Camp NaNoWriMo Diary- Day 5: My Writing Space

Hello friends!  How is Camp NaNoWriMo treating you so far?

As of now I’m on track with just over 3k words, although I didn’t write at all yesterday. Today I’m trying to get a little bit ahead but I’m struggling with the scene I’m working on.

My main character just had an accident and was found by her friends and grandmother. Right now I’m writing the aftermath. None of the characters know what actually happened so it’s all worry and speculation. This scene was technically in the last draft but I’m adding in a couple of characters and a slightly different outcome. Continue reading

Camp NaNo Diary- Day 1- My Survival Kit

Hello and happy day 1 of Camp NaNoWriMo!

Are any of you struggling to get going today? I know that I was. I spent nearly one whole day this week going through the last draft of my novel and planning out what changes I wanted to make and what needed to stay the same. But when it came down to it this morning I looked at a blank Word document for a while before getting distracted by something else.

A few hours later I made myself come back to my computer. I made myself open up that new document. I looked over my notes, looked over where I left off in the previous chapter and started to write.

Once the words started flowing, I finally started to put that self doubt aside.

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Monday Musings: Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017

Hello friends. I know it’s been a while. I’m pretty crappy at this consistent blogging thing. I want to get better at it though.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Banner

April is only a few days away and you know what that means– Camp NaNoWriMo!

Honestly, I am so excited for Camp NaNo this year. Last November was a complete bust and I kind of lost all will to write very early on in the game. But I have a great game plan for this year and I am so ready to go.

My project for Camp NaNoWriMo this April will be… The Girl in the Glass Coffin.

You might be thinking– wait, haven’t you been working on that book for years? Didn’t you finish draft 4 last year?

Yes and yes.

Earlier this year I was trying to plot out some events that will happen in book 2. I tried to start writing and things just weren’t working out for me. The story felt weird and the characters were blah. But I had a revelation. Continue reading

Top Ten 2016 Releases Still on my TBR

Hey friends! It’s time for my first Top Ten Tuesday of the year. Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten 2016 Releases Still on my TBR. I read a lot of books last year. However, there were a lot of releases that I didn’t get to. In no particular order, here are the ones I hope to read in the coming months.

10. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

I loved Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything and just know that I will love this novel as well. Plus, take a look at that cover! That’s a work of art in and of itself! Continue reading

What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday

Hey friends! It’s the first What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday of the new year! I’m stoked to begin a new year with plenty of new reading and writing goals to work toward.

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Reading in 2017

Reading in 2017

As you know I set a quarterly goal to read one book a week from January  through March of 2017. However, what will I be reading in 2017?

My overall goal for reading in 2017 is 50 books.

But I like to break down those books a little bit. So here are the reading challenges I’ve set for myself.

1. Re-read the entire Harry Potter series

I got the illustrated editions of Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of secrets for Christmas, so I’m going to start there. Continue reading

Quarterly Goals: Jan- March 2017

Quarterly Goals: Jan- March 2017It’s very easy for me to set huge lofty goals for myself, often ones that I never end up accomplishing. However, when looking at the short-term, it’s much easier for me to create goals for myself.

The purpose of making quarterly goals is to look at things in chunks of time and what you would like to accomplish in that smaller chunk of time vs. an entire year. This helps to break up your goals and make them more manageable and therefore you’re more likely to be successful!

This year I will be making quarterly goals. That way, I can change, keep, make new ones as I go. Many of the YouTubers and writers I follow do this and it seems to work for them. So with a new year upon us, it’s time to see if the Quarterly Goals thing works for me.

Amanda’s Nose in a Book – Quarterly Goals for Jan – March 2017

  • Edit one chapter of The Girl in the Glass Coffin each week
  • Revise one chapter of The Source Chronicles: Book one, each week (and maybe finish draft 2).
  • Query 2 agents a week with TGGC
  • Read one book a week

Sounds like a lot, huh? Well I’m pretty flexible and if I manage two chapters in one week and not all of one the next, I will be okay.

The purpose of these quarterly goals for me are to keep writing, keep pushing on, to get out of that rut I’ve been in for a while.

And then there are some personal/non writing related quarterly goals:

  • Post to Bookstagram at least four times a week
  • Blog at least once a week
  • Exercise 3 times a week
  • Use my planners to keep track of when I exercise, blog, IG, write, etc.
  • Do 3 new things that I’ve never done before (can be anything– traveling somewhere new, trying a new recipe, going out of my comfort zone).

What do you all think of my goals? Do you think making quarterly goals (short-term goals) would help you achieve your overall goals?

Hope all is well. Much love from this snowy little winter wonderland in Central New York!

 

Top 10 Books of 2016

Top 10 Books of 2016In 2016, I set out with a goal of reading 100 books. Ten of those books would be re-reads for me, another 12 to be contemporary, and 5 to be non-fiction. My Top 10 bOOKS OF 2016 ARE A NICE MIX OF ALL OF THOSE GOALS.

Not long into the year, I knew that reading 2 books a week would be difficult, if not impossible and the goal of 100 books was cut in half.  That was a much more manageable goal. I reached and surpassed 50 books easily.

I read a total of 73 books in 2016!

  • 12 of them were contemporary novels (goal achieved!)
  • 8 of them were re-reads (goal not quite achieved, but close!)
  •  2 were non-fiction (wah wahhhh– fail)

But so many of them were incredible. Here are my top 10 books of 2016 (in no particular order)!

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What do you want to write for NaNoWriMo?

Do you want to participate in NaNoWriMo, but either don’t know which idea you want to use or you don’t know what to write about at all?

You aren’t alone. I didn’t figure out which story idea I wanted to go with until very late last week. If you’re feeling the pressure with NaNoWriMo a little over a week away, I hope that this post helps you come up with some ideas you can use and feel more confident.

Some people start the month of October, known to many as NaNo prep month, with a ton of ideas or one main idea. Others begin it with none at all.

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Getting Started for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo

www.nanowrimo.org

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, begins on November 1st.

NaNoWriMo is a challege to writers, or people who want to be writers to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

Yes, I know that sounds impossible. Who can actually complete a 50k word novel in 30 days? A superhero? A crazy person? Someone who does nothing but write non-stop for 30 days?

But the real answer is you.

Yes, you can write a novel in one month. Here’s how!

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