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.
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.
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?
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!
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?
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, 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?