I have a 10 step writing routine that’s been working for me in the month of April. Sometimes I slip and refer to April as Camp NaNoWriMo in front of people who have no idea what it is. Just kidding. I don’t talk to people, especially during this time of the year.
Lucky for you, however, I blog. Mostly so I can write uninterrupted. And I’m about to share my writing process.
- Wash hands because germs.
- Open notebook because it’s unopened.
- Pick up pen because I need something to write with.
- Write date because I like keeping track of what day it is.
- Write a word because I love words.
- Write a sentence because I love sentences even more.
- Write a paragraph because I love paragraphs the most.
- Repeat steps 5-7 because I can.
- Close notebook because it’s satisfying.
- Smile because I feel great after having written.
Is your routine as amazing as mine? Probably not. It’s even more amazing, right?
It’s that time of the year again.
Where I try to write as many words as I can for Camp NaNoWriMo. While also attempting to not fail any of my exams.
So if I don’t read, like, and comment on your blog posts the second you publish them, you know why.
Also, in the month of April, you’ll probably find me in my bedroom writing for thirty minutes or in a classroom scribbling frantically for three hours.
It’s a wonderful time.
Camp NaNoWriMo is so close.
I can’t believe it.
Where did the time go? How in the world is March nearly over?
I want a three month refund on 2017. On second thought, I don’t.
These last few weeks have been stressful, especially the past couple of days.
I’ve been moody and breaking out and not fun to be around. So I’m hoping Camp NaNo will change all that. Is thirty days of pure happiness, clear complexion, and genuine friendliness too much to ask for? Probably. If anything April might make me more emotional and increase acne production. Worse, I’ll probably feel the need to bite everyone who comes near.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo in April.
Should I pursue a new project or pick up an old one?
Will I work on many, shorter stories or undertake a longer novel?
Should I aim for 50,000 words or 300 pages?
Will I focus on writing new words or editing old sentences?
So much to think about, so little time. Also, Daylight Savings this Sunday means we lose an hour to think about life’s most important questions.
Is it bad that I’m already looking forward to April? More specifically, I’m looking forward to Camp NaNoWriMo.
Will I participate? Yes.
Will I write 50,000 words? Probably not.
Will I let anything stop me from doing Camp? No.
I don’t know yet what I want to write about or work on. Honestly, I’ll probably decide the day before. There’s still plenty of time. Although I have a feeling April will be here before I know it.
I’m just feeling excited for the NaNo sessions this year. And I felt the need to share my excitement somewhere.
April can’t come fast enough. Even though April means exam season, Camp NaNoWriMo in a way cancels out the struggle that is school.
At least I’ll have a good reason if I fail all my exams.
Reading over studying?
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
One phrase description: Wow.
Is it right…to do something only because everyone else is doing it?
My general thoughts: It’s so beautifully written. Unlike my stories.
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll
One phrase description: Animals rendered like human beings.
We find purpose in our lives by leaving no stone unturned in our search for it.
My general thoughts: I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did. And I did manage to finish it before the exam. I also managed to pass, somehow. I’m still not sure how.
City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareOne phrase description: Incest!
Everyone has choices to make; no one has the right to take those choices away from us.
My general thoughts: I didn’t like it as much as the first. Shame because I planned to finish the series but now I don’t know if I will. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
The Guilty by David Baldacci
One phrase description: Read it and guess who’s guilty.
If you want it done, send a man. If you want it done right, send a woman.
My general thoughts: Baldacci didn’t disappoint. For once I saw the ending coming. Professional reader right here.
What I’m currently reading and hoping to finish next month…
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Why: Because I love the Millennium series.
Happy reading. Read happily.
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You had to have seen this coming.
I mean have you met me?
If it wasn’t for NaNoWriMo, I don’t think I would have written anything that’s longer than ten thousand words.
Wannabe writer right here. Novelist, more like it.
Why did I ever think I could get novels published when I can’t even finish one?
Somehow though, come November, I’m writing more words in one day than I usually do all year.
Hilarious, aren’t I? Delirious too. It’s late. Give me a break. My small brain can’t handle studying, writing, and blogging. Something has to give, okay?
Why do I do this to myself?
But this April I haven’t let myself off the hook.
Despite classes and exams.
School needs to leave me alone.
Of course I finish exams on the second last day of this month, the last day of the official exam period. I refuse to fail at anything, even though university is clearly conspiring against me.
I can’t promise that my posts this summer will be worth reading.
But maybe my Camp NaNoWrimo stories will be!
After I spend the next four years of my life editing them. Or rewriting.
Yes, you will. You know why? Because you have me. I’m here to get you through it. In all seriousness though, you’re awesome and amazing. So you’re going to survive. Probably even thrive.
Camp NaNoWriMo is upon us! April has finally arrived. Let the madness begin. Here’s a little taste of what lies ahead of you. You brave soul.
- Have a plan.
- Then make a backup plan.
- Plan ahead.
- Plan for the best.
- Plan for the worst.
- Realize your plans aren’t going as planned.
- Scrap your plan.
- Start over with a new plan.
- Hate your new plan.
- Throw away all your plans.
- Plan again.
- Stop planning.
- Vow to never make a plan ever again.