What I’m Doing Monday

What I’m Writing

I finished the first full draft of my freelance project, and I’ve sent in a partial revision. Other than that, I’ve been working on Camp NaNoWriMo sporadically.

Book Review: Alice in Zombieland

Book Review: No Place

Book Review: Beauty Queens

What I’m Reading

Read this Week: I read Petey by Ben Mikaelsen for TypeOneTwo.org.

Reading Now: I’m starting Beautiful Darkness today.

Reading Next: Next up will be a YA book that I’ve yet to pick up from the library.

Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap-up

So I didn’t come anywhere near my 40,000 word goal for April, but I did make some pretty good progress. As of Saturday, I’ve written 23,408 words. That’s just under 1/3 of the way toward my goal for the final novel word count of 75,000. I’ll be able to finish this first draft by the beginning of July if I keep up this pace.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I need to be consistent with making time to write. I need to dedicate the same ninety minutes a night to writing fiction and not let anything encroach onto that time.

While I may not have won Camp NaNoWriMo this year, I think that it was quite successful.


What I’m Doing Monday (A day late!)

What I’m Writing

My muse has decided to become difficult. She’s in the process of convincing my that I can absolutely start outlining another novel before I’ve finished the one that I’m working on right now. The problem is that I’m starting to believe her. That’s not to say that my NaNo novel will fall by the wayside. I’m just going to be multi-tasking.

The project I’ve been mentioning for the past few weeks is still going on. It’s moving at a much slower pace than I’d like, but I’m excited because the rough draft will be done by Thursday this week. That means I’m that much closer to the end.

Book Review: The Maze Runner

What I’m Reading

Read this Week: I read Beauty Queens by Libba Bray for TypeOneTwo.org.

Reading Now: I’m currently reading The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance by Hayes and McFall. I can already tell that this review will be interesting.

Reading Next: The next book in the Beautiful Creatures series, Beautiful Darkness. 

Camp NaNoWriMo Status

How many words have you written in the past week? 3,885
Biggest Challenge so far: Getting all of my work done during the day so that I can sit down and focus at night.
Biggest Success so far: I’m getting to be pretty regular with sitting down at night and getting about a thousand words written.
Biggest Failure so far: While the schedule is awesome and I’m getting a ton done, I’ve talked myself into a fixed routine. That means I struggle if I sit down to write before that time. I wouldn’t say it’s really a failure, I just need to learn to be more adaptable and learn to write whenever I have the time.
Current Word Count: 21,316
Words to Goal: 18,684

What I’m Doing Monday

What I’m Writing

I’m still working on the potential freelance project. I’m hoping that more progress will be made on that this week. In other news, NaNo has been progressing pretty slowly. I’ve also been battling with a couple of new story ideas that are demanding my attention.

What I’m Reading

Read this Week: I read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Home Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Reading Now: I’m currently reading The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance by Hays and McFall.

Reading Next: I’ll be reading the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series, Beautiful Darkness 


Camp NaNoWriMo Status

How many words have you written in the past week? 3,586
Biggest Challenge so far: Again, figuring out a regular writing schedule is still kicking my butt.
Biggest Success so far: I’ve struggled with the worry of a continuity problem, that the tension would drop off before suddenly reappearing later in the novel. While writing the other day, I added a scene that I hadn’t planned on writing and it allowed me both reintroduce the tension and to have it as a trigger for another scene.
Biggest Failure so far: Not figuring out a regular writing schedule. That’s going to be my priority for this next week.
Current Word Count: 17,431
Words to Goal: 22,569

What I’m Doing Monday

What I’m Writing

My big project this past week is a freelance opportunity that I’m feeling more and more excited about. It has the potential to turn into something pretty awesome, but I don’t want to say too much more until all the details are final. Otherwise, I’ve been working sporadically on my NaNo novel.

Book Review: Keeping the Moon

What I’m Reading

Read this Week: I read Alice in Zombieland by Gina Showalter for TypeOneTwo.org.

Reading Now: I’m currently reading Home Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin. (Still)

Reading Next: Next up is The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance by Hays and McFall. I saw the title, and I couldn’t pass it up.

I also won four eARCs (electronic advanced reading copies) of four romance novels courtesy of Entangled Publishing, so those will be reviewed at some point. 13845

Camp NaNoWriMo Status

How many words have you written in the past week? 6,471
Biggest Challenge so far: Maintaining a writing schedule after missing a few days.
Biggest Success so far: While it’s a work in progress, I’m working to change my attitude about Camp NaNoWriMo. I used to just abandon my project if I didn’t think I’d meet my goal, but now I’m going to keep writing even if I don’t hit 40,000 words by April 30th. Whatever I get done is a whole lot more than I had on paper at the beginning of the month.
Biggest Failure so far: Not balancing reading/reviewing, this new freelance project, and writing.
Current Word Count: 13,845
Words to Goal: 26,155

What I’m Doing Monday

Here’s the first What I’m Doing Monday during Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy. This format is inspired by Emily over at One More Page, who posts her own version of What I’m Doing Monday every week.

What I’m Writing

Apart from Camp NaNoWriMo, I’ve been working sporadically on a couple of different projects. I have also been scouring the web for freelance opportunities and am crossing my fingers that I might have another freelance job by the end of the week.

Book Review: Fake ID

Book Review: Alanna, The First Adventure

What I’m Reading

Read this Week: I read Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen for TypeOneTwo.org.

Reading Now: I’m currently reading Home Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin.

Reading Next: Next up is The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance by Hays and McFall. I saw the title, and I couldn’t pass it up.

Camp NaNoWriMo Status

How many words have you written in the past week? 7,374
Biggest Challenge so far: Balancing reading/reviewing books and getting my word count done
Biggest Success so far: I wrote a scene that I didn’t envision when I originally worked out my outline, and I’d never imagined that anything like it would fit so well. At least in this draft.
Biggest Failure so far: I missed my word count goal yesterday by about 800 words.
Current Word Count: 7,374
Words to Goal: 32,326

Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 16 hours

Day 26: Calm before the storm

In a few hours, Camp will officially begin. I can’t wait. I’m excited to start writing, and I’m ready to see the shape that this story takes. This is going to be a crazy month.

I’ve tried to post daily updates in the past, and that always ended up being more of a hassle than anything else. My good friend Emily over at More Than One Page did a “What I’m Doing Monday” post where she included her Camp NaNo update, and I think that would work pretty well for me. It would mean that I’m not cursing myself because I procrastinated on getting my word count done and now I have to write a blog update at midnight.

I’m going to spend these next few hours getting a couple other projects squared away from the month and figuring out my schedule to get all of my projects done while working on my Camp novel. And I’ll be counting down the hours until midnight.

Are you ready for Camp? Are you excited?

Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 1 day

Day 25: Registration Day

Today’s exercise isn’t really an exercise. It’s more of getting my act together with something that I should have done days ago. Namely, registering my novel for Camp NaNo. I’ve put it off because I wanted to decide on a title. While I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to call this novel, I’ve run out of time if I want to put the info up on the Camp NaNo website.

Here are my goals for Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2014:

Title:Untitled Parasite Soldier
Genre:Young Adult
Type: Novel
Word Count Goal: 40,000
Daily Word Goal: 1,334

Have you put your novel on the website yet? How many words are you planning to write? What genre will your story be?


Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 2 days

Day 24: Get me interested!

Exercise: Write the teaser summary of your story that you would want on the inside jacket of your book. Make sure to peak interest while not giving away too much.

My name is Ophelia Lawrence. You can call me Lia. For all you know, I’m a normal seventeen year old enrolled in the student worker program here in Wyne. I have friends that I love, a mentor I tolerate, and the cutest puppy in the city. The resistance taught me well.

Right now, I wish I wasn’t so good at being anonymous. Because the Warriors of Rizer have made me one of their soldiers, and I am at the beck and call of a parasite implanted at the base of my skull. It can dictate my speech. It can make me sabotage my new life. But it can’t control my thoughts or my heart. I just hope that’s enough to stop what’s coming.

Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 3 days

Day 23: Scene List and Outline

Exercise: Create a list of your scenes and fit them into an outline.

This post is a bit late because this exercise took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I usually write out the outline in order, but the problem with that method is that it’s a lot harder to insert scenes without rewriting the whole outline. So I tried something different this time.

I wrote out every scene that I wanted to include on small index cards before arranging them in order on the floor (I made sure to vacuum ahead of time). While changing up the order to add new scenes was still a bit difficult because there were so many index cards, it was so much easier than writing the outline on paper. I did have one scene that ended up not fitting, but I have it handy in case I find a place for it when I actually start writing.

How do you outline? Do you have a way to insert scenes into it after the outline is completed?



Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 4 days

Day 22: The Map

Exercise: In order to keep yourself–and your characters–from getting lost in the land/city where they live, create a map of the area. Make sure to mark where your main character will be living, working, and spending most of their time. Don’t neglect other important landmarks such as government buildings, a hospital, and the police station. Make it as detailed as you would like.

Here is the map I drew for the as of now unnamed city.

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