Thursday, April 20, 2017

Word Count Wednesday--twelve

What am I working on?

I'm working on choosing and editing the part of Mary, Queen of Scottsville Academy I want to turn in for narrative 2.  I haven't really written anything new this week.

Word Count: I honestly don't know. I need to figure out a system to keep track of when I write what, but it definitely wasn't much this week.

How do I feel about the process?

I knew that at this point in the semester I would be doing ten million things at once, which is why I made my camp nanowrimo goal only 15,000.  I still don't like that I haven't written that much though. I've written 12,370 this month so I need to write 2,630 more words to meet my goal so hopefully I can do that soon.

What am I reading?

I just binge read (is that a phrase?) Fallen. It was good, but I thought the ending was a little forced. It was very obvious that it went from a contained story to a grand, epic, crazy series in about ten pages. I probably won't read the sequel, but I liked the first book for what it was.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Choose Your Own Adventure-fixed link(?)

Here's the link to my very much work in progress choose your own adventure story, The Mystery of Castle Solstice. Spring and Fall are the most developed so far. I'll be working on finishing it over the weekend.

I think this link should work (maybe) you just have to copy and paste it.

http://writer.inklestudios.com/stories/98jx

Word Count Wednesday--eleven

What am I working on?

Mary, Queen of Scottsville Academy and the choose your own adventure story, which I named The Mystery of Castle Solstice.  I'm going to continue it on inklewriter and post a link to it over the weekend.

Word Count: 673 on the choose your own adventure.
I haven't been keeping track of my word count for Mary, Queen of Scottsville Academy very well because I just keep adding to the Camp NaNoWriMo word count and forgetting how much I've done since last Wednesday.  I think I wrote around 2,000 this week maybe.

Overall word count for Mary, Queen of Scottsville Academy: 32,603 

How do I feel about the process?

I feel like I've made a lot of progress on the Mary book since I started Camp NaNo.  I just don't want to lose this momentum now that I have it.  I've also thought of a lot of ideas for later on in the plot and sub plots and plots that would take place in a sequel.  I don't know if I'll end up using all of those ideas, but it's nice that they're happening.

What am I reading? 

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Word Count Wednesday--ten

What am I working on?

I'm still working on the Mary, Queen of Scots book.

Word count: 4,932


How do I feel about the process?

I got a lot done this week thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo.  I set my goal for the month to be 15,000 words.  15,000 in a month really isn't that much, but considering the five classes I'm in and my job, life, etc, I thought it best to set a realistic goal.  Doing Camp NaNoWriMo has gotten me back on track with my book.  I think I was sort of stuck with where I was in the book because I wasn't sure where it was going next.  When Camp NaNoWriMo started I knew I needed to just keep writing it even if it wasn't what I thought it would be.  I wrote some pages that don't fit in to the chronological order of it, but they'll fit in later. It's nice to finally be making more progress on it.

What am I reading?

Bittersweet Within My Heart, The Love Poems of Mary, Queen of Scots.  I've been reading this off and on to help me with my book.

I also binge watched 13 Reasons Why on Netflix and it was amazing.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Camp NaNoWriMo

Guys! Jodee made a cabin on Camp NaNoWriMo that I am now a member of and everyone should join.  Camp NaNoWriMo is basically like doing the regular NaNoWriMo which I think stands for National Novel Writing Month? Maybe? Don't quote me on that. But in whatever month works for you instead of November.  You set a goal of how many words you want to write and you get a novel/writing project created in a month! Pretty cool! I didn't explain it that great so check out Jodee's blog for a more informative explaination if you're interested. Right now the name of the cabin is The Scrappy Scribblers, but we're still brainstorming name ideas. We are thinking of having some fun writing get togethers including a write off (which I just now realized is what it's called when you can write something off on your taxes, because clearly my brain works).  In the write off (or a better name) we will write as much as we can in a block of time like a couple of hours and the person who writes the most wins eternal glory. It'll be great.

All you have to do to join is create an account and let Jodee know your username and she will add you to the cabin!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Word Count Wednesday--nine

What am I working on?

You know when you're in the middle of writing something and you get an idea for something else and then you can't focus on the thing you should be focusing on? No? Yeah? Well, that lovely occurrence is happening to me. Luckily, I did get some work done on my Mary, Queen of Scots book for the first time in a while, so that's good.  However, I was unfortunately distracted by another idea. I guess it makes it a little better that my other idea is about Queen Elizabeth since she's a character in the Mary book.  The new idea is about Elizabeth the summer after all of the events of this book that I've plotted out have happened. It kind of makes sense that I would have an idea involving Elizabeth because her character is so outspoken and demanding.  The Queens are even feuding for reign of my brain. Makes sense.

Word Count: 1,345

How do I feel about the process?

I'm really excited that Elizabeth has become a formed enough character to be the main character of another novel, but it's also frustrating. I actually have a plot for a sequel to the first book, Mary, Queen of Scottsville Academy, as well as ideas for separate circles of reincarnated teens that are in a way connected to this one.  It just worries me to have so many ideas around the same book, because I don't want to plot out a whole series and then not have it go anywhere. I guess the thing to focus on would be to make sure I create the story for the love of writing it and not solely for the hope of it getting published.  I was worrying earlier this week about spending a bunch of time writing a novel that no one will ever read, but writing isn't a waste of time unless you're really hating doing it. I feel like if I'm enjoying creating something it shouldn't matter so much what the outcome of it is, because in a way that sometimes takes the joy out of it a little.

What am I reading?

Not much right now.  I need to find a new book to be excited about if anyone has any suggestions.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Word Count Wednesday--eight

What am I working on?

I worked on a lot of random little projects over spring break.  I intended to get back to writing my Mary, Queen of Scots book over spring break, but life happened.  I wrote some poetry.  I also started a couple of short story type things.

How do I feel about the process?

I wrote some poetry that I feel is actually decent, so I might post it after some editing.  It was really nice to finally write some poetry that I don't feel is total crap.  My spring break was really busy, which was kind of a bummer.  I was hoping to get more writing done than I did.  I've found that I've been really busy lately, but I'm going to try to schedule in regular writing times instead of just blindly hoping I somehow find an hour to write.  It clearly hasn't been happening, so hopefully setting aside a specific time a few days a week will get me back on track.

Word count: 1,832

What am I reading?

Bittersweet Within my Heart, the Love Poems of Mary, Queen of Scots