Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Finish what?

Today is the half-way point of the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo. And I'm stuck.

So stuck.

I feel like I've got in a cycle of starting a book, pushing forward for a little bit, and then giving up. I can't find motivation, whether trying to plan it or write by the seat of my pants. I can't finish it. Do you ever struggle with finishing a novel? I know it sometimes takes people years to finish a first draft, but I'm usually a quick drafter. The last few months, nope. Writing is like trying to iron curled up pants, like Shemp from the Three Stooges. Ouch!

How do you find motivation to write when you can't make it past the fourth chapter or second chapter? I'm beginning to think that the novel I'm working on just might not be right for me. So I might give up on it. For a while and maybe come back to it.

I started a different novel today. One with no name, but about a girl named Lena and a boy named Kayson. Both are part of a group of misfits that has been cursed with different magical gifts and are being pursued by the government that has taken over. I have no idea if this is the novel I'll finish the first draft of, but maybe.

I think I'm a little stuck because I'm trying very hard to get a previous novel published. I don't want to give up on it, but I'm having trouble getting my focus on a new book.

Yeah, I'm a bit all over the place with my writing lately. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Goals and IWSG

Today is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo July session! I did a rewrite of a novel during the April session and my goal for this session is to write a good chunk of the new novel I'm stuck on. Also, I renamed it from "Just About Average" to "Summer of Lies" - it fits Lexi's story much better!

Mock cover
Title: Summer of Lies
Genre/Category: YA Contemporary
Word Count: 25,000
Pitch: Lexi hasn't spoken to her best friend, Tristan, in six months. The day after he proclaimed his love to her, a rumor spread around school. Instead of listening to her, he believed the rumor and ended their friendship. Lexi is left with the shadow of the friend, who didn't help her through the hardest time in her life.

Since today is the Insecure Writer's Support Group (created by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh) meeting too, I will say that I'm insecure about my writing at all this month! Life has been very busy. I have one friend in critical condition in the Mayo Clinic and I'm struggling with finding something to do. Work has been stressful and I'm exhausted, but hopefully things will be on an up-swing soon!

Also, it's time for an update in my goals!

Here are my goals from June:
* Read "Fraction of Earth" by Kelley Lynn

* Write to 30,000 on "Just About Average"

* Go to my childhood friend's wedding :)

Well... I got one goal. That's okay. I tried. :)

I did get a ton of reading done last month and I'm very happy about that! Wow, that's a lot more books when I put them in a list like that! :)

A Change of Mind and Other Stores by Nick Wilford
Eat Play Lust by Tawna Fenske
Doing It for Love (All About Love #1) by Cassie Mae
Believing God by Beth Moore
Into a Million Pieces by Angela V. Cook
The Choice by Allison J. Kennedy
Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Goals for July:
* Write 25,000 words on "Summer of Lies"

* Read three books

Small goals for next month! Hopefully I will do better. How did your goals go last month? What are you feeling insecure about this month?