Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNo Day 3

Okay so I missed day 2. But that was due to some depression that keeps to want to keep me down. It won’t yesterday. But today I seem to be able to function on some level in order to be able to work on my story and to type a short blog post.

Are any of you suffering from mental illness that makes it hard for you to focus or to even care about your writing, yet in your heart you know you want to keep writing? That is what keeps me going. Knowing that in my heart I love to write and that I feel better doing it.

Do you feel better after you’ve written a poem, short story, or novel? Or haven just written anything? I often wonder why this is but I figure it’s because it’s a passion and gift that God has given us so to use it, of course it would feel good. But that’s just my opinion. I’m sure you have your own.

So how far are you on day 3. I’m almost to 2000 words and I would have beat that if I had written yesterday. But I’m going to write as much as I can today. I’m cleaning 3 rooms and washing the bedding and in some cases toys for those rooms and then putting them back together. So I have been up and down and not getting the time I wished for. However, I have been ale to make some decent progress today regardless of the chores I’ve had to do.

But I must go for now to finish up the laundry and feed my son who just informed me he was hungry.

So all my fellow Campers I wish you the best of luck meeting your word count at the end of the month.

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Camp NaNo Is Here!

Good morning, Troopers! How are we all doing this morning? I pray you are well and ready for a day of intense writing. Well, okay it doesn’t have to be as tense as November’s NaNo but we still have some healthy competition with Camp NaNo.

I just started writing and I only have 300 words down when I realized I had forgotten some important information in my outline which I really need and would sound right if I didn’t add them in. So I figured I’d add the information in now less I forget about it later.

Do you do that if you forgot to add something in your outline, are you prone to fixing it right away or do you wait until after Camp is over?

So I have chosen a word count of 20,000 though I’m not sure I’ll reach that many words since I am only doing Camp to finish up a previous book of 50,000 words. So we’ll see how many words I’ll get. What word count have you chosen this time around? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments.

Well, I can’t be staying on the blog long if I’m going to be getting anything done. Best of luck to all you Lords and Ladies. Wish me luck!

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Camp NaNo Eve

It is 6:50AM Eastern time on Camp NaNo Eve! That’s right everyone I said it. Camp NaNo Eve ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Ech em. Sorry about that. A little excited!

No seriously thouhg, are you ready either your next novel or work more on your current one? Are you going to plan out your novel like James Patterson does and like I learned to do, or are you going to be a pantser? Which way works for you?

I have to tell you the truth. I wasn’t always someone who planned out their stories. I started out that way and found it a huge help but when my kids and married life came along time was short so I just didn’t off the seat of my pants, but I had a much harder time with my novels. So after taking James Patterson’s Masterclass he highly stresses to plan out your novels and to write an outline. I was like, “Okay. I”ll give it a try. I know outlining isn’t for everyone.” So I gave it a try and found outlining pretty easy to do and that it made things so much easiwer for me. So we’ll see how I do with this next month’s nano having an outline. I’m looking forward to it. Are you?

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Camp NaNo Day 6

Day 6 is upon us and I admit I have had a slow start. The pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia have slowed me down for the past few weeks. Usually I can work through them, but during a flare it’s all I can do to function.

So I am working on my second book, God Never Forgets, which is about my journey with mental illness and how God has been helping me through it. I have chapter one finished and I’m currently working on chapter two which will be done soon.

So where are you on your novel? Making any great progress, or are you have a slow start like me? What kind of story are you working on this month? What motivates you to write?

I’d love to hear from you. Please leave comments below or you can email me jisoucie@hotmail.com

 

Happy writing!

Camp NaNoWriMo

Quiet Evening

My hubby is putting our youngest to bed, and my daughter is on the couch munching on popcorn and watching Caillou. Our dogs are lying on the couch as the night slowly drifts on.

Early this morning, and I do mean early as my son decided to get up at 1AM not go back to sleep until about 4AM. I had some time to work on preparing my novel for Camp NaNo. I’m going through an old manuscript and tossing out most of it. I’ve labeled my chapters and now working on a document that gives me a summary of what I want each chapter to be about. It’s just so confusing taking snippets here and there that will still work in the book, but tossing the rest. So now it’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together though many of the pieces haven’t been written yet.

I have so many ideas and they sometimes render me immobile. I’m sure I’m not the only writer to experience that. If it’s not writer’s block it’s having too many ideas at once.

So tonight, I am going to try and make some progress on the chapter summaries.

Where are you on your Camp NaNo prep? Or are you preparing? Are you going to be a pantser?

Camp NaNo starts in just 9 days! Are you ready?

Facade, General Updates

Through Blizzard Winds and Blinding Snows

Ahhh…sitting here relaxing by the fire of pellet stove, my Raggle at my feet. In case you didn’t know what a Raggle is it’s a dog that is part beagle part rat terrier. My Chihuahua has run off into the other room. Must be the heat was too much for her. Ha! And I thought they were supposed to like the heat.

Anyway, I noticed it has been quite some time since I have written a post. I have to admit there have been some things going on in my life that I have been working through and trying to manage.

That aside, I pulled out a manuscript I started and dusted it off. I put it away because something just seemed to stop me from writing it and I couldn’t figure out just what it was. And part of they way I wrote some of it just didn’t fit with the first part and totally messed up my plan for the book and left me stumped without a path or even a crumb of an idea of where to go next.

Now that my editing job has wound down and the only thing left to do is publish my client’s book after the beta readers are finished with it, I will be able to do more of my own work. The manuscript I pulled out I have currently titled Facade. I’m going to brainstorm on it and try to have it ready to go for Camp NaNo. Last year for NaNoWriMo I did try to be a pantser, but in all honesty, it didn’t work for me. I like to plan things out. I have an idea I write down and then work on the characters. Granted the characters start out as meager sketches and they reveal themselves more as the story goes on and I add the new information into their “file”. I’m very excited to work on this story as the real action takes place in the 1950’s. I actually had the opportunity to dress up in the 1950’s attire for the sock hop they had at my daughter’s school this passed weekend. It was awesome! I just imagined what a real sock hop was like.

Yes, I was dressed up as the good too-shoo girl in a poodle skirt, saddle shoes, and knit top with a ribbon in her hair and make up lightly done. There were pink ladies there and I stood next to one for the costume contest. I thought it was just for kids so imagine my surprise when the adults were called to the front to be judged. Oh my!! The pink lady next to me did a great job and I thought for sure she had it, even after all my research. In my mind I had already congratulated her, but instead I was congratulated as I received the prize for best costume!! Boy, it does pay to do your research doesn’t it? And going to the sock up with my daughter dressed similar to me, was actually fun coupled with research. It gave me some experience and a time and place to use my imagination for exactly this book! Couldn’t have happened at a better time.

So while the wind whips the snow around outside, I’m sitting here contemplating the next steps for my novel.

When you get stuck on a novel, poem, article, short story, or script, what do you do to clear the block? I would love to hear your answers. Please leave your comments below.

NaNo Prep

Nano Prep – Day 2

So today is going to be my day 2 of NaNo Prep.

I have a beginning to a story, but I’m struggling with a middle and an end. I have a few ideas but I need more. Hmmm…. Boy, howdy! I think I’ve got writer’s block. How ’bout that! If that isn’t one of the most frustrating things to have!

I need more plot and not sure where to go for inspiration or something to kickstart my imagination. I’m working in the early 1900s with the construction of the Olympic and later the Titanic. So I’m thinking, I’ll do some research about that era and maybe read some personal accounts of the tragedy and maybe accounts of those who have lost loved ones. There is bound to be something in there I can draw inspiration from.

What do you do when you have writer’s block? Is there anything you go to that helps get the creative juices flowing?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave comments below the post.

Thanks and happy NaNo Prepping!

 

Camp NaNoWriMo, General Updates, highly sensitive person

The Clicking of Keys

The light shines down on me and my husband, both working at our laptops. I’m writing while he is programming an android garden app.

I realized tonight that the last post I had written for this blog was saved in the drafts folder instead of being published. I apologize for that. I’m not sure what happened.

I am still holding down editing jobs and reading, though, a few books may have to be put down for now (and possibly re-read later) because there are some books I need to read for research for one of my books. A couple of my books I’m at various stages of writing are in the creative nonfiction genre, which I have found enjoyable to write. One book is going to be about living as a highly sensitive person, and the other, about my experience as a teenager, caring for my terminally ill mother. I want this second book to be one of, not only sharing my experience, but also be a book that can be encouraging to teens who have lost, or are losing a parent, or parent figure.

I have signed up for Camp NaNo but have not decided which of these books I would like to write yet. I think it may be the second book since that is the one most ready to begin writing. The book about being an HSP (highly sensitive person), still requires a lot of reading, notes, etc. This one will be a while in the making. The first book I will be reading will The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.

I have also been listening to The Creative Penn podcast hosted by author Joanna Penn (J.F. Penn). I love this podcast. You learn so much about the creative and business side of being an Indie Author. Highly recommend if you are looking for a podcast dealing with writing.

I think that is all for now. Off to read and then to bed. Morning comes quickly!

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10th Day of Camp NaNo

The past few days I haven’t been able to write much. Boiling sap, watching a four year old, and doing laundry have eaten about two of my days. And on the 10th day of Camp NaNo, I am sad to report I only wrote 187 words! Ugh! Better than what I thought I would end up with. I had only 45 words written at one point but had a few spare minutes to rank up into the 100 mark. I’m inching but getting there.

Total word count is just over 6600 words. I am rather behind in my daily word count and now need over 2160 words a day to reach my goal of 50,000 words.

Here it is actually after midnight as I write this and the 11th day of the event, so I guess I will close out of here and go write some more while I have the chance.

The house is quiet. Hubby, and daughter are asleep, and my imagination is running without me. I best catch up to it….

Check back later! 🙂

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5th Day of Camp NaNo

Here I am sitting at about noon on the East Coast and my story is calling to me. I am sitting at 5,670 words for the first four days of writing and I have not begun yet today. I must first calm my growling stomach and then see how much writing I can do.

I had my first word war last night and found it was fun and really helped keep me motivated. It helps when the days chores are done and everyone is in bed so I don’t get interrupted! I had to wait until 10:30PM for a word war! Ugh! That’s a long time to wait. But I made it. Was great and I can’t wait to do it again.

I best be off for now so I can get myself in gear and get things settled so I can write.

Best of luck fellow NaNo campers and God bless!