Camp NaNoWriMo Weekly Update #3

It was a bit of a strange week, on some days I wrote a lot on some not at all. For those who (still) don’t know what it is, Camp NaNoWriMo is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which you can set your own goal. For NaNoWriMo your goal is 50k, but for Camp NaNoWriMo I set my goal to 15k.

I have just finished the one-but-last chapter I was planning to write for Camp, and tomorrow and the day after I will write the last. It feels good to have so many words down already, but I feel I’m getting into the mid-month slump. Luckily, or sadly, depending on how you see it, I will only be participating for two more days. I’m going on vacation and won’t have my laptop with me.

I am really looking forward to going away and I plan on getting some more inspiration while I’m away and maybe add some minor storylines and add some character development, things like that! I think a small break from writing can really help me get inspired again! I will be writing (or at least try to) while I’m away, but that will be on paper. With an actual pen. Yeah, I guess I’ll see how that goes!

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Camp NaNoWriMo Weekly Update #2

Week two of Camp NaNoWriMo has just ended. For those who don’t know what it is, Camp NaNoWriMo is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which you can set your own goal. For NaNoWriMo your goal is 50k, but for Camp NaNoWriMo I set my goal to 15k. This is not a lot but I’ll be going on a vacation in the middle of July and won’t be able to write from then on.

I am currently in a small writing slump, I’m at a chapter and I don’t really know how to finish it. I’m sure I’ll figure it out once I get myself to actually write some more. Yesterday I wrote only 60 words and that’s a big disappointment for me. I can do better! I’m going to try to write at least 1000 words today but I’m pretty sure that won’t reach it. It’s already late afternoon, and I haven’t written more than 150 words… I’ll try though!

I found that I am really good at randomly improvising and adding in characters or storylines on a whim. Sometimes it just clicks and I write a thousand words about stuff that isn’t even in my outline. I created a character that I think will have quite an important role later in the story. I’ve also gotten to know my characters better, especially Noa. I really like how all the characters come alive on the paper.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: weekly update #1

I’m cheating and writing this way ahead of time. When you’re reading this, I’ll be at a festival and not writing (haha nope I forgot to schedule it so it’s Monday now and I need to go to uni). As I’m writing this it’s Wednesday, and Camp NaNoWriMo hasn’t even started yet.

For those who don’t know what it is, Camp NaNoWriMo is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which you can set your own goal. For NaNoWriMo your goal is 50k, but for Camp NaNoWriMo I set my goal to 15k. This is not a lot but I’ll be going on a vacation in the middle of July and won’t be able to write from then on. I also have an exam this week, and well, today I’m at a festival so I won’t be writing much either.

My novel idea is an adapted version of the one I wrote about a few weeks ago. It’s called Our Shattered Minds (I think you heard about it by now, I’ve talked about it so so much haha). It’s about four outcasts: an assassin who loves playing with other’s hearts (Emery), a blacksmith who just wants to be left alone (Felton), a nanny with anger issues (Noa) (I hate the word nanny almost as much as Noa does xD) and a wanderer running from his past (Brim). They live in a world with magic, but it’s rare and special. They all hide their powers, which are blood, fire/smoke, seeing the future, and electricity respectively. People with magic have been disappearing and an underground rebellion arises, and all four of them get caught up in different ways. This is where their stories come together.

I finished my outline, which I’m super proud of because last time I made a super shitty one. This one is much better and I actually followed some guidelines and tips. It’s basically: we’re all okay – wth is going on?? – okay we can fix this – we’re screwed – maybe we can? – rising action – epicness – omg point – the end 😀

Doesn’t that sounds good?? But in all seriousness, I divided my book into 11 parts, which I then divided into 4 chapters which are written from the four different perspectives. I’m not sure how that will work in the second half of my book because then the characters are often together but I’ll see what happens.

So with 44 chapters, which I think will be about 2k each, I’ll hopefully end up with an 88k manuscript. Which kind of scares me a lot because 88k is so much *help*

I’m kind of writing this with the idea in mind that there might be a sequel? One day? I’m seeing a future of more epicness with my characters.

This part of the post I wrote on Monday.

Stats

Beginning: 5,096
Day 1: 1,263 (total: 6,393) (something is wrong in this calculation but I don’t feel like checking it haha)
Day 2: – (total: 6.393)

Snippets

I worked on the third chapter, which is about Felton. Today I’m going to try to write the fourth about Noa today.

It was silent in the room again and normally he would love the silence, but this silence was loaded and heavy, like an anchor pulling down his mood.

 

He was good at judging people, at seeing through the smile they plastered on their face, and this girl definitely had her secrets.

 

In these moments, all he wanted was to just leave. Leave this city, leave his job, the people. But he knew that if he left, he would truly not have anything left.

How is NaNoWriMo going for you guys? Have you written some things you’re proud of already? What are you most excited about in your WIP?

Discussion: To Write or Not To Write | Rambling about writing and Camp NaNoWriMo

I only started writing “seriously” in (or after?) November of this year, when the bookish community suddenly was all about NaNoWriMo and I, silly girl as I was (just kidding I’m smart), started low-key panicking, because should I participate??? I hadn’t written much before that and with a very busy month I decided not to, but I loved how the entire community was suddenly all about creating new stories instead of only reading them.

In December I hosted a project I called Short Story Society in which I, and with me several other bloggers, wrote a short story each week. As to kind of make up for the missed NaNoWriMo and to get the writer juices flowing. Though it wasn’t a huge success (my organization skills definitely were not on-point and many people only participated for part of it), I really liked it.

It got me excited for writing and that is what Camp NaNoWriMo also did for me back in April. If you don’t know what it is, it is a smaller version of NaNoWriMo (there is no “real” camp,  it’s just online). You can set your own goal, in words or hours, and you have cabins to cheer each other on. In April I wrote 30 thousand words, which is more than I have ever written on a single project.

July is coming up, and in July there is another Camp, and only yesterday I’ve decided to participate. And I have no plan, no outline, nothing. Just a story idea. *help*

I will be writing the story I was talking about yesterday, with the magic and awesomeness and I CAN’T WAIT 🙂

Why participate in Camp NaNoWriMo?

  • Because you love writing. This is obviously the most important reason, if you don’t like writing this is definitely not for you.
  • Because NaNoWriMo is just a bit over your head. A little. Or a lot. It’s really nice because in Camp you can set your own goals, and if that goal is to write 3 poems of 20 words each, go for it. You can also set it at 100k if you want to die, it’s all up to you.
  • Community and support! There is, of course, your cabin, you can either make one or get sorted in one. You can chat with your cabin mates and help each other out. It is fun and it’ll help you get more motivated (which is my next point).
  • It helps you get more motivated to write. I can set a daily goal for me any day of the year but it doesn’t seem to work for me. Sometimes I don’t write for days or weeks, other times I write a lot on one day. Having a consistent writing schedule is hard and having Camp really helps to keep me accountable.
  • It makes you excited to write. Aren’t you already excited??? I AM.
  • It is fun and you meet new people. There are also virtual write-ins on youtube which are lots of fun to participate in, and there are writing sprints and well, there is an entire community of writers out there and they are all awesome.

Why not participate?

  • Pressure!
  • Expectations!
  • Life!
  • Stress!
  • Okay, but seriously. There is only the stress that you give yourself. You don’t have to write, you don’t have to outline, you don’t have to prepare. But it’s useful and quite stressful sometimes.

I am trying to avoid the stress by putting my word count goal not very high. I have set it to 15k, which is half of April’s goal, but I am also away for almost half of July so I think it’s fair. I calculated a daily word count of about 750 words, which is very doable. I decided to not rush too much with this project, because I feel like that will make the end result 10 times better.

Are you participating this July? Have you participated before? Do you write or not, and why?

Camp NaNoWriMo Weekly update #5 | The end.

Wow, just wow. It’s Wednesday evening as I’m writing this and I just finished my final words. I just went to the camp page and entered my final word count and just wow. I feel so incredibly good. I feel like dancing and screaming and crying and just everything at the same time, but first I’m going to finish this post.

So what happened since Sunday, I wrote wrote wrote and then wrote some more. When you’re reading this I’ll be camping (yeah for real this time), I’ll be away from Thursday until Sunday and writing is not really the easiest thing to do on a camping, so I decided to just go for it and write so much I won’t have to write much anymore when I was camping. Due to my horrible math skills (seriously writing is eating up my neurons, one by one, until I can no longer do math), I miscalculated and was done a lot earlier (as several thousand words and one evening earlier) than I thought.

My book is far from complete. There are a million things I have yet to add and I’m only about halfway through my story. I’ve added so much and wrote so much more words than I had planned, so it all stretched out a bit. I’m planning on continuing writing during May and June and maybe participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in July, although I will probably go on vacation and miss most of July. I’m planning to make it to 60k and wrap it up as my first draft. Yes, that’s right, there’s going to be a second draft. As I was writing, I was already thinking up things I wanted to add and relationships I wanted to elaborate on, characters I wanted to put more depth in, conversations I wanted to improve.

I’m going to do a more elaborate post on things I’ve learned from Camp NaNo later but this is just my initial thoughts on my process and finishing.

As I’m finished writing for this month (I don’t think I’ll be writing much for the rest of it), I’m thinking of a new name for my book. Currently, I’m using Drive On as my temporary title, but that was back when most of the book was about the road trip, now it’s a smaller part of the book (about half probably). The idea behind that title was that it was about continuing life after something horrible happened, keep on going, drive on. However, I kind of dislike it. I’ve got a list of titles I like but none of them are perfect, either I think they’re cheesy (this book is not cheesy) or not fitting.

It’s so weird to call it a book, like, I’m no writer, how can I call it a book, but on the other hand: I write. Which in conclusion means I’m a writer. I think, therefore I am, right? I write, therefore I’m a writer.

Snippets

You pass so many faces every day and yet you never stand still and wonder who these people are. They’re there, but they might as well not have been there at all. Ghosts, with a face and a name, but nothing more.

The city sparkles below us and the sky above us. “You know how stars that shine the brightest, burn up the fastest? I read about it online a while ago, it’s because of the heat of the fuel, I don’t really remember.” I trail off, “It reminds me of mom. Mom was probably the brightest star on the horizon.”

Random thought #1: this last one is actually the final lines in my draft at this moment and oh my gosh it’s the perfect way to end this project.

Random thought #2: I should call my novel: Bright Stars Burn Fast (or quickly? or swift? What do you think?).

Aesthetics

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Happy writing! How did your Camp NaNo end? Happy or not?

Camp NaNoWriMo Weekly Update #4

Not only am I very tired (I was up reading until 2 am last night), I have also had the most stressful morning. My laptop decided it was time to crash and burn (not literally), it didn’t do a single damn thing anymore. I don’t know who performed some wicked wicca or to whom I accidentally sold my soul, but it magically started working again.

I thought that I would have lost all my progress since I last backed-up my camp NaNo file and that all of my outlining and character profiling would have disappeared into the dark pit that is called a crashed hard drive. BUT IT’S SAFE. I immediately backed-up every single file I could find and thought was even remotely important, so I’m sure that won’t happen again.

So. Writing. My current word count is around 22.5k and I’m hoping to write about 1k tonight. That is, if I won’t fall asleep or something. My recent obsession with Stitchers has distracted me from writing this week. As you can see in my stats I’ve had a weird week. On one day I wrote a lot and then the next… not so much. I’m in a wave function. I’ve had a couple of unproductive days and a couple of very productive days. I realise that I’ve gotten into a repetitive cycle: during the day I procrastinate doing my homework, and in the evening  I write. On a few days, I simply had very little time at night or little inspiration, so that explains the weird flukes.

I’m trying very hard to keep up with my schedule and not get behind anymore. It’s working until now, so I hope to keep up. Next weekend I just found out I’ll be going away (okay I knew this before but somehow it slipped my mind), so I’m going to have little time to write that weekend. I hope to get some writing done then, but for now I’m just going to have to work even harder to keep up and maybe even work ahead.

I did have a very productive bookstagram week, which is pretty rare because usually I’m a very irregular bookstagrammer. I also reached 100 followers which is pretty big for me! (my instragram is lost_in_a_story btw)

Stats

Day 1-2: 2214 (week 1; words written: 2214)
Day 3-9: 7685 (week 2; words written: 5671)
Day 10-16: 16415 (week 3; words written: 8730)
Day 17: 17625 (words written: 1210)
Day 18: 18429 (words written: 804)
Day 19: 20154 (words written: 1725; now that’s what I call a productive day)
Day 20: 20643 (words written: 489; whoops)
Day 21: 21833 (words written: 1190)
Day 22: 22359 (words written: 526)
Day 23: 22428 (words written: 69)

Snippets

“Are you having fun?” I ask, simply for the sake of saying something.
He smiles slightly, “yeah, I always am with you.”
Again, that tingling feeling in my stomach, if those butterflies could only stop being hyperactive.
“I recall some lesser pleasant times.” I laugh softly, not knowing whether it’s okay to laugh about something like that. Especially since those lesser pleasant times were usually caused by either me crying or me yelling at him.
He shrugs, “more good than bad though.”

With mom it was always so easy, I could say whatever I wanted, she wouldn’t judge or make me feel bad. With Margo and Stephen, however, I’ve always felt like I needed to match some nonexistent ideal of me. I need to be the perfect daughter, whatever that means.

Aesthetics

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How was your writing week?

Camp NaNoWriMo Weekly update #3

And we’re halfway! Time goes fast when you’re having fun (cliche but true). I just did a happy dance on Let’s Dance to Joy Division by The Wombats because that’s my happy song. (also did you know that wombats are the cutest?? google them). I’m officially halfway AND I’m on track! (kinda, I have yet to write today).

I realised this week (again) that I really have to work on my outlining skills will I ever do this again. I’ve gotten to the point where my outline has become vaguer and shorter, so I need quite some inspiration to write. I kinda like it, but a little bit more elaboration would have been nice.

This weekend is the SundayYAthon, and I decided last minute to join in, so I’ve been reading quite a lot these past few days. I’m really happy I joined though, because I’ve been falling into a small reading slump, I barely read the past weeks. Now I’ve read two books since Thursday alone, and I’m going to start another one today and maybe finish it on Tuesday. It’s also helping me get excited about writing!

I’m starting to feel sorry for my characters, especially for Jonah since he is obviously in love while his love interest is very distant. And I’m starting to ship them and argh I CAN’T DO THAT. Just no. This is not a love story and I’d like to keep it that way. It is a very awkward story though, a lot of awkward conversations and hugs. Hah, so totally me.

Stats

Day 1-2: 2214 (week 1; words written: 2214)
Day 3-9: 7685 (week 2; words written: 5671 (ouch!))
Day 10: 9381 (words written: 1696 (WOW))
Day 11: 10821 (words written: 1440)
Day 12: 12321 (words written: 1500)
Day 13: 13325 (words written: 1004)
Day 14: 14373 (words written: 1048)
Day 15: 14373 (words written: 0 (not started yet))

Snippets

“Are you not… germophobic, anymore?” I ask.
She smiles, sad and supportive at the same time. “Don’t worry about that. This is more important than the fact that I feel like a thousand bugs are crawling over my body right now.”
Her intentions might be good but this makes me feel incredibly guilty. I put her in this situation and she isn’t even my friend. Not really.
“Just let me sit here. Just go,” I attempt.
“Linde,” she says strictly, “I am not leaving you here sitting on the bathroom floor. You are not okay and I am here for you, so don’t feel guilty. Now talk.”

(gosh I love this new character I introduced)


“Of course I knew, he’s my brother! How could I not, it’s not like he can hide anything from me.” Lee smiles broadly.
“You knew?! Why did you make it so hard on me?” Kai exclaims.
“I’m your sister, little brother, I’m here to make it hard on you.” She laughs, “I’m so happy for you two.”
He narrows his eyes, “Four minutes, sis, four minutes.”

(they’re twins)

Aesthetics

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At the end of this post I have realised three things:

  1. I have actually written so much. I’ve been scrolling through my work and picking out snippets, and wow. So many words!
  2. I really really like my story and my characters.
  3. I love The Wombats. (Youtube has been playing their songs automatically since I begun writing this and it’s still playing and damn, I love it!)

Hey, I forgot! It’s Easter, so happy Easter! How was your week? Happy writing!