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What a week [43]: Conquer Camp NaNoWriMo. Write EVERYTHING!

Welcome to my weekly recap where I share what happened last week

in my Reading Bookshelf, Writing Desk and Blogging Corner.

The featured section for this week is my…



That’s how DRAGONS invaded my no-dragons-allowed world

BUT Why aren’t dragons allowed if they are super cute???

I’ll tell you all about it in May, in my guest post on Kimba’s Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Today I wanted to share with you something that JUST dawned on me:

Camp NaNoWrimo is about writing.

Slow learner, my little padawan is, huh?

You may say 🙂


Well, I DID know that, but what I learned is that Camp NaNoWrimo is about writing and writing and writing. And never stop writing. It is about writing EVERYTHING!

And YES, I would love those 20K words to be a best-seller but that is not how it works! Not even for J.K. Rowling or Stephen King. They wrote crap, and then edited and wrote again [less crap hopefully], and edited, and rewrote, and I’m sure that went on and on for a while.

I had never done NaNoWrimo [camps or anything “NaNoWriMo“] because I thought I couldn’t write under pressure.

I constantly worry about meeting all the deadlines if I ever got a book deal. I worry so much that I decided that, if I ever finish my MS, I’m not sending any query letters until I had the first draft of the sequel  already finished! 🙂

But Camp NaNoWrimo made me realize I LIKE writing under pressure. After two weeks of Camp NaNoWrimo it seems I CAN write under pressure!  And this is my advice ..

Write like you are talking to your BFF. Like your brain has no filter.
WRITE everything that comes to your mind. Write EVERYTHING!





I mean EVERYTHING. Even things that make you frown a little. Like a fortune teller giving one of my characters a tarot reading or a Dragon. or a zombie.

[ok, you caught me. I’d write ALMOST everything. NO ZOMBIES. NO ZOMBIES. NEVER ZOMBIES]

Did you write a “she let out a breath she didn’t realize she was holding”? that’s ok! clichés count as EVERYTHING.  Keep writing! clichés are usually the first darlings to die in editland anyways.

Did your alpha male said the infamous “mine”. That’s OK! #JUSTWRITE.

Did the word count at the left bottom corner of Microsoft Word seems waaay to low and seems to be screaming YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT?? pffffff what does Microsoft Word knows about writing??? Microsoft Word hasn’t read Harry Potter and doesn’t know that magic does exist.

You can’t find the exact word you need? Use a less-than-perfect synonym and keep writing.

Did you type “syonym” like me instead of “synonym” and maybe misspelled tons of other words which of course Microsoft Word underlined in a very annoying and distracting RED. Don’t be stubborn like me. Don’t ignore the first advice given to all writers: TURN OFF the spell-and-grammar-check! and #JUSTWRITE

Does your novel sound like a paranormal romance in one paragraph and like horror in the next and then like an urban fantasy the next? That’s OK. #JUSTWRITE

That’s how I went about writing my first 10K words. 🙂

[ok this is where we stop and celebrate woooohooooo!

wine and chocolate is given away like ambrosia in the heavens]

Ok back to why I’m celebrating. How did I write the 10K words?

I was VERY permissive and lenient! There was no scary [but super hot] alpha-male bouncer at the door only letting the “cool” words in.

EVERYTHING made it in!


Dragons are actually pretty cool creatures. So no offense whatsoever to dragon writing people! I actually think you are AWESOME for creating those high fantasy worlds! But little blogger Daniela gets lots in those worlds. I can only do the movies or TV shows [e.g. I LOOOOOVE Daenerys Targaryen Mother of Dragons and her babies]


But i don’t like to read high fantasy or write it. [I’ll tell you more about it in my guest post at Kim’s “The urban fantasy reader’s dilemma: How much fantasy is too much fantasy?”].

So, how did the dragon made it in? I grabbed my new mug,  [with tea unfortunately, since I’m writing in a cafe that doesn’t serve wine!] my laptop and its inseparable sidekick my iPhone and I opened the brain faucet. I created a direct line between my psyche  [conscious and subconscious] and my fingers, and type awaaaaaay.

Remember my wrinkled Machiavellian plot board?


I took one look at it and it went back in the bag where it has been for months. I have the plot outlined my mind and sometimes it is a beacon in a sea of darkness [I’m pretty sure that’s a cliché too 🙂 ] but I’m mostly pantsing these 20K words. I know that some very awesome organized writers can write zillions words following an outlined plot. ME? Nope. At least not in this Camp NaNoWrimo. Not in this blog either.

BUT because success and book deals are reserved for organized writers…when I finish these 20K words, I’m getting me one of them Scriveners! 🙂


Why is it that plotting doesn’t work for me when I’m writing under pressure? Well because that’s how my brain normally works [ADDish remember?]. Settings, scenes an dialogues just pop in my mind like in a wonderful chaos and, if I don’t write them as they come, they get forgotten. And I learned that’s OK. Because of the magic of “copy and paste”. With two clicks of my mouse I can just place those scattered gems in the precise section of the jewelry box where they belong.

So as I’m pantsing my 20K words, more than dragons happen. AND IT DOESN’T MATTER. 🙂

Did my alpha-alpha-alpha-male said to his best badass buddy “oh man, I cannot live without her”. Maybe UGH. I KNOW. I KNOW. I just kept writing and made a mental note to yell at him “MAN UP!!!” later.

Did one of my character suddenly became transgender because somehow I forgot “she” was a “he”. No problem. Maybe a transgender character is exactly with my story needs.

DID I WRITE 50% of this post when I was supposed to be writing my Camp NaNoWrimo story? Confession time. Yes I DID. But there was no way I was going to remember all this later. So that’s OK. I just cut it and pasted it in another page and kept writing. That will happen too. You will be writing a scene and  another scene will pop in your mid. WRITE it. RIGHT THERE. Do not waste time looking for the write place to write it. #JUSTWRITE.

What about you, writer and blogger friend? How do you write? can you JUST WRITE?
Leave a comment! Tell me ALL about it!!!
I’d really love to know how you go about your writing! 🙂


Just in case you missed Barbara @ Booker T’s farm’s  interview here it is again. And why you should read horror!

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“Vacations, Emergencies, Blogger Burn out–they hit us all. And our first Blog Ahead challenge of the year is here to help! This May join up with dozens of other bloggers to blog ahead and up your number of scheduled blog posts.


Last week Goodreads reached 50 million reviews!


BUT even MORE important than those 50 millions of reviews… last week I posted my second ARC review for the ARC April Challenge Fury’s Kiss (New England Furies #1), by Nicola R. White  Very Entertaining. Fun female character. Action driven.




Currently Reading

Last week I fished THE BOOK! THE BEST BOOK EVER. A Soul Thief! Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1)by Moira Young. So I did something I usually never do: I started reading book 2,  Rebel Heart, right away!.

I’m also almost done with First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1), by Darynda Jones which is pure genius, funny, steamy, creepy.

And just started a new ARC, Dominus by Tom Fox which is ominously awesome. So too so far having a blast with my books! 🙂



Reading Next

My BFFs loves me again! WOOOOHOOOO! So got a few new ARCs for a total of… TWENTY-FOUR PENDING ARCs!! oh oh


Next Reviews

One day, I’ll find the time to write all these reviews. Probably in May after Camp NaNoWriMo is over and as part of the Blog Ahead Challenge.


What about you? How was your week? What are you reading now?
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  1. Look forward to your guest post on Kimba’s!
    That is such good advice, Daniela! Write everything!
    I’ve left myself tonnes of EDIT notes while I’ve been writing. I’ll go back in the next week or two and make sure things make sense… hopefully. 😉 It’s my first NaNo too! And I’m surprised at how enjoyable the pressure has been! I think we’re maybe a bit weird? 😉

    ALSO I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE ENJOYING FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT! Those books make me giggle so much! Maybe because Charley’s caffeine addiction is like mine?
    Annika @ Hiding Books recently posted…April Mini Reviews!My Profile

    • How do you manage to wait a couple of weeks Annika??? Admirable ? I write write write and then I start editing UGH UGH UGH. Well at least I haven’t done it for Camp NaNo. I’m in awe of all this restrain LOL Yup we are little weirdos that like to live in an underworld of pressure ?

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      • Hahaha I don’t know! I’m working really hard on the not editing thing, because I’m such a perfectionist. So I’m actually trying to be healthier/more forgiving of myself, and not editing is a surprisingly good way of teaching myself that I don’t need to be perfect. That went really serious suddenly, but it’s true and I’m enjoying the not editing thing! haha
        YES! You’re doing so well! 😉 We are such weirdos – but the best people often are!

        I WANT A REYES TOO! At least you have several more books left to read about him, eh? Haha <3
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  2. I’ve heard that advice too- just write. the editing can come later. 🙂 I’m glad dragons made it in- dragons are always good. And yes- I love/ hate it when one scene comes to me when I’m writing another. Gah- now I gotta keep em both straight lol.

    Hope the writing keeps going well. Looks like you’re kicking butt at Camp NaNo!
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #138My Profile

    • I had heard the advice of not editing but I’m one of those that never learns unless she does it herself. Also I never tried writing everything that came to my mind. I also kind of had an editing/censuring process even before I wrote something. Mane ideas that never made it in words and then I regret it later. I know you love dragons too 😉 I realized I always had ONE dragon from the beginning but not our awesome fantasy dragon. This is a different kind.
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  3. Oh wow, amazingly well done for Camp Nano, Daniela! Congratulations on writing ALL the words, and just going for it.
    That’s a whole lot of new books! Make sure you send them all to your kindle straight away so you don’t forget to do so and then suddenly, they’re archived 🙁 – yup, speaking from experience.
    Have a fantastic week ahead and happy reading and editing 🙂
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  4. lol! Sounds like quite the writing experience. Great advice, though. I look forward to your dragon post on Kim’s blog. And holy crap, that’s a lot of book! Hope you enjoy them all. Haha – Charley Davidson rocks!
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  5. I’ve given up on writing my ideas. While I know writing everything for the first draft is what I need to do I never am able to shed all those critical thoughts as I write. Maybe when I’m older I can do that. 🙂
    But I’m glad to hear you have found that off button when writing. It sounds like you are doing it well. Good luck with the next bit of Camp!
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  6. I am excited about your guest post..I love Dragons. Your wrinkled inspiration board made me giggle. I have trouble writing with my RA and do everything digitally now from lists to idea boards. Sounds like the writing is going well. Have an amazing week!
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Sunday Post #209 Don’t Ruin My CoffeeMy Profile

  7. I am always in awe of people who can write books. I have 0 talent in that area. I have no creative thoughts whatsoever!
    I’m glad Netgalley is being kind again!! Great haul! Have a great week!
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  8. I tried an outline, but after the first two chapters, my book deviated. And now it’s taken another detour. I don’t know when it’ll actually stay on plot, but we’ll see. xD I just write everything too. If it comes to mind, it goes in. I already know some of it is rubbish, but I don’t go back to edit. NEVERRRR. Well, until I’m done. Otherwise, I’ll get sucked into the editing mindset and never come out again! So, yes, I agree. Write everything and don’t look back – until the editing process begins.
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  9. We share 5 ARCS… not too shabby. I can’t wait to see your review on the Rachel Cain book. I read Menagerie by her last year and it was one of my top 5 for 2016.

  10. Sounds like great writing advise. And I know it’s totally different but I do that when I’m writing review. I just vomit it all out and then I worry about fixing it up to something that flows better and makes sense! Glad you discovered that you DO enjoy writing under pressure, it’s fun how you just never know what will work for you until you try it. Happy writing!
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  11. I chuckled while reading this post. Will your UF have a snarky, wise-cracking MC? I think you could nail that type of dialogue for your book.

    Anyway, congrats on all the writing you did– I didn’t even start yet (still a gleam in my eye) because I have yet to firm up the type of story I want to write, lol. It will take me time to formulate, but then I’ll try to put aside my OCD tendencies to rewrite each sentence as I put it down, because that causes me to delete everything I write. I need to wait until I’m done to edit. I read Stephen King’s On Writing book, very good if you didn’t catch it. I’m thinking of doing the November version on the camp you’re in now.
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  12. I’m glad to read your NaNoWrimo is going so well. I’ve never been any good in writing.. so I think it’s amazing that your doing so good. And no I’m not being modest.. I just can’t write!! I did try one time but I just don’t have a clue what to right about. Whaha!! I do write a journal though.. So I write a little! 😉

    I’ve joined the (mini) Blog Ahead Challenge.. I can definitely use the motivation to get ahead in my blogging schedule.

    My reading week was pretty good although I had to work a lot. I love getting my reading time.
    Have a great week Daniela and Happy reading!

  13. I’m far too much of a plotter to just write and to allow dragons and whatnot in my stories. I can only pants if I’m writing a short story. But not worrying about cliches or the perfect word, I definitely agree with that. In the few scenes I’ve written, I’ll sometimes just use placeholders like, “She dropped the [object],” or, “The something was something.” Lol. But YAY! I’m so glad the Camp NaNo pressure is working for you and that you’re getting so much written!

    BUT 24 BOOKS?! Giiiiiiiirl, you crazy 😛
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…The Weekly Update: 4/17/16My Profile

  14. Awesome writing advice! Thanks so much for sharing your process. And wow you rocked the book haul this week!

    Happy Reading! Dani @ Paulette’s Papers
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  15. Wow. We are reading or have a lot of the same books! And about the dragons. I think they sure be allowed in everything! LOL
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  16. Terrific writing advice! Also, I loved First Grave on the Right. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it!

  17. I still have to read Miss Peregrine’s and Red Rising. I am going to try and get to them during the summer. I think you had me beat in ARCs, I think I have 20. It’s the ARCPOCALYPSE! Good work with Camp NaNo! Have a wonderful new week. 🙂
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  18. I LOVED your “ARCPOCALYPSE” La La you should patent that word 🙂
    Daniela Ark recently posted…In the Spotlight [22]: Blogger Interview – Barbara @ Booker T’s farmMy Profile

  19. That’s interesting you found out you liked writing under pressure. I think it’s different for everyone, but it is good to know how you write best. When it comes to my blog posts I like to write without pressure, say scheduling posts weeks ahead, else I just go and stress and it kills my creativity.

    I think that just writing is a good tip for writing a book, you can always edit later. It doesn’t have to be perfect now, just get the word out and the main plot line on paper and you can edit things later.

    I am also joining Blog Ahead, I really like that challenge and every post you can get written extra is one post extra.

    Oh you got artificial, I requested it, but didn’t got approved or rejected yet. I really liked Kristen her review for it, so now I want to read it.

    Have a great week!
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  20. I agree with you Lola! Writing under pressure for a limited period of time is one thing but make it a norm… would be a no for me. I also like to write my posts in advance. Especially because I’m always editing them and rewriting them 😉
    Yes, I got artificial because of Kristen’s review as well 🙂
    Daniela Ark recently posted…Writing Tip: Conquer Camp NaNoWriMo one milestone at a timeMy Profile

  21. I love NaNoWriMo. I haven’t done Camp but yeah it’s definitely not about writing a finished MS, it’s about getting it all out as a first draft. Then edit, edit, edit later 🙂 I’m glad it’s given you a realisation of enjoying writing under pressure though!
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  22. Daniela, I just want to let you know how much these posts are inspiring me. You’re so right – we just need to write. And not worry about if we’re using the right word or if we use a cliche or whatever…I love the comment about writing like we’re talking to our bf. That’s an incredible way to look at it. We’ll edit and edit and edit some more, I’m sure. But get it all OUT! I’m loving seeing your NaNoWriMo Camp experience and it makes me look forward to having one of my own. 😀
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  23. I love Scrivener’s organizational stuff – so very cool, and easy to use too! Glad your writing’s going well!
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