2017 Writing Updates

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017 Results


This is probably going to be a fairly short post, because things did not go as planned during the month of April. I started out so strong, but it didn’t end that way. 

As many of you may know I was using Camp NaNo as a way to jumpstart my revision/editing process on my novel Vendetta. I can say that it is quite effective if you are able to commit time specifically to write. I was not. 

I had a goal of 35,000 words, and I ended up with 16,987 words by the 30th. I’m upset that I didn’t reach my goal, but I have to remember that there were a lot of factors I didn’t have control over. 

One being my mothers week long stay in the hospital. That just turned everything upside down, and it sucked up all of my time. Even after she was released I was always busy with school, taking her to the doctors, going to the doctors myself, my normal responsibilities, and trying to find time to sleep. It was a hard month. 

All of that being said I am continuing on with revisions/edits. I’m actually in the middle of completely rewriting the second half of the book. I’m hoping to have it polished and ready for an editor by June, but we will see where life takes me. 

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Camp NaNoWrimo Week 2 Check-In

Day 8

Today was better than I had thought it would turn out to be. I didn’t hit my goal word count for today, but I was able to get some words down on the page. I still feel solid about the work I was able to accomplish today.

Words Written: 699

Total Words: 4,549
Day 9

I didn’t write anything. At all. Which puts me even farther behind on my goal. I’m hoping that tomorrow will turn out to be better. I was just so exhausted today.

Words Written: 0

Total Words: 4,549 
Day 10 

Today was semi productive. I didn’t hit my word count goal, but I’m happy I at least got some words down on the page. 

Words Written: 513

Total Words: 5,062
Day 11

I got more done today than I did yesterday. So that’s a plus. However, I still wasn’t able to hit my daily goal. 

Words Written: 658

Total Words: 5,720

Days 12-14

I didn’t write anything during these days. I’ve been battling a severe migraine that doesn’t want to go away, and staring at the computer screen just seems to make it worse. 

Total Words For The Week: 1,870

Total Words: 5,720

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Camp NaNoWrimo Week 1 Check In

So as many of you may know I decided to participate in the April 2017 Camp NaNoWrimo. I’m still struggling to figure out it was truly one of my better decisions. Either way, I plan to do check ins each week to keep you guys updated on my progress. So there won’t be any “Writing Update” posts from me until next month.

So, how is it going so far?

Not terribly well. I set a goal of 35k and as of right now I’m a couple of days behind. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but unfortunately because my mother doesn’t follow the instructions of her doctor she ended up in the hospital on Tuesday. I’ve been so stressed out about everything, and so busy making sure she’s got everything that she needs that I haven’t had much time to write. Yesterday she got released, so I’m hoping that I’ll have a little more time on my hands.

Currently I’m sitting at 3,936/35,000 words. Still 31,064 remaining in order to complete my goal. I’m going to do my best to get the bulk of my writing done this weekend, so that if I don’t have the time during the week I’ll have some sort of a cushion.

I hope everyone also participating in the Camp is making progress! Wish me luck guys!

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March Wrap Up & April Goals

March was another one of those months where I felt, well, blah. Unmotivated most of the time. Yet even when I got the feeling of motivation I let others put me down. It was definitely a month of me questioning my values and what it was that I truly wanted.

At the end of the month, I’m glad to say, I got my shit together. I sat down and started making character lists, outlines, and even decided to participate in CampNaNoWrimo.

Most of the month I did manage to hit 500 words a day on at least one project. There were a few days that I just felt blah and didn’t write anything. I did read during the month, but it was a lot of picking up books and losing interest. I also did work out as well, which I’m quite pleased with. I feel better when I do, and that alone makes me want to be in the gym more.

April Goals

  • Finish my goal of 35,000 words for CampNaNoWrimo. I’m revising VENDETTA and with the way that it looks now I’m scraping the whole second half of the book.
  • Continue going to the gym
  • Complete and post 6 blog posts for the month
  • Stay on top of my school work
  • Read. Just read. Then review what I’ve read regardless of genre or release date.
  • Continue outlining Anasatia’s Rising

So those are my goals. I’m really hoping to finish NaNo this time around, I’ve never been able to do it. But since I set a reasonable goal for myself I think it’s a good bet. I’m also hoping it will help me get into the habit of writing everyday.

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A lot Has Happened | Writing Update 4

A lot has happened. Surprisingly much more good than bad. 

My Week

This past week had been so up and down. I went to dinner with a friend at a really good Mexican restaurant, and it was quite lovely. I have to make a point of going out more with people, even if it just with friends.

 I had several dental appointments which were horrible to say the least. I actually am in the doctor’s office right now because of them— I’m convinced. I woke up two days ago, after having fillings done, with a splitting headache that has now lasted two days. I’m not a happy camper. 

The Writing

If you have been following along with me for a while, you will know that I write with pen and paper. It just works a lot better for me. However, with that style of writing comes with a lot of work. 

The past week I used all of my spare time to type up everything that had been written for Anastasia’s Rising. In total it is up to just over 4.6k words. 400 of those were actually new words that I was able to add in during typing. That’s one of the reasons that I enjoy writing with pen and paper. When you have to go back and type everything up, it allows for productive change. 

I’ve really been enjoying writing this WIP. It feels like a breath of fresh air. The characters are also really cool too. The lead, Anastasia, is my favorite of course, but there’s a werewolf, Carson, that is quickly stealing my heart. I’ve made an inspiration board on Pinterest if you’d like to check it out : https://www.pinterest.com/SaraBWrites/anastasias-rising-inspiration/

I know this week’s post is a bit short and sweet, but there really hasn’t been anything eventful. 

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A Less Than Expected|Writing Update 3

My Week

So this week was interesting to say the least. I’ve gotten extremely less writing done then I would have wanted, and that is really my own fault. I let new shiny things distract me. Everything was goodish, I suppose, until Saturday. 

On Saturday I went to the Naval Academy for a basketball game. I was so excited to go. I wanted to spend quality time with my best friends who I might not see after graduation. I have to say I wish I hadn’t gone, because of the other people that I knew who also happened to be there. 

My best friends ditched me and my ex found me. I’m still going back and forth in my head about it. I wish I hadn’t gone. I wish I hadn’t started talking to him. I just wish my friends hadn’t ditched me like that. 

My Writing

I have been distracted quite frequently this past week. I’ve found loads of new books that I’ve gotten into—so ready yourselves for an influx of book reviews coming soon. I only wrote two days this week, totaling just under 300 words. 

I was working on Anastasia’s Rising per usual, and I ended up picking out two already written chapters to rewrite. I just didn’t like how they flowed. So dispite only writing 282 words, I was able to map out two chapters for the rewrite. On top of that I also did some plotting for future chapters, which is very out of the ordinary for me. I’m usually a pantser. 

So that has been about it. Not many exciting this this past week, but I’m hoping to be more productive this week. 

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An Explanation 

Since the beginning of February my life has been a roller coaster. Literally. 

I have no idea how, but I forgot about midterm assessments. So that was a lovely time. I have never pulled so many all nighters in my life, and I never want to go through that again. I’m traumatized. 

Also, my appendix was a thing. I don’t know if I mentioned it specifically or not in my last post, but I almost had surgery. I’m so thankful that I didn’t actually have to have my appendix removed. It ended up being muscle spasms. Very intense spasms. 

However, on the bright side I’ve been cranking out words. I’ve also been in the gym, and I can lift again so it’s so exciting. So more or less, I’m trying to get my shit back together. So please be patient, I will have more content coming soon!

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A Couple Days Late | Writing Update 2

I know this post was supposed to go up on Sunday, but I’ve had some family stuff going on. That to me was more important to deal with at the time. 

Last week I was able to do quite a bit I would say. I took everything on Wattpad and made it private, reorganized the structure of chapters in Anastasia’s Rising, and rewrote the whole thing. Which added another thousand words to it. I also downloaded a word count tracker app that allows me to do writing sprints, and I must say that it has come in quite handy. 

Anyway that’s all for this update, come back on Sunday for another!

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First Writing Update Of 2017| Writing Update 1

The start of this new year hasn’t been all that perfect for me, and I find myself at a loss. I find myself wishing, and wanting, for things to happen, but I never actually do anything about it. Mostly because of the people that surround me. 

In all aspects, that has to stop. I have to take charge of my life, and what I want it to be. I have to stop trying to make other people happy. That being said I know I am capable of writing at least two books a year. Possibly more. So, this has to be my year. 

As for writing I have flipped through abandoned manuscripts, found a starting point, and I’m going to run with it. Every Sunday I’m going to post my progress here I’m order to keep myself accountable. Today marks the start of something new.