Today I’m doing another Writer’s Break Friday! I haven’t done one in a while so I’m excited to get back into it. For those that don’t know Writer’s Break Friday is something I do on my blog where I talk about my writing progress for the week. I started it as a way to keep myself accountable for writing, but I had fallen into a pretty big reading slump over the last few months (maybe closer to a year) and when a reading slump hits, I usually lose all motivation to write 😦 But I’m happy to say that I think I’ve finally beaten the dreadful slump so this should be up on the blog pretty regularly now 🙂 !
Since it’s July and that means CampNaNoWriMo, I thought I’d update you on what I’ve been doing, writing wise, over the last couple weeks.
July 1st through July 6th
So I didn’t actually do any writing this week. I focused mainly on figuring out what my goals were going to be this month and trying a new outlining method.
So what are my goals for the month? Well, I had originally put my goal to write 20,000 words. But not actually writing the first week really put me behind. I then switched my goal to measure in hours, where I decided that I wanted to do 30 hours. But I wasn’t always doing a full hour at a time, so whenever I tried updating my progress, my half hours weren’t being counted so then I switched it to minutes. I knew I still wanted my official goal to be 30 hours so I set my goal as 1,800 minutes.
How did I outline? I’m still working on “Project Y” this month (not the official title). I started it during April’s Camp but what I had written didn’t feel right for the story so I scrapped it and decided to start over. (It’s a YA contemporary inspired by the gun-control debate in the US). I had an outline, but I decided to change it a little, but I’m more of a visual person so the bullet point outline I had wasn’t really working for me.
So I decided to try the cork-board method. I found a great article on Writer’s Edit that explained the three-act structure using Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games as an example, which really helped guide my outline.
My first step was to get all the supplies I would need:
Then I created a key for myself so I knew what each color represented:
Then I started outlining Act 1, with each card headed with the purpose of the chapter (found in article linked above):
I’m outlining each act as I go. So I have an outline for Act 1 completed, now I’m in the process of writing it, then I will outline Act 2 and then write that and so on. Doing it this way is actually helping me to not get overwhelmed. I do have a full story outline written, but that’s just a broad overview of what needs to happen over the course of the book. The cork board lets me go into more detail of what needs to happen in each chapter (though still vague as I’m on the first draft and I like writing whatever comes to me).
I do plan on getting more detailed with the cork board and using the different colored cards once I get to the second draft.
July 7th through July 13th
This week I’ve actually been sitting down to write! I can’t do a daily breakdown of how many words I’ve written each day because I forgot to record it 😦 . But I promise next week I will have a daily breakdown.
I’ve written everyday since Saturday (though Tuesday was spent writing for my Writing Group, not on “Project Y”), which is pretty big for me as I don’t typically get to write on the weekends. I’ve been writing even if I don’t want to because I know that if I miss a day, it will usually be a month before I write again 😆
Doing that has already helped to make a daily routine, because I already start to feel guilty if I haven’t written anything by dinnertime. I’m still trying for the 20,000 words this month, but I’m not forcing myself to get a specific word count each time I write. Instead I aim for 25 minutes of uninterrupted writing a couple times a day. Doing it this way I usually get about 500 words a day (though I do want to increase the time spent writing a day gradually).
Days Writing: 7
Average Time Spent A Day: TBD
Total Minutes on “Project Y”: 605 (since July 1st)
Average Words Written Per Day: TBD
Manuscript Total Count: 2,400
That’s all I have for this post! Do you write/participate in NaNoWriMo? What do you aim for when writing? A certain amount of time or words written?
Thanks for reading!