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 Day 6

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I think I am just going to have to accept that I am not going to do these daily word count updates on the day I am talking about  them.

Yesterday was the first day I hit and went over the days WC (word count).  Considering the problems I had at the start of the month (changing projects, trying to work out what my new project is going to be, etc.), it is to be expected I guess that I was always going to end up a little behind where I wanted to be but at least I caught up yesterday and am back on track…for now.

I spent some time exploring the NaNoWriMo forums yesterday, particularly the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense section (in other words, crime). In there, I discovered that I seem to be in the minority in that I am writing from the criminal side of the law and not the detective one (though I do have two Interpol agents staring in the story). I have noticed this before when I have been in the library last week and it has made looking for other examples of books, etc. where the protagonists are criminals a bit difficult to find although I have found a few interesting threads and non-fiction book recommendations in the threads that are of interest. But any help is good help right?

I have also discovered that Sly 4 was released a few months ago! I am so annoyed I did not know this because I love that  series! Sadly, it is only available on platforms I do not have access to. On the upside, I have found an LP (Let’s Play…) on YouTube of it so I am currently watching them. The thing is, I only created all of my current characters because of the Sly Cooper games so I can get away with watching the series, whilst writing, because it is quite literally research! Now, how many people can say that?!

So here’s hoping I can get writing done and watch the whole of the LP. I am heading into the second week which usually sees people slumping and wondering what they are doing, as I have stated before but I do have support from friends who are also doing NaNo this month so I should be okay.

Word Count: 9,709 words