Writing Post #1

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So lately I’ve noticed that the pile of my TBR book is threatening to topple over and bury me, and also that I’ve not really got any book reviews scheduled ahead.

screenshot-2017-03-02-16-57-54I’m reading a lot less at the moment, not because I don’t want to but because I’m struggling with time management a little. I work full-time and I used to get through a lot of audiobooks while I worked. At the moment, I’ve moved office and the way things are, I’m just not able to do that. The reason I’ve been reading a lot less at home is that I’ve been trying to get a lot more done on my writing project.

Sooo… to I’ve decided to post some blogs about my writing, just to make sure I don’t lose the habit of keeping this blog active.

I don’t have a proper summary/ pitch yet but the gist is:

  • 1805 Scotland
  • YA – Mystery, Historical, Fantasy
  • F/F Romance
  • Bride of Frankenstein Retelling/ Sequel/ Thing
  • 1st person/ single POV
  • Current Length: 42,600
  • Target: I’d like to write 750 – 1,000 a day, and hopefully finish this draft in the first half of Camp NaNo, mid-April. We’ll see.

At the moment I’m at approx 40,000 and I’ve written a lot of the easy scenes and starting to fill in the more challenging gaps. I’ve also started to look for critique partners online to keep me accountable and motivated.

Any other writers out there have any tricks for staying motivated? Or does anyone have any strategies for finding more reading time?

CAMP NANO – END OF THE LINE

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Goal: 20,000

Current Progress: 20,164

DONE!!

  • I was still super distracted, and finding it much harder to just sit down and write. My word-count speed just kept getting slower and every sentence was an effort.

  • I decided that since it was another idea that was taking up my thoughts, to just write some the scenes that were in my head for that and reached my target!

  • I don’t have a finished project which is a little disappointing but I’m really pleased I made my word-count goal and it was a really good experience.

  • If I want to do ‘real’ NaNo in November, I know I’ll need to plan in a lot more detail (I thought I’d done so well with planning when I started) and work on my self-motivation, I’m too easily distracted and prone to procrastination.

  • I did learn that I find writing much easier by hand and away from the distractions of home.

How did everyone else do with this months Camp NaNo?

CAMP NANO – WEEK 3 UPDATE

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Goal: 20,000

Current Progress: 17,080

Remaining to Goal: 2,920

  • I decided not to up my word goal, I’ve been slacking this week and have a wedding next so I’m keeping it realistic. The story’s nowhere near finished but that’s the upside of camp I guess, I’ll still feel like I’ve achieved something if I just reach my target.

  • I skipped the scenes I was struggling with, now I’ve got them left to write * sob* The more complicated plot points are still a little fuzzy and I really need to focus and pin them down. My dialogue and action scenes also need a good bit of development and polish.

  • I’ve been planning my next story instead – opps. I spent a few afternoons making dreamcasts of character and writing out snatches of dialogue and ideas.

  • I’ve been reading instead – opps.

  • I went to visit family for a few days and just couldn’t find the time – opps. But I actually don’t regret this one.

I can totally do this. I just need to get back on track and I can make it. I refuse to miss such a low goal by so small a margin.

 

 

Camp NaNo – Week 2 Midpoint Update

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Goal: 20,000

Current Progress: 13,100

Remaining to Goal: 6,900

I had planned to make a Camp NaNo post each week, but I just couldn’t face it last week. This post is short but here’s a few things I’ve noticed while working on my Camp project.

  • My story has grown legs. Each plot-hole I fill seems to led to three more and along the way new characters, species and plot-lines have snuck their way in. I originally planned to write something novella length but now I think it’ll turn out closer to a regular novel. I’m keeping my word count goal as it is though and if I don’t finish I’ll continue it after camp.
  • I write in stops and starts and struggle to get a consistent daily word-count. I also have to ‘watch’ a scene fully before I can write it and sometimes this can mean sitting for ages with my eyes closed waiting for things to make sense.
  • I’ve been using the using the Extreme Harry Potter Word Crawl to keep me going when I’m struggling and I love it. It’s like playing a game which really motivates me. At the moment I’m about halfway through Chamber of Secrets.
  • I went out for coffee today and got one of my actions scenes written. I’m proud of myself because I find them challenging to keep everything making sense and keep track of everyone. I also find writing natural sound dialogue hard and managed a few conversations today which is good too. I find it odd that so many people seem to love writing both these things. Which parts are you finding the most challenging to write?

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016

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My first Camp NaNoWriMo starts in just over 6 short hours. This will be my first ever NaNoWriMo experience and I’m really looking forward to it, if feeling a little nervous.

I’ve spend a good bit of time this month lurking around the forums and getting to know how thing work over there. The forum is the same for the April/ July Camps and the big event in November and I have to say it’s a brilliant resource. Everyone is welcoming and extremely helpful with everything from filling plot-holes to publishing queries. I’d recommended having a look even if you’re not participating.

I’m definitely a planner when writing, and I think I have a pretty good outline worked out. I do have a few plotholes and things to look up but I’m hoping this will give me a good kick-start tomorrow morning. I don’t tend to write in a linear way anyway so maybe I’ll have worked these out by the time I get to it.

One of the big draws of the Camp months is getting to set your own target. For this first Camp I’m setting mine at 25,000 but hopefully I’ll go over. I have a novella I’d like to write and tentative plans for a short story if I get around to it.

Good luck to everyone else participating this month, I cant wait to see what we can all achieve. 😀