Looking to the Future

I did not win at Camp Nanowrimo.

It’s not like I went in thinking I was going to win (okay maybe a little) but the more practical side knew better. My practical side recognized that I had recently started an internship while embarking on my final class. My practical side recognized that I had kids starting school, household obligations, and when it came down to it my internship was tiring me out (in a good way). So I got some writing done but I did not win.

But, its okay. It was actually eye opening.

What I lacked in the expected word count, I made up for in finding was to get re-energized and re-focused on my writing ambitions. I read as much as a could, I chatted with some great cabin mates, and got to craft the beginning of a great story. But the biggest thing I learned was not to give up and that writing is a long process.

So with this revelation in mind, I am now back to the story I feel like I have been revising forever – my NA SciFi piece. Why? Because I really love this story and we are not done yet. I want to get this story in fighting shape and send it out so it can truly be a contender. Thus, it will be my major September project – Cycles – The Revisions.

In the mean time, I plan to rest! I am officially finished with my program and now have an MPH! I am going to eat, read my friend’s blogs, drink, watch tons of TV, and read things on my nook. Then in September, I start the word war again.

What are your future writing plans?

Camp Nanowrimo Day 21: The end is your friend

I had a wonderful writing date with @KarenMusings this weekend.

Previously, I have shared on how important it is to have writer friends. These are great people to bounce ideas off of, get advice, and provide much-needed moral support because writing is HARD!

One major thing that happened this weekend is that I wrote the ending for my Camp Nanowrimo project. Now, this does not mean that I am done with my novel – far from it. I still have TONS of words to write. But knowing the ending, tremendously helps my writing because now I truly know where I am going.

I consider myself a plotter. I started this project and my last project with an outline. After pantsing my very first novel, I discovered that outlining was my friend. However I also get to a point in each novel where I’m stuck and in order to re-energize myself, I have to know my ending. After this is established, I find it much easier to fill in the blanks for how all of my characters got there.

When writing your novel, do you outline? Do you prefer to write your ending first?

Share your writing tips and methods in the comments below.

Camp Nanowrimo Day 14: Everything is Peachy Keen

So is everyone settling into camp? Have you learned any new songs, toasted marshmallows, and figured out where your characters are going next?

The beautiful thing about drafting a story is that it can literally go anywhere. Your outline may say Becky Sue dies in Chapter 3 but low in behold if Chapter 2 doesn’t having Becky Sue becoming immortal after drinking a mysterious elixir. Ain’t drafting grand:)

My current stats: I have written on 9 out of the 13 days. I am very pleased with this number because honestly I thought it would be a whole lot less! I can’t say I have hit my daily world goal on these days, but I have written words and that is the greatest accomplishment. My schedule ebbs and flows (often leaning more towards the crazy side than the calm side) thus I want to use this time to really settle into a daily writing routine.

I hope everyone is still enjoying writing and loving their camp cabins. If you are participating in Camp Nanowrimo please post something about your experience so far in the comments below.

Camp Nanowrimo: Day 9 (Not doing fine!)

Hello Campers! So its only Day 9 of camp and I am behind.

I started camp a little late and I’m still trying to add the words necessary to finish 30K in a month. To many of you, this may sound daunting but I am optimistic. I outlined a great story and I make myself write something about any of my outlined scenes each day. So something gets down (some days 200 words, some days 15).

Also, I have continued to read during camp. This is very motivating! I just finished Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Not only was this book awesomely entertaining, it was also motivation to keep perfecting my craft and cranking out words. Don’t you love when a book does that!

How are your writing goals coming?

This entry was posted on July 9, 2014. 2 Comments

July Goals: Let Camp Begin!

So I did accomplish my May word goals and reading goals.

My big goal for July is to reach 30K words for my Middle Grade novel. I have a lively cabin in Camp Nanowrimo and I am ready.

Unfortunately, this week did not start off well. I started my internship and the new juggling has taken its toll. I think, I have figured out my schedule now and I am looking forward to writing all the words – daily! For the next 27 days, I have a daily word goal of 1150 words.

I am up for the challenge – are you?

Please feel free to share your writing goals in the comments:)

This entry was posted on July 4, 2014. 2 Comments

It’s Going Down!

So, I need a way to pump up my writing.

Although school has slightly calmed down (officially done really soon!), I have started freelancing. This was a lovely idea for my wallet (the bills thank me for this) but I find that it tires me out against working on my novels.

I finished my first ever novel during my first Camp Nanowrimo. Therefore, I feel July is a good time to try it out again. I have decided to work on an awesome Middle Grade novel. I am hopeful that with great cabin mates I can really pump up my word camp and find the love for my writing again.

Stay tuned!

p.s. my camp name is pmccorkle (look me up!)

This entry was posted on June 25, 2014. 4 Comments

Why do you need a writing friend?

So I joined Twitter about a 18 months ago. It was one of the best decisions I made for my writing. It had nothing to do with all of those “writerly” quotes being tweeted (although those are great). It actually had to do with the writers I have interacted with.

I have found CPs, word sprint buddies, and blogging friends. We correct each other, offer advice, and most importantly encourage each other on our journeys.

So my Monday writer’s advice is simple: get some writer friends. It’s the best thing you can do for your career.

Goals update:
1. I have read 2 books and will have read at least 2 additional books by the end of the month.
2. I missed a week blogging but hope to post twice during one week before the month is over.
3. I have written about 1000 fresh words so I am on track for my 1500 word goal.
Happy Monday everyone:)

This entry was posted on June 16, 2014. 3 Comments