I haven’t missed a day of blogging in a long time. I had a post set up for today, though I didn’t write it.
It’s about 9:30 at night for me as I write this and my posts for the day goes up at midnight the day of.
Kris had the day off from work today, so we decided to give ourselves a 10k-writing day for Camp NaNoWriMo. Not only was I writing 10,000 words for Crossroads, but I was also giving Sunday Morning one final proofread before finally formatting the book and getting it up and ready to publish.
I have been on the computer writing and editing since 6:30 this morning. I took a shower and dinner break and that’s it. Poor Lilah (my laptop, not the character) has been on for 15 straight hours.
She definitely needs a break and so do I.
I was just about to get off when I realized I didn’t publish today’s blog post.
Normally, I don’t like to post just for the sake of posting. However, because I haven’t missed a day in forever, my OCD was flipping out.
So, here’s today’s post nine and a half hours late. Written in an exhausted tone because my fingers are tired. My butt hurts. My brain is mush.
I feel good though, in an odd way. I was super productive.
I hope you all had a lovely day. I’m beat.
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2019 is already a quarter gone. Which is totally weird to me, but hey! It’s the first Camp NaNoWriMo session of the month and I’m super excited to be working on a new project and some old ones. So, here are my Camp NaNoWriMo goals for the month.
This is a working title for my next Wattpad novella. It’s an RPG-style fantasy. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before. It was inspired by the video game Octopath Traveler. I created my own world and characters. I made great outlining progress on it in March and have been breezing through the first few chapters in this past couple of days. I can’t wait to see how the first draft turns out! Crossroads will be coming to my Wattpad on June 3, 2019.
George Florence & The Perfect Alibi
George and Lilah are killing me. We’ve been together for so long at this point that they really just need to find their own place and get out of the nest. Don’t get me wrong, I love them to pieces. But this book, the first in a series, has been a work in progress since 2011 – give or take. So, this month, I’ll be continuing the revising stage. I’m only going to work on it during weeks two and four of Camp NaNo though. I don’t want to work on too many projects in one day for an entire month straight. In addition to revising, I’ll also be continuing my timeline for the whole series and planning the other books. I need to get my head on straight with this one.
Sunday Morning (Vol. 1)
Of course, I’ll be working on some finishing touches, marketing, etc. This collection of flash fiction will be here at the end of the month! More information is on my Patreon Page and I’ll also be talking about it more in-depth on the blog tomorrow, April 4. Yes, this means a release date (which you might already know if you head over to Patreon).
Sunday Morning (Vol. 2)
There is a title for this one that I’m not sharing yet. The first volume compiles the first 53 stories I’ve ever posted on my blog, revised and remastered. I’m taking the next 52 stories from the blog and putting them into volume 2. I’ll spend the final two days of Camp NaNo putting this together before I begin the rewriting stage in May.
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Camp NaNoWriMo is so close and yet so far. I remember always being eager for NaNo in November and now, with the two Camp sessions, I feel like I’m prepping for NaNo all year round. The dates come up quickly and only stick around for just as long.
I usually have the whole year of NaNo sessions planned out ahead of time. Of course, it took me a while to decide what I wanted to write for Camp NaNo in April. I’ve been working on a lot of projects, but it took me a while to figure out which ones to focus on for the month.
April is a “Finish” month for the 85K90 Writing Challenge, which worked out in my favor. I can take a break from that but still get some writing done.
I’ll talk about which projects I’ll be working on for Camp NaNo more in-depth at the beginning of April, but I’ve been doing some prepping.
I created a new calendar for myself. I wrote down what I’ll be working on in April for each day and highlighted them according to what I need to do – outline, write, edit, whatever. Of course, for April this year, I’ll be writing the first draft of one project and rewriting a whatever-draft (I forget how many I’m on) of the other project.
I’ve been doing a lot of outlining and prep work these past two weeks. I’m eager to get started on something new while continuing something old.
I look forward to any NaNo session throughout the year and I’m excited April’s session is right around the corner.
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Happy Wednesday! I know a did a WIP Wednesday update last week, but I mentioned in that post that I haven’t done a whole lot of writing. I figured some things out over the weekend and I thought it was time for me to do a writing update on that.
I’ve been so focused on trying to get ahead with blogging and other things so that I can focus on writing that I haven’t been focusing on writing… I mean, I’m been making great progress in other things, don’t get me wrong. However, we’re halfway through March and what do I have to show for it when it comes to writing? Not much, to be honest.
Last week was totally up in the air too. We were waiting for my nephew to be born. He came a day earlier than the due date so most of my time was spent visiting them at the hospital and going to their house. Everyone is doing well and we’re all blessed to have another baby in the family!
Over The Weekend
I made a new calendar for myself over the weekend. At the beginning of the year, I listed what projects I had planned on working on each month for all of 2019. Each project has a deadline for every stage of writing all the way to publication. I go in spurts sticking with it so I made a new calendar and assigned projects to each day. Monday through Friday I’ll be working on novels and such while Saturdays will be one-offs, short stories, etc. Sundays will be a break day unless I’m in the mood to work on something writing related.
With that said, this week I’ve been working on two projects. Sunday Morning – yes, this is still coming. Way later than I originally thought, I know. Once the book is out, I’ll be writing a post about why it took so long. There are a lot of factors to it. However, I have a new release date for it and a solid plan to get it all done by then, pre-orders and all. There will be more on that later.
I’ve also started (I was supposed to work on it all month) outlining my next Wattpad novella. It’s a fantasy, RPG-style. I haven’t really written anything like it before but I’m excited to give it a go. I think it’ll turn out well.
85K90 Writing Challenge
Yeah, about this… we’re supposed to be in the 45,000 range and I have just about 10,000 words. I mean, I still have the month of April, which is also a Camp NaNoWriMo month so I’ll be writing 50,000 words anyway. I’ll catch up no problem. What was hard about this so far is that the majority of my projects are already in the editing stages so I didn’t need to “write” anything. But I’m trying to keep up with it as best as I can. I’m rewriting a couple of stories for Sunday Morning and also rewriting George Florence and the Perfect Alibi, so I’ve been counting those words.
I have this all planned out already (even though I haven’t put it on the website yet). I’ll be writing my Wattpad novella while continuing to rewrite George Florence and the Perfect Alibi. For the last two days, I’m going to prep my next project after Sunday Morning to prepare for the 85K90 Writing Challenge’s editing months while begin in May. But of course, more on that later.
I’m In Good Shape
While I should have had Sunday Morning published a while ago, I think I’m in good shape at this point. Slow and steady wins the race and I’m looking forward to the next couple of months. I’ll stick to these calendars and come May, I’ll make a calendar for the next few months.
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2019 is going to bring a lot of new and fun things. I’m excited about what I have planned and I can’t wait to share them and implement these ideas and try new things in general.
One new thing I’ll be trying is the is 85K Writing Challenge.
I had originally heard of this challenge from Ari a while back. It was something I had looked into from time to time always telling myself I’d do it and then I never did. In 2019, I’m finally going to do it.
What is the 85K Writing Challenge?
This is a year-long challenge catered to writing, editing, and publishing a book. Of course, I supposed you don’t need to participate in the whole year. If you already have a novel needing editing, you could only do those months if you wanted.
Here’s how it works… every step of the challenge is done in 90 days, which is three months.
January, February, and March are “Write” months. This is where you get your writing done. Duh. You have 90 days to outline (if you outline) and write the first draft of your novel. April is used as a “Finish” month in case you need some extra time or you’d like to take a break.
May and June are the “Edit” months with July being the “Finish” month. So, you have two to three months to get your editing and revising done plus room to take a break before you move onto the next step of the challenge.
August and September are known as the “Prep” months while October and November are known as the “Publish” months. This includes all your planning and prepping for publishing, actual publishing, along with marketing and the like.
December is then, of course, a “Finish” month. Whether you’re finishing up your publishing step or you want to take a break before the new year and a new challenge.
Yeah, so? What makes this so special?
The 85K Challenge website has blog posts, forums, and a writing tracker to aid you along the way. There’s encouragement and support on the website but also ask around and see if anyone you know on your social media and within the blogosphere is doing the challenge.
We’re all in this together and it’s great to have others keep you accountable. Having a website and a tracker definitely helps as well.
Why am I doing this?
I need to get into a better routine with my writing. I know I say this a lot, but I always try different routines and none of them end up sticking. When I said routine, I mean I need a timeline and deadlines for myself to get things done.
I have so many different ideas and want to do them all. Sometimes I end up working on multiple projects and ones that are close to being done get pushed to the back burner. I need something to keep me accountable to follow through for every single novel I write through the end.
This writing challenge starts at the writing stage and ends at the publishing stage. With this, I could have a book a year out.
This is my first time doing this challenge, so we’ll see how it works for me. I’m eager to start though! I can’t wait to get into a better timeline and have deadlines throughout the year. I make deadlines for myself, but… sometimes I don’t always keep them because there aren’t any true consequences.
What about NaNoWriMo?
I still plan on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNo. Those months are April, July, and November. April and July for the 85K challenge are “Finish” months. So, it won’t exactly be a break for me but it’ll be a break from that current project. I can work on my Short Story Sundays or Wattpad.
November is a “Publish” month for the 85K challenge, but again, I can work on other things while I do the technical side of publishing for the novel I can work on something else.
Ambitious, I know. But I always give myself way too much to do, so the tradition needs to continue.
I have five days (holy crap, 2019 is in five days!) to come up with a plan of action for both the 85K challenge and NaNo throughout the year. I need to figure out my self-publishing schedule along with Wattpad because I do want to stay active on there.
So, I’ll be coming up with writing goals for the new year. That will be its own blog post though in the new year… which is in just a couple of days… so you’ll know it soon.
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So here we are. Halfway through July, which means we’re halfway through 2018. I’m not sure how that happened, but I’m going to continue making the most of each day and work hard toward my goals. I have a lot I want to accomplish this year. Here’s how I’m doing so far.
We’re almost done with our second and final Camp NaNo session for the year. For me, I have about a week left of writing since I’ll be going on vacation the last week of the month.
I’m counting hours this month, which is something I’ve never done before. I’m editing and my goal was to edit about 2 hours a day (one hour for each project). It totaled to about 44 hours (I forget how I calculated it) and that was too much.
A lot has happened this month in real life and things have been busy. Plus, counting hours is really unmotivating. I don’t know why. I thought counting hours would be easy since it usually takes me an hour to write 2,000 words. It takes me an hour to get through a chapter of editing (sometimes). But for some reason, when counting hours, I just stare at the clock and can’t wait until I can stop writing to go play video games.
So, I dropped my hours from 44 to 31 so that I have to do an hour a day. That’s been more doable for me, though I do have a get a little ahead since I won’t be doing anything next week. Still, things are going much smoother.
George Florence & The Perfect Alibi
It’s back to the drawing board with this one. I started off the month editing, changed a bunch of stuff (meaning, the way the plot is executed) and now I’ve written myself into a hole. I was retyping the last draft I edited and I can’t go much further because I’ve changed too much. I have to completely rewrite about 80% of the novel.
This book just won’t end. Did you know I’ve been working on this since 2011? This will be the third time I’ve had to do a complete rewrite.
I feel I’m getting close though. I’ve started the outlining and planning process again trying to decide what to keep and what needs to be changed. I’m looking at the novel with a different approach. Hopefully, this is just what I need to finally complete this novel.
Please, let this be it.
I’m also in the editing stages of another project. I can’t say too much on this project yet as it’s exclusive for my patrons on Patreon at the moment.
If you want to learn more about the project, I encourage you to check out my Patreon where you can support the project for as little as $1 a month.
What’s in it for you if it’s only temporarily exclusive to my patrons? Well, for one they already know what the project is and they get sneak peeks of my process and where I currently am in production of the said project.
Plus, when the project is released, my patrons will get some special goodies as a special thank you for supporting me and my creative work.
2018 has been zipping by and we’re already into our second and final Camp NaNoWriMo session for the year. I’m not working on as much as I did during the April session, but my plate is still pretty full.
I’m spending the month editing more rather than writing. I have so many projects that need some TLC rather than me adding a new project to my ever-growing list.
This month, I’m not even counting words either. I’m recording my progress by hours, which is something I’ve never done before. I’m working on two projects and have aimed to work one hour a day on each, which is two hours a day.
Even though we’re only 5 days into the month, I’ve already gotten behind. There has been a lot of life stuff happening so yesterday and today I’ve aimed to work for four hours instead of two. So far, it’s been working and I’m sure I’ll catch up in no time.
As I said, I’m working on two projects this month.
George Florence & The Perfect Alibi
Yes, this one again. I’ve changed a lot so I’m retyping the last draft I edited while editing it some more and editing my edits. I’m planning on one more round of editing before prepping it to be released into the world.
I’m working on something new, something that’s already in the editing stage. This is a special project for my patrons over at Patreon. Anyone who supports me over there, even if it’s as little as $1, will get an exclusive look at the project as I work on it as well as some fun goodies when all is said and done. If you want to know more, feel free to check out my Patreon. The money helps me keep this blog running as well as allow me to do what I love for a living. So if you enjoy my writing or any content I post here, please consider supporting me. You’ll get fun rewards based on your tier and it’s a great exclusive community for me to get to know you guys better.
So that’s that. Two projects are in the editing stages, both are almost done with the editing. (I think. We’ll see how it goes.)
It’s going to be a busy month, but progress is happening!
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I’ll admit I didn’t get much reading done this month. Two of the reviews I posted were books I had already read at the beginning of the year and never wrote reviews for. I was on vacation for a week and Camp NaNo took up a chunk of my time. I’m sure I’ll get back into my reading habits next month though.
In the meantime, check out my Goodreads and Reading List on this blog to keep up with what I’m reading and their reviews.
My writing was pretty successful this month. Thanks to Camp NaNo, I outlined my next novel project, edited the next draft of my mystery novel, finished my Short Story Sunday stories for the rest of 2018 and got a head start on 2019, and wrote a mystery short story. All this resulted in over 80,000 words for Camp NaNo.
I feel pretty good.
Blogging was slow. I was really into it at the beginning of the month and then I lost my groove after being on vacation. I thought the break would do me some good and while it did, I felt like taking an extended vacation from blogging. So I’ve only done the bare minimum for the blog pretty much this entire month.
Though I think I’m ready to get back into the swing of things for May and beyond. I ordered my new blogging planner (mine is July – June for some reason) so I’m eager to start filling that one up.
April was busy, but not in the way I expected it to be. I got a lot done and spent a good amount of time with friends and family, so who’s to complain? It was a great month and I’m sure May will be even better.
There’s less than a week left of Camp NaNoWriMo. I don’t know where April went, but we’re hitting May before we can do anything about it.
I’ve worked on a lot of projects this month – 5 to be exact. I wrote flash fiction for Short Story Sunday, wrote a mystery short story for Perplexed, edited the second draft of George Florence, typed up and published Take Over on Wattpad, and outlined Brave.
Due to being away, I didn’t write or do anything from the 12th through the 18th. But I got right back to work on the 19th.
Day 19: Wrote 2,232 words of Perplexed. Day 20: Wrote 3,298 words of Perplexed. Day 21: Edited about 8,995 words in George Florence. Day 22: Edited about 9,980 words in George Florence. Day 23: Wrote 1,038 words of Perplexed. Day 24: Wrote 1,029 words of Perplexed. Day 25: Wrote absolutely nothing.
I’ll admit I’m starting to lose steam a bit. I’m almost done with the short story for Perplexed and I have just a few more chapters left to edit in George Florence. I’m planning on finishing the short story on Friday and finish the edits on Sunday. The last day of NaNo is Monday, so I should be good to go.
One more week, guys! We can do it!
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This month I’ve been working on a lot of various projects. Camp NaNo is so flexible that some people write novels, short stories, poetry, or even edit their work.
I don’t know if anyone has ever attempted to outline a project during Camp so they could work on the writing part when the month was over. Well, that’s one of the things I’ve been doing and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.
It’s no secret that I enjoy outlining my novels. I like to be organized and have some sort of idea where the story may go, even though I know the outline isn’t set in stone.
Usually when I outline I summarize how each chapter would go. I make up scenes along the way, some may stay, some won’t. But I end up with a clear beginning and end at the very least. I also have a basic idea of how long the novel may be.
I’m not doing that this time.
I’m outlining Brave, my next Wattpad story. (Take Over was published yesterday, so go check it out!) It’s a fantasy that I attempted writing before. It was originally a Short Story Sunday I decided to expand upon.
I didn’t get far in it because I had a lot of world building to do. So, that’s how I’ve been doing my outline.
I created a list of characters, wrote the basic gist of the plot, and then I got to work on the make-believe stuff. I created the Kingdoms, towns within them, and jobs that the people can have. I haven’t gotten this far yet, but I need to create a list of routes, forests, lakes, and other places that are within the world the characters may come across on their journey.
Dragons are a huge part of the world and I’ve spent a good amount of time creating different species and coming up with their names. I’ve come up with them on my own though some are based off “real” dragons.
Lastly, when that’s all done, I’ll be summarizing the plot points. I don’t want to summarize each chapter like I have done in the past, but I’m going to list the plot points that keep the characters moving forward. What makes them go on the journey, major dangers they face on the way, finding what they’re looking for, then the final battle.
Honestly, that’s pretty much the gist of the story.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and I’m looking forward to starting writing it next month.
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