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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NaNoWriMo 2017 Week 2 Recap

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Wow! Week 2 is already behind us. It feels like we just finished the first week, doesn’t it?

The second week of NaNoWriMo is always terrible for me. The excitement and energy of the early days has worn off, late nights are coming back to bite me, and real life is starting to make some serious demands on my time.

The second week this year was no different. I had some pretty good days, but I had several awful days as well. My two best writing days of the month so far happened during the last week, but my two worst writing days happened as well. The good days were not quite enough to balance out the bad ones.

I’m starting to panic about my dwindling backlog of writing for Inbetween. I’m making an effort to keep the buffer from disappearing completely, but I’m starting to feel a bit nervous about the coming weeks. Getting the chapters revised and formatted hasn’t been too much of a problem, but as I start to have more adulting to do, I’ll start to run out of time for both writing and revising.

For the most part writing the new draft of The Dreams has been going great. Some parts are still difficult to write. It’s not a case of not know what to write, but writing about stuff that still hits pretty close to home. I think I pulled my punches too much last time I wrote this story, particularly in the early parts and I’m trying to fix that problem this time around. The story is purely fiction, but certain parts are very much inspired by my life and digging into this stuff still hurts no matter how careful I am.

I’m sticking to my plan of posting completed and lightly edited scenes from this new draft of The Dreams to my Patreon. So far I’m feeling pretty great about the whole thing. Nothing I’ve written so far has been too incomprehensible so that’s always helpful.

As of right now I’m about 4.5k behind the target word count. If I pushed myself I could make up all those words in one day. I’ve written that much and more in one day before, but doing it would probably burn me out. My plan for the next week is to gradually get caught up. If I can do it, the last week or so of the month will be a breeze.

How was your week 2? Are you ahead? Behind? Already past your goal?

Are you ready for week 3?

Writing Progress November 6 – 12, 2017

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November 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 9,130
  • Today’s word count: 749
  • Thoughts: Today is the first day of this NaNoWriMo that I went to bed without having passed the word count goal for the day. It just wasn’t a good day in general health-wise so the idea of staying up longer to reach my goal just sounded terrible.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Catch up! Maybe even get ahead. I think I can do it.

November 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 127,887
  • Today’s word count: 566

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 10,145
  • Today’s word count: 1,015

  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive. I worked on both my projects, which I thought I might end up doing more often. The only reason I haven’t is because it is hard to switch my train of thought from one to the other. Today it went well so maybe I should be less hesitant moving forward.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m still trying to catch up after having a lackluster day on Monday.

November 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 127,890
  • Today’s word count: 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 12,758
  • Today’s word count: 2,613

  • Thoughts: Today was a very productive day thanks to sprinting with friends. I started work on revising this week’s chapter of Inbetween. Then I dived into writing The Dreams. Today was my most productive day of the month so far, word count-wise.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More revising. More writing. I want to keep on track or pull ahead of the target word count for the rest of the month.

November 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 127,873
  • Today’s word count: -17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 14,549
  • Today’s word count: 1,791

  • Thoughts: Today was a productive day. I finished revising a chapter for this weekend and I finished writing an early scene I was looking forward to in The Dreams.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! So much writing. I plan to write as much of both my stories as I possibly can. We’ll see how that works out since Friday has become errand day lately.

November 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 127,913
  • Today’s word count: 40

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 14,616
  • Today’s word count: 67

  • Thoughts: It was harder to write today than I could have predicted. I was distracted and just did not have the energy to put behind my will to writing when I found the inclination. In the end, it seemed like a better idea to go to sleep and try again tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post a chapter of Inbetween and write, write, write to make up my word count for NaNoWriMo.

November 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 17,090
  • Today’s word count: 2,474
  • Thoughts: Today almost beat my most productive day of the month so far. I probably could have surpassed it, but I gave myself permission to goof off for a while because I had already surpassed 2k for the day and when I returned to writing I was too tired to make any real effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think I can get caught up again and maybe even get ahead if I push myself enough.

November 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 128,204
  • Today’s word count: 291

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 17,496
  • Today’s word count: 406

  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t the best of days for writing, but it wasn’t the worst either. I got stuck and had to walk away from my keyboard to work them out. It helped, but also cut into my writing time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It is NaNoWriMo, after all!

 

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NaNoWriMo 2017 Week 1 Recap

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The first week of NaNoWriMo this year might be the best I’ve ever had. For all the enthusiasm I feel for the start of NaNo, the first day is always a struggle for me. Going from nothing to something is the biggest step, in my opinion. It’s just a shame that it happens to be the first step.

This year I got over the fear of starting relatively quickly. I didn’t achieve astronomical word counts on the first day, or any other day in week 1 for that matter, but I had a decent stretch of consistently good days until Monday.

On Monday I struggled. It was the first day this month I didn’t feel particularly well and my word count reflected it. I wrote less than 1,000 words that day and I’m still trying to make up for the deficit. There’s plenty of time left in the month and I’m behind by just a bit so one really good day should get me back on track.

I’ve been posting completed scenes of my NaNoWriMo project to my Patreon after running them through spellcheck. Some days I’ve skipped and combined with other days because posting something I haven’t polished can make me incredibly anxious. Most days it’s a blast to show off my progress, but I’ve given myself permission to hold off if I’m not feel great about it when the time comes to post. The last draft of The Dreams had some diehard fans and I’m excited to know what they think of this new and improved version.

Looking forward to the second week, I’m hoping to catch up and keep pace with the target word count. Week two is usually pretty rough for me. Doubt starts to creep in and things I neglected in favor of writing during the first week start to become more urgent. I’m trying to keep on top of everything this month, so hopefully, that won’t happen. Only time will tell if I manage to make week two work!

How was the first week of NaNoWriMo for you? Are you ahead? Behind? How are you feeling now that we’re entering the second week of NaNo?

Writing Progress October 30 – November 5, 2017

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October 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 127,282
  • Today’s word count: 20
  • Thoughts: My word count looks pitiful, but I did a ton of NaNo prep. There’s still a ton to do with only a day left, but I think I can get it all done after the progress I made today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up NaNo prep. Write a bit of Inbetween. Wait for NaNoWriMo.

October 31

The day was dedicated to NaNoWriMo prep and it was so worth it. I’m set and ready to go!

November 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 2,012
  • Today’s word count: 2,012
  • Thoughts: Not a bad start to NaNoWriMo, in my opinion. I’ve had worse starts in the past.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More NaNoWriMo writing. Revising Inbetween for Saturday. Fixing up some scenes from The Dreams to post on Patreon. It’s going to be a busy day and I think tomorrow will set the tone for the rest of the month.

November 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 127,321
  • Today’s word count: 39

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 4,144
  • Today’s word count: 2,132

  • Thoughts: Today was a productive day! I got a chapter revised for Saturday and then after a lot of delaying and deliberation I worked on The Dreams as well. I’m still struggling with feeling like I need to make this new draft perfect. I can break through that feeling, but it takes a bit of effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Going into the first weekend of NaNoWriMo it looks like I can actually pull ahead. I have friends to sprint with and hopefully some extra accountability will make it possible to have my best first weekend of NaNo ever.

November 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 5,471
  • Today’s word count: 1,327
  • Thoughts: Today’s word count is less spectacular than the first two days of NaNoWriMo. This was the first day of the month I had to go out of the house to run errands and that always throws off my writing mojo.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post a chapter. Write write write for NaNoWriMo!

November 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 6,672
  • Today’s word count: 1,201
  • Thoughts: Today was a weird day. Still productive, but weird. I’ve been groggy and sort of unmotivated, so getting started was a huge, huge problem.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Use the 25 hour day to my advantage. Get ahead again!

November 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 8,381
  • Today’s word count: 1,709
  • Thoughts: Getting started took forever today(let’s blame the time change), but once I got started it was great! I feel like I’m really making progress this week, but there so much left to do!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. So much more writing!

What I Read in October

October was a wild month reading-wise. Generally, I don’t count web fiction and fanfiction on this round up, but I do want to make a note that I spent a lot of time this month rereading my own serial novel, The Dreams, in preparation for a rewrite during NaNoWriMo. Do you ever find your reading time getting eaten up be rereading your own work in preparation for a new draft?

Books I finished reading in October:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in October? Do you think your reading will slow down in November because of NaNoWriMo?