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 19 – 25, 2017

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June 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 74,077
  • Today’s word count: 72
  • Thoughts: I tried to write, but I put it off until late because my back and shoulder are still giving me grief. I regret waiting so long now because I hit a wall I’m sure I could have climbed over if I hadn’t been so tired.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write early. Write a lot. Make it happen.

June 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 74,823
  • Today’s word count: 746
  • Thoughts: Today was a good day for writing. I feel like I made real progress with Inbetween and I wrapped up a scene I’d been fiddling with for a while.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the writing stuff. I got past a tough spot, so I hope I can keep the streak going.

June 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 74,977
  • Today’s word count: 154
  • Thoughts: I wrote, but it wasn’t a lot. I started a new scene with a different POV today. That probably slowed me down more than a little bit. It’s a shift my mind needs to adjust to before I can really get into the meat of the writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to keep poking at this scene until I cooperates with me.

June 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 75,116
  • Today’s word count: 139
  • Thoughts: I’m still fighting with this scene. Some day I’m going to go back to writing a story that only needs one point of view and it will be glorious!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Continue fighting with the scene! I will win.

June 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 75,404
  • Today’s word count: 288
  • Thoughts: I wrote more! That’s something. I couldn’t find the words I wanted to write until it was very late. I know I could have written more if I hadn’t needed to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s my boyfriend’s birthday. I’ll write if I find the time, but I’ll be spending time with him all day.

June 24

No progress made. Just as I thought, I spent almost the entire day with my boyfriend. I don’t regret not having time to write today. I’ll get back into it tomorrow.

June 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 75,446
  • Today’s word count: 42
  • Thoughts: I wrote, but I had trouble getting back into the story. It’s a routine problem at this point. I need to figure out how to get back into my writing after missing a day, because I know the way my life works and I can’t completely cut out things that will take me away from my work for a day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write write write! I know I can do it!

Do you have any tips for getting back into writing after taking a day off to do other things? I’m in need of some new strategies.

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.