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Update…

…for April and my Camp NaNoWriMo journey!

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I did it! I completed my first Camp NaNoWriMo! It was harder than I expected, what with Life happening, and I didn’t manage to get everything done that I wanted to. However, I did hit my target of 30 hours, and I am further along with the planning than I was at the start of the month, so I’m happy overallĀ šŸ™‚

I’ve learned a lot about planning over the last month, and the process of writing a book in general. It’s been interesting getting a glimpse into other people’s methods, worries and pitfalls too. It was comforting to realise that I’m not the only one who struggles with motivation, or health, or anxiety and fear. We’re all on this rollercoaster of a journey together, each experiencing the highs and lows of being a writer, and I feel lucky to be part of such a warm, encouraging, and supportive community.

I’ve only been on this journey for 4 months, and I’ve met so many wonderful people, learned more than I could have imagined, and have a much stronger premise for my WIP than I could have ever thought possible. In that time I’ve reached 55 followers here on my Blog (thanks guys!), and am around the 3,000 mark for followers on Twitter! It’s been (and still is) a steep learning curve, but I’m loving it.

For May I want to finish the second half of my synopsis, and use flashcards to plot out the first book in the series properly, focusing specifically on the main plot points, and structure. The hope is that I’ll be ready to start my first draft in June.

Here’s to another productive writing month!

Useful Info…

…about Facebook Groups!

Facebook Groups

In a previous post, I talked about different hashtag games that I participate in on Twitter. These forums are great for meeting fellow writers, and learning more about the writing process. While Twitter is my main Social Media (SM) hub, I am also member of a few groups on Facebook, which I thought were worth mentioning here.

The first group I joined is Your Write Dream, which I heard about on Twitter. It is hosted by the fab Kristen Kieffer (who you’ve no doubt noticed mentioned on here before), and is a really inclusive, support group of like-minded writerly people. It’s not the biggest group out there, but there are plenty of active members who are happy to offer support, give advice, and answer any writing questions you may haveĀ about your WIP. There are also Mastermind Mondays, Self Promo Days, and Friday Office Hours to get involved with! If you haven’t already, check out Your Write Dream now, and see if it’s for you. Remember to read the rules first, and always respect other posters.

Next, there is a group called Writers Unite, which I stumbled across when looking into a different group. This group is huge, with over 36,000 members, so I recommend turning the notifications off, or your phone/tablet/laptop will be “binging” every few seconds! It’s a great place to check in on a few times a week though, as people ask interesting questions, post writing prompts, as well as share information that has been helpful on their writing journey. If you haven’t already had a look at Writers Unite head on over there now! Remember to read the rules first, and always respect other posters.

The third, and final (for now) Facebook group I want to mention is called Fiction Writing. This is another pretty big group, with over 26,000 members, so I would again suggest that you turn the notifications off if you don’t want to be driven crazy! This group is also great for getting a variety of opinions and perspectives on writing, or your specific WIP, as well as support, encouragement and advice. They also collectively publish an anthology each year, called A _________ of Words, with a different theme being picked for each one (the current one being A Contract of Words). Members are able to write a short story based on the assigned theme, and submit it for consideration. Those who are successful get their story published in the anthology, a free paperback copy, the accompanying soundtrack CD, and the ebook form. If you haven’t already, check out Fiction Writing now, and maybe even submit your own short story about a contract! Remember though, to read the rules first, and be respectful of other posters.

I know I’ve mentioned it already, but do make sure you read through all of the rules first (for whichever group you want to join) and make sure they are ones you can abide by. For example, some groups may not allow fan-fiction etc. so do make sure you know the rules before joining, to prevent any grievances later šŸ™‚

That’s all for this week, but if you know of any other great Facebook groups for the writing community, let me know!

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update…

I can’t believe we’re half way through April already! This month is just flying by…

At the start of the month I decided to do a quick Update post a couple of weeks in, just to add an extra degree of accountability to my Camp experience. 

The 1st week of Camp was great! I hit my targets, I did something every day, I felt focused, positive, and productive.

Then the second week happened. 

It did not go well. At all. In fact, it didn’t really go at all! I didn’t even manage my Friday blog post (apologies). 

I know I’m probably being unecessarily hard on myself for not getting everything done that I wanted to, but I hate it when I lose my mojo. Between hospital appointments and illness, I had no motivation or energy for Wording. I read a quote online that perfectly summed up my week. It went something like: “it takes a lot of braining to make the words go!” I had no braining left.

Thankfully, this week is a new beginning, a fresh start, or blank page (if you pardon the writerly pun). I’m working on shifting my days around so that I can squeeze some words out when I have the time/energy. I’ve altered my expectations, and am focusing on what I can achieve, instead of getting upset about what I can’t. I am trying to rediscover my passion for this project by connecting with my characters.

I hope the rest of you campers out there are doing ok, and achieving your goals. 

Here’s to a productive Week Three!