Inbetween: Chapter One

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Here it is! Welcome to Inbetween, my second serial novel and my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel. I’m so excited to start sharing this with you. I hope this novel will be as well received as The Dreams.

With this chapter, like every chapter of The Dreams, I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters. If you want to support my writing and help my creations go from first draft to maybe someday a real book you can hold in your hands, head over to my Patreon.

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Writing Progress June 12 – 18, 2017

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June 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 72,402
  • Today’s word count: 189
  • Thoughts: I wrote. That’s something. I would have liked to write more, but I feel like I spent most of my time trying to keep cool.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I know I can do it!

June 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 72,657
  • Today’s word count: 255
  • Thoughts: I did it! I wrote! That’s all I wanted to do and I did it and so much more. I got a chapter posted today as well. My word count might not be huge, but I accomplished so much.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to keep writing. The one thing I know that kills my mojo these days is skipping days.

June 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 73,222
  • Today’s word count: 565
  • Thoughts: Writing! Yeah! It took me a while to get going, but when I did, I made progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m liking where the story is going right now, and I know where things are going. Times are good.

June 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 73,728
  • Today’s word count: 506
  • Thoughts: I like writing days like this. If I could write 500-ish words every single day I’d be in great shape. I feel like I need to write more, though, to make up for the really crappy writing days I’ve been having in droves lately.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know I can do it. There’s a ton of motivation left to propel me forward.

June 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 73,855
  • Today’s word count: 127
  • Thoughts: Progress is progress. I just did not have the mental energy for much more today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I have other stuff to do too, but I think I’ll have some time and energy to dedicate to my novel.

June 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 74,005
  • Today’s word count: 150
  • Thoughts: I wrote! Considering the sort of day I had, writing at all was an achievement.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I know I can do it.

June 18

No progress made. I hurt my back a couple days ago and today it reached the point where trying to take it easy and let it heal wasn’t cutting it anymore. I couldn’t find a comfortable position for sleep, spent the day exhausted and unable to do much at all. The aggravated muscle seems to be under my left shoulder blade so as a lefty I’m in a bit of trouble.

I’m taking care of myself so I have every confidence I’ll be back to writing soon.

July CampNaNoWriMo is just around the corner!

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Only two weeks until the second CampNaNoWriMo session of 2017 begins. Are you participating? Are you ready?

I think I’m ready. Continuing an ongoing project does save me from having to pick a new project and I’m already familiar with the plot and characters. I don’t get that “fresh project” boost, but I think I can live without that. More often than not I stumble at the start of NaNoWriMo anyway so the boost is lost on me.

This might be the Camp session that leads to a win for me. I’ve said that many times before, but I mean it every time. If you’ve followed my blog for a while now, you probably know I’ve won NaNoWriMo many times, but I’ve failed every single CampNaNoWriMo. I might have a Camp curse.

I don’t let my failures discourage me. I’ve walked away from every failed CampNaNoWriMo with more words than I started. I like to think I learn more about myself as a writer each time as well. My failures point me in the direction of things I need to adjust about my writing routine.

My goal for next month is a little hard to nail down. Instead of having a number of words I want to write during the month, I have a total word count I’d like to achieve by the end of July. Since it’s a word count total I’m aiming for, I won’t know my exact target word count for July until July 1. My ultimate goal is to have 150,000 words of Inbetween written by the end of CampNaNoWriMo. With half of month to go before Camp starts, I acknowledge I could end up with a goal over 50,000 words and likely won’t be setting a goal much lower than the usual NaNoWriMo word count.

Will you be participating in CampNaNoWriMo next month? Tell me about your project! What goals are you setting for yourself?

Writing Progress June 5 – 11, 2017

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June 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 69,580
  • Today’s word count: 158
  • Thoughts: I’m struggling to add words to my draft. I can plan just fine. Revising isn’t fun, but not too much of an issue. Writing new words is just difficult these days. I need to figure out why and fix it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write. Revise. Do whatever I can to make progress with my writing.

June 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 70,094
  • Today’s word count: 514
  • Thoughts: This was a good day. I wish all days could be like this. I got into the zone and stayed there. It felt so good to get stuff done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to get more things accomplished! I know I can because I did it today.

June 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 70,406
  • Today’s word count: 312
  • Thoughts: Writing! It’s not as spectacular of a word count as yesterday, but I managed to get into the zone once and planned out where I’m going next and then started writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I know I can do it!

June 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 71,562
  • Today’s word count: 1,156
  • Thoughts: I did it! I wrote a lot of words! It felt great. A lot of those words were written when I was very tired. They’ll probably need a lot of work later, but I wrote them and that means they can be revised.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I know I can do it.

June 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 72,192
  • Today’s word count: 630
  • Thoughts: Words! I’ve been writing so many words lately! It’s great. I’m back to feeling awful when I’m not writing and being able to do something about it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I want to keep this going.

June 10

No writing progress made. I went to a mini convention and was out of the house all day. When I came home I was too exhausted to write.

June 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 72,213
  • Today’s word count: 21
  • Thoughts: I had such a hard time getting into my writing today. I was exhausted. The apartment was hot. It felt like I hadn’t touched my novel in years. Overall, it was not a good day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I think taking breaks is the worst thing I can do in the middle of a draft. Every time I do, I’m losing days to getting back into my writing groove.

Writing Progress May 29 – June 4, 2017

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May 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 67,953
  • Today’s word count: 33
  • Thoughts: My word count looks pitiful. It is pitiful. I didn’t spend a ton of time actually writing, but I did revise so my time was not entirely spent staring blankly at a blinking cursor.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I want to write so much. I just need to find a way to make it actually happen. I won’t give up!

May 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 68,289
  • Today’s word count: 336
  • Thoughts: Writing! I did write more today, but I’m much more excited about the progress I’ve made toward another project related to my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write write write write!

May 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 68,649
  • Today’s word count: 360
  • Thoughts: Writing happened. It wasn’t as much as I would have liked, but I did write and that’s what counts.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! Revising! Other project stuff?

June 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 68,809
  • Today’s word count: 160
  • Thoughts: I had a very busy day. I did get some writing done, which is great. I also worked on another writing related project that I should be able to discuss in greater detail soon. I also picked strawberries today! img_20170601_202648_978
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! More revision! More everything!

June 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 69,289
  • Today’s word count: 480
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote! Today was another off and on day. I had enough “on” time that I made a reasonable amount of progress. I can’t complain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Tomorrow is one of several local yardsale days that always seem to happen in June so I will be out of the house for quite a while. I love looking at all the stuff people have for sale, but the real reason I’m excited is french fries. There’s always carnival food at the larger community yardsales.

June 3

I come home from the yardsales and was too tired to think or write or anything. I’ll try again tomorrow after sleep!

June 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 69,422
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write much, but I did write. I also spent a lot of time sitting and thinking. Thinking is such an important part of writing, but it is hard to quantify and it is even harder to determine the quality of the thinking.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! I know I can do it. I might work on revising as well. We won’t know until I try!