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Well… it’s not the official name for my NaNo Novel but it’ll do for now.

ALICEFRONTCOVERIgnore the name at the bottom. It was my pen name on Wattpad and then in amidst all the NaNo prep, I just couldn’t bring myself to make another one with said pen name removed. Although if you view it on the NaNo site, you can barely see it. This is probably one of the reasons why I didn’t bother making another one. If you click on the picture, you’ll be directed to my novel page where you can read the synopsis! Not that I’m 100% happy with it but oh well.

I thought I should also mention that I’ve just concluded my break from NaNo prep and will resume asap, especially since competition starts in FIVE DAYS! FIVE! I’ve still got tons to do but like I said, I’m not going to plan EVERYTHING. Sometimes, a little spontaneity is great! I also need to create a writing plan, so when I’m going to write on what day and how long I’m going to write for. I especially need to be strict with the latter as I have three university assignments due all on the same week, mid November. Yikes! So carefully planning is a must and I’m so thankful that I’ve invested in a planner this year!

How are you guys feeling with only five days left till NaNoWriMo starts?

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Three days ago I was working on my NaNo prep.

Since then, I haven’t done anything more. Why? Because I am fried.

Not fried for ideas but just working on one story continuously to the point where I need a break from working. So I’ve decided to take a week off from NaNo prep! I think this would be the best move for me because I don’t want to feel a bit ‘meh’ when I start to write this story. I want to go into it feeling excited! I think it’s important for me to have this break and I told myself that I’ll go a week without working on it.

Also, I think it’s important not to ‘overwork’ the story especially since I haven’t written the story. I don’t want to over plan and then find myself struggling to find the words to stick to my notes.

Ever have this fear?

So now that I can put away the NaNo prep for a few more days, I’ll definitely be able to concentrate on my reading a bit more. I’m currently reading Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope and I’m sort of making my way through that; gradually. I’ve also just picked up Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass which I’m definitely enjoying more of!

What are you guys reading right now? 

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This, is serious business.

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(Yes, I know it’s the guy from Frozen. I hate him)

And because NaNo is serious business, a survival kit it needed! So my survival kit consists of…

  • Microsoft Word

My main tool for writing!

  • Notebook and pen

I always carry a notebook and pen with me and during November, I’ll have to be strict about this because you never know when you may have a sudden idea. An inspiration is always lurking somewhere!

  • App: Writer

This is a simple writing app that is FREE on Android phones. It’s probably on the Apple market too but I’m not 100% sure. I LOVE this app purely because of it’s simplicity and it’s automatic save function. So when I’m off the laptop and I suddenly have an idea for a scene, I’ll just type away on my phone and when I’m done, I’ll just copy and paste and send it to my email and when I’m on my laptop later, I can just add it to the re.st of my story. PERFECT for writing on the go!

  • Story outline, notes, character profiles..

Because without these, there is no story.

  • Dropbox

Now I do have a memory stick but it is strictly for university because of the amount of work I have on there. I’m definitely looking into getting another for my stories but till then, Dropbox is quite a handy alternative.

  • Tea & Coffee

Because you need to stay awake to write.

  • Story playlist

A must! A playlist enables you to keep writing and it helps you create the right atmosphere for the scene you are writing. I haven’t created mine as of yet but I still have tons of time before NaNoWriMo starts!

So that’s pretty much my NaNo survival kit, which is pretty similar to everyone else’s! What’s in yours? Is there anything different? Also, can you believe there’s only 18 (ish) days till NaNoWriMo starts?! Eeeek! I’m so excited! If you’ve made the decision to take part this year don’t worry! There’s still plenty of time to choose your plot and plan! Also, feel free to add me as a buddy! NaNoWriMo/@greenteaaddict

Also, I quickly want to say that I finally have 100 followers on this blog!! Eeeeeek! This  is a huge accomplishment for me as I’ve never stuck to a blog this long and I’ve never had this much followers. I’ve never really been one to obsess over followers but to have this many people acknowledge my blog enough to follow it is just… brings a massive smile to my face. So thank you guys so much and I hope to continue to post content for you guys to read, thank you!

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I’m sort of disappointed in myself. And of course, I’ll tell you why.

Since I created this blog a year ago, I’ve only read eleven books. ELEVEN. Whaaat?! I’m actually really shocked. Eleven books in a year, especially for someone who prides herself in being a bookworm is not good. I think the reason for this is because I just became so busy with life. University pretty much consumed it for the most part but instead of rambling on about how I didn’t do it because so and so happened, I decided to do something about this. I want to pick up and whizz through my books again. I have a massive TBR pile and I haven’t really touched it. I was going to wait till the new year but thought, let’s do this now, just before this year ends.

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So here is the exciting part- from now till the end of this year, I’ve challenged myself to read twelve books which should work out as one book per week. Just about. I’ll be recording my progress on GoodReads which is a super reason for me to bring back that account to life! So I’ve attached a little widget to this blog which allows you to see how I’m getting on with this little challenge of mine.

I will definately post book reviews and hopefully, those will become frequent too!

Till then, what was the last book you read and what did you think of it?

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Like I said in my previous post, the one thing I’m doing different this year is prep! And boy am I doing lots of it! So far, I’ve ‘created’ most of my main characters- I just need to find like a person that matches the description of my character so I can ‘visualise’ it all happening. But then I think this is a bad thing because by doing so, I’ll think more of the said actor/actress and what they’ve previously done and think ‘no no no, my character can’t do that’! Even though it shouldn’t really be relevant to my own writing.

Aside from that, I’ve pretty much written the outline for my story and will leave the details for when I actually write the story. I sort of have an idea of who my main character is and her purpose and honestly, I’m quite excited and I can’t wait to start writing this story but at the same time, I’m really nervous. I’m nervous because the genre is Dystopian/Fantasy and it’s completely new to me. I like reading these genre’s but I don’t find it fun writing them and maybe I’m digging myself a grave here. But it is a challenge and I accept it wholeheartedly. It’s a genre I’ve been meaning to write for a while and this idea that I currently have I’ve played around with for a while too. And I’ve changed the plot so many times. The characters may as well jump from a different novel because they definately not the characters I started off with.

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I honestly can’t wait to start this story.

How have you guys preparing for NaNoWriMo this year?

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It’s just round the corner! Well, three weeks away. And yes, I’m going to hopelessly attempt it, again.

I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo for about three or four years now (created a new account in  the process) and there is one thing that I’ve never done, and that is planning. I’ve had all these ideas and never once have I planned it out. Well, not for NaNo anyway. This year, I’m going to use these next three weeks as a time to plan my novel and which direction I want it to go. I have an idea in mind and I’ve been meaning to write it up for a while now. To be honest, I have a few sentences written for for NaNoWriMo, I’m just going to start from scratch.

It should be interesting because I’ll be juggling university and work and I’ll be studying in my own time so I have to find some time during the day, maybe even on the bus on the way to university to flesh out some ideas for my story. I’m also going to try and blog about my progress during NaNo. Now I can’t guarantee a daily update but I will definitely update you guys and once the site has been updated for this year, I’ll make a separate post about my novel!

Till then, feel free to add me on NaNoWriMo at greenteaaddict

Ok ok ok.

I’ve neglected you I’m sorry but I have my reasons. Many in fact that this blog no longer became priority and fell to the bottom of the pile. It’s still not a priority either but it is something I realised is important to me, because I realise how important blogging is and I like the fact that this blog isn’t all too flashy and it’s simple and that these are my own words. And the fact that this is the longest I’ve ever stuck with a blog.

So I’m back because I miss it.

There’s going to be a few changes however, maybe topic wise it’s going to differ. This is also going to a very student/writing/bookish oriented blog. Or in other words, I’m going to blog about what interests me so there may even be an array of topics. Like, I can’t contain my thoughts into one box.

Till then, expect a new post up soon!

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