Success and slowly trudging along.

This pretty much sums up how I feel right now.

After being stuck all week on a section of Worthy of a Name, I took someone’s advice and just quickly finished it (still planning on coming back later to add more) and moved right along.

And you know what?

It worked!

Instead of limping along with only 500 or so words, I had a major breakthrough and wrote almost 3K words today.  I’m hoping to squeeze a little more in later to hopefully actually accomplish that target.

Now, I’m still WAY off the nano recommended target, but I’m doing exactly what I said about two posts ago.  Slow and steady.  Progress is progress and I’ll take what I can get.

I’m not a writer by trade.  I squeeze in time when I can, but ultimately, it will always come behind my family and for now, my paycheck providing job.

Thanks for sticking with me, and I appreciate all your sweet and kind comments and suggestions about combating my writers block.

Taking it one day at a time,

Michela

How do you stay motivated?

For the last two days I’ve been stuck writing my Nano piece.  And by stuck, I mean seriously stuck in a molasses type muck of indecision and lack of creativity.  So I’m asking anyone who reads my tiny little blog…

How do you resolve your writers block?  

Do you skip over the section your stuck on and come back later?

Do you set it aside and work on something else?

I’d love to hear your tried and true methods to combat your imagination’s total meltdown.

Fill me in, I’m waiting.

Until next time,

Michela

Slow and Steady, Right?

Well, I’m making progress.  Slow progress, but progress all the same.

I’ve only just hit over 8,000 words for Worthy of a Name and while it’s not exactly tracking towards the traditional NaNoWriMo target of 50,000 words, it is better than nothing, right?

If I keep telling myself that, I’ll keep pushing and striving towards the end goal, which as nice as the fancy, shmancy 50k goal is, it’s not the actual target is it?

No.

A completed book is the target right?  So whether I finish that by December or next year, it doesn’t really matter as long as I continue to move forward.

So hang in there with me.  I may not be a NaNoWriMo superstar, but I’m that teeny tiny turtle who will eventually cross the finish line.

Thanks for sticking with me,

Michela

Gotta Start Somewhere – #NaNoWriMo – Day 1

 

Well, day one of NaNoWriMo was almost a success.  I managed to write about 1500 words, which isn’t the 2,000 I was hoping for.  However, it IS a start, and you have to start somewhere, right?.  Now I just need to build upon that foundation.

I will be excited if I manage to write 40K words and completely ecstatic if I hit 50K.  My realistic goal is 40K, because I probably won’t find much time on the weekends to write, so I’m aiming for 2k a day during the week if I can manage it.

So like I said, the beginning is a very good place to start.

Stick with me & I may even post little snippets here and there along the way.

Until next time,
Michela

 

A Book Needs a Cover – #NaNoWriMo

So I’ve had the title of my book in my head for the last year or so.

I had a little time – and I didn’t feel like writing, so I came up with this little mock cover for Worthy of a Name, the story I’m working on during this year’s NaNoWriMo.

I had created another one, but it felt too young and my main character is going to be in her mid-twenties, making my original design too immature.

Anyhow, I hope to write up a brief synopsis in the next day or two, giving my lovely readers a glimpse into my work in progress.

Until next time,

Michela

And on second thought… The beauty of changing your mind.

Since I began mapping out my NaNo story last weekend, I’ve had some time to reflect.   During the random downtime I’ve had this week, I’ve decided to change the time frame for my planned story.  Originally I had the main character move through adolescence and into adulthood to form the plot of the story.

This time frame has been on my mind all along.  I have tiny scraps of paper in my notebook and lots of random notes written down working the plot out using this as a main focal point of my story.

Then I got to thinking, perhaps I’m stretching my MC and my reader’s attention span a little too thin.

So the light bulb went off and I’m now starting from scratch and tightening up the story.

I guess what I’m really trying to get at, is that don’t be so attached to your original plan that you can’t discover a better way of doing something.  I’m still working things out and of course, this plan will probably go through about 1,340 changes by the time it gets done, but knowing you CAN do better and that your story can BE  better because of the change makes all the difference.

So I’m doing my best to be flexible and adaptable.

Until next time,

Michela

NaNoWriMo – A change in perspective

I didn’t think I was going to try and do NaNo this year. I figured I was too busy and (like many other humble writers), I think all my writing is crap.   I thought about doing it last year, but with working full time, being a mother, wife – I didn’t make time to do it.  (Please note, I am a gemini, so follow through is not my best skill)

But for some reason I changed my mind.  (Nothing like changing your mind two weeks before it starts, right?)

I’ve started outlining the story I’ve had in my head for a year or so now.  I still have lots to do and to work out, plot wise, but I’m excited to try.

So I hope you will all follow my journey this next month as I attempt to hit my daily writing targets & who knows, even get a book written after all is said and done.

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Stick with me baby, and hang on for what just might be a wild (and incredibly insane) journey.

Xo

Michela