Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: December 26 – January 1

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

Total Word Count for the Week: 7,028

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Tuesday with 1,635.

What I Worked On: I worked on Hunger Games fanfiction, a Christmas story, and a new novel idea.

The Good News: I did write this week …

The Bad News: … but I didn’t make my editing goal.

Lesson Learned: It was a crazy busy week, so I didn’t make my goal of editing Snow. I didn’t even have a chance to open the document. So, my lesson learned is that life happens, and sometimes writing (or editing) has to take a backseat. I’m going to retry my goal this week, which will hopefully be calmer. 🙂

Goal for Next Week:  My goal is to edit a chapter of Snow this week.

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: December 12 – 18

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

Total Word Count for the Week: 6,659

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Tuesday with 1,686.

What I Worked On: I worked on Hunger Games fanfiction, a Christmas story, and a new novel idea.

The Good News: Despite the crazy week, I managed to make my goal every day!

The Bad News: It was an insane week, so I didn’t get as much writing in as I would have liked.

Lesson Learned: I’ve started working on writing fanfiction about an hour or so before I go to bed. It’s enough time to get in my 700 words, and it’s actually pretty relaxing, helping me to fall asleep. This is less than a lesson learned and more something I’ve found that’s really helped me lately!

Goal for Next Week:  My goal is to write 700 words a day.

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: December 5 – 11

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

Total Word Count for the Week: 4,758

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Friday with 1,746 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on Doctor Who and Hunger Games fanfiction this week.

The Good News: I went to a writing class this week and came up with an idea for a dystopian novel!

The Bad News: I wanted to start working on the idea this week, but that didn’t happen.

Lesson Learned: In my writing class, my teacher had a bunch of photographs and had us write a story based on the photo. It was actually very helpful and inspiring, even helping me create a new idea for a dystopian. It was a cool exercise and a good idea to try next time I’m in a creative rut!

Goal for Next Week:  My goal is to write to write 700 words a day.

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla

3 Ways I’ve Kept My Word Count On Track

What’s my biggest fear? Is it heights, clowns, or spiders? During NaNoWriMo nothing is as terrifying as (brace yourself) falling behind on my word count. In order to avoid this frightening experience this year, I’ve been using three techniques to help me keep my word count on track.

1. Word wars

Word wars are when two or more writers agree on a time (anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes typically) and battle each other to see how many words they can write in that amount of time. Whoever gets the higher amount wins! A little friendly competition really helps me to stay on task and focus on writing. It also helps me write more as I push myself to get the top word count.

2. Racing myself for rewards

I’m a very easily distracted writer. A little detail here, a character name there and I’ve wasted an hour on the internet and only written 400 words. That’s why I’ve started timing and rewarding myself. I’ll tell myself to try and write X amount of words in X amount of time, and then I can have a reward, like check my favorite NaNo forum threads, watch a YouTube video, or any other small, fun activity that will motivate me. I’m less distracted because I have both the timer and the reward in mind, and as an added bonus, I’ve found that most times, once I’ve started, I’d rather just keep writing.

3. Stick to my daily goal

A lot of Wrimoers (NaNoWriMo participants) tend to write a whole bunch at the beginning of the month, and then write less as the month goes on and end up getting behind in their word count. I prefer to sit down and write my daily NaNo word count (1,667 words) every day. Instead of getting behind in the middle of the month, I’m right on target the entire time. For me, it’s also nice knowing that as long as I write 1,667 words a day, I will win NaNo. That really keeps me motivated and on schedule.

What are your methods for keeping your word count on track? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Quote of the Week

This week’s quote comes from Jane Smiley, author of A Thousand Acres. I signed up for Go Teen Writer’s 100 for 100 contest this week. It’s a contest that has writers write 100 words a day for 100 days to help get them into the habit of writing every single day. The contest started yesterday, and I already have written more words in one day than I have all week!

“Write everyday, just to keep in the habit, and remember that whatever you have written is neither as good nor as bad as you think it is. Just keep going, and tell yourself that you will fix it later.” – Jane Smiley

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: July 11 – 17

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

Total Word Count for the Week: 13,359

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Sunday with 2,882 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, Fences, and wrote some fanfiction.

The Good News: I haven’t missed a day of NaNoWriMo yet!

The Bad News: I try not write any fanfiction during NaNoWriMo so I can focus solely on my novel. I lost control and gave in last week. >.<

Lesson Learned: Do not try to write while riding in a car. I tried to get in my NaNo writing on the way down to my grandmother’s, and I was so motion sick. I am never ever writing in the car again.

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 1,667 words a day.

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

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: July 4 – 10

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

Total Word Count for the Week: 12,212

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Monday with 1,788 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, Fences, and edited Snow.

The Good News: It’s week 2 of NaNo, and I haven’t missed a day yet.

The Bad News: I’ve been frustrated with a scene I wrote because I can’t quite work out the details to make it believable.

Lesson Learned: I wrote a scene where Bravery climbs the Fence to help out Dax. When I wrote it, I knew I’d have to change some of it up when I went back and edited. In fact, what I really wanted to do was rewrite it. However, since it’s NaNo, I just kept writing. The scene, while it still might need some changes and is a source of frustration as I mentioned above, has inspired a whole new plot line. My lesson learned is not to worry about a scene that might not be perfect at that moment.

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 1,667 words a day.

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

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: June 27 – July 3

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week. Happy 4th of July to my U.S. readers!

Total Word Count for the Week: 5924

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Thursday with 1,723 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, Fences, and some fanfiction.

The Good News: NaNo’s been going well so far, and I’ve made my goal every day since it started!

The Bad News: I’m slightly worried about keeping the viewpoints switching back and forth and the story flowing nicely.

Lesson Learned: I usually only have one narrator. With Fences, however, I decided to switch things up and have two narrating characters, Bravery and Daxton. It’s been a ton of fun to write but also a lot harder than with just one character. I have to plan ahead where I want to switch to Dax’s voice and not repeat the scene I just wrote with Bravery. I also have to make sure that Bravery and Daxton’s voices sound different enough. Learning to write like this has been a continuing “lesson learned” these last couple days.

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 1,667 words a day.

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

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: June 20 – 26

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

Total Word Count for the Week: 1235

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Thursday with 963 words.

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

The Good News: I’m really excited for NaNo, and I’ve nailed my idea and characters down well.

The Bad News: I’ve been feeling completely uninspired with writing lately.

Lesson Learned: One thing I’ve found helpful this week is the YWP NaNoWriMo workbook which you can find here. There are editions for elementary, middle, and high school. It goes over all the details of writing a novel such as creating better characters, adding sub-plots and more details, and editing your novel at the end. The whole workbook’s a big “lesson learned” for this week!

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week and for NaNo is 1,667 words a day from Tuesday onwards.

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

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: June 13 – 19

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

Total Word Count for the Week: 2242

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Sunday with 925 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on fanfiction, my new novel idea (Rowen and Serenity), and character interviews for my NaNo novel. I also worked on editing chapter 6 in Snow.

The Good News:  I’ve chosen my idea and started work on interviewing my July Camp NaNo characters.

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

Lesson Learned: To outline or not to outline, that is the question that needs to be answered. I made an extremely detailed outline for Homeland (my first novel) which I sort of used. Snow (my second novel) had no outline and turned out great. God Save the Queen (my third novel) had no outline, and I think I needed one to keep me on track. What to do, what to do. Whether I need to outline or not is a continuing “lesson to be learned.” Whatever I decide I need to do quickly because July is almost here!

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 800 words every other day.

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

~ Kayla