I’m feeling brave and want to share my writing journey. One of my goals for the new year was to start writing regularly. I’ve always wanted to write a book, short story, poetry, or anything really. I realized that if I didn’t make it priority in my daily life, it was never going to happen.
Starting January 1st, I began a writing challenge. This challenged involved trying to sit for an hour everyday writing or plotting. Something crazy happened, I started writing!
I used January to set up a writing routine, I scheduled it every day and didn’t miss an appointment. It was the best thing I did. Scheduling helped me get into the habit of writing daily, even if it was crap (which most of it was, I can be honest).
I was able to prove to myself that:
- There was time everyday to sit and write a little.
- I could write a story from start to finish.
- It was possible for me to write thousands of words each week and make progress.
When I finished my story, I realized that I could have been a lot more efficient with my writing and my time by doing some pre-writing organization. So I headed to the internet and found some really great resources to help with that. Kristen Kieffer’s website Well-Storied.com came up in my search and signed up for her newsletter right away. I found the Pre-Write Project and realized it was exactly what I was looking for.
Then I got to work right away on my next plot idea and started to create a really cool outline for a story. Most of March was spent working my way through the planning process. I wrote scene sketches, character sketches, location descriptions and started really thinking carefully about what I wanted to happen each step of the way. All in preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo!
It makes me so happy to know that I was prepped and ready to go April 1st for the start of Camp NaNoWriMo. I am planning to do a weekly series here updating you on my writing journey. Writing everyday is hard, and I want to share my progress, set backs, and hopefully wins!
National Novel Writing Month is a challenge that takes place in November where you try to complete a novel in one month. There are also “Camp” months in April and July where you can write, revise, or edit your work in order to get you further along. NaNoWriMo wasn’t going to work for me because we were going to be traveling for the holidays and I didn’t think I’d be able to complete it. I did NaNoReadMo instead which was really fun.
Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? Let’s be friends!