Day 30 (SUCCESSFUL!!!!)

MAY 9TH – 1,634 WORDS

TOTAL AFTER 30 DAYS: 50,167 WORD COUNT

The last day!!!! What a relief!!!! That’s all I kept thinking this morning. I felt like weight had been lifted off my shoulders; the faster I could write 1,666 words, the sooner I could finish my goal. In Jumpin’ Java, Nicholas asked to read one of my books to see how good I am (he was nice at first but since then turned into a bug-a-boo). He asked me on scale of 1 to 10 how good of a writer was I. Of course, I said 11. Might as well give off confidence. If I don’t believe in my writing, no one else will. He made the mistake of grabbing for my stack of papers on the table, so I snatched them away from his hand. When will people learn to respect my space?

I also talked to Haylie, who informed me Jumpin’ Java is haunted. Say what now? I believe in ghosts, so I was automatically fascinated and wanted to hear every detail of how she knew. So spooky. The cafe used to be a storage for coffins back in the olden days, and the post office used to be the jail where John Brown served his sentence until he was hanged. I learn something new every day.

Despite my conversations with people, I was productive in writing and created around 1,600 words. Today was a really busy day with new customers coming in. I’m the type of person who looks up every time the door opens to see who walks in. So let’s just say, there was plenty of distractions, but I was so happy when I reached my mark. Now, I could relax all day!

  • Melissa, Robin, and I extended our NaNo challenge for one more week in case people need to catch up on word count. Since I beat it, I’m simply finishing my novel. Hopefully, it’ll be completed by next Friday. After that, we start the editing process–oh boy.
  • I reached the scene where they find the second victim’s body. It’s so surreal that 30 days have gone by. It seems like we started this writing challenge yesterday.

All I know is that my life has gone back to normal since bug-a-boo NaNo is finished hee hee. I created more mock book covers and will present them to Melissa and Robin to receive their opinions. I want this story published, so the book cover will keep me motivated to follow my dreams. To stay on track.

  • I stayed on Facebook for so long, I almost fainted. Usually I write a status update, don’t even bother checking other peoples’ walls or looking at the home page, then quickly log off. Not today. Why? Because I had time –NaNo’s over!!! I even critiqued my writer group’s stories. Why? Because I had time–NaNo’s over!!! That will never get old to say hee hee.

I’m happy to report that I succeeded in my NaNoWriMo 30 day challenge. I told you guys I would; my inner nerd refused to let me fail.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 29 (Can See Story As A Finished Product)

MAY 8TH – 1,969 WORDS

At the train station, I was mesmerized by all the different pamphlets. My favorites were the scenic train rides, sightseeing, and the national aquarium. It reminded me of my 6th grade field trip to Baltimore. Very interesting morning–people fought over 0.50 cents. Yes folks, you see the correct amount, no typo: 0.50 cents. Let’s just say, I didn’t get any writing accomplished at the train station.

In the morning, it was only me and Robin at Jumpin’ Java. We watched YouTube and talked about the history behind Charles Town. She suggested that I should look at the records in the library since I have names of my ancestors (even some slave names). It would be so cool to find information on them. And, I never knew that there’s a cave with a stream underneath Charles Town. Basically, if town collapses, we’ll all drown. I learn something new everyday.

  • With Robin’s suggestion, I know my next novel idea. It’ll be another suspense–someone obsessive over a person who doesn’t realize until too late. With this NaNo story, I realized that I enjoyed writing in this genre. At first, I thought I’d mostly write romance or women’s fiction, so I should use my name. Now, I’m debating that. I think it’ll be cool to write these suspenseful mysteries, so maybe these genres should use my name, and the women’s fiction can use a pen name.

I wrote during my lunch break in case I got tired at home. It rained and was dreary ALL DAY, making it the perfect setting to be motivated to write. No way I wanted to go out in that mess. I reached around 400 words–better than zero. I reached Chapter Eight where the second body is found. Dun, dun, dun… Keeping my momentum going, I decided to print off a mock book cover, experimenting with different font sizes and styles.

At home, I started at 8 PM. Eventually I stopped to download two more ebooks. Such a temptation to read them tomorrow hee hee. Gasp, tomorrow will be the last day. Will I reach 50,000 words?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 28 (Embracing My Writer Identity)

MAY 7TH – 1, 630 WORDS

I had fun at Jumpin’ Java today even if I was alone most of the time. You know a certain vibe you get when you assume someone wants to speak to you, but they never do. Well, Nicholas introduced himself (I guess he wanted to wait until I was alone). He thought I was a teacher because he always noticed I “correct something.” Taking everyone’s advice, I’ve decided to embrace my writer identity. So I told him I’m a writer; now he calls me “novelist.”

I’ve been dining in Jumpin’ Java for about a month now–officially 30 days on May 9th. I’m not talking just eating then leaving right away. I’ve been spending a good 2 hours each morning–minus weekends–in there, so it was about time I talked to the lady behind the counter. Somehow we got on the subject of WVU (we both attended). She asked me when I graduated, and Haylie couldn’t believe my age. She said I definitely don’t look like it. If that’s not a compliment, then I don’t know what is hee hee. Let’s just say, my day went swell.

  • Since I’ll be a regular customer even after NaNo is over, I might as well mingle with the staff and other regular customers. I can’t stay a quiet wallflower forever.

I wrote at Jumpin’ Java (a little over 1,000 words) as well as during my lunch. I’ve reached the part where the second victim is dead upstairs. Dun, dun, dun…The other characters don’t know it yet. Since I only have 2 days to complete NaNo, I know I won’t finish. I’ll get passed my word count of 50,000 but I still have 7 more victims to go. Excited that this will be my first story that passes the novella stage.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 27 (A Proud Mama)

MAY 6TH – 3,138 WORDS

Since my sleeping schedule is all out of wack, I woke up at 6:30 AM and began writing. I once read that you can train your mind when it’s time to write. For example, if I get up very early, then instead of jotting things down, I should do something else. Maybe listen to music or watch TV. Maybe go for a walk. Anything except writing. This will condition myself to stop forcing me in the morning. If only I’d listen to that advice hee hee.

Of course, I drifted back to sleep after a little while. Knowing I had to make up for yesterday, I created my new scenes immediately in the afternoon. No more stalling tactics. It hit me that there’s only 3 days left of NaNo!!! Where has all the time gone? It seems like just yesterday Robin, Melissa, and I started this writing challenge.

I’m so proud of myself. I didn’t stop until 7:45 PM (very little breaks. A girl has to eat right?). I didn’t even take a nap today, which is a first. I wasn’t even tired! Not even a little!

  • All day I’ve been singing loudly and off-key. Oh how I wish I could carry a tune. When my granddad was younger, he and his brothers formed a gospel group that was popular in the local community. I’m so jealous. Why couldn’t I carry those gifted traits hee hee?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 26 (Nap Should Be My Middle Name)

MAY 5TH – 1,020 WORDS

Next time I know better than to think I’ll be in and out of a hair salon. I’ll bring my writing notebooks with me just in case. Since I wasn’t prepared today, I couldn’t begin NaNo until 5:45 PM. I tried to concentrate, but my mind kept drifting to the fact that my stylist asked me if I wanted to dye my gray hairs. I know I have some–didn’t know it was that bad. They’ve crept in my bangs and in front of my hair. I’ve always been called an old soul, but sheesh!

Anyway, back to NaNo. I was on a roll yet couldn’t keep my eyes open. I took a nap at 8:15 PM and didn’t wake up until 11:55 PM, so I missed the majority of the day. Oh well, I’ll just make up tomorrow. I’ve never been so sleepy like this; I think it’s because I’m technically not a morning person. I get up in the wee hours of the morning, keep nodding off in mid-afternoon, and once evening hits, I’m knocked out, but always up in time for my shows. I’m like a newborn baby who can’t function with the correct sleeping schedule.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 25 (Preparing for NaNoEdMo)

MAY 4TH – 1,818 WORDS

I missed Robin at Jumpin’ Java today, but Melissa and I had a blast. No writing, of course. We have a lot in common then what I thought:

  • Both like to cast our characters
  • Both are Delena fans!!!
  • Both like male celebrity pics
  • Both Leos–the best sign in the world

Also learned a valuable tip: Every scene should have conflict or tension whether between different characters or inner-struggle with one character. I beat Mike (high school guy) at the cafe, so I got my seat first ha ha ha ha. My writing buddies have a theory that he wants to talk to me, but I don’t think so. There’s been plenty of opportunities that he didn’t use, and when a guy wants attention, then he’ll get it.

It felt so good to finally be caught up with typing my first draft. You have no idea how time consuming it was, and I had to keep pushing my inner-editor away. At least, my pages are printed out for NaNoEdMo (there’s no way I’d revise and edit in my notebook–sloppy handwriting).

  • And since I’m caught up, I finally had time to post on my blog. How I’ve missed blogging! I felt so bad neglecting it for those few days. Never again. I promise.

At home, I took a nap then began writing at 7:15 PM. Reaching Chapter Seven, I’m at peace with my progress so far. I purposely left off at an interesting spot so that tomorrow there shouldn’t be any motivation issues. My characters are turning on each other–not a pretty sight.

Another writing tip I’m quite aware of is don’t have too many chapters for one story. Don’t go past 30. Keeping that in mind since the beginning of NaNo challenge, I’ve been trying to write longer chapters. So far I’ve kept up on my goal.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 24 (Buck Up)

MAY 3RD – 1,758 WORDS

To make up for yesterday, I wrote the entire morning at Jumpin’ Java (about 1,300 words). I was motivated at the time. My characters are all in panic mode, wondering if they caught the correct killer, if they’re next on his/her hit list, and why destroy the jeeps if a one-time deal. Being a vigilant personality myself, I’m always skeptical at first and try to read peoples’ intentions when I meet them, so I can relate to these scenes.

I don’t know what my problem was, but when I got home, I wasn’t going to work on my NaNo story. My attitude was I’ll just make up word count later. After awhile, I changed my mind; happy I did because that extra scene was fun to write. Like my character Selma says “Buck up.” Buck up means get yourself together and do what you gotta do. No excuses. No complaints. Just get the job done. It’s almost time for the second victim to go bye bye. Dun, dun, dun…

If I would’ve had my act together sooner, then I could’ve produced more words before bedtime. Sounds so lame saying bedtime hee hee. I’m not an insomniac like I used to be; I’ll blame it on getting older.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 23 (Oopsie)

MAY 2ND – 716 WORDS

Kindle was calling my name. I couldn’t resist it, so I carried it with me all day in my purse. At Jumpin’ Java instead of doing the responsible thing of writing, I decided to enjoy my free time and read one of the books for my reading challenge.

Of course, when I got home, I was beyond tired. I started writing at 6:45 PM, but the scene just wasn’t capturing my interest. I only wrote for like 30 minutes then I called it quits. Oopsie. It’s time to take up on my offer of I’ll just make it up on the weekend.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 22 (Temptation)

MAY 1ST – 1,726 WORDS

It was so fun at Jumpin’ Java in the morning. I love acting silly instead of writing. Besides it’s good to hear Melissa and Robin’s progress with their NaNo experience. I know it’s best for me to write in the mornings because about time I reach home, I’m tired, but Tuesdays and Fridays are still my favorite days–don’t care if writing isn’t accomplished in the mornings.

At home, I downloaded about 6 ebooks for my reading challenge. You have no idea how excited I’ll be for NaNo to finish, so I can have free time to start reading again. I still have to post my book review of the story I read last month. So behind. I was really tempted to not write tonight. It’s so easy to say I’ll just make it up over the weekend; however, I got my act together and put my kindle away. Oh how hard it was to do. At 8 PM, I began creating my new scenes for my story.

It’s really flowing now…panic, deceit, paranoia. Very fun to write even though I’d rather be reading LOL.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 21 (Good Girl)

APRIL 30TH – 2,027 WORDS

I busted my butt off this morning at Jumpin’ Java because I knew after work I wanted to go to the movies. Without distractions and without stall tactics on my part, I managed to write about 1,458 words. It helped that I’m at a scene where they accuse someone of the first murder. He believes they’re going to kill  him out of revenge. Someone tampered with the jeeps, so they can’t drive away to get help. Plus, there’s no cell phone reception. He’s panicky and has flashbacks of memorable moments in his life before he thinks he’s about to see the light.

People keep aggressively accusing him while he’s pleading he didn’t do it. I hated stopping where I did, but I had to go to work. Ugghhh LOL. I couldn’t start again until 11 PM. Right now, I’m just going with the flow; I’ve noticed I trailed off my plot outline for a good bit. Hopefully, it’ll all work out in the end. Otherwise, I’ll have plenty of rewrites during the editing stages.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby