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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July CampNaNoWriMo – We’re Halfway There!

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It’s hard to believe the month is halfway over.

My progress this month is about on track with what I expect from a CampNaNoWriMo month. I’m writing, but I’m not writing enough to reach my target. Even with a significantly lower goal this month, I’m struggling to keep up.

The problems I’m having this month are similar to the problems I’ve been having with my writing all year. I’m caught in a cycle of problems with physical and mental health. I fall behind because I’m sick for a day or two and then I end up feeling overwhelmed and anxious once I’ve recovered because I’ve fallen further behind.

I’d really like to break the cycle by writing so much that I no longer feel like I’m behind even after taking a few unexpected days off. Realistically, I know I should work on getting rid of the feeling that I need to get caught up to some self-imposed goal. I can adjust my goals and I should when I start to feel discouraged.

That’s one of my favorite things about CampNaNoWriMo. Setting my own goal helps me feel a lot less stressed out and I need to feel less guilty about lowering my goal during the month if I’m feeling overwhelmed. The custom goal is one of the best aspects of Camp and it’s okay to take advantage of a built-in feature of the event. Right now I’m only a couple thousand words behind being on target so I think I’ll see if I can make it without lowering my goal any further.

I’ve posted a bit of my progress on the new draft of The Dreams over on my Patreon. I’m collecting all of the cleaned up scenes under the “draft 3” tag. Patrons at all levels have access to all of The Dreams as I finish the scenes. So far posting the story this way has given me more confidence to experiment with this draft. One of my biggest regrets with the last draft was playing it safe with certain scenes.

How is CampNaNoWriMo going for you this month? Are you on target or thinking about lowering your goal?

Writing Progress July 9 – 15, 2018

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July 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 180,091
  • Today’s word count: 82
  • Thoughts: I revised a lot today. My only disappointment was that I didn’t finish revising before I needed to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up revising, post chapter, and get back to writing!

July 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 180,161
  • Today’s word count: 70
  • Thoughts: Well, I revised and got a chapter posted, but I didn’t do much else with my writing. I just didn’t have the creative energy to switch gears and get back into writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I’m sure I can do it. I have to do it.

July 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 180,428
  • Today’s word count: 267
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t too bad. I thought it would be better because I had a really strong start to the day, but then things just fell apart for a while. I got it back together towards the end, but it was too late to really make a big difference. Writing happened though so I’m not complaining too much.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully some revising. Just more productivity in general, please.

July 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 180,678
  • Today’s word count: 250
  • Thoughts: I wrote. I didn’t write as much as I hoped. I just didn’t have a great day outside of writing and it spilled over into my writing time and drained my productivity. I made up for it a bit with a writing push right before bed.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. A ton of revising, if I’m lucky.

July 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 180,813
  • Today’s word count: 135
  • Thoughts: I’m not even surprised. This was such a typical Friday with typical Friday distractions. I’m just glad I wrote something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully more revising. If we’re really lucky I’ll get a chapter posted.

July 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 181,003
  • Today’s word count: 190
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today was rough. I wanted to write, but I kept getting distracted. It seems to be a major, recurring theme with my days lately. I need to get out of the rut and get back to more productive habits.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. I have to keep trying or I’ll never succeed.

July 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 181,186
  • Today’s word count: 183
  • Thoughts: Today was a struggle for reasons I still don’t understand. I had a two short bursts of writing and managed to produce a paragraph I think is a keeper.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. A lot more writing, I hope. I have a lot of work to do to make up for all the bad writing days I’ve been having.

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Writing Progress July 2 – 8, 2018

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July 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 178,979
  • Today’s word count: 117
  • Thoughts: Today was another so-so day of writing. I feel like I’m not making nearly enough progress. When I have the motivation to write, I don’t have the time or ability to do it and when I have the time, I feel like the words have vacated my brain. I know this won’t last forever, but I’m impatient to get back in sync so I can make real progress again. Good writing days are so freeing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I have to keep trying or I’ll never get anywhere.

July 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 179,310
  • Today’s word count: 331
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m getting more productive! I like it. It’s nice. Let’s hope I can keep it going.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m confident I can do it!

July 4

Today was interesting. In addition to being the 4th of July, I came home from a mini vacation today. Instead of writing, I settled back into my apartment, gave my cats lots of attention, and tried not to melt as the heatwave continued.

July 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 46,128
  • Today’s word count: -1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 179,686
  • Today’s word count: 376

  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive. I revised The Dreams a bit and wrote some more of Inbetween. No complaints from me. I like productive days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. I know I can do it.

July 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 179,826
  • Today’s word count: 140
  • Thoughts: Typical Friday. I got some work done, but overall I was pretty distracted. I wrote a bit, but I didn’t revise at all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Revising. Hopefully I can get a chapter posted.

July 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 179,861
  • Today’s word count: 35
  • Thoughts: Today was a hard day for writing. I just couldn’t find my creative side. I just stared at the blinking cursor and tried to will the rest of the scene to form into words. No luck. I probably should have switched gears and tried to revise, but I wanted to write and being unable to get the words flowing drained me of motivation.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Actual writing. And hopefully I can revise a chapter too!

July 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 180,009
  • Today’s word count: 148
  • Thoughts: I wrote, but I’m still a little disappointed. This was a day when I had the inspiration to write and just kept letting myself get distracted. Some of it couldn’t be helped and some of it was definitely my fault for not planning my time better.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same, but with a lot more focus.

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Writing Progress June 25 – July 1, 2018

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June 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 177,969
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: Holy crap! Today was a strange day! I was busy! I went outside! I fought trolls on Twitter! I messed around with the word in my story but when the time came to try to write I was ready to pass out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! Stay awake long enough to write like normal!

June 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 178,080
  • Today’s word count: 111
  • Thoughts: Today was not as productive as I hoped, but I made progress. This scene is evolving the way I envisioned it, but it is taking me a long time to bring it to life. Maybe I’m just impatient!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m sure I can do it. The story is in my head. I need to get it out.

June 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 178,566
  • Today’s word count: 486
  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive and most of my writing happened at a different time of day than usual. I could get used to this!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Maybe some revising. We’ll see!

June 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 178,699
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: Today was not quite as productive as I wanted it to be. I just couldn’t focus. The real world got to me, distracted me, and really got me down. I hope I can wipe the slate clean by sleeping.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. I’m hoping I can escape into my writing and have a good day.

June 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 178,779
  • Today’s word count: 80
  • Thoughts: I worked on revisions today! I didn’t do much else with my writing, but I made progress and that’s always a victory on Friday.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up revisions. Post chapter. Write more words. Don’t melt!!!

June 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 178,823
  • Today’s word count: 44
  • Thoughts: The heatwave is in full swing today. I managed to finish revising and get the chapter posted. Then my brain melted. No more writing while the brain is melted. I don’t think a week’s worth of revising could salvage melted-brain writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Start CampNaNoWriMo! Try not to melt. This heatwave isn’t going to let up anytime soon.

July 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 178,862
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: I thought I’d work on The Dreams today. I thought I’d write more in general, but the day got away from me. On the bright side, I made some new cat friends!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I need to buckle down and focus. This month is CampNaNoWriMo, after all.

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What I Read in June

I’m still in a bit of a reading slump. I miss the days when I read a book a week. I’m not sure what I need to do to get those days back.

With CampNaNoWriMo next month, I can’t imagine making a comeback in July.

Books I finished reading in June:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in June? Have you ever had to overcome a reading slump? How did you do it?