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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I finally picked a NaNoWriMo project

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I’ve been going back and forth on my options for NaNoWriMo this year for months. This month I finally settled on a single project.

I’m going to be continuing the 3rd draft of The Dreams next month. If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’re probably used to hearing this by now. This is my go-to project for most NaNo events. I’ve been making progress bit-by-bit with the draft and NaNoWriMo is a great excuse/source of motivation to focus on it again.

I feel like I need to be producing new content and a rewrite or new draft doesn’t really count as new in my mind. What do you think? Is a complete rewrite worthy of being considered new?

Now that I’ve settled on working on this 3rd draft, it should be obvious I’m rebelling again. Labeling myself a rebel used to bother me. I worried I was going against the spirit of NaNo. These days I know better.

There’s nothing wrong with doing something different for NaNoWriMo. I do think it is worthwhile to start a brand new project and reach 50k at least once during NaNo, but that doesn’t have to happen every year.

This will be my 14th year participating. I’m sure there are people that have started with a brand new draft every years 14 years in a row, but that’s not for me. I’d love to start from zero on November 1 again, but I’m writing all year and the stars need to align for that to happen. I’ve done a traditional NaNoWriMo and won. I’ve rebelled and won. At this point, I just want to write 50k every November with the energy and support of the community to motivate me.

Have you picked a project for NaNoWriMo? I’d love to hear about it!

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Writing Progress October 7 – 13, 2019

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October 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,038
  • Today’s word count: 245
  • Thoughts: I wrote! And it was more than a few words. It felt fantastic. I need to do this again. Soon!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll be home almost all day. I do have something that might take me out for part of the afternoon, but I should be able to write anyway. It’s starting to be less of a struggle!

October 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,151
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t so bad, but it wasn’t great either. I was super motivated. Somehow that translated into a huge pile of anxiety. It took a while to get past that head space. It wasn’t easy, but I had a bit of luck in the end.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m getting so close to the end of this story. I’m itching to finish it this story once and for all. I’m even promising myself a break if I finish before NaNoWriMo.

October 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,290
  • Today’s word count: 139
  • Thoughts: Not bad, but not great. Maybe I need to do a better job of managing my expectations. I’m writing. Why can’t that be enough?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m not going to put a lot of pressure on myself. It’s obviously not working so I’ll back off a bit. As long as I write something, I’ll be happy.

October 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,707
  • Today’s word count: 417
  • Thoughts: This is the sort of writing I wish I could do every day. I don’t know what happened. It was like magic. I’m pretty happy about it. I finished writing a chapter! I’ve felt stuck for so long. Now I’m just relieved.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It’ll be Friday so there’s not telling what will happen. I’ll probably end up being busy and then drained. Somewhere in there I might manage to write a few words.

October 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,722
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It wasn’t a zero word Friday! That’s an accomplishment in itself considering my recent track record with writing on Fridays. Maybe next week I’ll manage to write a significant number of words on Friday!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be out of the house for a lot of the day. I should be home all evening. Maybe I’ll have energy and inspiration to write then.

October 12

Well, I called it. I was out of the house almost all day. When I got home, I pretty much just wanted to fall into my chair and do nothing. So I did.

October 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,736
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: I revised! A new chapter is up on Patreon. Maybe I could have done more if I planned my day better, but that didn’t happen and I’m not going to worry too much about what could have been.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I should have time to dedicate to just writing. Those days feel like they’re becoming too rare. I need to get better at guarding my writing time. It’s just hard to say no to people when I know I’ll feel guilty for isolating myself for days at a time. There has to be a better way to get the solitude I need to focus on my writing without feeling like I’m ignoring friends and family.

How is your writing going? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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NaNoWriMo Buddies

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I’m trying my best to get acclimated to the new NaNoWriMo site. The worst of the glitches seem to have cleared up now. It’s still a strange new site, but the pages are actually loading now so I feel free to explore.

One thing that really hit me hard during the transition was the loss of my buddy list. There were buddies on that list I met during my first NaNoWriMo back in 2006.

I can get back the buddies that are still active but I’m pretty sure some of the older accounts are lost to me. Instead of looking back at what I’ve lost, I’m going to try to look forward.

It’s time to get some new NaNoWriMo buddies. Here’s a link to my profile. Please feel free to add me.

Writing Progress September 30 – October 6, 2019

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September 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,561
  • Today’s word count: 208
  • Thoughts: That’s not the biggest word count ever, but I’m really glad I managed to get into the multiple hundreds of words. It’s been a little while since that happened. I need to keep it up. I need to write a lot more to get my mind back into shape for NaNoWriMo in November. I only have the month of October to do it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s pretty much always the same goal, isn’t it? At least it is a productive one for a writer. The more I think about it, the more certain I am that Inbetween will be finished in just a few more chapters. Are you excited?

October 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,601
  • Today’s word count: 40
  • Thoughts: Today was kind of awful. I tried to write and just made myself miserable. Too many things were trying to call me away from writing and I let it. I have to break this habit of allowing my mind to wander. This month is about training myself to focus again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m hoping I can get better at focusing fast. I have a lot of writing to do this month and the sooner I get it done the better things will be.

October 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,707
  • Today’s word count: 105
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. I’m still struggling with executing the end of this story. A lot of advice about endings say to plan out the ending ahead of time, outline or write the ending first and then write the rest of the story. None of it is particularly helpful in my situation. I had an idea of what the end of this story would be like, but it’s a serial and it’s pretty long. The story changed along the way. Now I’m trying to reconcile the ending I intended with what makes sense for the story as it is now. I guess I just need to keep trying.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’ll get there eventually. Just keep writing!

October 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,770
  • Today’s word count: 63
  • Thoughts: Today was hard. I had ideas. I had time. I had no energy. My allergies went rogue and tried to ruin my whole day. It wasn’t a good time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. Who knows what will happen. There’s a good chance writing won’t happen at all, but there’s at least a small chance I’ll find some time and write a ton of words.

October 4

No writing progress made. It was a fairly typical Friday and I didn’t push myself too hard to make room in my day for writing.

October 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,778
  • Today’s word count: 8
  • Thoughts: I wrote a few words! Then I was busy for most of the afternoon and evening and it just drained me. I had time again to write before bed but by the time I decompressed and felt like myself again, it was time to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have more things to do during the day. It’s going to be a fun family get together, but I know socializing takes a lot out of me. I love my family, but it wears me out. I score almost 100% introverted on personality tests to give you an idea of how much energy it takes for me to be around people.

October 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,793
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: It was another hard day for writing. A big part of it was spending the afternoon socializing with my family. It’s nice to see everyone all at once, but I need hours to recharge after. By the time I felt like writing again, I was also so exhausted I fell asleep a few minutes later. I don’t know if there is a solution to this problem, other than to focus on writing as much as possible on the days I’m not being socially drained.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should be home all day. Hopefully that will help me write.

How is your writing going? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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Writing Progress September 23 – 29, 2019

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September 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,997
  • Today’s word count: 161
  • Thoughts: Today was better. It wasn’t great, but it was miles ahead of where I’ve been lately. I wish I could find the words to properly articulate everything that’s been going on with me. It’s pretty sad when a writer can’t write about what’s holding back their writing. Hopefully, once I’ve put some time and distance between me and this period, I’ll be able to explain it to you and to myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m starting to feel a bit more like I’m able to write again. I want to use this good energy and push it as far as I can. Taking it easy certainly has helped, but I’m feeling like I’m ready to stretch to reach my goals again.

September 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,097
  • Today’s word count: 100
  • Thoughts: My day got broken up by obligations that took my out of the house. It wasn’t so bad, but I had to reset myself to get back into the writing mindset and that takes a lot of time. I wish it didn’t, but that’s the only way I know how to work these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should be home all day so once I get back into writing and stay there. Hopefully that will make for a productive day. Only time will tell.

September 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,181
  • Today’s word count: 84
  • Thoughts: Today was not great. It wasn’t one particular thing holding me back. There were a million little things slightly inconveniencing me and I just ended up feeling distracted and miserable. I tried. I struggled. I failed. It’s hard not to feel discouraged.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More focus. More writing. I don’t know what I’ll have to do to make it happen, but I’m going figure it out and make it happen. I want to write and I will write.

September 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,294
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: Not bad, but not great either. I should complain. This seems to be about the pace I’m capable of writing these days. I don’t know what to do to get into a mindset to write more words, but it needs to happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. I refuse to have high hopes. If I write, that’s great. If I don’t, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I have a lot of stuff to do and I’ll need time to decompress.

September 27 and 28

No writing progress made. I ended up being pretty busy both days with chores and errands. I also got a new game and I spent more than a few hours playing that. Immersing myself in another world and just ignoring reality for a couple hours straight felt really good. Maybe this is what I’ve needed lately? Only time will tell.

September 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,353
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote! That’s an improvement over the last few days. I wish I’d written more, but it just didn’t work out that way. A big part of that was having a surprise outing in the middle of the day. My pattern of needing a huge decompression period after spending time out of the house continues. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I’m going to be writing and the path to the end of the story is getting clearer!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I shouldn’t have to run any errands. That should make it easier to focus on getting the words out.

How is your writing going? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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Writing Progress September 16 – 22, 2019

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September 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,659
  • Today’s word count: 2
  • Thoughts: My word count makes today look a lot less productive than it was. I revised a chapter! It’s posted over on Patreon already and it’ll be available here soon. I meant to work on writing after I finished revising, but it just didn’t happen. I’m a little disappointed, but I accomplished a lot today even without writing a ton of new words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing! I’ll probably be posting a new chapter to the blog at some point, but my primary focus will be one writing more. This story is nearly finished and I want to get it there as soon as possible.

September 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,676
  • Today’s word count: 17
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write much. However, I posted a new chapter today. I wanted to write more, but I suppose I can feel satisfied with what I did accomplish. No matter how much I do, I’ll always wish I did more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I won’t have any revising or chapter posting to distract me tomorrow. That should make it a little easier to write, but I’m not counting on a huge word count. I don’t think I can jump from one extreme to the other.

September 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,791
  • Today’s word count: 115
  • Thoughts: Things seem to be improving. My left hand wasn’t in the greatest shape and it definitely slowed me down. I think I could have written even more if that problem hadn’t gotten in my way. I feel good about my writing so I have to hope I’ll be able to write more tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! As long as my hand feels better, I’m sure I can have a productive day. For the first time in a while, it feels like I’m on track with this story.

September 19

No writing progress. My hand was worse (and visibly swollen)! I was going to push through and write but my boyfriend stepped in as a voice of reason and told me to take a break. I’m hoping things will be better tomorrow, but my main goal now is to avoid permanent damage. I really hope this resolves itself overnight so I don’t need to see a doctor.

September 20

No progress made again. My hand was still not in the best of shape. It’s on the mend. I can tell that much, but my hand wasn’t quite up to the task. On top of that, it was Friday and I was thoroughly distracted. It’s not ideal, but I need to take care of myself to make future days of productive writing possible.

September 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,823
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: I wrote. It was hard and my hand definitely isn’t at 100%. I still made the effort to sit down and make an attempt to write. I can’t say I toiled for hours for the small amount of words I produced, but it was a lot of time for the results it produced. I’m worried I’m getting rusty, but most of the problem was figuring out how to situate myself at my keyboard so I could write comfortably. It was an ordeal.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. My hand will hopefully be a bit better than today. I’m not expecting an overnight recovery, but I’m still hoping for improvement. I have to get back into writing. This month has had too many days with no writing at all. It’s discouraging.

September 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,836
  • Today’s word count: 13
  • Thoughts: Today was a bad day. There was no one thing I could do to fix things. It was just a bunch of little things that left me feeling helpless and completely devoid of creativity. I tried. I failed. I’m hoping I can move on from today without too much damage.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I’m going to shake off today’s failures and look forward to a productive day of writing. There’s no reason I can’t make it work.

How is your writing going? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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Writing Progress September 9 – 15, 2019

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September 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,336
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling to write. This is a problem I can fix. I just need to figure out what is wrong with my story first. Once I get there, everything should be fine again. I’m just really, really impatient to get to that point.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Tomorrow is going to be chaos. I have multiple things that are going to take me away from my keyboard and away from home. One in particular will keep me out for hours and hours. It’s going to be a blast and hopefully it will feel me with unstoppable creative energy.

September 10

No writing progress. It turns out, I was hardly home all day. I had a fantastic time. The concert was fantastic. As tired as I am, my creative well is refilled. Now I just need to rest up and get back to writing!

September 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,354
  • Today’s word count: 18
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. I want to say the concert did refill my creative well, but I was in no shape to write today. It wasn’t because of the concert. It was just bad luck. I got hit by a really nasty migraine it just drained my ability to think. Looking at my computer screen was out of the question.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s hope a good night’s sleep will clear out this migraine. I want to use this creative energy while I have it and I’m very afraid it will slip away if I let too much time pass. Is that a valid fear? I don’t know, but it feels real to me.

September 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,494
  • Today’s word count: 140
  • Thoughts: Well, that’s a little better. It wasn’t a great writing day, but compared to the rest of the week, I’m on the right track. I’m optimistic. I think my health is getting back to normal and I haven’t lost the creative spark I picked up from the concert this week. I started to use it today!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Yes, it will be Friday, but I think I can do it. I should have time to focus on writing. It’ll just be a matter of being patient to get past my morning errands and getting lucky enough not to have them drain all the energy I would want to put into my creativity.

September 13

This was a typically atypical Friday. I didn’t sleep well which meant I spent a lot of my free time today trying to catch up on the sleep I missed. Then I got even more distracted by going out to try to see the Friday the 13th full moon. It was overcast here so I didn’t have much luck, but I stayed out for a couple hours and did manage to see the moon for about two minutes near the end. I definitely overdid it again today. I really, really need to stop doing that. I only have so much energy and more of it needs to go into my writing!

September 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,596
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m getting back on track! I wrote and it was more than a sentence or two. Considering the away this month has been going, this is a major success. Hopefully I can keep it up and build from today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be out of the house for a few hours. That could ruin my plans to write a ton of words, or everything could be fine. I’ll be home by mid afternoon and after that my day will be pretty ordinary.

September 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,657
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: Eh. Today could have been better or worse. I went out into the world today and it definitely took a decent portion of my energy. I tried to recharge once I came home and I had very minor success. I did manage to finish writing a chapter. It literally needed two sentences to wrap up so I’m not sure it’s much of a victory.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! I have a new chapter to start. I’m itching to finish up this serial. I have to keep moving forward.

How is your writing going? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

Enjoy my content? Want to be one of the first to see the new version of The Dreams? Pledge $1 on Patreon to gain early access to my work, bonus content and our Discord server! We’ve unlocked monthly writing livestreams! Don’t wait to join in the fun!

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