So it’s done. How much of it makes sense? Not a clue. I did come in at 37,954. I did more than I set my goal for. It’s a nice break from regular NaNoWriMo. I love doing NaNoWriMo, but I only had to focus on 30,000. That’s 20,000 words less. Which meant less words a day compared to November. I did get over the requirement almost every day. There were a couple days that were less, but that happens due to either life, sickness, or laziness. Laziness, is the worse of them all. Either way, knowing I had less. That helped a lot. I didn’t go into panic mode. Okay, no. I did a little. But, not like I would in November.
Just like the one in November, I am going put this story aside for now. I hope to come back to it though before the year is over. I now want to go back and focus on Forbidden Love, the sequel.
It might be stressful at times doing NaNoWriMo. But, it’s always a fun learning experience. Bring on Camp NaNoWriMo for July.
So here we are with one week done in April, soon to be two. I’m feeling pretty good about my word count, but I don’t want to get too happy yet. I’ve done that before where I get all, “yeah I’m awesome!” And, guess what happens after that? Yup! So, trying to stay in the middle of my emotions when it comes to this.
I’ve also been pretty good about not editing. It’s hard though. My eyes want to look at what I just typed. Most of the time when I write, I go the old fashion route. I write long handed. I find that to be helpful because I’m not distracted by the computer giving me notifications. There is a part of me that wants to hand write. But, if I do that? I could go down the rabbit hole. As I’m typing, I know I would start editing. Once the editing starts, my word count for the month would suffer. I definitely know I’m not perfect, but I’m one of those people that feel the need to edit a thousand times. Once I submit something, I’ll still feel the need to edit and it will drive me crazy that I can’t.
According to the camp’s website, I should be done by the 23rd. Here is hoping. At least it gives me extra time if I fall behind. So fingers crossed.
So, I decided to try something new. Well, okay. Not, too new. This April will be my first Camp NaNoWriMo.
I’ve done regular NaNoWriMo in November, but never attempted the camp. What happens is that I get to gather with other writers and we share a virtual cabin. We get to motivate each other and set goals. Instead of the typical 50,000, I’m aiming for 30,000. What’s nice is that you don’t have to do the 50,000 words like you do in November.
My story will be the sequel to Forbidden Love. I need to get out of my slump and this is my chance. I figure 1,000 a day is a good start.
Throughout April, I hope to keep you posted on my writing process. I still have a lot to figure out before the first of April. I hope to get a head start here shortly. My goal is to work on the outline of where I want the story to go. Just need to remind myself not to stay up too late.
There had been high hopes to keep you updated through November on my writing for NaNoWriMo. But, as you can see or shall I say read. That did not happen. Between life, reading, keeping up with shows, podcasts or whatever. The blog got put on the back burner. Any free time I had was writing.
I bet it’s killing you to know if I did it. Well I did it. I wrote 50,000 words! How much of it makes sense? I have no clue. Part of me wants to read it and edit. The other half, not so much. After some thought, I decided to wait a few months and go from there.
There are definitely some scenes I want to add to it. I skipped a lot. I might have 20,000 more words I could add. Of course, that could change in few months. We shall see.
Writing a lot this month took care of some stress that I had. I was able to escape reality. This is definitely a story I want to come back to. That’s a first for me. I have abandoned so many NaNoWriMo novels. The first one I wrote years ago? I couldn’t even tell you where the flash drive is.
When I go back to my haunted house story. It might change from YA to new adult. I really wanted it to be young adult, but it didn’t work out that way. I guess I’ll have to try again or try it another time with another story as young adult. I love YA, so I really hope one day I can write one. Plus, with all the ones I’ve read. You would think it come to me.
This month and months ahead, I’m hoping I can stay motivated as if there is no tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
For most of October, I was on edge. Torn on what I would dare write this November. Nothing was coming to me. Do I dare write romance? Maybe fantasy? I was about to go nuts. After some time, I decided on young adult.
This would be my first young adult. Never have tried it. I love young adult books, but never even thought for a second on writing one. Why? That, I’m not sure.
It will take place somewhere haunted with a witch growing up. That’s all I can tell you for now. The story is of course still in the works. I do have the plot and at least the three main characters. I’m sure as the story goes, the plot will change. Characters, of course, will be added or removed.
I still have two days to decide if I even want to do chapter outlines. Those outlines always change, but I like knowing the direction I’m going in.
No clue on the title, but hey I came up with the character names and have a basic idea what they look like. So that’s definitely a plus.
Hopefully, I’ll have an update on day one. We shall see. I feel confident right now, but that could easily change two days from now.
I do have a goal to at least stay up until 12:30 am on November 1st. Fingers crossed!