A Cup of Coffee — An excerpt from my unfinished Nanowrimo novel 2015

Since it’s Nanowrimo month, I’d like to share an excerpt of what I wrote last year with you. I didn’t participate this year, didn’t expect November would come this soon. I wasn’t even finished with last year’s story — talking about procrastination huh?

It was a scene from a cafe, a coffee moment shared between two people, a story not too well edited 🙂


A cafe caught June’s attention as she crossed the street over to the next block. It was a quaint cafe with the name — Paradise Lane — little fluffy wings sticking out from the signage. Perhaps spotting the cafe was a sign for June, without hesitating she made her way over. She thought of having a taste of the metropolis.

Having ordered her favourite latte with extra cream and a sweet bagel to go with she chose a spot next to the window and placed her tray on a seasoned wooden table. Tucking in she took a sip of the caffeinated drink. Heavenly is how June felt as the hot liquid trickled down her throat. Munching on her bagel she stared outside at the people walking by. Their pace were fast moving unlike her town where people took their own sweet time to get from one place to another.

Finishing her last bite she gleamed a familiar figure walking past the window. Her eyes followed the figure and to a guy pushing open the entrance door. June gasped. The appearance of Michael was the least she expected.

Michael walked up to the counter and was apparently ordering his cup of coffee. June noticed the barista girl swooning over him as he leaned on the bar and selected his beverage. It was not hard to fathom why because June was bedazzled too. He wore his usual outfit, a jumper and matching jeans, but there was an air of difference this time. His jumper was in a shade of blue so snowy it made him looked glorious on a pair of darker jeans.

At the back his hair fell perfectly in shape framed a profile too prominent not to stare. She didn’t remember seeing Michael in this way before. It was as if June fell into a dream where everything around her faded into blurriness and her gaze fixated on him.

Giggles broke her dream, she traced the sound to her far left and saw two girls sitting on the couch with muffling excitement, stealing glances in Michael’s direction. She knew that she shouldn’t eavesdrop but couldn’t help it. She strained to hear what they were talking about yet all she could discern was words like cute, oh my god, talk to him… She gave up on listening to their conversation.

Michael need not have to wait long because the barista girl made sure that his coffee was the top of her priority. He lifted the cup from the counter and made his way towards June. She could feel her heart beating faster as he narrowed the distance between them.

Michael placed the cup on her table and pulled the chair. His gaze fell on her as he sat down and wrapped his hands around his red cup.

June blushed fiercely as she could almost feel the burning stare of the barista and the two girls whose eyes followed wherever Michael went. She looked down on her empty bagel plate, her fingers flicking the crumbs. She didn’t know what to say.

“June.” Michael spoke softly.

At that instant June realized she missed his voice dearly. She lifted her head and looked at him. It was funny how two days of separation seemed like ages, June looked at him like she had just met a long lost friend.

“Michael.” she whispered his name. The casual glances of the girls faded off, the atmosphere of the dim lights dissolved into background. They were wrapped in their own world.

Not in a lifetime Michael have thought that he would say these but he finally uttered the words. “I missed you so much.” he has said it, succumbed to his own feelings. And most importantly he wanted to convey what he truly felt to the only girl who mattered to him.

June’s eye widened, she felt a twitch in her heart. Those were the words she secretly yearned for but now that he had finally said them she didn’t know what to make of it. She kept silent as if saying anything would break the enchanted spell she was under.

“I’m so sorry for everything that had happened. Now that I have the chance, I would not let you go again, would you hear me out?” Michael’s tone was earnest and his apology sincere.

June nodded and after what seemed like eternity she spoke “I’m sorry too for what I did, I was being childish.” She confessed “There were so much doubt I put on myself. I tried to escape from all of these but then I realized that I can’t run away from the truth.”

Michael’s hand glided across the table and clutched June’s hand. “I shouldn’t have pushed you too hard.”

“It’s alright, I knew why you did it.” How could she hold anger towards him any longer? His assurance and his longing for her had erased it completely.

“From now on I would guide you with all I could. You’re never alone in the quest to find your true purpose.” He squeezed her hand “And I promise that I’ll be by your side to shield you from all the darkness.”

“Promise?” June finally smiled.

“Promise.” Michael nodded.

The warmth of his hand made her feel secured and understood that she would be in safe hands. A heavy boulder lifted off her chest as she finally opened up to him knowing that he felt the same way too. There was a tiny thought of uncertainty whether their future would work out but at this moment she chose to ignore it. She wanted to hold on to Michael for as long as possible and not let doubts get in her way ever again.

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Nanowrimo Update #4 – About Winning

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NaNoWriMo is officially over!

I’m super excited to win my first ever Nano and produced my first ever novel draft!!

Here’s my word count standing as of today.

  • First novel – 4567 words
  • Second novel – 52497 words

Combining word counts from two stories I reached 50k on Day 27 — a little of a rebel here 😛
However by end of Day 30 my second novel alone surpassed 50k.

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The novel’s not complete yet but would be by end of December. I’m still writing everyday, a habit picked up from this event. Going to include this as a new year resolution too.

This event has pushed me to do the otherwise impossible novel writing. It was a wonderful experience doing the official wordsprints, they have awesome sprint leaders, themes and prompts which some I’ve included in my writing.

I’ve read about the pros and cons of writing everyday, but to me, it was more of a positive one. Setting a goal has made me tackle the heavy, complicated scenes which given on a normal day I would definitely put off and procrastinate.

Keeping focus on the final objective and wanting to win my first ever Nano motivated me to go on. Although some days I just trampled over the story, at least there are words written down that I could always come back and edit. If I’ve never write anything down, there wouldn’t be anything to edit right?

I guess it’s time to reveal an introduction of my story 🙂

I wish I could write a better blurb but it’s so hard to come up with a good one… so I’m giving up at this moment, perhaps a revision later.

20 year old Ju is academically brilliant, an uprising gamer in the varsity team and has a growing crush on Zach, the famous but mysterious pro gamer who just transferred to her major. Life is perfect until strange incidents befall her.

When she met her guardian angel, Michael, he vows to protect her from the relentless dark forces. He helps her discover a rare gift she possessed, one that could threaten the balance of the existing world.

Ju has a difficult choice to make as she finds herself entwined between Zach and Michael. As the world plunge into darkness, decision has to be made, not without sacrifices. Could she leave behind her ideal college life and embrace her destiny?

I’m still writing and haven’t settled in choosing the right names for my characters, places, cities and etc. Thus the introduction might change as I progress.

 

*Oh… and please pardon my grammar, it’s in a mess everywhere LOL~ The effect of writing non-stop for a whole month. I need to get back to English Grammar 101*

Nanowrimo Update #3

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7k words to winning.
5 days left.
1 goal to achieve.

The elusive 50k target — so near yet so far away…
I need to stay on track no matter what happens!

Participating in Nano has pushed me to do something which I don’t usually do — write everyday.

Some days I felt like I was forcing some words out for the sake of writing.
Some days the words were textbook flat because I wrote every idea down so that I won’t forget.
Some days I enjoyed writing a scene so much I got really excited for my characters.

There were ups and downs of writing everyday but if it weren’t for Nano I would have never experience all of this. I wouldn’t have written any story with such length, let alone a novel!

By writing I have a deeper sense of appreciation of the books I read. I marvelled at how the author crafted their story, clever use of POVs that didn’t confuse readers, intriguing dialogues. They have the skills to create a compelling story that keeps readers addicted.

Even watching movies and dramas for the past few weeks got me thinking under my writing cap. How the conflict started, love theme, unexpected twists, resolution, unanswered questions, illogical scenes. Actually it was fun because movies were no longer just entertainment for me, they were educational.

It’s gonna rain soon, a nice weather to write before dinner time.
Signing off for now, stay tune for the good news of winning and thanks for reading 😛

Nanowrimo Update #2

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It’s cliched but… Time flies!

Looking up from burying your head too long into writing a novel, you realized that you’ve reached the middle mark of Nanowrimo!

I switched to writing a second novel about fantasy/romance and I’m glad I did because the words flowed and I kept having new ideas for the story. Catching up everyday I finally hit the 25,000 mark yesterday and fulfilled the daily writing goal!

What I went through for the past week:

  • That exhilarating “Aha!” moment to change the role of a character to spice up the story. For that I earned a badge 😉
  • I’m beginning to like my characters
  • I thought I was a plotter but I realized I’m also a pantser when it comes to character dialogues and details
  • At one point I saw plot holes gaping at me
  • It slowed me down when I tried to fix it
  • So I pushed it aside, made a note to revisit, and moved on
  • Sometimes I slot in new scenes in previous chapters so that the story makes sense

These two weeks I’d been following many bloggers and writers on their Nano journey and learned a great deal.  It’s awesome knowing that we walked a different path but share the same destiny.

I would like to thank all of you who had responded on my update #1. Sharing great ideas and inspiration to write, it motivates and keeps me writing on. 😀

Nanowrimo Update #1

It’s almost a week into Nano and gosh I’m stuck at the current romance story I’m writing.

The words seemed to flow for the first 3 days and for the last 3 there hasn’t been much progress because I felt that the story was flat.

Today’s Day 6 and the romance novel I’m writing is based on theme about food.

Actually I have 2 stories on hand which are different in genre.

  1. First story’s a fantasy genre. This story came to me when I began to setup my outlining tools to participate in September. The funny thing is when the idea struck I almost got a complete novel. So what do I mean by almost a complete novel?  It means I literally have the whole outline of a story completed with plot, the setting, characters, the development, climax and plot twist. And most important thing is I already saw the ending to this story. But somehow the second novel idea emerged and I decided to stow this away.
  2. Second story’s a romance genre. I got this idea after the first and I’ve decided to write it because I prefer romance novel and am passionate about food! I’ve got little ideas here and there and few original quotes written down, hoping with these could inspire a plot, story buildup but boy I was wrong! I struggled with filling in ideas just based on the snippets of writing. I’ve got like 5 or 6 different plots that could go with this theme and I started Day 1 by choosing one… which had me ended in a writer’s block now and the development is vague and the ending is not in near sight…

With the situation now, I’m going to make a tough decision.

  • Should I go on with the romance story and try to find ideas/motivation everyday?
  • Or should I switch (before it’s too late) to the fantasy story which has a clear outline and I just need to work on the details?

I’m inclined to choose second, maybe I could stop story #1 for today and get the words out for story #2.

How’s your journey on Nano? Or do you have any advice or suggestions? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Have a nice day!

Just Write It! NaNoWriMo In Less Than A Week!

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The writing heat is turned on
Feel the uncontainable excitement
2015 is my first Nano
Can my pen fly 50,000 words in a month?

Prep has started in October
I have a story to write
The beginning is inching closer
I think I’m running out of ideas, oh my

Dear readers, 6 days later
I will be busy with Nano
Most of my blog matters
Will resume after November

From time to time
I shall post some update
If you check in this blog of mine
You may catch me between some dates