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Back At It With Camp NaNo

I’m baaaaaaacck.

And trying to develop my writing routine for a regular basis. Though my past two weeks have been crazy, which is as-per-usual in my life.

The most recent forms of chaos have been from my new position at work (you are reading this blog from the newest page at the library), attempting to plan my next few travels, and even the return of my shows: Jane the Virgin and (eventually) Game of Thrones! I am really excited about all that my future has to offer, once again, which is a very nice feeling.

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In addition to all of these changes, I am primarily writing this blog post to share about Camp NaNoWriMo and my writing progress.

The first day of April is not only known for April Fools, but also the first day of Camp NaNo, “An idyllic writers retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life,” as their slogan says.

Camp Nano is different than the actual NaNo as this event is run, inspired by the flexibility and lightheartedness of an actual summer camp, but still contains all of the writing inspiration and companionship of NaNo. Unlike NaNo, however, Camp does not have a rigid structure of needing to write 1,667 words per day in order to finish on time and declare yourself a winner. Instead you select your own writing goals, tracked in whatever format you choose from words, hours, minutes, lines, and pages, on whatever sort of project you wish…meaning it does not have to be only a novel to count.

My camp project this year is a revision of my last NaNo novel from 2018, Heroic Night. I set a goal to write 30 pages within the month…thinking that one page per day would be an achievable goal and one that would help me to write the missing scenes from my story without adding too much stress that could cause writer’s block.

The title is still a work in progress…as well as the entire plot, characters, and even the point of view. And especially the whole middle of my story. As of bedtime of April 3rd, I have ONE almost Full Page typed out.

Along with following many of the prompts and advice in Camp nano emails and messages, and sharing with my cabin mates (aka the chatroom of fellow writers I was sorted into), I have come up with a theory to resolve my stress from the enormity of the editing project I have set out for myself. Which is to start with a blank page and write the missing scenes for my story and then figure out where they fit into the huge manuscript later.

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Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator.

Really not ready for a full read-through any time soon.

But, as I proceed with caution for this month’s brainstorming and writing and adding important details, I struggle to make this story something that is exciting to read and something that I look forward to reading and writing.

And while I get back to writing and finding the balance, I thought that I would share my latest addition to Heroic Night

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This is around what my cover would look like… with the beautiful cover art found at Pulse Gallery and the text added by me.

[Days after sneaking into a ball that she was certainly not supposed to attend, Vivian discovers a present left for her inside her bedroom, with the fake name that she gave as her own…]

Worrying about any possible evidence was not the thing that stopped Vivian in her tracks while she was getting ready for bed later that evening.

What did stop her was the package left on the table in her room with a note wrapped in the ribbon. Before she opened the package, or before she even panicked, she tried to decipher the sloppy scrawl of who the note was addressed to.

And to her horror, her best guess at the writing was that it was addressed to the name “Grace”.

Exciting and kind of suspenseful, right?

 

For me too, especially since I am not even sure what is supposed to come next. Stay tuned and feel free to ask about more of what you want to know!

AND I would love to hear your thoughts or if anyone else is participating in Camp, too!?!?

 

Until next time…

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NaNo Update

My NaNo is off to a good start!

I figured I would give people the opportunity to follow along with me if you would like.?.?

So here is a way to keep track of my total word count with a handy bar graph showing how many words I have out of 50,000.

 

And it is even possible to keep up with my daily writing goals as well. Aka don’t invite me to hang out when I am having a red or orange or yellow day.

So follow along with me if you would like to see where this goes. (I know I would sure like to.)

 

And finally, an excerpt of my latest scene (subject to change, of course, during my edits):

So she ran straight ahead, willing her body to not give away her thoughts and she pumped her arms and ran faster and faster towards the figure with the sword raised, ready to attack, and then at the last moment, she hooked her arm around a tree and flung her body in a new direction, willing her feet to stay planted beneath her and sprinted onwards, farther from her meeting place then she would like to be, but if she survived, then she could circle back and remain alive.

Her proud moment did not last too long, however, because she heard no commotion that she would have left behind. All she heard was, well, nothing.

No sword fight.

No heavy breathing.

No shouts.

No bodies fall to the floor.

Nothing.

And that left her mind racing in a hundred different directions.

She was thinking too much that she missed the figure standing ahead of her.

Are you wondering what is going to happen next? Me too. Join the club.

Being a pantser is loads of fun.

Back to writing.

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