I’m a little sad to say that I haven’t read as many books as I would like this month. Because of my participation in Camp NaNoWriMo, as well as other things going on in real life, I didn’t really have a lot of time or energy to sit down and read.
I did manage to finish one book, which was this one.
The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal
I’ve read one of Kelly McGonigal’s books before, the one about willpower. I knew she had written another book about stress, because I had seen her TED talk a few years back when I was dealing with stress at a new job I had then. Now that I’m dealing with quite a bit of stress again, I thought it would be a good idea to read her book on it.
And it was!
This book isn’t really about how to manage stress, but more about changing your mindset towards stress so that you can actually use it to your benefit. There are lots of scientific studies that backed up her claims and her suggestions. And the storytelling style of the book makes it very easy to read. I think this was a good book to break up my reading slump. I haven’t been able to finish any fiction book lately, and I think it was because I just needed a break from fiction.
I was thinking of talking about Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, which I began at the start of April. I managed to get about 60% of the way through the book before my copy expired. I put it on hold again, and I think I’ll wait until I have finished the entire book before I talk about it.
Well, this is it for April! I’m officially finished with Camp NaNoWriMo. Although my target word count was 50,000, I already finished my 2nd draft at a little more than 46K, so I bumped down my target word count to 45K just so I can say I won, hehe. I wouldn’t totally consider it cheating since finishing of my second draft was my ultimate goal.
It definitely seems like I’ve been nothing but consistent during Camp NaNoWriMo this month. I’m on track to finishing my second draft. I only have two chapters left and an epilogue to write in the final 8 days of the month. (Though one of the chapters is going to be extremely long). I’m actually surprised that I didn’t regress too much, especially because at the beginning of this week, I had an issue with a package I bought that prevented me from writing more than a hundred words.
It’s day 15, and I’ve churned out 30,698 words so far. That’s more than half of my 50,000 goal, so I’m very happy with my progress. As it stands, I only have 5 more chapters to go before the story finishes. I’m at the last leg of my story and these five chapters are going to cover the climax, and are going to be a bit longer than my average chapter.
Aaand folks, it’s day 8, and I’m just a few hundred words shy of 20,000 words! Okay, I have to admit I cheated a little bit. I started continuing my story a little bit before April 1, but I included the word counts I gathered in those days. I figure I’d need as much buffer as I can because some days I might not reach my target word count. (Like the past Friday for instance.)
So Camp NaNoWriMo has begun! I’ve been writing the past three days to gear up for the month (and to give me buffer for the days when I fall below my target). I figure it’s a good time to talk about the direction of my writing process, because while I’m still working on my 2nd draft, I do wonder about the fate of my story.
Before I say anything else, I’d like to establish that I’m still not sure about this decision, but that the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of going independent. I am still not very familiar with the publishing process, so I can’t say for certain whether the independent route is definitely better than the traditional one, but there are a few reasons why going indie is becoming more and more attractive to me.Read More »