#Writing Update and #CampNaNoWriMo

Once more I have neglected this blog. Not intentionally. Purely because, well, I forgot about this! Oops!

As you might have guessed from the picture above, I am doing Camp once more next month, working on the same WIP that I have worked on for a few months. Since I am aiming to get words written every month, I might as well. Been assigned a Cabin today and there’s a few Twitter tweeps I might connect up with too. If you are doing Camp, feel free to say so. Target is set at 25,000 words but there’s a chance that will drop yet.

As for words written last month, I had a target of 2,500 words and hit 6,509 words so some words ahead. Not all the words were on my current WIP, the magic school story though. Some of the words were, bringing in a story line earlier than anticipated but it did show some character stuff so not all bad. I also wrote words from events many years later after getting stuck, which did get me thinking about some world building stuff I need to work on.

I then went off the story to write other bits. I ended up writing a very quick Destiny fanfic that I posted onto Tumblr and may yet get rewritten or more fan fics spawning from it before beginning to write a second WIP that I have worked on before alongside the current one, the slave story.

I will take the words at least because it’s better than being stuck and writing nothing, right?

So far this month, whilst melting in this heat wave, I have continued writing events that happen later before writing small tit bits relating to these Pride month prompts. Current word count is 2,739 words (239 words beyond my 2,500 target).

Having been forced to take a break, I think I might be able to return to writing what I should be writing in the WIP. That break has also highlighted to me that getting a complete first draft of this done by the end of the year is just not going to happen. The new target is to get somewhere near a complete first draft by the end of the year. All things considered, this seems to be a more plausible target.

How are things going for you? Good, bad, indifferent? Entering Camp next month? Any advice for me on keeping going? Please do comment below.

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Monthly #Writing Update and #Pumpkins

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Word Count: 4,085 words

Happy Halloween! I love this time Very much doubt I will be writing anything before midnight now so thought I would do my update. Going to be quick as I think I have covered everything in the rest of my updates through the month, sporadic as they have been.

Again, been writing on and off all month and never exceeding a 1,000 words on any given day. I think an element of being overwhelmed at the amount of description and introduction needed for different aspects of the story threw me off at the start of the month then general apathy for the rest of it. I am really enjoying this story but maybe the fact that there’s been more planning and thinking done than writing says something. It has helped shape the story, the characters and the world that the story takes place in though and made me think about questions I hadn’t considered before.

I am becoming very grateful to myself for allowing me to experiment with jumping around the story if I feel I am able to write a later scene now. It has helped so much with getting stuff written and done that it makes writing that much easier. As for linking up those scenes, that could be another issue all together.

I am really looking forward to doing this story in NaNoWriMo. With the energy, community and challenge of it, I think it could be really beneficial with getting more of this draft written. It’s a chance just to write without really thinking too hard and getting some feedback at least from other writers involved in the challenge.

Getting into Destiny has both hindered and helped this month. I’ve ended up writing a few words of Destiny fan fiction which I will be going back to and think I am going to use the 100 themes challenge to help. That move is inspired by one of my best friends who is doing something similar with a project they are working on. I think I will keep going with this, maybe. Destiny just lends itself to some fan fiction being written.

Plan for next month is obvious really: write! Write as much as I can, don’t go crazy with NaNoWriMo and life and have fun! Anyone NaNo-ing? New story or rebelling like me? Leave your comment below, happy Halloween again and watch these brilliant videos from The Royal Institution:

#Writing Update & #NaNoWriMo Prep

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Word Count: 2,790 words

I know I said these posts would become sporadic but I didn’t intend for it to happen so soon! It’s mostly been down to plain laziness with writing in general or me just forgetting about this completely. Starting to play Destiny also doesn’t help.

Not a great deal has happened really. My FMC’s housemates have been introduced (with one taking a particular dislike to her), she’s had her first Etiquette, Deportment and Elocution & Charms lessons and has had another run with the girl who took a dislike to my FMC first.  Majority of the words written were covering the lessons and introducing the teachers. Even so, I feel as though I am making progress and these things are going to help towards character development and the story.

Whilst I have been playing Destiny, I have had a few thoughts about the back story of the world, leading up to the start of the game. This has led me to wanting to attempt to write sci-fi again but using fan fiction to teach me how to write it whilst getting out the story that is in my mind. This is a strength of fan fiction I feel. (I discussed this a few years ago in this post).

So my NaNoWriMo project is changing ever so slightly from pure original fiction to original fiction and a fanfic. There’s a chance this may change obviously. It seems to be traditional that I at least have a wobble in the days and hours leading up to the start of a session. Writing two projects though also gives me a higher chance of winning. My only November win was when I was writing two different stories, though granted they were both original fiction.

Prep therefore for the next few days is continuing with the first project, playing, researching and making sure I read every Grimoire card that I get to help me write the Destiny idea. How’s your writing coming along? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Having a wobble? Set on an idea? Maybe your planner knee-deep in research, a pantser with the vaguest of ideas or in the middle and are a plantser (half and half).

Let me know below and I will try to be a bit more consistent with these!

 

EDIT 26/10/16: Know that wobble I talked about? Yes, well, I think I am going to start writing the Destiny fan fiction now. I’m rebelling anyway so nothing has really changed there. Just thought I should say something now just in case I fail to another one of these updates between now and whenever.

Fan Fiction Fridays: The Cultural Impact of Fan Fiction

I still stand by my previous post on writing Fan Fiction and still think it is an excellent way for new writers to develop before trying to write their own original stuff, a way for fans to immerse themselves into their favourite shows, books, etc. and to express their opinions of what they think should happen. I do also agree with Claire Violet Thorpe about making money from the fan fiction. It does not sit with me too good and, in fact, it feels very wrong to me. The less said about Fifty Shades of Grey, the better!

The Claire Violet Thorpe Express

So, what exactly is fan fiction, and why is everyone so quick to defend it?

All rants about Fifty Shades of Gray aside, I’m beginning to wonder why fan fiction is becoming mainstream and crowding out good literature. To me, I think that fan fiction is like junk food; good to eat, but only in low amounts.

But the fact that people are choosing to write fan fiction and trying to make money off their fan fiction leaves a bad taste in my mouth, like I ate a bad cookie or something like that. (which I’d why I’m leaving my fan fiction where it belongs: on my personal blog) I don’t understand why people feel that they have the right to write fan fiction when they could be writing their own stories, and they are plenty of authors out there who are very dismissive of fan fiction for various reasons.

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Fanfiction Ponderings

Any thoughts? You can find my thoughts on the writing of fan fiction here: http://wp.me/p3wbJV-3w

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Apparently we’re not out of the woods yet. Sorry, Squiders.

I go through these fanfiction binges. They’re quite terrible, and I don’t really get anything else done during them. They’re kind of random. Sometimes it will be because I’ve finished something and either need to wait for the next installment and can’t quite manage it, or because there will be no more installments. Sometimes someone else will mention fanfic or link to a story. Sometimes there’s mentions on social media that pull me in.

This current bout happened on Tumblr. I do not tumble or whatever the appropriate verb is, but I do occasionally read other people’s Tumblrs because that seems to be where fandom has, in general moved to (I am a dinosaur and was active when fandom lived on LJ and haven’t quite managed to bother to make the shift. Not like I ever look at LJ anymore…

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Camp NaNoWriMo Day 23 & 24

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Yep, this month has gone completely to pot.

I like to write Digimon Fan Fiction featuring Wizardmon.

I have gotten so fed up with my novel (BAD SIGN! VERY BAD SIGN!) that I have all but given up and decided to write a Digimon fan fiction instead. I’ve discussed before how, when I am bored and need to write, I will write Digimon fan fiction. None of it is very good and a majority never gets finished but for me, I’m writing and it keeps me happy. I will also be adding the word count from it to my wc for NaNo. Yes, I know it’s not in the spirit of the event but quite frankly, I started this month planning to rebel, moved to a different story, lowered my word count from the original 50 thousand and now working on something else.

As I said, this month has gone to pot.

(Picture: Wizardmon by ~DigimonGif)

I have today got a couple of books from the library that I have waited for since the start of this month to help me actually write the novel. Granted, I will probably end up jumping around the timeline and writing a lot of things in note form but if it helps, it helps…right?

The 23rd I got no words written, mainly because of the issues I have had with the novel and the word I have written yesterday (and a few I have written which have gone on to today’s word count) were from the Digimon fan fiction. If I am being honest, I think this month is going to be a flop but I am not quitting. I am at least going to try to continue writing everyday, even if only a little.

Day 23: 24,986 words

Day 24: 25,185 words.