Yet another post about me failing another NaNoWriMo event

Well, I did it. I’ve failed three NaNoWriMo events in a row (hold the applause). I don’t even have a good excuse this month. Yeah April was busy but so was last April and I finished that time. I don’t know what happened I couldn’t even get to the 5,000 mark this month.

However, I did start writing my book. Which is huge for me. I’ve been thinking about writing this book for months and I finally started it because of Camp NaNo. I plan on finishing this book at some point during 2017 but we will see if that happens.

This month was a good learning month for me though.

I learned that writing a Middle Grade book is not as easy as I thought it would be. For anyone else who has read a short middle grade book and thought “I bet I could write a book like that in less than month.” Spoiler alert, you’re wrong. Just because Middle Grade books tend to be shorter and more “simple” does not mean that they are easier to write. In fact I think they might be harder because of that.

I learned that third person, past tense¬† is hard for me to write. I’ve only ever written in first person, present tense in the past. When I started writing this new book it was like I was learning to write all over again. I kept having to go back and change words and cut out thoughts.

I also learned that if a book requires research it also needs a really good outline.

 

How did April treat you this month? Did you attempt Camp NaNoWriMo? If so how did you do?

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Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017

You guys have no clue how excited I am for Camp NaNo tomorrow. I’m excited for several reasons.

  1. I won Camp NaNo in April last year. It’s the only one that I haven’t failed miserably at. I think April is just a good month for me,
  2. I haven’t written anything in months. And by that I mean I haven’t written a single paragraph. I’ve written some blog posts here and there but aside from that I’ve done nothing.
  3. I am going to be starting a whole new project.

I’m mostly excited about that last one. I’m actually going to be writing a middle grade novel, hopefully the first one in a whole series. I won’t go into specifics about this because I’m over possessive of my ideas and I worry about sharing anything publicly about them. Not because I really think any one would steal it but mostly because I don’t want criticism when I’m not ready for it. I’m still working out a lot of the plot for my novel but I feel like I have my characters pretty well figured out.

So far I’m not sure what my word count is going to end up being. Right now I left my goal at 50K but I keep thinking about moving it down to 25K since it’s middle grade and my first attempt.

Are you doing Camp NaNo in April? If so good luck and happy writing!

NaNoWriMo Update, the First and the Last

Well, I failed NaNoWriMo this year. I tried but I just couldn’t get past the first 100 words even.

I hate quitting and giving up, but I think that I need to. I just don’t think I am reading mentally to write this book. I had no clue where to start, no clue where to end, and no idea what would go in the middle. This book is really important to me and when I write it I want to do it the right way and on it’s time not mine.

I think one of the biggest reasons I failed is because I’ve been spending a lot of time working on this blog, which has a higher priority than NaNo at this point.

On a happier note, I finally decided that it’s time to start editing my Camp NaNo book from April. I printed it all out and put it in this cute hot pink notebook. Now I’m working on the first read through and trying not to punch myself in the face while doing so. I don’t think I’ve ever written anything this terrible. I’m trying to stay positive and remind myself that it kind of has good bones which means I can try to fix it.


Did anyone else quit NaNo? If not congrats! How far along are you?

Also, happy Thanksgiving!

NaNoWriMo 2016: Yep, I’m gonna Attempt It

Well I wasn’t going to do NaNo. In fact a month or so ago I wasn’t even sure if I would be writing again… period. (You can check out this blog post to see more of that story.) But then I kept seeing all of the NaNoWriMo related posts on all the writing groups I’m in and I decided that I wanted to give it a go.

This is the notebook that I’m carrying around with me to write down ideas, snippets, character inspiration etc..¬† I’m gonna add some cute hedgehog stickers to it as soon and I can get find some I really like.

One of the things I loved about Camp NaNo is that I felt completely free of pressure. I didn’t ask my self if it would ever be publishable or worry about what anyone else would think if they were reading it. In fact I didn’t even care if it made sense. Nothing mattered except word count, and that was amazing.

A large part of the reason I want to attempt NaNoWriMo is that I’ve had this book that I’ve been wanting to write for a while now. It’s something I know that I will probably never do anything with but I feel like I need to write it, for me. I already know that it’s going to be a little tough to write emotionally but I hope that it will help me to work through some of my anxieties, insecurities, and maybe help me to understand some things better. I’m not sure that I will publicly share any sort of summary, quotes, or character things simply because this story is going to be so personal. Not to mention the fact that I am unusually private about my story ideas in general.

Nonetheless, I hope that you will still follow me on my journey to write 50K in a month.

Are you attempting NaNoWriMo?If so what is your story about?