I realised that I have not updated you all on my progress in Camp Nano this month!
Sadly, progress has slowed. I wrote the final scene of my novel at around 30k, and writing the remaining 60k goal I set for myself has been an uphill battle. So far I’m still on track, and I wrote enough during the first two weeks that I can now cut back my daily word goal to 1500 words per day and still be on track to reach the 60 by 31 August.
So what went wrong? I introduced some great ideas into my story to begin with, but somewhere over churning out all those words I forgot to continue the great bits. Now I am trying to go back, and recapture those brilliant pieces of story ideas, but I just can’t seem to get the same sense about them. It feels forced, chunky. Most of what I am writing now is repetitive – a rewriting of past sections, not intentional but somehow still happening – as I try to get to that elusive 60k. And it feels elusive. Word count as it stands is 42,483, but I haven’t completed today’s 1500 yet, in fact I haven’t even reached 200 words. But I’m stubborn when I want to be – and I know I can get to 60k in a month, so I am determined to do it again!
But for now – I need to write another 1330 words before bed…
Thanks to a super day last Sunday, where I wrote 10,028 words (to be exact) and the odd 2000 word day, and yesterdays 3000+ word spurt, my Camp Nano Novel is now sitting just above the 38,000 word mark. Less than 12,000 words to go to reach my 50k goal. But I think I have a problem. The end is looming – I know what has to happen, and I am inclined to rush to get there, but I fear it will end before I reach the magic 50,000 words. It’s a common problem I have – I see the end and I write towards it – often skipping important details along the way. I haven’t done that so much this time. Writing a chapter a day has helped to keep me a little more focused on the ‘present’ in the story rather than racing ahead, but now I’m getting close and I can feel the urge to just rush towards the end. I know I can go back and fill in the details later, which after all is what I’ve done in the past, but I’d like to try and write my way, slowly, to the end.
There are some important things to come. Morgan, my main character, must learn the truth about her mother, and in turn about herself. I shouldn’t rush the telling of these things. She has a spell she must reverse. And sadly, another character is not going to make it to the end of the book. He is going to die soon – quite unexpectedly, although I have to admit I don’t know how yet. A poisoned dagger maybe? Or death in battle? Or…
I love how writing out the way of things, gives my thought-processes time to work. I’ve had a couple of answers come to me with the writing of this post! How the male character’s sister died so young, how he’s going to die, and when. So excited!! Time to get back to writing!! 😀
For those of you interested in following my progress – Camp Nano is going well. I had a brilliant night last night – getting almost 3000 words down in a couple of hours. Night time is definitely my writing time. My muse finds me, and the story just flows!!
The only thing holding me back at the moment is the very un-nano-ish thing I’ve started doing, which is to stop and google information – character names, sea shanties, place names, ship names, ship details, pirate crew specifics.It’s all very interesting of course, and does lead in some cases to further story ideas, and of course more detail. But in it’s own way it is a little like procrastination. It is something I must remember to stop – for during the month of Nano the whole purpose is to write! Get those words down – Can’t think of a name for a character, write BOY1 until you find a name. Make up the details of the crew, invent the parts of the ship. None of it has to be realistic, not yet, and who knows what brilliant invention the imagination might spring forth if we just give it the chance!
It is my aim for the remainder of Nano… don’t stop writing, during a writing session. Don’t leave the word processing page, until the days limit has been achieved. Maybe jot down a note or two at the side (“must look up …”) but leave the googling till after the writing is over.
Writing a story a chapter a day is… interesting, to say the least.
In the past I have always just sat down to write, and worried about chapters later. I have also, where possible, just kept on writing, getting those words out while they were flowing. This time, I’m not. I’m limiting myself. Once I reach the word count for the day, I wrap up my chapter (well usually I’m starting to wrap it up before hand), and stop.
Why? Well, mostly because I wrote over 100,000 words just over 6 months ago, and this time I just want to take it easy – go with the flow. It’s a very different way for me to write, and I don’t like it, and I may well change in the coming weeks, and simply get the story written. However I choose to continue with Camp Nano however, I do not intend to write too much more than 50,000 words.
But I have come across a competition. It’s for a novella – 20,000 to 50,000 words with the theme of ‘origin’. It’s only for writers in Aus and NZ, so apologies to all you folk living in other parts of the world – but for those interested – here’s the link: http://seizure.submishmash.com/submit
When I started CampNano I didn’t actually intend to enter this. I’d seen it, but had no idea what to write about. Still the idea must’ve been lurking somewhere in the recesses of my brain because today I began writing about my characters origins. She thinks she knows them, you see, but it turns out she doesn’t. For the moment – neither do I (although I have some vague ideas), so it will be interesting to see what happens next. Stay tuned…
I received an email this morning about Camp Nanowrimo. That’s the more laid back version of National Novel Writing Month, for those who haven’t heard of it. And if you have never heard of National Novel Writing Month the basic idea is to write 50,000 words in the 30 days from the 1st to the 30th November each year. For more information click here for one of my previous posts, or better still, go straight to the source at http://www.nanowrimo.org.
Camp Nanowrimo, as mentioned above, is the more laidback version – held in both July and August. Having successfully completed Nanowrimo four times, I have considered taking part in Camp Nano! My first thought when I saw the email was, ‘Not this year, maybe next!’ On the other hand, I have been looking for a way to get back into the habit of writing over 1500 words a day, a habit which starts around September each year (in preparation for Nano), and usually ends in the first few days of December. Maybe doing back to back Nano’s would be a great way to do that? Or maybe it would send me slightly insane… could be fun either way ;D
It’s only 1667 words per day… easy.
Anybody else keen?
(disclaimer: I haven't actually committed to this yet... still not sure I'm ready for Nano so early in the year...) ;)