Pushing the Limits

March hasn’t been easy for me when it comes to writing but I put my foot down with myself. I looked at my word count spreadsheet for the month and figured out how much I would need to write each day to get 10K words before the end of the month. I’ve been working really hard to keep up. I’m slightly behind, but not by much.

Sitting at my desk at my apartment has also helped me focus more than sitting down on the couch. I’m going to make it to my goal.

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On Track

So last week I mentioned how I was doing on my goal for the month. Even though I didn’t accomplish the goal that I set at the beginning of February, I wrote enough so I’ve averaged over 10K words each month so far :). I’m fine with that.

I finally have a glimpse of what I’m working towards with the final meet up with the antagonist at the end of Sapphyre. I’m looking forward to getting there but it’ll probably be a while haha.

Here’s to making March another great month!

Accomplishing Goals

Happy New Year friends!

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I mentioned on Twitter in early December that I wanted to set a goal to reach the first pinch point of my novel by the end of the month. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the term, it’s part of the three act plot structure that I loosely follow.

Act I
Hook: 1% mark. This opening moment is your opening scene—the first thing that happens in your story—possibly even the first line
Setup: 1% – 12%. Readers learn about your characters, their goals, and the stakes
Inciting Incident: 12% mark. A turning point occurs halfway through the First Act. This is the Call to Adventure, the moment the Normal World is significantly rocked by the conflict
Build-up: 12%-25%. The final pieces necessary for the main conflict are moved into position while ramping up the tension
1st Plot Point: 25% mark. The doorway between the end of the First Act and the beginning of the Second. Also likely to be the Key Event

Act II
Reaction: 25% – 37%. After the First Plot Point, the protagonist scrambles to understand obstacles thrown in her way by the antagonist
1st Pinch Point: 37% mark. A reminder of the antagonist’s power, which provides new clues about the nature of the conflict
Realization: 37% – 50%. Protagonists realization grows and her reactions become more informed
Midpoint: 50% mark. The Moment of Truth when the protagonist realizes the central truth about the nature of the conflict
Action: 50% – 62%. Thanks to her new understanding, the protagonist makes headway against the antagonist
2nd Pinch Point: 62% mark. Foreshadows Second Plot Point and serves to remind the protagonist what’s at stake
Renewed Push: 62% – 75%. Protagonist renews attack upon the antagonist. She reaches a seeming victory

Act III
2nd Plot Point: 75% mark. A dark moment for the character. After the victory at the end of the Second Act, she experiences a reversal
Recovery: 75% – 88%. Protagonist reels as she questions her choices, her commitment to her goal, and her own worth and ability
Climax Begins: 88% mark. This turning point forces the protagonist and the antagonist to finally face each other
Confrontation: 88%-98%. Duel to the (literal or metaphoric) death. What occurs here ensures protagonist and antagonist cannot both walk away
Climactic Moment: 98% mark. The moment the protagonist’s goal is met, it becomes a physical impossibility for the conflict to continue
Resolution: 98%-100%. Ease readers out of the excitement of the Climax and into the final emotion

When I set the goal on December 11th, I wasn’t close. I was in the build-up stage but I knew that this was a goal that would stretch me.

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As the holidays approached, I wondered if I would be able to accomplish it but I kept writing every day. Although it did feel pretty discouraging when I only had enough time to write a couple of sentences, I pushed through.

I wrote in the mornings on my family vacation before my husband woke up and kept working on it, even though it seemed loftier and loftier by the minute.

On the 29th, I felt a little discouraged because I had a few chapters left to write to get to the first pinch point and only wrote 50 words because we’d been at Universal Studios all day long.

Then on the 30th, my husband had some work that he needed to do on the computer in our hotel, so we stayed in and I wrote.

I still felt discouraged in the beginning because the scene I was on was super awkward and it made writing difficult.

However . . .

I got that scene written, then wrote through the next two chapters and the first scene of a third where . . .

I wrote the first pinch point!

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Setting good goals can make a world of difference.

I’m so much farther than I would have been otherwise.

I hope in this new year that you all set goals that will stretch you and enable you to do your best.

Happy goal setting!

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3

Just over a week left until the wedding and I have 1,500 words left to write! If everything goes according to plan, I should be done by Sunday.

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The past couple of days have been hard because I’ve been sick and we’ve had a lot of wedding planning stuff going on but I’m pushing through.

I will reach my goal.

It’s amazing the things you can do when you put your mind to it!

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2

As of last night (I haven’t gotten my words for today yet) I had over 6,000 words :). Less than 4,000 words to go to reach my goal!

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Counting today, I have 14 days of writing before my wedding.

Can I reach this goal?

Absolutely!

I didn’t know how I’d be able to accomplish my goal in a shortened period of time but I’m so close to getting there.

When you set your mind to something, you can accomplish great things.

In addition to this, I’ve figured out more of my magic system!

This has been a good month for me.

Update on March Goal

Hey everyone,

Back at the beginning of the month, I mentioned that my goal for March was to catch my subplot up to the main plot. I’m nearly there 🙂 I just need to finish the chapter that I’m currently working on, and I’ll have reached the goal.

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It always feels good to reach goals, to push through the difficulties of not knowing what you want to happen, and to realize you’ve done something worthwhile.

I hope you all do well in working on your own goals!

Goals for March

Hey Everyone!

After the past couple weeks of trying to figure out my main subplot, I’m now in the process of getting things written.

So on Tuesday (the 1st) I set a goal to get this subplot caught up with the main plot before the end of the month. Time to step up and get the work done 🙂

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With figuring the subplot out, things will be a lot more fun within the story and I’m super excited to get things going.

Now it’s time to write. Enjoy your weekend!