July CampNaNoWriMo – We’re Halfway There!

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It’s hard to believe the month is halfway over.

My progress this month is about on track with what I expect from a CampNaNoWriMo month. I’m writing, but I’m not writing enough to reach my target. Even with a significantly lower goal this month, I’m struggling to keep up.

The problems I’m having this month are similar to the problems I’ve been having with my writing all year. I’m caught in a cycle of problems with physical and mental health. I fall behind because I’m sick for a day or two and then I end up feeling overwhelmed and anxious once I’ve recovered because I’ve fallen further behind.

I’d really like to break the cycle by writing so much that I no longer feel like I’m behind even after taking a few unexpected days off. Realistically, I know I should work on getting rid of the feeling that I need to get caught up to some self-imposed goal. I can adjust my goals and I should when I start to feel discouraged.

That’s one of my favorite things about CampNaNoWriMo. Setting my own goal helps me feel a lot less stressed out and I need to feel less guilty about lowering my goal during the month if I’m feeling overwhelmed. The custom goal is one of the best aspects of Camp and it’s okay to take advantage of a built-in feature of the event. Right now I’m only a couple thousand words behind being on target so I think I’ll see if I can make it without lowering my goal any further.

I’ve posted a bit of my progress on the new draft of The Dreams over on my Patreon. I’m collecting all of the cleaned up scenes under the “draft 3” tag. Patrons at all levels have access to all of The Dreams as I finish the scenes. So far posting the story this way has given me more confidence to experiment with this draft. One of my biggest regrets with the last draft was playing it safe with certain scenes.

How is CampNaNoWriMo going for you this month? Are you on target or thinking about lowering your goal?

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5 Ways to Support My Serials

You’ve read my serials? Great! What should you do next?

Support My Serial Novels!

You don’t need an account to vote. Just pop in every week or so and leave a vote to boost Inbetween and The Dreams up the ranks. Be sure to browse the other serials listed if you’re looking for more reading material.

You will need to make an account to do this, but if you enjoy serial fiction it is worth it! Like Top Web Fiction, people use this site to find new things to read, but on Web Fiction guide there are a lot more categories as well as detailed reviews and ratings of the serials. Both Inbetween and The Dreams are listed on this site as well so please consider leaving a review.

  • Tell your friends – share on social media

This one is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. If you’ve enjoyed my stories tell other readers about them!

I’m sure you’re sick of seeing everyone link to their Patreon pages by now.

Out of all the options provided in this post, this is the only one that doesn’t boil down to giving my writing a signal boost. Right now, Patreon is the best way to financially support my writing. Some day I will have polished up versions of my serials for sale as real books for you to buy, but that day is not here yet. Oh! And joining me on Patreon is the only way to get e-reader files of my serials as they are completed. There are other perks in different pledge tiers so be sure to check it out!

  • Leave a comment on chapters here

This is another one that is exactly what it sounds like. Leaving comments is scary, but I love replying to comments! I promise I’m not mean or scary. Getting feedback, even if you just want to say you liked a particular chapter rather than give an in-depth critique, helps me improve and lets me know people are actually reading and enjoying my writing.

Can you think of something I missed? I’d love to find new ways to promote my work and interact with readers. Tips, tricks and suggestions are more than welcome!

3 Weeks Until CampNaNoWriMo

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It’s been a few weeks since I did an update on my thoughts for the April session of CampNaNoWriMo. Since the event hasn’t started yet, there isn’t too much to say.

I’m definitely going to continue working on draft 3 of The Dreams. I want to get back into having a steady stream of scenes from the new draft for my patrons (be sure to check out my Patreon if you’re interested in that) and Camp seems like a good time to help myself get back on track with that.

This morning I finally settled on a word count (for now). 30,000 words seems like a totally sensible amount to write in April. I don’t want to put myself under the same sort of strain as November since I’ve shown myself many times before that I can’t pull off NaNoWriMo outside of November. 30,000 words comes to 1,000 words a day which is plenty of a stretch from my current word daily word counts.

Something I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t done yet is find cabin mates. Cabins are one of the most unique features of CampNaNoWriMo so I want to make sure I’m in one. There’s still time to figure it out, of course, but it is easy to let time get away from me when we’re talking about a few weeks until the start of an event.

How is your CampNaNoWriMo prep going? Have you picked a project? Settled on a word count? Joined a cabin? Need someone to talk to about your plans for Camp? Let me know in the comments!

NaNoWriMo 2017 Week 1 Recap

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The first week of NaNoWriMo this year might be the best I’ve ever had. For all the enthusiasm I feel for the start of NaNo, the first day is always a struggle for me. Going from nothing to something is the biggest step, in my opinion. It’s just a shame that it happens to be the first step.

This year I got over the fear of starting relatively quickly. I didn’t achieve astronomical word counts on the first day, or any other day in week 1 for that matter, but I had a decent stretch of consistently good days until Monday.

On Monday I struggled. It was the first day this month I didn’t feel particularly well and my word count reflected it. I wrote less than 1,000 words that day and I’m still trying to make up for the deficit. There’s plenty of time left in the month and I’m behind by just a bit so one really good day should get me back on track.

I’ve been posting completed scenes of my NaNoWriMo project to my Patreon after running them through spellcheck. Some days I’ve skipped and combined with other days because posting something I haven’t polished can make me incredibly anxious. Most days it’s a blast to show off my progress, but I’ve given myself permission to hold off if I’m not feel great about it when the time comes to post. The last draft of The Dreams had some diehard fans and I’m excited to know what they think of this new and improved version.

Looking forward to the second week, I’m hoping to catch up and keep pace with the target word count. Week two is usually pretty rough for me. Doubt starts to creep in and things I neglected in favor of writing during the first week start to become more urgent. I’m trying to keep on top of everything this month, so hopefully, that won’t happen. Only time will tell if I manage to make week two work!

How was the first week of NaNoWriMo for you? Are you ahead? Behind? How are you feeling now that we’re entering the second week of NaNo?

Draft 3 of The Dreams will be on Patreon Soon

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I haven’t made a post specifically to announce my project for NaNoWriMo this year, and with November just around the corner, I know it is now or never.

This year I’ll be rewriting The Dreams for NaNoWriMo. It’s not a traditional start-from-nothing first draft NaNo project, but I am starting this draft with a 0 word count so I feel like it still fits into that aspect of the spirit of the month.

There are aspects of The Dreams I’ve wanted to change for a long time and rereading the story has helped me discover more things I want to change. This draft is my chance to change those things. I hope that the changes will improve the story and bring me one step closer to a version of The Dreams suitable for publication as a book.

I’ve decided to post this new draft on Patreon for several reasons. First of all, I don’t want to bore or confuse readers here by having multiple versions of the same story available. On Patreon people are already dedicated to following my progress as a writer and will be less likely to be confused or annoyed by the reappearance of a familiar tale. Second of all, I want to reward those who have given me the most support by giving them something special and exclusive. And finally, there is a part of me that hopes a new and improved version of The Dreams might convince a few more people to share at least $1 a month with me.

If you’re interested in following the further progress of The Dreams from its current state to the next step on its journey, head over to my Patreon and join the fun. I’ll need all the encouragement I can get so I don’t lose my nerve halfway through making the changes I have planned. If you haven’t read The Dreams yet, you can read the entirety of the current draft here.

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49 Days Until NaNoWriMo

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We’re getting closer and closer to the start of NaNoWriMo. Anticipation is building.

There’s still plenty of time for things to change, but things are starting to get clearer as the start of NaNo draws closer. Certain variables have been eliminated. I’m not halfway through the rewrite of The Dreams like I thought I might be at this point in the month.

Not being further into draft 3 of The Dreams makes things more interesting for NaNoWriMo. As of right now, it looks like I’ll still be working on Inbetween in November and I’ll be rewriting The Dreams as well. That takes starting a new project off the table.

That’s a little bit disappointing, but also a relief. I love starting new projects, but the prospect of preparing a new project while also working on a first draft and a third draft was a little overwhelming. The other project ideas will keep until I reach the next natural point for a break with my two ongoing projects. It’ll give me something to look forward to in 2018.

Right now NaNoWriMo 2017 is looking like a remix of NaNoWriMo 2016. Last year I was wrapping up the first draft of The Dreams and starting Inbetween. This year I’ll be continuing Inbetween and working on the third draft/complete rewrite of The Dreams. Having two projects going at once worked well for me last year. Hopefully, it will work well for me this year too.

Starting NaNoWriMo in the middle of two projects will be an entirely new experience for me. Before I’ve either continued a project by itself or continued one project and started another. Juggling two ongoing projects in two different stages of development will require a different kind of planning than I’ve utilized in previous years. It’s great that I’m still finding new challenges and scenarios for NaNoWriMo even after 12 years.

Do you have a plan for NaNoWriMo? Are you doing anything you haven’t done before this year?