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 July 17 – 23, 2017

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July 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 85,520
  • Today’s word count: 209
  • Thoughts: Meh. I just couldn’t get into my own writing today. I love the scene I’m working on, but my mind just refused to focus on anything. It wasn’t just my writing either. I just had a very scattered day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Focus. Write. Have fun.

July 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 86,062
  • Today’s word count: 542
  • Thoughts: Better! I’m pretty pleased with my progress today. If I could make progress like today every day I’d be in really good shape. Honestly, 500 words per day seems to be my ideal right now. If I can reach that with consistency for a month or two I’d make a lot of progress and get my writing muscles built up enough to try pushing for higher word counts. Goals!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! I have so much left to write. I need to get to work.

July 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 86,574
  • Today’s word count: 512
  • Thoughts: Writing! Another day with over 500 words. I like this. I want this to keep happening.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write. Revise. Repeat.

July 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 86,850
  • Today’s word count: 276
  • Thoughts: Well, I didn’t write as much today, but I had an interesting day of writing, revising and dog sitting. It was worth it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revisions. Write. Stay cool. The heat wave continues…

July 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 86,733
  • Today’s word count: -117
  • Thoughts: I was hard at work at revisions today. I ended up cutting many more words than I added, which is fine because I know I had a lot of unnecessary words in the scene.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up revisions, post the chapter and get back to writing new words!

July 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 86,666
  • Today’s word count: -67
  • Thoughts: More revision with a net loss of words for the day. Whenever this happens I find myself questioning whether word count is the best way to measure my progress, but it remains the easiest way to quantify the amount of progress I’ve made on my projects.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing!

July 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 87,309
  • Today’s word count: 643
  • Thoughts: I’m back to writing and it feels great!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I love it. I need to do more of it.

July CampNaNoWriMo Week 3 Recap

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There’s only one week left of CampNaNoWriMo. Where did the month go?

This week, for the first time ever out of all the times I’ve attempted CampNaNoWriMo, I lowered my word count goal. I’ve never won a CampNaNo event. Whether I set a high goal or a low goal, I always seem to lose momentum and not have the motivation to do a big catch up at the end of the month.

Part of the reason I’ve never lowered my goal before is because I’m stubborn. Another reason is that winning CampNaNoWriMo isn’t the most important thing to me. I participate because I have fun and I like the extra encouragment, interaction and reason to push myself to write more. Winning Camp just never felt like a vital part of the experience the way it is for the main NaNoWriMo event. It might just be me, but the laid back atmosphere takes the pressure to hit the goal I set and throws it out the window.

I’ve often set unattainable goals for Camp. I’ve written 50,000 words or a bit more in a month on multiple occassions in the past, but I’ve set even higher goals for CampNaNoWriMo during the last few sessions. It hasn’t gone well. I haven’t even approached 50,000 words during those months.

This month I started out with a goal of over 73,000 words because I wanted Inbetween to have a total word count of 150,000 by the end of July. By the start of this week, I knew that was not going to happen. I decided on Monday to lower my goal by 50,000 words. Now I’m trying to get the project’s total word count to 100,000 by the end of the month. It is a lower goal, but one I will still need to work to acheive. Writing 10,000 words in a month isn’t too difficult for me anymore, but I rarely make it to 20,000 in a single month outside of November.

How’s CampNaNoWriMo going for you? Have you validated your novel for a win? Have you changed your goal this month to a more realistic target?

Writing Progress July 10 – 16, 2017

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July 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 82,731
  • Today’s word count: 1,042
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I love days like this. It’s not always possible for me to find the focus needed to settle down and produce 1,000+ words that I’m willing to keep in one day. I still struggle against the impulse to throw away any and all words that don’t perfectly fit the vision of the story I have in my head. I know having something written means I have something to shape into the best story possible later, but the urge to trash anything obviously imperfect is still very strong most days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. After a day like today I hope I can keep the ball rolling.

July 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 83,228
  • Today’s word count: 537
  • Thoughts: Writing! I’m so pumped to be writing these days. I hope I can keep this feeling going. I know it won’t last forever. Nothing lasts forever, but I don’t want it to die prematurely.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write write write! I’m on a roll. Now I just need to keep moving forward.

July 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 84,040
  • Today’s word count: 812
  • Thoughts: Woohoo! This week is going great so far. I’m really proud of myself. I want to keep writing like this forever.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I can’t let this writing mojo go to waste.

July 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 84,150
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: Well, my word count doesn’t look fantastic, but I got a lot done today. I have another chapter revised and ready to go and I did write some new words today too.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I need to refocus and create even more words.

July 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 84,244
  • Today’s word count: 94
  • Thoughts: It looks like my writing mojo is dwindling. I’m going to try to track it down and drag it back. It’s hard not to get discouraged when life and my own health get in the way of writing, but I’m going to keep moving forward. A couple bad days will not define my week, my month, or my work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post this weeks chapter, write more. Be awesome.

July 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 84,494
  • Today’s word count: 250
  • Thoughts: Well, it’s better. Not great, but better. I can build up from here. I just want to write!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know I can do it. It’s just a matter of figuring out what is splitting my focus.

July 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 85,311
  • Today’s word count: 817
  • Thoughts: Progress! I wish all my days could have word counts like this. Getting to this word count was like pulling teeth. I’m pretty sure I have a lot of words that will need to be cut and some sentences that don’t make any sense, but I started writing and that’s all that matters in a first draft, right?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the writing stuff. I want to make serious progress with this novel!

July CampNaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap

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Wow! Two weeks of Camp are behind us already!

I had another week of ups and downs. I had some great days and some not so great days. I’d really like to have a week of consistently good days, but at this point I’m still not sure what I can do to make that happen.

I’m still loving my story. My characters are revealing more about themselves to me. There’s a lot of things I’d like to go back and change now that I understand my characters better, but I’m resisting that urge. I want to have a completed draft (and a complete draft’s worth of understanding of my characters and their motivations) before I go back and do complete rewrites of scenes.

My biggest enemy this week was the weather. It was so hot for most of the week that I could barely think. All my attention went into keeping cool, keeping the apartment cool and coming up with things to eat and drink that wouldn’t heat up the house any more.

Things are cooler right now. I should be able to concentrate better now, but I’m out of practice with my good writing habits. It looks like week 3 will be all about building up those habits again.

I’m still behind at this point. I’ve fallen further behind, in fact. Tomorrow I will finally decide whether or not to lower my goal for the month. Right now I’m seriously considering setting a more reasonable goal. The biggest challenge will be finding a new word count goal that will be more attainable, but will still challenge me to stretch beyond my comfort zone.

How was week 2 of CampNaNoWriMo for you? Are you on track to reach your goal or are you behind like me? Are you already finished?

 

Writing Progress July 3 – 9, 2017

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July 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 78,311
  • Today’s word count: 638
  • Thoughts: My daily word count is climbing! I’m okay with this. I want to keep this up!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! I’m finding my writing groove and I don’t want to lose it. Getting off track now would be a disaster.

July 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 78,746
  • Today’s word count: 435
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write as much as I would have liked, but I did write and that has to count for something. I’m going to blame it on the holiday and leave it at that. I had to fit in some extra fun time today so that cut into my writing time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. The holiday is over. I should have plenty of time to devote to writing my novel.

July 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 80,058
  • Today’s word count: 1,312
  • Thoughts: Yay! Writing! I feel like I really made progress today. That’s so rare these days. Even when I write, a lot of the time I feel like I’m treading water either with the plot or with my characters. It’s definitely an early draft problem. I doubt I’ll ever be completely cured of it during drafts 1 and 2, but I hope I can stop feeling discouraged by it someday.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Revising. More?

July 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 80,703
  • Today’s word count: 645
  • Thoughts: I accomplished so much today! It was a really good day. There are still some things I would have liked to do that I didn’t manage to do, but there’s always going to be unacheived goals.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m being pretty productive lately and I want to keep that going.

July 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 80,821
  • Today’s word count: 118
  • Thoughts: I wrote, but I didn’t write nearly as much as I had hoped. My mind was too restless to settle onto one topic.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Settle down and write. There’s plenty of time to do it. I just need to focus.

July 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 81,348
  • Today’s word count: 527
  • Thoughts: Progress! Yay! Once I started writing the words came easily. My only regret is that I didn’t manage to start writing sooner. I might have managed to write even more if I didn’t end up so tired.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’ve been on such a roll progress-wise. I really don’t want to risk stopping now.

July 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 81,689
  • Today’s word count: 341
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote. It was such a struggle to get started, so creating any new words at all was a real victory.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. I know I can do it. Maybe I’ll even do it without needing to struggle for hours to get started!