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 nothingβ€”how 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 droppedβ€”I 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 πŸ™‚

yay for progress

WEEK 3

WED

OKAY so now is the third week β€” 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 β€” 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 Rulesβ€”awesome showβ€”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 β€” who is now my favourite composer. He is one heck of a composer β€” 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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I’m back with an update… // Week 1

Hey Dreamers,

I am back with an update.

The new month is here ⁠— and I am currently doing…well I am participating in July’s Camp NaNoWriMo!

Wonderful. More stress haha.

WEEK 1

MON

GOAL FOR JULY: there’s only one

And that is SPEND 5000 minutes outlining my Acts 2-3

Not doing any word count goals….this is only outlining.

6 – 7pm
wrote for an hour

10 – 10.57pm
wrote for 57 minutes.

TUES

I realised if I have a list of to-dos, I can get things done fast and time wouldn’t be wasted.

  • outline (estimated 2 hrs 30 mins)
  • read

It’s the second of Camp Nano…. it is the same time every camp, it’s always put your fingers down on the keypads and type.

Let’s write!

4 – 4.35pm
finish writing for 45 min. Now time for a break ⁠— a game.

5.30 – 6.30pm
wrote for one hour! Yes! Happy that I got some words down. Outlining is crazy hard. So many messy scenes that need fixing.

10 – 11.25pm
wrote for 1 hr 25 min…YASSSSS!

Total: 190 mins

Just hope that is correct hahaha. God, I hate maths. 0_0

WED

What to say in this journal when there is only one sentence to say

IT’S ANOTHER DAY TO WRITE!

12 – 1pm
starting to write now….currently, am by the way…. just gotta jot this moment down in case I forget

GOAL for today: 105 minutes

Can I do it with work piled up ⁠— we’ll see!

That is 60 minutes down!

4.51 – 6.30pm
wrote for 141 minutes

10 – 11.21pm
wrote another 81 minutes. Yay for some progress.

TOTAL: 282 minutes

I thought I couldn’t make it. Outline ⁠— oh gosh ⁠— how did it become a mystery?

UPDATE on others: Nope, didn’t read. Oh gosh, how do you juggle work, writing and reading? I know the answer. Planning is key.

Am tired—> going to sleep now. Good nite!

SAT

Spoiler Alert: I didn’t write since Wed.

So so so so behind.

The weekends are my only free time to focus on something else.

I have many things to work out in all the messy scenes. I guess I was avoiding to sit down and really brainstorm properly.

A few days ago, I sat down and did what I should have done.

NOW

I cannot wait to jot down my scrambled thoughts down.

Week 2 I am coming for you!

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:πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡

 

 

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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