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 | 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!

NaNoWriMo 2020 | Last Day

Can you believe it is already November 30th? This month has flown by, which is both a good and bad thing when you think about it. With that said…I have something to share with you all.

That’s right, I did it. I feel like last year’s curse has ended, as have those I suffered through both sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo. I hit 50k way too late (too early?) but once I noticed I was within 1000 words of goal last night I couldn’t stop.

My story isn’t done, but it’s close – still I’m so happy that I managed to win this year. How’s everyone else doing? Where I am there are still a little over four hours left in the day – are you still heading towards goal?

Happy writing!

NaNoWriMo | Final Push

Well everyone, here we are – the last three days of #NaNoWriMo! While there are a lot of people who have already hit 50k, for some of us this is the final push.

As of right now I’m sitting at 45,729 and plan on having another writing session tonight. I’m hoping that I might be able to hit 50k tonight if I really get going – but if not would like to hit it tomorrow. That way the last day can be mostly relaxed – even though I know I will write something just so I can get that “write every day” badge.

This year’s NaNoWriMo has definitely gone better than last year even though I’ve had to be kind to myself on the days I could only write a few hundred words because there simply wasn’t time in my days. Still, I’m super excited to be close to goal and actually completing this year. In a year of difficulties this at least has gone well.

How is everyone else doing? Are you going to win this year?

Happy writing!

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!