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!
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.
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?
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.
It’s that time again, this time for the July round of Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m not setting any grand goal for myself this time. I set a goal of 15k words just to have a goal of some sort in place, but I’m not going to be upset if I don’t hit it.
Life is hectic these days, even if I’m working at home – so some nights I just don’t have the energy to write. I’m going to take it easy on myself and just enjoy the process as it happens.
That being said, I’ve managed to add 1,309 words to a new project, so that’s not too bad in my opinion.
Here we are almost to the end of June and my writing this year is not going the way I expected and I’ve found myself in a writing slump.
I think all of us are feeling certain effects from the events going on in the world, and have been. I’ve been dealing with my own issues and trying to maintain, but my writing and reading have definitely suffered as a result.
Still, while I haven’t written much in the last two months, I am going to do the Camp NaNoWriMo round in July, but I’m not going to set any huge goal. I’m going to simply aim to write, not do a large amount. As long as I make progress I’m going to be happy. I’ll probably do a good amount of editing and mat not even concentrate on new writing. I’m just going to gauge what feels right when the time comes.
How is everyone else’s writing going? Have you also had creativity blocks?
So, I haven’t really mentioned writing since Camp Nanowrimo ended. I didn’t do as well as I wanted, but I was ok with that because at least I wrote something in the month of April.
Well, the reason I haven’t mentioned it is because since the end of April…I haven’t written anything. I’ve been in both a reading slump and a writing slump.
These things happen. I’ve been working to get myself more organized and in a better head space since I know that’s what’s going on. Once I can get myself back to an even keel things will flow again.
I’ve been reading through and doing slight edits on some of my projects, but not stressing myself out over the lack of writing as well. If you’re experiencing similar things, be kind to yourself. A lot of my free time as of late has been dedicated to self care and that’s just the way it has needed to be.
How is your writing going? Be kind to yourself and don’t feel too bad if things aren’t flowing. Let things happen as they will and stay safe!
So, it’s the last day of April and I’m here to say that I didn’t complete my goal. I ended the month at 8925 words added to my writing and even though I didn’t hit what I wanted, I’m not upset about it.
This month was a big no go when it came to maintaining focus or being able to really dig into my writing. A lot of people are having trouble focusing or concentrating on tasks that they usually breeze through. It’s just something that is happening with the events in the world, it’s hard and frustrating, but we can’t hold it against ourselves.
With that I’m not going to be overly upset that I didn’t hit my goal, I’m going to be glad that I made some progress and I did manage to do some reading through of my WIPs and do surface editing.
So while this month wasn’t as successful as I would have liked it to be, I’m not mad about it. There’s another Camp Nanowrimo in July, so maybe I’ll do better then.
Well, it’s happened, I’ve written myself into a corner.
In a normal time I would be able to back up and deal with this, but with the amount of anxiety and stress that I’ve been under, I just had to walk away for a while. I’m at a point with my mental health that going through a re-write would just cause me too much upset, so I’m going to deal with it when I’m in a better place.
Where does that leave me? Well, of the 30k words I wanted to write this month I’ve written 5,138. Yeah, not great. So for the last 10-ish days of the month I’m going to scrap my original plan. I’m still going to aim for 30k words, but I’m going to work on the projects that draw me and make me happy. I’m going to be happy with just getting certain scenes done if that’s what I can do.
I know everyone is in a different situation, some people are handling this time with a much lower amount of stress, but in my case I am a ball of stress, anxiety and depression. I have to recognize that and work to not worsen the situation – so if I don’t exactly meet this goal I’m not going to beat myself up over it.
I’ve definitely had to prioritize self-care right now, and I have to be ok with that. I’m still working a 40 hour work week (thankfully from home) so while I’m at home, I’m still not having as much free time as you would think. I’m going to write when I’m inspired to write and just be ok with it.
How is everyone else doing? Are you getting any good writing done?
Already the first week of Camp Nanowrimo is coming to a close. Hopefully everyone who is participating is using it as an escape in these very difficult times. It’s been hit or miss with me as it is hard to get into the writing groove when you’re stressed out, but still, I feel as if I have an okay start after the week I’ve had.
My goal for this year’s camp is to get 30k words added onto my first NaNoWriMo project from a couple years ago. While I did win that year and got over 50k words, the story was far from over. I figured this was a great chance to pick it up again and work on it.
So far this month I’ve added 2,781 words to it. Less than I would have liked, but understandable and still a good starting off point. We’ll have to see how the rest of the month goes. Either way I consider it a win if I’m writing and working on it.