Camp NaNoWriMo

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 NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNo Wri Mo Day 14

Number 14

Another sunny mild day here in Maine. I was up early this morning walking the dogs and listening to the birds just as the sun’s light was creeping over the horizon. I could have just closed my eyes and sat on the deck listening to the sounds of nature. So awesome and relaxing.

But I had to make sure the hubby was off to work and my daughter off to school. The house is currently quiet with everyone gone and the dogs have nothing to bark at. That could quickly change though.

So let’s see. Today is day 14 for Camp NaNo and if you’re writing a 50,000 book this month then today you should have at least 23,338 words. I have 47,305 right now but I am stuck. I have about five chapters written which of course will probably change. One of these chapters could easily be two but I’ll work about breaking things up later. I have come to a point in my story where I think I am going to have to rewrite the story before I can move on. But, I think before I go ahead with that idea, I am going to print out what I have typed so far and take a look at it. Maybe there is a way I can continue on without having to sacrifice all of the work I have put into the book so far.  As it is I have already deleted several thousands of words and could have been done with reaching my word count goal. I had to make myself STOP editing! That is so extremely hard especially when you get to a place where the flow of the book isn’t what you were planning on and that does change how you can continue on to reach the conclusion of the book. However, perhaps a wise thing to do is simply make a note in the manuscript that I am switching gears so I can continue writing and head on to the direction I want the book to take so I can reach that conclusion. Hmm….

I guess it is in these struggles that we learn the tips and tricks that will aid us in other writing projects.

I’m curious… What little tricks have you learned, or discovered, while working on your own projects? Feel free to leave comments. I would love to hear from you!

Best of luck to all you creatives out there!

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Going Slow with NaNoWriMo

I hate to say it. I haven’t been NaNoing as much as I’d like. It’s strange how fired up one can be at the beginning of such adventures and then find themselves struggling to meet the word count each day.

At the beginning it’s as if all you can think about is NaNo and you’re so in love with the idea of writing and at the end of the month having perhaps a rough draft of your novel. The longing and excitement of this can cloud your judgment and take over the other part of your brain that is aware of all your other responsibilities including your job.

Even if I can’t make the word count each day (some days I may reach it or exceed), at least I am writing each day and getting into that habit so that, yes, there will be a finished novel in my future, just maybe not at the end of November.

Okay, so I didn’t always see it like that. I had a friend help me through my frustration and feeling down that I am already so far behind I fear it would be too late to catch up. I would be down and contemplate giving up, feel like everyone else is doing so much better than I am. Well…darn it! Pity party over! I’m tired of feeling that way, so the positive way is how I chose to view NaNo. If I don’t meet the 50,000 words at the end of the month, it’s OKAY! NaNo is not really a win/lose kind of thing. It’s a tool to be used to motivate you to get writing… STOP procrastinating (I am guilty here) and get writing! No more excuses!

I may be behind but I’m not out of the race. I still have some time to try for that word count. First I need to see how many words I need to make up and then go from there.

So here goes! NaNo Day #7, maybe you’ll be my lucky day!

Best of luck to my other NaNoWriMos! 🙂

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NaNo Day 30 – I won!!!

Yep! I did it!!!! Man, I tell you I am sooo tired. I am seeing double trying to write this post right now. Exhaustion is taking hold.  I wrote over 50,000 words, but my story is not done yet! Good luck to everyone still trying to make that goal and CONGRATS to everyone who has made it!

November has been a challenging run by far and I admit, there were many times I wanted to give up because I doubted. Doubt and fear can ruin a lot. I must learn to never doubt again!

I’m heading off to bed!

Good night all!

 

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NaNo Day 29 – On Board

Wow! What a week it has been. The past few days have been pretty intense with doctor’s appointments, vet appointments, holiday preparation, then the big turkey day, Thanksgiving and finally here I am . Back to the blog. There have been a few nights I wasn’t able to reach the minimum word count due to exhaustion, but getting a few hundred words in was progress! Still, I have today and tomorrow left to reach the goal of 50,000. I am looking to go over, but the way I feel right now with exhaustion I’ll be happy to cross the finish line. I’m gonna try!! So I best get off here and get going.

Current Word Count At 10:23 AM EST: 47,963

 

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NaNo Days 24 & 25 – Not So Good & Better

Day 24 proved not to be such a good day for me word count wise. Day 25 has been much better and has helped me bump up my word count. A twin brother, Keith, has left the scene jealou of his brother, Wesley’s musical  career. Keith leaves but will be back. Jealousy is blinding his perception of life, and as such, has dire consequences. He will face his brother again, quite soon!  I made my word count on Day 25!

Total Word Count: 43.540

Getting a word count will be tougher tomorrow. Up at 5 to get hubby, and daughter ready and then a blood draw at 7, drop off the dog for dental work at 8, grocery shopping and Home Depot after that. Pick up dog at 2, appointment for me at 3 and appointment for daughter at 5! Ugh! Tired of thinking about it. It will all work out as God sees fit.

Good luck everyone and God bless!

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NaNo Days 22 & 23 – Didn’t & Did

For NaNo Day 22 I didn’t make the word count. I feel asleep at my computer again. This Lyrica is kicking my butt! Just a side effect that is said to go away over time. I hope it does. Just hope it helps with the fibromyalgia pain.

So this morning, the 23rd day of NaNoWriMo, I decided to try writing in the morning instead of the evening. And guess what! I got my word count in!!! Yess! Still have to plug it into the NaNo sit but I’ll do that when I know I am done writing for the day.

Finally in my story, things are getting pretty heated and my main character is about to get the surprise of his life! And it’s not necessarily a good surprise either. It is something that will change his life forever.

Can’t wait to get back to that scene so I am off!

Good luck!

 

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NaNo Days 20 & 21 – Round Up

The past two days I hadn’t done my usual blog post before my NaNo writing and then one after I was finished. I’m not sure how many realized that, but that’s okay. The past few nights I had been staying up until like 2 in the morning trying to get ahead on my word count because I know I have two doctors appointments, a vet appointment and plus preparations for Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Eve, cooking on Thanksgiving and UGH! So much! but it all has to be done.

And three days after that, is my daughter’s birthday and I need through a party. And the following day, gluten free cupcakes at school. But alas, my daughters birthday and the cupcakes at school are in December, so I guess that doesn’t count. But it is still on my mind.

So yes, for the past couple of days I have either met or exceeded my word count to make my current word count 40,195.

Time to go get some tea and pray before another writing session.

Good luck!

 

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NaNo Day 19 – Slumped Again

Number 19

I didn’t make my word count for day 19! I wrote 759 words which is still much better than nothing. I guess fighting a cold is just wearing me out. I fell asleep at my computer again!!! Grrr!

So yeah, I guess sleepiness is an issue, yet I go to bed and don’t sleep well because I didn’t get my full word count in.

I am wondering if part of the reason I have been falling asleep at my computer is that I am bored, or dread sitting at it and typing. I think I need to change it up a bit and write long hand. Yeah, I did mention it in one of my last posts and did have the intentions of doing it, but never did. This time, I mean it. I have everything set to do so. I have never written long hand for NaNo before so we’ll see how things go.

How are you doing on your word count? Any tips or tricks you’ve discovered to help yourself though NaNo?

 

 

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NaNo Day 19 – Keepin’ On

Number 19

NaNo Day 19…ugh! My mind is running a big sluggish at the moment. It would seem I caught my daughter’s cold. I’ve had  a sore throat for a few days and this morning when I tried to talk my voice would crack. So I’ve been feeling more run down than usual, but it won’t stop me from trying to reach my word count.

I have dinner to go make, then usual nighttime routine before my writing time begins. Last night both twins made it to Memphis. The unexpected event I had thought was going to happen has not happened yet. Really need to make something happen here.

I feel like my story is dragging a bit before I get to the bigger events. I can’t focus too much on that right now though. That will have to come with the editing later.

I’m off for now. Dinner time!