NaNoWriMo 21 Day Writing Streak

Here we are 21 days into NaNoWriMo and I’ve written every single day!

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It’s been a while since I went this many days without a break from writing. I thought I’d be feeling burned out by now, but I’m actually feeling great.

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My badges on the NaNoWriMo website are up to date. Whatever early-month hiccups there were seemed to have straightened themselves out at least on this part of the site.

I’m so glad. It’s a huge boost to my morale to have my effort reflected on the front page of the site.

How’s NaNoWriMo going for you? Have you found the badges on the website encouraging?

 

14 Day NaNoWriMo Writing Streak

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I updated my word count earlier today and that means I’ve officially written for 2 weeks straight! It’s far from the first time I’ve accomplished this, but doing it during NaNoWriMo is a big deal.

Missing a day during NaNoWriMo really messes up my momentum. Some people make it work. I can make it work if I have no other choice. However, years of experience has taught me that consistency makes the challenge so much easier.

I’m still behind word count-wise, but I’m closing the gap bit by bit. My word counts are growing and becoming more and NaNoWriMo-like. At this rate I’ll be in great shape for my usual end of the month final push.

The best news this year is that I’m still in love with my story. It’s not uncommon to get sick of a story after the first week or so. We’re two weeks in and I think I’m more excited about writing this story than I was at the start of the month.

How’s NaNo going for you? Have you kept up your writing streak?

My 3 Day Writing Streak Badge

I was feeling a little demotivated when I discovered the NaNoWriMo site is glitching and not giving everyone their writing streak badges. I managed to earn my 2 day streak badge but the site did not give me a 3 day streak badge yesterday.

Fortunately, the wonderful people at NaNoWriMo have downloadable writing streak badges we can use and display for ourselves.

I won’t be discouraged. If I can’t get the badge on the website right now, I’ll display my badge right here.

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Let’s hope the badges are working again by the time I reach my 7 day writing streak. If not, I guess I’ll be back here to share another milestone.

If you’re looking for badges to celebrate your NaNoWriMo writing streak, you can download them here. Thanks so much to the lovely people doing their best to provide motivation and inspiration to struggling WriMos.

Last Minute NaNoWriMo Prep

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Happy NaNoEve!

It’s Halloween so there are plenty of tricks and treats to keep us distracted during the final countdown to the start of NaNoWriMo. However, it’s not a bad idea to spend a little time on last minute preparations to make the start of NaNoWriMo slightly less stressful.

This afternoon I’m making a huge pot of Japanese style curry. It’ll get my boyfriend and I through at least the beginning of the month. If I’m lucky, I might manage to make enough to add to my arsenal of frozen leftovers for later in the month as well. I have a feeling leftovers and take out are going to rule the month of November.

Later tonight I’ll probably use up some of my excited energy tidying up the apartment. It’s going to be far from sparkling, but with a little bit of extra effort I might be able to get away with letting some things slide for the first few days of the month. Those extra moments of writing really add up when I still have excess energy.

I’m also taking time today to read over what I have written of my draft so far. It’s a different kind of start to NaNoWriMo than usual, but it’s also kind of fun. I haven’t worked on this project in month so I’m going back to it with fresh eyes. Maybe I should be concerned about wanting to change what I’ve already written?

What sort of last minute preparations are you making for NaNoWriMo today?


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I finally picked a NaNoWriMo project

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I’ve been going back and forth on my options for NaNoWriMo this year for months. This month I finally settled on a single project.

I’m going to be continuing the 3rd draft of The Dreams next month. If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’re probably used to hearing this by now. This is my go-to project for most NaNo events. I’ve been making progress bit-by-bit with the draft and NaNoWriMo is a great excuse/source of motivation to focus on it again.

I feel like I need to be producing new content and a rewrite or new draft doesn’t really count as new in my mind. What do you think? Is a complete rewrite worthy of being considered new?

Now that I’ve settled on working on this 3rd draft, it should be obvious I’m rebelling again. Labeling myself a rebel used to bother me. I worried I was going against the spirit of NaNo. These days I know better.

There’s nothing wrong with doing something different for NaNoWriMo. I do think it is worthwhile to start a brand new project and reach 50k at least once during NaNo, but that doesn’t have to happen every year.

This will be my 14th year participating. I’m sure there are people that have started with a brand new draft every years 14 years in a row, but that’s not for me. I’d love to start from zero on November 1 again, but I’m writing all year and the stars need to align for that to happen. I’ve done a traditional NaNoWriMo and won. I’ve rebelled and won. At this point, I just want to write 50k every November with the energy and support of the community to motivate me.

Have you picked a project for NaNoWriMo? I’d love to hear about it!

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NaNoWriMo Buddies

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I’m trying my best to get acclimated to the new NaNoWriMo site. The worst of the glitches seem to have cleared up now. It’s still a strange new site, but the pages are actually loading now so I feel free to explore.

One thing that really hit me hard during the transition was the loss of my buddy list. There were buddies on that list I met during my first NaNoWriMo back in 2006.

I can get back the buddies that are still active but I’m pretty sure some of the older accounts are lost to me. Instead of looking back at what I’ve lost, I’m going to try to look forward.

It’s time to get some new NaNoWriMo buddies. Here’s a link to my profile. Please feel free to add me.

Some September Thoughts on NaNoWriMo 2019

How is it already September? I swear we were about to start July CampNaNoWriMo a minute ago. Time really does fly when you’re trying to juggle more projects than you really should.

I’m already late to start my planning for NaNoWriMo. Usually, I at least know what I’ll be doing by August. Some years I even decided on my project during the previous year’s event. This year I’m just not sure what I want to do.

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There is something I want to do before November. I need to finish writing Inbetween by then. This story has gone on for long enough and it’s taken me years to write. I’m at the point where I’m ready to wrap it up and tuck it into a drawer for a while. Once I have some distance, I’m sure my fond feelings for it will come back, but right now thinking about it just leaves me exhausted.

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When one project is wrapping up, I usually have another waiting to jump up and take its place. This time I have two projects waiting in the wings.

My rewrite of The Dreams has been on the back burner the past few months while I try to drag Inbetween to the finish line. Draft 3 of The Dreams will be the next story posted here after Inbetween, but I will be taking a hiatus from posting serial chapters here until I have the full draft written. This is mostly an attempt to get back a bit of my sanity since I’ve caught up to my writing too many times with Inbetween and I don’t need to perpetuate that kind of stress in the future.

I’ve been itching to get started on my next new serial as well. It’s about witches and as the seasons change I find myself more and more eager to write something magical, spooky and more than a little bit witchy. I have a lot of planning I want to do for this serial before I can start writing. The characters and setting need to be thoroughly planned out and understood before I can begin writing since I will be using tarot to help form the plot. I need to understand the nuances of my characters and their environment to properly interpret the cards.

Both of these projects are easily contenders for NaNoWriMo this year. Doing both sounds ideal, but I know how I work. I’d get nowhere fast with both of them if I tried. I need to pick one and stick with it until the end of the month.

But which one is the right fit for NaNoWriMo?

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I’m not ready to decide yet. Maybe I’ll know next week. Maybe I’ll decide once I write the final chapter of Inbetween. I might even do something I’ve never done before and let me mood decide at 11:59 pm on October 31.

Whatever happens, I’ll be sharing more of my thoughts as NaNoWriMo approaches so stay tuned!

NaNoWriMo is Almost Here!

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This will be my forth main NaNoWriMo event while maintaining this blog. Every year I’ve tried to approach my blog updates during November a little differently. I’m changing things up again this year.

Inbetween will be on hiatus for the month of November

I haven’t put a serial on hiatus for NaNoWriMo since 2015 and back then I was just getting started. In 2016 and 2017 I was afraid to take a whole month off. I wanted to keep up the momentum.

This year I think a hiatus is the best thing to me and my writing. Last year I juggled keeping up with Inbetween while trying to work on The Dreams for NaNoWriMo. It just about burned me out and I was stressed out trying to keep up with my weekly posts for months after the event was over.

Honestly, I thought about trying to do it again.

I like to push myself. I like being consistent. It seems like there are a lot of pros to succeeding and only one really big, ugly con.

Over the last few days I’ve convinced the stubborn, ambitious part of myself that I’ll be happier and healthier if I give myself permission to take a break.

That’s the hardest part. There’s no one else to give me permission to take this break. I can ask friends and patrons for their opinion, but the final decision is mine alone. I’m not good at giving myself permission to deviate from my original goals.

This will be the start of working toward some new goals. I have every intention of returning to my posting routine in December, but I need some time to get The Dreams off the ground and I’m the only one who can give me that time.

I’m looking forward to dedicating a month to writing. I hope you’ll be ready and waiting for more of Inbetween in December.