Writing Update

Dear readers,

 

How are you doing? I hope that you’re doing well.

I had joined the Camp NaNoWriMo this July 2014 and here’s the synopsis of my novel:

In order to live well, one has to have at least a little ray of optimism. They say, “Forget the bad things. Focus on the good.”

Stella had turned optimism into a lifestyle. Even though she had just been through the most traumatic experience in her whole life (she got kidnapped, but she escaped), she managed to forget it and go on with her cheerful life. But this decision just kept her from realizing that she knew more than she thought she knew.

One day, the counter-terrorism unit came knocking on her door. The agent was saying something like “Generations of Hesiod.”

After having struggled hard to forget her experience, Stella’s initial reaction was to force the unit to leave because those were the exact same words that her kidnapper had told her when he had taken her: “Generations of Hesiod.” She did not want to recall it all over again. Not again.

The agent kept knocking. Stella had to let them in.

The agent said that they had just found out that her kidnapper was connected to a terrorist who had been threatening to attack the city. When, where, or how; they didn’t know. Perhaps Stella can help them by recalling her moments with him in more detail? Because she never told the full story and she had lied about some parts of it to cover up the violence.

If there was anyone who was least capable of telling a depressing story, it was Stella. The most positive people can be the worst when forced to confront their demons. But was saving innocent lives really worth one’s sanity?

I reached my goal of writing 50,000 words before July 31, 2014. I finished on July 27, 5 days before the deadline.

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After this, I will revisit my novel for Camp NaNoWriMo April 2014, “From the Human Chain,” to begin its editing process.

Thank you for dropping by my blog.

Good luck this coming school year and happy writing!

 

Sincerely yours,
Charlene

Kind of an ‘About Me’ Post

Dear readers,

How are you? I see some of you checking the “About” page of this blog from time to time, but that page has been empty. It seems that you are looking for an introduction.

My name is Charlene Delfin, author of “An Unknown Narrator.” My website is currently not updated on my works ranging from November 2013 to the present, but it presents my works prior to those dates. For now, you may get to know 75% of me on that website. I will add the other 25% when I get some free time.

I started this blog because my blog on Blogger wouldn’t load and NaPoWriMo was already starting; I had to post as soon as possible. This blog was created in an emergency. This blog can be about anything, but it will focus mainly on writing.

I successfully finished NaPoWriMo and these are the 30 poems that I wrote within the 30 days of April:

  1. The Past and the Future in a Jar
  2. Among Us
  3. Just Another James
  4. What to Do
  5. Pom, Pom, Pom, Pom
  6. To Hell with ‘Em
  7. Devil on a Leash
  8. Wireless
  9. High-risk
  10. From My Army Brothers
  11. Fiery
  12. The Other Cheek
  13. Crocodile
  14. Twirling Exclamation Point
  15. From Poet to Poet
  16. Look into the Mirror
  17. From Morning to Evening
  18. Circle
  19. Poetic Sleepiness
  20. Cold Air that You Feel
  21. My god Apollo
  22. Shobenuamasimern
  23. Secret Love
  24. Mightier than the Sword
  25. Round and Round
  26. The Reader
  27. To Die for You
  28. Writer’s Block
  29. Thriller Dreams
  30. Third Eye Testimony

 

I also won in Camp NaNoWriMo and this is my winner’s certificate:

certificate

I will be gone from WordPress for a while because I need to focus on studying. Hopefully, I can get back here before the end of 2014.

I’ll be putting my poems on Bubblews. Bubblews is a website where users get to post about a wide range of topics. Posts that are less than 400 characters are not allowed. Users also earn revenue with every view, like, comment and even dislike. I spend time on Bubblews because it does not take too much of my time and they have a friendly community.

See you again soon,
Charlene

My Story is Finished, but It’s Only 31,810 Words …

Dear readers,
How have you been? I hope that you are still doing fine.

Here is the synopsis for my Camp NaNoWriMo April 2014 novel. The current working title is “From the Human Chain” and it’s in the Thriller/Suspense genre.

It was the final day of summer break in Mount Shepard, a mountain that was known for its tall trees. It was also the final day of vacation for Abe, Joel, Mark, Keanu, Sean, Bennie and Myrtle.They were a group of tourists.

Abe was recently divorced by his wife, who had been blaming him for the death of their son. He was an obese man who loved eating and he wasn’t the traveler type, but he went to the mountain in an attempt to get away from everything and bring his life back into focus.

Joel was the older brother of Myrtle. They used to be orphans, but Joel had grown up and became Myrtle’s surrogate father.

Mark was an adventurer who loved summer and all things concerning adventure. This one summer was bad, though, since his older sister made him look after his nephew, Bennie.

Keanu was unemployed. He had just quit his job in law-enforcement after his assignment failed and he had decided to climb the mountain in order to figure out what he really wanted to do in life.

Sean was a businessman. That was all that he said about himself.

Their tour guide, Shaun, invited them to a picnic on the huge branch of a giant tree. Both the beauty and the thrill about it was attractive. They had a breath-taking view of the lake below the mountain as they were suspended in the air meters from the ground. A place where they can take pictures for priceless memories of a beautiful summer. A place that was not what it looked like.

Suddenly, the branch broke off and all of them fell, clinging to each other. Abe caught another branch on their way to the ground and held on to it as Joel held on to him, Mark held on to Joel, and so on with Keanu, Shaun, Sean, Bennie and Myrtle.

Some of them had to go in order for Abe to save himself, or else all of them would fall to their death. Shaun had to decide fast who would go and who would stay. What do people do in the face of death? Their real personalities come out, the ones that they had been hiding and denying. Some will accept their fate. Some will sacrifice their luck for others. And some will do drastic things to stay alive.

I always prepare a novel outline before writing a novel. I made my novel outline for NaNoWriMo 2013 very long because 50,000 looked very big to me back then, but the novel ended up going beyond 50,000 words. To avoid that from happening again, I made my novel outline for Camp NaNoWriMo April 2014 very short. As it turns out, the novel ended in only 31,810 words. I finished writing “From the Human Chain” on April 25.

I checked the NaNoWriMo forums to see what to do when your novel ends in less words than the goal, and the other novelists advised that you should go back to the beginning of the novel and fill gaps in the plot, add back stories and add plot twists until you reach 50,000 words. Other novelists advised writing separate stories for each character just to give yourself a chance to reconsider certain parts of the novel and adding those stories to the manuscript to reach 50,000 words. I chose to do the latter.

Since finishing the main novel, I have been writing about my protagonist’s past, his family, how his father met his mother and the ups and downs in his parents’ love relationship before my protagonist came around (things that are never mentioned in the main novel). I also plan to write about my villain’s past, his father’s career, his love life, etc. I will not include these back stories when I publish the novel, but I’m thinking of creating a prequel, or a sequel, that features these parts in the characters’ lives.

Thank you for reading. Have a nice day and happy writing.
Charlene

 

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