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

2nd of April; Day 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 2
Word Count: 2,036

Good Evening Friends,

Today marks Day 2 of my writing process with my short story. So far, so good. I feel as though I’m getting more of a flow for my writing, even though it’s only the second day of Camp. My focus today has been on the importance of purpose-and how my character perceives that ideal from their observations. After writing my piece, I took some notes of what I would like to add to the section later. For example, more details of certain types of people that this being has observed, and to display what each person symbolizes as a whole. I really want this piece to be more of a philosophical nature, and one that the reader really gets a feel for the “hidden” messages that I am presenting to them. Another aspect that I am working on for this piece is the overall tone and mood. I want to create a consistent tone, but haven’t been able to decide on if I want it to be neutral or not. When it comes to the overall mood, I want to use the way the character views the humanity that it once was apart of and transition the mood from detachment and apathy to acceptance, forgiveness and empathy, especially towards how they take their focus off humanity and more toward them self.

As I am into my second day of writing, I made sure to work out first thing this morning, take my multivitamin for the day, and make sure I had a great breakfast, and of course, a cup of tea before I started off on my journey for the rest of today-especially with balancing out my work life with my writing life. Making a loose schedule has also been a great help along this journey to getting my story to paper. I don’t feel as overwhelmed or on a time constraint since I’ve decided to put goals on each day of what I need to do and get done. As long as I get it done by the end of the day, I feel a sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction. For example, my schedule today consisted of working out first, followed by my morning routine, work, some grocery shopping, coming home and working on my part of the story for the day. Of course, I do have to agree with Chris Baty when he talked about how everything happens at once when you need to write your story; life happens. It doesn’t put itself on pause for you just because you’re writing a story. If it did, I don’t think I’d have as much drive to accomplish my word goals for the day or any of my goals, if I didn’t have any resistance in my life. Another great tip that I could share with you all is to make sure to take care of yourself while you write. Basic hygiene and food breaks are a good thing to get into a habit of. Being smelly or fatigued doesn’t help with getting your piece to paper, if anything, I’ve found it more helpful to take a nice hot shower to essentially wash away my stress and it gives me a mood boost. If I could describe myself when it comes to my writing, I am a very moody, and my focus usually stems from how I am feeling emotionally. Emotion is a very fundamental and driving force for all my work.

To those of you who are joining me for Camp NaNoWriMo, stay hydrated, stay healthy, and most importantly stay happy. I believe in you, and your story, and wish you all the luck and creative freedom the world can give you. To those of you who are here for the ride, I hope your time here is welcoming and enjoyable.

Sincerely,

Bee

1st of April; First Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 1
Word Count: 1,035

Good Evening Friends,

I hope you are all enjoying your lovely Sundays, either at home, or out celebrating with family and friends. I spent my day with family, enjoying a great meal, some sweets, and quality time together. Once I arrived home, however, I jumped right to my computer and started on my piece “Reflections of a Cyborg” -my short story Camp NaNoWriMo project. I’m happy to say that I beat my word count goal of 1,000 by 35 words. It may not seem like a lot, but in all honesty, I was rather impressed with myself for jumping into this piece, sticking to my outline, focusing on what I want to say, and just typing it out as it came to me. I was able to accomplish this in an hour. I feel that a huge contribution to this has been my preparation up until this point. These past few months, between writing blog posts as well as keeping a diary every other day, have helped me to get into a habit of writing more and help me build up some excitement into pursuing a bigger plateau of writing. Some things that I have noticed during my writing were interesting to reflect on here. Whenever I have a piece in mind that I wish to write, one of the hardest things for me to do is to actually start it off. When I started this piece, however, I was able to jump right in without hesitation. I think that by making and using an outline for the story I have in mind has helped me out to overcome my hesitation with starting out a writing piece. Another big improvement that I noticed was my lack of hesitation, and that I just went with it from beginning to end with no problems.

Since I would like to keep this post a little bit short, I will talk more tomorrow about some of my comparisons and contrasts between my story and the book that I am using as a guide/tool. I will try my best to keep up with No Plot? No Problem! since the last half of the book is divided by each week, and I will post as keep going through my short story process.

To those of you whom are participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, I wish you all the luck and words possible, and to those who are just along for my journey with Camp, I hope you enjoy your time here.

Sincerely,

Bee