Writing Update | 9/21

Hey everyone! I realized it had been quite a while since I talked about writing, so it was about time I brought you up to speed. Since July’s session of Camp Nanowrimo I’ve taken it easy. This ongoing pandemic has impacted my mental health in numerous ways and honestly this year I’ve just needed to accept that and the things that go along with it. I know we’ll get there eventually, I hope things will improve and that we will finally get to that light at the end of the tunnel.

After Camp I was pretty disheartened to be honest, my writing wasn’t flowing as well as I wanted it to and while I was trying to be kind to myself about it, there was still a part of me that was having a hard time with it. I decided I was going to take a break for a while and while that has helped, I know I’m not 100%. My autoimmune conditions have been flaring up as well as my chronic pain, so doing a lot of things have been harder. It’s not an excuse, just plain fact. Posting daily on my blog isn’t always easy, but it’s something I’m committed to because it does bring me joy.

So, writing – I am happy to say that I’ve actually been writing more. I haven’t been forcing myself or trying to hit any goals, just opening up documents when the mood strikes me. I will be participating in Nanowrimo in November, so I’ve made a promise to myself not to push myself until then. I don’t yet know which project I’ll be working on, but it might even be something new. That’s not set in stone of course since I could just work on something existing, but I am excited for November to arrive.

Does anyone else plan on doing Nanowrimo this year?

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 7/31

Hey everyone! So it’s the last day of July and you may have noticed I didn’t have a ton of writing updates the past couple weeks. I did write a few thousand words on a couple different projects, but didn’t really hit my goal. There are a number of factors or reasons that I could go into, but the crux of it is that life is life and things happen.

Plus…Cozy Grove. Playing lots of Cozy Grove.

So yeah, lots of different factors that have meant I haven’t had time to write, I’ve been trying to maintain mental health, improve overall health in general, practice some self care, etc. July was weird and went by super quickly.

So what are my plans going forward after two Camp Nano’s that didn’t go well? I’m still planning on participating in NaNoWriMo in November and planning on winning if possible but until then I might just take a break. I may do some planning as we get closer to November and I’m always jotting down notes and ideas, but until then I may just take it easy and concentrate on other things.

That’s the way I’m feeling I need to go. My day job is taking up a huge amount of time and between reading, gaming and self care I don’t really have the mental space for writing intensely. So I’m going to do a refresh and hopefully come back strong in November.

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 7/7

Hey everyone! For some reason the first week of July got away from me so I haven’t yet started my Camp Nanowrimo project.

I debated just skipping the July session of Camp, but figured it would be better to do it and have something motivating me even if I missed one week. I am just going to work on the story I’ve been working on here and there. I’m not setting too lofty of a goal, so I’ve set it to 25k and we’ll see where we go.

As you can probably tell I’m not going to put a huge amount of pressure on myself. I’m coming out of a reading slump and don’t want to put myself in a writing slump by forcing anything. Last year and this year have taken tolls on so many things, mental health being one of the major ones and I think I’m really feeling the brunt of that now. So with my writing and reading I’m going to be kind with myself and make sure that I have fun with it rather than forcing myself. Anyone else feeling that way?

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 6/8

Hey everyone! I wasn’t expecting to be making any sort of writing update anytime soon, possibly not until July, but here I am. Shortly after my last update where I said I was going to take some time and just not push myself my muse returned and I’ve actually made some headway.

The story that I’ve jumped back into is one that I’ve been stuck on for a while – I had pretty much written myself into a corner because I was worried things were advancing too quickly and didn’t know how to slow it down without it seeming to move at a crawl or be too fall of minute things.

I knew a bunch of scenes I wanted to happen later but couldn’t figure out what to fill the space from A to B with. Well, that issue is at least partially corrected. I still have work to do, but at least it is somewhat flowing.

I know that I could just skip and come back to it, write the scenes I already have in my head – but I really try to not do that if I can. I like my first very rough pass to be pretty linear and don’t like to hop around too much. Of course that also means that when I get stuck on one story I have the habit of just jumping to another one.

So, progress report is that hey, there are new words and I’m enjoying the process again. I don’t know how long this will last, or if this will be what I work on for Camp Nano, but this is at least the current state of things.

How is everyone else’s writing going?

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 5/22

Hey everyone! I figured I should check in regarding my writing because it had been a bit of time. I have not really been making much writing progress in any of my projects – and I’m not super upset about it. It’s not that I’ve fallen out of wanting to write them, my brain has just needed a bit of a break. I’ve been catching up on some of the things I really needed to get read, been spending more time with my partner and dealing with the ever expanding stress of my day job.

And that’s totally ok. Yes, a part of my mind is always spinning on my characters and their lives, but sometimes I just need to set it aside and recharge (or deal with other things). It usually results in a burst of writing when I do return to it, so it’s not a bad thing.

I’m thinking I may continue this break until the next session of Camp Nano comes around so I can hopefully hit the ground running with that. We shall see how things pan out.

How’s everyone else’s writing going?

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 4/26

Well here we are everyone, it’s almost the end of April. I definitely haven’t written the amount that I thought I would in this month, but I’m not too torn up about it. To be honest other things took priority over writing and sometimes that is just the way it goes.

I thought April would be a nice, quiet month where I would be able to get tons of reading and writing done, but in reality it was very stressful. My day job takes priority and I definitely had some high priority projects that had to be done. Add onto that the fact that my cat had to go to the vet for a possibly big procedure (thankfully it ended up being best case scenario and she is absolutely fine!) and we had the loss of a family member in my family at the end of March. All those things kind of compounded together and demanded my time.

Still, in the last week I was able to do some editing and a little bit of writing. Sometimes simply writing myself out of a corner is an accomplishment – and I was able to do that with a couple of my stories. Hopefully that will mean that in future months I’ll be able to get a lot more writing done.

How was everyone else’s April?

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 4/16

Well friends, I do not come with good news today. I was excited to get into April and get some good writing done but here we are halfway through the month and I’ve written a few paragraphs. To be fair at the end of March my family was dealt a blow and we lost a family member, so that definitely contributes to my lack of writing.

I’ve also been gaming. Probably more than I should, but it’s stress relief.

So really it’s just been a month that I’ve been doing some other things and dealing with larger issues. Because of this my muse has decided that they are taking a vacation and have only been appearing when I absolutely cannot write. -_-

I’m still going to do my best to write what I can, but I don’t foresee me reaching my goal for Camp Nanowrimo. You can only do what you can and I’m obviously having to concentrate on other things.

How’s everyone’s month going writing wise?

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 3/30

Well, here we are. We’re on the cusp of the end of March and April is staring me in the face. I have chosen which idea I’m going to work on for Camp Nano, and set a soft goal of 30k words. I figured that is 1000 words a day, but I know that it could end up being a lofty goal with the reading I’m hoping to do, plus working a full time job.

With all that said, I am going to do my best to get a solid start on this story done. It’s only in the beginning stages, but so far I like what I have. I’m not going to give away too much information because it is so new, but I’m hopeful that the muse will play nice and allow me to write.

Who else is doing Camp this year? Are you writing something new, or editing?

Happy writing!

Writing Update | 3/19

Hey everyone! I know I talked about the upcoming session of Camp NaNoWriMo not too long ago on here, but the closer we get the more excited I am about it. I guess I’m just in that space where I’m ready to write but haven’t really had the time to do it – so Camp will give me the push I need to do it.

I have been making minor edits and changes to some things, cleaning them up a bit – but my writing style is very fluid. While I often have an idea of specific scenes, plot movement and more, all of those things can actually change when I do dig into actually writing. If I feel the way I had originally plotted something doesn’t sit right, then I change it.

I guess all that is to say that I really want to dive into it again – but more and more I am pretty sure I am just going to work on something fresh and new that I don’t have a ton of notes or plotted scenes for. I feel like just doing spur of the moment writing will help get my muse settled back into its place. This may be seen as me avoiding the stories that are farther along, but to be honest I need to let them sit a bit since there is some writer’s block going on with some of them. Sometimes they just need to be by themselves for a little while and think about what they’ve done – haha.

Who else is planning on doing Camp? Happy writing!

Writing Update | March

Hey everyone! It’s already nearly mid-march and I feel like the first few months of this year have gone by incredibly fast. Soon we’ll be planting gardens, spending more time outside, opening up the windows and more. It also means that April is almost upon us which means another round of Camp NaNoWriMo.

I’m not completely sure just yet what I will be working on, but I do have a couple projects that are still in very young stages that I may decide to work on. It might be nice to work on something completely new and fresh, so I will likely go that route.

I do still have a number of projects that are in different stages of progress, but I feel like if I work on one that I’ve got a fair bit done on it might slow my progress down. That thinking is what is really making me want to start fresh with one of my newer ideas and just how much I can get done in the month of April.

I don’t know yet if I want to have a certain amount of words accomplished, but I do know I am going to try and make a goal of writing something every day of the month, even if it’s not much.

What are everyone’s plans for Camp NaNoWriMo? Are you planning on participating?

Happy writing!