I found out fast that one does not simply expect to write a whole first draft and half another over the first month of school, while you’re trying to juggle school, music, basketball, and living. It’s just not happening. We’ll see if I even have anything to do for Camp NaNo.
I did better the last week of September. I just sat down and wrote several scenes I had outlined, and then did what I was able to the following days in the same fashion. Funny how quickly I gave up the perfectionist part of me, who wanted a flawless first draft, when I figured out that was going to get me along faster! I’m trying to make it a priority to just get written, scene by scene.
I managed to complete 8 of my 33 scene for Will (The Homeschool Kids). Pretty good, I supposed. With everything else going on, I’m not sure what more I would’ve had time for. And I also had my dystopian WIP, which went a little differently than I’d hoped (even though I’d plan to spread it out over two months); I was seriously struggling with how to start it, what backstory to reveal, and how to make it flow. I’d originally planned to start this story in the middle of the action. But then, after listening to a few of K.M. Weiland’s podcasts (aka. life savers), I realized I needed to start by showing my character “in her element.” I’m liking the extra layers it’ll add to the story; it was just tough figuring out where to start. So, I only completed two scenes, and the third one is partially complete.
My plan for Will (The Homeschool Kids) was originally to complete it last month, compile some notes and re-outline it this month, and then re-write it for Camp in November. Yeah…so, that likely won’t happen? But I’m considering just putting off my dystopian project a little longer so I can devote all my time to this one. If I can get it done before November, I’ll likely try to re-write it then. And after that, I’ll be looking for some beta readers for December-January/January-February while I work on my other WIP.
At this point, I’m really just sitting down whenever I manage to find time, and write as many scenes as I can. With everything else going on, I just don’t have time every single day. It was even suggested to me to do “writing days,” as well as basketball days, music days, etc. Ouch. I kind of like my writing time. But I don’t exactly have a good schedule right now, so at least having a certain day set in stone might help me out.
Otherwise, though, I’m really just enjoying learning about writing. Literally, I went into my first (now published) book not having a clue. I try not to at this point, it being so recent, but I’ll probably make self cringe at my job of publishing it one of these days. But I have learned so much about planning, writing, revising, editing, publishing. And it seriously amazes me! I never could’ve imagined there was so much to writing.
One thing I realized too, is, it really didn’t have to take me almost three years. I literally stopped writing for no reason for months at a time instead of at least looking over it, checking for what needed fixing, getting feedback, and preparing for publishing.
It’s a little different now, of course, having so much going on. I might still take a while, but hopefully, I won’t take a break from writing. I’m hoping I’ll be at the publishing point again next year, especially now that my first book in a series is out.
Goals for 2017:
- Complete first draft for Will (The Homeschool Kids)
- Write the second draft for Camp NaNo in November
- Find beta readers
- Complete the first draft for my dystopian WIP.
Goals for (the beginning of) 2018:
- Write the second draft for my dystopian WIP.
- Find beta readers.
- Rewrite Will (The Homeschool Kids) using beta reader’s feedback
- Rewrite dystopian project using beta reader’s feedback
Those are my goals… But they are very much so in pencil. They may change, but that’s my hope.
So, I kind of just mentioned whatever came to my head in the post? Sorry about that not-so-much-so in advance.
What are your writing goals for the rest of 2017? What’s your Camp NaNo project?