day #1 of camp nano

A friend and I met up yesterday to go over plots and notes before we started writing together at midnight. Everything went pretty smoothly and I even hit my daily goal before morning. Of course, it is only 550 words so it wasn’t exactly very hard.

But then I realized that I had written myself into a hole.

It never fails, honestly. My biggest problem is that I obsess over getting everything right the first time, making it perfect the first time. I want to go back and edit. I overthink every single word I put down. I can’t get myself to keep working and worry about everything else later.

I had to start over. I had to just do the scenes that are in my head, keeping me from moving on. I had to stop worrying about making those scenes connect to the next and it seems to be working so far.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for me.

update: poetry book

Since finishing my poetry book and sending it to my beta/editor, I’ve decided to change the title. I came to the conclusion that the one I used while working was too much like what middleschool!Tes would have chosen. The new title is “Girl, Back Home” because the poetry is a lot about me coming to terms with who I am, where I’m from, and other things of that nature. I’m a lot happier with this title!

Aside from that, I have made the decision not to have illustrations in this book. It was becoming too much of a hassle for me and my best friend who was drawing them so I felt it was best to do without them. I’m slightly disappointed but hopefully the words can speak for themselves.

I should be publishing soon! I’m so excited, y’all!

camp nano & wattpad

I’ve decided to participate in Camp NaNo next month! I’m going to be working on an idea I have for a romance novella that’s going to be cheesy but is already a lot of fun to write.

I actually just finished writing the (first draft) of the first chapter and I’m really pleased with how it’s going.

I’ve been so caught up in trying to write my novel that isn’t titled or anywhere near done that I’ve kind of lost my love for writing. I think taking time to work on something else will definitely help me out of the little writer’s block dump I’ve been stuck in for a while now. The problem is that I want so badly to write this novel and have it come out perfect that I’m starting to hold myself back. Second guess my decisions and ideas. It’s frustrating and disheartening.

It’s been several years since I’ve used Wattpad – to read or to get my writing out there. I made the decision today to post the romance novel as I’m working on it and then edit it later with any feedback that I get. It’s just so hard to write without editing. I have to stop myself from doing it and from going back over what I’ve written.

The idea that I might actually make some progress this year is incredibly exciting. This feels like I’m going in the right direction.

Are any of you participating in Camp NaNo? Tell me about what you’re writing!