Day 21: 17,383 words
Only a quick update. FMC replied to a letter from her love interest where I managed to write thoughts and feeling just for word count.
Just hope I can write some more real story stuff before the month ends.
Day 19: 16,221 words
Day 20: 16,975 words
I am pushing on and at least writing, even if the prose is not going to be exactly awe-inspiring.
Main events: FMC has seen a dragon die after the storm, taken in the dragon’s egg and is trying to get it to hatch and has also received a letter confirming that there is a virus, an illness, within the dragons and potentially her dog has already been exposed.
Not much but I am writing. That’s the main thing for me.
Day 18: 16,028 words
Main thing that happened yesterday: my FMC finally finished her letter to her love interest, with help from the little dragon following her around.
I seem to suddenly get a second wind as things started clicking, starting with having a storm blow in requiring her to go help the dragons before starting an environment assessment. Because of this assessment, she needs to go to the other islands. I won’t reveal too much more but suffice it to say I wrote a load of planning underneath the last bit I did to get things out of my head and written somewhere.
I think the second wind was influenced by something I ended up thinking yesterday: am I trying to do a story over too big of a time period? Considering my thinking about my FMC and the White Fire, maybe it should be shorter. It not only helps my wc (hopefully!), it might make it easier for me to actually write it.
I’m due for a second wind I think. I need it, desperately!
Word count: 15,371 words
Yesterday I wrote more of the same but it was different. I wrote about Autumn on the archipelago, the dragons migratory patterns and their pups/babies then revealing she had just found another dead dragon. Not much really so the same things as before but not quite.
I know I am going in circles but it’s because I know I am stuck and unsure what to write next to get the full story down before the end of the month. I feel bad short-changing the story admittedly but it is a necessary need I think. Can you see the rock and the hard place I have put myself in admittedly?
I just hope this works out.
Day 15: 13,740
Just wrote some description of the island and my FMC contemplating her discovery of the dead dragon.
So not much written but I have contemplated something from No Plot? No Problem! Namely, writing the scenes I want to or the main ones necessary and writing the filler scenes later. I think it would definitely be an idea as I do want to get the bare bones of the story down so if I decide to go back to it later, I can.
I know it’s silly to think like this but I feel like I am cheating a little. The aim of the event of course is to get a full story written or at least down on paper/the screen and that’s what I am doing but I feel I am cheating. I guess it’s because I am trying to write more so the idea of skipping scenes seems, well, wrong, to me.
Am I daft in thinking like this? Can anyone help here?
Word counts first.
Day 11: 11,873 words
Day 12: 12,405 words
So what’s happened over the weekend?
Well, my word goal has dropped from 50k to 25k. It was just not going to happen this month with everything going on around me. At least, I can get as much of the story written as possible and write a basic outline of the story. I just want to write and this is the first time in a long while I have really felt like trying to write and going for it. That is my priority for now.
In terms of real story, my FMC is already beginning to talk to the dragon and her dog about what’s going on and her thoughts and feelings. This might seem like an odd thing to note but considering that my FMC will mainly be on her own for much of the rest of the story, it is important that the character starts developing this. Note just to help her work things out but also for her mental health.
Speaking of characters, the FMC and her crush have also decided to run away from me again by kissing in the forest and then she slapped him for doing so. It’s what happens when they apparently really want to be together but cannot. Quite a tune change from earlier. My characters can be evil like that.
My character has also finally arrived on the main island of the archipelago! Hurrah! Took me forever to get their but she is there finally and I can start the next part of the story properly. Maybe the words might be a little easier this time, maybe.
Yes, you’ve guessed it, I am doing Camp in April.
My mind decided I was doing it back in November when I got the idea for the main character really. I’ve been thinking and developing the idea since, especially the plot, as I had pretty much none when I first got the idea. My first inkling on the idea was just the character really. Think Valka from How To Train Your Dragon 2 in the modern-day and you have an idea of what I’m thinking. You can read my current synopsis of my story by visiting my Camp NaNoWriMo Novel Info page.
At least, I have my main character, things I want to happen and, thanks to my search for a novel title, a very basic plot idea and know how it ends. This is how I normally write anyway. As long as I know what needs to happen, the main points, I can usually work from there. This time around however I definitely think I need to be more of a plotter rather than the pantser because the story potentially takes place over 3 years and is a bit more of a mystery thing. It’s for that mystery part I need to work on some of the mythology at least to allow me to plot out the key points for the story.
It also doesn’t help that the planning I have so far is still not fixed. I am even messing with a romance sub plot line to help me, should things go awry and I get stuck. I do have just over a week to go before the event starts so I have the time to at least hammer a bit more plot into place to make sure I can get something written in April.
Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April? Know what you are doing or are you waiting until the last-minute to decide? Are you in a cabin or going solo? Feel free to comment below!