Camp NaNoWriMo, God Never Forgets

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!

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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!

 

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3rd & 4th Days of Camp NaNao

Yesterday was not a great writing day for me. I didn’t get much sleep the night before and so only managed to punch out about 300 words.

Today, the 4th day of Camp NaNo, I managed to write a little over 1,700 words. My story has totally take a turn I had not expected and the plot I had originally planned is kaput! Now I have to think of something else as the story goes along.

Oh, man! I just don’t know what’s gonna happen! Guess that is the adventure in not following an outline but letting the story take you down paths you had not thought of before. Just letting the words flow from mind to fingertips can be such a magical experience it is almost like someone else is writing for me. It is amazing!

Well, I am off to bed for now. Need some good rest for more writing tomorrow!

Best of luck to those still writing, and for those off to bed, sleep well! Night!

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2nd Day of Camp NaNo – End of Day

Well, I have finished day two of Camp NaNo with 1446 words. Not as many as yesterday, but I had one busy day today and I am surprised I was able to write as much as I did with all the cooking, baking, and cleaning that went on today.

I started writing after my husband when to bed which was about 10:30PM and by midnight had written about 200 words short of my daily word count.

Tomorrow will not be as busy. Just some laundry to do so I should be able to exceed my word count for tomorrow. At least I striving to do so.

My story has taken a few turns I did not expect, which I think is always exciting in writing. You start out with this one idea or plan for how you want things to go and then events in the story and your characters end up leading you in another direction to either the same end, or a different end completely. It is just amazing and an adventure! So much fun!

Well it is after 12AM here on the east coast of the good old U.S.A and I am trying to decide if I want to take a break or keep working and get some words in early on this 3rd day of Camp NaNo.

Hmmmm… The decisions! lol

Good night all and best of luck again tomorrow!

Camp NaNoWriMo

1st Day of Camp NaNo Round Up

Whoo hoo! What a day it has been today. I had a rough start to the day and as much as I wanted to write on my story the words either would not come or came in spurts. But the tally of words for the first day of Camp NaNo is 2,164! An awesome start! I am very excited I have exceeded my goal for the day, because I wasn’t so sure I was even going to hit the 900 word mark earlier in the day. But God sure is helping me. It is so much better doing things with Him. You never know what will happen or what ideas He will give that will take your story down a path you haver have thought of.

Love it! So thankful for the gift of writing and that there are opportunities for writers to be able to come together during Camp NaNo and the November NaNo! It is awesome to be able to share a wonderful gift and encourage each other along the way to our goals.

How did you do on your first day?

Get some rest tonight! I’m off to bed. Another writing day tomorrow.

Night all and see you in the morning!

God bless!