Camp NaNoWriMo Weeks 2 & 3


Current word count: 2,852 words

A bit overdue but it is Easter Weekend so I have a little time to catch up.

I wouldn’t have been able to report anything for week 2 in any case as I actually wrote nothing due to real life need to be the priority. That is happening a lot as of late as anyone who follows me on Twitter knows.

In the end though as last Sunday, I ended up writing for quite some time and actually finished my Camp word count! I didn’t even realise until I went to update my word count on the Camp website and the Excel word count sheets I use. That was a nice surprise plus anything I write now goes towards the deficit that has been building this year.

A lot of the words actually came from the fact that I just jumped into a big turning point scene that is very important to the plot and the character as a whole. I have been struggling with this for a while due to the nature of it and how best to reveal everything. I just had to force myself to write it and it actually proved quite fun. It also included a few tidbits about other characters and the backstory that I hadn’t thought or didn’t know about before. Birth certificates, newspaper stories and letters are very good ways of doubling word counts I have discovered!

I have also used something I have noticed that Persona 5 does when you see any dates mentioned. The year is always written out as 20XX, to make the story timeless I guess? Either way, it proved a good way to write out dates and street addresses without having to work them out properly. I’ll either leave them that way or go back maybe and update them later. Either way, it is a good way to mark the passage of time without actually being specific. It also makes me want to have a good gaming session on that game. It is amazing and worth tracking down!

The scene gave me a potentially fun subplot to play with at some point too: the powerful, cruel and evil King of all Demons, suddenly having to pay child support for his 16 year old kid (plus loads of backpay!) This idea is very funny to me for some reason. Curious as to how anyone else feels about it. Feel free to comment on it.

Going forward, I have a few scenes that pretty much write themselves which will add more words and hopefully get me moving forward again. I definitely need it with this draft but I feel this is tighter and better than the previous one so hopefully this will keep being the case.

I hope Camp or whatever you are working on is going well too everyone! For UK folks at least, I hope this long weekend is going to aid you greatly in improving your word counts.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 1 #AmWriting


First week of Camp NaNoWriMo and I have written a grand total of 1,059 words. Not bad to say my target is 2,500 words. Most of those words have been written within the last two days as life hasn’t been kind as of late.

What I have written though has been good for world and character building though I am struggling in how to reveal a very important piece of information. I have a feeling I am going to end up just info dumping and letting it be sorted out in the future if I get that far. Hopefully I will.

Not much else to say really. This was just a quick blog post to aid accountability and get me use to writing blog posts in this new (to me) format on WordPress. Hope things are going better for anyone else doing Camp!

New Years Goals 2017 #SundayBlogShare #Writing

Happy 2017 folks! Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!

New Years always brings a flurry of hope and optimism with them. After the last year, I think we all need it! This optimism leads to people making resolutions and promises to themselves and others. If you have been around here long enough, you will know I don’t do resolutions. I break them the moment I make them! Instead, I set myself goals I want to achieve. These are either for my own well-being or in the interests of improving my writing.

To say the least, I have had limited success with the goals I set myself last year.

Try to write something every day or every week. Writing every day is not easy. I was either being too lazy or life was taking too much of a priority. Looking at my spreadsheets, it shows that, on average, I wasn’t writing 11 days each month. I was achieving my word counts most months, until I gave myself a new word count after achieving it. This was a short sighted move. I ended the year with a deficit of 4,848 words. I am still proud of that when I compare it to 12,700 word one I went into November NaNoWriMo with.

It hasn’t been all bad on this front. I have been reviewing my word goals every three months. This has proven helpful. It made me reset some of them because of life and how that was going to impact on my writing. This is something I wouldn’t have done without the Word Nerds talking about it in their videos.

Post once a week, every week on this blog. Partial success again that fell by the wayside at the end of the year. I did achieve this, putting November and December aside. I was writing or reblogging something roughly once a week.

Read more. Uh, yeah. I am calling this one a failure. I did read stuff, like the Rivers of London comics and started reading books but did I finish them? Not many. Going by my GoodReads Reading Challenge, I set myself a target of 25 books and read 23. Some were rereads, like Doctor Who Writers Tale: The Final Chapter, quite a few were comics, like Kingsman and Green Arrow New 52 Vol. 1, then there were indie books like Witch At Heart and Preternatural Affairs. So a mix and I did complete some books but I still feel like that I just didn’t read enough or finish enough books.

Participate in as many writing/National Novel Writing Month events as possible. Done and dusted on the NaNoWriMo front but definitely not on the writing event front. I participated in the DraeBox Writers Club challenge, which was a lot of fun. I will be again this year and I am looking forward to it. I am not resetting this goal for this year though. Instead I am replacing it.

Reason being, I think the universe has been trying to say something. Few recent experiences have made me think this. Firstly, I was talking with good friends of mine about drafting. We noted that we seem to always be starting or restarting drafts but never finishing them.

Secondly, I have been seeing tweets about committing to finishing 1 draft of a manuscript in 2017. It’s just typical I can’t find any of them now. This is what got me considering this new goal.

Thirdly, as I was writing this and reflecting on the past year, I realised something. I have spent more time on just one story than I have done in a long time. That story is the dark witch story. I have had some detours but I have always gone back to this one.

Spending so long on it, talking with friends and seeing the tweets have made me want to get at least one draft done. I want to be able to say I have finished something.

So my goals for 2017 are:

  1. Write something at least once a week, every week.
  2. Post once a week, every week on this blog.
  3. Read more and finish books.
  4. Complete at least one draft of one story.

What goals are you setting or pursuing this year? Had any luck with your goals or resolutions last year? Wishing you all the best for 2017!

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 22-24

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Day 22: 12,514 words

Day 23: 12,592 words

Day 24: 13,306 words

Obviously, as you can tell from the word counts, I only managed to sit down and get any writing done yesterday. That’s partly due to being tired from life in general but also a little writer’s block as I was unsure where to go next. Getting out seems to be the answer when I have writer’s block as at least twice now this month I have got out of the house for a bit then came home just able to write.

What has actually happened in the story is that my FMC has been thinking how her life is going to be potential so very different to her family due to going to a different school, wanting to maybe follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and wondering how much contact there was between her parents and her grandparents. She’s now decided, on one of her last days at home before going to school, she is going to go into town and see how things are for her former classmates. Admittedly, it’s to try to give me word count more than is of any plot importance at the moment. May change.

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 5 and 6

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Sorry for the lack of updates. Personal and family issues have prevented me from writing as much as I would like and from posting updates here.

So word counts:

Day 5: 3,730 words

Day 6: 4,505 words

Yes, I am behind, badly. Lack of writing, time to write and a bit more planning would definitely have pushed me forward more to be working towards the daily word counts but I am just struggling to do what I need to. At least now the story is beginning to kick in and the intrigue is beginning and that should make me be able to write more. Having a funeral certainly kicked the word count up. An inkling of a romantic sub plot is starting to come into effect so that could give me words.

As you probably can tell, there’s not much going on at the moment in the novel and my word counts probably show it big time. My current target is to hit 5k soon then maybe I need to reassess my full target for the month. Come what may I guess, come what may.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Days 6-12

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Sorry for the lack of updates. I will explain what has happened but first, word counts:

Day 6: 4,058 words

Day 7: 5,020 words

Day 8: 5,020 words

Day 9: 5,398 words

Day 10: 5,965 words

Day 11: 5,965 words

Day 12: 8,042 words

So, as you can see, I have struggled to keep writing and this has been due to my job search and lack of time and, sometimes, motivation to write. People will probably say I should drop out but really, it’s a nice challenge for me to have to keep me going. Otherwise, I would probably just not write at all and then I will struggle to get writing again.

I have avoided posting on here as I had hoped I would get more time to write and so give my word count a good boost so would be able to post better progress. Yesterday NaNo Marathon did help as did the live videos on YouTube but not enough for me to realistic expect to have written 50,000 words by the end of the month. So I have dropped my target by 20,000 to 30,000 words for this month. It should still give me a decent length novella.

I have planned to a degree for this month as I have mentioned earlier but it seems I have failed to realise this novel will probably have to take place over a shorter time span than anticipated or even to adjust when certain events happen in story time. Not a massive problem (especially as it is looking less and less likely that I will edit this novel after this month). Just means accepting this will probably make it easier for me to write and get my word count, especially with the lowered target.

In basic, that is why I have not been posting my Camp NaNoWriMo word counts.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Days 12, 13 & 14

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Okay, I know I haven’t posted for a couple of days but I have been busy with madly trying to catch up my word count (still about a day and bit behind!) and I have had a couple of discoveries along the way. So before I begin, here are my word counts:

Day 12: 17,793 words

Day 13: 19,547 words

Day 14: 21,045 words

So my word counts are going up, just not hitting the daily wc’s. I think that is partly down to the section I have been writing, which has been difficult to figure out (what with the change of location as discussed in my previous post about NaNo) and just generally struggling to write much.

I have also discovered a surprising fact about a minor character, a rather shocking and vicious streak in one of my main characters and am having to fight the urge to go along with a mini sub-plot with my two detective characters.

The surprising fact was revealed during the comedy moment I discussed in the earlier NaNo post. During the infiltration mission with one of my main characters and the two minor ones who are helping him, he and a minor character, who I had always taken for straight, were forced to kiss. The minor character, indirectly, then revealed that he is quite possibly bi and have a crush on the main character he is with! I had never anticipated exploring sexuality in any way in this novel but actually this is an interesting development. It is a possible source for a flash or short story plot.

The shocking and vicious fact comes from my other main character who is incarcerated. She’s revealed that she has the blood of her uncle on her hands after she killed him in revenge of him killing her parents then abusing and putting her on the criminal road she ended up following which led to her current predicament. She was quite graphic with it and it has shocked and reminded me just how dark my brain can be when it comes with ideas, etc. for stories.

I have just started writing the trial and that led to the sub-plot issue. The trial is being manipulated by the incarcerated main characters old gang to try to get revenge on her and the detectives, who are watching, have already got deeply suspicious so one of the detectives has left the public gallery to begin investigating whilst the other is still watching it and is amused, despite her suspicions, by the fact that she seems to be rooting for the very thief she has chased and has finally caught!

If I get stuck, I might follow that sub plot up a bit. Can’t hurt my word count too much can it?

Now, I should get down to writing and catching up my word count and figuring out how, why and what I am going to do about the fact that my academic transcript has arrived and has the wrong birth date on it!