict butt-in-chair person or an exercise-doer, a beginning-to-end-er or a time jumper—don’t be anything other than whatever you need to be to keep climbing.
And then, for the love of all things writing and book-related, revise the crap out of Manuscript Mountain.
In October, you were busy plotting your novel, or—if you’re like me—pinning motivational quotes on your Pinterest boards. Now it’s almost November, and the plot that seemed perfect a month ago reminds you of Harry Potter or Star Wars, and those motivational quotes aren’t as motivating as you thought.
It’s the 11th hour, and Doubt is paying you a visit. Giving Doubt a name is helpful. I call my unwelcome friend Ozzy because he sounds suspiciously like Ozzy Osbourne from one of my favorite bands, Black Sabbath. Whatever you call him, Doubt’s endgame is always the same: to keep you from writing. There are so many reasons why you shouldn’t write this book, right? Here are a few of the things Doubt whispers in your ear:
You’re too busy. You have school, or chores, or a pet, or a pint of chocolate ice cream waiting for you. How can you possibly find time to write? So what if Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 on a typewriter during his lunch breaks?
Your idea sucks. Now that you’ve read over your idea a few times, it’s clear that your idea is worthless—and there is no way to fix it. Real authors come up with ideas that are completely formed from inception, and they never outline or rework an idea, or call a friend sobbing because they think their plot isn’t salvageable.
Your muse is MIA. Everyone knows that when real writers sit down in front of their computers, the words just pour out. Real writers have muses who whisper ideas to them in their dreams and solve their writing problems. There are, of course, a limited number of these muses—and to date, they’ve all been assigned to other writers who are not you.
You aren’t qualified to be a writer. You don’t have an MFA in Creative Writing; maybe you don’t even have a degree, which everyone knows is a requirement for successful writers. Harper Lee, Ray Bradbury, Charles Dickens, Jack Kerouac, and William Faulkner are the only exceptions to the rule.
Here’s the truth, from me to you:
Most writers are “too busy” to write. We have things we’re responsible for. Some writers even have another full-time job that (gasp) has nothing to do with writing. Yet, they still write. Instead of finding the time to write, you make the time to write.
As far as having a plot that sucks, welcome to the first draft of every idea I’ve ever had. If you don’t believe me, ask one of my writer friends; most of them have endured at least one of my sobbing phone calls, during which I insist that my book is broken beyond repair.
And the muse? I have no idea who has one, but if anyone does, I’d like to know so I can stage a kidnapping.
While it’s wonderful to have an MFA, you don’t need one to be a writer. At the end of the day, the only thing you need to be a writer is an idea and a pen. Your job is to write the best song, poem, story, or book you can.
Here’s the million-dollar question: how are you going to write this book if you’re afraid to start writing? Give your friend Doubt a name, and then block his calls.
I’m not a fast writer. I type with three fingers, and there’s a video on YouTube to prove it. The way I finish my novels is one word at a time. Don’t focus on 50,000 words or 30 days. Just write one word at a time, and focus on hitting your word-count goal one day at a time.
So start writing your novel. I’m waiting to read it, and I’m rooting for you.