Writing

My Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 Plans

I don’t know how it’s almost April. But it is. And that means many writers start thinking about Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m no exception.

I don’t have everything worked out, but I do know that as of right now, I’m going to handwrite a memoir. How exciting, huh?

I’ve never felt like I had any right to write one. I welcome the challenge though. Bring it on.

Why handwrite? Because I love handwriting more than typing. It’s also easier to write in a notebook when I’m on the bus than to whip out a laptop.

Also, my eyes don’t like staring at screens for long periods of time.

I’m not planning to outline because when do I ever? Never.

I don’t outline articles, essays, or novels. Funny story that isn’t that funny because I’m not hilarious: the one novel I semi-outlined is still unfinished.

I don’t keep track of how many words I write every day. I’m lazy.

I’m not aiming to write 50,000 words in April or 1,667 words a day. I just want to write something. Hopefully, I’ll have some words to work with once it’s all said and done.

That’s all I have. Regardless of what you’re writing or how much you manage to write, I hope you have a great Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s hard work. But it’s fun if you have the right attitude, which I’m sure you do..

Even though I love writing, I don’t want to abandon this blog in April. Finding a balance won’t be easy. What is?

As always, happy writing. Have fun. Enjoy yourself. Write whatever you please.

Blogging

A 2018 Blogging Q&A

What do you love about blogging?

I love being in complete control. Creating original content. Interacting with people I wouldn’t get to otherwise. Learning about my goals, values, etc. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t blog. After all, sleeping is underrated and socializing is overrated.

What do you hate about blogging?

I don’t like the new editor. That’s why I use the old one. I’m not a fan of changing what isn’t broken. But I wouldn’t still be blogging if I hated the process. I hate getting ideas at the worst time. This explains my disdain towards driving.

What was blogging like in 2017?

I had a consistent year, more consistent than years past at least. I’ve done my best to keep up in spite of other more urgent and important deadlines in life. That being said, I started reviewing books. About time. It took me nearly twenty years to get my life together.

What are your plans for your blog in 2018?

I want to blog for myself. That’s why I started. I suspect if I ever stop blogging, it’ll be because I’m not doing so for my own enjoyment anymore. I don’t plan to quit anytime soon. I hope you’re not sick of me yet.

I can’t predict the future, but I have a feeling 2018 will be better than 2017. I plan to change for the better. If I don’t, you have permission to scream at me.

What else is on your mind?

I want to thank you all for supporting me. It means so much. I’ll try to read and comment as much as possible in 2018. Keep blogging. I’m sure your blog will take you to incredible places you never imagined you’d go.

Writing

My Plans For November And NaNoWriMo

I’ve been thinking more and more about what I’m going to do in November, specifically during National Novel Writing Month, short for NaNoWriMo.

For obvious reasons, NaNo is one of my favourite times of the year. But November 2017 promises to be a busy month.

As for what I’m going to work on, I want to write a novel. Or at least write a story of some sort. I wrote both prose and poetry in October. During November I plan to stick to the former.

Honestly, it’s been a while since I started a novel and stuck with it. So I hope I can change that this month.

I have some ideas I hope to explore further.

Fortunately, I have the second week off from school. Unfortunately, I’ve gotten into a good routine of writing on the commute. In fact, writing at home with so many distractions has presented a greater challenge.

Regardless, all I ask of myself is that I do my best.

Life happens. The unexpected occurs. But I’ll manage as best as I can.

That being said, I’ve enjoyed writing in the morning during my commutes sometimes more than late at night. So maybe it’s time I make some changes to my routine.

Earlier in the day my mind is clearer than it is at night. Then again, at night, I’m tired so I’m not as critical.

I don’t want to mess with my writing schedule too much. Still, I’m adjusting accordingly to whatever the world throws at me on any given day.

Changing is tough though. But the pay off tends to be worth the work.

There’s still plenty of time for me to figure things out. And I have a feeling I will.

Of course, I’m curious to know your plans or lack thereof for November, especially if you’re partaking in NaNoWriMo.

Editing

How To Edit A Novel

How do you edit a novel? You sit down and edit it.

How helpful am I? 

I try.

  • Have a plan. What’s your short-term and long-term goal?  Edit a chapter tonight? Have your entire novel edited by next year? When will you edit? The morning, afternoon, night? How long each time? 20 minutes or 2 hours? What’s your focus? Dialogue, character development, spelling and grammar? At the very least, don’t plan to fail by failing to plan.
  • Have a back-up plan. How often do original plans work out? Or back-up plans for that matter? What if another story seizes you and won’t let you go? Will you write a new story and edit your novel at the same time? What if you lose steam half-way through? Can you steam-roll trough or do you plan to take a break? What if a zombie apocalypse happened today? What if an army of aliens landed tomorrow? You have to prepare for these scenarios.
  • Execute. Plans don’t work unless you do. Novels don’t edit themselves. What other common saying can I twist to my liking?
  • Adjust and adapt. If something isn’t working for you, what do you do? You change it. Fix whatever is broken. Even if nothing is broken but you know your routine could be improved, improve it.

If only I followed my own advice. 

    Personal Reflection

    December Plans

    After NaNoWriMo, I need a month long nap. But I can’t sleep for an entire month. And even if I could, I wouldn’t want to.

    So I haven’t fully fleshed out my plans for December just yet.

    I’m warning you in advance. This post is going to be as messy as my life is right now. I’m trying to figure things out.

    I want to read more. Problem is I read my school books during my commute. Commuting is annoying and exhausting, but at least I get some reading done. For some reason, reading Robinson Crusoe at home is a lot harder than I thought it would be. 

    I want to continue writing every day. But what do I write about now? I’m taking a break from the characters I created during NaNo. I’ve been dabbling in poetry, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I suck. 

    I want to be a better blogger? What does that mean? I’ll let you know when I know.

    Writing

    NaNoWriMo Plans

    I’m thinking of handwriting an entire novel in November. I want to write every single day, although I probably won’t aim for a specific word count. Possibly a page count instead.

    And then if all goes well, I’ll try to type up what I wrote in December.

    Reaching a certain word count isn’t necessarily my main priority. Because something called school exists. Not that school is my main priority either.

    I would like nothing more than to enjoy my November.

    So to avoid growing gray hair and having it fall out by the end, I’m going to do things a little differently this time around.

    That’s the plan as of right now. But plans change. Plans are just plans after all.

    Writing

    5 Ways Writers Can Beat Procrastination

    1. Make to-do lists.
    2. Make plans.
    3. Make a schedule.
    4. Make rewards.
    5. Make new memories.

    Regardless of what I do, I can’t beat procrastination. So maybe you shouldn’t listen to me. Now or ever. If you used to, stop. If you never did, don’t start.

    Writing

    Will You Survive Camp NaNoWriMo?

    Will You Survive Camp NaNoWriMoYes, 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.