#CampNaNoWriMo July 2016 Analysis


Final Word Count: 15,242 words

No win here obviously but 15k is still pretty good.

The vampire/slave story was a rewrite of the very first completely original work I wrote about 8 years ago but I wanted to rewrite it from a new angle I had in my mind. I found it really worked well once I actually got onto that part of the story. I think a bit more work, it could really be something. However, this story seems to have suffered from a problem I have noted before: I spent too much time setting stuff up.

The time spent setting the story up is good I suppose for like my April one where I needed to do more set up. I had to figure out world and plot issues to get it working but for a story like last month’s, when I knew exactly what the story was, it proved very annoying. The werewolf and family stuff is interesting and has a place in the world but was it needed here? No, I don’t think so. It is possibly why I didn’t hit my 20k target. I also spent the equivalent of a week and a bit not writing. I think that’s because I got bored with the story due to the set up stuff.

My thoughts need to turn to how I am going to combat such issues in the future. Admittedly, I am uncertain except to say planning. I think we all know how I am with that now. On the other hand, like last month, planning possibly wasn’t the answer for last month’s issue. I need to figure out WHY I am focusing so much energy and so many words on the beginning of the story. Surely it should be the middle that is the bloated part.

If anyone can offer any insight or help on this, I would be very grateful for it.

Going forward for the next month, I am returning to my April story. During the time I wasn’t writing, I was thinking about that one, which is good because it means my plan to take a break and recharge to continue writing that one has worked. However, I am considering being a little patchy and jumping scenes. I have started writing a scene from the end of the story where my FMC meets her father. It’s a scene I have played with for a while and if it gets me back into the story after my break, maybe it will be good. If it doesn’t work, jumping scenes, so be it. I will go back to being linear but I want to at least try it.

How did the last month go for you? A Camp win or a personal victory? Got a plan for the story or just binning it? It happens and that’s good I think. Sometimes, something is just not good. No matter what happens or did happen, know you are amazing for taking on the challenge.

Happy Yorkshire Day folks!

#CampNaNoWriMo July 2016: Days 10, 11 & 12


Word Count: 7,928 words

A mix of tiredness and being stuck has meant I spent a couple of days writing only a couple of words trying to advance the story but unable to find the right words or direction. Maybe it was week 2 slump type of thing which only broke yesterday after seeing the new Ghostbusters film (so good!) when something clicked and I just started writing. Very far behind now but I’ll take it.

My FMC’s articles have made an impression on the vampires of her country, much to the dismay of her mother. The mother then tried setting my FMC up on dates and singles mixers before trying to use a matchmaker to forcefully marry her off. An argument between them in front of the matchmaker made her realise what was potentially happening and refused to take part in it. Walking the matchmaker to the garden gate, the FMC is told to run as fast and as far as possible from her mother and be independent.

A time skip to several years later reveal that the sister and her now werewolf husband have kids and are running a bar, their parents had divorced with the father unable to take the mother’s behaviour and attitude anymore. The mother then got too involved in her son’s marriage, leading to the son’s marriage also breaking up and his wife taking the kids and trying to get full sole custody of them.

I have had various thoughts over the days I wasn’t really writing which may yet play out in the story or maybe not. I guess I will just have to see.

How have things been for you? Week two slump or racing through, clocking up those words? I just hope you have had better luck than me.

#CampNaNoWriMo July 2016: Day 5


Word Count: 6,013 words

Had a really good day yesterday. It was mostly focused on showing the slavery side of life in my FMC’s country and revealing the abuses that they go through. The reason all of this was revealed was partly to finishing up my FMC’s memory that I had finished midway through the day before but also because my FMC is finishing her journalism studies and was working on a final project piece about slaves at the seminary her dad teaches at when he’s not preaching to his flock. It was whilst there that she discovered the underbelly of the industry.

Let me just say that I am in no way indicating that any real life church or religion is bad or anything of the sort. It’s just the way things work in my story.

On a lighter note, my FMC has also met her sister’s boyfriend’s werewolf family. There, she discovered the camaraderie and the closeness of the family and it gave her confidence that her sister and her baby will be safe and supported, especially as her boyfriend’s mum pretty much told them that they were to marry now that the sister was pregnant. The boyfriend’s mum also talked to my FMC about their parents reaction whilst also giving my FMC a chance to tell her that the sister had been thrown out because of the pregnancy.

Everything that happened in the story though has got me thinking that I need to tone down the romance story line. My FMC is also quite possibly too sheltered so the fact she seems to be heading down the investigative journalist line might actually be a real help. It would open up a few lines of thought and make her a bit more active in later events.

It also means I am roughly two days ahead of schedule which is good because this weekend, there is every chance I am not going to have any time or energy to write. I just need to make sure I keep that buffer up.

How is everything going for you? Still enjoying your story or struggling? Do comment below.

#SundayBlogShare #CampNaNoWriMo July 2016: Days 1 & 2


Word Count: 1,680 words

Forgive me for the two hashtags in the title of this post. I am experimenting with Twitter again.

A respectable start really considering I junked my previous idea 24 hours before this session started. I know I said I would wait until midnight, just open a document and just start writing but that didn’t quite pan out. The story I am writing is a very old one that I have talked about before on here.

You might remember me asking a question about rewriting back in January of last year and the picture that was posted with it. Well, that story decided to rear its head again whilst I was running errands on Thursday and I decided to give it another go.

At its very core, the original plot that I conceived for the story nearly 10 years ago now is about a young vampire author who rescues an abused neko slave boy and is fighting not just for justice of the boy but also against the slavery system in her country. Naturally, that has developed over the years as I have worked on other stories and life took it’s course. Now, there is also a romance/family plot that is running along the slavery one. My FMC author/social worker is in a relationship with my MMC author/civil servant vampire and their parents disapproving for various reasons, the author’s sister going out with a werewolf (so a vampire/werewolf plot possible too) as well as my MMC’s brother discovering he is gay and unable to come to terms with it.

This story, for now, feels right for this session so I am going to stick with it and see what happens.

How is Camp going for you? Is it going well or are you struggling already? Don’t be afraid to comment below.


Hot Patootie! Bless My NaNo!

Happy Halloween folks! To celebrate, have Meat Loaf singing Hot Patootie! Bless My Soul! from the classic musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

As well as being Halloween, we are just hours away from the start of National Novel Writing Month. You might have guessed from the amount of NaNoWriMo Prep posts I have rebloggd and you might have also guessed that I am planning to enter this year.

I have a story surrounding two characters who work in a hotel. In basic, one character is a witch, a trainee concierge at the hotel, who ends up having to go to Berkshire, South of London, for a family reunion which ends up turning into a big family argument (what do you mean that always happens anyway?!) and ends up revealing a very nasty side of the witch. My other character is a werewolf, a receptionist at the hotel, who ends up going undercover to investigate a crime, under the direction of his pack alpha. I have probably not sold the story too well but I am looking forward to writing it. As you can probably tell, one story is more thought out than the other but the witch has talked to me more than the werewolf. Once the month gets under way, that might change.

Whether I get to the magical 50k or not, I don’t know; it will just be nice to be able to write something that is purely for fun! Being in competition with other WriMo’s could help push my word count up since I can be very competitive. I know I can and I do try to harness all that energy and use it all up during NaNo. I will end up revealing more about my story no doubt as I attempt to actually keep up with NaNo updates on here this time instead of having to bundle a bunch of days together like I have done in the past in one update. Who knows? I might even pluck up the courage to get to a write in or two in my local area! (What are you laughing at? It could happen!)

So bonus points if you got the joke I tried making with my title without looking at the video. I hope you are having fun and staying safe this Halloween, getting ready for NaNoWriMo in your own way if you are doing this session (don’t forget! Discounted Halloween sweets tomorrow!) and, because I am such a geek, have a levitating pumpkin from the Royal Institution!:

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 5

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Word Count: 4,058 words.

Yet again, the characters have taken over the novel but I feel it was necessary as I realise my novel plan is making things go very slow. the down side to hit however is the fact that things are having to be brought forward which could have a big impact on my word count. I am aiming for 50,000 words but it might be a case I am forced to move my target down to accommodate for the novel.

So still a few days behind but I am coming up to a point where there is a lot of exposition so my word count might just get that boost I need. After all, my FMC has just discovered that there are werewolves on the Shetland Islands. Whether she is going to freak out yet, I don’t know but again, it might be a word booster right?

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