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What Will You Write? and More Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo is coming to an end, and I think tomorrow morning is my last chance to write anything for it.  I don’t plan on reaching my goal, though.  In fact, I haven’t written as many posts as last month, so that’s no surprise.  However, there are some writing things coming up in August.

First, the return of What Will You Write? I’ll be giving an additional 2 weeks for #5 after the official announcement, and I plan to write something for it.  So, look out for that.

Also, I’m going to start a writing series that will feature very short scenes and stories based on things I like and dislike.  I’ll choose something I like and write a scene focusing on many different aspects.  Sometimes, I’ll focus on character, sometimes on setting, sometimes on action, or dialogue.  It depends on what the topic is and what I’m feeling at the moment.  These stories will be very short, possibly only 100 words, or it could be more.  Again, it depends on what I’m writing.  I won’t set a word goal for this.  These will be quick to write, so I plan to do one a day, though I may miss a day or two here and there.  I’m not very worried about that, since I may end up writing Journey to Ariadne instead.

So, those are just some updates for you.  Any comments?

Final Push for Camp NaNoWriMo

2014-Participant-Facebook-CoverThere’s only about a week to go in this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’ve stagnated at around 1500 words.  Not a very successful camp for me.  However, I’m going to give this one last push to achieve my 10,000 word goal.  Can I do it?  Probably not.  But that won’t stop me.  So, from now until I have to get ready to go to work, I’m writing part 4 of Journey to Ariadne.

Have you reached your goal?  Or are you struggling to finish, as well?  Leave a comment about your achievements or your story of utter failure (okay, maybe not that bad…it’s just a writing challenge).

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 16

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As usual, this hasn’t been a very successful Camp NaNo.  Everything else seems to get in the way of writing.  But not all is bad.

I finished writing part 3 of Journey to Ariadne.  It still needs some fleshing-out and a submission to Critique Corner before I post it, though.  I need to get the edited part 2 up, too.  I’ll begin writing part 4 during my break at work, I think.  Friday and next Monday should be good days to write, too.

My target is 10,000 words, which is still doable.  I can achieve it in the final two weeks.  Only about 8,500 words to go.  I think I can do it.

This month, I’ve been reflecting on my style, and seeing what I need to improve.  One thing I’d like to do is include more action, more observation by the point-of-view characters, and more thoughts.  Also, when the book comes out, the 26 part web serial will be edited and altered so much, it’ll be very different.  It won’t be a book with 26 short chapters.  These parts that I’m writing will be incorporated into the story, but will be redone to be a smoother story.  Think of the web serial as a series of experiences as told from the eyes of the people involved in the Ariadne Project.  What you will read on my official page will not be the same as the published book.

How’s your Camp going?

Another Casualty of War

It was kind of appropriate that I was studying this course, and I can now call it a casualty.  The Paradoxes of War course held at Coursera and created by Princeton University proved to be too much.  I was already 4 weeks behind because of other courses, and it turned out many of the videos were so long, I’d have to spend an incredible amount of time watching them.  So, I’ve stopped that course.

I am, however, working on the Richard III course, which is quite interesting.  I’m also starting the French Revolution course this week, so I’m doing very specific aspects of both British and French history, both of them involving major wars (the War of the Roses and the French Revolution).  These are the only two courses I’ll be doing through the summer, and no new courses until September.  This is a good thing.  It’ll give me a lot more time to concentrate on my writing.

One more thing that may be a casualty this month is What Will You Write?  No submissions so far, and it’s been nearly a week.  Camp NaNoWriMo has people quite busy these days, including me.  I’m thinking of postponing the current round until August, so it won’t take anyone away from the camp.  And once the new month starts, it should be much fresher for everyone.  Any thoughts?

Writing Commences Now

With my daughter playing around me and the TV on, I will attempt to write.  How far can I get?

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I know that doing rewriting counts for Camp NaNoWriMo.  I’ve got a chapter to rewrite and one to finish writing.  I think I want to write for now, and work on rewriting another time.  I have a couple hours today.  How much of it can I actually use to write?  It’ll go faster if I’m doing this on my computer, but for when I write while I’m at work, I need to do it in a notebook.  So, what happens if I don’t finish a chapter and want to continue it at work?  I make an unpublished blog post and read it with my phone.  Anyway, time to get writing!

What Will You Write? #4 is Closed

The fourth What Will You Write? has come to an end.  I will be judging the entries and posting the results within the next 24 hours.  After that, #5 starts with a guest prompt by Tara Southwell.  She’ll also be judging.  It’s going to be a very different kind of prompt, and far more open.  There should be a wide variety of stories.

Also, I’ve decided to join Camp NaNoWriMo! That means I’ll be trying to get some work done on my work in progress.

Camp NaNoWriMo Comes Again

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Guess what it’s time for?  Camp NaNoWriMo is starting up again for July!  Just like the April camp, it’s a more informal version than the main NaNoWriMo in November.  You can set any limit you like, and try to achieve that through the month.  In November, the minimum is always 50,000 words.

However, I won’t be participating this time.  I have no project I’d like to work on that could be included.  I have a work in progress, but I feel that it doesn’t fit the camp.  I will also be doing some flash fiction, but I don’t know how much.  I don’t feel like I can include that with any confidence.

But wait a moment.  If you think you can convince me to join, then I will welcome any comments trying to show me some compelling reasons why I should join.  There’s a little time left, so try to convince me in the comments.

One Writing Challenge Ends, Another Begins

Well, I have to concede defeat in Camp NaNoWriMo.  I just wasn’t able to do much due to too many variables.  I also just wasn’t into this story, as I hadn’t done enough preparation for it.  I don’t like going straight into writing if I haven’t done a lot of planning.

But now, on to the next writing challenge.  This one is a course on FutureLearn called Start Writing Fiction.  From what I can tell, this mainly helps with character development, but also deals a lot with editing and other aspects of writing.  It starts on April 28th and runs for 8 weeks.  I’m very interested in seeing where this goes.

Anyone else planning to join the course?  It’s free.

I Can Do It!

I remember a day in the early 1990s when I was in junior high school in Canada.  I was in grade 9, listening to my math and science teacher talk about a former student of his.  She had started high school the year before and came back to visit him.  That’s pretty easy, since the high school was next door.  He told us about his former student’s experience in high school.

She was one of the top students in his math class, and so she entered the AP (advanced placement) math course in grade 10.  This was an accelerated math class in which you take a double dose of math in grade 10, then advance through to grade 12 math by the end of grade 11.  That was my intention when I entered high school.  What he told us though is this, and I’ll paraphrase.

Don’t enter the AP math class.  None of you will do well.  It’s too difficult for any of you.  She was the top student in the class, and she couldn’t do AP.

A math teacher told us we couldn’t do it.  He told me I couldn’t do it.  I was the top student in his math class, actually.  Well, I entered high school and I took that AP course.  And you know what?  It wasn’t that difficult.  I finished grade 12 with an overall average of 98% in math.  I received many awards and scholarships based on my math and science marks (physics 97%, chemistry 96%, biology 94%).  I was the top math and science student in my graduating class.  No wonder I have a lot of science-based posts on here.

You see, I didn’t listen to him when he said that I couldn’t do it.  Well, I did it, and I excelled.

But what does this have to do with writing?  A lot, I think.  Writing a novel is a lot of hard work.  Much of the time, you have to keep yourself motivated.  I keep telling myself that I can do it.  I’m going to finish this book.  I’m going to finish this short story for Camp NaNoWriMo.  I’m going to finish my second book, my third book, etc.  I just need to put my mind to it and get it done.

The big thing is that I can’t listen to the people who say I can’t do it.  They say it’s a waste of time and I will fail.  It’s too difficult.  Well, I say that I can do it, and I will do it.  I may not write a bestseller, but I’m going to do my damnedest to write a good book.

If you doubt yourself because someone says you can’t do it, don’t listen.  If you tell yourself that you can’t do it, shut up and just do it.  You can do it.

I teach English for a living, and I’ve often had students say that they can’t speak English.  This is even from high level students.  I tell them that they are speaking English right now.  You can do it.  If they’re worried about the mistakes they keep making, I tell them the mistakes only make them better.  Don’t worry about the mistakes.  Just try, and they can succeed.

So, if you love writing and you have a story to tell, don’t listen to the naysayers.  I don’t.  I believe I can do it.