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Fantastic Friday!

Hello World!

This week has been amazing for me and I wanted to update y’all on my writing progress! I was stuck in this post college graduation funk that also gave me a hard-core case of writer’s block. Writer’s block is the absolute worst but I was able to fight it off and get about three chapters written this week. Writing is something that helps me relax so being able to write has really helped me accept the absence of structure that was provided by having to study for classes.

I have a special playlist that I jam out to when I get hit by writer’s block. This playlist is a playlist that contains songs that I can sing along and dance awkwardly to (because I have no dance skills whatsoever)!Here is my playlist for you to put in your writing toolbox just in case you need to have a jam session to help destroy the writing block monster:

Jam Out Playlist

I am excited that my writer’s block is no longer bothering me. Getting all of this writing done has me feeling fantastic and I can’t wait to share more progress with y’all! Now, I am off to write another post! I have been on a thriller kick lately so maybe I will create my favorite thrillers that I have read this past month!

 

I hope y’all have an amazing day!

~Caitlin

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Writing Life: Computer Vs. Notebook

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It is a beautiful day today and I have been chugging through Camp NaNoWriMo! Worlds Apart is coming together and it feels so good to get so much work done on a novel that I love so much. Today’s post is a little writing life post that will be dedicated to the age old battle of writing in a notebook vs. writing on a computer! Cue the battle music! Something that I have noticed this Nano is that I have been writing so much more than I did in November and I honestly feel like it is because I decided to hand write my first draft instead of typing it out. I will go and type what I have written down  closer to the end so I can add more details and have an accurate word count. One of the reasons that I decided to ditch the computer until the end is that I found the computer to be distracting. While trying to type I would get distracted by the internet while writing in a notebook has caused me to really focus on it and not be distracted .

Here we go! I will write about the pros and cons of using a notebook and a computer and you can decide which one will be the best for your writing goals!

Writing in a Notebook

The first one I will be talking about is writing in a notebook! This is what my friends and I deem the “classic” approach. You break out your pen or pencil and write down the first draft of your beautiful story in a notebook. Even though this is an excellent way to really connect to the world you are creating there are some cons that  come with this approach. I have compiled a list of pros and cons for you below!

Pros:

  • Lower chances of getting distracted while writing.
  • Writing can feel so good when you do it by hand.
  • You can use beautiful pens.
  • You would be able to say that you wrote it the same way the great authors of old did. (wow that sounds dorky haha I really need to lay off the fantasy novels)

Cons:

  • Hand cramps! Writing for a long period of time can lead to them and they are AWFUL.
  • Depending on how long your first draft will be you will probably have to buy multiple notebooks which can be a pain.
  • If you are writing in pen and you make a mistake you will have to break out the white out or strike it through. This can be a hassle when you are in the writing groove.
  • Finally, the major con is typing what you have written. It is a blessing and a curse because you can add more details as you enter it in the computer but this step can be a bit time consuming.

Writing on a ComputerNow it is on to our next contestant, the computer! Writing on a computer can be easier since everything you need is in one place. There are a few cons that come with using the computer for writing so check out my pros and cons list below!

Pros:

  • Everything is in one place! Your research, playlists, and writing are all on your computer which makes it extremely easy to keep up with.
  • Less to carry around! You can pack your laptop, world bible, and a charger and be ready to write anywhere you want.
  • Computers can store all of your writing so you don’t have to worry about running out of space for your novel.
  • Spell check is a blessing. You would be surprised with how many words you misspell while writing your draft and this tool is so useful.

Cons: 

  • The internet can be so tempting when you are trying to write a project.
  • Computers can be hacked and some rude person can steal your manuscript.
  • Your computer can crash and you can lose everything. (This is why you always back up your work on to a flash-drive)
  • That battery life can dictate how much work you can get done  if you forget your charger.

Now that you have read the pros and cons of using a notebook or a computer hopefully you can now choose one that will help you along your literary journey! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Have an adventurous day!

~Caitlin

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Camp NaNoWriMo Plans!

Hello World!

I am officially announcing that I will be participating in this year’s Camp NaNoWriMo that starts in 10 days! Camp NaNoWrimo is hosted by the same team that hosts the National Novel Writing Month every November, the only difference is that Camp NaNoWriMo is hosted in April! The goal of participating in these fun events is to write as much as you can and hopefully finish your book!  I plan on finishing up Worlds Apart during this session and I am extremely excited!

Prep done so far:

  • Created a cool motivational playlist!
  • Updated my world bible
  • Bought a giant notebook so I can have something to write in when I am away from my computer

I really haven’t had to do much prep since Worlds Apart is something that I am currently working on. I am excited to conquer this draft so I can start editing this beautiful novel. If you are interested in learning more about this fun event then you can click here!

 

 

Well  I must end this post here because I am writing it in between classes on campus! I will probably post some more posts on here once I get home.

Happy Reading!

~Caitlin

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A Writing Update

Hello World!

I am happy to be back! I thought I would share a little update on my two writing projects that I had been working on before I went on my little hiatus in December.

Worlds Apart: I actually finished a good portion of this novel! I also entered the first nine pages into a manuscript excerpt contest. If I win, then I get to take my  manuscript to a literary agent so they can talk about it with me. This novel is on its way to being finished and my little magical world is thriving.

Lady of The Dawn: This project was picked back up after I reconciled with my close friend/ writing partner on this one. It felt so good to start working on this project again and I can’t  wait to work on it more and share more about it with y’all!

Well, I know this post was rather short but I just wanted to share the progress made on my little writing projects! I will share more about these two projects as I continue to work on them~

 

Happy Reading,

~Caitlin

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A Few Things for World Building

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Creating a world for your novel can seem like quite the daunting task. A world has so many different parts that need to work together in order to help breathe life into the novel. I am going to list certain things you need to keep in mind when it comes to world building and these are all things that I used when creating the world used in Worlds Apart. I will also being thinking about these important items while creating a world for this pirate idea that is currently stuck in my head. I hope this post will be helpful to you as you create that brilliant literary world of yours! 

Important things to remember while world building:

  • Don’t over complicate things! It is important that your world is not too complicated because it could confuse the readers. Plus, too many rules and tiny complications can really mess your continuity up in the long run. Some things could accidentally be forgotten and that could lead to some plot holes that could have been avoided. 
  • Religion! This is probably one of my favorite items to work on. Gods, Godesses, magic, and powerful figures that characters worship are an important part of the world itself. Creating these different belief systems can really give depth to your world and help differentiate the characters by their belief or lack of beliefs.
  • Maps! Creating a map should probably be one of the first things you do when you begin to build your world. It helps you visualize your world and map out your hero’s journey through out the novel or series. 
  • Politics! Politics are very important, especially if your are writing a dystopian or fantasy novel. Evil monarchs and  corrupt governments need to be explained in your world bible so you can understand just how much turmoil is present in the novel.  Be careful not too over complicate things in this area because when all the action is unfolding you don’t want it to get too confusing.
  • Magic! Magic is something you need to think long and hard about when you are building. How it is used, who uses it, can objects contain it, and the presence of magical creatures should be addressed when it comes to magic in your world! This can also work really well with religious beliefs as well.

Those are the main things that I think about when I am world building and I hope that you found this post helpful!

I wish you luck on your literary journey!

~Caitlin

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NaNoWriMo Recap!

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NaNoWriMo has officially ended and I am feeling torn. I feel accomplished for participating but at the same time I am a little upset I did not meet my word count! I had issues with my anxiety and it kept me away from the computer for a while but now I am back and more determined than ever to get some writing done! Another thing that has hindered my progress is a dream I had a few nights ago. This dream involved masks, pirates, magic, and a dance with a dangerous foe that could have easily been compared to a thrilling chess match. Ever since I had this dream I have been enthralled by it! I want to know more about these mysterious characters and their world. Every time I try to go write my main project I get swept away by the thought of the mysterious pirate that had a knack for fire magic and I am taking this a sign that I should put some work into fleshing them out before I make any major decisions. I have fallen in love with the idea of pirates before but due to certain complications that did not work out and I just recently moved on from having to give up that kickass idea only to have my heart stolen again by the idea of writing the pirates from my dream.  We shall see how this works out!

I wish you luck on your writing journey!

~Caitlin

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My National Park Adventure~

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It has been over a week since I last posted and that is because I spent a week at Big Bend National Park in South Texas! There is no internet and barely any cell phone service down there so it was a way that I could focus on nature, family, and my writing! Before the trip I felt like my life was a beautiful chaos, I was struggling with my word count and work load but being away from everything really helped me reset and really appreciate the beauty that lies in nature. Sometimes it is important to step away from everything and just appreciate life and take a moment to breathe. This trip was helpful in so many ways: I read several books, I worked on my novel, and I knitted a scarf without getting too frustrated (I always make the stitches too tight).  I recommend that everyone takes some time to step away from technology and embrace the calming serenity of life and use the time to reflect. I think I am going to take an hour every day and dedicate it to stepping away from technology and really relax and breathe.

Big Bend National Park is truly magnificent! We were camping in the Rio Grande Village which is in the desert region but you could drive fourty-five minutes and end up in the Chisos Mountains! It was like being in some fantasy world, the landscape was surreal and it really inspired me. Most of the photos I took will end up in my world bibles at some point!

I am also going to include some of my favorite pictures and moments that I captured from this grand adventure below!!!!

 

I ran and had my cousin take this photo of me staring at the beautiful sunset as we were hiking back down from an overlook!
A group shot of my family as we waited for the sun to set over the Rio Grande!
We hiked for twenty minutes to an overlook and watched as the sun set over the Rio Grande!
We found the springs! They are never empty but if they get low they can become a death trap for the wildlife because of their slick sides.
This canyon shows its age in all the layers!
As we got closer to the canyon we entered the canyon and it felt like we were on a movie set! It looked surreal!
Cool view of an ancient River Bed!
My cousin was leading us on an adventure to the Ernst Tinaja that is hidden off road and along an ancient river bed!
A view of the mountains from the desert!
A view of the window in the Chisos Mountains! It was so beautiful!
My cousin and his wife led us as we hiked into the Boquillas canyons!
A cool view from the Boquillas canyon trail as we hiked!
A view as we went along a canyon ridge.

 

I will post more now that I am back home!

I wish you luck on your writing adventure!

~Caitlin

 

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Fighting Writer’s Block

Hello There!

I am writing about how to combat writer’s block! I fell behind on my writing recently because of writer’s block but I was able to defeat the monster! Now I am going to share some tips and tricks that I used to combat writer’s block so you don’t fall behind during your writing journey!

Here are three tricks I used:

  • Reading a book! Reading can help clear your mind and relax a bit if you are frustrated.
  • Work on something else! Working on a short story can help you channel your creative energy and maybe even help you come up with new ideas.
  • Call a friend! Calling and talking to a friend about where you are stuck can help because having someone with a different view can help you come up with different solutions and defeat the monster.

Those are the three tricks that I used while I was fighting my writer’s block! I hope you are able to apply them to your own writing journey !

I wish you luck on your literary journey!

~Caitlin

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Meeting that Wordcount~

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NaNoWriMo recommends writing 1,667 words a day to meet your goals at the end of the month. Personally, I have tendency to write 3-4,000 words in one sitting on certain days. I have a hard time following a definite writing schedule but I know that if I at least try to write for at least 2 hours every day I can try to break my little habit. Meeting the word count can seem daunting but if you just ignore it and write you can easily surpass the goal.

Some other things I do to help me reach my word count goal are:

  • Set reminders on my phone so it is always on my mind.
  • Put on my writing playlist so that I can get in my writing groove.
  • Have snacks and water nearby so I don’t have to get up too often.
  • Take breaks when I am frustrated so I don’t get too burnt out and give myself a mini break.
  • Put on a show that I know by heart so I can focus easier (for when I don’t want to listen to my playlist).

Some of those seem rather dorky but I need them becaus I can easily become distracted. Those are the methods that I am currently using for my writing and I hope y’all give them a try!

Feel free to share what trick you do to meet your word count in the comment section below!

I wish you luck on your literary journey!

~Caitlin

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Beginning~

Hello there!

Today is the official first day of NaNoWriMo! I am excited to be conquering 50,000 words and I hope that you all are able to unleash your creativity and write those first 50,000 words. I have already started writing and instead of starting at the beginning, I started with the consequences of the novel’s climax. I sat there and tried to write the beginning but my mind kept going back to one scene in particular that happens right after the climax so I went and typed it out instead. It is important for you to start where you feel comfortable. You do not have to start at the beginning! This is your novel! You can start anywhere you want as long as you start writing your novel. The most important thing to do today is that you actually starting the process of writing your novel so you can be on your own journey to share it with the world.

I am excited to share my journey with y’all and I wish you luck on your writing journey,

~Caitlin