Focus {April} + The Goodbye Movie

So, yet another Camp NaNoWriMo post! Mostly, anyway. Allie created a link up for all the camping writers out there, and it was so fun to fill out!

We’re halfway through NaNoWriMo. How’s your novel going?

Pretty good! I am so close to finishing Fantasy Gossip and Halfway to Fourteen. It’s so surreal that they were just ideas in my head and now they’re out on paper.

Where are you struggling the most in your writing?

I think accidentally added in a lot of plot irrelevant scenes (whoops. #sorrynotsorry), and sometimes there are parts where it drags on a lot. Quick tip I learned: if you find that your writing is boring you, that part is probably unnecessary, and it’s going to be even more boring for the reader.

Where are you doing the best in your writing?

Character! I love my characters so much, I’m having so much fun taking them on their journeys.

Music helps. So, what are your writerly idyllic tunes?

guitar pick:


Here’s my Halfway to Fourteen playlist, and here’s my Fantasy Gossip playlist. The Halfway to Fourteen playlist has a fun, vibrant feel to reflect the plot, and the Fantasy Gossip playlist has a mellow, whimsical feel which matches the characters and the plot.

Where are you in your word count goal? And how do you do with word sprints?

I’m eight days ahead, and I’m hoping to get to 100k before winning begins, which actually looks possible right now. Word sprints are great, but they have to be small. I can’t sit down and sprint a thousand words once, but I can sprint a hundred words ten times.

What encourages you to keep writing?

My cabin mates, my will to write, my will to succeed, and my love for my stories.

PUSH! How much will you try to write one of these days to burst forward in your word count?

If I get to where I want today, I’m going to write about 7k tomorrow, though it might end up to be more like 10k+.

What’s your strategy for focusing?

The key to writing is to stop thinking about writing and start thinking about what's happening in the story.:


As I said above, work small. Write ten words. Coming up with an idea for ten words isn’t hard, and you’ll likely stop in the middle of a sentence. Then, you finish the sentence. By then, you have an idea for the paragraph, then an idea for the page, and so on.

What is your favorite element of your novel?

SPIES! Just kidding. My aesthetics are “Live while you’re young” and “Nothing is impossible”.

What is your plan after your first draft?

I hope to edit the second drafts on a road trip where I’ll have lots of free time, then third/fourth draft in July, and I’ll possibly have betas (!). I have a top secret plan for Fantasy Gossip, but I don’t have a clue about Halfway to Fourteen.

So, on the other hand, Madi made a stop motion movie! It’s really amazing and you must watch it! In fact, here it is:

How’s Camp NaNoWriMo going for you all? How do you feel about link ups? Do you like stop motions (hint: yes!)? Should I do more diverse posts, or do you like reading my writing related posts more?

10 comments / Add your comment below

  1. camp nano has been going good. a few things have happened, but i wont bore you with them unless you wanna know. link ups are AWESOME and i really want to do this one. also, 100K?? you GO girl. thats awesome. you’ve written one of my WCG’s in a day šŸ˜‰ the most i’ve written in a day is 8K but due to circumstances i can’t do that anymore *cries * also, CONGRATS ON ALMOST FINIFHING. FINAL PUSH. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! *cheers you on*

  2. Wow, it sounds like Camp NaNo is going great for you! Congrats!
    Ooh, I really liked Madi’s stopmotion too. That must have taken FOREVER to make! O.o šŸ˜€
    I do like stop motions! Hmm… yeah, it could be nice to have a few more post variations, but writing posts are interesting to read too. šŸ™‚
    So long, Ete!

  3. Oh my gersh, 7K MY RECORD IN A DAY IS 2K. *cries* And ooh, that’s a great tip! And spies are cool! WAHT 100K YOU LIL… *WAILS* HOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. Also AGH I need to watch that! I think I’ll have to watch it over the weekend or something cuz of homework. šŸ™

    (PS! I’ve nominated you for the Writer’s Ink Challenge, which I hope you can do sometime! )

  4. well, i wrote 750 words on the first day, then did nothing until the 12th, deleted half, and typed it back, then on the 14th i deleted the whole thing. i redid the whole story, this time in verse, and i got to 783. i kept writing a lot til the 20th, when i got to 10k, where i should be. from there on out, only 500 words a day, smooth sailing right?!? no… cause i’m me… i raised my wcg to 17.5k. then i lowered it again… and now i’m to 20k as my wcg. fun šŸ™‚ XD

  5. I loved reading this, even if it’s after camp XD You are literally the fastest writer I know. 17k in one day during November is now one of my goals… XD

    Aaaand thank you SO much for sharing the stop motion! You’re awesome! <3

    And I love your writing posts — they're amazing. Some of my favorite writing posts out there. Keep 'em coming! But I love all of your posts, so any diversity you do / do not do is awesome. šŸ‘


    1. Haha, it was more like 15k with the weird counter thing BUT YOU SHOULD STILL TRY IT. THANK YOU. XD And no problem! And thank you!

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