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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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!

October Recap

October was a terrible reading month, I read literally nothing. I didn’t do much, it was just kind of bleh. Halloween was fun, but I was lazy and didn’t bother with dressing up.  I can’t believe it’s already November, Christmas is right around the corner.

Books I read:

I actually didn’t read any books in October. Unless you count the Judy Moody book I read to my class.

Posts:

I didn’t post much either, October was just a rough month.

To write or not to Write (writing update)

NaNoWriMo (which isn’t going well at all)

Favorite book of the month:

Judy Moody Saves the World was as great as I remember it being. I love Judy Moody, she’s just so funny.

Things I did this month:

Not much, obviously. But I did start working on the big changes that I put into place on the blog this month.

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?

 

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 #3

This is my third Camp NaNoWriMo update you can read my first one here and my second one here. This week has been a great week for writing!

Stats:

Total word count: 30,577/50,000

Word count for week:  23,881

Words behind: 0, in fact I am ahead!

Accomplishment:

I hit the half way mark! When I first started this I went into it saying that I would be happy just to hit 10K,  I had no clue that I would actually hit 25K two days early even!

I also hit 30K which was so exciting.

Comments for the week:

Overall:
I am really happy with my word count so far, but there are so many sub plots that I’m starting to get very confused with who is who and what conflict goes with what. My main character is writing at book and at one point I honestly couldn’t remember which name belonged to her boyfriend or the boyfriend in the book that she is writing. I should have been taking notes along the way. Oh well I will fix it in the edits (if I ever edit it).

Saturday : I finally hit 10K I was so excited.

Sunday: I got all caught up thanks to my friend Margaret. She motivated me, and pushed me on. If she hadn’t practically made me write then I would still be at 12K where I wanted to stop for the night. 

Monday: I stayed on track and even wrote three whole words more than I needed.  

Tuesday:  I wrote double what I needed to write which felt so good.

Wednesday: I did it, I hit the half way point!!!!!! I am beyond thrilled about this.

Thursday: I am still staying ahead by at least a day.

Friday: I hit 30K three days early! 

I just hope that next week is as productive as this week was.

Are you doing Camp NaNo, if so how is it going? Are you staying on track, or getting behind? Is anyone else getting lost and confused in their plot and story?

 

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #2

If you have been following my blog for at least a week, you will know that I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month. So for the month of April I will be posting updates with my word count and all each Saturday.  Last Saturday I posted my first update check it out here. 

Stats:

Total word count: 8,759/50,000

Word count for week: 6,696

Words behind: 4,574

Accomplishment:

I got past the word count that I stopped at the last time I tried Camp NaNo, which was one of the things I wanted to do even if I didn’t finish.

Comments for the week:

Overall: I feel like this week was kind of a disappointment. Saturday I was so excited and optimistic for the week then it went downhill fast. I got sick this week with a head cold and I’ve have some family stuff that I’ve had to deal with. It’s been a long week and I’m hoping next week is better.

Saturday : Most productive day yet, I wrote almost double what I needed to.

Sunday: Since Saturday had been so productive I only had to write 440 words to stay on track with my word count. Which ended up being a good thing because I spent the day at the zoo and did not have much time to write.

Monday: Well, I hate to say it but I got behind on April 4th, I just didn’t hit my word count. I wasn’t feeling well and I was visiting family most of the day.

Tuesday: I did not write hardly a thing on Tuesday. Which put me even more behind. I was sick and gone most of the day

Wednesday: I wrote and wrote and wrote some more. I finally hit the word count for Monday, and got almost caught up.

Thursday: I wrote less than 500 words, and I keep getting behind.

Friday:  I came home from work early because I was sick then slept for three hours. I got no writing done. Like I wrote less than 100 words.

Anyone else behind? At this point I would honestly be happy to just hit 15K this month.