CampNaNoWriMo Decisions

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I’ve signed up for April CampNaNoWriMo. There was no doubt I would be writing during the month of April, but now I need to officially settle on a project.

In an earlier post I wrote about the various projects I could pick as my CampNaNoWriMo project. Today I’m finally going to make my decision with a random number generator.

My options are:

  1. Inbetween (draft 1)
  2. The Dreams (draft 3)
  3. New project (planning)

And here’s the result:

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It looks like I’ll be planning my new project for CampNaNoWriMo!

This should be exciting. I’ve never attempted a Camp project that wasn’t simply writing a draft. Now I have an opportunity to use a goal metric other than word count.

Spending a certain amount of time on a project instead of focusing on the number of words produced is something I’ve wanted to try for a while. It’s hard for me to get out of the word count mindset. I have personal goals for scenes/chapters/entire projects and then events like NaNoWriMo reinforce the urge to measure my progress in terms of word count.

Overall, I think word count is a great way to track progress. When it comes to first drafts, if the word count isn’t going up, the story isn’t being told. However, first drafts aren’t the only part of writing. I know I’m guilty of discounting the time and effort I’ve put into planning, revising, and editing because it appears unproductive in terms of word count. These are vital parts of the writing process and they tend to make me miserable because I’m so focused on word count that I can’t perceive my progress any other way.

Maybe next month will help to change my point of view.

My goal for April CampNaNoWriMo will be 30 hours of planning for my next serial (in addition to continuing to write Inbetween). That one hour every day for a month. I can spend that time researching, outlining, doing character sheets, or any other sort of pre-writing I want.

By the end of April I’ll be more prepared to start my next serial and hopefully I’ll have a healthier attitude about the work I do for non-draft stages of writing.

Have you picked a project for CampNaNoWriMo? What sort of goal have you set for yourself?

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Writing Progress March 4 – 10, 2019

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March 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 222,044
  • Today’s word count: 226
  • Thoughts: My back/shoulder still wasn’t anywhere near okay, but I managed to write. That made me feel a little bit better. Somehow I forget how hard it is to be creative while in pain every time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I really just want to feel better so I can more easily concentrate on my project.

March 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 222,294
  • Today’s word count: 250
  • Thoughts: Shoulder is still a problem. I’m trying to work around it. I’m think I’ve been at least partially successful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better. Write more. Make progress with this story. I feel like I’ve been stuck on this part of the story for ages.

March 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 222,629
  • Today’s word count: 335
  • Thoughts: I finally finished the chapter I have been struggling with for what feels like an age. The relief I felt the second I realized it was done shocked me. I didn’t realize how much stress I’d been carrying around with me. Now I’m free!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revise! Write something other than the chapter that’s been haunting me lately! I’m so excited to do something else!

March 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 222,664
  • Today’s word count: 35
  • Thoughts: My word count doesn’t show it, but today was a productive day. I revised a chapter. It’s posted on Patreon now. It’ll go up here in a few days. Then I did some planning and even wrote a bit. It was a pretty good day, in my opinion.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m taking a day off. I’ve talked about doing this and I’ve decided to give it a try. After struggling to write on Friday week after week, it seems silly to keep trying and only frustrating myself. I’m going to play some games. I might read some books or watch a new show. We’ll see!

March 8

I took the day off!

It was really great. I played Final Fantasy IX and Tetris 99 without feeling the least bit guilty about not giving all of my attention to my writing. I think I’ll do the same next Friday.

Usually I feel like I have to write every single day I feel able to write because I get sick often enough and need to take breaks then. Those days aren’t exactly great for relaxing and enjoying myself which has probably led to the rising levels of stress I’ve experienced. I think this has been a lesson for me. I need to intentionally take breaks instead of “saving” my break days for when I feel poorly.

March 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 222,807
  • Today’s word count: 143
  • Thoughts: Not great, but not terrible either. I allowed myself to be distracted a lot today, but I managed to write a bit. I liked the words I wrote so I’ll consider that a win.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping for a quiet day full of writing (and I’ll try to post a chapter too). I just can’t let myself get distracted again. Video games will try to tempt me, but I must resist until I finish my work for the day!

March 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 222,846
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: I had a lot of personal issues distracting me from my writing today. I won’t go into detail about those issues here. In spite of my problems, I did manage to post a new chapter of Inbetween to the blog today!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Everything should be back under control so I see no reason I can’t write more. I feel like that’s my goal nearly every day, but honestly I’m happiest when I’m writing lots of words so it’s a goal that often comes to mind.

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Writing Progress February 25 – March 3, 2019

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February 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 220,719
  • Today’s word count: 141
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It felt like a triumph. Perhaps it was. Writing has been such a struggle lately. I’m going to celebrate the victory.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling confident and I know I can do it!

February 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 220,905
  • Today’s word count: 186
  • Thoughts: I’m doing better, but not much better. I need to push myself. The words are there. I just need to get them out of my head and type them into my Scrivener file. It’s hard but it isn’t impossible to make words happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I know I can do it.

February 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 221,472
  • Today’s word count: 567
  • Thoughts: I did it! I wrote. I wrote a not insignificant number of words. For most of the day it looked like it wasn’t going to happen. Then I sat down at my desk, had a period of intense focus abruptly appear, and wrote for about 30 minutes. After that the focus faded and I was left wishing it would come back but incredibly proud of the progress I made.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Rediscover that focus. I experienced it once this week. Now I want it to happen again. I know I’ve felt this sort of focus before, but it has been a while. With it back, I think I can do great things. Maybe I’m finally truly recovered from the stress and distractions that had initially derailed my writing flow weeks ago.

February 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 221,618
  • Today’s word count: 146
  • Thoughts: Today did not go at all like I thought or hoped it would. I just wanted to write. I could not find the willpower or energy to write. It sounds like a simple task, but writing requires a lot of energy and effort and I lacked energy and the will to put into the effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh Friday… let’s just see what happens. I’m not feeling optimistic enough to set any sort of goal.

March 1

No writing progress made. I’m seriously considering taking Fridays off each week. I hardly ever make any significant progress on my writing and it’s not a terrible idea to have a day off to play video games and goof off guilt-free. In a few days I might not feel the same way so only time will tell if I’ll implement a weekly day off.

March 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 221,729
  • Today’s word count: 111
  • Thoughts: Wow. This day turned out to be a nightmare. My writing wasn’t a problem, but the act of writing was a problem for me. I woke up with a painfully tight back and shoulder. I had a very limited range of motion in my right arm. Obviously the pain was a major distraction, but not being able to comfortably use my right arm to type was an even bigger issue. Fortunately, I’m left handed so I could still do most small things easily enough.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I doubt my shoulder is going to be at 100% after one night of sleep, but I’m hoping it will feel somewhat better and I’ll be comfortable enough to sit down and write for a while.

March 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 221,818
  • Today’s word count: 89
  • Thoughts: I’m still having back and shoulder problems. Sitting with my hands on my keyboard for too long was painful. I probably should have given up and focused on resting, but I kept trying to fix myself so I could write and probably wasted a lot of time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll feel better and be able to write normally. I want to write. Not being able to do it is frustrating!

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Another Goal Unlocked!

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I can’t believe I’m making another post like this so soon! For the second time this year we’ve unlocked a new goal on my Patreon.

What is a Patreon goal? It’s a milestone I set that can be reached collectively by my patrons as more people join and more money starts coming in.

I tried to come up with fun perks for my goals so there would be extra incentive to reach them.

Last month passed the first goal! That means my patrons are getting new chapters early now! It’s not always easy, but I’ve done my best to get new scenes and chapters ready early so my supporters on Patreon can see them a bit early. It’s not much, but I hope it conveys my appreciation for their support.

Now we’ve unlocked the second goal as well. Starting in March I’ll be streaming my writing once a month (more if I feel motivated or end up really enjoying it). I’m really nervous about putting myself and my writing out there for people to see live, but it’s something a few of my longtime supporters have wanted for a while now. Admittedly a small, brave part of my is looking forward to doing it.

At this point I’m wondering if we’ll unlocked the next goal in 2019 as well. It’s a long way off, but we’re growing steadily this year.

The next goal is all about swag. I want to commission bookmarks and other bookish goodies themed around my serials. All my patrons will get one. Imagining a bookmark based on the gorgeous cover art for The Dreams has me beyond eager to reach this goal.

If you’d like to see bookmarks, more amazing cover art, and other bookish thing, now is the time to join my Patreon. Every pledge gets us closer to the unlocking the next goal.

So far, 2019 has been a fantastic year for my writing. I’d like to thank everyone whether you’re a patron, follow my blog, a lurker, or just someone dropping by to leave a like or comment. I appreciate every last one of you.

Writing Progress February 18 – 24, 2019

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February 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,943
  • Today’s word count: 218
  • Thoughts: I’m slowly making progress. I wish it wasn’t quite so slow, but it’s happening so I shouldn’t really complain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully I can get a chapter posted too!

February 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 220,162
  • Today’s word count: 219
  • Thoughts: I told myself I needed to write more today than I did yesterday and I didn’t let myself stop until I did. Granted, I stopped just after passing yesterday’s word count, but I was really struggling to stay focused so I didn’t want to push my luck. Have you ever set yourself a really low goal post and just barely passed it?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I can beat today’s word count I’ll be satisfied. Even if it is only by one word again, at least I’ll be making progress. At this point I just want to get the chapter done!

February 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 220,392
  • Today’s word count: 230
  • Thoughts: The chapter still isn’t done. I’m making progress, but it’s happening slowly. At least I wrote more than I did yesterday. That was the minimum goal I set. If I’m going to be honest, I almost didn’t write enough. I had to push myself to write enough right before bedtime. My word count would have been pitiful if I hadn’t made that final push for words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully I will actually finish this chapter today. I’m not holding my breath at this point. This chapter doesn’t want to end and I can’t seem to find enough energy to really push it to its conclusion in a timely manner.

February 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 220,558
  • Today’s word count: 166
  • Thoughts: Today’s word count isn’t higher than yesterday’s. I failed that goal. However, I did succeed in getting the chapter finished! The relief I felt over completing it was enormous. I hope I can pick up the pace now that I’ve moved on from this chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m hoping to be inspired and motivated to write more words. Maybe I’ll even revise this latest chapter, if I feel up to it.

February 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 220,561
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Oh Friday. I’m never very productive on Fridays, but today I managed to revise a chapter and get it posted for my lovely patrons.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Saturday! Saturdays can be very productive or not productive at all. I hope tomorrow will be a productive Saturday.

February 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 220,578
  • Today’s word count: 17
  • Thoughts: Writing today was a struggle. I think it was actually harder to focus on my work than it had been on Friday. I wanted to do anything but write for the majority of the day and for a while I had a perfectly good excuse since I was having dinner at my mom’s. After I came back home I still lacked motivation. It’s frustrating to know there is work to be done but lacking the will to put any effort into the work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get back to writing. It’s been a real struggle ever since my last migraine . No matter what I do I seem to work on anything but my writing. It’s incredibly discouraging and I need to change it.

February 24

I didn’t write. I planned. I outlined a bit, but what I really needed was a break. I don’t know what has been stopping me from writing lately. Hopefully this break recharged my batteries and I can get back my writing tomorrow.


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Writing Progress February 11 – 17, 2019

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February 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 218,775
  • Today’s word count: 138
  • Thoughts: I’m still suffering from the effects of my latest migraine. The pain has mostly subsided, but my mind if just not able to focus on much of anything. It’s definitely hurting my ability to write. I’m not a fan.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better. Get back to writing. Hopefully I’ll get a new chapter posted as well.

February 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 218,818
  • Today’s word count: 43
  • Thoughts: My migraine recovery/return to writing has been more difficult than I anticipated. In more optimistic news, I posted a new chapter of Inbetween!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Dive back into writing. I’ve been getting my toes wet, but I really need to get it over with and be serious about my writing again.

February 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,123
  • Today’s word count: 305
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty good day. I feel like I’m getting back on track both with my ability to sit down and write and with the story itself. I’m looking forward to writing more tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I know I’m feeling better now so there’s no excuse to avoid doing my work.

February 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,380
  • Today’s word count: 257
  • Thoughts: I hoped today would be better than it turned out to be. I tried. My heart just wasn’t in it. I need to figure out why and fix it before it becomes a bigger problem.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It’ll be Friday so I feel like I need to temper my enthusiasm. Fridays rarely turn out to be good writing days. It can happen for me, but it certainly doesn’t happen often.

February 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,412
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: This was a typical Friday writing-wise. In other ways, it was a strange day. The weather was beautiful and spring-like. I went outside! The building’s furnace also broke and we found out it won’t be fixed until Tuesday. We have electric heat we can use as a backup, so it’s not a total disaster, but it’s a little troublesome to suddenly need to manage our heat situation on a room by room basis.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay in. Sit down. Write!

February 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,518
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: I wish I would have written more. My heart just wasn’t in it. I wish I knew why, but I don’t. My best guess: I’m just not feeling this chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Figure out what the problem with this chapter and fix it! I see no reason not to get this straightened out before the day is over.

February  17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,725
  • Today’s word count: 207
  • Thoughts: I was too cold to write! I usually don’t like to make excuses like this, but it’s really true today. All I wanted to do was drink hot tea, sit by my electric heater, and stay bundled up in blankets. Obviously, I wanted to write and tried to do it. I just didn’t make much progress. I do think I untangled my current plot problems, so that’s good.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep warm! Write more words! I hope I can do it. Keeping my hands warm will be the biggest barrier to progress.

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Thinking About CampNaNoWriMo

Maybe it was the spring-like weather we had here yesterday, or maybe it’s just that time again, but I’m thinking about CampNaNoWriMo.

It seems too soon, but April is only a month and a half away. If I don’t come up with a plan soon, I’ll run out of time.

This year I have a bit of a dilemma. Usually I have one or two projects that need my attention during Camp months. I try to pick one and focus on it. Currently I have three.

I’m so close to finishing Inbetween. April might be the perfect month to wrap up the first draft. At this point I’m almost positive I’ll have enough story left to carry me through a reasonable Camp goal.

The Dreams still needs its 3rd draft completed. About half the 3rd draft (100k) is written at this point. I want to get it done this year. It’s another contender for my April CampNaNoWriMo project.

I’m also getting impatient to start my next project. I don’t want to start writing the first draft until I finish Inbetween, but CampNaNoWriMo is flexible enough to allow me to work on planning and outlining instead. The next story has no title at the moment, but it’s going to feature dragons and witches and the story will be guided by tarot readings. It’s going to be so much fun!

Based on the size of the paragraphs above, I think you can see which project I’m currently most excited about. New things are always exciting. It might be more responsible to work toward finishing one of my works in progress.

Is it better to be responsible and work toward completing projects that I’ve been passionate about for years? Or should I work on something shiny and new to hopefully get a word count boost for Camp from the natural high of a new project?

Fortunately, I have some time to consider my options. Camp doesn’t start until April 1, after all. Have you started thinking about April CampNaNoWriMo?