July Camp Nanowrimo 2016

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I’m going to try my hand at Camp Nanowrimo again. This time might be easier than last year, because last year I had my sister’s wedding in June [when Camp was on] and was trying to get ready for Amsterdam too.

Im going to try and write the 50,000 words- not in a singular project, just 50,000 words overall on all of my work-in-progress novels. Sounds completely doable.

My cabin has 12 people so far this year [before anyone starts dropping out], which is always good. I remember one year people kept dropping and I had to change more than five times into new cabins.

For all my writing buddies that are attempting it too:

Good Luck! 

It’s Nearly Camp!

Eeeep!

I just remembered that Camp Nanowrimo is in two days. Most likely – like the rest of the Camps I’ve participated in, I’ll start on a good footing and then loose steam half way through week 1.

I’m going to try my best [but I say that every single time] to get to 50k words. I haven’t written properly in a month, so I really get back into it.

I’m also going away for 4 days next month with the family  – so it’s even less likely that I’m going to complete it, but I’m going to give it my best shot. Because I need to stop wallowing in the rejections and get working again.

So, before it starts kicking off around the world –

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

 

Rejections in the double figures – and not what it’s built up to be.

Writers dream about the day where they can send off to agents and publishers and think up of all the rejection letters that they get back- maybe stick them up and look at them…

It doesn’t happen like that.

The majority of rejection letters aren’t long or informative as we’re made to believe.

Take myself for example:

I’m up to 11 rejections

And not a single one has an ounce of constructive criticism to give to me.

Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, I just don’t know.

The only thing I’ve gotten from them is to ‘keep sending it out’ and ‘it just isn’t for them’.

In other words:

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That’s it! That is all the feedback I’ve gotten back. No deep insight on what’s wrong with the chapters or what needs improving.

I have absolutely no direction of what to do next- the only thing I can do, is to keep sending them out, and I don’t know whether I should focus on this story or focus on the ten-odd stories that are dying for my attention.

 

The only think I can do now is:

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Writing Update

It’s Friday evening, already on my second bottle of Coors Light.

I need to figure out my writing goals for tonight and the next two days. I haven’t written in weeks, easily over a month.

  • 10,000 written words – well, really it’s 9,500 words, but I just rounded it up to the nearest total. This is on two WIPs that I have and it’s just getting them to the next ten thousand words.
  • Edit 3 chapters – I want to edit chapter 4 – 6 of my completed novel and get it out to a select few of people to get feedback on it. I haven’t touched it in a while, so it should be interested.

Other News

I got another rejection letter, and I’m up to 7 rejections now, and going to try and do Camp Nanowrimo next month.

 

No computer has given me so much time and I don’t know what to do with it! 

For the first time ever ( in the three years I’ve had it) my MacBook broke last Monday. 

I’m already starting to lose my mind, I don’t know what to do with myself, Like I have all this free time and nothing to do with it. I can’t edit any or work on my novels. The funny thing is, I’m pretty sure that I went longer than this without touching them, but because I know I can’t work on them it’s just making it so much harder. 

It also doesn’t help that I had to take a very rare sick day from work yesterday due to a  migraine that started on Thursday while in work . I’ve never gotten a migraine before. But I’ve started to get back into playing The Elder Scrolls again (I haven’t touched it in months, and I know why- it’s extremely addictive) so I have this free time and I can use it up by advancing in that game. (I may go and buy myself a television for my room, so I can play it whenever I want and not wait around for people to finish watching tv. 

My MacBook won’t be home till next Friday, so a whole week to find stuff to do when I come home that’s not wasting I front of the television. 

It’s just weird that I use to function without a computer. What the hell did I even do with myself? I need to fill up this free time and right now it’s looking to be the Xbox that’s going to do it, because I can’t think of anything else to do with it. 

Sending out the chapters and writing weekend. 

Sent the first three chapters off to more publishers on Thursday, and I have to say that it gets easier.

I sent off to 4 agents/publishers, bringing the total amount now to 9.

This time around I didn’t get palpitations and didn’t break out into a cold sweat or even closed my eyes when hitting the send button. It was more of a ‘whatever, just send it off.’

Going to write 5-10k this weekend because I haven’t done any writing all monthly… Weirdly, because I’ve been so focuses still on editing this book. But I really need to get the words going on the other books to even be where I want to be. 

What is everyone else’s writing weekend looking like? Any big plans? 

Chapter Lengths

I was reading a book when I was stopped in my tracks by the length of the chapters.

They’re tiny!

I went to my own book and figured by what I’ve written compared per-page to a chapter, that a ‘chapter’ is about 2,500 words.

This is not what I wanted to hear.

My chapters tend to go from anywhere between 4,000 – 6,000 words long, and I’ve started thinking of breaking what I have into smaller chapters.

This would bring my book from 17 to about 40 chapters if I break them up where the scene changes or if they would naturally be book chapter.

So readers and writers, Do you like longer or bite-size chapters? 

Beta Readers

I think I’ve come to the point in my first few chapters, where I’ve edited them so much that I cannot go any further with them.

Now, I’m a complete roadblock. Because?

I do not have a single person that I can give the chapters to and get an honest review back. I don’t trust a complete stranger reading my work- because, the obvious, what if they rob my work?

I’m so lost.

I can see why most writers are alcoholics.

I love writing, I love watching worlds and characters come to life… but I hate editing.

I’ll write chapters. Then they sit…waiting…for months. It’s so long that I know them off-by-heart, and by the time I go back around to them for their ‘cleaning up’ I can’t do it because I literally cannot take this sledgehammer to the little parts that give my novel life.

It’s like slowly chipping away at pillars, terrified that one wrong move and you’ll watch your own masterpiece crumble to dust before your eyes.

My plan was the edit this whole novel during my winter break from work. To have it semi-readable before I go back, but it’s turned into a mental battle rather than a physical one.

I’m only on chapter 3 and I hate this novel a little bit more the longer I work on it, but I know the longer I work on it, the more likely I am to start liking it again…

I can see why most writers are alcoholics.

Writing Weekend Plans [27th November 2015]

This weekend I don’t have a huge writing plan – 11,500 words.

Spending the whole day of Saturday writing. Going to go for a morning walk at 9 – 10 to get the blood pumping.

This is the writing goals for each day:

Friday : 5,000 [this is going to be the hardest, and most likely I won’t get it written – with work, shopping and whatever that happens on Friday night]

Saturday : 5,000 words.

Sunday : 2,500

That is my weekend. I failed Nanowrimo terribly this year and if I write this much over the weekend I’ll make it just to 25k.

The is trying to pace myself before 2016 starts, when I’ll be writing 6 novels over the year.