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Getting Back to Writing #5 // Back from my writing hiatus, 2020 Goals, and Camp NaNo Checkin πŸŒ·

Writing #5

Hello fellow bookworms 🌷  A lot has happened since my last writing update, I turned in my Thesis, there’s now a global pandemic and my life changed quite a bit. Now is the time for a bit of an update on my writing life, 2020 writing goals, why I kind of went on a writing hiatus and how I’m doing with Camp NaNo πŸ“˜ I’m still very much planning on making writing a more consistent habit than it has been in the past and with a semester off from university until I start my Master’s again (this was actually the plan before anything happened, putting me in a better position than most people), I now have the time to build up even more dedication to my writing. At least this personal project is not on hold and for that I’m grateful, so let’s get into it πŸ’—

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About that Writing Hiatus

I took a bit of a hiatus from writing due to my Thesis ➽ I was hoping to at least do some Revision, but as of late November, it became clear that this wouldn’t work out. Right around that time I got busy with planning my Bachelor Thesis and then doing a study, as well as writing and revising academically. In the end, I decided that I couldn’t fully commit to my creative writing while also working on my Thesis, which a) took up a lot of time and b) sucked in a lot of my energy in general. I never really announced this hiatus here, so … I just never posted a new update πŸ˜…

It was weird not writing for over 4 months but it was better for my mental health and well-being in the first place. I also didn’t want to compromise the quality of my revision by doing some half-hearted attempts during those months – I would rather focus as much as possible on this revision and put in all the energy to improve my WIP. I feared that I would get sloppy with it if I pushed myself to keep going under the stress of my thesis. So, even though it scared me a bit to take such a long break, I waited until the end of March to turn to writing again. The Timing was good as Camp NaNo was right around the corner with an opportunity to get into it again πŸ₯°

An accurate representation of my mind in the last few months

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2020 Writing Goals

With the beginning of the year being so busy I never shared my 2020 Writing Goals with you, like I initially had planned to do so in January. It’s a bit late now, but I still wanted to list my Top 3 Writing Goals that I definitely hope to achieve in 2020 – after all, I have a bit of free time now to use for getting back into writing and doing my revision.

Revise my WIP Intoxicated (developmental, line & copyedits)Β  ➽ My top goal for the year is to finish the revision of my current WIP! Currently, I’m over halfway done with the first round of developmental edits and hope to completely finish them by the end of April. Afterwards, I need to do another round of edits as I had to rewrite large chunks of the books. Then it’s finally time to face my writing style and prose, as so far I’ve only improved the big picture stuff like characters, plot and worldbuilding. That might take a while as I need to polish my writing and catch all the grammar and spelling mistakes before I can get a second opinion!

A collage for my WIP Intoxicated, showing 9 pictures of the Tower Bridge, an eye, a witchy shop, a blond girl seen from behind and a tarot deck
My WIP Intoxicated feat. witches, rivalries, and romance πŸ’–

Participate in Camp NaNo April ➽ I’m already participating in Camp NaNo so we’re halfway done already πŸŽ‰ As I sadly couldn’t participate in NaNoWriMo 2019 due to my thesis, I knew that I wanted to at least do Camp NaNo April, as I would be done with my Bachelor Thesis by then. I have no idea if I’ll be able to participate in NaNoWriMo of this year, so the Camp months are a great idea to use the NaNo motivation for myself. I aimed to revise 50K words during April, as sadly the new website doesn’t allow any other method of tracking that used to be exclusive to the Camps (like time, or what I would have prepared: pages) until next year. It wasn’t ideal (as a lot of people do revision during Camp and words aren’t that great for measuring progress), but so far it has worked out! (more on that in a minute)

Work on my new project WIP SpirithuntersΒ  ➽ Oh yes, I’m working on another project after finishing my revision, because I think it’s important to not get caught up in one WIP for too long. I’ve already worked on WIP Intoxicated for years with earlier drafts that changed drastically, so before outlining a sequel I’m not sure will ever happen, I want to turn to a new world. I might introduce this new project sometime! For now, the plan is to brainstorm it, as it’s a fresh idea and needs a lot of work when it comes to plot, characters and the world. I can say that it features spirits – but they’re not friendly ghosties πŸ‘»

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Camp NaNo Checkin

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My NaNoWriMo Stats (excluding today as I scheduled the post in advance) 🌸

I’ve entered Act 3 now!!!Β  ➽ Much excitement, as Act 2 is – logically – so long and it took a lot of revising to fix the large part of the middle. Now I have finally entered Act 3 and the hope to finish my first round of edits is coming closer and closer. That was my main goal for Camp NaNo as this is the most difficult of all the edits. It’s fixing a lot of the major problems with my WIP and the second round will mostly focus on improving what I had to add/rewrite. I hope me finishing the first edits will come up to the 50K words I had pledged as tracking the second edits with words instead of scenes will be a bit more tricky. Nevertheless, I’m proud of my progress πŸ’›

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My updated progress board (we have reached Act 3!!)

I struggled to get back into writing, but I found myself slowly loving it againΒ  ➽ The first few days of Camp NaNo were understandably difficult as I hadn’t worked on my revision for 4 months. BUT there was some good in it too, as I gained even more distance from my WIP and went back with a lot of new, fresh ideas and a renewed love for my project. At first, it was hard to get into the revision as I had to get into my story again. However, after a while, I began loving the daily writing and sometimes I even felt like the story was falling into place and beginning to make some sense. It was an amazing, gratifying feeling and eased some of the worries and doubts I had both about the story and myself as a writer. There is still a lot of work to be done, but now I feel confident that I love writing and that no matter what happens, it can be a kind of comfort for me. I noticed it only after a few days, but writing genuinely distracted me from everything going on and gave me an escape, a way to not constantly worry all the time 🌸

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An excerpt from my NaNo Journal (excuse my bad handwriting) πŸ˜„

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Are you participating in Camp NaNo? How is writing going for you? If you’re not a writer, what is your current personal project? 🌷

13 thoughts on “Getting Back to Writing #5 // Back from my writing hiatus, 2020 Goals, and Camp NaNo Checkin πŸŒ·

  1. I am also getting back into writing after a long time and there really isn’t anything better than the story just falling into place sometimes. Turns out I can currently only handle writing contemporary, because I got stuck pretty bad on all other stories haha but all realisations are good for something

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    1. It’s just a magical moment when things in the story finally make sense πŸ˜„βœ¨ I hope your new project is going well! Sometimes a story just comes along at the right time demanding to be written, so I hope everything is going okay! Good Luck 😊

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  2. I’m trying to make writing a more consistent activity as well!! It is really hard to balance it with reading, blogging and life !!
    It definitely sounds like having a break from writing was best for you and now you can focus on your writing !!
    Good luck with all your new goals they all sound exciting. I agree I don’t like to spend all the time on one project, I think it is good to mix it up once you hit a goal !!

    It looks like camp NaNo is going well and I hope it continues too as well. I’m glad you have enjoyed get back into writing as well. Best of luck πŸ’›πŸ’›

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    1. I feel you, it’s difficult to juggle writing with all the reading, blogging, and life stuff, so things like Camp NaNo are really helpful to give me a bit of motivation πŸ₯° I underestimated how great a little hiatus can be, as it gave me space to think about my story and reignite my love for my WIP 😊

      Thank you so much, Sophie! πŸ’› I wish you all the best luck with your writing as well, I hope it goes well!

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  3. Glad to hear that you’re able to get back into writing during your break, and what perfect timing for Camp NaNoWriMo! And wow, I’m impressed by your progress πŸ˜€ I can definitely understand struggling to get back into it after a long hiatus, but good for you for diving back in with such determination! Good luck with the rest of the month, and with all of your 2020 goals ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Margaret! πŸ₯° I’m so happy that I have made good progress in my revision, Camp NaNo has truly helped to keep me motivated and inspired 😊 Thank you!! πŸ’• I hope your writing is going well!

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  4. Congrats on getting back to writing! It’s also been a long time for me, since I quit my WIP to re-plot, then quit another to re-plot, and I’m finally writing again. I hit 10K yesterday, and it feels so good to be back! I hope Camp goes well for you, Caro! 🀍🀍

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    1. Thank you so much, Charis! πŸ₯° I’m happy to hear that you also found your way back to writing! It can sometimes be difficult but it’s amazing that you were able to reach 10K, congrats! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜Š Thank you! I hope you have a good time writing 🌷

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  5. I think you’re making great progress! The important is to keep on! And I say as someone who started writing again after like… two years. It can take some time.

    For me… I did want to get into Camp and I started so well, then I took few days of pause and I just fall behind. Now I do plan to move my project to the true NaNo in November, while writing it slowly until it’s time to get serious.

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    1. Thank you so much, Camilla! πŸ₯° I didn’t write consistently in the last years but starting to make it a habit again last year was all I needed to get back to it 😊

      I’m sorry to hear that Camp NaNo is not going as expected for you, but I hope that November might work better for you! I wish you all the best of luck with your writing!

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  6. Ahh, I love these posts and am so happy you’re back to writing ❀ Congrats on finishing your thesis!! That's such a major accomplishment πŸ™‚

    Your WIP sounds super amazing and I also really enjoyed seeing your journaling pics as well. Reading this series on your blog always makes me want to start writing again even though I have approximately 0 ideas atm and am scared. But who knows, maybe it'll happen since I definitely have time what with the pandemic.

    Will we eventually see snippets of the witchy WIP?

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    1. Thank you so much, Mel! πŸ₯° I’m so happy that I have finished my thesis and can now focus on my revision again, I really missed working on my WIP!

      Ahh, thank you so much!! That means a lot to me πŸ˜­πŸ’— I really hope writing might happen for you again sometime when the right idea comes along and pulls you in 😊

      I’ll consider sharing some more snippets once I’ve edited the story a bit more πŸ˜„

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