Post-Camp NaNo

So, now that Camp NaNo is over, I no longer have to force myself to write every single day, so that I can make my goal.

Yet, I’m not taking a break.  Apparently, I’m now taking more onto myself than I had before, which might not be the wisest thing to do…  Anyway, the story I was working on for July is definitely not finished, but my word-count is just shy of 50,000 words.  In fact, despite that I was having a little trouble writing at the end of camp there, I’m really enjoying writing this story.  All of my characters, villains included, are fun to write, and the plot is proving to be interesting, as well.

I’m definitely going to keep writing it.  At the same time, though, I’ve been waiting since May to get back to editing my other novel, which I’ve been excited to get back to since I finished the last draft.

Hmm.  Now I have two projects.  What’s worse, the second project is actually two parts—writing and editing.  One PoV character’s side of the story is….horrible and I’ve decided to rewrite it, giving the character a new personality while I’m at it.  But the other PoV character’s story is mostly finished; she just needs a bit of touch up, mix a few scenes around, and voila!  I’m finished with that part.

Great.  So, in other words, now I’m writing two stories and editing a third.  It’s a good thing I don’t have time-limits for any of these, because there’s no way I can get that much done that quickly with my attention this divided.

I’m thinking, because this is probably a bad idea, I might take a break from my camp novel and work on that one in September or October.  After all, I do need to have something to work on before I start my really big project for the official NaNoWriMo in November.

I really am making myself busy, aren’t I?  I just hope I don’t end up regretting it…

And Day Four…

Happy Independence Day, all! At least, to those Americans out there.

Today is the fourth day of Camp NaNo. And, of course, I haven’t written a single word…okay, that isn’t true. I’ve written about thirty words. Which is a pathetically small amount, I know. Hopefully I’ll get something done later…

Meanwhile, I’ve found some new music that I like to write to. I’ve always listened to the same thing—progressive rock. I know it’s not a “typical” thing for girls my age to listen to, but I grew up on it and I love it. Dream Theater and Riverside are both amazing.

Recently, I decided to listen to something different. I decided to try listening to Apocalyptica. I’ve only listened to a few songs, but I already like Ruska and Quutamo (how do you even pronounce that, anyway?).

First Day—Love Your Characters

Well. Camp NaNo started today. Of course, I was completely and utterly excited for it. I had planned out my first few paragraphs in my head the night before, so I was all set. ((Though, I wonder, does that count? I didn’t write anything down, but I knew the sentences before Camp started. Hmm…)) I wasted a bit of time on NaNo, talking about how some of us stayed up ’til midnight waiting, and just generally excited.

Then I sat down to write and….didn’t get anywhere. I got those few sentences down that I’d almost memorized the night before, and wasn’t sure where to go after that. The beginning was just so…slow. What didn’t help was I kept getting distracted, with things like complaining about the 100ºF+ temperatures, feeding my baby brother, and watching a t.v. show. And NaNo, of course.

Finally, though, I pushed my headphones in, moved from the couch to the table, and just started writing. Now, I’m up to over 2k! And since my word-count goal is 35k, that means I’m ahead of schedule. I only have to write about 1,130 words per day, to finish on time.

But, in my opinion, if you can go further, do it. Don’t just stop at your goal. So that’s what I’m doing. And hopefully, I’ll be able to get even further in tonight. If not, however, at least I’ve done what I need for the day.

What’s more, I’m really enjoying it. I already really like my main character, which is always good. I’ve noticed that the more I like the protagonists, the better and more I write. I mean, think about it. Would you read a book with main characters you didn’t like? No? Well, I wouldn’t want to write it, either, unless I liked them.

So, there you have it. Love your characters and you’re all set.

We hope.

Now, I shall go do the dishes for the day. That, and hope my headphones aren’t breaking again.

Preparation for Camp NaNo—July!

After my attempt at writing a novel for Camp NaNo in April failed miserably, I decided to try again for July—through a different route. I pantsed my way through April, so I decided to outline for July. I started mostly from scratch for April, so I decided to work on a WIP where I already had an idea where the story was going.

Then…

Then I realized I wasn’t excited. I mean, I’m excited for Camp, but I wasn’t excited for my novel. I like the characters and the plot and everything, but more in an off-hand way. I realized I don’t want to write that book right now. Later, yes. Now, no.

A bit later, I found the coolest idea ever*, from a fellow NaNoer, on how to come up with an amusing plot, almost on the spot. I followed his/her steps out of boredom and came up with a fairly interesting idea.

Even as I tried to force myself to prepare for Camp, this new idea started to develop itself in my mind. Already it had a fun main character and an interesting plot. Very underdeveloped still, but full of potential.

Long story short, I gave in. I’ve switched NaNo projects less than a week before July. But I am sooo glad I did. I’m using a different style of outlining, which isn’t as tedious as my original method, and the characters are already coming alive in my head. THe plot will still take a lot of work, but hey! I have a week before July starts, and who says the outline has to be entirely finished before Camp starts?

I am really excited and happy about it now. I can’t wait for camp to start! Really, I almost want to start writing right now. In fact, the biggest thing that’s keeping me back from starting now is that I’m not yet sure if I’ll write the story in first person or third person. I’ve done both and both are equally fun to write. I think it depends on what kind of emotion I want the story as a whole to convey, which I haven’t entirely figured out yet.

Anyway, I already have a title and a rough-draft pitch, which is…. Magic’s Artist: Cy, a ten year old art prodigy, has a secret—his art is not his own. Really, he can’t even draw a stick figure, let alone an award-winning painting of a girl, without the help of his magic.

How’s that sound?

Awesome, right? Actually, I have no clue if it sounds awesome or not. It does to me, and that’s all that really matters right now, yes?

I know I’m not the greatest at writing pitches, and that doesn’t even really get into the conflict of the story, but for now, it serves my purposes. After I’ve really discovered the conflict myself, I’ll probably write a new one.

Now. Back to writing that outline.


* original link here

Dilemmas Are Very…Dilemma-y

So, I have an interesting dilemma. I have my novel for July’s Camp NaNo all planned out. Or, mostly. Only, I’ve started writing it. I know I’m not technically supposed to, but I know I’m also not the only rebel doing a WIP for camp.

Now, where’s the dilemma? I already have 20k and it’s only the ninth of June. I’ve written twenty thousand words in nine days. And how many days are left of June? Twenty-one. See the problem? At this rate, I’m going to have this novel finished long before July. In other words, I’ll have nothing to work on in July. And whereas all of you lovely people who might or might not read my blog wouldn’t know, but when I have nothing to write I get kinda cranky.

I do have a project in August, and whereas I’d love to bump that up, I told all of my family that I’d give them until August to read that novel before I start editing it again.

So long story short! What am I going to do in July? I suppose I can try to slow down my writing in June. Something tells me that idea won’t work well. Though, I guess I could always come up with a new project for July. After all, I have April’s novel to re-write and a few other half-formed ideas in my head.

Hmm. Maybe I’ll have to do that.

Review of Camp Day #1

Today is a beautiful morning, with clear blue skies (but then, we almost never get anything but that where I live) and noisy little siblings. Today is April 2nd. But blue skies is not what I’m thinking about this morning. I’m thinking about what happened yesterday, the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo.

The day before yesterday, I was brainstorming to make sure I was all set for Camp and knew where I was going with the book. And I had a pretty fair idea. I had two main characters, a plot, some problems to be solved, some magic, and and half-developed villain. I even knew that I was going to write the book in tight third person, switching PoV between my two main characters and my villain. Why the villain? Because I thought it might be fun, and her story is important enough to the plot to be told through her eyes.

I wrote the villain’s chapter yesterday. Guess what happened?

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking that I made some amazing discovery. A plot twist, perhaps. A new, better plot. Some new characters. No, I wish, and nope. What did I do? I lost my villain.

Let me explain.

My villain character has a troubled past, as all villains (and often protagonists) have. Her parents are dead (both her real ones and the ones that adopted her), and she hasn’t heard from her brother in six months, ever since they got into an argument and he left. She’s got a temper and her magic isn’t the most…awe-worthy, to put it nicely.

Sound like a nice villain? Guess again.

As I started to write her, her personality just fell into place. She immediately showed me who she was and who she was going to be. She wasn’t going to be a villain. She’s not evil, or even mean. Not in the slightest. She’s a little troubled, but not villainish. She likes giving people nicknames. She loves her brother a lot. She’s a good cook.

Still sound like a villain? I didn’t think so, either! She’s just not a villain, and I can’t force her to be one. She’s a very fun-to-write character who would make a far better protagonist than antagonist.

But…now I have three main characters and no villains! Hm. That sounds a tad bit problematic.

I haven’t quite decided what to do about this yet. At the moment, I’m just going to keep writing and hope a new villain pops up on his/her own. I do have another character who I know is crucial to the plot, though I don’t know how, and she doesn’t have a personality yet. She may be able to fit into the villain role—but then again, she might decide not to listen to me, either.

Wish me luck!

Where Inspiration Blows…?

I’ve decided to do Camp NaNo this April. I’ve also been having trouble writing this mini-NaNo. There just isn’t really enough motivation and my plot seems to have fallen apart on me.

So, I’ve decided to just write whatever my inspiration is going for. If I’m inspired to write my mini-Nano novel, I’ll write that. If I’m inspired to write that random idea that’s been bubbling around in my head for a day or two, I’ll write that. And if, for whatever reason, I’m inspired to start editing one of my other novels, I’ll do that.

Editing is tough. I know some people enjoy it, but I think it can get pretty tedious. I might also be going about it the wrong way, but….

Anyway. I know I could push myself to finish this novel I’m supposed to be writing, if I really tried, but I don’t particularly want to burn myself out right before April. I’m just now getting over having written a forty thousand word novella in April, and another eighty-thousand word novel before and after NaNoWriMo.

Now I know why most people don’t write much in December and January after NaNoWriMo ends. I guess it just took a while to catch up to me.

But anyway, I’m rambling! Which I tend to do a lot of. Just ask a certain few friends of mine; they’re probably tell you I ramble more than I do anything else. And most of it is entirely random, too…..

Update!

So, it’s been a few days since I’ve posted. Well, just to let you all know, I’m still living and writing. Not as much as I’d like (the writing part, I mean), but I’ve also been working on some other things, like drawing a certain character for someone. You know who you are, and how much trouble you’ve caused me today….. Ahem.

Anyhow, I’ve signed up for Camp Nano, and I’m getting excited for that. Enough so that I have to remind myself that I’m supposed to be writing something else right now.

I do have a few excuses for not writing, though. As I said above, I’ve been working on some random art. I’ve also been having problems in my hip, and I’m having trouble walking. I’ve been putting heat on it, but it doesn’t seem to want to go away—and it’s been hurting since Wednesday. Five days, and it’s only gotten worse. Hmm.

I’ve also randomly noticed that I say anyhow and anyway a lot. So I started using the non-word anywho. Maybe I should just mix the letters up a little bit. Wynoah. That shall be my new word. Wynoah. It’s kinda fun to say.