So as many of you know I participated in Camp Nano last month. What many of you don’t know however, is that I completely failed it. Which I am honestly not surprised by. You see writing and I have a relationship that has been more tooth and nail then harmony and while I always push myself to start off really strong it never lasts long.

However, recently I have had a breakthrough. The WIP that I was writing for Camp Nano will be written and for now I have given myself the deadline to be finished by August 28th, 2018. Of which is as of now a fixed date. As of right now, due to reworking how I want the story to go and revamping the world and the magical system and changing up the beginning I have scrapped about 10,000 words leaving me with 5,000 to start building my first draft from. The deadline is three months, but I hope to prove to myself that I can finish it a bit before that time and if I do I will let you all know.

The other part of my update is that I have two other projects that I am working on alongside my fantasy WIP. Both are very personal works that deal with telling the story of my life so far in two different mediums. The first is the long abandoned Confessions of a Teenage Writer that deals with writing and writerly struggles, but is turning into a self-help book where I share my experiences, rejecting and refunding my passion, and the crazy happenings that have me washed ashore on my life as it is now. You can read the beginnings of this novel that I began out of joy and hope on wattpad here. I thought about removing it, but I am thinking that as I rewrite it pieces of this beginning will be there, but it will be far different then it was before. Plus its a wonderful memory to keep it on there as is to look back on in the future,

The second is a poetry collection of works that tell fragments of my memory and my past, my relationship with my family who shares no blood relation, my inner demons, and dealing with the emotions that I have carried on my back for far too long. It is inspired by a part of All of This is True where the author character in the novel writes a novel which weight becomes the defining weight of her grief. I want to see the weight of my past in physical form if only I can move from it graciously.

I hope that announcing these three projects keeps me accountable for them. I have a habit of rejecting my own voice. I hope that starting out my writing career with such personal works (balanced on the pendulum of the fantasy) I can better accept myself and move forward in my writing without fear.

Thank you so much for reading! I am so grateful to share this part of my journey with you all. I am committing myself to a restart in this life of mine. I hope that what is created from it will be something that I am proud to share with all of you in the months and years to come.

-Till next time!

32 thoughts on “Writing Update!

  1. I wish you the best of luck in both your writing as well as continuing to grow into a person who doesn’t carry as much weight on your back as you once may have. I know that poetry really helps me explore myself and the world around me, I’m guessing from your interest in writing a collection this goes for you as well. Best wishes ❤

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  2. Good luck! All your projects sound really interesting. Last year, I tried NaNoWriMo for the first time and totally failed, too. It was just so much pressure to get the words down that I didn’t write much in the end. ;D

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  3. Great post!
    Well done for going for Camp NaNo.
    I did NaNoWriMo last November and managed on 22,000 of the aimed for 50!
    Then I scrapped about 12,000 🙈
    Buy I’ve built upon what I was left with and now am back up to nearly 20,000, all of which I’m happy about.
    I love a deadline, but don’t beat yourself up if when you get to mid August you’re nowhere near where you want to be. Life can get in the way. Just extend your deadline 🥂🌸

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    1. I made the deadline because I knew I could manage it with the way my schedule is now. For me at this stage it’s a matter of getting the words out. Teaching myself to show up has been huge. Plus the smaller daily word count goal has been a great help. Right now I’m at almost 17,000 and seeing the number grow everyday makes me feel like I’m finally going for my goal. I have another novel as well in the back of my mind that I will be drafting as soon as this one is complete that has been stealing my heart. After I’m done drafting I’m going to take a break by writing the other book and then take a look back at it after the next book’s draft is over. I’ve got some big plans and a lot of writing to do. It’s a wonderful thing.

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  4. Sounds incredible, and I hope you reach your deadline! I’m not great with self-imposed deadlines, which is why I do Nano (external motivation; I’m petty), and I wish I had your strength of will haha! Also, if you ever wanted someone to be in a Camp Nano cabin with, I’m down. 😀 Keep writing!

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    1. I hope I reach my deadline as well! I’d love to be in a cabin with you! To me it doesn’t really matter if the motivation is external or internal as long as the work gets done and your continually progressing I think that’s always a win!


  5. I fail at NanoWrimo and NanoCamp every year but I find solace in the fact that I commit to trying every year. It makes me feel like I still have the chance to make my writing dreams come true and I haven’t given up.

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