For those unfamiliar with what this is, let me explain: every April and July, NaNoWriMo runs a ‘camp’. It’s pretty much the same as what happens in November — a month of furious writing — except you make your own goals. You can set a number of words, days, or even hours to write, you decide if you’re working with a first draft or a revision or something else entirely, and you can join one of the cabins to go through the month in groups (which is always fun).
This April, I decided to set my goal by hours and not words as I’ve done every other year. I pledged to write 60 hours this month — 2 hours per day. This is day 8 of the month and how many hours have I written? THREE.
Yes, well, not off to a good start. I hate to admit it, but I’m struggling. Not only to find the will to sit and write, but to find where this story is going. I went traveling last month and spent around three weeks away from the story, so now I’m having a very common problem: I have to reacquaint myself with this world and these characters. I have to rediscover what they want, what they have to say. I have to sit and write!
Sometimes, a little distance from your WIP works wonders. Sometimes, it just brings everything to a halt. I’ve been really frustrated with myself lately, being in this slump and not finding the motivation I need to plow through. Earlier this week I decided to outline the rest of the book to see what exactly has to happen and when. Here’s a sneak peek of what I came up with:
On the bright side, though, you can see the outline has over 1k words, which means I found out a lot about how, where and when the things I do know will happen
I’m sorry this one is so short and frustrating and that I have nothing new to share with you about Once in a Lifetime. But I’ll end this post with a promise: I will finish it and I will make this long wait worthwhile.
In other news, Welcome to New York has been nominated for Best Romance Book of 2019 at Author Academy Awards! You can help out by voting — click the image and find the book cover on page 12. I’ll be forever thankful!
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