Writing Goals for 2019

So if you thought my reading goals for 2019 was excessive you’ll be in for a real treat 😈

I have some ambitious writing goals for this upcoming year, mostly because my writing habits this year were crap and I’d like to go into 2019 with a bang and actually get myself in gear. Following a bunch of writers on twitter has been really inspiring and I’ve been craving a more consistent writing routine.

I’ve broken down my goals into two different categories: blog writing and fiction writing.

Write two reviews a week

Reviews have been some of my hardest posts to write; I just don’t enjoy them! I think it’s because I wait too long to review a book and I can’t remember what happened. I also don’t think I’m very good at it, but like obviously I can’t get better if I’m not actually writing any πŸ˜‘

Since I have to read about two books a week to meet my 100 books a year goal, I should be reviewing every book I read. This will definitely be a struggle and will be time consuming, but there are little no downsides to this. This will make me a better writer, blogger, and reader so like I just got to get over this fear and realize that my reviews might be a little sucky for a while.  Continue reading “Writing Goals for 2019”

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Writer’s Diary #01: Beginning to Revise My NaNoWriMo Draft

I did something scary yesterday for the first time: I finished reading over my manuscript from NaNoWriMo.

This was the first time I’ve printed out a longer story I’ve written to edit it; usually I’m able to edit and revise on the soft copy. However, my NaNoWriMo novel ended up being about 140 unstructured pages of a ginormous mess!

I went into NaNo with literally only some characters names and an inciting incident. I spent most of the month feeling like I was writing just writing to fulfill the 50k word count goal. Since I was still in the early stages of drafting (and brainstorming), much of it was fleshing out the world and characters.

I wrote the scenes out of order, sometimes going back up to an earlier scene and writing from there, or inserting a scene before or in between other scenes I’d written if it felt like it fit.Β  Continue reading “Writer’s Diary #01: Beginning to Revise My NaNoWriMo Draft”

Heartbreak Hotel: On Embarrassing Writing

On Embarrassing Writing

The other day I came across a blogging prompt, “what is something you’re embarrassed you’ve written?” and I was all over that like mustard on a hot dog.

I think the easiest thing for me to claim to be embarrassed over would be my fan fiction I wrote back in high school, but like honestly I may have a lot to say about fan fiction and not much of it is embarrassing. More on that subject another time.

Generally speaking, much of what I write is embarrassing, especially if I’m reading it over after a long break. However when I was brainstorming what to write about for this prompt, I decided what would typically be labeled “embarrassing” isn’t really embarrassing to me, but what I initially started writing seriously and was really proud of and excited about turned out to be embarrassing once I reread it and it wasn’t anywhere near as spectacular as I thought it was. Continue reading “Heartbreak Hotel: On Embarrassing Writing”

The Day Before NaNoWriMo

NaNoWrimo officially begins in 24 hours. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably questioning how you can possibly manage to win this thing and mentally beating yourself up for not preparing as much as you should’ve. Even though it’s Halloween, here are some last minute preparations you can complete today.

The Day Before NaNoWriMo

Print off a word count sheet.
I don’t know about you, but I find aΒ ton of motivation in visibly seeing how much I’ve already accomplished (and how much I have left to go). The last time I won NaNoWriMo I drew out a whiteboard on my wall with a word count bar. Every time I hit another 10% of my word count, I would color in the bar. I also would write on the word count the most words I’d written in a day and try and beat my own “high score.” Find out what motivates you and create a sheet or a board you can hang out your wall to hold you accountable.

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The Four Questions You Need to Ask Before Starting Your Short Story

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to write a short story every month during 2016. I just finished my short story for May, so now I’m brainstorming the one for June!

For my last two short stories, I had very clear images in my head of what I wanted to write about. This month, I’m completely at a loss. I literally have no idea what to write. Nothing is exciting me right now.

When this happens, I feel like I have a couple options:

  1. Wait until I come up with an idea (this is dangerous, because there’s no guarantee I’ll actually come up with one).
  2. Just free write until a story unfolds (this sometimes works… but often I feel like I just ramble and talk about my character’s life without any plot).
  3. Find or make a prompt and just brainstorm until I have a somewhat developed idea (this is time consuming and I may not fall in love with it, but it’s usually the safest).

 

Right now, because I’m overwhelmed with life and jobs, I’m feeling like going with #3. Here are some initial questions I’m asking myself as I start to brainstorm what June’s short story will unfold.

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A Sample of My NaNoWriMo Writing Playlist

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After a busy weekend celebrating my friend’s birthday in North Carolina, I am officiallyΒ wayΒ behind in NaNoWriMo. As in “I’m probably going to be pulling an all-nighter tonight to catch up” behind. So there’s that.

However, from the 6,000+ words I do have (it hurts to type that) I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration from music. Finding new music and making mood playlists is one of my absolute favorite things and my NaNoWriMo playlist for this year is inching towards being 100 songs long. Continue reading “A Sample of My NaNoWriMo Writing Playlist”

Things that Scare Me About NaNoWriMo

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I’m really not a fan of Halloween. As a kid I always wore the most basic costume created out of clothes I already had in my closet and accessories I would wear again. Once I hit middle school, I felt too old for trick-or-treating but never wanted to go to any costume or Halloween parties. I hate haunted houses and horror movies. I’m a baby when it comes to anything remotely scary. While fall is my favorite season, I ignore the weeks leading up to Halloween.

As I got older and learned about NaNoWriMo, I substituted the Halloween fears and thrills for the terror of working on a new novel and completing it within the same month.

Basically everything about NaNoWriMo scares me. I spent all day on November 1st staring at a blank screen and just willing words to come appear in front of me. I’ve deleted much more than I should’ve, and every time I feel myself starting to highlight a phrase, sentence, or paragraph to delete I stop and have an inner battle over whether I should erase something I just wrote, or if I should press on and continue writing.

(Spoiler alert: I almost always delete it.)

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