I’m Back!(Hand lettering progress,Book title announcement, catch up and blog schedule)

 

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I know i kind of said i would be back in August but what’s a few days!? I’ve been really excited this past week to get back into blogging and i really truly have missed my escape space.

As you know i took a month away to take part in July’s camp nanowrimo! I set myself a target of 50,000 words (mental right?) and i failed SO BADLY! At the end of it, i have got 17,824 words done. 4 Chapters for my first draft.

Why did i fail? My expectations and goals were too high for me – Don’t get me wrong a lot of people complete and win, i know some who have had the same word target as me and done it but my heart and motivation ran out of juice.
First off, the first two weeks i did jack shit – No words came out because of my brain once again telling me i suck, or whats the point. Plus i have had some personal stuff to get sorted and i was working so hard on getting my craft room finished WHICH IT IS – Tour coming soon.

This nano was a last minute thing for me and if it wasn’t for a writerly friend i have been getting to know asking me, i wouldn’t of done it. But i have experienced it, i tried it and i sure as shit won’t be doing it again.

UNPOPULAR OPINION.

I actually don’t see the hype in nano wrimo – Whilst i can see it’s a great way to challenge and really push yourself with your writing, it honestly stressed me out. I felt stressed, emotional, sad, guilty all the times i didn’t hit my ‘nano target’ It made me feel even worse when i did start to write and check my stats, that i was behind.
I also felt discouraged after seeing people doing well, hitting their targets every day blah blah – That pissed me off because i was failing.

BUT i also came across a lot of writers who felt stressed, discouraged, guilty etc as me. So i came to the realisation that what the heck am i worrying about? My novel, my writing aint going away – It’s still going to be around. Nano doesn’t edit my book, nor does it help me publish it and i still have a long ass way to go until i get to that – So why am i driving myself insane for something that won’t effect my life?
I GET IT – It must feel awesome knowing you won nano wrimo – That you are ten million steps ahead of your writing goal, that you really smashed it – Challenged and pushed your mind to acheive this. Awesome, good – But what happens after.

My point is, that my ultimate goal isn’t to win nano wrimo ITS TO PUBLISH A GOD DAMN BOOK!! – Whether it takes me longer than it should, so be it. But i want to love what i am writing and not feel stressed.

THAT BEING SAID – 17,000 words are all gone, fucked, blah. So after re-outlining my novel, which is a massive kill joy by the way and i won’t be doing it again – I am starting my novel AGAIN. This time, with a clean perspective, fresh outline and a new POV

Read for my title? (THIS IS NOT THE COVER)

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So apart from writing i have been trying to finish off my craft/office space and it’s been hard as we have been having some extremely hot weather here and i live on the third floor – The room was unbearable to sit in let alone bloody move furniture into. But it’s done and i can’t wait to show you! It still needs some added touches and once i have more money i will get round to it.

My crochet game has been off – I mean i have not done anything crochet, sewing etc i haven’t had the money to invest in my hobbies and i am really struggling to make ends meet as i wanted to make lots of zipper bags and get some things ready for Autumn stalls. I wanted more fabrics and invest more in sewing but it can wait. Having no money and literally scraping by to buy food has had such a huge effect on me mentally and it’s caused me to really not feel passionate about my crafts because i have been worrying about when i can get my next meal and even contemplated selling some things – It’s a little bit better now for me but still not great and whilst i am trying to get a job, no fucker seems to respond back to my applications – It’s getting closer and closer to winter and Christmas, i want money to be able to keep warm and use my heaters this year. I also am trying to hard to sell my items and nobody seems to be interested. I think sometimes i am just burdened with such bad luck, i just haven’t been in a happy spot. Anyway, i have a new perspective (again) and because i am fully passionate about my writing it keeps me going and busy – Even if i often want to jump out of my window. I am always a million steps behind.. I did however only get one order this money, and it was a set of baby booties for twins and i make another puff stitch beanie hat ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

BUT OH MY GOD LOOK AT HOW MUCH BETTER I AM AT HAND LETTERING.

 

 

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YUP – I did that! I wish i had more Tombow pens, but i am very proud of how far i have come with my calligraphy and hand lettering. I don’t use calligraphy pens, as i am learning modern calligraphy – But i am actually hoping to get a proper calligraphy pen for christmas off someone haha.
I am so glad to be back and i will be slowly catching up. I have a new blog schedule now as i have to schedule my writing YT and author platform. This week might not be on schedule as technically August aint til Wednesday, and getting into a routine for my other stuff but the following week will be this:

Mondays – Craft
Wednesdays – Book reviews
Fridays – Writerly

OK so i will leave it at that! Thanks reading ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Thank you so much for making it this far! I know it’s a long one but thank you!! I will be slowly but surely catching up with you, i won’t go as far back as a month though.

 

Speak soon xo

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Hey! I'm a 27 year old blogger, crafter, writer, cat lover and what ever else. I currently live with my boyfriend and cat in Stoke on Trent UK. I am currently writing a sci-fi novel and my passion for writing grows more more each day. I hope to be a published author and not sit on my work for years to come. I also spend a lot of time trying new crafts rather than perfecting just a few, but i love to get stuck in and try new things! You will find all sorts of hobbies on my blog, including snippets of writing!

11 thoughts on “I’m Back!(Hand lettering progress,Book title announcement, catch up and blog schedule)

  1. Welcome back ๐Ÿ™‚ Last time I tried Nano I totally failed as well, maybe it’s just not meant for us!
    Your lettering looks amAAAAAAAzing! I wish I could do that… I’ll add it to my list of new hobbies to try ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I think you are right! I have FB group and some are going to be doing the November nano wrimo, i swore i wouldn’t do it again but i am like itching to get this other novel out too. I used Tombow pens, they are amazing! They are also blendable, you can get the white blender pen but i used a thinner water colour brush and dipped a bit in water. I’m going to do a post soon about all the stuff i got and resources i used ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. You’re back โค I'm happy to know you're coming back to more regular posting, I missed having you around ๐Ÿ™‚ Last year, when I did Nano, I set myself a 20,000 word goal and still didn't make that lol So you should definitely not worry about not reaching your target. For me, it may just be the only time that I actually work on my story idea during the year and I'll take any number of extra words!

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    1. Aw thank you ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’œ I feel I needed to kick myself up the arse abit as well. That’s reassuring to hear ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ if the prizes were better (without sounding spoilt) it might help more. Do they do regular camps? As I only know of this one and then national writing month in November.

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    1. I might be dramatic when I say this but nano wrimo for me is soul crushing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I think if you set a realistic target for yourself then it’s okay, but too many people spend time worrying about writing for nano wrimo…lots of people have really done well and find it helpful but the stews isn’t worth it haha. Thank you! I hope so too, I might go back to cleaning if I can get something x

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    2. I think the concept is solid, but it’s just high intensity writing, which you could demand from yourself at any time. For some people they need that occasional sprint, while most will get to the finish line behind the tortoise and be just as happy they made it.

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  3. I noticed a lot of people in my โ€œcabinโ€ werenโ€™t making progress and I think itโ€™s because of the goals they set. I knew I didnโ€™t want the pressure of 50k words so I only increased my daily target by 100 words as an extra push for the month. Others can do 50k, but not me. Not yet. Maybe future me is that amazing, or heโ€™s a cheater.

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    1. I think that’s where I went wrong setting myself an insane goal knowing I am just not that person and I don’t discourage anyone who finds nano wrimo a positive thing. But i see its negatives and alot of published authors degrading their own writing because they aren’t hitting nano wrimo and whilst it’s good to focus on hitting your nano wrimo targets, it’s more important to be focusing on the bigger picture. Nano wrimo isn’t a must and hadn’t been around for hundreds of years. I am still trying to see why people enjoy it? You made a good move not pressuring yourself, and maybe your future self will be smashing those words counts….but if he is a cheater I wonder what his trick is ๐Ÿ˜‚

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