A NaNo Unfinish

Today is the last day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and this year I will definitely not finish.  However, after having finally finished a NaNo last year, after having done it for four years in a row, I am not too down about not completing NaNo.  Actually, I am completely encouraged.

I guess having had the experience of attempting NaNo for now the fifth year, I realized that writing some words is better than writing none.  I will be at least 20,000 words further in my new novel draft than I would have been a month ago.  In previous years, it’s been 26,000  35,000 words, 39, 000 words.  I have also realized that my key  current works-in-progress which I have been working on and finishing up are from each of those NaNo projects.  I didn’t realize that until I looked back.  And that’s encouraging.  My current novel projects began with NaNo.

So that is the reason I am encouraged. Because if the trend continues, this year’s NaNo project will become another one of my key novels.

Interesting what happens when I have the perspective of looking back.

I haven’t worked on Lily’s Hope in a couple of weeks because this NaNo project has been my focus.  I look forward to returning to it soon, though.

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Row 80: Chugging…

It’s been more than a month since my last ROW80 post and things are chugging along, a little slowly for my taste, but moving…

It’s November and I’m into the last week of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where the goal is 50,000 words in 30 days. I am way behind, sitting at a whopping 11,000 words but I’m not giving up. My NaNo Project is the second book in a mystery series that I am working on. One that is entirely different from the other mystery thriller WIP I have: Lily’s Hope. I figure even if I don’t hit the 50,000 word goal by midnight Dec. 1st, at least I’ll have a semblance of a draft that I can go back and add to/work on. And the best possible scenario: use this Thanksgiving Break from school (for my boys) to catch up on my writing. It helps that I won’t be driving back and forth from school and activities. We should be home.

But seriously, where did the month go?

Speaking of Lily’s Hope, I have been working on pages for that WIP. It helped that for most of the Saturdays in late October and November, I have been able to write at a cafe with members of my Writing Group for a couple of hours. That time always seems to jumpstart the momentum when it comes to working on Lily’s Hope. The plot has taken on a couple of more layers so that’s good.

Crossing my fingers for this week…

Pushing Through A Plot

It has been a good week. I didn’t get the amount of writing that I hoped to get done on Lily’s Hope, my sci-fi/mystery thriller but I did get to work on it, thanks to some scheduled writing time at a cafe that was set aside by the writing group I am a part of. That time plus a little bit of time writing the night before was what I used to work on Lily’s Hope.

Lately, I find myself having a hard time wondering what’s next in my plot, asking questions like “what scene should follow this one?” or where am I going with this scene? In moments, it feels like I’m pushing through slowly, not able to get to the next plot point. And then I’ll have a breakthrough, and the scene starts to flow as I write. Talk about a combination of lows and highs.

In regards to NaNoWriMo, I was planning on working on an outline for the story I want to write during the month of November for NaNoWriMo but didn’t get to do much on it. I am hoping that will change this week.

So I push on…

Hello, Row 80: Round 4

I am jumping into Round 4 of ROW 80: the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

I am pretty excited.

It’s been a couple of rounds since I participated, life being insanely busy, but I am happy to be back and am striving to finish this round (unlike the last two ROW 80 rounds I participated in).

Without further ado, my goals for this last round of the year are as follows:

1. Write up to pg. 240 of my WIP: a sci-fi, mystery novel called Lily’s Hope. I am eager to finish a first draft by the New Year if possible.

2. Participate in NaNoWriMo this November: 50,000 words in 30 days on a new writing project: a novel.

I hope to write more on this blog as well.

The last few months have been filled with new ideas for writing projects but limited time. I hope participating in ROW 80 will help me to focus.

So here goes…

A Writer’s Journey

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A writer’s journey.

In moments it seems never-ending but I am still on it.

I’ve decided that I am going to record my steps in this blog.

My moments, my thoughts, my actions.

Be more active in using this space I have before me. Hopefully connect with other writers like me who are going through their own journeys.

I haven’t been officially published or had a screenplay optioned yet so it feels like such a long road.

Throw in life, family and other responsibilities, and the path goes back to seeming never-ending.

I am not going to give up though.

I will continue to move forward in faith.

And use this space to record it all.

Round 2: Jumping In

It is Round 2 of ROW 80 and I am jumping in, a week or so late. I am glad to be back. The last round I kind of fizzled out a bit so here I am, starting again.

Since Round 2 will cover about two and 1/2 months, my goals are the following:

1. Write/work on 10 pages each day in April on my WIP Mystery/Sci-Fi novel, Lily’s Hope. Then write/work on 10 pages each day in May on my other WIP, a cozy mystery, Cathedral.

2.To complete a draft of at least 300pp of Lily’s Hope by the end of this round. The 10 pages I do per day for Goal #1 should help in this goal in addition to the scheduled writing times I’ve set up to work on Lily’s Hope over the next couple of months. I am up to pg. 90 at this point.

3. Complete a draft of my police procedural script, Mariana’s Story (120 pages).

I look forward to hitting the ground running. Wishing all you ROW80ers a good week!

Melanie

Slow Starting…

The writing in the past week and a half has been like a car starting slow at first. I didn’t make great leaps in the pages I wanted to cover. I haven’t been fully disciplined with keeping to my writing schedule. I had another book review deadline that I had to meet and that took precedence over the writing. Not much time writing away from home either. I haven’t touched the paranormal thriller or the mainstream for that matter. Hoping to get into the schedule and jump in this week.

I did make some progress on a revision, though. Completed what I scheduled out to do for last week and the beginning of this week which is great because out of all the stories and half-completed drafts I have, this one is the closest to being complete and possibly published.

I’ve been considering self-publishing, lately. A good friend of mine just did it and she’s so happy. She’s taking publishing into her own hands and likes it.

Any of you out there self-publish or are planning to? What are the pros and cons? Would love some feedback.

In the meantime, hoping for more progress this week and wishing the same for you, ROW80ers.

Have an amazing week!