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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I’m in a Reading Slump.

I am in one of the worst reading slumps I have had in a long time. In the past four months I have read two books. One of which I started reading around Christmas time. This time last year I was reading so many books. March 2016 was one of my best reading months, ever.

I can’t figure out why I’m in such a slump. Every time I pick up a book I’ll get a couple of chapters in and then put it down because I’m just not feeling it. I’m hoping that when A Court of Wings and Ruins comes out next month that it will pull me out of this funk. I’m so excited about that book. I loved ACOTAR and ACOMAF so I hope I’ll love this one too.

I haven’t ever had a reading slump last this long before, what do you like to do to get out of reading slumps? Am I the only one with slumps that last multiple months?

Aside from the reading slump. April has been a pretty good month. I’ve been failing Camp NaNo, by like a lot. But I’m trying to let that go. This middle grade book has been way harder to write than expected.

I’m super excited about a blog post I hope to have up next week. I’ve been working on this post for literally weeks and I finally got all the stuff together for it this weekend. I hope you guys will like it.

Also, I’m working on cleaning out my book shelves today. I’m hoping that looking at all of them and moving them around will help me get excited about reading again.

 

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!

November Recap

November was an exciting month. I updated the blog a lot and attempted NaNoWriMo. It went by super quickly and I’m so excited that Christmas is almost here!

Books I read:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I only read one book this month and I’m glad it was this one.

Posts:

Booktoberfest Haul

Paper Towns

Me and Earl and The Dying Girl

Camp NaNo Editing update

Favorite book of the month:

The Sun is Also a Star. My review should be up later this week.

Things I did this month:

I had a birthday. My birthday was great, my mom made me cheesecake and my students showered me with handmade cards. It was great.

I changed my blog, a lot. It got a new shiny URL with a name to match. I’m way happier with my blog now than I was before.

I failed NaNoWriMo. Which makes me sad, but if I hadn’t failed it then I wouldn’t have started editing my Camp NaNo book from April.

I took my class to the aquarium. It was super fun, we learned a lot, and I sort of want to write a story involving an aquarium now.

I met Nicola Yoon. It was a lot of fun, I’m still working on my post for that even though.

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!

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?

June Recap

I know that I  kind of disappeared in June, which I hate. I thought that I would be really active in June since it’s summer and there is the Hedgeathon going on, but it turned out to be the opposite.  I’m sorry for going so long without posting. My anxiety kind of got the best of me during June but I’m not going to let it ruin my plans for July. In fact I already have a couple of posts lined up for July.

If you haven’t been participating in The Hedgeathon, it isn’t too late. It ends July 31st, that gives you a whole month to read eight books. You can do it, I believe in you! Also, I have to read seven books in July in order to get caught up, so you aren’t alone.

Books I read:

I also got into a reading slump this month and only read two books. I read a middle grade book that I plan to read to my class this fall and I read Expired on Wattpad as my indie book.

Posts:

(Well this section is embarrassing…)

Hedgeathon summer reading challenge 

May Recap

Favorite book of the month:

Expired, which I’m writing a review for. I hope for it to be up next week.

Things I did this month:

I went to Warped Tour. I had never been to a hard rock concert before but this one was awesome and it wasn’t near as bad as everyone made it out to be.

I went berry picking. I spent one morning picking blackberries and blueberries. It was really fun and they blueberries made really good pancakes.

I decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo in July. I hope it’s easier than it was in April.

 

April Recap

April went by so quickly, it was just here and gone for me. I did not get much reading done, and I missed two review posts which I hate. However, I am giving myself grace since I have been sick for the past two weeks and when I did feel like writing I was working on my book for Camp NaNo.

Books I read:

I only read three books this month, and two of them were books that I read with or to my middle grade class. I also ran out of my cute hedgehog sticky flags so I had to use boring blue ones.

Posts:

Eleanor and Park (review)

Since You’ve Been Gone (review)

Camp NaNo Update One (update)

Camp NaNo Update Two (update)

Camp NaNo update Three (update)

Camp NaNo update Four (update)

Camp NaNo update Five (update)

Prepping for North Texas Teen Book Festival (book events)

Favorite book of the month:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. It was the only YA book I read in April, but nonetheless it still would have won. This book was great, you can check out my review here.

Things I did this month:

Went to the North Texas Teen Book Festival. I had a blast and I will be doing a post about it soon.

Won Came NaNo. I wrote 50K in 30 days. This was a huge thing for me personally and it took me a lot of time and hard work.

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?