Somehow it’s the middle of April already. I have progressed, and I’m happy with that progress, but it’s been a bit of a blur.
Did you know I’m doing a 10k stream on Saturday?
It’s on YOUTUBE from 10AM (Central US) until I hit 10K. If you’d like to be part of the stream, let me know.
I’m playing catchup in a different way this week, and I’m looking forward to the designated writing time.
I’ve been really busy the past few weeks, so I’m looking forward to the rest and a chance to get back to those projects I’m really excited about. Those would be the courses, short stories, and job hunting.
It can be easy to give up or reschedule your creative time when so much from the outside world is crowding in.
How do you protect your writing time?
I’ve rededicated Tuesday nights and Friday afternoons to my creative work. I want to do more and make more space to grow as an artist. When I can, I will dedicate the full day both days. It’s almost like a week off because the work is so much fun.
Speaking of which, the CREATIVE COLLECTIVE meets again this week. Contact me for the Zoom link.
CURRENT WORD COUNT: 11,246
Have you read my book?
If not, never fear, I have a PROMO for you. I’m selling my stock (that means order from me directly and pay me shipping) for a reduced price for the entire month of MAY. If you want a paper copy of GOODBYE or LUKE, signed or in bulk, you can purchase them from me for the price of the EBOOK.
That’s roughly 50% off
Let me know how many copies, if and how you want them signed, and where to send them by MAY 31st.
CAMP NANOWRIMO is a little more flexible on the goals front, and I started by saying I would edit my short story collection.
Since then, I’ve changed my mind and decided I need to write more. It’s been several months (last November) since I opened the floodgates and let whatever out. This time I am doing so in a controlled environment, i.e., the format of the stories and the time frame of Camp.
In other words, I’m writing whatever comes to mind as much and as often as possible for the next 30 days.
I do hope I come up with something good. Some of the short stories need to be fleshed out. I hope to add roughly 25k to the manuscript. It’s ok if I don’t make it; the point is to do the thing.
At this point, I’m just noodling on ideas, trying to get 1k words a day. I made it on Day 1 and had zero words Day 2. Day 3 I hit 1500 or so and Day 4 so far has a few hundred.
I’m doing things like coming up with last names, filling out the cast of characters and setting notes, and brainstorming plot points. Some of this may end up in the final manuscript as colorful extras, while most of it is probably destined for the trash heap.
I don’t let that discourage me.
It takes lots and lots of words to make a novel-length manuscript. Not all of them are going to make it.
If you want to write with me, check out my YOUTUBE streams on Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings.
I’m also doing a MUDDY MIDDLE stream on April 15th to write 10k in a day.
I started several new projects, and though I have no idea how they will pan out, I have faith the right ones will surface at the right time.
I’m glad I did the notebook challenge for 2 reasons:
I have a lot of notebook space.
I have a lot of story ideas and a better idea of how much development each of them needs.
If you haven’t joined my email list yet, now is a good time.
I’m making an exciting announcement there first. Head over to the WEBSITE and click the GET ACCESS tab. Enter your email and something about you, and you’re all set to receive news and exclusive offers, not to mention downloadable freebies.
Happy New Year to you and yours. See you next week for the exciting announcement…
As predicted, I came through in the first part of the month. My current word count is: 19,773
Almost halfway done, and we’re less than 10 days in. Feels pretty good.
I always feel the same way this time of year.
Maybe it won’t happen? Maybe I won’t crash and burn this year like I did the year before and the year before that. Maybe just maybe, I’ll be better this year.
lil ole me
I feel that way now, and I have no reason to believe I won’t go on feeling fine. Except for the promise that is the past. I have not felt fine every year from daylight savings time to my birthday (in March). This year should be no different.
It’s a long time to feel bad, and I can tell you it’s not fun. If I go dark this winter, know I am taking care of myself.
I thought I’d share some of the things that have helped me.
If this is a dark time of year for you, know first that you are not alone. If the holly jolly stuff seems foreign this year or every year, check out my posts from 2020 on the pillars of ADVENT: HOPE, LOVE, JOY, and PEACE.
Remember, if you need someone to talk to, I’m only a click away. Don’t be afraid to confide in your friends and family. They love you and want to help, even if they don’t know how.
Every year I plan a little something for myself to help me get through. This year I’m doing a self-care challenge in December. Follow me on Instagram if you’d like to join. @ewinglinsey.
If you want to support me but are unsure how I have a 1-question poll that you can access here.
Thank you for continuing to read and help my business grow.
Don’t forget I’m going to be LIVE on YouTube all day Saturday. Whether you’re writing, reading, cleaning the house, or whatever you’re doing, I’d love for you to join me!
Here’s my first nanowrimo update and info on my LIVE YouTube streams this month.
November 1st update:
I’m a badass beginner.
At least I usually am. That means I hit the ground running when it comes to typing my little heart out at the beginning of November. Sometimes I lose steam around the tenth and muddle through the middle before sprinting toward the finish and 50k.
I am always so fired up for today; it’s my favorite day of the year. Not only is Halloween candy 50% off, it’s also the first day of nanowrimo. I have a tradition of staying up til midnight to usher the day in.
I’m a bit over the top.
But this year guess what happened…
That’s right. I wrote four words at midnight before I had to give up and shut the computer. I don’t know why. I couldn’t pinpoint it then, and I don’t know now.
Then guess what happened.
I couldn’t sleep.
So I did what I always do when lying still doesn’t work.
I’m not sure what I wrote was understandable or even legible. I didn’t look at the screen. It’s my policy not to go backward this month. November is always about forward momentum.
I got about 850 words in 30 minutes. Not bad.
So what’s the lesson here? Take my time? Write when I can? Pick up and try again?
Probably all of those things.
In other news:
I sent out an email today. It asked 1 question. If you didn’t get it and would like to, send me a message.
I’m going live at least twice on YouTube this month before a long hiatus in December.
The first is tonight at 5 central and we’ll go until the people grow tired.
The next one and the one you should put on your calendar is:
Saturday November 12 from 6 to 6 central time (7-7 eastern).
I’m working for 10k that day and I would love for you to join me whether you’re writing or reading or knitting or whatever it is you’re doing.
We don’t limit creation.
Join me in my journey this month and thank you as always for your support!
You may or may not be aware that this is my first post since JULYCAMP NANOWRIMO began, but I wanted to show y’all how I have set up and prepped the last few days of JUNE.Here’s a recap of where I am on the project as of the last post:
Hope*writers had a 14 day challenge I took up at the end of JUNE. There were 14 days left in the month, and I challenged myself to work on my second novel LUKE for 15 minutes each of those 14 days.
LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN: I totally won JUNE
Now a little about how I prepped for CAMP.
You may remember that CAMP NANOWRIMO is a little different in that you can set your own word count goal. I typically use the CAMPs (in APRIL and JULY) to rework novels I have started in NOVEMBER. This project (LUKE) is an exception to that rule. I started it as a new project last JULY and am trying to publish it out of the order in which it was written.
Because it’s a completed story: I know the beginning middle and end. I know all the major events, though some of the details are bound to change. That’s not true for all my fiction, plus LUKE is definitely more “written” than some of my other ideas.
Since I know all the major elements of the story and have gotten stuck typing them in order, I’VE COMMITTED TO WRITING THE THING BACKWARDS:
Because it’s good for me. I’ve never done anything like it before, but as several of my students can tell you, I often tell them to write the parts they know.
Often that includes the ending.
Since I know the ending, I’m going to write it. Since I know the scene before that, I’m going to write that too, and the scene before that, and so on.
When we get to where I began before, I’ll deal with it.
I think my characters will look different this way (from back to front) and it will be easier to write some of them.
Some of them are just going to be hard to write no matter what.
I started putting together my notebook. I blessed myself the day I found these things and remembered the hard work I have already put in:
Lots of notes on characters. What they do and who they are. I’m really excited I found this.
This is what I spent the 30th of JUNE doing:
I decided to make a KANBAN board to help me with this month. I’ve done a very simple one here with only three categories. TO WRITE: The scenes I haven’t done yet. For the purpose of CAMP this year, I’ve decided to group all the scenes together and either rewrite or heavily edit those that I have already written.
IN PROGRESS: These are the scenes that I am currently working on and will be writing this month. When I decide to work on a scene, as soon as I have any words on it, I will move it to the IN PROGRESS board.
DONE: I’ll take each scene and move it down accordingly. I’m really excited to be able to see my progress throughout the month and to be able to share it with y’all.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE CAMP UPDATES THIS MONTH AND HAPPY JULY TO ALL!
Final count was just over 30k words, which would have been a more reasonable goal for the month, but oh well. For Camp, you’re even allowed to change your goal, but I feel it’s cheating to change it on the last day.
So I lost…
…but I was only competing with myself.
I had a lot going on in April.
I tried really hard, and I got a lot of words in spite of not reaching my goal.
I’m told I’m being gracious to myself. I don’t feel that way, but I hope it’s true.
Also it’s May Day and we’re supposed to be flying streamers and dancing around maypoles. I doubt many people feel like doing that this year, but it’s a good reminder that life moves on with or without us.
I’m celebrating anyway. If nothing else that I’m done with Camp 🙂
I have a couple of thoughts, but I’m not sure what my May goal should be for the blog. Any ideas?
These past two weeks haven’t gone at all as planned. I’ve had a bunch of things going on and the writing has suffered, but I still have more words than I had at the beginning of the month, even if it’s a complicated setup.
CURRENT WORD COUNT: 20,043
I’ve been writing all over the place instead of being able to focus on a single thing. My novel has suffered since almost none of the words I’ve added have to do with the actual work in progress.
The same things happens every time I write, and every time I write, I have to remember it, but somehow it’s still surprising every time.
I tried to figure out a simple way to do a tedious thing…and thinking I should be able to travel as the crow flies…I had to accept the hard way for whatever reason. It sucked, but I finally did it and it wasn’t so bad.
Having a thing finished is also an accomplishment.
A week of good news and many wins, so it’s all right that life got in the way a bit. Camp Nanowrimo is only one of the important things in my life right now.
I’m going to have to find a new normal, like the rest of us. My routine is about to change again in the next week or two so you can look forward to hearing about that.
That’s really all I got this week. More of an update than an actual post, but I’m doing my best over here.