Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016

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Hooray! – Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 July Edition. 

I’ve decided that I will set my word count goal to 50,000 words even though I’m not exactly sure that I’m going to write. I plan on finishing the first book in a planned trilogy that I started in April’s Camp NaNo. At the end of April, I wrote 40,000 words for the first draft and since then I’ve edited and added about 15,000 more. If everything goes as planned, there’s about 20,000 more words to write on this draft.

After that, I’ll still have 30,000 more words to fill in July and I plan on divvying that up between a few romance novellas that I’ve been writing for KDP. If I manage to hit 50,000 words, it will be the most I’ve ever written in a month and I will be ready to face November NaNoWriMo with more confidence than before.

Wish me luck! You can visit my Camp NaNoWriMo profile here if you want to join in on the fun. 🙂

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 30

 

It is now the last day of NaNoWriMo and I’m still under 30,000 words. I hit a snag about mid month and sadly didn’t recover. It wasn’t a plot problem so much as a personal rut, but here we are.

I scrapped my manuscript idea on Day 7 and set my new goal of finishing my other manuscript that I started in April. So I went into this knowing that it was unlikely that I would hit 50,000 words, but I was gonna write my butt off to finish the manuscript.

To end of NaNoWriMo on a high note, I’ll be attending my last local write-in of 2015. I really loved meeting like-minded nanos, binging on coffee and laughing more than writing. I have no close friends that write and I really wanted to build my network a bit.

Ultimately, I’d still like to get this manuscript done before the end of 2015 so I can dedicate the winter months of 2016 to editing. Wish me luck!

You can visit my NaNoWriMo  author profile HERE. Feel free to say hi!

Camp NaNoWriMo – July

This past April I took part in Camp Nanowrimo. (You can read about that here.) In the end, I completed my goal, hitting just over 20,000 words. I’ve set my goal for July to be 15,000 words because this is going to be a crazy month for me and I need to be realistic. So that puts me at around 480 words per day – should be easy, but I’m not counting on it.

I hit a major writing drought immediately after Camp Nanowrimo in April. I sputtered out and haven’t worked on the manuscript since. So let’s try it again! 15,000 words should put me pretty close to the end of the novel. Who knows, I might just finish it this month? Maybe.

I set my cabin to assigned randomly, but if you’d like to connect with me, visit my profile here.I’m always looking to connect with more indie writers!

The Post-Nano Blues

The April edition of Camp NaNoWriMo has come and gone, and at the end of it I had come out with just over 20,000 new words to add to my untitled manuscript. Weeks later, it is well into May and guess how many words I have written. ZERO.

I have come to call this lull in creativity the Post-Nano Blues.

I refrain from using the phrase “Writers Block” since reading this fantastic article / peptalk by author Emily Russel. I quote her below.

Writer’s block is what happens when you don’t write enough to keep going.  … Long story short: if you want to get over your writer’s block, force yourself to write something. If you want to get over a ‘hurdle’ in a particular story, force yourself to crawl over it, one irritating inch at a time. Who cares if you’re producing literary geenyus every moment of tappity-tapping? That’s what editing is for. If you want, you can come back and write the whole damn scene over later. For now, just get it done. And once it’s done, you can go on. This is how you get anything, anything in the world, done.

This is just a short sample of the tough-love awesomeness that is in this article. But it’s the truth. Did I feel like writing every time I slammed out 1000+ words a day for Camp NaNoWriMo? No. I did it because I had a goal that I wanted to achieve.

The more I wrote, the easier it got. Writing is often described like a muscle, it gets better the more you use it. You get stronger and the rough parts get easier to push through. It’s important to just GET IT OUT. Edit later.

Unfortunately, I’m one of those people that needs deadlines. That’s why I was able to nearly double my word count in a month of NaNo when the first 20,000 words took me months to finish. If have no hard-set deadline, I tend to put things off and procrastinate.

Since experiencing Camp NaNoWriMo, I realize now that deadlines are my biggest motivator. There isn’t another camp session until July (and July is going to be a VERY hectic month for me) so, I’m going to try for June. I signed up for JuNoWriMo, but I realize that 50,000 words might not be possible for me. So I’ve set another personal goal of 20,000 words. PS – if you haven’t heard of JuNoWriMo, it’s an independent spin-off of NaNoWriMo, more info here.

Anyone out there taking part in JuNoWriMo? Let me know!

Camp NaNoWriMo – April

The April edition of Camp NaNoWriMo has begun! This time around my goal is a modest 20,000 words for the month. This breaks down to 666 words per day… I swear that’s a coincidence! My busy life always gets in the way of my drafts, but I need to just keep plugging away. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say. And it might get me closer to the first draft of my Untitled Manuscript, which I shared a snippet of on Valentine’s Day.

I set my cabin to assigned randomly, but if you’d like to connect with me, visit my profile here.I’m always looking to connect with more indie writers!