#CampNaNoWriMo Week 4 (& A Bit!)

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Final April Word Count: 5,759 words.

Nearly doubled my word count since the last update. Not bad considering everything that has been going on personally in the background. To quote Homer Simpson, DAMN YOU REALITY!

The scenes that followed on from where I had left off from last time did indeed write themselves with ease. Before I started writing again, I have had to be looking stuff up about UK courts, youth justice, murder sentencing, 5* hotels and high end fashion. I guess it is true what they say about a writer’s Google search history. I promise, it isn’t as random as it appears!

When I did get writing, I had a couple of short scenes, a glossed over travel scene before going into a new bunch of unexpected descriptive and expositional material. This helped my word count along nicely and introduced Hallie into a new world of luxury that she is going to be living in, as well as a few new characters that even I didn’t know about. It has been fun discovering the new characters, including one that I can feel myself getting attached to already.

It has been fun to write this contrast and it feels right as the character’s background is so different to what she has and is about to experience. I guess it is an unintentional theme throughout this particular WIP: the differing living experiences of the poorest people in society versus that of the richest people. (I am sure someone can explain it much more succinctly than I have). Hallie has experienced being dirt poor, then a middle class life with her foster family and is now living life (somewhat) of the very rich. It will be a nice bump as well for the character for when she begins school. It will give her a differing view of things when she interacts with her future classmates.

Now that April has ended up, I will still be working on this WIP obviously. I know where I am going and what I am doing with this one so I may as well keep going and put Steampunk Dragon Rider (SDR for short) on the back burner to jump into when I hit a wall on the Hallie WIP. I did get a Steampunk Comic as part of Free Comic Book Day yesterday so that could get the cogs whirring on that WIP when I need it. Life yet could get very unpredictable so going with the WIP that is easiest for me to work on right now seems to be the right thing to do. Something to escape into when I need it.

How did your Camp NaNoWriMo go? Did you win? Did you have fun? Whatever happened, you are amazing for going for it and I hope you are going to continue on this crazy writing journey we are on together.

Camp NaNoWriMo Weeks 2 & 3

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Current word count: 2,852 words

A bit overdue but it is Easter Weekend so I have a little time to catch up.

I wouldn’t have been able to report anything for week 2 in any case as I actually wrote nothing due to real life need to be the priority. That is happening a lot as of late as anyone who follows me on Twitter knows.

In the end though as last Sunday, I ended up writing for quite some time and actually finished my Camp word count! I didn’t even realise until I went to update my word count on the Camp website and the Excel word count sheets I use. That was a nice surprise plus anything I write now goes towards the deficit that has been building this year.

A lot of the words actually came from the fact that I just jumped into a big turning point scene that is very important to the plot and the character as a whole. I have been struggling with this for a while due to the nature of it and how best to reveal everything. I just had to force myself to write it and it actually proved quite fun. It also included a few tidbits about other characters and the backstory that I hadn’t thought or didn’t know about before. Birth certificates, newspaper stories and letters are very good ways of doubling word counts I have discovered!

I have also used something I have noticed that Persona 5 does when you see any dates mentioned. The year is always written out as 20XX, to make the story timeless I guess? Either way, it proved a good way to write out dates and street addresses without having to work them out properly. I’ll either leave them that way or go back maybe and update them later. Either way, it is a good way to mark the passage of time without actually being specific. It also makes me want to have a good gaming session on that game. It is amazing and worth tracking down!

The scene gave me a potentially fun subplot to play with at some point too: the powerful, cruel and evil King of all Demons, suddenly having to pay child support for his 16 year old kid (plus loads of backpay!) This idea is very funny to me for some reason. Curious as to how anyone else feels about it. Feel free to comment on it.

Going forward, I have a few scenes that pretty much write themselves which will add more words and hopefully get me moving forward again. I definitely need it with this draft but I feel this is tighter and better than the previous one so hopefully this will keep being the case.

I hope Camp or whatever you are working on is going well too everyone! For UK folks at least, I hope this long weekend is going to aid you greatly in improving your word counts.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 1 #AmWriting

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First week of Camp NaNoWriMo and I have written a grand total of 1,059 words. Not bad to say my target is 2,500 words. Most of those words have been written within the last two days as life hasn’t been kind as of late.

What I have written though has been good for world and character building though I am struggling in how to reveal a very important piece of information. I have a feeling I am going to end up just info dumping and letting it be sorted out in the future if I get that far. Hopefully I will.

Not much else to say really. This was just a quick blog post to aid accountability and get me use to writing blog posts in this new (to me) format on WordPress. Hope things are going better for anyone else doing Camp!

I Probably Won’t Win CampNaNoWriMo (and that’s okay)

Definitely agree on this. I am not going to win but with 13.5k written, that’s a big chunk towards my yearly target overall. Just got to keep on trucking as they say.

Fantasy Novels By Bridgett

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If you’ve been around this blog for a little while you probably know that I have a bad track record with CampNaNoWriMo. I’ve participated in every Camp since 2011, and I’ve lost every single time. High goal or low goal, it doesn’t matter. My losing streak continues.

Every day makes it more and more likely that I won’t reach my goal this month either. I’m not giving up. I’m not going to stop writing. Anything could happen as long as there is still time left to write! With my track record it does seem less and less likely that I will reach 50,000 words this month.

I actually don’t care if I lose. At this point I’ve already written 5,000 more words this month than I did last month, and there’s still a whole week to go! I might not get an official win, but I’ve already accomplished a lot.

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#Writing Update

d7a3e-writingWord Count: 1,708 Words

It seems like a lot but it’s not really if I am being honest. Most of it revolved around the sorting, my FMC’s house mates all introducing themselves to each other and her assessments of them. I did hit a wall but I think I have pushed past it enough to keep writing in December.

The rest of the week has been focused on my NaNoWriMo, especially as I have had some wobbles over the story. I had considered going back to my story from last November, especially as I have replotted it and reshaped it and I have a better idea of what is going on now in that story. I have decided to stick to my original story after talking it over with a couple of friends. This story is more seasonally appropriate so my motivation to do it will probably be higher. Plus the other story is a rewrite and has a lot of work to do on it so perhaps it is better suited to a Camp session.

With it being NaNoWriMo next month, my posting pattern is likely going to change but how often I will post (and how on target I stay) will depend on circumstance and what is happening in life. But I should be okay, I think. Are you ready for NaNo? Tell me about it.

July Camp

 

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Yes, I am planning to take part and thought I had my idea sorted until today when I had a bit of a wobble.

I was settled to write a science fiction story but I’ve read an article in this month’s Writing Magazine about making criminal characters enticing and likeable so the reader will root for them. This got me thinking about the two thieves characters I like to write sometimes. I have spoken about them before on this blog because I used them for my July 2013 Camp novel. After today, I was really tempted to either rewrite or continue with that story.

I am now thinking that maybe I should put the crime story aside completely to work on later. The reason I am taking that route is because I have looked at previous projects and realised I have been a bit adventurous (for me) in the stories I have tried to write. The reason I wrote them was because they were interesting to me despite outside of my comfort zone. I definitely have learnt a lot from doing it and whilst I haven’t been totally successful with them, I have enjoyed writing them.

As mentioned in other posts, I have had problems with writing, partly out of writers block, as of late since the last session. I just haven’t had a clue what to write. I have had the science fiction idea, revolving around robotics engineers, for a couple of weeks and it’s based on a really old fan fiction about Robot Wars (called Battlebots in the USA). The idea excites me and I want to write it in a new form, especially as I feel I have improved as a writer and matured as a person to really write it. I was a kid writing about adults.

I know a partial issue with it is lack of planning due to not even knowing exactly what’s going to happen in it in its new form and setting. A lack of knowledge of the genre does not help because I am not a big sci-fi reader or watcher aside from Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory and some Marvel and DC films and TV shows. I do however follow tech and science news because I have an interested so that may help. I have some idea of what’s going to happen from doing some character planning already and from looking at what I had previously written for some idea of the plot but still, there is this big hole in the story I feel from just not knowing what’s going on.

The story feels right though and I feel I need to pursue it to whatever end next month during Camp.

Are you taking part this session? Has anyone else had a wobble on their story idea? Are you fully planned or like me, probably know just enough to at least start? Feel free to comment.

How to Prep for Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp starts on April 1st. Are you ready?

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Even though I trekked the NaNoWriMo challenge for the very first time last November, I have been participating in Camp NaNoWriMo for three years now. Two events take place each year, and I have participated in five of them. This has resulted in four novellas. There is nothing else like the knowledge that you finished the first draft of a writing project in a month. I’m addicted to the feeling of accomplishment knowing that one more story is out of my system. I also personally use the sessions as writing exercises; I like to see what I can get away with in my writing in terms of experimental eccentricities.

This year, Camp NaNoWriMo’s sessions will take place in April and July. With about five weeks to prepare, I have made a list for the Camper to pack with them on this trip. All the Camper needs is an idea, which…

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Camp NaNoWriMo Win!

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Yep! FINALLY finished! 15,500 words.

It ended up with me having to plot out the rest of the novel in bullet points to make sure I had at least some form of plan should I ever go back to it. I think because so many changes happened at the start of the month as well as time pressures for writing due to external things,  it made the writing of this novel all that more difficult.

Whilst doing the bullet points, it allowed me to think things through plus make sure I knew where I wanted to go with characters, their relationships, their places at the end of the story, everything! I also put in some twists including character deaths, the methods of their deaths plus my FMC discovering her real parentage and how it has affected her growing up, training to be a mage and how it could affect her future.

So a lot of things happened when I was bullet pointing the rest of the novel out but at least I am validated as winner. That’s something, right?

Camp NaNoWriMo Pre-Jitters

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More something out of curiosity here.

Why is it, in the hours, days and weeks before any NaNoWriMo session do myself and other participants I have spoken to start reconsidering their projects and have a desire to change it?

Is it nerves? Jitters at having committed to doing a full novel/script/rewrite/short story collection/etc. in just a month? Genuinely better ideas or something else? For me, especially lately, I always seem to get onto a Sly Cooper kick and want to write crime fiction with my thief characters. (My current kick I am blaming on the fact that I have found within the last week the teaser trailer for the movie, due out in 2016). You will know which characters I am talking about if you were following me in July last year. Have a read of my word count updates from that month by clicking on the July 2013 link in the side bar if you want to find out more. Maybe it’s something inside telling me I ought to go back to them and write more with them or maybe it is nerves at having committed myself to such a big project.

So is this phenomenon, if you will, isolated to me and my friends or is it something more widespread? If anyone who reads this blog does do NaNo (Camp or otherwise), can you tell me if you or anyone else you know have ever experienced it? If you don’t do NaNoWriMo but do commit to big projects (not necessarily literary) for whatever reason, do you experience something similar?

I’m really curious now about any replies I get back. For now though, I think I need to get listening to the Wicked soundtrack. It might quell the rebellious crime fiction thoughts that are plaguing my mind so I can focus on my project for next month. More details, if you are interested, are available by visiting Camp NaNoWriMo Planning.

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