Camp Nanowrimo July Update

Its almost half way through Camp Nanowrimo July 2018.

My word count so far is 23,057.

My goal is 30,000 words,

but it would be nice to get up or pass 50,000 words. I’ll still be happy if I get between the two goals.

I got part 1 out 5 finished in my book.

I’m excited about part 2, because I’ll be working on urban legends and horror stories.

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Question of the Day Survey

A fellow author makes up these daily questions on her Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/deborah.rileymagnus

Since I’m not on Facebook everyday, I collected the last ten or so and posted them as a survey.

Author survey question of the day … Are you a happy writer? Do you find joy in all (or at least most) of the elements of being an author? Do you smile at the keyboard every time you face it?
Writing is one of few reasons, I get up everyday. I’m sad on days I don’t write. Yes writing makes me happy.

Author survey question of the day … What’s your best technique for keeping track of things, especially if you write series books, or books that cover vast amounts of time? Do you use spread sheets? Notebooks loaded with details? Editing notes on a word doc? Post-it notes on a wall? What works best for you?
I have lists. I am a big list maker. I research and make notes and outline. I tried spread sheets, but I like just WordPress or word docs better. I love 3M post-it notes.

Author survey question of the day … What INSPIRES you today, and why? Is it the weather, the place you are in your manuscript, something you saw or something you feel? What’s got your motor going?

Many different things inspire me. . . when people talk, cars driving by, movies, celebrities, and even a good meal . . . the list goes on.

Author survey question of the day … WEATHER … if you have air conditioning or live in Alaska, this question IS NOT FOR YOU … Any authors out there dealing with this unbelievable heat? Aside from running many, many fans to keep semi-cool, how are you writing through the hellish hot weather? (Dripping sweat here in Pittsburgh!) How’s the writing weather outside the United States? (Maybe I should go there!)
I would need a fan or I go to a restaurant and order a meal and eat and write. I cannot write when I have sweat in my eyes.

Author survey question of the day … How many “Ideas” do you have sitting aside and waiting for their turn? Those cool thoughts that come when you’re in the middle of something else?
Tons of ideas. . . I always get an idea when I am busy. I write then in a notebook.

Author survey question of the day … In your opinion, what is the most important HABIT a writer should have?
Write every days. . . lists, blog, poems stories, ideas, character sketches, outlines, or novel. . . whatever just write.

Author survey question of the day … What is your favorite way to connect with other authors? Facebook? Twitter? LinkedIn? Critique Groups? Writer groups and organizations?
Facebook groups, wattpad, fan fiction.net, my nanowrimo groups, and my blogs

Author survey question of the day … I’M BACK! I must say that accept for the beautiful statue of The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita Kansas was the flattest, most uninspiring place I’ve ever been, but the over 100 degree heat might have had something to do with that. Today’s question … How do you pull inspiration from places or events that just plain don’t inspire you?
Every place has inspiration just have to change the angle in which you see it. For example my home town is 5 miles by 5 miles of farm land . . . it has many a dozen of shops and places to eat. However, its safe when the sun set in feels like a home hug. I feel so safe in my town that I can walk whenever I want to, but only two gas stations are open after 10.

Author survey question of the day … This week I’m visiting friends in Wichita Kansas, and I have seen strange things, for sure … a church that looks like, and is build to match, Noah’s Arc … a real, live, single-hump camel grazing with a bunch of pretty palominos in a field, and one of the fluffiest, most delicious maple bacon donuts I ever tasted. … TODAY’S QUESTION … (because I have a moment to ask) … What have you experienced lately that might be just too weird for words?
I’ve seen the northern lights, solar eclipse, and some adult fetish things I will not mention on this blog.

Author survey question of the day … Do you write short stories? Create short story collections to sell? Or submit short stories to compilations of many different authors? What would you say are the pros and cons of these ways of writing and publishing?
Yes, I write short stories, and I collect them. I have sold and publish individual stories and plan to publish collections. It gives me extra publishing credits and can promote other writings. I have two individual stories published and few individual stories sold. I am not sure if there are cons as any published work is good.

Author survey question of the day … I’m distracted … the angel wings of VACATION are fluttering all around me. Friday morning I leave for 10 days and I honestly think I’ll get more writing done while away than during the preparation stages. Today’s question … How do you stay focused when other, really exciting things are playing at the corners of your thoughts?
I give myself daily goals and word sprints. I would works on notes, character sketches, and outlines.

Author survey question of the day … it’s JUNE! Does your writing routine change during the summer?
I write a lot more in summer as I am more of an indoor girl, I just take my writing with me to different places.

Camp Nanowrimo July Survival list

Every year in Nanowrimo forums they always ask you what is your survival list. . . Things you need to get through the month of writing your Camp Nanowrimo project.

  • Outlines
  • Notes
  • Character sketches

Most of this is my notebooks

  • Colorful pens
  • Tyneol (between hand cramps and headache)
  • Empty notebooks
  • Backpack (so I can take my writing every where I go.)

As I am writing 30,000 words by hand

  • Calendar (for word count and appointment)
  • Coffee with my creamer
  • Caffeinated soda (I write weird hours)
  • Candy or a treat (word sprints can wear you out)
  • Timer or clock for word sprints
  • Mom to go on walks with. . . (Too much writing can strain my eyes)

I’m keeping it simple this year.

Just Be Productive

I have a list a goals for writing. . . The first one is about my word count. I want 400,000.

I did have a year or two where I hit 500,000 words. . . However I have a lot more on my plate this year. I may not also hit 3,000 as a daily average, but I will be grateful just to get words on a page.

I was punching the numbers for my word count: I would have to have a daily average of 1265 to get to my goal. So far this year my daily word count average is 919. I would be about 70,000 words short of 400k.

Even if I don’t hit the 400,000 word count or 3,000 daily word counts, I just want to be inspired, motivated and productive.

I plan to write in Camp Nanowrimo July and Nanowrimo November, so it will help.

https://rebekahquinne.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/2018-writing-goal/

Overall, I just want to try to write something everyday from this point on.

2018 Writing Goal

  • Word count by December 31, 2018 (400,000 note: up to date I’m at 160,788 just 240,212 to go.)
  • Finish “Driving Lies
  • Work on getting a daily word count of 3000
  • Work on wattpad account https://www.wattpad.com/user/RebekahQuinne
  • Write more short stories http://rqshortstories.wordpress.com
  • Publish something
  • Work on personal project
  • Enter a few writing contests
  • Post up to 200 blogs this year (among all my blogs)
  • Succeed in camp Nanowrimo April 30k
  • Succeed in camp Nanowrimo July 30k
  • Succeed in Nanowrimo November 50k

Note: 30k and 50k are preferring to thousands in word count.

Writing again

I’ve had a writer’s block (a complete mental and emotional block) for months. . . Bummer.

I felt like I was stuck on top of a rollercoaster: I could see the tracks, but I was not moving down. Sigh.

In June, I started another release book. I explain it in my spiritual blog. . .

https://spiritualbeck.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/releasing-it-all/

I feel so much better once I get it out and I’m just happy I’m writing.

I believe I at least 20,000 words by June 21st. I’m releasing it all for the full moon on the 28th.

I plan to write for Camp Nanowrimo in July. I’ll explain my project on another blog.

Writer’s block again, sigh.

Sorry, I haven’t written much, but my health issues vs clueless doctors have me scattered brained.

My depression and anxiety are high so much that even my muses are mentally flustered. They are taking it out on the office too. I think we’ll have to do a mental remodel.

I’ve tried reading other works, rereading my work, watch movies, listening to music, and playing Sims, but I feel more lost and mentally tangled.

I just hope I feel better next month and get out more.