Writing Goals for 2017

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Writing Goals for 2017

  1. I want to write 1 to 4 hour (averaging at 2.5).
  2. I want to give myself 3 to 10 (20 minutes) word sprints daily (averaging 5)
  3. I want to finish old projects.
  4. I want to work on some new project ideas.
  5. I want to explore new genres.
  6. I want to get some short stories published.
  7. I want to write 200 blogs (over all of my blogs)
  8. I want to write about my depression and anxiety.
  9. I want to enter some contests. (Including Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo)
  10. I know I NEED to edit several projects.
  11. I just want to write something everyday.
  12. I want to write more books reviews.
  13. I want to read more. (2 books a month.)

New Project Ideas

  1. Adult works
  2. Blog Prompts
  3. Story Prompts
  4. Writing Tips
  5. Romance
  6. Spirituality
  7. Anxiety and depression ideas
  8. Diabetes project
  9. Character video project

Projects that I need to Finish

  1. Love Need Time (rewrite novel idea)
  2. Hero project (comic idea)
  3. DWAG (online soap opera)
  4. College story
  5. Driving Lies part 3

Projects I need to edit

  1. The Whisper Path
  2. Melzela
  3. Darken Cake
  4. Many short stories
  5. Driving Lies Parts 1 & 2

5 minute Rant And Update

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Okay. . . short rant. . . I had two days into NaNoWrimo (3558 words written) and my characters goes it sound better in first person. (Which had changed all of my notes in first person into third person so that I could write in 3rd person.) Wednesday night he goes it sound better and personal in first. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
So last night I tweaked all of my chapter into first person. I also add some stuff and got 1300 extra words.
Now I am at 6217. . . just about 450 words away from today word count which is good. It is staying in first person. 

My boyfriend has been seriously helping me. . . motivating me. I have been getting at least two to three hours in to write every evening.

I need to clean my room, and work on scene list for tonight. So far it has been nice, but I still see things happening this month, and I need to get somewhat a head.

Pieces of Me

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Pieces of Me

I always try to put pieces of myself into my characters. It may be the same eye color, same height, or same attitude quality. I feel like my characters an my own kids. I help create and develop them, and eventually they take over on the story. Sighs!

If they are not take directly from me them they are based an someone I know or someone who inspires me.
Sometimes the characters have qualities like me, sometimes they are opposite. Either way I may not always agree with my characters, but in the core of each of them, is some kind of piece of me!
On a side note: To be my muse (my inspiration) is a huge compliment . . . I am very picky! If you are offended. . .  I’m sorry you were beautiful and talented, but too greedy and stupid to say “Thanks!” For example: (http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ellen-page-says-naughty-dog-ripped-off-her-likeness/1100-6410610/
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-06-24-actress-ellen-page-accuses-naughty-dog-of-ripping-off-her-likeness-for-the-last-of-us
Just saying the “Last of Us” video game has won some award, the graphics were awesome, and the story was great. They should have someone else who was less bitter about receive flattery. The video-game that she was working on pissed her off either way.)

 

Inner Writer Vs Inner Editor

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Inner Writer vs Inner Editor.

 

Every creative person has an inner creator/writer and an inner editor. The challenge many writers have (especially around NaNoWriMo) is shhhing or calming your inner editor.

 

Someone once told me to write down who I was. . .

I’m a daughter, sister, cousin, niece, future aunt, loyal friend. . . etc (I just use positive aspects).
I’m a vivid storyteller, over-writer, abstract artist, bright painter, amateur drawer, creative nit, vampire lover, cat cuddler, caffeine killer, silly girl,  and the list goes on. . . However I don’t think procrastinating editor is until like number 842 down the list.

It just seems every NaNoWriMo have a problem keeping my inner editor quiet while I write. I have two ways that I work it with.

The first way I cope with inner editor are word sprints. . . I get a timer, and I write for 15 or 20 minutes at a time. I usually do it this was. :00 to :20 break :21 to :29 next sprint :30 to :50 and next break :51 to :59. . . I get two twenty minute sprints in each hour on a good day I can get an average 550 to 750 words per sprint.  At that write you only need to two to three hours a day to get to NaNoWriMo’s day word count of 1667.

NaNoWriMo is encouraging to get writing and get the words on the page/screen.
You can edit in a cold month like January or NaNoEdMo (in March) http://www.nanoedmo.com/ they have a website for that as well.
Many I know finish the novel in Dec/Jan and edit in March. Most novel are at least 80,000 or more words, so even if you got to 50,000 with NaNoWriMo you still have to add more if you want it to be considered a novel. Now 25,000 to 60,000 word considered a novella. (That is a whole other blog. . . short stories vs novellas, and novels.) My advice to walk away from a finished first draft for a while. It’s hard to find the errors when it’s too fresh.

 

The second thing I do to fight off my inner editor is that my inner editor and inner writers have schedules.
I noticed that my inner editor likes to work from 7 am to 1 pm right after a good strong cup of coffee and a decent meal.
My inner writer likes two different times at noon to 4/5 pm after lunch with a soda (good caffeine) or between the hours 7 pm and 3 am. I think it depends on what I am writing. I write drama better in the afternoon, but I write my horror and paranormal better at night.
So there are many times, minus minor corrections, my inner editor will leave my inner writer alone. If not then I push the sprints on myself.

There are sites and twitter that can help writing issues and sprints. . . https://twitter.com/NaNoWordSprints?lang=en

http://writeordie.com/ if you stop writing, your word disappear. I don’t like this, because I get interrupted at times.

http://writtenkitten.net/ I like this site and use it often. After every 100 words a new picture of a kitten pops up. I wish I could get a Supernatural version. I love the Winchester boys.

http://www.livewritethrive.com/2014/05/26/8-great-writing-tools-to-keep-you-motivated-to-write/ Another article I found on writing motivation.

You also find a writing buddy on NaNoWriMo forum, to keep each other in check.

 

 

NaNoWriMo Reward System

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NaNoWriMo Reward System

 

Things I Like (Rewards)                                   Word Count                               

  • Candy                                                             100 per piece
  • Chocolate                                                       250 per piece
  • Soda                                                              1000 per cup/can
  • Hot Chocolate (Gourmet)                                 1000 per cup
  • Play Neopets                                                  1000 per 15 minutes
  • Sims 2                                                            4000 per hour
  • Xbox: Sims 3                                                  7500 per 2 hours
  • Pogo: Yahtzee                                                1200 per 3 games
  • Pogo: Poppit                                                   900 per 3 games
  • Pogo: Word Whomp                                        750 per 3 games
  • Bubble Blitz                                                     1500 per 5 games
  • Sims Social                                                     2000 per game
  • Movies                                                            20,000 per movie
  • Big Bang Theory                                             3000 per episode
  • Two and Half Men                                           3000 per episode
  • How I Met Your Mother                                   3000 per episode
  • Young Hercules                                               3000 per episode
  • Ninja Warrior                                                   3000 per episode
  • Supernatural                                                   5000 per episode
  • Top Chef                                                        5000 per episode
  • Iron Chef                                                        5000 per episode
  • Chopped                                                         5000 per episode
  • Shopping                                                        25,000 per $10 limit
  • Mug                                                                10,000
  • Blanket                                                           36,000
  • Hair clips                                                         10,000
  • Make new playlist                                            2,500
  • Waste time (20 minutes)                                  2,000
  • Facebook time (20 minutes)                             2,000
  • Video game Night                                            10,000
  • Veggie Break                                        1000
  • Blog Break                                                      2500
  • Painting Break                                                 20,000
  • Color Break                                                     2000
  • Forum Break                                                   1500
  • Ontray (Food)                                                 15,000
  • Favorite Dinner                                               25,000
  • Amazon ($25)                                                 50,000
  • Cheesecake                                                    10,000 (per quarter AKA two pieces)
  • Little Debbies (Snack cakes)                            500 per cake
  • Ice Cream                                                       10,000 (per bowl or small pint)
  • Pie                                                                 25,000 (making one)
  • Bubble bath                                                    2000
  • Baking (2 hours)                                              25,000
  • Free time (2 hours)                                         15,000
  • NaNoWriMo Forums                                        2000 per forum

 

That was my list from 2012. . .  This year I need to make a list where things are free.

 

2016 NaNOWriMo Reward list

 

 

Things I Like (Rewards)                                                 Word Count                                                    

  1. Candy                                                                                              100 per piece
  2. Chocolate                                                                                      250 per piece
  3. Snack cakes                                                                                   500 per cakes
  4. Encouraging pics                                                                          500 per pic
  5. Pics from Boyfriend                                                                     500 to 2500
  6. Pogo: Poppit                                                                                  300 per 1 game
  7. Yoville                                                                                             500 words (Per 10 minutes)
  8. Candy Crush                                                                                   1000 per 5 games
  9. Veggie Break (chill out- not think)                                            1000 (per ten minutes)
  10. Pogo: Yahtzee                                                                               1200 per 3 games
  11. Two and Half Men                                                                        1500 per episode
  12. How I Met Your Mother                                                              1500 per episode
  13. Dharma and Greg                                                                         1500 per episode
  14. Young Hercules                                                                             1500 per episode
  15. Hot Chocolate (Gourmet)                                                           2000 per cup
  16. Big Bang Theory                                                            2000 per episode
  17. 2 Broke Girls                                     `                                            2000 per episode
  18. Girl Meets World                                                                          2000 per episode
  19. Ninja Warrior                                                                                2000 per episode
  20. Chopped                                                                                         2500 per episode
  21. Top Chef                                                                                         2500 per episode
  22. Supernatural                                                                                  2500 per episode
  23. Iron Chef                                                                                        2500 per episode
  24. Waste time                                                                                    2,500 (per 20 minutes)
  25. Facebook time                                                                              2,500 (per 20 minutes)
  26. Blog Break                                                                                     2500 (per blog)
  27. Color Break                                                                                    5,000 (per 20 minutes)
  28. NaNoWriMo Forum Break                                                         5,000 (per 20 minutes)
  29. Pie                                                                                                    5,000 (per Piece)
  30. Paint nails                                                                                       5,000
  31. Make new playlist                                                                        10,000 per list
  32. Video game Night                                                                        10,000
  33. Ice Cream                                                                                       10,000 (per bowl)
  34. Free time (1 hour)                                                                         15,000
  35. Movie maker time                                                                        20,000 (per 20 minutes)
  36. Movies                                                                                            20,000 per movie
  37. Favorite Dinner                                                                             25,000
  38. Baking (2 hours cookies)                                                            25,000