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Camp NaNoWriMo (April Session) How did I do?

Screen shot 2017-04-30 at 6.47.59 PMThe final day of the April session was this past Sunday. I honestly don’t think I would have made it through camp without my wonderful cabin mates who kept up with the message board conversations and word wars every weekend. April’s session was the first time I ever had a great cabin that worked the entire month to reach their goals.

I’m pretty happy with what I’ve written during April for my new novel. I still haven’t came up with a title I like and the novel is only half way finished but I think it was one of the most successful Camp sessions I have ever had, content wise. I kept a pretty good pace for the most part too.

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I plan on writing the other 40k words for this novel during the July session and then working on edits after that. Filling in all the plot holes, correcting mistakes and what not.

There will be two months in between the camp sessions so I’m going to get back to reading and try to do some editing on what I have done so far. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the end and the final 5k that I wrote will probably be deleted. On Sunday, I pretty much just typed words to reach my word goal and I feel like everything that happened with my characters after that point, shouldn’t have happened. Sunday was probably my worst writing day ever and it was very draining for me.

Here’s the breakdown of the progress I had during camp:

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Now that camp is over for the month, I’m going to get back to reading. I only managed to read one book this month and it was very annoying trying to get my reading and writing time in while also having a social life. The first thing I did after I validated my word count was go on a nice walk, the second thing was read because I missed it so much!

I do look forward to finishing the novel in July and hopefully reuniting with some of my cabin buddies!

Camp NaNoWriMo: Week 1 Recap

It’s been a little over one week since the April session of Camp Nano began. One week already! I’ll admit, I’ve been a bit distracted due to trying to finish watching the final season of Sons of Anarchy (yes, I still haven’t finished that show) and 13 Reasons Why (based off the book, it’s so good and I’m only 5 episodes in)!

Sunday we had a cabin word war that ended up being very successful! Four or five of us ended up participating. Since we all had different schedules and live in different areas, the word war went from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday and I ended up writing a little over 3,000 words. I’m still about 3k behind, but this weekend we’ll be having another word war, so I hope to catch up then.

One of my cabin mates told me a really good idea that helped with my writing Sunday. It’s the ‘write one page’ task. Where you can’t get up to do anything until you write one page. This helped tremendously!

I’ve also used some advice that my husband heard once where you can’t stop writing at a chapter break. That also helps a ton, because I don’t forget what I was previously writing. It’s hard for me to continue on something if I finish the chapter.

Planning on doing another cabin word war this weekend, hopefully I can catch up!

Anyone else doing Camp Nano? Any tips and tricks to share?

Current camp stats:

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Also, some side news. On April 17th, my husbands new YA Fantasy novel will be released! This is going to be a good one! If you’d like to check it out, find it at any of the 1490375765404following links:

You can also get a signed copy at any of his events he’ll be doing this year! Or he takes orders off of his website and will sign.

So You Finished Your Novel. Now what? (The Last July Update)

This week I finally finished my novel that I’ve been working on and off since the summer of 2013. I finished all the edits from my editor (my husband) and I’m not feeling too bad. Well, I wasn’t until I went to consider submitting it. This week, to my surprise, has been a rollercoaster of emotions over this manuscript.

You see, I felt pretty good about this novel until about 90% of the way through the edits and then I began second guessing myself. Is this book good enough? Have I literally just been rewriting my favorite books? What if I get rejected my first time? I don’t know how to take that.

My novel is my baby. A novel I struggled with reaching 50k during NaNoWriMo, and 70k for edits, has grown over 81k words! That amazes me! I pretty much scrapped the original document, I think there’s only 15% that resembles what it originally was.

Now what? I’ve made contact with a publisher and now we wait. The hard part is trying not to edit anymore. Literally, woke up this morning thinking, maybe I should change some things.

Luckily, the first session of Camp NaNoWriMo begins next Saturday, so that will take my mind off writing on my finished novel and concentrating on a new one. I’m pretty excited about this new one too! I pretty much have over half of it mapped out!

Have you ever submitted a manuscript? What part of the novel writing process is the scariest to you?

 

2017 Writing & Reading Goals +Books I Read in 2016

 

 

I can’t believe 2016 is almost over. It went by so quickly! Now it’s time to mark myself down for the 2017 GoodReads challenge and take a look back on the books I did read in 2016. How many books did you read in 2016? What was the best book that you read this year?

 

Books Read in 2016

Sadly, I didn’t meet my GoodReads book challenge. I only finished 15 out of the 30 books I said I would read in 2016. I’m not going to beat myself up over that though. It was a busy year of traveling and writing. I participated in two Camp Nano’s and the official NaNoWriMo. Here are the books I finished this year along with the rating I gave them.

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3*                                        2*                                    2*                                   5*

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4*                                    2*                                     5*                                         3*

 

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5*                                        2*                                      4*                                        2*

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5*                                  5*                                                 3*

 

 

2017 TBR

The entire Harry Potter series. Yes, I’ve never read them. This will be a first.

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Between the Harry Potter books, I plan on reading some of the following:

 

 

Obviously, I’m going to run into some books I want to read on the spot, but these are just the ones that I must finish next year because they’ve been sitting on my shelf for awhile now!

 

Writing Goals

As for my writing. I plan on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, both months and normal NaNo possibly. I’m going to outline my next novel earlier in the year and figure out what I want to do. I plan on writing 25000 words for each Nano, instead of forcing it all out at once. This will give me time so I don’t get burnt out and quit.

As I currently write this post, I’m working on editing one of my novels in the hopes to have it finished before New Years. Fingers crossed that The Last July will be published before July 2016.

Book Review: Peter & Wendy

I am so proud of myself! This is the first ‘classic’ book I have read (and finished) since my required reading in college about three years ago. I had been wanting to read Peter Pan (and Wendy)250px-PeterAndWendy since I was in high school. I’ve honestly had a fascination with Peter Pan since the live action movie came out in 2003 (I was 13 at the time). I loved the idea about this boy who refused to grow old and die. It’s amazing to me how close that movie was to the book, but also, how much they romanticized Peter in the movie that was aimed towards kids.

Romanticizing Peter

We all know that movies (especially Disney) changes the original drastically to make it more kid friendly, have you ever read the original Grimm fairy tales? People die in those, there is no ‘happily ever after’. Wendy and her brothers are living a decent life with their parents and then all of a sudden Peter shows up and whisks them away to Neverland (kidnapping?) where he puts them in more danger than they would have been at home. I admit, I had a huge crush on Peter Pan, forget all the fairy tale princes, give me Peter Pan! After reading the book through, I see that Peter actually has a ton of faults. He’s that cocky boyfriend you had in high school or college that acted like he didn’t need anyone.

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Gender Roles

Here’s what bothered me in the book… how all the Lost Boys assumed Wendy wanted to be their mother. At the time this book was first published, I know that was the norm. Little girls grew up watching their mother’s be housewives and stay at home mother’s, while the father was the bread winner. Wendy especially saw this and all she wanted to do was be someone’s mother. The problem was, Peter didn’t want to be the father like Wendy wanted him to be. Yet, Peter tells Wendy to come with him so she doesn’t have to worry about grown up things, but she does! She worries about caring for the Lost Boys!

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Movie VS Book

So which did I like better? The movie or the book? Of course I liked the movie better because the book gave off too much reality. Looking back, I wonder what made me possess such a crush on Peter Pan, hearing him say things like, “Oh, the cleverness of me.” should have been an eye opener on his cockiness and selfishness. The book was great though, if you haven’t read it and want to get into a classic, I totally recommend this one! If you have to read a book for an English paper or woman’s studies class, I think this one would be really good to check out. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. If you haven’t seen the movie from 2003, watch it! I personally have never seen the Disney animated version, so I can’t give you a comparison on that.

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In the end, I feel sorry for Peter Pan. He’s spent his whole life thinking he wasn’t loved, so he tries to convince other boys that they weren’t loved either. He has this void in his life that he tries to fill with adventure and danger, instead of owning up to his issues and trying to solve his problems. He doesn’t get a happily ever after and I’m honestly not sure he deserved one either.

What do you think? Have you seen the movie? Read the book? Let me know!

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***Announcement***

For the month of July, I’ll only be doing one post a week and it will be on Sundays. I’m really wanting to work on my novel and I do best during Camp Nanowrimo. For my weekly blog posts, you can expect an update on my novel, a normal discussion or possibly a book review if I find the time to read. My blog will just have to take a backseat for a few weeks while I work on my novel. I’m also traveling to Alaska for 8 days, but I’ll be sure to schedule two blog posts to go up while I’m gone! Please stick around and bare with me! Summer is a busy time! Thank you to all of my followers so far!

World’s Worst (NaNoWriMo) Camper

Well, another month of Camp Nanowrimo has come and gone. I’m just sitting at my desk, my eye twitching while staring at that little target that only says 50% finished. My plan was to finish editing a novel I previously started and add on the ending, but that didn’t really happen.

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What did happen is a ton of changes to my novel. GOOD CHANGES. I finally feel like my novel is going somewhere instead of just sitting on my laptop, taking up space. So what changes have I made?

  • I expanded my novel from only being a one month time, to a whole summer.
  • My main character is now a year older, on the brink of college. This made it more believable that a college guy would fall for her.
  • I took out my death scene, it was unnecessary drama in a YA Contemporary.
  • I’m planning on shelling out my characters more.
  • I’ve turned my camper into a junior counselor, giving her an extra week at the beginning of the novel to get to know her surroundings.
  • Will be changing the name, currently it’s called ‘The Last July’.
  • I also took out every part where I was writing a male perspective. I can’t write male perspective…

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I started this novel with 31,651 words and ended with 26,894 words… I took out about 8k words and I’m still taking out parts but I’m also adding in way more quality sections. What I felt when I took out all those chunks of words was awful, that’s why I hate editing. It feels terrible when you wrote so many words, only to realize that you need to delete all the progress you made. I guess that’s why they say you should never edit during camp!

 

Here’s a screenshot of my statistics:

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One thing that drives me nuts, is when I get assigned to a cabin and no one writes! I like the competition! I’m a competitive person when it comes to things I’m doing. The last two Camp Nano cabins I’ve been assigned to have been lacking. If you enjoy doing Camp NaNoWriMo, let me know! We can be cabin buddies!

So here’s my new plan! The next round of camp starts in June, I’m going to keep writing through May, sign up for camp again, finish my novel in June and then I’m going to have my husband help with edits. And then…. hopefully The Last July or whatever I end up titling it will get published.

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Leaving for Camp (Nanowrimo)

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Ah, in just eight hours, Camp Nanowrimo opens up its doors to me and my fellow writers. So what are my plans for April Camp Nano? I’m editing and adding onto a novel I previously started two summers ago. And go figure, it’s a Young Adult novel about a girl who goes to camp and falls for a guy a few years older than her.

I have to say, I’m excited about writing this year. I feel like I’m getting close to having something worth publishing (with the help of my two readers and editing husband). I admit, my grammar sucks but I love coming up with fictional characters and a new world.

I currently have 31k words on this novel and they goal is to hit 75-76k words before April is over. It would be nice if I could have it sent to a publisher before the summer is up, considering the title is ‘The Last July’ and it makes for a great teen summer read. We’ll see what happens!

I’m not excited about the after camp editing, but I am excited for adding in scenes and growing my characters.

 

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I’ll update every Friday about where I am in the process and some tips on how to survive Camp Nanowrimo. Time to rest my fingers for the next couple thousand words….

Have you ever participated?

Let’s get serious (What I’ve Been Doing, Book-wise)

I just realized I started this blog in 2015 but I haven’t posted since. I’m going to start connecting more often throughout my YouTube, Goodreads and this blog, it’s all about making connections right?

So what have I been up to involving books? I got married about five months ago on Halloween, our wedding was everything I wished for with only a few mishaps (our photographer went to the wrong church, and I only had one bite of my cake!) Why am I bringing our wedding up on a book blog? Because our flowers were made out of books, duh! How could two book lovers not have something book themed in their Halloween wedding? You can find the person who did our flowers on Etsy. The flowers were from old fairy tale books, I even had the store owner make us a Christmas ornament too, we had some gears, keys and a skull on my bouquet also!

I’ve also been trying to post videos on my YouTube channel more often. I’m up to 25 subscribers, and almost 14K video views. I try to post once a week, but recently decided I’m going to post whenever I feel like it until I hit 100 subscribers. I work a full time desk job, so I haven’t been able to read as often as I could last year. I find tag videos (even though I haven’t been tagged) and do the ones that match my personality. I’m hoping to hit 100 subscribers before the end of the year. I’m pretty much doing my BookTube channel for me alone, it feels like I’ve accomplished something every time I finish a book and post a video review. Go subscribe! Breanna Reads-Berks

Stu (my husband) has been pushing me to start editing one of my books. I chose to continue working on The Last July, which is a young/new adult book about a summer camp romance that can never be because the camper falls in love with a camp counselor. I currently have 31k down and am shooting for 75k. I’ll be participating in Camp Nanowrimo this April, so if anyone wants to do some word sprints, let me know!

And finally, the other thing I’ve gotten involved with is expanding my Goodreads account. I became a moderator for the group, Baby, You’re So Classic. We read a different classic book every two months and then discuss it. Currently we’re reading Pride and Prejudice. I hated being forced to read classics in college, so I’m hoping to expand my reading list in this group.

Here’s the books I’m currently reading or getting ready to begin!

 

Until next time friends!!

Oh, and this happened. Do you get it?

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