Into the Spooky Forest with Project Sprite (Week 2-3 of July Camp Nanowrimo)

I’m gonna start with a BANG! I’ve reached the Act 2 of #ProjectSprite (my novel-in-verse story). Also, 🙌 reached my goal which is to edit 5 chapters this week!! I’m hoping to get another 5-10 chapters done this week. We’ll see, we’ll see 😌.

Today I challenged myself to edit as many chapters as I could but managed to edit only 2. I still want to try to reach my goal of 4 today. Fingers crossed!! So check out my Instagram to see the progress I’ve made. There, I always keep you up to date in whatever I’m working on. Join my chaotic writing process, haha 🤣.

In any project, the beginnings are hard to start. But I always need to remind myself that…that’s no such thing as making a draft perfect, only better. That’s what edits are for: to make a draft better, and readable.

😰 Chapter 7 was the hardest to edit! No matter how much I edit that poem, it’s still a hot mess. I haven’t found the right words to go in the poem yet. I always find myself pressing the delete button too many times, and rewriting it over and over again. It’s just not “perfect” yet. All the rewriting and deleting and rewriting…😵made me go insane haha. I’m pretty sure this chapter will need another set of revision again.

This was all recorded on July 4-17.

That is all for now. Alex is signing out.

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Shuffling scenes in Act 2 that drive me crazy! WEEK 2-3 of July Camp Nanowrimo | mini update + a poem

It has been a long two weeks since I popped here and update you guys on how it is going…

WEEK 2

Wed

There was a poetry contest happening on Instagram and it is coming to an end SOON! Last night I had written three poems, and was I ready to send one of them?

Nope. Those poems weren’t to my liking so I had to write another. LET ME TELL YOU it wasn’t a walk in the park. How to write a poem inspired by folklore, mythology and magic? This question had been bugging me since last night. So I looked over to my other poem, f a n t a s y to see how I wrote that one. No inspiration, no nothinghow can I do it again? I cannot repeat the same style as that one that…wouldn’t be original.

I had to write something that feels original and when someone reads it, it must feel real to them. THE DEADLINE IS TOMORROW! Instead of dilly-dallying, and having second thoughts, I let my fingers type away. It took me about an hour to write something I was satisfied with.

Read  f o l k l o r e  here

THURS

*Cue in the Eye of the Tiger song*

3.26pm
I open the outline document and my jaw droppedI haven’t touched my outline for 8 days. Wow, wow, wow! A few days ago, I wanted to throw my laptop away but my inner voice says ‘no, I will not give up on this outline even if it drives me mad.’

Looking away from those messy scenes, today I will only focus on ONE thing. 

And that is to: WRITE

A few minutes in,

TRYING SO HARD NOT TO GIVE UP HERE >.<

WRITE THE STORY WRITE THE STORY WRITE THE STORY

I keep telling myself…

Finally!

Finished writing @ 5.30pm

Woohoo! Spent 124 minutes!

FRI

Friday came too fast. Time is running out…

Update: I have been planning and planning which scene to go in first….argh my mind is all a jumble.

11.30am – 1pm
Started writing/brainstorming/planning

And then again at 5pm – 6pm

TOTAL: 210 minutes 🙂

yay for progress

WEEK 3

WED

OKAY so now is the third week — am I happy with what I have so far?

YES.

Am I going to reach my goal?

We all know the answer.

But I am optimistic so I am going to say I KNOW I CAN DO THIS!

So many to-dos but we’re going to focus on Camp Nano….after I’ve finished work.

4.33pm – 7.15pm
Outline and wrote down the scenes.

Spent 228 minutes!

I am getting there, guys!!!

THURS

  • watched Spiderman: Far From Home (review coming soon!)
    Why didn’t I watch it earlier? Even I can’t answer that….
  • had a sudden inspiration/idea for a short story at the end of the movie. Came home and started writing it!

Did I outline the Camp Nano project?

NOPE. Sucks when another idea strikes you on your head and you cannot help it but write it down especially you ask yourself ‘what ifs’ questions and the story grows. Ahh…I really cannot help it.

Update on the short story:
wrote down the main points and dialogue. Now I have an idea sitting here, and staring me in the face but does it have a conflict that moves the plot forward.

No… SO why did I even start it?

Typical Alex. Welcome to my life!

It’s 5.55pm, going to ‘try’ outlining Camp Nano Project.

UPDATE:
decided to change the target goal to 2000 minutes instead of 5000 because I’m wanted a realistic goal and not an impossible one.

7.20pm
finished writing = 195 min

  • had dinner + watched MKR (My Kitchen Rulesawesome show—must wait for the results though)

9.30pm – 10.20pm
and then started outlining again…. = 110 min

yay for some progress!

TOTAL: 305 minutes

And then the rest of the night, checked out some poetry blogs…first time I’ve heard about this term. Curious to know what it is about. Checking out as many poetry blogs I can find.

ALSO, have been listening to Peder B. Helland recently — who is now my favourite composer. He is one heck of a composer — love his calming and soothing music.

On Friday, I didn’t write. Had to go out. Friends meet-up. Thought I can write some more during the weekend but something came up…..I hope week 4 and 5 will be better. I hope I can surpass my goal. I hope I can at least reach my goal. *fingers crossed*

Alex is signing out.

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How to write without looking back at what you have written?

Have you had an idea that you have simmered for some time now? But when the time comes to write it down, you get frustrated when writing the first page?

As you write, you feel like an imposter writing the story you want to tell. You feel like you’re not good enough to be writing this story. Your fingers hover the keyboard. You don’t know what to think; whether you should press delete, or keep going.

Not looking at what you have written is easier said than done. KICKSTARTING on your draft is terrifying. Though it is an exciting adventure, it is also a challenge. There is no such thing as a perfect draft, only a rough one. Sometimes, with other authors’ drafts, we are afraid that they are better, more polished. But HEY, who said that their very first drafts were excellent?!

So how to write without looking back at what you have written? This is not an easy task, not even for me. Even writing this post makes me feel like I’m an imposter. Should I be even writing this?

Here are some ultimate weapons that I find useful when writing the first draft. The first draft can be of anything, may it be a blog post, an essay, assignment, a story/flash fiction.

ULTIMATE WEAPON #1: Writing Sprints

This has taken me to a whole new level. you set your timer for any amount of time and you WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, and then when your timer rings, you take five or ten. Then, you start again. The point is to shut out everything and focus on what you’re doing. Put your fingers on the keyboard and type away while the clock is ticking down.

I recommend using a timer either on your mobile, watch, or computer. The one I always use is https://www.tickcounter.com/timer, and I 100% recommend it! It is easy to use and user friendly.

ULTIMATE WEAPON #2: Join Camp Nanowrimo

Here is what the website looks like

This coming April, Camp Nanowrimo is rekindling. Before I go further, let’s make sure we’re on the same page. Hang on,


Camp Nanowrimo is not an actual camp set out in the wilderness. Neither there are no people around the campfire singing nor telling ghost stories. Well, the ‘stories’ part is true on what the website is about. Camp Nanowrimo is a virtual writing retreat, where you can work on or edit your past drafts or start anew.

Before you tune out, did I mention it is completely free?

It works a bit like the official one, National Novel Writing Month. It is where you set up a goal for your project and keep track of it project every November.

You may be wondering,
“why should I join Camp Nanowrimo when I can join the official one?”
“Wait, isn’t this website for writers? I’m not a writer.”

THE THING WITH CAMP NANOWRIMO, IT’S…

Hear me out, anyone can join Camp – and when I say anyone – I meant anyone who likes writing in general. If you feel like you work better and faster with a deadline reaper lurking, this retreat is for you! Camp Nano happens twice a year in April and July when Nanowrimo happens annually. Though, that is not the only difference.

One of the things I like about Camp is that it has adjustable word counts (like you can change it anytime you want). You can set hours or minutes you want to spend on your project. This is beneficial especially if you have a full-time job or cannot write as much as you want to. Also, you can set your goal to pages, like you can write or edit how many pages you want.

So this is a bit similar to writing sprints. Before the start of April, key in your project and set a goal for yourself. Once you have done that, wait for the event (don’t forget to come back to it) and then when it begins, you write like there is no tomorrow. There is no time to be wasted especially you have 30 days to finish it. You cannot afford to waste time reading back your work and editing/rewriting it.

Sit down, and type it all out. You can also use comic sans font to oppose you from seeing your previous words. I like the font but I have heard from other people that they can write better if they use that font. Different people have different opinions, I guess.

Inside look of Camp Nano

To take part, you must first have an account on the official website, https://nanowrimo.org/ and then use those requirements to surpass the guards at Camp Nanowrimo website, https://campnanowrimo.org

Thank you for reading. I appreciate every read. Hope you have a wonderful week!

This post is not sponsored but I love Nanowrimo. One of my go-to to fast drafting. Have you added your project yet?

Alex is signing out.

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Week 3-4 of Camp NaNoWriMo

Hey Dreamers!

 

In my last week, I found myself facing a huge wall in my story. Yes, the writer’s block. Oh!  The horrors! 😨😰

 

Instead of banging against the wall with my head, and screaming why, why, why, I decided to try and scale it like Spider-Man. Even though I fell many times, I was glad to have tried.

 

Despite that, I went into a writing slump. This feeling of not wanting to write after I hit the great wall (not of China) but in my story, made me think that everything I wrote was garbage. It was difficult. I kept typing away on Google Docs, somehow I keep pressing the backspace repeatedly. And what’s worse; I kept losing my main character’s voice. That sucked a lot.

 

The one thing I don’t like was my inner writer voice. I had to silent it, if not I won’t be able to write properly. So I played this story’s playlist loudly on my speakers to try to picture the scenes smoothly in my head. I tried another method in case that didn’t work as much as it should. I asked myself, why am I writing this.

 

Because I need to tell his story. I want to tell my readers the lessons I’ve learnt while writing this book.

 

Once I came up with an answer, I tried writing the poem again. And this time,  it flowed naturally out of my brain. I was so happy!

 

During the writer’s block session, I sat myself down, and outlined the next few chapters in my narrative poetry. Thank goodness, I overcame it by rewriting the scene over and over. It was hard but I pushed it through.

 

And to my surprise, this happened:👇👇 👇

 

 

Ahhhhh!!! 😨

I cannot believe it. No way. That is truly impossible. But I did it, I did it!

 

 

That is all for today.

Alex is signing out.

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WEEK 1-2 of Camp NaNoWriMo

Hey Dreamers!

 

It’s been a long time since my last post. I had been busy as a bee. There hasn’t been much time to write at the same time, catching up with my friends, and doing Camp NaNoWriMo (yes I’m doing it!)

 

Today is the 1st of July, and today is the day I am going to participate in Camp Nanowrimo for this month. This is my first, so I’m super, super excited!

 

I’m so happy at the same time not sure whether I can be disciplined to write a page a day. The goal is to finish 50 pages.

 

I decided not to use my current work-in-progress. So I used another book idea which I came up with not too long ago. It is a narrative poetry. Strangely, I do not know the synopsis of the story yet. Let’s see how it goes and then maybe a summary idea will pop.

 

In Week 1, so far I’ve managed to finish half of my goal. And week 2 was going smoothly until I reached a point where I accidentally ran into a wall: yes, yes, a writer’s block. Oh dear will I survive this?

 

While I was trying to find a way around that wall, I found myself in a writing slump (don’t  know whether there is a term like this or not), but argh, will I get out of it? 😨😰

 

The days are flying by too quickly, and it’s going to be the end of July soon. I need to find a way to get out of that slump, and scale that wall….FAST!

 

 

Thank you for stopping by.

 

Alex is signing out.

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