Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: September 12 – 18

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week.

Total Word Count for the Week: 6,001

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Friday with 1,279.

What I Worked On: I worked on editing Snow and writing my novel idea.

The Good News: I made my goal and wrote an extra 2,000 words on top of that!

The Bad News: I wish I would have joined in on the previous 100 for 100 challenge that Go Teen Writers did.

Lesson Learned: I mentioned that I signed up for Go Teen Writer’s 100 for 100 challenge. It’s been going great so far, and it’s really helped to motivate me. I’ve learned that I need pressure to help keep me on track and focused on my goal.

Goal for Next Week: My goal is to write 7,000 words over the next week!

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: May 2 – 8

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 4059

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Wednesday with 1252 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on editing Snow, writing Storm, and some fanfiction.

The Good News: I have edited Chapter 1 of Snow and am halfway through Chapter 2!

The Bad News: I didn’t make my goal every day this week.

Lesson Learned: Last week or so, there was a Go Teen Writer article about using action tags and emotion beats in your story instead of he/she said or asked or whispered. (You can find the article here: http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/2014/04/emotion-beats-in-your-dialogue.html) I’ve heard of action tags, but never emotion beats. Now that I’ve learned about them, I’ve been adding more action tags and emotion beats to Snow. I definitely think it’s improved my writing, and it makes the story’s dialogue less repetitive!

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 600 words a day.

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Monthly Link Share – How to Find Your Characters

Welcome to April’s link share! I don’t really have a theme for this link share, other than these are some pages that I’ve found helpful this month. So let’s get started!

The first link is actually a Pinterest board I follow from Melanie Wozniak. She has a Character Inspiration board where she pins pictures of people to inspire new characters. I’ve always wanted to find pictures of my characters, but wasn’t sure how to begin and slightly concerned of what the results would be in a search like that. Through her board, I’ve been able to put faces to many of my characters. I’ve found having a picture helps me visualize them in a scene better and have a better grasp of their character.

The next article is not so much about writing as it is about blogging. You may notice that I don’t post a lot of images on my blog, and that’s because I’m never sure about the copyright laws. Can I post that picture I found from Google or that gif from Pinterest? Well, this article from Go Teen Writers helped clear up some of my confusion, so I thought I’d share it with my fellow bloggers!

http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/2014/04/images-animated-gifs-and-copyright-law.html

This is a post I found about what to do if you end up hating your novel half-way through. I’ve been struggling with going from loving to hating my Camp NaNo novel, and I found this article to be really helpful and encouraging.

http://storyfix.com/what-to-do-if-you-hate-your-novel-a-guest-post

One of the hobbies I enjoy (other than writing!) is painting my nails. It works out great, because I’ve learned I can type while my nails are drying. Makes for some great multitasking! 😉 Anyway, I follow several nail blogs and Oooh, Shinies is my favorite! She’s got some great tutorials on stamping, gradients, and more. Also, she loves cats and provides a foster home for some adorable kittens which she is gracious enough to post pictures of on occasion! So, if you’re looking for a great nail blog to follow, check her out! 🙂

http://www.ooohshinies.com/

Thanks for reading (or should I say clicking? XD )

~ Kayla

 

 

 

 

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: January 17 – 23

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 7514

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Saturday with 1749 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on my Snow/Finley novel and Hobbit fanfiction.

The Good News: I’ve almost written 10,000 words in Snow/Finley!

The Bad News: I missed my word count on Thursday (by 20 words 😦 ) and Friday!

Lesson Learned: I read a Go Teen Writers article this week about ways to start a novel. I tend to start my novels with a statement, and reading this article made me want to try some new beginnings out when I edit/write a novel. You can read the article here: http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/2014/01/ten-ways-to-start-novel.html

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 600 words, once again. 🙂

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: October 4 – 10

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 6091

Top Writing Day: Friday was my top day with 1268 words.

What I Worked On: I worked mostly on my Hobbit fanfictions.

The Good News: I managed to get a lot written and even finished up part of my fanfiction. I also made my goal again this week.

The Bad News: I didn’t finish my Arden and Ben story (though I did write some last night) which needs to be finished by November 1st because of NaNoWriMo.

Lesson Learned: Preparation is (hopefully) the key. I’m reading through Go Teen Writers and following their advice and plot chart to plan out the structure of my NaNo idea. Hopefully by having this basic framework, I’ll be able to stay on task while writing in November. I’ve never written this way before, so this is a “lesson learned” in progress.

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is to keep my word count above 900 words each day.

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla