NaNoWriMo Summer Camp Day 18

Today is day 18 of NaNoWriMo Summer Camp and I have surpassed my goal of 1861 words or 60 minutes a day for the thirty-one days of July. Today, after working for 140 minutes, I have a total of 1931 minutes or 113.58 minutes a day.

Today I worked on the quotes from Chapter 6 and also looked at other drafts of the chapter. I am still thinking about the overall organization of the book so, today, I looked at book proposals from several years ago. At that time I had a different organizational structure.

After I finish the revising via quote process, I may explore merging that older structure and the current one. One of my writing teachers, Kate, tried to encourage me to acknowledge that revision is a long process. I have been reluctant to accept that advice, but I am seeing more truth in it everyday.

 

NaNoWriMo Summer Camp Day 17

Today I spent 2 hours, working with the quotes in Chapter 5 and reading a chapter from Tell It Slant. I have five more chapters to go through.

I did go swimming this morning which was a lot of fun.  At 5 p.m., I am going to do yoga, remotely with BreOutside, and then journal. More self-care. See you tomorrow.

 

NaNoWriMo Summer Camp Day 16

Today I decided to power through and do all the cutting, rewriting, and reducing of the quotes in chapter 4. It took me almost three hours and eliminated twelve pages. Starting tomorrow, I will have six chapters counting the epilogue left to do.

If I can keep up the same pace I did today, hopefully I could complete this part of the revision by the end of next week. Then I would be able to go back to looking at publishers and agents and sending out queries and proposals. Each publisher wants something different, so it is a good amount of work to get together the package to send to them.

I would also be able to get back to doing more with Tell It Slant although I do plan to begin reading Chapter 11. Tomorrow morning, I am going to go swimming which once again will be my self-care for the day.

NaNoWriMo Summer Camp Day 15

This is the first day of the third week of NaNoWriMo Summer Camp. Today I started with doing an exercise from Tell It Slant. “Write a scene of an early memory.” I did that and ended with almost six hundred words about an early memory of a traumatic event that occurred over sixty years ago.

The memory has been weighing on me recently, so I am glad I wrote about it. It was upsetting to relive what had happened which made it difficult to concentrate on revising my manuscript.

I did work for 65 minutes, both on the exercise and on the book. A week ago, I had put some notes in Keep about potential reorganization of the manuscript. Today I looked at the notes and produced a new table of content which moves various chapters around and splits up others.

The work to achieve this reorganization feels daunting but I will attempt it at some point. Because of NaNoWriMo, I will be working this weekend, but I am also going to try to get out of the house. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

 

NaNoWriMo Summer Camp Day 14

Two weeks down. I earned a badge from NaNoWriMo for posting my word count for fourteen days in a row. Today I worked for 75 minutes. Tomorrow, I plan to just do exercises from Tell It Slant and not do any revising. I find it too hard to work for an hour or so on the book and then turn my attention to writing exercises. It is too much for my brain. I will still post the amount of time I spend doing the Tell It Slant work since it is all part of the writing process.

NaNoWriMo Summer Camp Day 13

Today I worked for two hours on the book. Once I get going, cutting whole sections actually feels good. When I think about that though, I wonder if the book will make sense if I remove most of the quotes and some of the supporting material. After I go through this process, I will obviously have to read the whole manuscript again to see if it still holds together.

I have been pondering what I will do once July and NaNoWriMo Summer Camp is over. I really like the accountability that updating my word count every day gives me. Posting about it every day is also a form of accountability. What I need to figure out going forward is how to have that external accountability without necessarily posting every day.

One idea is to find someone who I could email everyday telling them what my progress had been. Another thing that occurs to me is that I could tweet about it every day which would be a win- win situation. It would help me keep up my Twitter count and it would be public external accountability. I am going to think about this some more since I have a little over two weeks left of NaNoWriMo. I will let you know what I decide.

NaNoWriMo Summer Camp Day 12

Today I worked for a little over an hour and a half. I finished reducing and/or cutting quotes from Chapter Two. I eliminated about four and a half pages, staring with 11,096 words, and ending with 9, 952. There is probably more to cut but I can’t keep looking at the same chapter so tomorrow I will move on to Chapter Three.

I also did more reading in Tell It Slant. One of the essays was by Scott Russell Sanders, “Buckeyes.” It was very lyrical and a pleasure to read. I plan to see what else he has written.

No news on the publishing search. Now I am off to eat lunch and watch the January 6 hearing. I realize that this daily posting may be a little bit boring for you, but I made the commitment, so I am sticking with it.

 

 

NaNoWriMO Summer Camp Day 11

Today I had an appointment at 11 a.m. which got cancelled. I dislike when that happens because I usually tightly arrange my days. Being a control freak, it is not easy for me to change already made plans. In other words, I am not that flexible.

I worked for 96 minutes today. I started my working period with yoga which NaNoWriMo offered as part of Summer Camp. It was lovely and a wonderful way to form a mindful writing intention.

I did not have time to continue working my way through Tell It Slant. I also did not do anymore research on publishers and agents. I see in my email that one of the presses I queried has answered so I will look at that tomorrow. In a little while I am going to go to a pool in Holyoke and get a swimming lesson. This is one of my concessions to it being July and will be self- care.

NaNoWriMo Summer Camp Day 10

Despite having only gotten about four hours of sleep, I worked on the quotes from Chapter 2 for two hours and fifteen minutes. I also read a chapter of Tell It Slant and did some researching of potential publishers.

I thought cutting or tightening the quotes would lead to an overall reduction in the number of pages. After working on twenty-two pages today, I am not so sure. The revisions I did included rewriting some of the quotes in my own words. All that work has only reduced the length of the chapter by one page.

NaNoWriMo Summer Camp Day 9

I was completely lacking in motivation today, so I eked out 60 minutes of querying publishers, researching places to query, and reading chapter 1 of Tell It Slant. I have also been reading a book, Educated American Women: Self-Portraits by Eli Ginzburg and Alice M. Yohalem but I am not counting the time spent on that in my NaNoWriMo updates.

I may use the book as research or background material as I continue revising. I might also write a review of it for this blog, at some point. My hope is that tomorrow I can get back to more substantial revising. I plan to look at the many quotes I have in chapter two and see if I can reduce, rewrite, or eliminate them.

 

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