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.

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Writing Progress April 9 – 15, 2018

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April 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 160,900
  • Today’s word count: 639
  • Thoughts: Well, I wasn’t expecting to write this much today. I’ve been battling a migraine which usually means hiding away and feeling miserable. Today I had periods of time when I felt well enough to write and I jumped on the chance. I’m glad I did.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Migraine or not, I’m feeling motivated to write and I think I can make it happen!

April 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 161,570
  • Today’s word count: 670
  • Thoughts: I struggled some today. I just didn’t have the brief windows of clarity I had yesterday, but, in the end, I did end up writing a decent number of words. I feel like I’m really making progress with the story these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I might revise some too. It depends on my mood and whether I find a good stopping point with my writing to switch gears. I’d really like to do some more work with The Dreams too, but I’ve just started to get back on track with posting Inbetween on time each week so I don’t want to mess that up just now.

April 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 162,090
  • Today’s word count: 520
  • Thoughts: Today was reasonably productive. I didn’t finish everything I wanted to accomplish, but I still got plenty done. I think I can live with that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! Revising! There’s plenty to do and I want to do it all! I hope I can make it work.

April 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 162,116
  • Today’s word count: 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 45,160
  • Today’s word count: 171

  • Thoughts: I revised today, posted a preview of this week’s chapter on Patreon, and started working on The Dreams again after spending more time than I’d like rereading the third draft to make sure I don’t drastically alter the tone after taking a break from it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Work on The Dreams! Work on Inbetween! Can I do both? I hope so!

April 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 45,265
  • Today’s word count: 105
  • Thoughts: This is such a typical Friday for me that I don’t know what to say. Not much was written. It was a busy day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post a chapter! Write more! I hope I can do it all!

April 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 162,249
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: Today might not look particularly productive, but I thought it was a great day. I posted a chapter. I wrote a bit (not nearly enough, I admit). And I took a huge, nearly 5 mile walk around town and enjoyed the warm weather.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Cooler weather and rain are in the forecast so I’m hoping to stay inside, drink plenty of tea and coffee and write. I think I can make that happen.

April 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 162,557
  • Today’s word count: 308
  • Thoughts: Not great, but better. The weekend had a powerful hold on me this week. I tried to fight it but only saw minimal success. My mood is in a downward spiral again because our beautiful spring weather disappeared. I’m trying to resist the cold weather and the mood it puts me in. I don’t know if I can pretend it is warm and beautiful outside for much longer.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. The weather is supposed to be cold and rainy. I’ll be hiding at my keyboard wrapped up in blankets. Hopefully I’ll be writing.

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CampNaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap

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CampNaNoWriMo is halfway over!

We finally got some spring-like weather around here! I’m definitely in higher spirits now, but it hasn’t done much good for my word count just yet.

Winter weather in April really suppresses me spirits, but did you know sudden, beautiful spring weather is also distracting? The weather over the last few days lured me outside. I didn’t write much, but I like to think I was filling my well. Now that I’ve enjoyed some spring weather I’ll have more energy to dedicate to my writing.

Even though I’m feeling more optimistic, I’m thinking about lowering my word count goal for the month. Two weeks ago 1,000 words a day felt more than possible. Now because I’ve been struggling I’ll need to write around 1,500 words per day to finish on time. That’s getting a little too close to the words per day needed for traditional NaNoWriMo which I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle this month.

Now that I’ve decided to change my goal, I need to decide how much I want to lower it. I could cut my goal in half and lower my daily goal below 1,000 words, or could lower it just enough to get my goal back to 1,000 words per day. Both options have some appeal. What do you think I should do?

I just want to work on The Dreams! That story has been neglected far too much lately. I get anxious about my pitiful buffer for Inbetween and feel like I can’t step back from it to tackle an equally important project. I’d say I wish there were more hours in the days but I know I’d end up wasting the extra time somehow.

I’m looking forward to writing in week 3. I have high hopes!

How’s CampNaNoWriMo going for you? Are you considering changing your goal? Let me know!

CampNaNoWriMo Week 1 Recap

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Wow! The first week of this month’s Camp was particularly rough for me.

The weather has been depressingly winter-like for April. It has taken its toll on my spirits and to a degree, my health. Every time the weather takes another wild swing, I get headaches that can easily turn into migraines. The weather so far this month has been nothing but wild swings between early spring and weather that belongs in the dead of winter.

Feeling cold and miserable doesn’t lead to good writing days. I’ve been struggling to write at all. Fortunately, I have succeeded in writing every single day. It hasn’t been enough to keep me on track to reach my target, but it is something.

At this point, I’m sticking with my goal of 30,000 words for the month. If I continue to struggle during week 2, I will consider lowering my goal to something I think is more within my reach. For now, I really want to push myself to stretch my limits. 30,000 words is a point right between my usual monthly writing output and the breakneck pace I make myself take during NaNoWriMo. It seems like the perfect goal.

I’m hoping real spring is just around the corner. I can’t wait for sunshine and warm rain. I want to see flowers instead of snow!

How’s CampNaNoWriMo treating you? Have you changed your goal or are you sticking to your guns?

Writing Progress April 2 – 8, 2018

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April 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 158,315
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: Today was not a productive day. I feel like my will and ability to write is being locked up by the expectations set on me by CampNaNoWriMo. These expectations are self-imposed so I don’t know why I’m allowing it to get to me, but here we are.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get back to writing. I have complete confidence that I can do it. The only thing getting in my way is my own thoughts.

April 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 158,673
  • Today’s word count: 358
  • Thoughts: I seem to be improving. I just hope the improvement keeps up so I can make some real progress this month.
  • Tomorrow’ goal: More writing. I’m confident I can improve on today’s word count if I put my mind to it.

April 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 158,988
  • Today’s word count: 315
  • Thoughts: Yeah. I just wasn’t able to improve upon yesterday’s word count. I don’t know what is wrong with me. I thought CampNaNoWriMo would give me this surging wave of energy that would carry me through at least a week or two of excellent word counts. I guess that could still happen, but I was expecting it at the start of the month. Obviously, I’m not hyped up enough about Camp.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Revising. Let’s see if I can get some more of draft 3 of The Dreams posted on Patreon!

April 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 159,576
  • Today’s word count: 588
  • Thoughts: Today was more productive that any other day this month so far, but I still didn’t accomplish everything I wanted.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. I think I can do it!

April 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 159,919
  • Today’s word count: 343
  • Thoughts: I braced myself for a completely unproductive day, but that didn’t happen. I made a decent amount of progress for a Friday. Yay!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! Revising! Post a chapter! I can do it!

April 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 160,120
  • Today’s word count: 201
  • Thoughts: Ugh. I thought today would go a lot better than it did. I just had too much going on and even after things settled down I found it hard to focus. I just kept going back and forth in my mind between thinking about my stories and thinking about everything else. Somehow I did manage to get  a chapter posted so there’s that little bit of good work accomplished.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m positive I can accomplish more tomorrow!

April 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 160,261
  • Today’s word count: 141
  • Thoughts: I went into today ready to have an amazing writing day. It didn’t happen. A migraine started instead. Yay…
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to stop the migraine and get back to writing. If migraine continues, try not to be miserable.

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CampNaNoWriMo Struggles – Why This Year Is Different

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CampNaNoWriMo always comes with a unique set of struggles. The energy is different from the main NaNoWriMo event. The community is smaller for camp and the ability to set our own goals is both a blessing and a curse.

Even the weather works against us during Camp. I know the weather is just about the opposite of my experience for friends in the southern hemisphere so I cannot speak for their seasonal-related struggles. These conditions will mostly apply to my experience, which are probably similar to the experiences of other writers in my region of the world.

Normally, the distractions in April come from warm weather and increasingly green landscapes. We want to be outside soaking up the sunshine between rain showers. It can take us away from our writing, but it can also bring inspiration through renewed energy.

Writing this month is a struggle because winter refuses to loosen its grasp. The dark, dreary, cold weather works to our advantage in November. The transition from bright, crisp fall to dark, frosty winter is in full swing. We enjoy it and use it to our advantage because the transition makes it new. So far, this month is not so different from November weather-wise, but now it is nothing new. The near-constant cold and ever-present discussion of forecasted snow showers wear on our nerves. We want warm days and green as far as the eye can see. So far, we’re just getting more winter.

Maybe the weather will improve as the month progresses. I hope so. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to get back to my normal Camp struggles of wanting to spend my days outside instead of writing.

What’s the weather like for you? Are you feeling discouraged this month like me?