NaNoWriMo In October?

I talk about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) at least once a year. Normally, this awesome event, where I try to write 50,000 words in 30 days, takes place in November. But, that never works well for me. November always ends up being crazy, what with William’s birthday and Thanksgiving and traveling, plus there’s always some sickness sweeping through the house at that time of year. I’ve only “completed” NaNo once or twice, and both times, I kind of, sort of, cheated. Soooo, yeah…

To change things up a bit I thought I’d do a personal NaNo type thing for October. The goal is to just get me writing everyday. So I’m not going to try for 50,000 words in a month, instead I’m setting the bar really low at 30,000. If you do the math, 30,000/31 is about 968 words/day. That sounds a little easier to manage than 1667 words/day.

So my plan is to start working on my new Dragon WIP on Oct. 1. I will count those words and the words I write for my blog in my total word count. I guess this month will be less about writing an entire novel and more about making the time to sit down and write every day.

So… Can I really call it NaNoWriMo? What about National Writing Daily Month? NaWriDaMo? If you say it with a lot of excitement it sounds like Geronimo! I like it 🙂 It’s all about those baby steps sometimes.

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I’ve drawn out this cute little tracker in my Bullet Journal for NaWriDaMo. I’ve done one of these in the past but I figured I should have a fresh one for this new little project. If all goes well I’ll write a lot more than 30,000 words by the end of the month. It’s a game now to see how quickly I can get to 30,000.

That’s the plan for October. This way I’ll actually have something worth saying in my Writing section of WoRd PoW for the next month.

Feel free to join me on this little adventure! It’s always better to do stuff with friends. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by!

Outlining Is My Friend

**Hey, guess what? Yesterday was my birthday. I’m 28 now. I refuse to believe that I’m old.**

Hello dear reader! Have you asked yourself, “If Kricket’s Korner is all about Kricket and her writing, why hasn’t she talked about it yet?” That is a very good question and we’re about to fix that problem right now.

What Is Kricket Writing? Currently, I am working on the first draft on an urban fantasy novel with a working title of White Crow. If you know me or have been following this blog for a while, you might recognize the name. I’ve been working on versions of this story/character for about 14 years, off and on. But this time around, I think we have a winner.

As of this post I am 8738 words into the first draft. (I’m very behind on my personal goals right now) Not sure how long the completed thing is going to be, but I try to shoot for a minimum of 50,000 words. I’m feeling really confident about this story, more so than I have about any project in a while. And the only thing I’ve done different is having a complete outline before I started the first draft.

Creating an outline is what I have spent the last four months doing, slowly. With encouragement from my HusbandMuse, I really pushed in the last month to get this story off the ground. He offered me a great reward system. I set a writing goal every month and if I meet that goal I get to buy a new book. That’s some seriously good incentive for me.

Anyway, my goal for August was to finish the outline. As I said before, this is the first time I’ve had a total outline of a story before writing it. Before, I used to write some, outline a little, write some more, and in the process I felt lost and confused and the story would just wonder away from me. Or I would spend a lot of writing time doing research and being distracted by stupid things.

Spending a good month on just thinking, “Okay, what happens next?”, was very good for me. I don’t have to stare at a blank screen while I’m writing, I can look back at my outline and remind myself where to go from there. Of course, this outline isn’t set in stone. Things can change if I want them to. I like to give my self room for those moments of brilliance you get while writing.

And how do I outline, you ask? It’s pretty loose. I don’t use those horribly formal outlines you’re taught in school with roman numerals and letters and numbers and bullet points and all that jazz. I write “And then…” summaries of what I want to happen in each scene or chapter. I call it “And then…” summaries because there’s a lot of “And then this happens. And then this… And that…” etc. It’s a bare bones sketch of the story, with very little detail and occasional snippets of dialogue. I also note the setting of the scene, which includes time and location, and what characters are in it.

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It looks something like that^^. The tabs off to the right is the rest of the outline. Yes, I blurred the words so no one can steal them 😛

So far, this is working really well. Writing goes smoothly. I’m not wasting time staring off into space. I’m in the writing zone and the words flow a lot more easily.

So, the big question for you is, do you outline or do you pants it? Leave a comment and we can chat! As always, thanks for reading and have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Letter From CampNaNo

We are now in the middle of the third week of CampNaNo and my word count has not moved since I last wrote. Only 3,426 words. I should be halfway by now with over 25,000 words. So I am desperately behind.

I only wrote the first two days of April and then things went down hill. I got a migraine during that first weekend and I’m useless when I’m in that much pain. Then last week was spent Spring Cleaning because I had company coming over. I didn’t realize how tired that would make me, so no writing. Then this past weekend, Daniel and I went on a little vacation and I was too busy having fun to write.

And now, I’m just procrastinating because I feel like there is no way I could catch up. I’m thinking about just giving up on Camp this year. But part of me wants to keep trying. Part of me wants to push and see how far I can get. Who knows, maybe if I spend a couple days just writing the whole time, I might just be able to get to 50,000 words by the end of the month. I really want to, it’s just daunting at this point.

But even if I don’t get to 50,000 by the 30th, that’s okay. I’ll have started a new novel and that’s an accomplishment in and of it self. And if I want to start a routine of writing everyday, today is the best day to start.

Time to put on my big girl panties, put my ass in a chair and pump out some words! Booya! All I have to do is write 3,105 words everyday from now on. No problem! 😉

So how are YOU doing at Camp? On track, behind like me? Leave a comment and we can encourage one another!

 

Goals: Setting and Metting Writing Goals, Big and Small

A week from now we will be in a brand new year, 2014. And as is the tradition with so many of us, we take this time to evaluate what we’ve done in the previous year and make new goals for the New Year. So what better time than now to talk setting and meeting your writing goals?
I have found it best to start big and then work your way down to the more specific goals. Again, I’ll use myself as an example here. A Big Goal looks like this:
I (Kricket) will publish a book by the time I’m 30 (in 3 years).
As you can see, there are two major components to that statement. There is the intention and a parameter. I intend to publish a book and the parameter tells me I want to do that in 3 years. Parameters are extremely important in goal setting and meeting.  Without parameters, without a time limit, we writers can just float in a little Writer’s Cloud and never get any work done.
Now, let’s move on to more specific goals, ones that will help you achieve your Big Goal.
To become published I must:
1.      Complete a manuscript by the end of 2014.
2.      Edit the crap out of that manuscript by mid-2015.
3.      Begin submitting the manuscript by the second half of 2015.

Believe it or not, we can break these goals down into even smaller bites. The smaller the better, you can’t eat an elephant all in one gulp.
To finish a manuscript I must:
1.      Come up with and develop an idea/plot/characters/world etc. by April 2014.
2.      Write at least 1000 words every day until completion.
  
I could continue with each of the other two goals above, but I think you get the point. 
The main point of setting goals for your writing it to keep you on track. To give you something to look forward to and to aim for. Otherwise, you’re just wasting a lot of ink and paper and time. So set achievable goals for yourself. Give yourself time and don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t meet all your goals when you said you would.
Writing is a long game and it takes time to do it right. Setting goals and meeting those goals will help you build confidence in yourself and your writing. From the tiny goal of: I will write 500 words today! To the Big Goal of: I will be published! Have confidence in You the Writer and go forth and Write.
Again, thank you for reading! Leave a comment, share this blog with your writing friends, and all that jazz and of course, go write something! Happy Thursday!
  

750 Words At A Time

So I just wanted to do a quick little post about this cool site I found last week. It’s called 750words.com. It’s a great tool for those people who have daily word count goals to meet.

It’s basically a blank screen where you are supposed to write 750 words a day. There’s a point system for how many words you write and how often you write them. And all sorts of fun badges to earn as well. It makes hitting that daily word goal fun and something to look forward too.

And you can write whatever you want and no ones sees it. It’s completely private and 100% free. In fact, I’m writing this blog post in there right now. Once I hit my 750 I’ll just copy/paste the words into Blogger.

So go check it out and tell me if it helps you meet your writing goals. I know it’s helping with mine.

Thanks for reading! Have a Happy Thursday!