Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 11

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It’s day eleven and progress is slow going still.  By day seven, I knew I wasn’t going to reach my word count goal.  That’s when I realized something important–word count goals just don’t work for me.  Instead of following the advice of the eight gazillion books and blog posts on writing that I’ve read over the years, I’ve decided to try things my way.  I’m going to shoot for hours spent writing rather than number of words written.  My new goal is 50 hours of writing.  As of this writing, I’ve accomplished just under eight hours, so I’m still behind.  Over the weekend I hope to play a little catch up by putting in as many hours as possible. Wish me luck.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 5

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Just a quickie:

I’m five days into Camp NaNoWriMo and my progress at this point has been at a slug’s pace. As of this writing, I’ve managed 1457 words of my 25K goal in the first four days (haven’t written yet today).  That’s an average of about 365 words a day.  If I keep up this not-so-breakneck pace, I should have my 25K words in a little over 2 months from now.  The good news is that I am making the time to write, whether I feel like it or not.  My true goal here is to get back into a regular daily writing habit, and so far that’s gone as planned.

The Book-In-A-Year Project

The Book-in-a-Year Project

For years I’ve had one goal and that’s to write a novel.  Yet, I haven’t come close to reaching that goal.  I have a pile of unfinished projects, notebooks filled with ideas, and computer files filled with even more ideas and outlines for projects.

But still, no finished novel.

I have had a few obstacles – crappy job, going back to school, dealing with cancer, quitting school, paying down debt, going back to school, getting laid off from crappy job, finding new crappy job.  These are viable excuses to a degree.  The reality is none of them are enough of an excuse to have kept me from writing.

As of today, I am committing to writing a book in one year.  My goal is to finish a first draft, revise it and by the end of the year (preferably sooner) have a polished book to submit to agents and/or publishers.  To help get me started, I’ve signed up for CampNanoWrimo, which begins July 1st.

The project I’ll be working on is the romance that I started last year during April’s CampNanoWrimo.  I’d completed close to 30K words last year but was nowhere near finished. A few weeks ago I began rewriting it, but as I’m writing this blog post I think a better idea is to just continue adding to the manuscript I’ve already begun, rather than start all over with a new first draft.  My goal for July is 25K words and I’ll be posting updates throughout the process.

There is never going to be a “right” time to write a book.  There are always going to be excuses and obstacles, so you either have to commit to it or decide you’re never going to write a book and move on with your life.

I’m making the choice to put in the time and effort to get it done and my deadline is June 27, 2019.

No. More. Excuses.