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Currently Writing…

March is coming to a close a lot faster than I expected it to.

As a teacher, this month drags on and on with no breaks until the end of April. As a writer, however, this month goes always seems to come and go in the blink of an eye.

One main reason for this is because I’m trying to prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo that begins on April 1st. Plus I’m working on other writing projects. Not to mention that I’m trying to get my blog in decent order by April so I can focus more on Camp than I do with writing blog posts.

I think it’s been a while since I’ve really talked about what I’m currently working on writing-wise, so I thought, with Camp around the corner, this was a good time as any.

My goal at the beginning of 2017 was to have either the first novel of my mystery series or The Lost Girl be 100% completed by the end of August (and the other completed by the end of 2017). At this rate, I’m not sure that will happen.

Of course, I’m still going to work towards those deadlines, but I’ve realized that I have much more to work on in addition to those novels.

I’ve felt stuck with my writing lately only because I’m unsure what I should be working on. Which projects take priority?

I have three novels to work on (if you include Camp’s novel), plus I plan on posting two stories on Wattpad by the end of the year. That’s five novels.

I’ve always been submitting to contests and magazines at least twice a month, so I’ve been working on short stories and poems. Not to mention that I’ve been trying to get my foot into the freelance writing world at the same time.

Stir reading, blogging, and video games for Double Jump into the mix, and you’ve got a pretty good reason for as to why my head feels like it’s going to explode.

With all that said, I’ve realized that I haven’t gotten too much writing done in the past couple of months. I’ve been working on my blog and other things trying to think about how to tackle my writing projects without actually implementing my plan of attack.

I’ve written a few things, of course, for submission on other websites and magazines and the like, but I haven’t worked on any of the novels I planned to work on in 12 months. Well, now we’re down to almost nine months left and I don’t have much progress to show for it.

I realized that Camp NaNo is exactly what I needed. Because of Camp, I’m going to get myself back on the right track with my novel writing.

Sure, because of Camp, an extra novel got thrown into the mix, but it’ll be fun to think about a different project than the ones I’ve been working on for so long. Plus, I can take my time with it as I edit it bit by bit and submit it each month to my local writing group. I only submit about 15 pages (or one chapter) a month to my group, so it’ll take a while for the group to get through it.

In the meantime, I’m going to tackle editing The Lost Girl and George Florence as well as plan and write the two Wattpad novels (one of those novels is based off this Short Story Sunday everyone seemed to love so much).

I’m going to start this as soon as possible. Hopefully, by April, I’ll be in a decent enough routine with it so I can work on more than just my Camp novel. I know that will take priority for the month, but I hope to get other things done.

I’ve updated the “My Books” page with deadlines for each of these novels. Go check that out if you want to see the timeline I’ve planned for each novel (and if you want to hold me accountable for the deadlines… that’s why I posted it on the blog for all to see).

Where do you stand in your novel writing at the moment? Are you just as swamped as I am or are you working on just one project? Let me know in the comments below!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

32 thoughts on “Currently Writing…

  1. Hi. I am writing in Camp NaNoWriMo for April. I decided to write a memoir titled Mohican Forever! I just joined a friend in her cabin. Also my sister I live with is going to be my writing buddy!!! I am going to buy her a Camp NaNoWriMo t-shirt for her birthday.

      1. I think last time we kept in touch through the private messages. Unless I’m thinking of someone else, but I thought it was you. My username is Fiery_Sapphire.

    1. I can, though I try not to. But it’s good to take a break on one and work on another to keep the ball the rolling.
      I can read probably two books at once. But I don’t like to, lol.

  2. I’m working on book #6 in my Witch City Mystery series. Due at Kensington in May. so I’m really pushing! Also work a little bit on my romance novel. It’s my first effort in that field and I have no deadline. It’s done when it’s done! Have contract for 3 more in the Witch City books–book #7 is due in November so I don’t see much spare time in my future. I still do occasional articles for Antiques and Collectibles papers. No deadline of those though. Hey, if this was easy everybody would do it!

  3. Hey, I just followed you on Wattpad! I only recently started posting there. I too am hoping Camp Nanowrimo can get me back on track with the series I’ve been writing… Good luck with your projects! Accountability always helps keep me going 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’ll look you up the next time I go on. I have to start reading more stories on there.
      Good luck with your writing and Camp NaNo! My username is Fiery_Sapphire on there if you want to look me up.

      1. I almost feel guilty “picking your brain” so often, but you are just the right age to give advice to my students and to be my sounding board. TY

  4. Wow, Rachel! I have no idea how you manage to do all of that at once. I have some 300 things on my to-do list too, but I never get around to most of them and I just give up. I’m glad you’re going to try to finish your goals. Good luck! 🙂
    As for Camp NaNo, I think I’m going to participate too. I do have a little free time now and the 300 things are still left to be done, but I think I can set a teeny little goal of finishing a fanfiction piece I started two years ago and hopefully complete it by April.

    1. Thank you! It’s definitely a lot to take on, but this is what I want to do for a career, so I’ve gotta work hard. 🙂
      I hope you do participate in Camp! Even if you don’t set the bar for 50k, I’m sure you can accomplish whatever goal you set.

  5. I have been working on the same novel since 2012. The editing part is what takes my time. I tend to put it away and then not go back for quite a while. It is a short novel. I think it is me telling myself that I am just not completely happy with it so I drag my feet getting it done. Good luck with camp. Not sure if I will try. Maybe July’s. 🙂

    1. The editing part always gets me, too. It definitely takes the longest.
      Thanks, I hope you participate in at least on Camp. It’s still fun. 🙂

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