Shoot for Neverland: Spread Some Writing Magic

Does anyone else feel like February just flew by?

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Yep, we are already five days into March! I hope your month is off to a fantastic start!

I’m happy to report that I’m filled with a lovely amount of inspiration these days. Shhh…we don’t want to scare it away.

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I did end up slashing and cutting some of my story, but at the end of February I felt positive about what I changed. Thanks to #5amwritersclub my writing routine finally has structure. What is that, you ask? Basically, you work on your current project at 5am every morning before you head to work, your daily responsibilities, etc.

Now, let me tell you what happens when you work on your passion before you walk out the front door…

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You know that place in your chest that fills up with fresh air whenever you write? That super satisfying feeling that resonates down to the very core of your creative spirit? It’s full when you write first thing in the morning. I never thought it would be possible to wake up at 5 a.m. and write before I headed to my day job, but it is!

It’s safe to say that March is off to a wonderful start for me AND my writing. With that said, I’m embarking on a quest! I decided to spread some more positive energy to the writing world by creating a giveaway. Introducing my Magical March Giveaway!

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Want a cute tote bag, a colorful journal, pretty pencils, and a copy of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (which has changed my life.) ?? All you have to do is head on over to my Twitter and do one of the two things above. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MagicalMarchGiveaway.

[If Twitter isn’t your thing, don’t fret. This won’t be my last giveaway! If you’d be interested in a blog giveaway, send me a message.]

All in all, I hope that you unlock new doors in your imagination this month and that you embrace whatever your creative spirit has to offer. Shoot for the stars, the moon, or perhaps…Neverland.

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I’ll be back with a post about breaking bad writing habits later this week.

Until next time,

Christine

Monday Motivation.

I joined #5amwritersclub this morning and I am feeling great. Starting my day off by focusing energy towards my passion = a fantastic start to the week. I hope you’re following your dreams too…even if you have to wake up extra early to do so before you head to your day job like me. ✨🌛

dear February, I’m going to meet my writing goals

Yes. That’s how confident I am.

Why?

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Well, it’s been one year since I started my novel. After several years of working solely on poetry, this time last year brought a novel idea, one that has been so exciting for me. However, here’s the thing about my one year anniversary with my novel: I want to make MORE progress. As of today, my word count stands at 25,757 words. Granted, I did make some major cuts and revisions to the story over the summer.

I don’t like to get too caught up in word count, but it does exist. As writers I think we should always be aware of it, but not let it determine our happiness.

Last weekend I got a powerful burst of inspiration, which was followed by an amazing writing discussion last Thursday. The combination of the two has restored my levels of motivation that weren’t as high over these past few months. Since then, my characters have been swirling around my head, poking me at work, and greeting me every day with new ideas.

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Of course, I needed a plan. As a major fan of to-do lists and all related motivational factors, I knew that it would be essential to put one in motion for myself. It just so happens that one of my favorite weekly activities to do is Alexandra VanHorn’s #WritersPatch on Twitter. Before this Sunday’s edition, she shared a picture of her current motivational tool. I decided to follow suit. (Thanks again, Al!) It looks like this…

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As you can see, I have some major changes that I’d like to make to my novel. They are more additions than anything. When I first started writing my story, I was discovering the world with the other characters. To make the story better, it’s time to go back and strengthen those beginning chapters. I feel so positive about it. In my eyes, it’s always a good thing to follow your intuition.

I’ll be back next week to give you an update on how things are going. Until then, pour yourself a cup of coffee and make some February goals for yourself. We’re all in this together.

Cheers!

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national novel writing month is right around the corner

Why in the world haven’t I been blogging? Well, I can be quite forgetful…but don’t worry…I’m back! Why, you ask? National Novel Writing Month is just a few days away. My last CampNaNoWriMo attempt didn’t work out so well, but I have a feeling this one will!

So, what have I been up to?

For about two months, I’ve had a regimen of writing five pages a week. However, for the past two weeks I’ve been moving into a new place with my boyfriend.

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Higitus Figitus! It has been a blast! Lots of books to pack and move = less time for writing.

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…but now we are happily settled in our cozy new home and ready to get back to our writing goals.

As you probably know, November is National Novel Writing Month and I am a huge supporter of the NaNoWriMo organization. They’ve provided me with a lot of encouragement over the years and I enjoy the sense of community that seems to come alive on social media during their events.

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Working a full time job and finding time to unwind is hard, but tack on a word count goal of 50,000 words in 30 days and well…that’s super overwhelming for me. I was happy to discover something that I haven’t noticed before while browsing NaNoWriMo.org. It’s called “Goal Tracker” and it allows you to customize your goals!

Drum roll please…

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10,000 words may not seem like a lot to some of you, but I will be more than thrilled if I can manage to add 10,000 new words to my current W.I.P.! As of right now my current word count is at 23,718. Because my overall goal for this W.I.P. is to finish the first draft by February, I’d be happy to break the 30,000 words mark over the next month.

How about you? Are you customizing NaNoWriMo or are you sticking to 50,000 words? Either way, cheers to you! Bring on the coffee and chat with me on Twitter @AWritersWay.

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Until next time,

Christine

and sometimes you don’t meet your goals…

…and that’s okay! At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself over and over again for the past week. I wish I could say that my CampNaNoWriMo failure is just because I received a very disappointing rejection letter last Friday, but it wouldn’t be the truth.

The truth is, I hit a wall! I’m sure you’ve seen them. One of those big concrete walls that your characters are trying to break through, but can’t? Sometimes life gets in the way and this month I wasn’t able to keep my regular life boundaries separate from my writing life. Is it the end of the world? No. Does it feel like it sometimes as a writer? Yes. 

Hey, I’m here to tell you that it probably happens to the best of us and we can reboot and move on. My plan is to make August a more productive month and I’m going to approach it in a different way. More on that soon…

Until next time,

Christine 

set the goals. drink coffee. meet the goals.

Most mornings, when I drag myself to work, I look like this…

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…except I’m not a duck.

With an overwhelming list of things to do during the work day, it can sometimes be difficult to imagine how I could possibly find the time and energy to work on my novel.

Enter coffee.

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I know it sounds so cliche…a writer who drinks a lot of coffee? I’m going to be honest with you. Whenever my friends tell me that they haven’t had any coffee yet, I pretty much yell at them and insult them for being stupid. (I’m kidding though…maybe.)

This month is Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m happy to report that I met my June goals and have been making good progress with my July goals thanks to the oh-so-motivating NaNoWriMo organization. It always adds a little spring to my step when these months come around. Because of my busy work schedule and new second job at ComicOn.com, I set a word count goal of 7,500 words, which is 250 words a day. Seems simple, yes, but I wanted to set a goal that I knew I would hit!

Two jobs and a young adult fantasy W.I.P. = coffee. Are you getting my point? The truth is, whatever works for you is key. I’ve talked about this a lot in some of the workshops I’ve taught. Whether it’s coffee, m&m’s, long nature walks, cat naps…just do it! We are all in this together and I wish you all the luck in meeting your July writing goals.

Don’t forget…it’s Summer and that means iced coffee too.

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Until next time,

Christine