Writing Update: How to escape the “Land of Unfinished Projects”

A little blog business to announce before I get started with this week’s post. I decided to rename my blog yet again. Only this time it’s going to stay! It’s now a (hopefully) easier to remember URL: writingbylaura.com

I have a lot of writing projects up in the air. And what tends to happen is I keep coming up with ideas but have a hard time finishing big projects. That’s why I did my “12 Months of Stories” blog where I wrote one new short story a month for a year (in 2018). I wanted to finish things so monthly goals helped. Now I’m feeling really driven to finish my memoir and not let it languish in my land of unfinished projects (come on, I’m not the only one that has one of those)!The question is how do I keep myself going on my memoir? Do I need to set monthly goals again? I really don’t want to visit the land of unfinished projects. Especially with my memoir. The sooner I can put that part of my story on paper, the sooner I can move on in a way.

I had a little too much fun making this graphic below of the “Land of Unfinished Projects.” It was maybe a form of procrastination creating it!

I’ve decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in July in order to finish my memoir. I may not get it done, done (as in perfect) but I will get a huge bulk of it done. Camp NaNoWriMo is like its November counterpart (where you write a novel, or 100,000 words, in the month of November). Like NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo has you complete a sizable project in a month. You don’t have to do 100,000 words so I’m pledging 50,000 just to be more realistic (kind of).

I’m very driven to make a sizable dent in my memoir this summer. The hope is to finish it. If a finished product doesn’t happen it will at least be close.

I designed another graphic with my goals of Camp NaNoWriMo (I might be addicted to designing graphics).

Those writing goals seem very logical for next steps. I’m excited to really plow through my goals!

Below is a screenshot of my Camp NaNoWriMo project information from the Camp NaNoWriMo website. My working title for my memoir is “Me vs. A Coma.”

I plan to try to update more frequently how I’m doing on my writing goals on Twitter (@wordsbylaura).

#amwriting #creativenonfiction #campnanowrimo

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