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:

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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.:

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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?