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

the dreams cover

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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