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 August 7 – 13, 2017

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August 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 95,330
  • Today’s word count: 558
  • Thoughts: Yay! More words! Another milestone too! And! I worked on the outline for the next draft of The Dreams. I need to find a better way to measure my progress on that, but for now I’ll just keep noting that I’ve made progress here. I’m impatient to start writing it, but I know that it’ll be better if I map out the whole story before I start writing again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More outlining. More progress.

August 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 96,214
  • Today’s word count: 884
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I stayed up late writing! It was great. I only wish I could write this much and more without staying up half the night. Time to work on training my brain to write earlier, I guess.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling so motivated these days. I want to keep writing more and more.

August 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 97,183
  • Today’s word count: 969
  • Thoughts: Writing! I’ve been writing so much lately. I’ve been making little games up in my head to see if I can write more words and so far it is working. There might be a blog post in there somewhere about tricking myself into writing more. We’ll see.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Thursday is revision day. Time to get another chapter polished up to get posted this weekend.

August 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 97,726
  • Today’s word count: 543
  • Thoughts: I made so much progress today. I revised the entire chapter for this week and I ended the day with a net gain over over 500 words (I actually wrote over 700 because I had deleted words during revisions [I should probably find a better way to reflect that in this log]).
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I feel like that’s my goal every day, but I’m so enthusiastic about my work these days. It feels like the only priority I have right now.

August 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 98,364
  • Today’s word count: 638
  • Thoughts: More writing! Sometimes I feel like I’m not making much progress. What I’m writing can feel a lot like filler, but when I’m revising I try to cut the filler and leave behind the parts that actually seem insightful and to progress the plot. I hope I’m doing a good job with this first draft writing thing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a chapter to post, a street fair to attend, and more writing to do. Sounds like a good Saturday to me.

August 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 99,270
  • Today’s word count: 906
  • Thoughts: I struggled to start writing today. Once I started, it seemed like the words just tumbled out of me. I’m not sure if any of them are even good words, but I wrote them and sorting them out and making something usable of them will come later.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling really motivated right now. I hope I can keep this streak going.

August 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 100,328
  • Today’s word count: 1,058
  • Thoughts: So much writing! And I hit 100,000 words with Inbetween. I’m floored. I can’t believe this story is so long. I’ve been writing so much lately, but it’s all very, very first draft material. A lot of what I’ve written is me working through character motivations and relationships now that the story has changed so much. It’s not a bad thing. I think it is necessary, but I’ll have a lot work to do when I go to revise. It’s worth it to know what I need to do going forward with the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! How soon before I reach another milestone?

Making Plans for Fall 2017

It’s August already! The year has really been flying by.

Since fall is just around the corner, I thought I should start making some plans for what I would like to accomplish with my writing during the final months of the year. Some of my plans involve staples of the fall season for writers, but others should be completely new and exciting.

I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo, of course. Right now it looks like I’ll be a NaNoRebel again this year. Inbetween is still going strong. I doubt I’ll reach the conclusion of the first draft before November 1. I’m not sure if Inbetween will still have another 50,000 words to go by the time we reach November, but if I finish up the story, I have plenty of other ideas for things to write. If it looks like Inbetween is winding down, I’ll just have to start outlining something new in October.

In September I plan to start writing a new draft of The Dreams. I’m working on the outline for this new draft now. This rewrite will be a Patreon exclusive while I am writing it. My hope is that posting it to a smaller audience of interested individuals will give me the courage to really leave my comfort zone while writing this draft. Looking back over the version I posted, I can tell I was really pulling my punches for certain scenes. I’d like to change that. If you’re interested in following this new evolution of my first serial, be sure to join me on Patreon.

Sometime this fall I’ll also resume my efforts to record a serial audiobook version of The Dreams. The summer thwarted my attempts to record, but once the temperatures are cooler I should be able to close off a room enough to make recording possible. There will be more news about the ETA of this project once I’m able to start recording.

Do you have any projects planned for the fall? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Writing Progress July 31 – August 6, 2017

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July 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 91,763
  • Today’s word count: 531
  • Thoughts: Still writing consistently every day. I’m pretty pleased with myself at this point.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep the consistent writing going. CampNaNoWriMo is over now, but I don’t want to slip back into bad habits. Wouldn’t it be great if I just kept pushing myself to write more and more every day so NaNoWriMo will be effortless?

August 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 92,275
  • Today’s word count: 512
  • Thoughts: More writing. I struggled to get started today, but once I did the words came so easily. I wish I could get my writing going earlier in the day just to see what I can accomplish if I don’t need to sleep after a short writing session.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Maybe I’ll manage to write earlier in the day. We’ll see!

August 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 92,802
  • Today’s word count: 527
  • Thoughts: Another good writing day. I worked on outlining the next draft of The Dreams too. That’s an incredibly daunting task. I thought it was scary when I was just thinking about it. Now I know it is even scarier to do it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to revise a chapter and, of course, write more. Hopefully I’ll tackle some more outlining for The Dreams too.

August 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 92,932
  • Today’s word count: 130
  • Thoughts: The word count looks pitiful, but it’s a net gain after cutting words during revisions. I accomplished a lot today. I revised a whole chapter, posted it for my patrons over on Patreon and managed to write a couple hundred new words. No progress on the outline for The Dreams, but there’s always tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! Outline! I know I can do it. I’m excited. I’m motivated.

August 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 93,694
  • Today’s word count: 762
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I need to remember that writing every day is important and I do write enough because today it really didn’t feel like enough. Those pesky little thoughts were creeping in… the ones that tell me I must not be serious about what I do or I’d be doing more. I want to do better than I do now, but that doesn’t mean I’m not already serious about my work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll be posting a new chapter and writing! I look forward to it!

August 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 94,255
  • Today’s word count: 561
  • Thoughts: I managed to write a reasonable amount even with a busy day! I’m feeling more confident in my writing abilities now. I spent the evening, my usual best writing time, at Super Art Fight. I planned ahead and wrote before and after the show.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know I can do it. Today is proof!

August 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 94,772
  • Today’s word count: 517
  • Thoughts: Another good day of writing. I have to say, I’m starting to feel obligated to write at least 500 words a day. It’s not a bad thing. Writing at least 500 words a day is a good thing to feel like I should do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! The weather is changing and I think the change of pace will be good for my writing.

Did I Win CampNaNoWriMo?

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Winning and failing a personal challenge event like CampNaNoWriMo is all a matter of perspective, isn’t it?

Did I officially win? I set a target word count and failed to meet that target, so officially I failed the CampNaNoWriMo challenge.

Do I still consider July CampNaNoWriMo to be a success? Yes! I’ve had Camps in the past that were total disasters. This one was not.

I started out the month with an almost impossibly high goal. I decided to lower it later in the month to a word count that was more reasonable, but still challenging. In the end, I failed to meet that lowered goal, but I managed to have the best monthly word count since last November.

I wrote over 14,000 words in July. I wanted to write more, but I couldn’t be more proud of the words I did write. They’ll need to be polished, of course, but I know I can work with them. Maybe if I’d pushed myself harder I would have written more words, but there’s a good chance that I would have more words that I hate and need to cut immediately.

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My graph for the month isn’t perfect, but it shows progress. I’m really proud of the consistent progress I managed at the end of the month. If I can keep up that sort of writing routine, I’ll be in great shape.

How did CampNaNoWriMo go for you? Did you have any sort of unofficial win for Camp?