Camp NaNoWriMo News

Hello Everyone! April is just around the corner, and that means Camp NaNoWriMo!

This year, I’m working on two projects. Finishing up my project from NaNoWriMo 2019, and starting a new project.

Under Grey Skies: Doing my best to finish up my 2019 NaNo Novel by the end of April.

Book Nine of the LOVED series.

Earth: There are no more children to save. There are no more lost souls to wake. Everything should be perfect, but Jared has disappeared, and Qu has been set to wander the earth. The only person that can stop him is Emily. Chasing Qu, she runs into someone she never expected. 

Widren: With Qu gone, the island and the city have become what they were meant to be, a paradise. Randa must find the boy, but no one can help her. He’s a mystery that might just stay a mystery forever.

He was always in the background, never thought of himself as anything special, but she saw him.  

GOAL: Write “The End”

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Ghost House Heart: Death is only the beginning. When Blanche loses her fiance in a tragic accident, she thinks there is nothing left for her. Until she learns there may be a way to bring him back. Now she will do anything to bring him back, even if it means risking her own life. 

GOAL: 30,000 words.

This Camp NaNoWriMo will definitely be interesting, since I’ve never worked on two projects at full speed like this before and even with the chaos of the world, I’m still working full time.

Wish me luck!

(There’s still time to join me for Camp NaNoWriMo Here, just create a project and link it to the event. I’m always looking for more buddies, this is Me.)

February Results and March Goals

Wow, compared to January, February seemed to take forever, and March is already flying by in a blur.

In February 2020:

  • Wrote 6,396 words in various projects
  • Wrote a Short Story, BY HAND!

Unfortunately, I didn’t do much else as far as writing goes. Sometimes, other things in the world come first before my writing and this month, my health affected me in a big way. Breaking news, it is alright for other things to come before writing sometimes. I plan to make March a better month for writing and goals.

Goals for March 2020:

  • Finish Under Grey Skies (I mean it this time!)
    • I have several chapters left, a direction and a plot, I just need to put my butt in the chair and get writing.
  • Prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo in April.
    • I have an idea, some plotting done and a cover created. Let’s see how far I get before the burn to write strikes again.
  • Write another short story by hand
    • New goal that I came up with in the middle of last month. There is just something so freeing about writing by hand (even if it skews my monthly writing totals).

Stay tuned for updates during the month!

 

 

January Results and February Goals

I started this year with a lot of hefty goals for January and unfortunately not many of them were reached. January has been a whirlwind of changes and so many exciting things that writing in January just kind of took a backseat.

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing at all. We all need breaks and time to process changes and work through them so we can come back to our goals and get back in the swing of things again.

This month, January 2020:

  • Wrote 5,160 Words
  • Started three new projects that have been in my head for a while
    • “Humble Pie”
    • “A Thousand Kisses Deep”
    • “Ghost House Heart”
  • Made decent progress in Under Grey Skies and finished some chapters

Goals for February 2020:

  • Finish Under Grey Skies
    • It’s time to sit down and finish it so I can move on to the rest of the series that needs my attention. I now have a direction and plan to smash my goals this month
  • Get halfway in one of the new pieces I started (preferably more than one)
    • Humble Pie
    • A Thousand Kisses Deep
    • Ghost House Heart
  • Keep blogging here about writing topics
    • I’ve been a bit distracted and busy with other things, but I plan on changing that. Keep an eye out for more Writer Life Lessons and other exciting things!

Overall, January was exactly what it needed to be and things worked out exactly how they should, even if it wasn’t a great writing month or productive project month. Here’s to February and getting back to smashing goals like a champion!

 

2019 Stats and 2020 Goals

Here we are again at the start of a new year and a new decade. It seems like just yesterday that it was 2019 (yes, I did make that joke). Here’s some of the cool stuff I did and created in 2019 and the statistics to go along with it, because I enjoy numbers.

In 2019 (And November and December of 2018), I wrote a grand total of 412,699 words through multiple projects. A measly 1,616 were written in December of 2019. That averages about 29K a month, which isn’t bad at all.

In 2019, I finished five projects. Deeper Than Time (book 8 of the series), The Weight of Your Lips (Fanfiction), The Kiss (the series prequel), and Inktober.

In 2019, I had a lot of great experiences, like a writing conference, revamping my blog and creating my own social media platforms.

It was an amazing year for writing, but 2020 will be better.

Here’s what I hope to accomplish in 2020:

  • Write an average of 30K per month.
  • Finish Under Grey Skies (book 9)
  • Begin editing the completed books in the series and begin querying for Girl Disappearing (book 1)
  • Publish something in 2020.

NaNoWriMo 2019 Week Two Check-In

Week Two is over and gone. Thank goodness! Because it struck with a vengeance.

Week Two is traditionally when the act of writing gets difficult and writers reach walls or struggle through their drafts. I am no exception to that, but with a few more issues during the week.

Day Eight: 2,525 (I broke a finger that night at Judo)

Day Nine: 1,309 (Spent 2.5 hours at CHC and 1 hour at the local hospital waiting for an x ray, went to a write in with buddy taped fingers)

Day Ten: 1,015 (Worked, updated word count late)

Day Eleven: 1,945 (Worked, Busy AF)

Day Twelve: 1,781 (Slept all day, thanks nightshift, slept all night)

Day Thirteen: 759 (The first day I was under 1K, and officially behind on my goal of 120K; Also, hit 50K.)

Day Fourteen: 1,219 (Slept all day, woke up way after midnight, slept until morning. Now super behind on my 120K goal)

Total: 51,219

Positives: I hit 50K and officially “won” NaNoWriMo. I now have a direction after dragging my feet for a few days. I have a few days off from work where I can make it up.

Negatives: My fingers are buddy taped, making typing on a keyboard a real fun experience and not very fast. They will be taped for the next 3-6 weeks (ALL of November!)

Positive: Week 3 is almost here and I have a direction again.

NaNoWriMo 2019 Week One Check-In

One week of NaNoWriMo 2019 is now completed for all the writer’s working on their novels this year.

I am very happy to say that it has been a very productive week for me, despite having a few “low” days.

My goal for this month is 120K, twice the goal of 50K and then some.

Here’s how I did this week:

Day One: 5,255

Day Two: 10,045

Day Three: 4,480

Day Four: 5,337

Day Five: 5,383

Day Six: 2,518

Day Seven: 7,648

Total: 40,666

This first week has been amazing and I’m actually ahead of my 120K monthly goal. I’m hoping I can keep up this momentum through everything else going on this month, and keep up my drive after I pass the first 50K.

We’ll see how it goes it week two.

Happy writing!

My daily word count looks like a ghost. The zero on day eight is telling me “You Should Be Writing!”

What I’ve Learned Participating in Inktober (Writer Edition)

For the first time this month, I’ve done something I have never done. I finished Inktober, but it was Inktober with a twist. In October, I participated in Inktober (Writer Edition). Fifty words of fiction daily.

I did it with a twist yet again, and added ink drawings as well.

Here’s what I learned:

Writing and Drawing are Separate Arts

I’ve been a writer for years, but art has never been my forte. I could look at the prompts each day and come up with an idea pretty quickly of what I wanted to write. Coming up with what I wanted to draw was completely different. Knowing I wasn’t the best at drawing, I knew I had to be careful in what I picked. The first few drawings were terrifying, but then I let go and started to have fun with them.

Stick Figures Can Save You

I am not a professional artist by a long shot. I have friends who can draw the most beautiful realistic images and it makes me so jealous. There were few pieces that I chose to draw that involved people, but when it did, I used stick figures. Why? Because I could, and most drawings from this month took ten minutes or less. I’m a busy person and would rather get the drawings done rather than perfect.

Focuses Can Change

The first few days, I was concerned about the drawings. I knew I had the words right in the prompts. I knew what I was going for, but drawing was a terrifying feat that I couldn’t even begin to fathom for the first week or so. About a week in, my focus changed to the words. The prompts, in my opinion, became more concept and less concrete so I had to think them through. Now that I made it to the end, I’m wondering when the prompt list will come out for next year.

Size Matters

In the past when I have attempted Inktober, I bought a new fresh sketchbook and told myself I would create these massive pieces of art with barely any time to spend that was needed on massively beautiful pieces of art. I would manage for a few weeks, or a couple of days, then just give up and tell myself “I’m definitely not an artist.”

This year, I went really simple. Two pieces of printer paper folded into 16 squares. 4 Pigma Micron pens in black, red, light blue and navy. One Paper-Mate 4 in 1 ballpoint pen in green only. With those simple supplies, I created masterpieces that were 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.

Fifty Words Can Tell a Decent Story

I have to admit, I started Inktober (Writer Edition) a little before October. I wrote several pieces ahead of the days they were to be posted (but I did only do one ink drawing a day). When I first started, I was terrified. Fifty words only?! How can I tell a decent story with only fifty words?! Having done NaNoWriMo for the past ten years, I’ve been under the impression that more words is much better than less.

Inktober (Writer Edition) proved me wrong. And in a big way.

With only fifty words per prompt, it made me be creative. It made me get rid of filler words and repetitions and words that just didn’t fit. It made me a better writer in merely 31 days, simply because it became automatic after a while to go “This is much longer than fifty words”. I had to cut words and edit mercilessly to make it just 50 words. No more, no less.

This challenge was definitely fun, and I learned a lot. I can’t wait to participate again next year!

You can follow the saga of Inktober (Writer Edition) here

But now, we’re off to bigger things. November and NaNoWrimo.

Part One of Inktober

Part Two of Inktober (with a bonus drawing)