Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Days 29-31

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Day 29: 15,746 words

Day 30: 15,746 words

Day 31: 15746 words

Please note that the above word counts are minus the words I managed to hand write after upgrading my laptop to Windows 10 and ending up with a non-functioning mouse/trackpad.

So main thing that happened was my FMC was bundled into the car and they set off to the train station. Nothing major and very little as I was preparing for the Windows 10 upgrade. I am definitely going to try to keep writing this story as I am interested to see where I go with it. Whether I succeed in that, we shall see.

Well done everyone however much you wrote! You are amazing!

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Days 27 & 28

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Day 27: 15,298 words

Day 28: 15,667 words

To say I’ve flapped about trying to find my feet with Twitter, I have to say I am pretty proud of my words counts.

I’ve been retreading some old ground with more character discovering and my FMC worrying about her place at school and within the family but with her setting off to school now, I can definitely feel myself moving into new territory, I say hopefully now! I’ve ended using description of the family’s parents in relation to my FMC to describe her because I am god awful at description, especially for characters and how they look. Also had the father show he wants as little to do with her as possible and finds her embarrassing but I can’t help feeling there is something underneath all that in regards to the father. Maybe I will discover it later, maybe not. We will see.

How much writing I will get done today and in the next few days may well be down to how easy or otherwise Windows 10 is to install and use.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 22-24

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Day 22: 12,514 words

Day 23: 12,592 words

Day 24: 13,306 words

Obviously, as you can tell from the word counts, I only managed to sit down and get any writing done yesterday. That’s partly due to being tired from life in general but also a little writer’s block as I was unsure where to go next. Getting out seems to be the answer when I have writer’s block as at least twice now this month I have got out of the house for a bit then came home just able to write.

What has actually happened in the story is that my FMC has been thinking how her life is going to be potential so very different to her family due to going to a different school, wanting to maybe follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and wondering how much contact there was between her parents and her grandparents. She’s now decided, on one of her last days at home before going to school, she is going to go into town and see how things are for her former classmates. Admittedly, it’s to try to give me word count more than is of any plot importance at the moment. May change.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 21

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Day 21: 12,446 words

Only thing that happened was that my FMC returned home and came face to face with her family again who were all put out that she had come home. They had thought they were rid of her forever. Ended up describing the house and the FMC’s bedroom for word count then the FMC started wondering what she should take with her to her new school. Since I never went to boarding school, I found myself wondering too. A quick Google search later unearthed a very helpful thread on popular parenting site Mumsnet answering all sorts of questions about boarding school. It is a goldmine of information. Definitely recommend it.

Now I have a rough idea of what she, the MMC and the other character should take, it should make writing easier.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 18 & 19

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Day 18: 11,706 words

Day 19: 11,706 words

First things first, I have validated already since I was up just after midnight last night anyway. You have probably already guessed that from the banner. I will still be writing though as a lot of story to be told and I would like to get as much of it down now as possible. Secondly, no writing yesterday because I just couldn’t settle to write, on top of rl stuff happening.

I am discovering more about my story and my characters and have possibly unearthed an interesting mystery about what was supposed to be a support character. My MC’s are not exactly the most definable at the moment but hopefully that will change as I write more.

How are things going for everyone else? Validated or panicking because you are nowhere close to validating? Feel free to comment below.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Days 14 & 15

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Word counts first.

Day 14: 6,778 words

Day 15: 8,668 words

Not much on Tuesday (because I was finishing a YouTube Arkham Knight walk through) but yesterday, I just seem to hit a stride. It also helped that my character was reading an official letter from her new school, along with her school list, so lots of free words there! Because of those words, I am now very close to finishing my 10k word count target. Naturally, I will be aiming to continue writing afterwards but whether that happens, I guess we will have to wait and see.

How to Create Your Own Fake Town

This is well worth a read if you need help on creating a setting for your story. US-centric but definitely helpful.

Scott Tracey - Young Adult Writer

So one of the things I’m a fan of in novels is the “fake town.”  Also known as the “fictional city,” the “imaginary inlet,” or the “hypothetical hot spot.”  Or maybe I’m the only one who thinks of them like that?  Ahem.  Okay, moving on.

So what’s the point of crafting your own town to set the story in, versus using an established city.   I think the main benefit is the ease with which you can write.  If you use an established city, then you’re expected to do more research.  But if you create your own town, you can just make it all up as you go.  Now there are pros and cons to this.ptaerial

The pros are obvious:  you can build up the town however you like, and whatever’s going to make your job easier.  It has whatever history you want it to have.  Who cares if there’s not…

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