Camp NaNoWrimo is Here Again

It’s officially the first of July and you know what that means? Camp NaNoWriMo is now upon us! This time around I will be working on two projects. A collaboration I started with one of my best friends, and the last book in a trilogy I have been working on since last November. I am hoping to write at least 10,000 words on the collaboration story, and however many words it takes to finish my other one by the end of the month.

I know this session is going to be amazing since I have a bunch of amazing friends going on the journey with me! They’re all incredibly supportive, encouraging, and are always there when I need them (whether it’s for help with writing or just for a fun conversation). I know that, with them by my side, I will be able to accomplish my Camp goals.  I have the feeling that this July is going to be a month for getting all the writerly things done.

Good luck to everybody participating this month, but a special good luck to the friends who are going on the journey with me (you know who you are). I hope everyone has a great time and gets a lot of words written. If you are participating, and have a goal, let me know in the comments what it is! I would love to hear what you are working on!

Good luck, and remember, no one can write the book you have inside you. Write the first draft with your heart and the second draft with your brain (not sure who said that but I love it) and keep going no matter what! Now stop reading this post and get writing! You can do it!

#WriterLife Tag

Okay, so I know the #WriterLife tag is normally done in a video but I really liked the idea and I don’t do videos so I thought I would just answer the questions and have fun with it anyway (like this post if you’re a rebel like me 😃). Let’s get started.

1. Write Fuel: what do you eat or drink while writing- I like to drink hot chocolate and I don’t really eat a lot during writing. I guess my favorite thing to eat would probably be grapes and cheese. I don’t usually have this but I would love it if I did.

2. Write Sounds: what do you listen to while writing- There is this awesome website that I will link that I go to for music to listen to while I am writing. http://soundfuel.blogspot.com/p/the-directory.html I hope the link works but this is the website I go to for my writing music needs. Along with that I also use rainymood.com, which plays the sounds of a thunderstorm, and I just recently discovered coffitivity.com, which plays the sound of coffee shop. It may be a little weird but I also just turn on a YouTube video in the background and keep playing it over and over just to give some background noise. It helps a lot.

3. Write Vice: what’s your most debilitating distraction- Let’s be real here… the internet. I am so guilty of this one. The other day I was leaving my Twitter to open up my Google Docs word document and I accidently, without even realizing it, opened up Twitter again. Pinterest and YouTube are two of my other worst distractions.

4. Write Horror: what’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing- Okay, so this year I did NaNoWriMo for the first time (yay!) and I got Scrivener because they had a free NaNoWriMo trial and I had heard some good things about it so I thought, why not? I’ll tell you why not. I ended up finishing a book I had been working on for about a year and six months. Good right? Wrong. I ended up loosing all my work when my trial ended. Let’s just say I cried, and it was terrible. Luckily, I managed to get it copied and pasted to Google Docs before my trial ran out but let me tell you it was a nerve racking, super stressful experience.

5. Write Joy: what is the best thing that’s ever happened to you while writing or how do you celebrate small victories- The best thing that’s ever happened to me while writing? Hmmm. Everyone knows how awesome it is to finish a book but other than that I would have to say having other people read my work, enjoy it, and say nice things about my characters. I don’t think people realize how much that means to me. And how do I celebrate small victories? Fist pump, squeal, talk the ears off of my family about it, and jump around happily.

6. Write Crew: who do you communicate with, or not communicate with, while writing- Well, my parents of course and my siblings because they’re normally the only ones around but other than that, my amazing friend Alexa. I feel like she is the only person I know who really understands what it’s like to be a writer and doesn’t think I’m completely crazy.

7. Write Secret: what’s your writing secret to success or hidden flaw- Well, I haven’t been exactly successful yet, I haven’t had anything published, but I have finished three novels and am working on my fourth. But my writing secret is to just trust yourself and your book and keep writing. Also I type really fast, which helps me get the first draft down. Having a word count goal helps too. Mine is at least 1000 words a day. My hidden flaw is that I am extremely skeptical about my own work and I put myself down a lot. Plus I’m scared of the idea of publishing. It’s just a little freaky to think of my book in stranger’s hands.

8. Write-spiration: what always makes you productive- Writing with other writers or telling other people about my writing goals. That way I feel an obligation to get it finished which is why I think NaNoWriMo worked so well for me.

9. Write Peeve: what’s one thing that writers do or you do, that’s annoying- When writers give up. Think about it. What is the one thing that all writers have in common? They never gave up. Neither should you.

10. Write Words: share one sentence from a project past or present- He came here a lot, most of the time because someone told him to. 

Hope you enjoyed and as long as I’m being a rebel I’m going to tag my friend Alexa. If you guys want to check out Alexa’s blog, here is the link. http://thatfangirl250.wordpress.com/