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writing, gywo, camp nanowrimo

This is my third year of doing GYWO, an LJ community where you join, set a writing goal for the year, and report in monthly on the state of your YTD.  There's lots of other great stuff too, like scheduled word wars throughout the month, cheerleading and resource posts at LJ and DW, etc., but the word count goal and the task of meeting it is the community's main purpose.

It's a great challenge for me; though it's not about completing specific things per se, I've finished fannish and advanced original writings really in large part due to trying to meet my goals.  The first year I went just over my goal of 250,000 words (by about 2K); the second year, I met and wrote 20K above my goal of 300,000 words.

This year I'm signed up for the Difficult level again, with a goal of 300,000 words for the year.

The point of all this is that I just reported in for March, and I am already up to 100,118 words this year.  :DDDDDDDD

Today is the official start of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I've pledged to try for 35,000 words of my novel (I've got about 33K already from November's NaNo -- strictly first-draft stuff, which obviously is going to get edited the hell out of and/or go to the word graveyard).  I'm a little nervous about diving back in, but also looking forward to advancing that damn plot and moving forward on the eventual goal of having a publishable original novel ready.

Anyway, I've had to recognize that part of my overall writing process, in getting to that fantastic place where I lose myself in the stories and the words come tumbling out, is dealing with discouragement on a regular basis.  It's sometimes feeling guilty (it's just going to happen; I can't handwave guilt entirely no matter how much anyone tells me I shouldn't feel guilty) or realizing I need days off despite wanting to go full force as much as possible (sometimes needing several days in a row, which feels ooky, but hey, it seems to be part of the game for me) or just feeling like I need to be more directed (I should work on this, not that!  I'm working on that specific thing, sure, but what about Overall Nearly Impossible Goal, huh???).

So it's just nice to have a day on which I can say, hey, my writing is going really, really well today. 


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Apr. 1st, 2015 03:20 pm (UTC)
100,118?! Go you! *\o/*
Apr. 1st, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thank yoooouuu! :D
Apr. 1st, 2015 06:12 pm (UTC)
Excellent word count!
Apr. 1st, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you!
Apr. 1st, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC)
Ah the ups and downs of writing. It's a never ending cycle, but I'm happy to hear you're having a good writing day today. I always feel my best about my own writing when I've had a good deal down on paper, and even better when someone likes what I've got so far.
Apr. 1st, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Apr. 2nd, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
YAY! Go you!
Apr. 2nd, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
Wheee, thanks! :D
Apr. 2nd, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
Wow, that is so impressive. You are very inspiring to me!
Apr. 2nd, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
<3 Thank you!
Apr. 2nd, 2015 07:48 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that is incredible!

I hope the discouraging feelings/thoughts recede ever further into the background.
Apr. 3rd, 2015 01:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope so too.
Apr. 4th, 2015 01:23 am (UTC)
WOW, I'm super-impressed!

Also, happy birthday :D
Apr. 4th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for the birthday wishes! :D
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