Writing Prompt #8.5

So apparently like 3000 people have saved my writing prompts on Pinterest which is exciting so here’s another one!

If this inspires you to write, share your story with me in the comments below! I really do love reading them.

(In case the image isn’t showing up, etc.: The Mona Lisa’s smile is the start of a secret code hundreds of years old. You are one of the only two people that know this.)

February Goals 2017

February Goals 2017

So it turns out I am very behind on posting goals. I’m pretty sure my only goal for November was NaNoWriMo, and I must have forgotten by December, then I posted my resolutions in January. So, the last time I posted my goals was in October. Here’s what happened to those:

Finish Crossing Galaxies

Check!

Decide on my NaNo Novel

Check!

Finish with Plot {For Said Novel}

Check!

I actually accomplished all my goals…. huh. This is so new. You can check out the original post here. Anyway, I’m going to be posting about all of my goals this time. It seems more motivational.

Writing Goals

♥Begin plotting out Halfway to Fourteen

♥Begin developing other Camp NaNo Novel (What? More on this in a future post)

♥Finish reading through Mission: Prodigy, and for bonus points, start on draft two

♥Finish Dragon’s Fire

♥Work on the collab novel with Heidi

Blogging Goals

♥Post all the random drafts I have (thanks to Kellyn for inspiring me to create a schedule for my drafts and series. It is a very happy feeling.)

♥Brainstorm a new writing series

♥Work on my Bloglovin page

♥Go for quality over quantity

Music/Art/Theatre

♥Continue to attempt to practice my instruments more often

♥Learn my new ukulele! (I played my cousin’s uke for a bit a couple summers ago, but I finally ordered my own)

♥Be involved in the activities at the new acting workshop I’m going to

♥Make fair projects

♥Work on writing the play for my school project

Etc.

♥Get in the habit of using my bullet journal

♥Take more pictures

♥Print out more pictures

♥Bake a new recipe

♥Read more books

♥Do at least one thing on the bucket list I made with my friend

♥Read my Bible every day

♥Survive the greeting card class that I’m teaching

If you made a goals post this month, I would love to read it! Or, if you don’t have a blog, comment some of your main goals. We’ll all hold each other accountable. 

BIBPC #4 Entry #1: Artsy Angles

Weird title, I know. It just seemed better than leaving it at BIBPC #4 Entry #1. Anyway, Megan’s doing her FOURTH Boring into Beautiful Contest!

Team Fawn.jpg

I’m on Team Fawn, photo credit to Megan.

 

Story behind this photo (for extra points): I have this mason jar on my bookshelf where I keep all of my colored pencils. I couldn’t quite get the effect I wanted by holding it, so I used my tripod on the highest setting and pointed it down. I then cropped it so there wasn’t as much wall in the photo, resized it to fit my blog, and put the water mark on it, just in case.

Are any of you doing BIBPC? Let me know in the comments!

For When You Don’t Win (NaNoWriMo)

For When You Don’t Win (NaNoWriMo)

You may have lost NaNoWriMo. The feeling is awful, like you’ve been punched in the gut. All your friends are either talking about how they won or how they lost but they’re happy with what they got anyway. It’s hard, because you didn’t win and you aren’t satisfied with what you got. More than that, you aren’t satisfied with yourself.
I know that feeling. I’m a competitive person, so when I lose things it’s like I’ve lost some of my worth, but that isn’t true.
If you are happy with your word count as it is, whether you won or not, that’s great! You should be happy, because you wrote words. You created a story out of a blank page and your imagination. Either way, here are a few tips on how to be encouraged when you lose a writing challenge.

Make Sure You’re on the Right Level

In NaNoWriMo, there is a YWP site where you can set your own word count goal. Everyone is at a different level, and once you accept that you’ll be much happier. If you’re on a lower or higher level than what you’re trying to reach, change it so it’s challenging but still possible.

Keep Going

Finish your novel. Finish your story. Finish trying to achieve that daily word count goal. Finish what you started. If you didn’t finish it on time, okay. If you can’t finish it, okay. Choose a new deadline or project. Just keep trying. Sometimes you may need to cut off your project, and that’s fine, it’ll cause growth, but make sure you keep those goals in mind.

Accept It

You didn’t make it this time. Whatever. Just make sure two things happened: you learned something and you’ll try harder next time. Accept it and move on.

I hope this helps you all!

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How to Write 10k in a Day (Or Just a lot of Words)

In January 2016, if someone had asked me to do a 10k day I would have scoffed and told them it was impossible. However, last year, something happened.

I had goals, motivation, and a competitive spirit that I didn’t have before. I somehow found myself able to type fast, create longer stories, and use my writing time wisely. I surprised myself this NaNoWriMo. I hit a slump halfway through, and then all of the sudden I wrote 70k in a month and ~15-16k on the last day. (However, my priorities were a bit out of order, but I’m caught up now).  Here is my guide to maxing out your potential and discovering what you can do 10k in a day.

1. Assess yourself

Take this test. Once, as fast as you can. The next, a bit slower, however fast you usually write. For example, my fingers can type 90 wpm, but to take the time to think and stop procrastinating I usually write 60 wpm. Whatever you get, be happy with it because whatever you write, they are words. For any area in life, generally don’t compare yourself to others and accept where you are.

2. Start Early

So, say it takes you about 45 minutes to write 1000 words. Wake up an hour earlier than you normally do and don’t do anything until you’ve written that amount (no email, no phone, etc. Only writing music. It’s a great motivator). After this, you’ll feel motivated with that 1k under your belt and the curiosity to see how high you can get it.

3. Priorities

I’ll admit, I did fall behind on things like homework during NaNo. So, after this 1k thing, see if there’s anything else you can get out of the way. For my homeschooled readers, this means doubling up (at least some) the day before and finished the rest today. Unfortunately, 10k will be very hard if you’re trying to do it while at public/private school/co-op, unless you have a very high writing speed to catch up the rest of your night.

4. N-O P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N! 

During your writing time, don’t stop. Keep going until there are no words left in you, and when there aren’t, keep going anyway. Pretty much all of my plot twists come naturally as I’m writing (is that bad?) because I have to keep going. However, please don’t use all of your free time to write. This leads me to the next point.

5. Creative Breaks

Take a walk, read a book, lie down for a minute, drink some coffee. Do what you need to do to stay creative. Otherwise, you’ll feel drained and writing won’t be fun. Writing should be fun or you’re doing it wrong.

So those are my tips on getting to 10k, and you should still have time for things (like school, choir, and youth group) while getting a lot done. What are your tips for getting a lot done in a day 10k in a day?