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A Successful Camp NaNoWriMo 2019!

Image from CampNaNoWriMo.org

This April and July sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo (plus the in between months) were really successful for me in many ways. I’ve had many opportunities throughout my life to publish my writing in some kind of form, but I could be sharing much more. In the month of April, I realized that my blog could be a great place to share short writing pieces, especially if I don’t plan to publish them in other ways. I decided to participate not only in Camp NaNoWriMo that month, where I could work on any project, but also NaPoWriMo, which is the challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days. This was an interesting and amazing experience to find what I would write about each day, and help me realize that I have the freedom this year to be creative, especially each day. This was also a great way for me to improve my mental health through writing. I’m so thankful to IDONTMIND for inspiring me to share more about mental health, and making me strive to improve my mental health. The feedback I received from friends, fellow writers, family, and others about my writing was rewarding, motivational, and also helped me figure out what I could do to next. I also have enjoyed the support of my Camp NaNoWriMo cabin filled with local writers from the South Texas Scribes. Poetry is such a wonderful way to express and present different things. I feel like it led me to visit New York City, which I realized I could go by the end of April. On the weekend of May 25, I went to New York City, and fell in love with the city. I hope to visit again someday. I’m thankful for all the incredible experiences I had that weekend, and who I spent it with. When I got back, I truly felt like I had turned 30 early.

So many exciting opportunities were coming forward for my writing and with my jobs. Additionally, so many people that continue to inspire me and motivate me forward, especially those who I work with. My life isn’t perfect and there’s always things I strive for, but I feel like I’m at an amazing place right now. I’m excited for the future adventures ahead. This July, I began working on my second essay project this summer. I thought Camp NaNoWriMo could positively push me to finish the essay draft, just like it did for my first published essay. It did. I’m still waiting to see if it will be published, but I’m hopeful. I also used this month to write poetry and anything I felt like writing, especially on my blog. It felt good to have the option to choose what I felt like writing, especially when I felt stuck sometimes, or felt like writing something different. Both of these months, I didn’t focus on word counts. I look at pages and hours to see my progress. There was some freedom to the fact that I wasn’t focusing on reaching a word count goal. Only focusing on getting something done each day. There’s writing I still need to revise and so much I still want to write. I can’t wait to see how much more I can complete by the end of this year.

Additionally this July, I’ve even had time to learn how to bake pies by scratch with the Waitress the Musical pie book with the songs playing in the background. Life has an interesting way of bringing all the ingredients you need to write, but it’s up to you to create something with it. By the way, I recommend going to see the musical before it closes on Broadway on January 5, 2020. Truly everything changes. Besides July 31 being the final day for Camp NaNoWriMo, but it also happens to be J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter‘s birthdays. They both inspired me to become a writer, and become everything I am and do each day. They truly have taught me that we have all the magic we need within ourselves, and we can imagine and do amazing things. Thanks to them. Thanks to you for all the support, and I look forward to updating this blog with whatever is ahead. I’m so blessed, thankful, and excited. I hope to publish more of my writing in the future. I also hope you will continue to follow my journey, and I wish you all the best, especially on your creative endeavors.

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The Magical Writing (Baking) Process

Jenna from Waitress the Musical

The end result of any writing project feels like magic. Leading up to the finish product is a journey that I enjoy being on. The first part of the writing process is planning. I prefer to outline, like a recipe that I can follow. I grab all the ingredients I need, especially the research, which feels like an adventure. You never know what you might find. As I start working on the first draft, is making every part of the recipe by scratch. The beginning and the end of the draft are the double dough pie crusts. The middle is the filling, with many possibilities.

Clara Oswald from BBC’s Doctor Who

The time spent on making the filling is what makes a pie unique. Everything written with the heart, and then later revised and edited with precise measure. The draft can be set aside as you work on another before preparing the pies for baking, the revision and editing timed just right. The baking time is every draft that you have to make before it’s ready for publication. When everyone sees the final product is when everyone, even the creator, can have pie.

Dumbledore from Fantastic Beasts

The magic is how one taste can lead someone to make more pies, more writing. Sometimes writing can be done alone, or mostly, but a mentor can make the process more fruitful. Eventually, you have to go at it alone, and hope that you continue to improve. You cast a spell that wows the audience, and become a mentor to others. Showing others how they can find their best way through the process. After all that time, everything changes.

Happy July 2019! Another Camp NaNoWriMo begins!

Image from Canva.com – It’s hot outside, but indoors, it’s cold.

I’m excited to get started on another Camp NaNoWriMo session, so much so that I’ve made a few changes to my blog. This time I’m doing something different from what I did in April 2019. I’m focusing mostly on an academic essay that I hope to publish in an anthology, and when I have time, write about my writing process on here, and also write poems and stories. I want to do as much as possible because I’m inspired with many ideas to make this session productive. I need your help. Your encouragement has helped me complete writing projects, and improve my writing. Please continue to do so. I really appreciate it. I’m thankful to continue to be part of an awesome virtual cabin of local writers from the South Texas Scribes. We work encourage each other to complete our writing goals. First of all, I’ve already have a good start on my essay, but I hope that camp will help me finish my first draft before the draft due date later this year, especially early enough to give me time to revise.

Additionally, I really enjoyed completing 30 poems in 30 days this past April. It really helped me grow as a poet, improve my mental health, and inspire me to take what was on my mind or going on during the month to become poems. Also many of the prompts from NaPoWriMo pushed me to write poems that I did not expect. Poetry, along with expressive writing (like personal narratives) are so important as outlets to let our minds explore our thoughts, our lives, and our world. Even though I don’t have those prompts this time, I do know where I can get prompts if I feel inspired to write poems, but not sure what to write about. As well as how to gather inspiration from my life and things that I enjoy to create new poems. The best part from April was that my writing lead me towards the chance to head to New York City for the first time during Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully I can write about my adventure there as a poem or a short story. That experience impacted me so much. I understand now why writers are drawn to write about that city. I’m grateful that I was able to take that trip for my 30th birthday (which lands this month). I’m not sure what else I might write this month, but I’m excited to see where my writing journey goes.

Check back here to see my updates for Camp NaNoWriMo, along with a special birthday post on July 3, and beyond. I can’t wait to share my writing progress, and any poems along the way. Right now, the future is very bright.