Camp NaNo July 2017 Announcement

In April, I used Camp NaNo to finally finish my novel, Creeper, which had previously been two short stories with a conclusion in mind. Since I did pretty well with that, I thought I would try it again since I’m having trouble getting motivated on my own.

The last time I did both sessions of Camp NaNo, it was disastrous but I feel like I can swing both if I keep my goals smaller. I’m thinking I will do 30K with this one as well. It also helps that I have a week off in July.

So for July Camp NaNo, I will be re-writing Whispertown with a goal of 30K. I have been wanting to work on this and I hope it will motivate me to do so next month. I’m excited to see how the story I love hopefully become even better. I feel like Whispertown is an important and relevant story, especially as of late.

Whispertown is about a teenage girl named Cassie who finds herself pregnant after being sexually assaulted by her boyfriend, who also happens to be the local pastor’s son. Not quite sure how to handle the situation in her small, conservative town, she battles with whether to stay and face the judgments of others or leave town.
Here’s the updated cover, which I created in Adobe Illustrator:
Are you participating in Camp NaNo? If so, what is your story about? Best of luck!

April Writing & Reading Goals Check (May Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

 

GOALS FOR APRIL:

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Peter Pan for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for my TBR
✓ Read Gates of Paradise for my TBR
✓ Read The Crown for my TBR
✓ Read Toxic (PLL) for my TBR
✓ Finish Creeper for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Do Book Pics
Do Gates of Paradise Recap for blog

I’m still in the process of finishing up my Gates of Paradise Recaps but since I’ve started, I decided to cross that goal off. I’m a bit behind on posts because of Camp NaNoWriMo. I am pretty amazed that I managed to get everything I wanted done this month.

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

 

GOALS FOR MAY

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dandelion Wine for my classic book
✓ Work on Whispertown re-write
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
✓ Read Web of Dreams
✓ Read Stars Above
✓ Read Six of Crows
✓ Read The Forbidden Wish
✓  Do Book Pics
Web of Dreams recap

 

I’m going to mostly work on reading this month, though I feel like it would be a good time to work on Whispertown considering the subject matter.

 

What were your goals for April? Did you meet any of them? What are your plans for May?

 

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Camp NaNoWrimo 2017: Week 4 & Final Results

The last week of Camp NaNoWriMo went pretty well for me. I finally got over being sick and my tooth has stopped hurting (for now). I finished on the 28th but according to my math, only wrote for 15 of those days. Considering how bad or busy I felt during some of the days I didn’t write, this is awesome.

Technically I ended up finishing Creeper on the 27th but I still needed 600 words to finish my 30K goal. I finally ended up writing an epilogue that would tie all three parts of the book together and I feel it works well. I may change my mind later on, but for now it works. I ended up writing an extra 609 past what I needed.

Here are my final stats:

Goal: 30,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 30,609.

I am so happy that I have finally finished Creeper! I plan on one more edit before I begin to query and then consider self-publishing. It is amazing that I was able to accomplish finishing the second part and writing the third in fifteen days when I had been struggling to do so for months.

How did you do for Camp NaNo? Did you finish? Even if you didn’t, if you wrote even one sentence, that is still a sentence you didn’t have before!

 

Camp NaNo 2017: Week 2 & 3

Long time, no post. Sorry about that. This Camp NaNo has been difficult. Not only am I suffering from a severe cavity/toothache as well as working overtime, but I also managed to get a sinus infection/cold on Easter Sunday. I am mostly better now but the toothache is still coming and going.

Still, I feel I’ve done pretty well despite missing several days of writing. This morning I had no idea on how I would end Creeper and now I have an outline all the way up to the end. Some of the last part was written without any planning but the rest of the story finally started to fill in for me.

Here are my current stats:

Goal: 30,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 20,899.
Word Count Remaining: 9,101
Days Remaining: 8.

 

At this rate, I need to write at least 1,012 per day to finish on time. It is estimated that I will finish past my goal but I am hoping to get a lot written tomorrow. Hopefully my body will give me enough of a break to finish. If not, well, I am still proud of what I have been able to accomplish so far.

How is Camp NaNo going for you? I hope it is going well!

 

 

 

Camp NaNo 2017: Week 1

 

So Camp NaNoWriMo started this month. It kind of snuck up on me but since I have been struggling to finish Creeper, I thought it would make for a perfect project to work on.

And within a week, I have managed to finish what I haven’t been able to for months: Part 2 of Creeper!

Now I’m on Part 3 and while I have some basic notes, I have no idea how this is going to end. I guess it’s a mix of planning and pantser so it should be interesting to see how it all goes down.

I’ve forgotten just how creepy Riley’s POV is. I’m also wondering on if the way I have these parts written will work since I can’t see doing them any other way. Maybe once Part 3 is finished, everything will fall into place.

Here’s my stats as of today:

Goal: 30,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 12,118.
Word Count Remaining: 17,882.
Days Remaining: 22.

At this rate, I only need 778 words per day to finish.

So far I’m pretty confident that I will be able to finish. I took a few days off due to life/work and because I was already ahead. I seem to do best on the weekends. I wasn’t able to get as much done this weekend because I slept in today and have been busy but I have Easter weekend coming up (3 days, yes!) so I feel I will get a lot done Friday and Sunday.

Are you doing Camp NaNo? If so, how is your progress going? I hope it is going well!

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

I’d actually forgotten about Camp NaNoWriMo until it was recently mentioned to me. Since I have been struggling to write this year, I thought it would be a great way to motivate myself to actually finish something.

My plan is to finish my Creeper novel once and for all. I finished the first part but have had problems finishing the second and starting the third. My goal for Camp NaNo is to write 30K. I already have around 20K from the first part and what I started of part 2 already so it should end up being long enough for a novel.

I will be posting weekly updates. Due to work, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Gates of Paradise VCA Recap I plan to do, reading, and life itself, there probably won’t be any other kinds of posts (minus Book Pics) unless I find time. I plan to do some more Book vs. Movie posts whenever I am able, but it probably won’t happen until May.

Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, what are you writing about? Happy writing!

March Writing & Reading Goals Check (April Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR MARCH:

 

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Little Women for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban for my TBR
✓ Read The Heir for my TBR
✓ Read Deadly (Pretty Little Liars) for my TBR
✓ Read Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews for my TBR
✓ Read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for my TBR
✓ Do book pictures for the month
✓ Work on Creeper re-write
✓ Participate in #PitMad on 23rd

 

I did great with my reading goals and actually ended up reading 8 books! I haven’t been doing so hot with writing this year but I am hoping to change that in April.

GOALS FOR APRIL:
✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Peter Pan for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for my TBR
✓ Read Gates of Paradise for my TBR
✓ Read The Crown for my TBR
✓ Read Toxic (PLL) for my TBR
✓ Finish Creeper for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Do Book Pics
Do Gates of Paradise Recap for blog

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for March? Is anyone else participating in Camp NaNo?