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Inspiration Quote

As July winds down, so does Camp NaNoWriMo. Though I would like to say that everything is going well with my writing, it isn’t. I’m a bit short of my writing goal. It doesn’t leave me much time since Camp NaNoWriMo ends tomorrow.

In order to motivate everyone, myself included, I’m going to provide an inspirational quote. Then, I’m going to back to writing.

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Binge Writing

Surprisingly, I believe July has gone by really fast. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I’m missing a few hundred words from my daily Camp NaNoWriMo goal. Or maybe it just seems that way. Either way, the days have gone by fast.

While I like to say that I’m all caught up in my writing, the truth is, that I’m not. Most of the times, I’m playing catch up. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do anything. However, one interesting thing that I found about myself is that I like to binge write.

Maybe some of you are familiar with this. Basically, I like writing a whole lot in one sitting (or one day) and then do no writing the next. It’s almost like watching a show, playing a game, or reading. I’ve found that this method works well for me. It’s less stressful and I don’t feel as guilty for not writing everyday.

As I mentioned before, I want writing to still be fun for me and enjoyable. Life got to the point where I couldn’t write everyday and that caused me a lot of guilt and stress. While it is valuable advice, it wasn’t working for me anymore.

Thanks to the discovery that binge writing works for me, I don’t have to force myself to write everyday. This also means less stress and I can enjoy writing just like before.

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Less Words

Another week in July comes to an end. Productivity is high and I’m not stressed out. I think it was a good idea not to write 50k words this month for Camp NaNoWriMo. With everything going on, I gave myself an obtainable goal.

The goal of Camp NaNoWriMo isn’t to stress out over it. I believe it should be enjoyed. I want writing to still be fun for me.

So far, it’s been a journey of discovery. While the story isn’t going the way I wanted it to, I’m having fun writing.

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D&D Article, Updates, and Writing

I am happy to announce that my article on dice superstitions has been posted on Gamernation News. You can check it out here. I’ve included pictures of my dice and those of my fellow players but most of them are my dice. It was fun collecting all the information and hearing all the quirks and superstitions out there.

Lately, there’s been a lot of writing going on. From lesson plans, articles, Camp NaNoWriMo, and posts, I can’t seem to catch my breath. Of course let’s not forget running my own D&D sessions. I’ve been so busy lately. Somehow, I’ve managed to have everything under control. Let’s hope it stays that way.

I have to say that staying busy and writing is a good feeling. I feel very productive. Although I’m a few hundred words behind my daily goal for Camp NaNoWriMo, I think I’m doing well. I haven’t run out of inspiration. The story seems to be writing itself. Plus, getting into the mentally that it doesn’t have to be perfect is really helping me. Honestly, I think that’s the hardest part about writing.

If I had to say anything that I was dissatisfied with is probably the time I sent my posts out. I usually try to get them out between 3 and 5 but lately that hasn’t been working out. I’ve had to cover weird shifts at work that doesn’t allow for all that. School hasn’t made it easy yet. I’ll try to keep to that timeframe next week.

While it’s been a short update, I’ll cut the post short. I have to finish typing up my daily word count for Camp NaNoWriMo. For those who are participating, how’s it going? Have you run out of steam or still going strong?

As always, good luck.

 

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Scrapping for Ideas

Over the weekend, I decided that I will be participating n July’s Camp NaNoWriMo. My reason for this is due to the fact that I haven’t been writing as much as I should. Using July’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I want to trick myself into writing more that I have been. This month, however, I won’t be aiming towards 50k words. Instead, I’ll be aiming towards 30k words this month. If, for whatever reason, I write more than 30k words than my goal was successful. With everything that is going on right now. I don’t have that much free time.

Saying this, I don’t really have anything planned for this month. I do have a few story ideas floating around and prepared but I’m not sure if those are novel ready. So, this poses the question: how am I going to reach 30k words or more without having a lot prepared.

First off, I’m going to wing it. I don’t normally do this because I typically have a sense of where the story is going to go. For this story in general, I have the basic idea for it but I don’t know where to go from the beginning. There’s a vague idea floating in my head but nothing is concrete.

Secondly, I’m going to write random scenes. I’m going to have my characters is conversations with others that could pertain to the plot. Maybe as I write these conversations, inspiration will strike and Camp NaNoWriMo will go smoothly. Fingers crossed. And, I never know. Inspiration might strike at random.

Next, I might actually do some plotting when I have the time. This won’t be too elaborate or too in depth but it might help. I don’t want to get stressed over writing 30k this month. So, while I will put effort into completing my goal, I don’t want to force myself to do it. When it’s forced, it’s not fun anymore and I always try to have fun when I write. I want to enjoy it.

Lastly, I might even go back to the original draft and steal ideas from that. The story I’m writing for this Camp NaNoWriMo, I worked on it a few years back. It never went anywhere because I didn’t like the direction it was going so, I basically stopped writing. This time around, I’m trying to revamp the story. I really liked the characters and the magic system I created for this world so I want to keep using. If worst come to worst, I might even think about combining ideas together. I’ve done that before and it has worked. It might work this time too.

Now, while I usually post world-building posts on Mondays, for this month, it might change or it might not. Depends on the day and what I have to do. I’ll try sticking to the schedule I set up because I think it was working really well with a few exceptions. If anything changes, I’ll announce it.

Thanks for reading and, for those participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, good luck. Don’t forget to share some tips. I’m going to need all the help I can get.