Becoming Hamilton || CAMP NANOWRIMO Week #4

Becoming Hamilton is an installment/series on Fictionally Sam, where I take the plunge in documenting my journey of writing a novel. New posts every Saturday of July, follow me as I attempt to write like I’m running out of time.

This week was a roller coaster. Not only did I write a laughing size amount of words, but my personal insecurities came out to play and I couldn’t deal–so I didn’t write for a better portion of the week (you’ll see in a bit). This week I saw the ups and downs of not only myself and my MH, but also got to see the highs that life can bring and that the smallest things–like your favorite author writing a new book–can change the emotional direction one is on.
Last check in, I asked you storytellers what the first sentence of your WIP was, and I had a giggle fit reading your answers! As usual, here is my answer to last weeks question!
The first sentence of my WIP is…. 

I wanted to walk off the face of the Earth. “

It’s an entire mood, and I actually really love it both in and out of context. 😂 Without further ado, let’s look at my daily thoughts earlier this week!

Saturday, July 20, 2019:

Words written: 27| Total Word Count: 3,057

I wrote two sentences in all of my six hours carved out to write. The procrastination was hella real.

Sunday, July 21, 2019:

Words written: 0 | Total Word Count: 3,057

Yeah nothing, and tomorrow will be nothing to because it’s the bachelorette night and I get to witness the take down of Luke P–FINALLY.

Monday, July 22, 2019:

Words written: 0 | Total Word Count: 3,057

Luke P destruction was blessed. I am a happy woman.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019:

Words written: 0| Total Word Count: 3,030

I hit this weird mood where all I want to do is read; and just coming off a huge reading slump, I am not denying this feeling. So reading it is!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019:

Words written: 0 | Total Word Count: 3,057

Book hangovers and pre-period emotions are real. What is the point of writing honestly, when there are people that are so much better at storytelling out there than I am? Today was just one of those days where I threw myself a nice big pity party and like the Grinch, wrestled a bit with self-loathing.
I know my story is unique, but in the romance world, these tropes have been done over and over and over. I don’t want my things to be just another fake relationship story in the sea of fake relationships–and I don’t think I have what it takes to get it to be where it needs to be inorder for it to stand out.
Thought I have when I am barely in my zero draft…

Thursday, July 25, 2019:

Words written: 0 | Total Word Count: 3,057 

Yesterday’s pep talk didn’t bode well and low key waddled into today, but I did go old fashioned and write a few paragraphs in my notebook while on my lunch break. Not counting it because I haven’t added the words into my Scrivner file yet, but it was nice to just pour out bullshit onto paper and not feel…confined? Or maybe pressured is a better term. Carthartic is what that moment was, and I think I honestly needed it.
I need to remember, that I am writing this for me–and no one else.
Project Disney is my secret love affair and no one needs to see it, know it, or read it. These precious beans are only mine.

Friday, July 26, 2019:

Words written: 0| Total Word Count: 3,057

I put on my own ninja suit and kicked some plotting ass to get out of my funk–which in itself was loads of fun. I found out also today that my top favorite romance author (Mariana Zapata for those of you who don’t know) released the synopsis and cover of her newest book which is hopefully coming out next month; and my family got some great news that we are soon to be moving (FINALLY!!), so we decided to make the evening a no electronics/writing evening, and just be present with one another–which looked like me, my mom, and my sister scrunched up on the bed watching the classic Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Price.
It was a great day.

And we are current! Check out today’s thoughts and progress during the final days of Camp on next Saturday’s check in! But until then…

Are you participating in Camp this month? If so, what have you been loving in your process?



  1. TheCaffeinatedReader

    July 27, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Like I had all these pearls of wisdom for you and then boom, I read ‘Roman Holiday’ OMG I LOVE THAT MOVIE
    But also, I want you to know I’m so proud of you, 3k+ is 3x impressive, and I am shaking my cheerleading pom-poms for you all the way! DO THAT PLOTTING

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      You are a gem! <3 Thank you for your cheerleading this month! <3 <3

  2. Meeghan reads

    July 27, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Sending hugs, procrastination is evil!! But it sounds like you made progress with the plot which is great news!! 💕

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you! Procrastination is the kingdom I never asked to reign lol. WE SHALL OVERCOME THOUGH!

      1. Meeghan reads

        August 3, 2019 at 8:53 pm

        I am your loyal servant in Procratsiland, and I will support your reign!!

  3. Jeimy @ ANovelidea

    July 28, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Progress with Plot is a big milestone! I feel like plots are a struggle for many writers because it can make or break your story. I’ve fallen off the wagon since the 25th 🙁 but the vacation gave me sooooo many new ideas! I don’t know where to start!
    Sending good and creative vibes your way Sam! <3

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you! And I am learning to celebrate the mini milestones in the process. YAY to new ideas! I hope the words begin to flow from you and all the creativity and inspirational vibes come your way!

  4. Ruby's Books

    July 29, 2019 at 2:09 am

    SAMMY SAM! I would definitely read this. Stop saying you’re not qualified to write this, you are MORE than qualified. Progress is progress, no matter where you write. I find that writing the old fashioned way sometimes gets me some interesting results. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know at first about Camp NaNo and when I did find out about it my muse was completely silent, so I went ahead and read. I am so excited for the new Mariana Zapata book. I need details and I need Callie and Teddy to narrate it <3 Happy Writing!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      I honestly don’t deserve you 😭

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