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!

To Write or Not To Write?

Yes, I know the title is over used but I’m gonna use it anyway. In short I have basically stopped writing. I wrote my Camp NaNo book in April, and then wrote less than 2000 words for a novel in July, but other than that I haven’t been writing.

Honestly, for the past two months I have been wondering if maybe writing a book just isn’t what I am supposed to do right now. If maybe it is time for me to let go of that dream, even if it’s hard to let go. But I wanted to give it my best effort so I tried to write. But all of the story ideas I had ultimately failed, and I had no new ideas to try. All of my characters seemed to have gone silent, like even they had given up on me and were out to find a new writer that could write their story.

The idea of not writing scared me. I have never been one to write every day, nor have I been one of those super dedicated writers, but writing has been a part of my life for years and I don’t know how things would change if it wasn’t. Would I lose the friends I have made through writing? Would I lose some of my interest in books?

After three weeks of trying and failing to come up with new ideas, attempting to write, and trying to figure out if any of my old ideas were worth trying again; I decided to just drop it. I decided to just let myself take a break from writing until I felt ready to try again. Besides it wasn’t like I really had the time or energy to write with school starting back and all.

Jump ahead to this past weekend. I was driving to Walmart when the best idea for a series of books popped in my head. I was so excited, I started recording a voice memo on my phone since I couldn’t pull over to write it down. There are just a few problems with my idea. A big one being that it is for middle grade readers. I’ve never written anything other than YA so flipping to MG will be a big switch, but I think it will be fun. The books will also be historical fiction, another thing I have never written before, but I’m excited to try. As nerdy as it sounds, I’m kind of looking forward to the research part of writing historical fiction.

As far as the story goes, I haven’t written down a single word yet. In fact I haven’t even written down all of the ideas that I recorded on my way to Walmart yet. I think I’m going to give it a week for my mind to process it and to think about it without pressure. In a week or two I will probably start working on jotting down ideas, getting a very loose outline together for the whole series, and start developing my characters. I’m not going to pressure myself to work at any sort of pace until I get back in to the swing of writing and in to the story.

If you write have you ever dealt with something like this? Also if you have any tips on writing MG or historical fiction I would love to hear them.

I will have my September Recap up later this week along with a review.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016

It’s official, I decided to participate in Camp NaNo during July. I wasn’t going to at first because I had no ideas, and I wasn’t having any luck coming up with one. Until  last Thursday night when I was getting ready to go to Warped Tour. I spent the whole car ride on Friday brainstorming and developing the idea. That being said, I don’t really know what my story will be about. I guess I will figure it out along the way. I  know having an outline would make my life easier, but somehow I’m just not sure it would make that much of a difference so I haven’t taken the time to make one yet.

If you weren’t here in April, I won Camp NaNo in April and it was really hard. I hope that this time it will be easier. I would really like to win in July and then again in November, but we shall see if I make it through July.

In the month of July I will be posting updates every Saturday about my progress.

If you don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is check out their website here.

What about you? Are you participating in Camp NaNo? If so do you know what your story is about yet? Do you have an outline ready?

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #5

Camp nano winner 2016

Stats:

Total word count: 50,022/50,000

Word count for week:  18,668

Words behind: NONE

Accomplishment:

I did it, I wrote 50K in 30 days. This was such a big thing for me because it took me four drafts and two years to finally hit 50K with my last WIP (work in progress). I never thought that I would actually be able to do this.

Comments for the week:

Overall:
This week was so hard, I felt like I had to work so hard for each word. Also, my fingers are so tired from typing. But I WON so it was all worth it!

Saturday : I got home from the North Texas Teen Book Festival and started writing with a new determination.

Sunday: I wrote more and tried to catch up.

Monday: I felt totally unmotivated but I decide that I had to write regardless.

Tuesday:  I hit 40K, only 10K left to go.

Wednesday: Insecurity was hitting me hard along, I was so down about it I didn’t get much writing done

Thursday: I hit 45K, only 5K left, which should seem like nothing by this point but it feels like 20K.

Friday: I went out of down and wrote the whole way there and back, I finally hit 48k.

Saturday: I hit 50K.

I am so excited to be done, I’m also so glad that I didn’t quit last week when I wanted to. I am not sure if I will go back and edit this novel or not, at this point it still doesn’t even have a title. Part of me wants to go back and fix it because I really do love the story it’s self, I just don’t know if I am going to be up to tackling it right away or not.

For now I’m off to go catch up on laundry and clean my house that has been put on the back burner lately.

Did you finish Camp Nano? If so are you going to edit your story?

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #4

This is my fourth Camp NaNoWriMo update, if you’re new go read my first, second, and third ones. Last week was amazing this week… not so much. This post is going to be boring, sorry but this week was a downer.

Stats:

Total word count: 31,354/50,000

Word count for week:  957 (it’s pathetic I know)

Words behind: 5,312 (It hurts to write that)

Accomplishment:

None, at all.

Comments for the week:

Overall:
I hate how this week went. Last week I wrote 23K this week I couldn’t even write one thousand. To be fair I did have a lot going on this week.

Saturday : This is the only day I wrote anything.

Sunday: I read Everything, Everything, and wrote a blog post. But that doesn’t go towards word count.

Monday: No excuses here, just didn’t write.

Tuesday:  I didn’t have time to write because of a school event.

Wednesday: I don’t have a good excuse for this day.

Thursday: I spent the whole afternoon cleaning my house, partly because I wanted an excuse not to write.

Friday: I went out of town and spent the night so that I could get to the North Texas Teen Book Festival early.

I just hope that I can still catch up, I really want to hit 50K this month but I’m not sure it will.

How are you doing with Camp NaNo? Have you already validated your word count?

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #1

I started Camp NaNoWriMo yesterday. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it or not, but I decided to take a break from my current WIP (work in progress) and work on something new. I found some plot holes I have to fill in, and some times you just need a break so you can see things differently.

For those of you who don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is check out the website here.

I have only attempted Camp NaNo one other time, and I failed. Hopefully this time will be different since I am starting an entire new project.

I will be posting an update every Saturday during the month of April, maybe you guys can help hold me accountable.

Once I know more about the story I will add some info about it to the bottom of my updates.

Stats:

Total word count: 2,063/50,000

Word count for week (well yesterday  for this update): 2,063

Words behind: 0

Quote/snippet: n/a so far

Comments: Yesterday was a great writing day, I even went over my word minimum word count for the day. Things are going great!

The next update will cover all of this coming week not just one day.