NaNoWriMo | Halfway Point!

Well everyone, it’s the 16th so we have officially reached the halfway point of NaNoWriMo! How are your totals doing? Are you completely pantsing it, or did you have plans in place?

I’m still happy with my progress, I haven’t written anything today but right now I’m sitting at 23,603 words. I’m slightly behind target, but I’m hoping for a decent writing session tonight and trying to get caught up with projected totals.

I’m still totally okay with how things are progressing. I had hoped to write more this weekend but adult things took over and I didn’t have as much time as I had hoped – plus when I did have time I just wasn’t feeling it, and that’s ok. I know if I try to force it I won’t be able to write at all.

All signs still point to me being able to reach 50k this month, so fingers are crossed!

Happy writing!

NaNoWriMo 2020 | Week Two Update

So here we are, almost two weeks into NaNoWriMo and I have to say I am happy with how it is going. I am below target right now, but I’m not bothered by it. My initial plan for this round was to write what I can during my work week, but not kill myself trying to hit the goal every single day. I figured I could catch up and get on par during the weekend.

So far that plan has gone as expected. I’ve made sure that I write at least something each day, but I used my time off on the weekend to get myself on target heading back into the work week. I haven’t felt the best this week, so I’m glad I haven’t forced myself to write more than I’ve felt like writing.

As of this writing I’m sitting at 15,356 words and I am perfectly happy with that total. I’ve added something every single day and anticipate holding my plan through the month.

Making the decision to not push myself extra hard through the work week was definitely the right decision as I’m not nearly as stressed as I have been in the past and the writing is flowing pretty well.

How is everyone else doing?

Happy writing!

NaNoWriMo | Finding Time

We’re three days into NaNo, how is everyone doing? I’m somehow on target (though I haven’t yet started my writing for today) fingers crossed it stays that way.

I know that a big question I’ve seen floating around is “How do you find time?” It’s a good question for sure and it’s something that can be hard. I have a full time day job, plus keeping up with cooking, housework, time with my significant other and of course must find time to read as well!

Carving out specific writing time is something you have to do consciously. Unfortunately, when you have so many obligations it has to be done. I go to bed a few hours later than my significant other, so that is definitely time that is being earmarked for writing.

I also try/plan to do more than the daily average on my days off, to make up for those work days that I don’t quite hit it. As long as I write something every day, I will consider that a good step.

Current word total: 3400 words.

Happy writing, everyone!

Happy Halloween & Eve of NaNoWriMo

Happy Halloween! I hope all of you had a great day full of spooky stuff while also staying safe.

Now, is everyone ready for NaNoWriMo? I could technically start in a few hours, but I’m not sure if I’ll be staying up past midnight. The days of me pulling all-nighters have long passed. Still, I imagine I’ll set aside a good chunk of time tomorrow to really get a good start. I feel like solid beginning will give me motivation and a platform to stand on.

Those of you doing Preptober – how did it go? What do you have prepped? I have now selected what I’ll actually be working on and have a good number of notes – so fingers crossed!

Good luck everyone!

NaNoWriMo 2020 Prep | 1 Week Left!

Ok everyone, we’re truly in the homestretch now – we have less than one week until November 1st. I know a lot of people have been going really hardcore on Prep-tober, but I honestly haven’t had the free time to really hammer things out.

For the most part I have managed to read through my few candidate stories and make notes/edits here and there. I plan for it to remain a calm and not stressful month of writing, but I still want to absolutely get my 50k words in.

What things have you been doing for Preptober? Are you doing a whole new project, or continuing something you already started? I’m probably going to work one something existing, but only barely started – but when the time comes we shall see.

Happy writing!

NaNoWriMo Prep | 2 Weeks to Go

So here we are and it is exactly two weeks to the start of NaNoWriMo – how is everyone doing? Myself? I’m excited and terrified if I’m being honest. Anyone who has been following me for a while knows that I didn’t “win” last year, and both rounds of Camp NaNoWriMo this year didn’t go as well as I would have liked. Since it’s 2020 I’m hoping for it to go well but I’m also very aware that it may not.

I’ve narrowed my story choices down to a few and really it’s going to depend on what I’m feeling on November 1st itself. It’s going to be a lot of going with the flow to be honest, since I do have other obligations that are going to come first. NaNoWriMo is an extra for me in the grand scheme of things, so if I can’t complete it, but do enjoy the process then I will consider it a win.

So what does prep look like? Besides preparing my boyfriend for my typing and grumbling? A lot of self care. Self care has really needed to be a theme for 2020 and November will be no difference. So to anyone else prepping for NaNoWriMo I have a few things to say.

  1. Don’t get upset if you don’t meet your daily goals or don’t win NaNo this year – you tried and you made progress. That’s what’s important. (Yep, I’m saying this to myself too.)
  2. NaNo is not a chore, have fun with it and really try to enjoy whatever you get done.
  3. Whatever story you’re telling, no matter how long it takes – tell it!

So compile all your notes, get your emergency snacks supplies ready and in two weeks – let’s write!

Writing Update | 9/28

Ok everyone, let’s get real – we are one month out from NaNoWriMo. Anyone else recently realize that and have a mild panic/excitement attack? No? Just me then.

So my progress as we head towards NaNoWriMo hasn’t been as strong as I was thinking it was going to be, but it hasn’t been horrible either. I have a number of story options as I’m pretty sure I will I will pick up something I’ve already started and work on them…because there are so many of them.

My goal of course is going to be to hit 50k words by the end of the month, I’d like to win again since last year wasn’t so much of a win, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t reach the goal.

2020 is not a great year, so I’d be willing to bet that a number of people struggle, but here’s hoping our muses stay with us and we’re able to win NaNoWriMo!

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 9/8

I figured while 2020 is trying to fill out its bingo board I would talk about something that could serve as a distraction. You know, something to take my mind off things while I hide in my blanket fort.

Writing is actually progressing well! Granted, it’s likely because of the escapism of it all, but I’ve working on an existing as well as started blocking out a new idea that came to me.

I am cautiously optimistic (and getting more optimistic) about NaNoWriMo in November. I would feel even better if 2020 would just take a little break and stop stressing me out.

How’s everyone else’s writing coming?

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 8/23

So the last time I really mentioned my writing was near the end of July, where I hadn’t had the best round of Camp NaNoWrimo but I was optimistic about perhaps getting out of the funk I’ve been in.

I can happily say that in the last couple weeks I got inspired to work on a certain story, one that was already in progress. In the last week I’ve managed to add 5700 words and finally feel like I’m getting back in the groove. It’s all very rough because I’m just letting if flow, but it feels very good to be writing again.

I haven’t decided yet if NaNoWriMo this year will be a completely new project, or if I will simply work on something that is existing. We’ll see what ideas the muse has in store for me when November comes.

Anyone else planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year? What are your writing plans?

Happy writing!

Camp NaNoWriMo | Update

Well here we are almost at the end of July, which means almost the end of Camp NaNoWriMo and sadly I again didn’t do as well as I’d hoped.

Let’s be real, anyone who isn’t suffering from some shift in their mental health, concentration, etc during this global pandemic is extremely lucky. I’ve had a hard time concentrating on anything, in a lot of instances I’ve been able to push through, but writing has been hard.

I’ve been doing more reading and editing of my work than writing, but at least I was able to write a few thousand words. It’s better than nothing but I wish I could have gotten into the groove more.

How did everyone else do? Happy writing!