Write 365- Day 2: Making a Plan

write 365 day 2: making a plan to write

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A few days ago, a friend mentioned that she was challenging herself to write every single day for an entire year.

And I thought, hey I can do that.

I should do that. I will at the very least try to write every single day for a year.

Since last November, I’ve been struggling to motivate myself to write. Last year was the first in 4 years that I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. I was depressed and couldn’t find that creative spark within myself. This year, I decided to rewrite my entire first novel as a young adult novel because the story worked better that way. The progress with that has been slow the last few months.

Write 365 might just be the thing to get my brain acclimated to writing every day, to accomplishing some words in a WIP every single day. And I understand that this may be hard, that there may be some days were the words just don’t flow. I’m prepared for that. I’m also prepared to not get myself down if there’s a day that I don’t write. Continue reading

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

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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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!

 

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

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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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Camp NaNoWriMo Diary- Day 10: Keep Swimming

As of today, April 10, 2016, I am 1/3 of the way to my goal of 15k words for this session of Camp NaNoWriMo.

Earlier this week I thought about giving up and trying it during the summer.

The excuses included but were not limited to:

  • You still haven’t queried the first book in this trilogy, why would you start the second book?
  • You have so many lesson plans to write, so much work to do.
  • Your house is a bloody mess. Don’t write, get cleaning.
  • And the worst– writer’s block.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Diary: Day 2- Let’s get it started

Camp NaNoWriMo Diary- Day 2

Confession: I did absolutely no writing yesterday.

scheduleActually I did write. I started my blog back up again. I wrote my lesson plans for next week and an introductory letter for our school’s monthly newsletter. So yes, I did write a lot.

But I didn’t work on my WIP at all.

Actually by the end of the day yesterday I was still wondering what it was that I really wanted to work on for Camp NaNoWriMo. I had three choices. Continue reading