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!

Hello 2017, I swear I’m still here

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to finally be back from my disappearance. I have been sick literally the whole month of January. In fact I didn’t even read a single book in the month of January, (shameful I know). I have been teaching then coming home and doing next to nothing. I have however watched the first three seasons of Parenthood on Netflix.

Thankfully, I am finally back to feeling more like myself this week. I was going to post a whole 2016 recap but I think it’s a bit late for that one, so I am just going to move on and not look in the past. I am so excited for February, I can’t believe that it has been almost a year since I started this blog. I’ve got some fun posts planned for this month, and some books that I hope to get around to reading. I’m already sort of behind on my 2017 goals but I’m gonna post them anyway and try to catch up.

Reading

  • Read 50 books. Every year I try to read 100 books and every year I fail. So I decided that this year I wouldn’t set myself up for failure again. I think I may actually reach my goal this year.
  • Finally read a classic or two.

 

Blogging

  • Hit 100 followers
  • Post at least once a week
  • Receive an ARC

 

Writing

  • Start my middle grade book
  • Finish edits for my Camp NaNo novel
  • Win one of the Camp NaNos or NaNoWriMo

 

That’s about it. I know this is super sort but hey it’s a blog post right? What are some of your goals for 2017? Anyone else already falling behind?

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?

 

September Recap

September was a pretty great month overall. I went to Disney World (which was great), and read A Court of Mist and Fury (which was also great), but I didn’t blog very much, (which is not so great). So far October hasn’t been much better blogging wise but there is still time to change.

Books I read:

A Court of Mist and Fury, which was AMAZING. I’ve been working on the review for it for two weeks now and I’m still not done with it. There are just too many things I liked, it’s been hard to narrow it down.

Posts:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (review) I also did a password protected spoiler post comparing Rhysand and Tamlin, if you want to check that one out go to the main review to get the password and link.

To Write or Not to Write? (writing update)

Favorite book of the month:

A Court of Mist and Fury. This book could easily be my favorite book for the whole year.

Things I did this month:

I went to Disney World, which was awesome. I love Disney World, I go almost every year with my family and it truly is the happiest place on Earth.

I got a new book idea. I haven’t started writing it yet, but I am excited about it.

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?