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.

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 6

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Day 6: 4,150 words

After a moment of annoyance with my Excel progress tracker (not mine. Available from here) because it had lost several days worth of word count data, I managed to push on and write more on the sci-fi robotics story by simply skipping over a scene I was stuck on. It was of great help and yielded some interesting ideas that influence the plot later in ways I hadn’t thought about.

I also wrote a little more on the other magic school story, mostly revealing a bit more background. Hopefully, that will kick-start a bit more now I have most of it out of the way though I am only writing that at the tail ends of writing sessions and I am usually tired by then.

I am now also very much ahead of the curve for my 10,000 word target. This might seem low considering my progress and the fact I am working on two stories but it will only take for me to have a lazy/non-writing day or two to be some way behind or ahead by only a few words.

Hope everyone else’s writing is going as well.