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Aspiring author.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update!

Wordcount for July 20Well, over the last few days I have had some encouragement from my husband and some friends and I was able to up my word count and catch up to where I should be! I’ve got less than 9000 words to write to reach my Camp NaNo goal and I am feeling confident again that I will reach that goal. But there are a few days coming up that I will not really have time to write (maybe a couple hundred words if I am lucky). So, now that I am caught up, I have another obstacle to overcome – I need to get ahead!

I’ve always found that having a set goal for word count helps me keep myself moving along. But I also find, that when I set those goals, they begin to limit me. I find it difficult to motivate myself to write beyond my goal. I will be writing away and getting into a groove when suddenly I hit the magical number that I needed to reach for the day, and I just stop.

I’ve tried not setting a goal at all, but then I fail to write almost anything. I’ve tried telling myself that if I get ahead then I can have a day off from writing but then I think “well, couldn’t I just take that time off now instead?” and close the document and continue my day. Nothing I try works!

Well, I’m going to try to guilt myself into writing more today. Maybe I will withhold food for myself until I reach a certain word count? That should work, right? I won’t die, will I? Hmm, maybe I need some better ideas… If you happen to have any, please leave them as a comment below!

Camp NaNoWriMo and I Need Your Help!

Wordcount for July 17For the past two weeks I have been participating in an event called Camp NaNoWriMo. It is the relaxed, summer version of November’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Instead of NaNoWriMo’s goal of 50,000 words, with Camp NaNo’s flexible word count goal, I have chosen to write 25,000 words by July 31st at 11:59PM! For the first week, I did really well. As you can see in the graph there, I kept up with my daily word goal every day – sometimes even surpassing it. Now the words seem to be jammed up in my head and are unwilling to loosen up and spill out onto my computer screen. It has been rather frustrating.

I am hoping that now that I’m into week three the words will start flowing again, so that I can catch up! I have participated in NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo multiple times now and it seems that the end of week two is the most sluggish time of the whole month. Well, except for the times I have given up half way through the month…

I have not yet reached a NaNo goal, so I am hoping that this will be the month that I succeed. I just need to pick up the pace! Anyone who has inspiring words or words that will kick my butt into gear, please leave them in the comments section below. I need your help to get my fingers back to typing toward my goal!

A Website of My Own

FireworksWelcome! As you can probably guess from the fireworks, I’m excited to launch my very own website. For some reason I have always wanted to have a website of my own, even if there was no reason for it. But this one does have a reason! Three actually:

– I want to have somewhere consistent that I can update others on how my writing projects are going (via blog posts and the nifty progress bars to the right).

– I want to hear feedback about my progress (via blog comments and the “Contact Me” page).

– And, to be totally honest, I want to start getting a following. That way when I become a published author I will have a community of people to be excited with me!

I have had a Twitter account for quite some time and I recently made myself a Facebook page (you can “follow” and “like” each of those in the sidebar). But I found that Twitter’s 140 characters were limiting and that Facebook’s layout was not quite what I wanted, so my husband and I set about creating a place where I had more space to write and more freedom in how I used said space. I will continue to use my social media accounts for updates and fun things I find on the Internet, but for my more in-depth updates I will be using this space!

If you want to know more about me and how I first got into writing, you can check out the “About Me” section of my website by clicking the link in the menu bar above.

Now, I am off to continue making progress on my novel, so that I can update my progress bars!

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