Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to pop in here real quick and let you all know I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year! YAY. Are you?????

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*If you want to know why I haven’t been posting the last few weeks about my WIP it’s because nothing is new! There’s no update to be had…except for the fact that I’ve been on a writing spree lately and I don’t want to jinx myself by talking too much about everything…ha. Hope you understand!*

So, anywho back to Camp 😀 …

I’ve done the official NaNoWriMo event in the past (i.e. the one that happens in November), but I have never done it in July (or April for that matter) with Camp. I’m not sure why I’m so much more excited about Camp than I usually am about November, but I am, and I’m just going with it for now.

That being said, I have always been a big NaNo fan because it’s just amazing. I know this through personal experience and because it’s just a fact of life. An entire event dedicated to creating community and helping writers stay motivated to write every day deserves a gold star in my book.

Some people don’t care for NaNoWriMo because they think it encourages poor writing. After all, writing that much every day can almost guarantee you’ll have some days where you are straight up vomiting onto the page, but as we all know, all first drafts are shit so why the hell does this matter?

I do understand the people who don’t do NaNoWriMo (Camp or the actual event in November) because they’re hauling ass all year. Every month is their NaNoWriMo. Fair enough, I understand your point. And in truth, I’ve been there too. But, I still love and utilize the event because it helps me stay on track with my progress no matter how hard I’ve been working all year. It forces me to put all those doubts and worries and blah blah blah and throw them out the window for a solid month and just write.

Luckily for me, I am still writing my book (creating something out of nothing, not fixing what’s already there…sort of). I’m far away from editing and revising. I mean, I’m technically revising right now, but if you’ve been keeping up with me you know that’s a load of crap. I’m writing First Draft Part Two. Something that had me crying with desolation only a few weeks ago but now has me crying with glee this week. Okay, maybe more like crying at how much my fingers have been cramping from typing so much, but there is glee in there.

So yeah. That’s all I really wanted to say for today. Let me know what your thoughts about NaNo are! Are you for it? Against it? Apathetic? LET ME KNOW.

And with that, I’m gonna dash out of here because I’m already missing my draft.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you wanted to know, my goal this month is 100,000 words (double the usual for NaNo). I’ll probably end up dying before I get there, but hey, why not aim high. The only thing I have to lose is my sanity or possibly the use of my fingers. I’ll let you know how I end up faring.tenor1

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Revising/Why I’ve Been Gone/Update

Hi everyone!

Ah, I’ve missed this.

Sheesh, it’s been two whole months since I’ve said anything over here. Not okay. Not okay at all. Do I have an excuse? I mean, yeah. I always have excuses. Are they valid? Meh…

Why have I not been posting? Well, (excuse #1) the end of the semester was crazy. Lots of essays and tests and just general torture but I made it through! YAY summertimeeee and the livin is easy. (Ha. If only.)

Then the day after my last final (excuse #2) I jumped on a plane and headed to good old Chicago. Caught up with friends, celebrated my brother getting engaged, celebrated Mother’s Day, my brother’s birthday, my mom’s birthday, and my best friend graduating from college. Lots of celebrating. But it was great.

Okay yada yada yada that’s all fun and good but I’m not on here to prattle about my life and all it entails. I’m here to share my writing journey. And, well (excuse #3) that’s been going pretty horribly. I know I’m keeping this blunt, but I want to share all aspects of this (the good and the bad). So, here we go.

As most of you know, I’ve been working on revisions for my WIP. And those have been a lot more challenging than I thought they would be. Really, the aspect that I’ve been struggling with the most is figuring out where I need to start my story, but I didn’t realize that this was the real problem until very recently. That, above all else, has made me want to punch a wall and cry for days.

I don’t know why I thought revisions would be a breeze, but I learned my lesson. And learned it. And learned it again. And again. Essentially, my “revision process” has gone like this:

  • Thought dump ideas and start to write.
  • Write 40,000 words of new draft only to realize none of it works.
  • Get a meticulous plan in place for revision.
  • Scour through first draft to find issues with plot, character, and setting.
  • Realize issues and dream up the perfect book.
  • Realize I have no idea what my perfect book is, realize I have a character driven story when I need a plot driven one, realize I don’t even know what my plot truly is, realize I want to rip my hair out and stab my eyes out with scissors.
  • Breathe. Realize this draft may not be what I thought it was. Realize my plan for my rewrite is also not what I thought it was. Go back to square one. Outline the hell out of this story.
  • Still have no idea what I want.
  • Remind myself that I am a pantser.
  • Have panic moment about not finishing revisions in the amount of time I thought I would be able to.
  • Yell at my audio notes for a good while until ideas start taking shape.
  • Take a break to let things simmer.
  • Write. One page.
  • Keep on writing until things start to click into place.
  • Have another panic moment when things begin to fall apart again.
  • Stick Post-Its all over the wall with every plot point and idea I’ve ever had.
  • See the real story taking form.
  • Take another break to let things simmer again.
  • Begin to write finally knowing where I need to start.
  • Cry tears of joy and relief.

So, that’s where I’m at right now. As you can clearly see, that means I’m a complete mess and all over the place. But, I’m finally confident in my starting point. I’m finally able to see what I need to include in this draft and what needs to be saved for future books in my series.

I can get more into the real details of all this (false starts, letting things simmer, etc.) in future posts, but I wanted to give you all a quick(ish) overview of what I’ve been struggling with the past couple months. I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t document this while it was happening, but I think it’s because I was so stressed (with no end in sight) that talking about how nothing was working out would have just stressed me out more. But now I have a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m feeling much better about everything. Phew

Thank you all so much for reading this rambly update. I hope you’re doing well in your own writing journey 🙂 And if you’re not, hopefully, you were able to find some comfort knowing you are not alone. Clearly.

See you next week! (I promise!)