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Original Fiction Summer Goals

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Rhaenyra
10 hours ago, Pixileanin said:

@Rhaenyra You're right on time to jump in!  How far along are you in the draft?

 

Right around 5k.  I don't think this is going to be very long though, probably 60-70k, so if I can get my butt in gear for Camp NaNo I'll be fine.  I'm still trying to find my groove, though.  I am pantsing this more than usual and keeping my fingers crossed that since there's no big secret to foreshadow that it'll turn out okay.

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Pixileanin

STATUS CHECK EVERYBODY!  IT'S JULY.  Summer's halfway over for me.  THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!!

 

Haha... don't panic. I just have to motivate myself to get this stuff done.

For me, I've stalled on the character vignettes.  Things got in the way, and I did... one.  I was only able to focus on a 20k fanfic project for the last two weeks, but there's 16k of that that I've been working on in June.  However, my short story deadline is coming up soon, so I've put aside the fanfic project, and I'm going to focus on OF short story ideas for two days, and then pick TWO over the weekend.  Have to knock out one before the July 15th deadline and one before the July 30th deadline.  Totally doable, right?  Right???  Sure it is.  If things go well, I'll also set aside some time each day to fiddle with my OF novel idea and keep that drafted outline moving along.  I've been thinking about it and talking to people about it, so it's moving in my head.  We'll call that progress and move along.

@Rumpelstiltskin How are those two chapters for July going?  Any new poetry coming along?  You met your June goal, that's great!

@MalfoysAngel Do you have that original one-shot cooking? Posted?  Where are you on that?

@teh tarik  HEY!  I'm checking on you.  Did you do your 3k OF short?  I haven't 'done' mine, but I'm doing some free writing tonight, and hopefully I'll get more ideas.

@Theia Are you ready for NaNo??  I hope so!  I bet your world looks really cool by now!

@MuggleMaybe Have you started that first draft?  Is it all nice and drafty?  Keep making those words, because I want something to read when you're done... purely selfish on my part, but hey, whatever works, right?

@StarFeather  Did the Urban Fantasy idea work for you?  Is your Muse whispering? 

@victoria_anne How's your progress on Hartwood Academy and its sequel?  Got your blog ideas all set?  That should be really cool. I can't wait to see you get yourself out there!  You're a few steps ahead of me on that.  Whew!  So much to do!

@Margaret Did you start your OF story this summer?  I have one idea for mine, but I feel like I need to do more free writing to get more options.  My Muse isn't in love with an idea yet.

@TheGoldenKneazle Hey there!  I bet you're climbing mountains by now, but hopefully you have your pen and notebook with you.  Keep wording, my friend!

@danicasyer How is the daily writing coming?  Even if you write every few days, it still counts.  I'm going for weekly writing, because sometimes my days fill up and then I'm exhausted at night and just want to sleep.  Did you draft your idea?

@Rhaenyra  Awesome!  How's the 5k going?  And are your characters still fake dating?  Oh yeah, here's NaNo!  How's your wc in the first five days?

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Rhaenyra

Good luck with the drafting @Pixileanin .   What sort of WC goal do you have for the 2 short stories?  It should be doable to get them done over the course of 3 weeks.  Sorry to hear about stalling on the character pieces.  Good luck with all your projects!

I'm just shy of 15k on my romance piece.  I haven't written anything today, but I need to write 2k to get on pace for my 50k goal this month.  I doubt I'll have enough in the project to take up all my word count goal for the month, but it will hopefully get me most of the way there.

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danicasyer
2 hours ago, Pixileanin said:

STATUS CHECK EVERYBODY!  IT'S JULY.  Summer's halfway over for me.  THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!!

 

Haha... don't panic. I just have to motivate myself to get this stuff done.

For me, I've stalled on the character vignettes.  Things got in the way, and I did... one.  I was only able to focus on a 20k fanfic project for the last two weeks, but there's 16k of that that I've been working on in June.  However, my short story deadline is coming up soon, so I've put aside the fanfic project, and I'm going to focus on OF short story ideas for two days, and then pick TWO over the weekend.  Have to knock out one before the July 15th deadline and one before the July 30th deadline.  Totally doable, right?  Right???  Sure it is.  If things go well, I'll also set aside some time each day to fiddle with my OF novel idea and keep that drafted outline moving along.  I've been thinking about it and talking to people about it, so it's moving in my head.  We'll call that progress and move along.

I'm going to sound like a broken record since I tell so many people this but I believe in these words and I'll say this: YOU CAN DO IT, YOU GOT THIS! :D  *cheers*  I hope that you'll be able to write everything and or many things during that time! ;w;  Summer may be coming to an end still but more reason to use that time to keep going, I would say! I mean it's good to take breaks if you need to but if you want to keep going with your goals, I would say just keep doing the best you can do and eventually you'll get there! ;w; 

Ahhh sorry to hear about you having to stall the vignette because of things getting in the way but I also understand since I can also relate to that with some of my stories and other works before but hopefully everything else will and or is going well!  I hope that you'll be able to work on that short story as well as work on the fanfiction project and the fanfictions that you have  Here's to hoping and wishing you the best of luck in knocking those goals for July 15th and July 30th deadlines! Don't let those deadlines and or anything else get to you because I believe in you and I know that if you keep at it that you'll be able to do it! And yes, it's totally doable! ;w;   And yes, I hope you'll be able to do the OF novel as well! And whoo hoo for progress though--I hope that you'll be able to keep charging through this month and into August! :) 

 

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@danicasyer How is the daily writing coming?  Even if you write every few days, it still counts.  I'm going for weekly writing, because sometimes my days fill up and then I'm exhausted at night and just want to sleep.  Did you draft your idea? 

I'll admit that I have to do three separate things in order to keep up with my daily writing and they are: writing in my notebook(s), using my phone to take notes as well as type rough drafts, or type on the desktop in order to keep writing since it's something I've been trying to do more often and it actually helps since I get puff off by typing on the desktop due to sentence structures and or if I can't write in my notebook, the phone works too!  Anything to keep writing right?  Also weekly writing does sound really good since I've had a busy week this week although I admit to try and write around past midnight to almost 5 AM which isn't good for my sleep but I'm trying to write whenever I'm awake and or can do so really but that sounds good even if I do need a better sleep!

Also since I'm doing NanoWriMo, can I get a motivation/encouragement/cheer from you if that's not too much to ask? (wait is it selfish to ask motivation and encouragement to ask others for one?) ;w;  I always feel motivated by anything positive be it well wishes to encouragement in all honesty and I could use some even though I have wrote alot and have wrote around the word count goal I have for my NanoWriMo goal. (20,837 to be specific!) ;w; 

 

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teh tarik
12 hours ago, Pixileanin said:

@teh tarik  HEY!  I'm checking on you.  Did you do your 3k OF short?  I haven't 'done' mine, but I'm doing some free writing tonight, and hopefully I'll get more ideas.

@PixileaninYou gave me a bit of a fright with that loud HEY! :ninja: Now i know I'm being watched. :P

But srsly, thanks for checking in again, Pix! :wub:

You'll be pleased to know that I have completed the first draft of that OF short, because I opted to do JulNo, and so have managed to sit down and  get some *words* out! It's unfortunately not 3K, but mid 5K, and I'm not too happy about this, because I feel like I've been waffling a bit. This always happens when I do NaNo - my NaNo first drafts are always unreadable. So next step for this is to extensively edit and re-write and hopefully be done by mid-July. :)

12 hours ago, Pixileanin said:

For me, I've stalled on the character vignettes.  Things got in the way, and I did... one. 

Hey, look, you did one! How did that go? Did it help you understand your OF character a bit better? Was it a difficult process writing it? Keep going, love!

8 hours ago, danicasyer said:

Also since I'm doing NanoWriMo, can I get a motivation/encouragement/cheer from you if that's not too much to ask? (wait is it selfish to ask motivation and encouragement to ask others for one?) ;w;  I always feel motivated by anything positive be it well wishes to encouragement in all honesty and I could use some even though I have wrote alot and have wrote around the word count goal I have for my NanoWriMo goal. (20,837 to be specific!) ;w; 

@danicasyer I'm not Pix but I believe you can do NaNo! You're doing great -- every word counts. Keep plodding on and don't look back. Think about the parts in your novel that you're looking forward to writing, and either write them first, or slowly work your way towards them. You'll find it easier to write things you're excited above, and once you've got the momentum, it may be easier to carry on -- at least that's how I feel. :P Post in the Milestones thread, in the Crazies Cafe! And keep everyone updated with your progress, so we can check in with you time to time! You can do this. :D

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Rumpelstiltskin

The two-chapter goal is on track -- I'm nearly to the halfway (ish) mark of the first chapter for this month, which is pretty good.  I haven't started working on the poetry piece for the first of next month yet, but I might swap August & September's poetry goals. [So, essentially, I'm right on track with my OF Summer goals but a couple days behind on my JulNo goals. 😂]

You can totally meet your deadline, Pix! \O/ I believe in you. Best of luck in choosing which short story you're going to write -- that's usually one of the most difficult parts for me [I'm not an excellent decision-maker when it comes to writing sometimes 😅]. 

Cookies and octopuses [octopi? octopodes? ...octopuses?] for everyone! 🍪🐙

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Pixileanin

Hi all!  After a few frustrating days for free writing and getting *wind whistling through the trees* I decided to gt.back to my roots and do what worked for me for the first four months of the year.  

I was writing these one shots for this ffnet competition, you see... they had prompts to choose from and we had to write three one shots every two weeks, of varying lengths, and I was doing these and hitting deadlines and it WA a glorious thing.

But the hardest part about OF right now for me, is character generation.  So I thought, wait a sec, people do these Muggle AU things all the time.  Why can't i?  

So I went back to the ffnet competition  thread for this term, even though I'm not playing, and I loaded the prompts list, and under the character suggestions for the HP character, I substituted random names, PRETENDING they were similar to the suggested HP characters, and... VOILA!!  I HAD CHARACTER SHELLS!

So I'm gonna do this more for a few days and see if I can't shake loose that short story I'm supposed to have done by the 15th.

Guys, this could work!

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StarFeather

There a few novel contests promising such as making anime or film in my country. Write or not write?

 

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Pixileanin

@StarFeather  If you have an idea, maybe go for it?  It takes a lot of time, which is my issue.  I don't have a lot of free time.  Good luck!

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Theia

So, I ended up travelling for over half the month of July and applying for a program (for which I submitted 20 pages of OF as a writing sample) so my world-building didn't go exactly as planned, BUT I have a fair idea of it and I managed to reach half of the targets on my list. AND a completely unpredicted BRAND NEW plunny which then turned into a plot which then turned into a complete structure for it. I'd say that was fairly productive even if not as planned? :D 

 

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Pixileanin

Wow @Theia, that's fantastic!  You rocked your summer goals!  All the cake for you!

 

I'm slowly getting my summer goals in gear.  I've given myself until the end of August to finish them up.  My schedule wasn't great, BUT I have six short story ideas that are plotted and are steadily being drafted.  Hopefully I can report soon that I will have half of those as finished short stories and call it a success.  I had to put my longer story goals on hold while I worked on the shorts.  Apparently, I'm not great with juggling multiple story lines with my current schedule.  My life changes next week when the kids go back to school, so I need to take things as they come until a routine emerges.

How did everyone else do?

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