Camp NaNoWriMo Victory!!!!!

So yesterday, just before four o’clock in the afternoon I crossed the figurative finish line, having reached my Camp goal. The best part of this is that I love what I wrote for Camp and I don’t look at it and cringe.

Having a focus on quality this round has made a huge difference to me. Though I didn’t set a goal of 50,000 words, I feel more accomplished than I did in both July and November because I love what I wrote and I’m not burned out.

I still have more to write and I’m excited about the things I’m writing.

To add to all this, a few minutes after crossing the finish line my phone chimed with my Commit app asking if I’d worked on my manuscript. I laughed and pressed yes.

I’m at 60 days in a row of working on my manuscript.

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Looking forward, I’m not sure if I’ll ever go for the full 50,000 again (I might but who knows). I want to continue to focus on the quality of my work so NaNoWriMo is not an excuse for crappy writing.

I did it. I won. And I didn’t forget:

quality-over-quantity

Have a good rest of your week everyone! See you Monday!

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 4 Report

Another week has passed and we’re on to the last week of Camp. I had a struggle for a few days this last week but last night I had a super burst of inspiration. I kept thinking, oh I’ll write until I get to this many words but I got into the scenes I was working on and ended up reaching today’s target word count.

Obviously I’ll still write today. Maybe I’ll meet the goal early instead of at 11:50 pm on the 30th 🙂

I’ve still focused on quality, even with everything I’ve written. I’m working hard on that goal.

Keep up the good work everyone and remember:

quality-over-quantity

See you Thursday on our last day of Camp. We’ll see if I’ve won by the time I post 😀

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 4 midweek

Good morning everyone!

It’s a good thing I got ahead since this migraine is still going on. I’ve still written every day but yesterday I only did about 30 words. However since I’d gotten ahead, I have less than 200 words to write to get to where I need to be. My goal for the day is to write at least 500 words to keep staying ahead for when I have days like yesterday.

No matter how difficult it may be, if we keep moving forward we’ll be finishers. I like this quote because it’s difficult for me, since I’m a bit of a perfectionist, to not keep going backwards to try and make that first chapter perfect. I feel better about myself when I work hard and keep pushing through because writing is a thing of discovery. We can only discover new things about our stories when we keep moving forward.

What are ways that help you to keep going forward when life’s circumstances make it hard to write?

Work hard everyone and remember:

quality-over-quantity

See you Monday!

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 3 Report

Well things are going well on the writing end. I’m a bit ahead which is nice. Now if I can just get over this migraine, things would be great.

Most of my words in the past few days have been Topaas planning.

I’ve figured out the main character better and her betrothed as well.

It makes me really happy to have the ideas flowing.

Due to my migraine I don’t have much else to say but keep pushing forward everyone and remember:

quality-over-quantity

See you Thursday!

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 3 midweek

Well, I’m caught up as of last night. Yay!

What I really want to talk about today is emotions.

Emotions are a big part of Sapphyre because my main character is an empath and I’ve thought a lot about them lately in regards to my own life as well.

Life is a roller coaster full of ups and downs, twists and turns.

The question is, how do we get back up when we hit the low points?

Just as my MC has to learn to balance the emotions that she feels from others, we all need to do that within our own lives and in writing.

There are those of us who may feel down when we don’t get time to write or when we feel blocked. What I’ve learned is if I just write something, I can keep my emotions from pulling me down. It doesn’t have to be much. If could just be something about one of my characters ex. Character A is afraid of horses or Character B doesn’t like nuts.

Little things like that can help with the downs.

Keep writing through the ups and downs and remember:

quality-over-quantity

See you Monday!

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 2 Report

I am behind by about 800 words so to catch up I’d need to do 1,600+ words today. I’ll probably divide those excess words between the next few days in order to not be overwhelmed.

The week itself was good and I was ahead every day until yesterday when I only wrote 25 words.

No excuse except feeling a bit drained.

Oh well, a break is good as long as I catch up :).

One thing I’ve thought about this week is not giving up.

Never Quit

I may have fallen behind but I won’t quit. I will get this novel written.

Come out the conqueror and remember:

quality-over-quantity

Have a great few days and I’ll see you on Thursday 🙂

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 2 Midweek

On day 9, things are going smoothly. I’m about a hundred words ahead.

The best part of this camp is that I’m enjoying it. I’m loving what I’m writing. It’s fun and I’m getting to know my characters better with the scenes I have them in.

I’m finding ways to motivate myself by saying that once I have my word count I can . . .

Finding motivation is a great way to keep writing.

On another note, I took a quiz from Write to Done about identifying whether sentences had active or passive verbs. They said I’m a:

Grammar Warrior

I suppose it helps that I’m an English graduate. I only missed 1 of the 10 questions 😀

Have a good rest of your week everyone and remember:

quality-over-quantity

See you Monday!

WD