Coming Soon: CampNaNoWriMo

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CampNaNoWriMo is just around the corner!

I don’t think I’ve every waited this long to start thinking/talking about my plans for Camp. There’s sort of a reason for this (and only sort of because I’m usually too excited to stay quiet anyway). I’m still working on the same project.

For months now I’ve been slowly pecking away at a new draft of The Dreams. I feel like I’m treading water which has tanked my enthusiasm.

It sucks because I love this story. At least a few other people love this story too and they’re counting on me to keep working on subsequent drafts until I have something shiny and as close to perfect as an oversized fantasy novel can get.

Maybe the pressure is getting to me a bit. I’ve been juggling two projects for a while now. I’ve written about how much I enjoy being able to switch gears with different project in the past, and I usually find having options to be freeing, but now I’m experiencing the downside to multiple projects.

I’m torn between projects.

Inbetween is a demanding monster of a story. I can’t seem to stay far enough ahead in my writing to feel comfortable leaving it alone for long. I write a couple chapters ahead, think I have a good buffer, and when I turn around it is gone and I’m left scrambling again.

If I want to make any real progress with The Dreams, I need a decent amount of time to get immersed in the story again. Lately, that has not been an option. I’ve been picking away at the same scene for a while now because of this.

Hopefully CampNaNoWriMo will give me the kick in the pants I need to turn this around. Announcing to the world that I’m going to work on The Dreams in July should take away a bit of the guilt I feel from time to time when I neglect Inbetween to work on The Dreams.

Right now the plan is to set a low goal. Not only have I been struggling to write The Dreams, but this month I’ve been struggling to write in general. To keep my goal within grasp, I’m only aiming to write 10,000 words in July. If I do really well, I’ll raise the goal, but for now I think I need to start small and give myself a chance to win.

Are you planning to participate in CampNaNoWriMo in July? Are you aiming high or sticking with a low writing goal?

Writing Progress June 4 – 10, 2018

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June 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 175,115
  • Today’s word count: 65
  • Thoughts: Today was another bad writing day. This streak is going to be harder to break than I originally thought.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get back to writing. I’m trying to get a decent amount of sleep every night so I’m optimistic. Once my brain is working better I should be able to write more.

June 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 175,229
  • Today’s word count: 114
  • Thoughts: Still struggling. I’m going to get out of this slump. I will.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know I can get back to a decent writing pace if I just keep trying. Giving up is the only way to fail.

June 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 175,342
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling to get my writing mojo back. I’m just too easily distracted these days! Next step: figure out what I need to cut from my day to make it easier to concentrate on my work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing and hopefully some revising too!

June 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 175,629
  • Today’s word count: 287
  • Thoughts: I think I might be getting my mojo back! I know I’ve said that before, but I think it might be true now. Then again, I might be jumping the gun. I’m cautiously optimistic, I guess!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It will be Friday, but I’m going to do everything I can to not let the Friday curse mess me up this week.

June 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 175,638
  • Today’s word count: 9
  • Thoughts: Today was a weird day. I had a lot of goals. I met some of them. Mostly I worked on making the chapter I’ve been picked away at a little bit better.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish up revising and get a chapter posted!

June 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 175,656
  • Today’s word count: 18
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Another day of struggling to write anything at all. I mostly focused on adding some words to the chapter I’ve been working on. There are certain parts I’m not sure are fleshed out enough. The whole chapter needs to evening out since I wrote it with so many starts and stops.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing and revising. If I manage to make some real progress for once I should get a new chapter up too.

June 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 175,754
  • Today’s word count: 98
  • Thoughts: I finished revisions/rewrites for a chapter! My word count doesn’t look too spectacular, but I put in a ton of time on Inbetween today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Get the chapter posted (finally)! I’m sure I can do it.

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Writing Progress May 28 – June 3, 2018

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May 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,390
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: Today was not productive in terms of writing. My mind was just not in a good place for writing and sleep was the only way to break free.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I just hope I’m able to make some serious progress.

May 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,561
  • Today’s word count: 171
  • Thoughts: Another day of struggle. I’m not sure why I’m having such a hard time writing lately. If it continues, I’m going to think it is more than slightly connected to my inability to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I need to focus on writing and actually make some serious progress. I think I can do it!

May 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,817
  • Today’s word count: 256
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m slowly clawing my way back to normal productivity. Maybe this slump won’t last too long.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I might even revise a bit if I feel like I wrote enough words to take a break.

May 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,935
  • Today’s word count: 118
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling with this slump. I’m starting to think it is tied to my sleep trouble lately. Without enough sleep my brain doesn’t have the energy to make a serious effort with my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to write. I want to see if I can have a better than average Friday.

June 1

No progress made. I went to a show and had a great time.

June 2

No progress made. I was exhausted and decided to give myself a day off for once. I was nice to be doing something other than writing without feeling guilty about it, but it would have been better if I hadn’t given myself the day off on short notice due to exhaustion.

June 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 175,050
  • Today’s word count: 115
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It wasn’t much, but I did it. I’m still stuck in a rut. I’m positive this is all because I couldn’t get enough sleep pretty much all last week. It’s coming back to bite me now, even though I’m starting to get real sleep again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I want to start making some real progress again.

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What I Read in May

I’m still in a bit of a reading slump. I think I need to incorporate more reading time into my day to break it. For the longest time I could get through several books a month by reading before bed. Lately I’ve been falling asleep or getting lost in thought shortly after I start reading. It’s slowed me down significantly.

Now I need to find another time to read and it turns out that is harder than it sounds.

Books I finished reading in May:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in May? Are you on track with you goals for 2018?

Writing Progress May 21 – 27, 2018

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May 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 173,175
  • Today’s word count: 541
  • Thoughts: I didn’t really get into writing until pretty late in the day. I tried, but it just didn’t click until after the sun went down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I know what I need to write. It should be easy!

May 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 173,662
  • Today’s word count: 487
  • Thoughts: Today was strange. I write a little bit during the day and then really hit my stride before bed. Then my back started hurting so I had to leave my desk. I ended up writing in bed, but even that was more than a little painful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Figure out how to write without aggravating my back more. I’m not sure what I did to make it angry in the first place so keeping my back happy all day might be difficult.

May 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 173,934
  • Today’s word count: 266

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 45,523
  • Today’s word count: -3

  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty productive day. I got another chunk of The Dreams cleaned up and posted over on Patreon and I worked on Inbetween too.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising time! I feel like I’m ready and able to make revisions on schedule for once this week.

May 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,032
  • Today’s word count: 98

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 46,129
  • Today’s word count: 606

  • Thoughts: I was worried today wouldn’t be productive. It just didn’t feel right when I got started. Then I dove into revising this week’s chapter and everything clicked into place. For revising, at least. After the revising was done, I was stuck again. I had to switch project to really get writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not picky about which project either. I just want to get writing done.

May 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,071
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: Typical Friday. I had too much on my plate to get much writing done. I had fun, though. That has to count for something… just not in a measurable way.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get this week’s chapter posted and get back to writing all the words.

May 26

  • Project: The Dreams character study/fluff
  • Total word count: 753

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,098
  • Today’s word count: 27

  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive. I posted a chapter. Then I worked on a character study thing for The Dreams. My only regret is that I barely touched Inbetween.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s a holiday weekend and it’s hot here so I’m trying not to be too ambitious.

May 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,268
  • Today’s word count: 170
  • Thoughts: I managed to write a little, but it took me forever to get into the mindset to make it work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to write more. The first step is to get into the writing mindset earlier in the day. Hopefully I can find a way to make that happen.

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