Camp: Week Two

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Two weeks down, two more to go!

Here’s an update of my second week of Camp NaNoWriMo and my novel, The Lost Girl.

The Ups

The story is continuing at a nice pace. I’m sticking to my original ideas and plan for the story. And the characters have (so far) been cooperating.

I ran out of outline (I never finished it before Camp started). This isn’t necessarily an “up,” but I’ve been continuing to write the outline before I start writing for the day. It’s been helping me keep the flow going as I write. So that’s been working out well.

The Downs

I’ve started thinking about the editing process. Already.

I haven’t actually edited anything, but I’ve started thinking about how I want to edit the story and I know what I may leave in, take out, or add later on. This isn’t really a “down,” but I do want to just focus on writing the actual first draft before I go in over my head with thinking about the edits.

Favorite Quote

Tinkerbell flew off of Peter’s shoulder and landed on Grace’s.
“What is she doing?” Grace asked eyeballing Tinkerbell with caution.
“She’s going to help you do something incredible.”

Word Count

Day 7: 2,220
Day 8: 2,066
Day 9: 2,037
Day 10: 2,018
Day 11: 2,073
Day 12: 2,013
Day 13: 2,049
Total for the week: 14,476
Overall total: 28,207

How are you doing with Camp?

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Inspiration Station: Checklist For a Novel Idea

Inspiration Station Checklist for a novel idea

Do you have an idea for a novel? There are some things you should have before you start.

Check if you have at least these three things…

1. An interesting unique plot (a conflict as well as a resolution)
2. Compelling characters readers can relate to
3. A clear setting

Or…

You could just wing it. I’m sure that would make for an interesting story.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Editing a Novel

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This week’s guest post is brought to you by Herminia, which she discusses editing your novel. Thanks, Herminia!

Are you ready to find out what you should and shouldn’t do during the editing process? Obviously, you don’t have to follow anything mentioned below. Consider them guidelines to make your life a little easier.

If you haven’t written your novel yet, what are you waiting for? Get your story down and then come back to this article.

In theory, editing doesn’t have to be that painful. So why can’t it be that way in practice?

Do save all versions.

Save everywhere. Save as often as possible. Every time you’re tempted to shut down without saving, just imagine losing all your work forever. You can use online cloud storage options like Google Drive or Dropbox. You could invest in a USB flash drive. You might even want to save your manuscript as a draft on WordPress. Besides can you think of one writer who regrets saving?

Don’t be lazy.

If you wrote a novel, you’ve already devoted a lot of time and energy into the project. After all that hard work, why let it go to waste? Slacking off now isn’t an option.

Do read out loud.

You want to catch when you used the wrong word or added an additional one, don’t you? Even better convince someone else to read your work out loud. Then pay them handsomely.

Don’t hold yourself back.

Assuming you aren’t lazy, it’d be a shame if fear stopped you from taking risks. Push your editing to the next level by challenging yourself each time you come back to the page.

Do stay organized.

Use a notebook to jot down what revisions you need to make or create index cards to reorganize the scenes in your story. Whatever works for you will work wonders for your story.

Don’t get defensive.

Especially if you’re defending yourself with excuses.

Do make deadlines.

And meet them. It’s easy to drag out the editing process when you don’t have people breathing down your neck, expecting a polished novel by a certain date. Discipline yourself to be your own boss so work actually gets done. Without a time frame as to when you’ll complete each revision, you may fall into the trap of never giving your novel the attention it deserves.

Don’t chase trends.

At best, the trend will end by the time you publish your novel. At worse, you’ll spend all your time writing something to please others and end up not pleasing anyone. Not even yourself.

Do set reasonable goals.

Setting unreasonable, almost impossible goals you can’t accomplish becomes discouraging over time. On the other hand, think of every time you meet a goal as an encouragement.

Don’t give up.

You didn’t give up on this blog post, did you? Then do the same for your writing, your editing, and everything else in your life.

Another good year full of great stories awaits you.

Have your own editing do’s and don’ts? Feel free to share them below.

Herminia Chow is a creative writer, a brief blogger, a recreational dancer, and an avid reader of all things.

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First Draft Complete

First draft complete george florence

It took me nine days, but I edited the first draft of George Florence!

One of my 2016 resolutions was to have a better routine with my writing, editing, reading, blogging, etc, etc.

January is and “editing” month for me. That means I don’t plan on writing anything new, though I do continue to blog and read throughout the month.

With that being said, I have specific days to blog and edit/write. This is so I don’t burn myself out with my novels or my blog. Alternating between the two allows me to have a break but still get stuff done.

This is something I’ve mentioned many times before, but I’ll say it again because it’s been working for me. Maybe a similar schedule will work for you as well.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays I write or edit. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays I works on my blogs.

I write and edit in the morning before work Monday through Wednesday. I take Saturdays to write as well because I don’t have work so I have more hours in the day. Plus I go to the bookstore to write. A change in environment is always a good thing and it gets me out of the house.

Since the first day of January was a Friday I started editing George Florence on January 2, a Saturday. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday after that I edited George Florence every morning before work. On Saturday January 16, I ended up edited over 50 pages. It took me most of the day, but I finished the whole draft.

Now here’s the catch…

When I rewrote this novel in Lilah’s point of view, I never actually finished the novel. I had a lot of information to hold on to as well as tons of research to do.

I originally planned on having each case split into two novels. Then later I decided not to. Then I switched the point of view and didn’t know whether the book would be too long or too short. So I decided to see where it led me.

I ended the draft where I would have ended the “first book” if I was going to continue this particular plot and case through the second book. Though, I don’t think I want to drag it on that long.

So next month I plan on typing up the second draft. As I do, I’ll conduct some research, make notes, and then try to finish the novel. I don’t think the novel will be that much longer anyway. As of right now, unfinished, the novel stands at 233 pages. I may get up to 300 pages or so as I finish it. Then I’m sure I’ll cut some out during the next editing process.

If you’ve read my post Editing Goals, you’ll know I definitely have my work cut out for me next month.

I am going to put George Florence to rest until February comes along. I want to type it up with fresh eyes.

In the meantime, including today, there’s still seven editing days left of January. I started yesterday, which gave me eight days total to edit something else.

So yesterday I started editing Take Over. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do with that novel just yet. It’s a standalone novel, so I hope to have it audience worthy by next Fall. I just don’t know if I’m going to query it to agents or maybe put it on Wattpad. Or maybe self-publish it. Who knows?

I guess we’ll have to see how it turns out.

How is your novel coming along?

Beyond NaNoWriMo

Beyond NaNo

NaNoWriMo has come and gone. It’s been a week since the end of the 50k-word challenge.

Did you hit 50k words? Did you complete your novel entirely? Do you still have more to go even after the 50k words?

Whether you’ve finished or not, here are some things you can do now that NaNo is over.

Step Back.

Take a break from your novel. Writing 50k words in 30 days is a lot, especially if you’re an overachiever and reach way over 50k within the month. It’s a lot of strain on your brain, your eyes are crossed, and your fingers can no longer type. Give your characters some space and take a rest.

Write Something Else.

If you still have the itch to write or are afraid you’ll get out of your writing routine, write something else. Write a new novel, a short story, or a poem. Take a break from typing and hand-write for a change. If you hand-wrote your NaNo novel, take a break from that and type something up.

Edit.

Okay, okay. If you really can’t part from your beloved novel go right ahead and start editing it. Start rearranging those scenes, deleting whole pages, or just be on the look-out for typos. Print out your novel and gaze upon the beauty of printed words and breathe in the smell of wet ink.

Read A Book.

Writing aside, I’m sure you got a bit behind on your reading during NaNo… Am I right? Read a book in the genre you wrote for NaNo (or a different genre). It’ll give yourself a break, but the creativity will still be flowing through your bloodstream.

Outline Your Next Project.

Hey, Camp NaNo is only four months away.