Just Hours to Go

By this time tomorrow I’ll be writing for CampNaNoWriMo.

I should be panicking. I might be panicking, but it’s hard to tell. I’m just sort of stuck and unable to focus on my project. I have writing and planning to do, but none of it is getting done tonight.

Do you ever react to excitement and anticipation by just shutting down? How do you counteract it?

I’m struggling right now, and I’m afraid it will carry over into next month and ruin the start of Camp. I’ll make it work somehow!



Writing Progress June 20 – 26, 2016


June 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 125,140
  • Today’s word count: 486
  • Thoughts: 125k! I made it to 125k! I also took the time to add up everything I’ve posted so far and it’s 106k words. I’m barely past my estimated halfway point in terms of posting so I think I’m going to have to up my end estimate from 150k to 200k.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. 126k?

June 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 125,510
  • Today’s word count: 370
  • Thoughts: Not as many words as I would have liked. I lost the entire morning to a bunch of drama that was beyond my control. I need to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Start revising.

June 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 126,046
  • Today’s word count: 536
  • Thoughts: My goal is to try to write 500 words every day, but when I do manage to reach that goal it just does not feel like enough. I’m not hitting 500 words consistently enough to feel like I can up my goal to 1,000 words a day without causing even more frustration. This all might just be impatience to reach the end of the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising and writing. Yippee!

June 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 126,546
  • Today’s word count: 500
  • Thoughts: Saturday’s chapter is revised! All that’s left to do is format it for posting. On top of that I wrote 500 new words today. Super productive day. Why can’t every day be like this?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Don’t let the productivity stop.

June 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 126,733
  • Today’s word count: 187
  • Thoughts: It wasn’t the best writing day I’ve had lately, but I’m going to let it slide because it was my boyfriend’s birthday and I wanted to spend time with him.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post the next chapter! Write!

June 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 126,894
  • Today’s word count: 161
  • Thoughts: The chapter is posted! I ran out of energy pretty quickly though. Not a lot of writing ended up happening. On a positive note, I did some research!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing, research, and planning?

June 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 127,207
  • Today’s word count: 313
  • Thoughts: Well, it’s a higher word count that the last few days, but it still isn’t anywhere close to where I want it to be.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Higher word count. I need to get ready for CampNaNoWriMo. It’s only a few days away now and my writing muscles aren’t nearly in the shape they need to be for that sort of writing every day.

The Dreams: Chapter Twenty Nine

the dreams cover

Cover by A. R. Shellnut

This chapter really made me happy. It was a breeze to revise, which makes me wonder if I missed something huge. I’m sure if I missed anything you guys will let me know.

As always, my supporters deserve a huge thank you for keeping me motivated. You guys rock!

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July CampNaNoWriMo is Almost Here!


A week from now I’ll be typing furiously to get my word count in for the first day of CampNaNoWriMo.

I’m keeping my goal at 50,000 words. I’ve realized I have a ton of writing left to do for this novel. Hopefully the writing frenzy of Camp will let me reach the finish line.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

It should. This is the exact same thing I was hoping to accomplish back in April. I failed Camp back then. I’ve participated and failed every single CampNaNoWriMo so far. Every time I come back and I hope that this time will be different.

I want this time to be different. I need to stay motivated.

This isn’t just about winning CampNaNoWriMo (although that will be very nice). This is about getting the first draft of The Dreams finished once and for all.

This novel is huge! My old estimate of 150,000 words is looking a little low now. I’m bumping my estimate up to 200,000 and hoping that I’m overestimating how many words I have left to write.

As of today The Dreams sits at 126,546 words. 50,000 words would get me very, very close to my new estimated final word count.

I’m really excited! Some of the most exciting and interesting parts of the novel are coming up! The excitement will hopefully keep me motivated and writing like the wind. Then I will just have to deal with keeping my mouth shut about this developments until the chapters get posted. That’s going to be so hard!

Are you participating in CampNaNoWriMo? What’s your word count goal? Tell me about your project in the comments!

Writing Progress June 13 – 19, 2016


June 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,035
  • Today’s word count: 120
  • Thoughts: This was not the productive writing day I had hoped for. I had such a hard time getting my thoughts out of my head and onto the screen. It felt like an idea bottle neck.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get the ideas out so I can start writing properly again.

June 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,393
  • Today’s word count: 358
  • Thoughts: Definitely better than yesterday, but still not great. I would like to get at least 500 words per day right now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Start revising the next chapter.

June 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,649
  • Today’s word count: 256
  • Thoughts: Today was not the epic writing day I wanted and I’m going to blame that entirely on my entirely too short night of sleep. Four hours of sleep is not enough for me to do anything productive. It’s a miracle I didn’t just hide in bed all day looking to make up for the sleep I lost.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sleep. Write. Revise. Should be easy enough, right?

June 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,814
  • Today’s word count: 165
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit, and I revised more than half of Saturday’s chapter. Feeling pretty good about my progress today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revising Saturday’s chapter and then back to writing!

June 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,810
  • Today’s word count: -4
  • Thoughts: I did so much revising! I wrote a bit, but still ended the day with less words than I started.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post the chapter! Write? I hope I can find the time to write. I can’t have another weekend without writing.

June 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,866
  • Today’s word count: 56
  • Thoughts: Tiny, tiny word count for a busy, busy day. I got the latest chapter posted though!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get back to writing. I need something more than a double digit word count.

June 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 124,654
  • Today’s word count: 788
  • Thoughts: I had a really good writing day! I even got stuck and unstuck myself in about five minutes.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same, please!

The Dreams: Chapter Twenty Eight

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Cover by A. R. Shellnut

Oh this chapter! Everyone, this is the first chapter of this novel that isn’t being posted in its entirety. I went back and forth on this and opted to post a fade to black version of the chapter here. The full ebook might end up having the uncut version, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. This might not even be an issue in the next draft!

My supporters deserve a huge thank you! Knowing that you are out there waiting for the next chapter keeps me going.

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Writing Progress June 6 – 12, 2016


June 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 121,102
  • Today’s word count: 223
  • Thoughts: I wrote. It wasn’t as much as I would have liked, but I still wrote. I spent the afternoon very distracted by waiting for a package to be delivered. I was worried it was going to be left at our front door and end up damaged or stolen by some of the kids roaming around out there. Most of them are perfectly decent kids, but a few of them are just awful. My package was delivered safely though so no more worries.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. I need to finish this scene!

June 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 121,805
  • Today’s word count: 703
  • Thoughts: This is an amazing word count considering I was sleep deprived all day and spent hours on my cell phone trying to get my internet straightened out once and for all. It’s working now, but it always seems to work late at night and in the morning. We’ll see if having a tech visit actually makes a difference…
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising. Writing. Trying not to let my day be ruined by waiting for a tech visit.

June 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 122,461
  • Today’s word count: 656
  • Thoughts: My internet is repaired! I’m so excited! It’s amazing actually being able to go about my daily routine without constantly having web pages time out or losing my connection altogether for hours. I even managed to get a decent amount of writing done today!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sleep! Write! Revise! So many plans!

June 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 122,671
  • Today’s word count: 210
  • Thoughts: The next chapter is completely revised! I wrote a bit too! Good times!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I just want to continuing being productive.

June 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 122,915
  • Today’s word count: 244
  • Thoughts: Today just was not as productive as I had hoped it would be. I felt kind of stuck with the scene I’m working on so I  spent a lot of time thinking rather than writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post the next chapter. Write!

June 11

No writing progress made. Posted the latest chapter, picked strawberries, hosted anime club… didn’t leave a lot of time for writing.

June 12

Another day of no writing progress. My weekend ended up being pretty busy! Usually I try to spread out chores through the week so they don’t take up all my time and wear me out, but prepping and freezing fresh fruit can’t really be put off for too long.

I’m hoping taking a weekend away from my writing will end up being a good thing. Sometimes stepping away can give me a fresh perspective and renew my energy. Sometimes I come back and just feel lost for a few days. Only time will tell what the results of this break will be.

Do you take regular breaks from your writing?  Is there anything special you do to get back into things after a break? I’d love to know in the comments!

The Dreams: Chapter Twenty Seven

the dreams cover

Cover by A. R. Shellnut

This chapter is a bit shorter than the others have been lately. I’m actually okay with that because I worry that the story is becoming too long already. What do you think?

Thank you to all of my supporters. Your support keeps me from procrastinating. Without you I might never bother to post my chapters at all.

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