Since this is my author website, I decided to do one of my first posts on my writing habits, or lack thereof, as evidenced by the title of this post. I absolutely love writing, and have ever since I was little. Well to be honest, I love English as a subject in general. Reading, writing, analyzing, etc. Those were, and still are, among my favorite things to do in the world. I starting writing when I was younger, mostly some poetry and a few stories. When I was a preteen/teen, I joined the fanfiction phase. I adored writing Harry Potter fanfiction. Some of my favorite pairings were: Draco and Hermione, Draco and Ginny, Draco and Harry, and Hermione and Ginny. Did you notice that three of those pairings included Draco? Well if you didn’t, I’m pointing it out now. I love him. He was my first bad boy crush. Honestly, I kind of miss writing stories about J.K. Rowling’s characters. But onto my own characters…
As I grew older, I decided I wanted to be a published author. And that brought me to my very first manuscript that I wrote when I was only eighteen, during the summer before college. And guess what? I wrote it in two weeks! Yes, two weeks! I can’t believe it myself. Then college got in the way, and my writing was placed on the low priority list, practically non-existent. I was too busy with homework assignments, reading textbooks, cramming for exams, and writing term papers.
I didn’t find the motivation to write again until I’d graduated and settled firmly into my role as an “adult”, i.e. paying way more bills, renting an apartment, getting a semi-decent bi-weekly paycheck. My urge to write started up again during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2014. I won NaNoWriMo by writing 50,628 words in approximately two weeks (I didn’t start until Day 9, and then I usually spend time with family during Thanksgiving). As I tried to finish my second manuscript in December/January, my laptop died on me. And then when I tried to finish it on my really old desktop, that died on me too. Both computers died within about a month of each other. Nothing was cooperating with me. Of course, I didn’t have money saved up for a new computer, so I went at least half a year without one.
Finally, I got a new desktop (which I love, although I miss the convenience of a laptop to take everywhere). It took me a while to get back into the rhythm of my story, but I finally finished my second manuscript right as NaNoWriMo 2015 started. I’d already been brainstorming new ideas for my next manuscript. (Side note: I always have problems trying to figure out a good title for my writing. I know it probably doesn’t matter because publishers will likely change the title before it’s published, but I feel distraught when I have yet another ‘Untitled’ file.) I won NaNoWriMo for my second year in a row with 51,395 words. I wrote that amount in approximately two weeks again. I had started on Day 1, but I had a family emergency pop up, and then I was out-of-town for the long Thanksgiving weekend again. Have you noticed that two weeks is a sweet spot of time for me? But because I cram all that writing into two weeks, I burn myself out.
And that’s kind of where I’m at now. I need to finish my third manuscript, but I’m still not entirely motivated. I need to get back in my office chair and let the words flow. I did an hour of writing sprints last weekend, but that was it. (Another side note: I love writing sprints. They help me turn off my inner editor while I’m completing a first draft. I’m so focused on getting a decent word count that I mostly don’t edit as I write. If it wasn’t for writing sprints, I’d take a lot longer to complete a first draft, since I’d be editing as I go.) I have a lot more to write before my characters’ will be satisfied. I still get ideas for my story; it’s just sitting down and writing them into existence that’s been lacking. I’ve been contemplating setting a daily word count goal for myself. I know that’s how a lot of authors thrive. I know beating the daily word count goal during NaNoWriMo was one of my favorite things. Basically, I think I just need more structure. If I’m still not complete with my WIP (work in progress), I’ll set a higher goal for myself during April’s Camp NaNoWriMo.
If you’re feeling inclined, you can find information about my manuscripts on the Projects page. The temporary titles for my manuscripts are: Syd-ply Misunderstood (first), Celebrity Crush (second), and I Met You in AA (third). If you click on the links for each manuscript, there’s a hyperlink that will lead you to that particular manuscript’s Pinterest inspiration board. They’re still a little sparse because the idea of showing my novel visually is new to me.
Oh, and if you’re curious, all my manuscripts so far are young adult contemporary romance. I really want to try my hand at other genres (fantasy, paranormal, thriller, etc.) and maybe even other age categories (new adult and adult) eventually. My third manuscript really focuses on diversity, which is the first topic I talked about on this blog. I can’t wait until this manuscript is complete, edited, and ready to send out to agents. That manuscript might be the one that finally gets me an agent! *daydreams*