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!

Writing Progress September 2 – 8, 2019

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September 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,953
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: Ew. Today was rough. I was exhausted. I’m not sure today stood a chance after the weekend. I just wanted to sleep but I had too much stuff to do and writing was just one item on that list.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m getting so close to finishing the story. That’s motivating me and making it that much harder to actually get the words out. It’s almost as though the weight of everything I wrote up to this point is now pressing down on every new word I write. If it’s not the right word, I feel as though the entire story is in danger of collapse. It’s ridiculous, of course, but I still worry about it.

September 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,039
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: Not great, but better, right? Well, I still didn’t feel like myself today. I think I just didn’t sleep enough all weekend. I felt really tired deep down in my bones all day today. This was after sleeping for more than nine hours. I really, really overdid it. I need to be more careful so my writing doesn’t suffer.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will feel more rested and able to focus on my writing. I’ll get this story finished soon. It will happen!

September 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,125
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: I can’t believe I wrote the same number of words two days in a row. I’d be thrilled if it wasn’t such a tiny word count. Honestly, I’m just disappointed. I want to write. I don’t know what is blocking me mentally.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to break this bad writing streak. I want to write. I need to write. This story is so close to being finished and I need to get past the anxiety and pressure and just write it.

September 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,257
  • Today’s word count: 132
  • Thoughts: Better. Not great, but better. I feel like I’m starting to get back into writing this story. Honestly, I just want it to be over, but I haven’t written the ending yet and I’m beyond stuck on how to get those words out of my mind and into the story. I need more practice with endings.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I’ll try to keep my expectations low, but I’m going to do my best to write. I don’t know if I’ll manage to write a ton of words, but I’m at least going to give myself time to write and see what happens.

September 6

Fridays are always tough. I just couldn’t get any writing done today. I had time but it felt so chopped up. As soon as I got settled in and felt like my mind was switching over to writing mode, something else needed to be done. Before I knew it, the day was over. No writing done. I’ll try again tomorrow.

September 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,282
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote. It wasn’t much. I’m still struggling with formulating a plan to get to the end of the story. I’m close, but the ideas I have need to be thoroughly explored before I commit to them. I don’t want to post something that ends up being a wrong turn after another chapter or two.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can just relax at home and write. I need it. I’m just beyond tired of being out and about all weekend long. I miss staying home and hardly seeing anybody. I love my friends and family but their voices can make it harder for me to find my characters again.

September 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,297
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: Ugh. How did I manage to write less than yesterday? Is it the story? Is it my routine? Something isn’t working for me anymore. I need to get to the bottom of it and fix it as soon as possible. This cannot continue.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m going to get this figured out and I’m going to have productive writing days again. I know I can do it. I’ve had to troubleshoot my writing and my writing routine so many times in the past. I should be a professional by now. It doesn’t seem to get any easier with experience. My ability to trip myself up seems to grow at least as quickly as my ability to spot these problems.

How was your writing this week? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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Writing Progress August 26 – September 1, 2019

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August 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,538
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: Today was okay. It definitely wasn’t great. I’m feeling a little lost, I think. I have a vision for the rest of the story but executing that vision is proving difficult. Maybe I’ve overthought it all? It wouldn’t be the first time that’s happen to me. Planning is a tightrope walk. Too much and too little both put me at risk of stalling out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I want to get this chapter finished as soona s possible. I feel like it is a stumbling block between me and the conclusion at this point. I will get past it.

August 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,636
  • Today’s word count: 98
  • Thoughts: Today was okay. It definitely wasn’t the most productive day by a long shot, but I sat down and I wrote. I think I spent more time talking with friends about writing and getting hyped for Scrivener 3 than actually writing. It might not have been the best use of my time, but I had fun.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to get back to writing. I also have a lot of housework to do. My day is going to be pretty busy, it seems.

August 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,722
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: I struggled to get the words out today. I had trouble focusing. I doubted myself. Overall, it just wasn’t a great day for writing. If it was just one issue, I think I would have fixed it and got back to work, but everything seemed to be more than a little off.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I want to finish this chapter but I’m not sure how I’m going to do it. I need to get over this self doubt and find a way to keep myself from getting distracted by unnecessary demands on my attention. I can do it. I just need to find the willpower.

August 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,768
  • Today’s word count: 46
  • Thoughts: Today might have been the worst day for writing so far this week. I couldn’t focus. I felt restless in both body and mind. I tried several things to alleviate this restlessness, but nothing seemed to do the trick. I guess today just wasn’t meant to be a writing day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I also have aspirations. I want to write. I will write, even if I don’t have much time for it.

August 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,921
  • Today’s word count: 153
  • Thoughts: Well, it might not have been spectacular but today was a better day of writing than I’ve had lately. On top of that, it’s Friday. I can’t believe I had an easier time writing on a Friday than on a Wednesday. Weird.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be busy and away from my computer for a lot of the day. I don’t know how much writing I will get done, but I know I’m going to try.

August 31 and September 1

No writing progress made. I was out of the house a lot this weekend. I feel like I only came home to unwind a bit and then fall asleep. I didn’t expect to be this busy but it was a lot of fun. I just wish I could have found time to write in addition to all the out of the house adventuring I did. I’m hoping to have a quiet week this week and really focus on my writing to get back on track.


How was your writing this week? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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What I Read in August

August was all about starting things and not finishing them. I’m juggling more books now than I was at the start of the month and I haven’t finished any of them. Yet.

Part of the problem stems from my library. I have audio books checked out and other people have holds so I can’t renew. I have to wait for my turn to come around again before I can continue. What do I do while I’m waiting? I borrow another book!

Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in August? Do you ever have months of just starting books without finishing anything? What do you do to break that cycle and start finishing books again?

Just Some Stats: Four Years of Serial Fiction

I posted the first chapter of my first serial, The Dreams, to this blog four years ago today. A lot has changed since then, but a lot has stayed the same.

Let’s look at some stats!

Since August 27, 2015, I have:

  • Posted 155 chapters
  • Completed one serial (The Dreams)
  • Started a second serial (Inbetween)
  • Written 568,214 words
  • Changed my blog’s design once
  • Bought my own domain name

It hasn’t always been easy or fun. There have been periods of major self-doubt. I almost quit a few times. Writing is hard and putting my work online where it can be a full time job to even attract a handful of views can be extremely discouraging. However, I think I made the right choice.

Writing this way works for me. It keeps me on track. I’ve always loved finding stories online and checking in to devour new updates. Now I get to contribute to internet’s library. Some days I check my viewer stats and see someone has read through 30+ chapters in a day. Those moments make me think I must be doing something right.

Where do I plan to go from here? I intend to keep writing! A complete rewrite of The Dreams is coming once I’ve completed it. A brand new serial is in the works too. I think this next year will be particularly exciting with a mix of familiar content and brand new ideas.

I want to keep improving. I’d love to hear from you. What’s working? What isn’t? Is there something you’d love to see more of from me?

Writing Progress August 19 -25, 2019

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August 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,721
  • Today’s word count: 166
  • Thoughts: The heat definitely drained me again today. I tried to write and I had a bit of success once I managed to cool off. There was a time today when I didn’t think I would be able to cool off or write. The worst part was that I didn’t even go outside to get overheated. It was just that hot in most of my apartment today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: This little heatwave isn’t going to quit so I’m going to do my best to keep cool and hopefully get some work done. My main goal is to get a chapter posted here on the blog.

August 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,823
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: We’re still in the midst of a heatwave. It’s still draining me. I’m still trying to write and do other writing related things, like posting a new chapter today. I guess the day is not a complete loss.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think it is supposed to continue to be hot and humid, but I’m not going to give up hope. I know I can write. It might not be a ton of words, but I can sit down and make an effort even if I’m overheating for most of the day.

August 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,070
  • Today’s word count: 247
  • Thoughts: The heatwave continues. I’m trying, but I’m definitely still feeling the effects of the weather. I don’t do extreme temperatures. I want to live my life normally but the weather makes that so difficult. I want normal, warm summer weather (and fall to come quickly).
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m pretty sure the temperatures aren’t supposed to be any cooler, but I’m going to keep trying. My willpower is going to get me through this. I’m pretty sure things are supposed to finally cool off on Friday so I just need to hang on for a little longer.

August 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,251
  • Today’s word count: 181
  • Thoughts: Today was hot. Again. I’m so done with it. Thankfully, I think today is supposed to be the last day of this heatwave. I wrote, but it wasn’t an amazingly productive day. I guess I shouldn’t complain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. It’s hard to guess what will happen. It’s supposed to be cooler. A lot cooler. I just want to write. Hopefully I’ll be able to focus on writing.

August 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,374
  • Today’s word count: 123
  • Thoughts: Today was Friday. Fridays can be a disaster, but today wasn’t so bad. My word count isn’t that much lower than yesterday. Honestly, I’m thrilled. For a Friday, this was an amazing accomplishment.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to a park and then I have dinner with my family. I don’t know when I will have time to write, but I’m pretty sure I will make time to write at least a little bit. I’m feeling motivated and I don’t want to lose it. Skipping a day of writing is just too much of a risk right now.

August 24

No writing progress made. I spent most of the days outside. The part of the day I did spend inside, I didn’t spend in my home. That left me with almost no time to write. By the time I was home and able to write, it was really, really late and I was out of energy.

It’s been a while since that happened. I think it’s okay because it has been so long. I’ll try to make up for it tomorrow.

August 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,416
  • Today’s word count: 42
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It wasn’t much. I was still exhausted from everything I did on Saturday. As badly as I wanted to write, I just didn’t have the energy to concentrate. Even worse, I was too tired to sit in a way that made it easy for me to type. In better news, I thought up a fun opening line for my  next serial. I’ll probably get rid of it later, but it was exciting to be struck by inspiration for a story that is still in the development stage.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can get back to writing a reasonable amount of words. I do have to go out and do an errand, but it shouldn’t take me all day. I should have most of the afternoon and the entire evening to concentrate on my usual routine.

How was your writing this week? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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Writing Progress August 12 – 18, 2019

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August 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,744
  • Today’s word count: 230
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I feel like I’m making progress again. Now I need to keep making progress every single day. Inbetween is getting so close to the end and I’m getting more and more impatient to get there. If I just wrote faster it would happen sooner.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m going to post a chapter of Inbetween here on the blog as well. It’s been waiting around for a few days now and I just need to get myself organized and finally post it for everyone to read. Of course, my patrons haven’t had to wait, but they’re probably already wondering when the next chapter is coming.

August 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,802
  • Today’s word count: 58
  • Thoughts: Today was an okay day. My word count wasn’t particularly high, but I did manage to post a new chapter, which is always exciting. Every time I post a new chapter reaching the end of this story becomes more real for me. It’s going to happen. I can’t wait!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I might be getting close to the end, but I still have a lot of words to write before I get there. I have to imagine this story really will surpass 250k now. It’s a beast.

August 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 243,504
  • Today’s word count: 702
  • Thoughts: Wow. I didn’t expect to write this much in one day. It hasn’t happened in a long time. Hopefully this means I’ll be more productive on a day-to-day basis again. I’d hate to think this was a one day spike in productivity.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know I can do it. After all the words I wrote today, how can I not try to at least match it tomorrow? I’m so close to finishing this story and I need to use that to boost my daily word count.

August 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,405
  • Today’s word count: 901
  • Thoughts: Another productive day! I don’t know how I did it, honestly. I hoped it would happen, but I have no confidence in my ability to keep writing a respectable amount of words. I even managed to write more words than yesterday and I finished a chapter. That was probably the best part of the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I’m not sure I can meet or exceed today’s word count. I’m going to try to work on my writing though. Even if I don’t keep up the momentum, I’ll at least make progress.

August 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,408
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Wow. This was the most Friday of Fridays. However, I did manage to revise an entire chapter in the afternoon. It resulted in three whole words more than I had when I started the day. No more writing happened. Oops?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have another busy day that’s going to take me away from my keyboard. I’m going to enjoy that time and hopefully come back ready and able to drag this massive story closer to the finish line.

August 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,423
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: More words than yesterday, but I feel like I accomplished less. I was hardly home and by the time I was home I was pretty worn out. I tried to write. You can see that from the couple words I managed that I was only slightly successful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be home all day. This is what I’ve needed. I simply cannot be productive the way I want to be if I’ve been out and socializing that day. It’s too draining.

August 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,555
  • Today’s word count: 132
  • Thoughts: Not great, but better. I wanted to have another fantastic writing day since I was home all day, but it didn’t happen. I think I over did it on Friday and Saturday because I had a migraine not too long after I woke up and I couldn’t shake it all day. It definitely hurt my productivity.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully the migraine will go away after a  good night’s sleep. Then I’ll be able to write as much as possible while factoring in the obnoxiously hot weather. It’s always hard to write in the heat. Hopefully I can find a cool place to hide so it doesn’t mess me up too much.

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Writing Progress August 5 – 11, 2019

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August 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,056
  • Today’s word count: 66
  • Thoughts: I usually write at night and I just didn’t have energy to do it tonight. Coming home from pet sitting was surprisingly exhausting. The actual pet sitting was great. It was pretty relaxing to just hang out with and care for animals, but coming home again just drained me. Maybe it was just needing to unpack and mostly just wanting to snuggle with my cats instead.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back home and back to writing. I might manage to revise a chapter, if I’m on a roll. I hope I manage to be that productive.

August 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,146
  • Today’s word count: 90
  • Thoughts: I revised today! The change of pace felt amazing. Maybe I need to take more days to revise. Well, I just need to write more so I have more to revise when the urge hits me. Easy, right? Ha! Maybe if I had a ton of 500+ word days in a row I’d have enough material to just take a day off and revise a chapter whenever I felt like it. I’d love it if that could happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More revising. I’m going to get a chapter posted to Patreon! Then I’ll be going back to writing. I really do need to get a ton of 500+ word days going. I want Inbetween finished. I have so many other projects in need of my attention. It’s time to get to work on them.

August 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,223
  • Today’s word count: 77
  • Thoughts: I finished revising a chapter. It’s posted for my patrons now and will show up here on the blog sometime in the coming week. I also switched gears back to writing and made a bit of progress. Overall, it was a good day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not sure if the weather is going to get in my way or not, but I’m going to try and if storms and high humidity try to ruin things, I’ll just have to work around them.

August 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,365
  • Today’s word count: 142
  • Thoughts: Today went pretty well, I think. I spent a lot of time sitting and thinking about what I wanted to write and it did cut into my writing time, but I think having a plan will benefit my productivity while writing the rest of this chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can write. It will be Friday so it’s hard for me to find the ability to focus, but I’m at least optimistic. I should have at least a little time to dedicate to my writing.

August 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,368
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Wow. I rarely write this little on days I actually manage to write. I was busy. That happens on Fridays. I sat down and tried to write. Then I realized I was exhausted. I stopped trying.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. There’s going to be a street fair right outside my door so I probably won’t get much writing down during the day, but there’s the entire evening and the whole night full of writing opportunities. I’m not going to give up on the day before it’s started!

August 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,370
  • Today’s word count: 2
  • Thoughts: I didn’t think it would be possible, but my word count decreased from yesterday! I blame the street fair and my own laziness. At least I made the effort to sit down and start a sentence. It’s just a shame it didn’t go any further than that. Oh well.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have nothing to do but stay home in my pajamas and write. There’s no reason to go outside and no reason to be distracted. I’m sure I’ll find something to draw my attention away but hopefully it won’t last too long or cause too many problems.

August 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,514
  • Today’s word count: 144
  • Thoughts: I wrote. That’s better than the last few days. I managed to finish that sentence I started the other day. It was such a relief to get that behind me. That sentence was bothering me. There was nothing wrong with it. I just hated that I started it and didn’t finish it for so long.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Depending on my level of motivation I might get the next chapter posted as well. It’s coming soon, even if it might end up going up on Tuesday rather than Monday.

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