Plans, plans, plans

The word ‘plans’ is starting to look really weird right now.

It’s been nearly two weeks since I finished Camp Nanowrimo and I think that’s a long enough break from my novel right now. Any longer and it will be another rewrite for the July Camp and I really want to move on from this novel, or at least send it off to my writing group to get their opinions. In order to do that, I need to transform this novel into something I don’t mind other people reading by the middle of June preferably.

This novel I worked on during Camp, I See Fire, is, I think, the fourth rewrite in this world. The characters and plot were very different in the first one but I think every rewrite has improved things. But now it needs to get better and fast. Or as fast as it can go along with working full-time.

The two articles I’m looking at while editing is this one from Bookbaby, which has a more wider view of editing, and this one from Marissa Meyer, which is part of an extensive series of articles about taking your book to publish. I do better when I have a plan (hence the title) and especially ones laid out like this. With editing, it’s so tempting to jump straight in and get bogged down with how much work I have to do (it’s going to be more of a second draft than editing, I think), but if I actually want to get work done, I have to break it down into small chunks.

Finished! Done! Completed!

So I finished the draft of I See Fire! Normally when I do Nanowrimo, I meet my word count and then I lose all motivation. Last year for Camp Nanowrimo, I set myself 30,000 word goal, met it halfway through the month and then stopped writing altogether on that novel (did a lot of writing on other things instead). So this year, I am really happy because I met my 50,000 word count goal on the 23rd (when I did a 10k day) and then kept writing until I finished this draft.  Continue reading “Finished! Done! Completed!”

Stumbling Block

I discovered, once again, if I take a day off for my novel, it’s hard to get back into it. I went home for the weekend, didn’t have my laptop and ended up not writing on my novel for five days (I still wrote just not for Camp) and it’s hard to get back into the groove of the fantasy world and characters when you’re absent for a little bit.

When a Scrivener app comes out on Android, I am there!

Halfway Through

The trouble is when you’re doing well is being scared you’re going to lose momentum. I’m very ahead of my word count goal (50k) but I’m behind on my ‘finish both novels goal’. I have surprised myself with how much I can write, even on night shifts when I actually get down and do it. And use the Camp Nanowrimo Twitter sprints whenever I can. Last year I reached my target and then ignored the sprints on Twitter, this year every time I’m at home and able to do the sprints, I’m doing them. It seems to be making the difference.

It’s good to see how much I can do when I’m actually determined, rather than making writing another thing on my to-do list, I’ve been making it a priority.

Too Many Ideas

Do you ever get those thoughts? You sit down to write one story, you tell yourself you’re going to focus on this idea and this idea only, and ten billion other ideas come into your head, each one more wild and exciting than the last.

Of course if you give up on your original idea and start working on one of those new ideas, the same thing’ll happen again. And you like your original idea. It’s just your brain doesn’t like being productive on the thing that could work.

It’s the instant gratification monkey. I hate that monkey.

Camp Nanowrimo

It’s that time of year again! April Camp Nanowrimo starts in three days and my plan for the book I’m going to write is so far non-existent. I’ve done a lot of planning for the first book in the planned trilogy, the one I thought I was going to rewrite in March before Camp started (spoiler alert: it didn’t happen) but haven’t quite done the planning for the second book yet. So I’ll be finishing the planning and then apparently writing both books in April.

Well, I always do like to set myself impossible goals.

Luckily I’m in a cabin with other members of my writing group (who I met in a Camp cabin) and some new members as well so it’s a pretty busy cabin. All the activity in the cabin is both inspiring and guilting me into finishing my plans for both books. I also use mywriteclub to keep track of my writing goals.

And I’ll be trying to post more regular posts on here as well.

Like I said, impossible goals.

Writing Courses

I have had no internet for the last month due to BT being really, really unhelpful about getting mine set up at my new flat. Not an experience I want to repeat. It was bad timing because I had signed up for a couple of courses at FutureLearn.com and one of these was a writing course.

I like writing courses (especially free ones) because it pushes me to continue with my original writing. Fanfiction writing, I’ve had no problem with but original writing took a bit more of a push. And I’m awful at editing and that is one of the topics, so all those first drafts might actually get past the first draft stage (I take part in NaNoWriMo quite a lot and then I’m left with lots of first drafts which I never edit).

Week one has been slow going at first because most of the things like creating a writer’s notebook are things that I already do and I’m impatient, I want to get down to the actual crafting a story and writing. It looks like week 3 is editing though, so I’m looking forward to that week.