Procrastinating Is Fun…

…but also destructive to my productivity.

Typically when I’m writing I will write a few sentences then browse Pinterest….write a paragraph then hit up Facebook because a notification just came in and I don’t want to miss anything important…..finish up the chapter I’ve been working on for a week then start writing a blog post that I never finish because I just got an e-mail from the office and I have to open it…..cut out a thousand words and numb the pain of that with an episode of something mindless on TV….re-write the cut thousand words and play a game of Two Dots on my phone, or look through (insert social media application here).

My daily average for my novel has been 2,000 words per day, until I hit a snag in my plot and then my productivity slows. I picked my pace back up today hoping to hit 50k in the next eight days. I’m close, and growing closer by the day but sometimes when my plot doesn’t move I get sucked in by other things when I should be wading through the sinking sand that is background information to come out to the walkway on the other side where my plot speeds up again.

Eight days and 6,637 words left…I can do this.

Blessings,
Megan

PS. Please pray for my friend S.J, she has been in labor for around 36 hours now and is really struggling. Say a prayer for her, her husband, and stubborn baby boy!

Camp NaNoWriMo Update!

Good morning readers it’s Wednesday!!

We are half way through the week, and I am half way to my Camp NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words! In fact as I’m typing this my current word count is 31,105 words…so more than halfway. It’s pretty cool being able to track my progress on the NaNo website, seeing my daily average climb each day, and knowing that when I sit down each night at my computer I’m creating something. 
It may be something that is only read by me, I may pass it along to a few friends, I may tuck it away for safe keeping, or I may even edit for publishing someday. Even if I am the only person to ever read this novel it is still something that I wrote, that I created, that I poured my heart and soul into. I recently read a post by a good friend of mine, and fellow WriMo. Basically what she said was that everyone has a story. For a long time I had stories in my head but thought that they would never be good enough to share, that nobody would ever want to read them, that I would never be good enough to write them down. 
If there is one thing that I have learned from her, and from Camp NaNoWriMo it’s that I do have a story to tell, and that someone will always be willing to listen to it or read it. I have loved being able to just sit down and write and not worry about a potential audience or a potential publisher…I’m writing this story for me, and it’s made the process so much easier. I’m writing a story that I would want to read. A book that if I was it in the store I would buy it and read it. I’m not worried right now about what people will think when they read it or how they will react. Right now the only reader that matters is me…and it’s taken me a long long long time to learn this lesson. 

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 1

Okay so it’s the first official day of Camp NaNoWriMo and I jumped head first into this novel writing project. I’ve got a novel that I’ve been working on for a few months now, but got so stuck on it that I set it aside. I work on it when inspiration strikes but honestly that hasn’t happened in a while, and when it does I usually just write out the paragraphs that come to me in a notebook. I have several notebooks with portions of that novel that need to be typed up and pieced together in the right order. But with Camp NaNoWriMo I’ve already written 2,423 words in just under 12 hours.

The thing about Camp NaNoWriMo is that with this, when I write I move on. I don’t write and then come back and re-write what was already written, with this I am just writing. I’ve had to change my whole mindset when it comes to my process. Usually I would write a few paragraphs before bed at night, go to bed, and the next night I’d go back to what I’d written the night before and re-write it.

My goal of 50,000 words has forced me to just keep writing. In order to write 50,000 words in 31 days I will have to write on average 1,613 words a day assuming that I can consistently write sixteen hundred words a day. As any writer knows, sometimes we hit rough patches and dry spells where the words and ideas aren’t flowing. That’s what I’ve been dealing with while working on the other novel; I’m sure I’ll face that with this one as well, bu I have to remember not to go back and take anything out, or re-write anything…that’s what editing is for.

Blessings and happy writing,

Megan