THREE days!! Ahh, I could literally scream. I had to finish editing this draft in THREE days. Can I do it?
Not only am I having trouble getting this done on time, I cannot seem to move forward to the other chapters. Because no. 1, I’m rewriting a massive chunk that doesn’t make sense in the story, 2, I am rewriting chapters that never existed, and 3, I’m stuck. I’ve been stuck for days.
Probably, need a miracle in order to catch up.
Do you think I can make it to the deadline? Wish me luck!
(Future Alex typing here, and no, I didn’t complete the goal).
You realise you’re having a nightmare when you cannot wake up! What am I talking about? I’m talking about the procrastination routine I got going. It was already too late to say ‘please let it be a dream!’ when… 😰
….when I woke up the next morning. I checked the calendar and screamed my heart out (was I exaggerating…no…no I wasn’t). Half of the month is already gone because I kept pushing the revision plans to another day! It sucks to be so behind on my editing goal. I thought I had everything planned out but of course I didn’t.
Just when I thought time was on my side.
I put on my game face and pulled an all-nighter….to get the edits done. 😱 *cue the internal screaming* I had to 👏 finish this draft 👏 by the end of July…and I had only edited 14 chapters…(well, 15 so far, at the time posting this). I had another 40 chapters to go, and 10 DAYS to get them DONE!! 😱 😱
When I said ‘pull an all-nighter’, *cough cough* I meant revising only till midnight because if it was later than that, then that would be a no-no to me. 😅
Anyway, my goal for #ProjectSprite is to edit 20 chapters this week! Am I crazy? YES!! Do you think I can do it? I hope so!! 😰
screaming and asking myself whether or not I can reach my Camp Nano goal
Update for the night: wrote 1088 words
Day 28 – SUN
Mission impossible: write 2000 words.
No pressure right?
12.20 – 6pm wrote 1334 words
Only need to pump out 666 words more. Wish me luck. Ahem, it’s not weird to correspond with a journal now, is it?
9.57pm thank goodness…reached 2000. Mission, I’m possible. Okay bad joke, but you get it.
I think I am able to catch up.
Day 29 – MON
Stop biting your nails, Alex! You can do this!
It’s not going to be easy to write this part especially when trouble resurfaces and the plot thickens. A lot of things are happening in this scene. AND continuity – ahhhhh – the hardest to write. At this point, I was telling myself that it is ONLY the first draft and in the editing phase, I could fix that later.
Update: Thank the God of Goals for letting me surpass 1500** words. Because I got 1728 words written! Woohoo!
Day 30 – TUES
Game face on.
Goal: reach 25 000 words
Now sitting at 24, 164 words. Need another thousand. Aaaaaaaaah!!!
3 – 7.15pm almost the whole day writing. So far written 1893 words. I reach a thousand…but then changed my mind as I wanna reach 2000. Because you know it’s only 200 more words to go.
Challenge accepted to write another 200.
Did I succeed?
I know you already know the answer. It’s up there in that picture for crying out loud. But I’ll still say it…
10.59pm added 151 words ….. so that meant…
Total: 2044 words.
I can’t even breathe right now. Wo-hoo! I did it.
I did it…
I did it?
I DID IT!!
It’s already the end of Camp Nanowrimo. To those who had participated, I hope you had as much fun as I did. How did you guys do? I love to hear your comments!!
So week 2 – the ship has sailed, and then week 3 happened, the ship has sunk.
Spoiler alert: don’t climb on board.
Day 8 – Mon
Monday went well. I was quite productive. The only problem was I wasn’t at the start of the day. I procrastinated a lot so I started writing at 4-ish which was a bad time to write since I have to write a blog post (which was this one -but couldn’t get around to doing it),a movie review, and CAMP NANO!!!
Positive me: YAY!
Actual me: -_- send backup!
Somewhere along the way, I wrote 54 words. Progress right?
4.53 – 5.30pm written 440 words
6 – 7.06pm The body needs a workout but too lazy to move from my seat. I NEED to write some more to meet my goal. In the end, it starts to rain so is this the writing god telling me I have a chance at reaching today’s goal.
Wrote 254 words down, only 306 words to go….hurray for late nights.
Dinner. Finished. Time to write some more.
9.30 – 10.59pm This isn’t ending well. 145 written down….and it’s super late but I managed to hit my daily word count that is 834 words. Now having (in total): 893 words. Time to hit the hay. NITES!
Day 9 – TUES
So I haven’t done much. I have forgotten that I was conducting an experiment so I didn’t list down my journal entries….these are based on my memory as I remember doing them:
10.45 – 12.20pm-ish I read 4 chapters. Woohoo! Eliza and her Monsters is getting interesting. I cannot wait to see/read what happens next.
12.25 – 1.50pm Blogging some great ideas for the future. Something to do with writing. Hence, this blog is about me documenting my writing journey…if you haven’t noticed.
3 – 4pm-ish A friend wanted to video chat but ended out being sick so had to cancel. So then (while I was buying sometime waiting for him), I found a writing podcast while scrolling down Google which I recommend you to give a listen toWriting Excuses.
You may have heard of it. It is hosted by Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Margaret Dunlap.
It’s only 15 minutes long – worth giving a listen – so worth it!!
A week ago I started an experiment to journal out my process in my notebook. And after writing down some things down, I got to learn more about me in those hours and saw many sides of me. At times I got emo and wanted to hate myself but what was the point if I did. I don’t tell people I feel crap usually, I just continue writing without telling anyone. Still, this was a fun little experiment to try out and it did spice up my process.
Day 1 – MON
On the first day, I was feeling nervous and at the same time excited. it was easy to pump out 1319 words because it was the first day, and a clean document, anything could happen here. Anything! The start of anything is terrifying but exciting too. ‘Cause you are about to unravel the world using words.
Day 2 – TUES
The second day of Camp Nanowrimo is here!! And we – my lappie and I – need to do this. I was still in chapter 1, and I was getting worried – even on day 2, I am still currently in the first chapter. What am I doing wrong? I have been in Project Fire’s (my YA Fantasy) world for three years. And I know what needs to happen in this scene but dunno how to write it.
Do you agree that writing a novel makes you cry but then writing in a journal is therapeutic? That is what I did. In that picture, I wrote down something that helped me continue writing. I wrote, “it may be shitty but it is the first draft. Nothing a little editing couldn’t fix.”
So praise the lord that I am conducting this experiment, hope this little experiment helps me.
End of the day: feeling satisfied
Day 3 – WED
Being a writer means writing and reading. But when you’re constantly working on a book, when is the time to read? This is hard for me. Since my butt is in a chair, it is easier to grab the book and open it and read it. But at the same time, you need to get words down on paper. Because if you don’t write, you don’t move on to the next chapter, and that means you won’t finish the book.
So I told myself to read at least 4 chapters. If I don’t read 4 chapters, I cannot go write. Though I struggle to make this a habit, it is a work in progress.
Wrote 940 words and then in another session, 152
Day 4 – THURS
This is getting harder as days passed. It is difficult to be a writer who writes a novel, and at the same time brainstorm the next post on IG and then on the BLOG. Seriously, how do you multi-task these?
Things are going downhill from here: 0 words!! Had to write a last-minute book review, and so there is very little time to finish both.
Why did I go out that day?
But thank God, I managed to push through today. Total words: 834 Just reached my word count for the day.
Day 6 – SAT
Me having a conversation with my journal. Nothing wrong with that right? We are only corresponding to our thoughts.
I didn’t write 2,000 but I did redeem myself and wrote 1,605 words. So I am happy.
Day 7 – SUN
Sunday – the day I got things done. Not one but two more things were done. Better late than never. This is a rare sighting!
I did read 4 chapters. Took some photos for IG – failed miserably. Added some words into the Words and Sentences file for safe keeping. In case, I want or need to use words I couldn’t think on the stop into my stories. Especially action scenes which I suck in writing.
And then wrote 914 in one session. After that, 443 in the second.
Total: 1357 words
The whole week was me trying not to fall behind on my word count. Thank goodness, it is going well but I don’t know what is going to happen in the second week. Let’s see whether WEEK 2 is the same or is it a Jack and Jill adventure? So far, it has been an interesting journey!
How was your first week?
And as always,
There is progress whether ye are going forward or backward! The thing is to move!