Camp NaNoWriMo

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This month, I’m going to be attempting the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo.  I’m trying, once again, to finish my short chapter book for a little boy I know.  It feels like I’ve been working on this forever (mostly because I have).  But, I really want to get this done and move onto other projects.

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Writing can often be the most difficult thing to do.  There are so many things that sound great in my head, but once I get them down on paper I find that they’re not that great at all.  Also, it’s so easy to be distracted.  Ever since I stopped going to the library to write, my progress has slowed down to – no progress.  I’d like to go back to the library; however, I don’t feel that I should leave my elderly dog on her own.  There would be no one here if she needs help, and of course I just can’t do that to her.  I just have to learn how to not get distracted by things.

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Is anyone else attempting Camp NaNoWriMo?  Let me know how it’s going for you.  Maybe we can  commiserate – or more hopefully, celebrate together.

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Winning NaNoWriMo & Goal Setting

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I know I’m a little late to the party (what else is new), but I wanted to share that I won NaNoWriMo this year.  Yes, in my own little way I wrote over 50,000 words last month.  I didn’t finish everything that I wanted to, but such is life.  I did however, get down things that had been rattling around in my brain for quite a while.

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When I finished this goal a few days early, I thought that this is what I need to do to keep on writing.  So, I’ve come up with a new, more achievable goal for every new month to come.  I’ve decided to write 5.000 words per week.  I’m not going to state that those words must be on just one project, because frankly, sometimes I tend to get stuck on one thing, but still have ideas on something else.  So, I will just include all the words that I write, whether it’s a Haiku, short story, editing, posts, or my children’s book, I’m going to count all of those words.   Writing is writing is writing.

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How I Want to Be Versus How I Am

This blog is about transformation. The interesting thing about change is that it’s so hard. We fight it and ourselves at every turn. As I talked about before, there are reasons why we do so…our brains are used to our lifestyles and don’t want to change; therefore we sabotage ourselves every chance we can. This is how I want to be:

I want to be strong and fit but without the crazy.

This is what I tend to be:

So, the hard work of getting from point A to point B sets in, and it’s HARD! It’s hard to change your attitude and your lifestyle. I’m on my way, becoming Vegan, walking every day, but I need to change more than that. There is also the problem that I’m somewhat of a push-over, and end up doing things that I really think are a waste of my time and I don’t want to do them. I often feel bullied into things that I either don’t feel comfortable doing, resent doing, or really hate doing.

I took up the NaNoWriMo challenge (I haven’t done anything for it, either) and this week I’ve decided that I’ll make writing my “job”; two hours every day, scheduled into my day for doing nothing but writing. This is my goal for this week. I’ll let you know how it goes.  Meanwhile, here I am again.