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 April 17 – 23, 2017

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April 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,021
  • Today’s word count: 145
  • Thoughts: I’m having such a hard time writing lately. I don’t know why I’m struggling, but it is happening.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to write some more. I’ll get through this eventually. It’s just a matter of not giving up.

April 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,277
  • Today’s word count: 256
  • Thoughts: Eh… I wish I knew why I was struggling so much. I did manage more words today so I’m hoping I’m working through whatever is going on with me and my writing. There’s motivation to write, but the words certainly don’t want to come out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to do the writing thing some more. I’m not hating what I’m writing. It’s just not wanting to leave my brain.

April 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,581
  • Today’s word count: 304
  • Thoughts: I seem to be clawing my way back to better word counts. It might not seem like much, but the gradual increase in word count this week has been a real struggle. There’s a lot going on in my mind lately and I’m not sure just yet what it means for my writing. I think the next few months will bring a lot of changes to my writing and possible to this blog.
  • Tomorow’s goal: More writing. Revising, possibly. I should revise, but I feel like I need to focus on writing more words to make up for the pitiful word counts lately.

April 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,822
  • Today’s word count: 241
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. At this point, I’m trying to take the pressure off. If I can make writing fun again I think my progress with this novel will pick up again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing, but no pressure. I’ll write what I write.

April 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,866
  • Today’s word count: 44
  • Thoughts: Yeah. I gave myself a bit of break today to see if it helped at all. I think it did. The few words I did write were the result of me feeling like writing just before I went to bed. I didn’t have to force myself to sit down and write them. It was nice.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing! Let’s go!

April 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 58,215
  • Today’s word count: 349
  • Thoughts: Better. Not great, but better. I’m fighting my way through all this muck that’s bogging me down lately. I think I’ll be through it soon.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same!

April 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 58,369
  • Today’s word count: 154
  • Thoughts: I barely slept and I couldn’t stay asleep for long when I tried to nap so I spent the day feeling almost painfully tired. It destroyed my concentration and my will to work. I tried to push through with minimal results.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After getting some quality sleep I hope to make up for the poor word counts I’ve had over the last week or so.

How’s everyone’s writing going? I know many people are participating in CampNaNoWriMo this month. Are you finding it difficult to concentrate and produce consistent word counts? I’m wondering if it is just me or if it has something to do with the season/weather.

Looking back, things weren’t quite this bad during April last year, but I struggled during March. I know some personal circumstances played a part in last March’s low word counts, but part of it could have been the changes in weather brought about by spring.

CampNaNoWriMo Week 3 Recap

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Can you believe we’re already this far into April?

For me it feels like the first weekend of Camp was just a few days ago. I wish Camp had just started a few days ago. Then my word count would be great!

At this point in the month I know I won’t be reaching my goal. Now it is just a matter of seeing how close to finishing I can get. At long as I write more than I do in an average month I think I’ll be happy. Last month I managed to write about 11,500 words so 12,000 seems like a reasonable consolation prize of a goal for April.

Life just hasn’t been kind to me this month. I usually try not to blame my low or inconsistent word counts on anything other than myself, but this month has really done its best to drag me down. So far this month, one of my grandparents has been in the hospital multiple times and I’ve been trying to care for a fish with recurring health issues at home. I feel like part of my brain that should be used to writing is filled up with thoughts about illness and worrying.

For the end of CampNaNoWriMo, my goal is to use writing as a refuge. I want to reclaim that part of my mind and carve out a worry-free space just for writing.

Sometimes life makes us rearrange our priorities. Right now I want to work on reclaiming an equilibrium in my life and in my mind. There’s always going to be something for me to worry about. It’s part of life. I just need to make sure I keep doing the things I love once the period of crisis has passed.

How was the third week of CampNaNoWriMo for you? Did you change your goal before the cut off date? Have you validated your word count and claimed your win? Are you struggling with problems that have nothing to do with writing like me? Let me know in the comments!

Writing Progress April 10 – 16, 2017

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April 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,217
  • Today’s word count: 792
  • Thoughts: Getting better! I can feel my writing muscles getting back into shape!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep writing! Let’s see if I can do better tomorrow.

April 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,766
  • Today’s word count: 549
  • Thoughts: Well, it wasn’t an improvement on Monday’s word count. I was struggling today. The words just didn’t want to flow today. I feel like I worked harder to write fewer words. That’s never fun.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I hope I can get past the problems I’m having and get the words out.

April 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,899
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: Today was not a good day. I did not sleep well and it came back to bite me almost instantly. My mind and body were both rebelling against me all day and I just could not muster the energy to make writing happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revise. Write. Sleep. I need all these things equally.

April 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,890
  • Today’s word count: -9
  • Thoughts: Revisions are the worst thing ever for my word count. Not only that, but the chapter I’m revising this week was written while I wasn’t feeling well and it is full of sick!Bridgett logic. Lots of repetition and faulty logic to correct. Yay!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish up this week’s revisions and get back to writing (hopefully) coherent words.

April 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,786
  • Today’s word count: -104
  • Thoughts: More cutting and revisions and I’m still not done. It’s not that this chapter is bad, it’s just unorganized. Going through and organizing it is taking quite a while.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up edits. Post the chapter. Write! I miss writing…

April 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,876
  • Today’s word count: 90
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I posted a chapter! I did a ton of other stuff around the house. I’m exhausted, but I’m happy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Do Easter stuff. Write before I crash from the sugar.

April 16

No writing progress made. It was Easter. I spent time with my family and relaxed. I hope this will mean I can return to writing with renewed energy tomorrow.

CampNaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap

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Thank goodness the second week Camp is over!

Much like the main NaNoWriMo event, the second week of CampNaNoWriMo is a nightmare. The enthusiasm from the start of the month has died away. Late night and caffeine abuse have started to take their toll. Real life starts to make loud and louder demands for your attention.

If these events were just a week long I guarantee a lot more people would stick them out from start to finish. Writing intensely for a week is hard, but the damage doesn’t really start to show until later in the month.

It’s hard to stay enthusiastic and on task for a whole month. Sometimes it is even impossible. There are twists and turns in life that we can’t anticipate and even the most motivated, well-prepared participant sometimes needs to lower their goal or step away from the contest sometimes.

If you’re having a bad month, please don’t be too hard on yourself. Lower your goal or throw it out the window entirely. Sometimes priorities have to change.

I’m just far, far behind on my goal. If you’re like me, don’t be discouraged. If it will help keep you motivated, consider lowering your goal some something attainable now that you know what your pace is like this month.

Or not. I’m stubborn. My goal is staying high and if I fail, I will fail knowing that I tried to push myself beyond my comfort zone.

Do whatever you need to do to keep from getting discouraged. Falling short of my word count goal doesn’t keep me up at night, but not writing at all really bothers me. You might be the opposite or have a different pet peeve entirely.

Now that we’re at the halfway point of the month, we need to look at what is working and what isn’t. We’re only halfway through this challenge. Do what you need to do to stay in the game.

How an Amateur Writer Becomes an Expert

A Writer's Path

by Meg Dowell

Here’s the thing about writing: everyone starts at the bottom. Some work their way up to the middle. A select few manage to climb to the very top. That’s how it is with any profession. You have no idea what you’re doing. You start to figure it out. At some point you probably come to a crossroads, where you decide how much of a priority you want writing to be in your life. Do you want to advance – or are you happy at the level you stand on now?

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