Writing Update | January

So…I know I’ve been pretty quiet for the last month or so regarding my writing – and honestly I was just letting myself take a little break. The last few months have been stressful everywhere, but certain things have definitely affected my mental health and such. In that time I have been reading a ton, but not necessarily writing.

I have opened some of my WIPs and read through them, have done some editing and have also spent time thinking through the plotlines of a couple of them. But actual writing? That hasn’t happened…and I’m perfectly ok with that.

Sometimes you need a break, especially when things in your life are a little topsy turvy. Plus, it’s always good to take a mental health break from things if you need to.

I definitely plan on doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April, but before that I’m not sure if there will be a ton of updates on the writing front. Who knows? We’ll see how my self care goes and if inspiration strikes me then I will definitely act on it.

How’s everyone else’s writing going so far this year?

Happy writing!

2021 Writing Goals

I know I already posted about my overall goals for 2021 but I wanted to get a little more specific with my writing goals. These will of course be fluid since I’m not going to force myself to write if I’m not feeling it – that never ends up well. So here are just a few more specific goals.

Finish something – I have so many half finished stories, or even some that are near completion, but nothing really finished. This coming year I would really like to finish at least one of them and be able to put it to rest.

NaNoWriMo – This year was the first year I participated in the two Camp NaNoWriMo sessions in April and July and while I didn’t necessarily get a ton done, I enjoyed the process. I spent some time editing and proofing, but for me I came at it with a more relaxed approach. I would like to be able to participate in them again next year (and NaNo in November of course).

Start Something New – Now with so many unfinished things you may be asking why I would want to start something new – but hear me out. I would like to explore a genre that I don’t typically write in and see how it flows. A lot of my stuff is paranormal and fantasy based and I would really like to challenge myself to write outside of my comfort zone.

Do you have any specific writing goals?

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!

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!