18th, 19th, & 20th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 18, 19, & 20
Word Count: 20,091

 

Good Evening Friends & Fellow Campers,

These past few days have been very busy for me with the prospects of a very positive and possible career change in my immediate future! Other than that, I have been very hard at work in my free time putting my story together. I have to say, that in 10 days from now, I’ll have made a completed this short story. It’s been an interesting journey, and not an easy one by any means, but I am very proud of myself nonetheless for actually making this a reality. It feels very surreal to me-that I actually wrote what I hope to one day publish to the public, a really great story about personal transformation. This whole writing experience has been a personal transformation, and I honestly hope that it’s been just as rewarding for those of you writing as well. I will have more time tomorrow to talk about some of my struggles and how I’ve overcome them. Until then, may your writing journey continue to be one full of adventure, mystery, and most importantly, fun.

Sincerely,

Bee

15th, 16th, & 17th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 15, 16, & 17
Word Count: 17,013

Good Evening Friends & Fellow Campers,

Today, we reach our half way mark on our journey through writing our own stories. Congratulations to those of you who have made it to this point! I am very proud of you, and look forward to continuing this journey with you. As I stated yesterday, there were a few things I wanted to talk about that I noticed about my own story as I’ve been writing it.

Last week I was unsuccessful with talking about chapter 6 of No Plot? No Problem! which talks about week two of NaNoWriMo writing with tips and problems that you could run into as you’re working on your story. The part of week two that stood out to me the most was “Falling Behind and the Key to the VIP Lounge.” (Baty 128.) There’s been some instances, such as personal life and sudden time management change of plans, that have caused me to be a few thousand words behind, give or take the day. By getting my personal life under some management, and not being hard on myself about falling behind, because what really matters is that I am keeping my head in the game, and making a dream come true, one step at a time. I like that Baty talked about positive reinforcement in the form of a metaphor with the “VIP Lounge”-as a “place” that you mentally place yourself into to take away from stressing yourself out about your book, and to pat yourself on the back for doing a job well done by sticking with your ultimate goal and getting your book to become a reality. (Baty 128-129.) Another tip Baty talks about that I definitely have found helpful are Check-Ins: taking a moment to quickly write out part of novel in 20 minutes to keep yourself writing and to keep your word count debt from piling up too high on you and, most important of all, to keep you creatively invested in your story. (Baty 130-131.) As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted to here in a few days. This has been because, as Baty has mentioned several times in his book, a re-occurrence of a lot of personal life things happening to me at once where I have to prioritize my time to take care of them before my story. This has also meant me taking the time to balance out writing for my blog as well. I find it interesting how, at the beginning of reading his book, that I felt that I somehow would be exempt from having life happen to me where it would interfere with my book writing process. Here we are, 17 days into writing and I have had more and more little things pile up than I could honestly have imagined that they would. That being said, I’m at least glad that this book has been a great guild with keeping me on track as well as making me laugh and enjoy my ride through the wonderful world of writing a story.

For me, my main reoccurring problem with writing my story up until this point has been my impatience with the progression of the piece. I had been in the mode of wanting to be at the second half of the story-which, shifts the perspective of the main character’s thought process-and I wouldn’t be there until the 16th of April, according to my  story outline. Instead of using that as an excuse not to write the parts that I need, or worse, just skip ahead and not stick to the outline I made, I found a different solution to my problem. I would just write whatever came to mind about that day’s theme, and try my best to think more about that topic instead of focusing on jumping ahead of my story. For example, if the theme was responsibility, I focused on what that meant to myself as well as my character. I would then just type out whatever came to mind when I was focusing on that theme. I would look back when taking a pause from writing to see that what I wrote actually made sense with the theme I would have for that day (I split my outline up by themes for the character to reflect on.) I would end up with my word count goals and I would be able to leave the story so that I could pick up the next day’s topic easily. By sticking with my theme for the day, I felt like I’ve gained more trust within myself.

Music has also been a huge influence on my writing. I’ve been listening to a lot of electronic music while writing my story. For me, instrumental music ranging from classical to modern electro-swing have always been the best writing music for me because there’s no lyrics for me to focus on while I’m in the moment of focusing on my words. Tomorrow, I think I would like to talk some more about week two as well as some more about my writing. Thank you all for your patience with my sporadic posts, and for continuing to be apart of my adventure.

 

Sincerely,

Bee

Works Cited

Baty, Chris. No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. Chronicle Books, 2014.

13th & 14th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 13 & 14
Word Count: 14,050

 

Good Evening Friends & Fellow Campers,

Last night I attended my first poetry slam! Although I didn’t have any new poetry to read of my own, I listened to the different poems others did-and some from authors that inspired them. The whole event does have me inspired to write my own poems again, but I think I will have to wait until after Camp NaNoWriMo to do that. I don’t want to overwhelm myself and take the fun out of doing my writing. I’m looking forward to talk with you guys about some fun and interesting tips I’ve learned from No Plot? No Problem! that I think would be a great help to you guys as it was to me. I will also talk about some thought-provoking discoveries I’ve made these past few days with my story.

Sincerely,

Bee

11th & 12th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 11 & 12
Word Count: 12,048

Good Evening Friends & Fellow Campers,

Wow, we’re twelve days into our writing camp, and I must say, I can’t get over how quickly this feels like it’s going! I’m honestly looking forward to getting past the next few days so that I can jump into talking about, in my story, more from the internal perspective of the main character since up until this point I’ve been talking more about the world around this character. I’ve been struggling to chug forward, but, I’ve been moving forward regardless. I’ve also wanted to stop and research some different ideas for my short story, which I made myself promise to do after the whole story is written instead. The reasoning is, I know how I am when it comes to research. I can be so immersed in it that all I will want to do is focus on that and not actually putting my story to paper. To keep myself from giving into this tempting distraction, I have written a reminder to myself that as a reward for finishing my story on time, I will do as much research and editing after I have reached my goal of 30,000. The more that I keep seeing myself push forward and accomplish my daily writing goals, the more excited I get about editing and looking into how to make my story even more awesome. I am really glad that I decided to put myself up to this challenge. It’s been very healing towards my personal growth as well as my self esteem. I am not use to taking things one day at a time, and honestly, this challenge has taught me that I can make my dreams come true with some patience, understanding, and motivation. I hope that those of you who are writing that you are experiencing some fun with your journey, and that it’s just as rewarding as you wish it to be.

Sincerely,

Bee

9th & 10th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 9 & 10
Word Count: 10,038

Good Evening, Friends & Fellow Campers,

We’ve reached a milestone together: over 10,000 words! What an awesome accomplishment. I am honestly have been so into my writing that I have been slacking a bit on my blog posts, so I do so humbly apologize to those of you who do read my posts every day, and I am very grateful to you at the same time. Thank you for continuing to join me on my journey with my short story writing. It’s been hard for me not to try and edit my work as I go, and to just type what I write, which to my surprise, I’ve been doing really well to not edit my work. By not stopping to correct and overthink the sentence I wrote, I just remind myself that editing is for later, right now, I need to focus on getting my story to paper and that there will be time later for editing. Watching my character’s progression with their thoughts on different human concepts has been interesting-mainly because my goal is to transition from one solid mindset, to epiphany to a new understanding and way of thinking. I want to give my reader the feeling of watching a flower come into bloom with the way that my character develops. I’m looking forward to portraying this more as I go. I’ve even written this on the top of my outline that I see every day to keep that focus there.

Other than writing, I’ve also taken up drawing again. I think in the next few posts, I’ll share some of my art with you guys, to see what you think of it. That being said, I might even make cover art for the story that I’m currently working on as well. I will keep you all posted.

 

Sincerely,

Bee

7th & 8th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 7 & 8
Word Count: 8,052

Good Evening, Friends & Fellow Campers,

Congrats on completing Week One of Camp NaNoWriMo, Campers! I feel very proud and accomplished in my ability to be over 8,000 words into my story. I hope those of you who are writing as well are having a great time with your stories and your journey with writing. This weekend I have been busy plugging away at my story, as well as spending some time with friends and family, which reminds me: make sure you take time off writing to go out and socialize. Meeting my friend for an afternoon of tea and thrift shopping really helped me figure out just where I wanted to take my plot and flow of my story, which is similar to what I’ve read about in No Plot? No Problem! The Universe seems to be opening itself up to me in ways I didn’t expect so far this month. Other than pursuing my love of writing, I’ve also had my love of drawing rekindled as well-so if I’m not writing, I’m doodling away. At some point, I’ll share my doodles and drawing techniques with you all. This week, I’ll talk about Week Two from No Plot? No Problem! and I’ll talk about some other fun things that I’ve come across in my journey of writing.

 

Sincerely,

Bee

6th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 6
Word Count: 6,112

Good Evening Friends,

Today I was able to best my goal out of all my days of Camp NaNoWriMo thus far! With plenty of tea, specifically a Da Yu Ling High Mountain Oolong, I was able to make this happen, and have time for a short rest. This will be the first weekend of Camp NaNoWriMo, so let’s see how far we can get with our stories this weekend! I might try to make some mini goals for the weekends of this month; I’ll talk more about that tomorrow.

Sincerely,

Bee