Writing Prompt #9

Happy Camp! How are your projects going? I ask as I type this post up March 23. I have a fun writing prompt for you! If your project is writing short stories, your novel needs a twist, or you’re not doing NaNo and need something to do while everyone else is gone from the blogging world, this is for you! (Shout out to my marathoning cabin mates!)

So, now, I have some challenges for you!

Challenge #1: Write three short stories, one with the prompt as the start of the story, one with the prompt as the middle, and one with the prompt as/near the ending.

Challenge #2: All three of these events happened at an epic slumber party. 

Challenge #3: For all of you writing novels, list the three worst things that a main/side character could do within the next couple chapters. Tweak the first character’s dialogue in the prompt to replace the bombs, tweeting, and secrets with those events so you can make every. single. one. of them happen.

After that, comment and tell me how it goes! You have no idea how much I love reading your stories. (Hopefully this all made sense.)

Camp NaNoWriMo Recap // Week One

Welcome to my first Camp NaNoWriMo recap, where I share the story of how I accidentally on purpose got 50k in seven days. Mind anything weird in this post, I am in the writing process which has made me a tad insane.

Mind the weird math in some of this, I haven’t been keeping exact track like I probably should be, but thankfully Camp NaNoWriMo keeps all the most important stuff handy for me.

Day One

Wordcount for the Day: 10,003

Total Wordcount: 10,003

Today was a great start! Working on two novels has actually made my writing process so much easier. What I’ve been doing is writing 500 words on each novel, then switching back and forth. It’s been less draining, surprisingly, since I haven’t had to work on the same novel the whole time.

Day Two

Word Count for the Day: 8000

Total Word Count: 18,003

I’d hoped to get 10k again, but I still got a pretty good word count. I think these books are going to end up being longer than 50,000 words. Tomorrow, we have off school, so hopefully my word count can spike up. I like staying ahead while I can.

Day Three

Word Count For the Day: 4057

Total Word Count: 22,060

I didn’t get as many words as I hoped after the previous days, but 4k is still pretty good (I couldn’t expect 8k days forever, now could I?) . Tomorrow, I have school for the first time in Camp, but it shouldn’t matter too much. I did spend a good portion of my nighttime writing on other super secret plans with a super secret person (Who is probably reading this right now…), and we have some fun stuff coming for our blogs!

Day Four

Word Count for the Day: 4941

Total Word Count: 27001

The perfectionist in me wishes I’d written just 59 more words.  Today was good! I did start worrying about plot, however, it should all be fine for at least two weeks. (If it takes that long…) I think Fantasy Gossip is going to be around 60k but Halfway to Fourteen may be at least 70k, and I’ll probably still be writing in the beginning May.

 Day Five

Word Count for the Day: 4549

Total Word Count: 31,550

We were on a road trip most of the day, so I got a thousand or two words while driving, and the rest after we got back. I hit 30k today, though! Most of Thursday will be busy, so it’s a good thing that I’m ahead.

Day Six

Word Count for the Day: 8450

Total Word Count: 40,000

I hit 40k today! Yay! Cheers! Even though I had a lot of math and drove a lot, today was a pretty good writing day. And… going to bed after midnight again… oh well. I’ll survive (but not if my keys keep getting stuck. Right now it’s the l). Also, the plot for Fantasy Gossip decided to turn itself inside out. :/

Day Seven

Word Count for the Day: 10,000

Total Word Count: 50,000

Two minutes before midnight I hit 25k on Fantasy Gossip and Halfway to Fourteen, adding up to 50,000 words. Even though I was busy most of the day, with hard work and prayer, I made it to 50k. I’ve come so far since last year, I can’t believe it. We’re driving again tomorrow, so I’ll either have a lot more time or a lot less time.

I’m really happy with this week–I surprised myself. I’m pretty sure everyone in my cabin is tired of me, but oh well XD. I’m off to catch up on sleep.

How is Camp NaNo going for you? Are you ahead, behind, or right on track? Also, if you’d like, share what your novel is about! Or are you editing, or writing poetry, or even a screenplay? (Hint: screenplay is going to be the best answer you can give.)


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?