My Writing Schedule For April 2018 [Camp NaNoWriMo]

Camp NaNoWriMo is well on its way, being the fifth day of April already. This month is going to go fast just like the ones before it… except it’ll be faster because we all have a deadline.

With all my projects I’ve tried to make this month go a little easier for me by mapping out the month ahead of time and assigning projects to be worked on certain days. So far, it seems to be helping.

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George Florence

I’ll be editing the first book of my mystery series every Saturday and Sunday. If I want to finish the book by that time, which totals 7 days (I’m not including a Saturday and Sunday because of my vacation), I have to edit about 34 pages a day. That’s not bad at all.

I’ll be editing and rewriting this novel through the summer so whatever I get done now will be great, but I’m not in a rush to complete the draft. That’s why I decided to only work on it on the weekends, which is when family events happen, I work on both blogs, and I’ll just need to recoup from the week of my other projects.

Short Story Sunday 2018

I have about 27 flash fiction pieces to write for the rest of the Sundays in 2018 for this blog. I plan on writing at least 2 stories a day, Monday – Friday, minus the 11th and the 19th (the day before I leave for vacation and the day after I get back… I’m not going to want to do anything when I get home). That equals to 28 stories and, depending on how many words are each one (my word goal is about 3,000 words a day) I’ll end up writing more than 2 stories each day. So I may finish this well before the end of the month.

Perplexed

My goal with this is just to write one short story at about 10,000 words. I’m giving myself a week, Monday – Friday, to do it. Meaning I’ll have to write about 2,000 words a day. I’ll also be working on my Short Story Sunday, which means I’ll only need to write about 1,000 words for that. It’ll all work out.

Take Over

There’s no “work” to be done on this one. It’s all set to go and will go live on Wattpad on April 23. So the only thing I’ll have to do is remember to update the latest chapter Monday – Friday.

Brave

This will be my next Wattpad story after Take Over is finished. For this week and the last full week of the month, I’ll be outlining it. I’m not counting it toward Camp, but I want to begin writing the story in May. I’m not really “outlining” the chapters either, which is different than what I usually do.

I’m basically making a character list, writing out the basic plot so I understand it myself, and world-build a bit since there are towns and villages within a couple kingdoms and dragons. Lots and lots of dragons. I’ve tried writing this kind of fantasy before but this is my first time going in for the long haul. I’m excited for it and hope it turns out well.

So that’s that. I’ll be going on vacation the 11th through the 18th. I planned my days and calculated the words for each project and day around my vacation. I should be able to reach my 80,000-word goal by the end of the month as well as finish up a couple of projects.

So far so good and I’m excited!

How are you going to balance Camp with everything else? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Who’s Ready For Camp NaNoWriMo?

Guys. Camp NaNoWriMo begins in 4 days. Didn’t we just go through this in November? How long ago was November, anyway? Didn’t we just celebrate the New Year? How is it already April? I don’t understand.

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I’m excited about Camp though. I get a lot done during the months, but I’ve started so many projects that it’s usually editing or blogging. April, July, and November are the three months of the year that I get a good amount of actual writing done.

I’ve been looking forward to this since December though I’ll be honest I had completely forgotten about it until the beginning of March.

I was planning my April out and then realized it was Camp. I overbooked myself and then I realized I’m going on vacation smack in the middle of the month.

So. This should be interesting.

I have most of my stuff prepped. I have a little more planning I want to do. Not outlining, necessarily, but I want to plan out my days. Since I’m going on vacation I only have 19 days to write. My goal is bigger than 50,000 words too… I may have made a mistake, but I’m willing to take the challenge!

Plus, Camp begins on April 1, duh, but that’s also Easter Sunday. I celebrate Easter. I have church in the morning and then the family is coming to my house in the afternoon. My cousin’s birthday is on the sixth. It’s her sweet-16 and while we’re going to Disney I don’t know if we’ll be doing anything for her birthday.

She’s also getting confirmed on April 8. So that’s going to be another party. Then I’m going on vacation a couple days later. Then April is going to be practically over.

My word goal this year is 80,000 words. I’ll be working on multiple projects, there will be a post on that in a few days. It’s certainly going to be interesting.

I think I’m ready. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Are you ready?

Are you all set for Camp NaNo? What’s your goal and what will you be working on? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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WordKeeperAlpha: Write Without NaNoWriMo [NaNoWriMo Prep]

Has anyone heard of WordKeeperAlpha? I may be the last to hop on this train, but I just recently heard of it thanks to Skye Hegyes on her blog. (Go check out her blog if you don’t follow her already. She’s a great person and a wonderful writer.)

I’ve always wanted to add those “progress bars” to my blog. I thought it’d be great to hold myself accountable for my projects. Also, seeing the progress go up is really satisfying and motivating. It’s one of the reasons I love NaNoWriMo so much.

But then I was reading Skye’s blog post one day and she mentioned WordKeeperAlpha. I looked it up and it’s really cool.

WordKeeper Alpha

It’s basically what the title suggests. You keep track of your word goal through that website.

It tracks your writing history from the time you officially start writing on there. You can add projects and goals and a start and an end date for them. In a way, it’s similar to how you’d keep track of your NaNo novel. The difference is that you can keep track of multiple projects at once and it’s all year round.

I think I’m going to get great use out of this because, as I said earlier, I like seeing my progress and that motivates me to keep going.

My only complaint is that it tracks words only. I would love it if it had an editing system or even an outlining system. I set up my NaNo project for November, but I plan on outlining it in October. I try to outline a couple of chapters a day. I’d love to set a 3-chapter a day goal, but I can only count the words. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to track that just yet.

Still, I think this will be a great website to keep track of my writing projects in and out of NaNoWriMo. I always miss the charts and updating my word count whenever I write outside of April, July, or November.

So, I think this is definitely a site I will be using to track my progress in and out of NaNo.

Do you use WordKeeperAlpha? Do you think you’ll check it out and use it now that you know about it? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!