March 2019 Writing Update | What Are Your Writing Struggles?

Well, here we are again. Another month of the year. It sure has been interesting.

At the beginning of this month I decided that I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this April. It will be with a goal of about 20-25K but I’ll just be working on Kevin. I don’t want to stress myself out over this book so I’m just taking it easy.

Ideally, I would like to get about 20K written this month prior to Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m trying to just think about it in 10K chunks. 10K just sounds more manageable and doable for me right now with working full time, blogging, reading, and going to school.

I did have a debate earlier this month about whether or not I wanted to write Kevin or something else. The other book, while I am very excited to write it, just isn’t developed enough for me to write more. Meanwhile, Kevin  is significantly more developed and a less complicated story. Which is good because Kevin was sitting on my note book screaming at me.

So I decided to stick with it.

I wrote this first 1K in less about 30 minutes. 

Honestly, I feel like that is a sign that this is the story I should be writing right now.

As much I actually do enjoy the drafting process though, I have found that I am very impatient. It’s hard for me to draft because I just want this part to be done too so I can get on to the making it better part. I’m trying really hard to just enjoy this part though and recapture this love of drafting. After spending so much time editing though, it’s rather difficult. Not in the way of shifting into drafting mode, it’s just the impatience I feel.

So while starting Kevin has been freeing in a lot of ways. It’s frustrating in others. I’m excited to keep writing it though and it’s not to be able to share snippets of it with my husband and hear him laugh at the parts that are supposed to be funny. At least that means it’s not completely terrible, right?

*What book are you writing right now?

*Do you struggle with being patient with new stories too? What is the hardest thing for you as a writer?

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3 comments

  1. I’m doing Camp NaNo in April too! And idea came to me out of nowhere, fully formed, and I’ve been plotting like crazy (which never happens? I’m more of a pantser). So I’m super excited to write it next month! I’m aiming for 95K, so basically a finished novel 😂

  2. Ah yes, job, reading, writing, school, being there, doing that but had to take a break from writing to complete my Master’s Degree by spring next year but in the works are two more books on Middle-earth coming out next year and two fantasy series in the mix too. A writer’s life for me!

    Namarie, God bless, your sister scribe Anne Marie 🙂

  3. I can totally empathize with this! I am working on edits and I have to go back to the drafting stage to help figure out some details and I keep swinging between wanting to dive into the edits immediately or just stay drafting forever and continue fleshing out this world. I might need to use Camp NaNoWriMo to help motivate me a little more to stay on top of it!