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

5th of April; Day 5 of Camp

Camp Day: 5
Word Count: 5,027

Good Evening Friends,

Beating my word count every day so far of Camp NaNoWriMo has been such a rewarding and triumphant feeling for myself. This does not mean that writing my story  has been easy. If anything, this has been a really mentally stimulating and challenging thing for me to do as well as keep up with. The more I get into the momentum of writing this story, the more I actually question myself and how I view the characteristics of humanity as a whole. I also believe that if I did any serious research before doing this personal project, I think I might be so overwhelmed about what to add and where, and end up giving up. I’m glad that I went into this, for this month at least, with just an idea and an outline and let the rest just come to me as I go. It’s far more fun and adventurous, since I honestly don’t know what I will put to paper until I actually do.  That being said, I declare to be another success. I hope that to those of you whom are writing that you’re profiting from your journey as much as I am, and enjoying it just as much. To those whom are just here for the ride, I hope you’re having fun and learning along the way.

Sincerely,

Bee

4th of April; Day 4 of Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 4
Word Count: 4,048

Good Afternoon Friends,

My apologies for such a short post yesterday, I needed to make sure that some things in my personal life came first, and thankfully, were sorted out in a timely manner. That being said, today’s post will be some more of my writing progress as well as some of the really helpful things I’ve picked up from No Plot? No Problem!

I know I have yet to talk about Section 2 and that’s what I think I will discuss in more detail today. This section has its chapters divided up into each of the four weeks of your writing process. Since Baty suggests reading each of these chapters one week at a time, to keep in the moment and keep the excitement alive, that’s how I will talk about each chapter of the second section. For this post, I will be focusing on Week One. The tone of encouragement from Baty starts out the chapter with much enthusiasm and excitement. I have to agree with him, writing the book you’ve always wanted to should be a fun and adventurous journey. I like that he also identifies a huge problem right off the bat with self criticism and tackles it right away by identifying it as an “Inner Editor” and how to put them on hold for the next 30 days of your writing journey (Baty 107-108.) I found his tips throughout the chapter to be very helpful, and gave me a sigh of relief. He talks about how to deal with what he calls “Week One Issues” such as starting off your story’s first sentence, finding when your optimal writing time is, and how to bring a chapter to a close (Baty 110-112.)

After reading these, I felt that through Baty’s encouragement and positive constructive thinking, I was more at ease and wasn’t too caught up in my story.  I didn’t end up seeing it as a chore anymore: I saw it as a peaceful, new, and exciting journey of which I couldn’t wait to be apart of. With these 30 days, he breaks up his strategy on how to deal with each of the week’s challenges. His “Week One Tips” focus on balancing out the adrenaline rush from the excitement of diving into your story and how to keep up with a healthy momentum all while not falling into bad habits such as stop and go editing and runaway thoughts (Baty 112-116.) I have definitely had my moments already where my story ideas and sentences are coming to me like a broken dam: all at once. Instead of stopping myself, I just type out the story as it comes. This can be a bit overwhelming, and if I worry about the new ideas that tend to be more ahead of my story than I am, I just jot it down in my notebook that I leave next to me for such an instance. Getting to know yourself as a writer, and learning about what helps and hinders you along the way is very essential to the progress of your creative writing. I believe that you should nurture your good habits and needs and work on limiting your bad habits as much as possible. In order for me to think clearly, my work space needs to be neat, so I always make sure to keep it as such to prevent an unnecessary distraction. Also, like I said about the notebook, I always have one with me wherever I go because inspiration and ideas tend to come to me at any given time, so what I noticed works for me, is physically writing out my thoughts and ideas. I know other people who have places dedicated on their smart devices for said ideas and I think that’s a great idea as well. What this week so far has taught me about my story writing process is my need to stay focused and positive has already been a great factor in completing my weekly goals and has already surfaced what my good and bad habits are (good being riding out the momentum and bad being allowing my immediate distractions to take a place before my writing.)

 

Thank you all for continuing this journey with me as I write my first short story in a long time. It really means the world to me that you guys take the time to stop by and see what I’ve got to say. For those writing along, I wish you all the focus, words, luck and love the world can give you. To those of you just here for the ride, I hope it’s enjoyable for you.

 

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.

3rd Day of April; Day 3 of Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 3
Word Count: 3,033

Good Evening Friends,

Today was another rather busy day for me, so writing had to take place a little later this evening, but all progress on my short story is going along smoothly. I’m going to make today’s post really short since I have a few long things that I’d rather talk about more tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the rest of your evening and I will see you tomorrow for more Camp NaNoWriMo updates!

Sincerely,

Bee