The Dreams: Chapter Thirty Four

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I like this chapter. I feel bad for my characters, but I just really like this chapters. Fun to write and easy to edit. I really can’t complain.

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CampNaNoWriMo Week 4 Recap


All that’s left of the month now are the spare days at the end.

It’s hard to believe 28 days have already passed. It feels like the month has only just started! I don’t think I’m ready for the month to end.

It’s looking less and less likely that I will win Camp this time. No big deal. My total word count for the month is already double what I wrote in June. I can’t complain when I’m making this sort of progress.

The last few days have been pretty good writing days. Before that I had a couple days where I really struggled. The heat wave took away most of my will to be productive.

I think that’s why November is so much better for writing huge word counts. When the days are getting colder and shorter I’m more likely to be happy sitting at my desk. Long, hot days make my brain melt and all I can think about is keeping cool.

What do you think? Is it the weather that makes Camp so difficult? Is Camp actually easier for you than NaNoWriMo? Are there any winners out there or anyone close to winning?

I’ll cheer you on if you’re getting close. Even if you aren’t close I’ll still cheer for you. The important part is writing.

Writing Progress July 18 – 24, 2016


July 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 139,995
  • Today’s word count: 408
  • Thoughts: Not the epic, amazing writing day I expected. I really struggled to write any words and all and I’m not entirely sure why. I finally finished working on a scene that had been a great source of anxiety for me, but moving on to another scene was not enough to get my word count up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. So much writing.

July 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 140,091
  • Today’s word count: 96
  • Thoughts: Another lackluster writing day. All sorts of activities distracted me over the day and just when I thought I would get in some writing late at night – and after I got myself a caffeinated drink to help me stay up – a migraine attacked.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stop the migraine. Write. Start revisions.

July 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 140,893
  • Today’s word count: 802
  • Thoughts: While today was a huge improvement over the last few days, I’m still not hitting NaNoWriMo level word counts.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revisions. Writing. Post this week’s chapter teaser for my Patrons.

July 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 141,613
  • Today’s word count: 720
  • Thoughts: Considering I spent the majority of my normal writing day revising this week’s chapter, I’m quite pleased with today’s word count.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully a lot more writing.

July 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 142,057
  • Today’s word count: 444
  • Thoughts: Overall it was just not a good day. I didn’t get enough sleep and it really messed with my ability to be productive.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! Write so much, and stay cool. We’re having another heatwave.

July 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 142,574
  • Today’s word count: 521
  • Thoughts: During a non-NaNoWriMo month I usually want to hit a minimum of 500 words a day so I can’t really complain about any day I write more than 500 words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay cool (this heatwave is the worst). Keep writing.

July 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 143,017
  • Today’s word count: 443
  • Thoughts: Not an amazingly high word count, but I’m pretty proud of it. It’s hard to find the will to do anything in this heat.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to write. Survive the heatwave… with no AC this summer it’s an extra challenge.

I Probably Won’t Win CampNaNoWriMo (and that’s okay)


If you’ve been around this blog for a little while you probably know that I have a bad track record with CampNaNoWriMo. I’ve participated in every Camp since 2011, and I’ve lost every single time. High goal or low goal, it doesn’t matter. My losing streak continues.

Every day makes it more and more likely that I won’t reach my goal this month either. I’m not giving up. I’m not going to stop writing. Anything could happen as long as there is still time left to write! With my track record it does seem less and less likely that I will reach 50,000 words this month.

I actually don’t care if I lose. At this point I’ve already written 5,000 more words this month than I did last month, and there’s still a whole week to go! I might not get an official win, but I’ve already accomplished a lot.

That’s why I keep coming back to CampNaNoWriMo loss after loss. Anything that motivates me to write even just a bit more than I would otherwise is a good thing in my book. It’s an extra kick in the pants. It’s a burst of energy from all of the other people writing around me. I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Whether I manage to win or lose CampNaNoWriMo I will be back next time. I’m being productive. I’m having fun. I might not get a nifty certificate at the end of the month, but that’s far from the greatest benefit of Camp. Being mindful about writing every day and trying to write more words per day than I would otherwise are both so much more useful than a winner’s certificate (even if having one is pretty neat).

If you’re like me and far behind on your word count goal, don’t give up. Don’t give up on your project. Don’t give up on CampNaNoWriMo. There’s so much you can get out of the experience without ever crossing the finish line.

The Dreams: Chapter Thirty Three

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This chapter was interesting to write, but a little more difficult to revise. I spent a lot of time messing with it and I feel like I didn’t end up changing a lot considering the amount of time I spent on it. Let me know if I missed anything!

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CampNaNoWriMo Week 3 Recap


Is it just me or is the third week of NaNoWriMo the most difficult? Week 2 is no cakewalk, but the third week is when despair really starts to set in.

I’m really behind on my word count, and now it is too late to even consider lowering my goal to something more manageable. I’ll keep going. It will take more than a huge word count deficit to make me give up.

The words I am managing to write this month are pretty great. Part of it is the extra motivation to push through and produce a decent word count each day and part of it is just the part of my novel I’m working on this month. The Dreams is so long that I didn’t really get to the really juicy parts of the story until I was around 100,000 words in. I’m over 140,000 words in now and the story is still going strong. I’m no longer doubting my decision to raise my estimated total word count for this novel to 200,000 words.

How’s CampNaNoWriMo treating you this week? Are you horribly behind like me? Have you already crossed the finish line?

My Current Musical Inspiration

This week is a J-pop sort of week. It’s keeping me from getting too down in the dumps over the more depressing scenes I’ve been writing for The Dreams.

What are you listening to while writing these days? Do you have certain genres or songs you use to set the mood or are you like me this week and trying to keep your spirits up while writing? Share in the comments!

Writing Progress July 11 – 17, 2016


July 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 136,405
  • Today’s word count: 1,745
  • Thoughts: I wrote. Then I wrote some more. It wasn’t easy but it was great.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, please and thank you.

July 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 137,058
  • Today’s word count: 653
  • Thoughts: Not as great as Monday’s word count, but I’m quite pleased with any day I can write more than 500 words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: A little bit of revision for this week’s chapter and a lot of writing.

July 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 138,097
  • Today’s word count: 1,039
  • Thoughts: I’m working my way back up to NaNoWriMo level word counts. No complaints about that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Revising. Busy day!

July 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 138,505
  • Today’s word count: 408
  • Thoughts: I revised this weeks chapter and wrote some words. I wish I had the motivation to write more, but I’m pretty pleased with my progress anyway.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: All the writing!

July 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 139,181
  • Today’s word count: 676
  • Thoughts: Definitely not my best writing day, but not my worst either. The scene I’ve been working on is really causing me to struggle. It’s important, and knowing that it is important is making me nervous. I hate knowing this sort of thing ahead of time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post chapter! Write-in probably. Hopefully I’ll get in a decent work count.

July 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 139,366
  • Today’s word count: 185
  • Thoughts: Today was not a very good writing day. I ended up doing a lot of things that had nothing at all to do with writing and at the end of the day I felt tired and not at all motivated to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Find new energy. Write many, many words.

July 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 139,587
  • Today’s word count: 221
  • Thoughts: Another less than impressive day of writing. I’ve just not had any writing mojo this weekend.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: New week! Get back on track!

I think a huge contributing factor to my poor word counts over the weekend had a lot to do with poor sleep. I didn’t sleep well or enough for days and I finally paid for it in the form of lack of focus. This is when keeping track of my day by day writing progress really pays off! I can see patterns and think about what has been going on in my life and make connections.

How’s your writing going?  Is there anything keeping you from reaching your goals?

The Dreams: Chapter Thirty Two

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I really like this chapter. I hope you’ll like it too.

The last few weeks I’ve had a really easy time editing and I don’t know of it is just that I’m in a stretch of chapters that needed less help or if I’m rushing through because of CampNaNoWriMo. As always please let me know about any errors you encounter.

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CampNaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap


Let’s start off this recap by saying that I’m still behind. Really, really behind. About 14,000 words behind.

With that statement out of the way I can get on with all of the awesome that has happened. I’ve written every day so far this month! In the past week I’ve had two days over 1,000 words. My goal this month might be 1,613 words per day, but my personal goal every other month is 500 words a day, so more than double my usual target is fantastic.

I doubt I’ll be winning this month. I’ve managed to win from far, far behind before, but my track record with CampNaNoWriMo makes me think it isn’t likely to happen.

Don’t think that means I’m giving up! I’m writing so much these days and I don’t want that to stop. Anything could happen between now and the end of the month. There’s still half a month to go.

It doesn’t feel like we’re halfway through the month. The days are really flying by. Usually when things feel like a whirlwind I end up missing days of writing. Somehow I’m keeping on top of that this month. Maybe I’m getting better trained and writing is becoming like second nature. Ha! I wish!

I know I’m getting closer and closer to the end of The Dreams. If I jump up and down I can catch glimpses of the end. That is exciting enough to keep me motivated. Some days it still feels like I’m running in place, but if I take a step back I can see the progress that has been made this month.

How’s your CampNaNoWriMo? Are you ahead? Behind? Just getting started?

Can you believe there are only two weeks left?