Thursday, July 2, 2015

Another Day, Another 1,667 Words (Give or Take)

I can hardly believe it’s July second. In my case, that not only means that summer is well under way but also that I’m in day two of Camp NaNoWriMo. I must say that the rules are more relaxed than November’s National Novel Writing Month.

We can even choose our word count rather than automatically committing to the fifty thousand required for the November challenge. However, I decided to shoot for 50,000 as I did in April. Time is not really an issue for me these days. Dedication and a goal, however, are things I can use.

The fact I’m also following author Alan Watt’s “The 90 Day Novel” is actually a perfect fit with Camp NaNo. It’s an exciting time. A story I wrote as a short many years ago deserves a larger format, I think, and this combination of promptings feel as if they are making a difference.

You see, I’ve tried writing this tale in a longer format before. I ended up with long streams of rather pointless dialogue and not much else. Some of you have surely read similar complaints from me before (even about this very story). But I am of the opinion that those self pitying days may be at an end. We’ll see. Meanwhile, some favorite music is helping the flow, as well.

The album “Vol. 1” by the band Hurt contains just the right of driving instrumentals and emotional angst. Lead singer and main lyricist J. Loren Wince and his crew really deliver. I may have to go through the rest of their music catalog today and see how much more I can accomplish, whether I’m writing or cleaning house or whatever.

What motivates you, my dears?



  1. Good luck with the book! I have to be very strict with myself and have set times for writing - otherwise I'm so easily side-tracked into "useful" things like watching TV or reading a book.

    1. Thank you! Those are wise words, precisely echoing what Alan Watt's essay suggested today in "The 90 Day Novel"! I'm so glad you make time to write for your blog. It's such a delight.

  2. How wonderful, Darla. Wishing you the very best of luck.
    Right now I'm doing a daily blogging challenge and have decided to truly enjoy it, instead of getting all worked up as I do around the A to Z! ;)

    1. Thank you so much. I enjoyed your posted quote, by the way. And good on you for relax with this challenge. Best wishes!

  3. Journaling and music are two great motivators. I love Pandora, and have several different stations based on characters and moods.

    I'm so pleased to hear that you're enjoying Camp Nano!

    1. Thank you! I'm tickled with my progress, too.

      Your characters are always so engaging that it encourages me to borrow your techniques. Also, I appreciate your encouragement to facilitate the "90 Day Novel" workshop on the forum. That definitely helps motivate my writing.


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