#CampNaNoWriMo July 2016 Analysis

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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!

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#SundayBlogShare #CampNaNoWriMo July 2016: Days 7, 8 & 9

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Word Count: 7,244 words

So only a little behind really for my 25,000 word target. Considering I have been busy in the last couple of days and just about awake enough to actually write at least a few words, I’m happy with my progress.

What’s been happening then? My FMC finally found the confidence to go to the MMC’s house only to be told by his disapproving mum that he had moved out and gone far away for his new job. This proved to be a lie as when she was walking home, a van stopped to reveal that my MMC was actually moving out that day and had seen her walking along the path. He jumped out, kissed, confirmed he had feelings for her as well but couldn’t be with her because he was indeed moving far away and he didn’t want that kind of relationship. He then jumped back in the van and left.

I am now realise what a jerk move that was. Still, possible story for later.

Anyway, my FMC receives the journalism qualification she was working towards and proceeded to register as self-employed and started querying ideas and articles whilst also sending out her final project articles for consideration. In the meanwhile, she’s been writing local reports for the local papers and spending what time she can with her sister and the werewolves, helping the sister get ready for her wedding. It’s whilst talking to her sister and her sister’s future mother in law that my FMC has started wondering why her father has refused to read any of the articles.

The last bit was going to be a plot point or a throwaway line originally but something I saw on TV today has me rethinking it and has given me a delicious possible plot line to follow.

The plan going forward is to write as much as I can, where I can. Life is getting busy again meaning there is a possibility of me dropping my word target depending on how it goes. Could also mean posts become a little intermittent but I will try to keep on top. I am planning to see the new Ghostbusters film too so who knows? That could influence my writing.

How’s your Camp going? Still going strong or having second week wobbles? Don’t be afraid to comment below but please do not post hate about the Ghostbusters film or the fact I am posting the trailer below.

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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Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 4

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Word Count: 2,639 words

I know, it’s coming along very slowly and I am getting further and further behind.

What I did get written has left me thinking that my werewolves are turning into the Twilight werewolves. Whilst I do stand by my opinion that Meyer’s “vampires” are not “vampires” at all, rather, weird twisted sparkly fairies (let me stress again, MY OPINION!), her werewolves are really cool and they are pretty good. So maybe my concerns about my werewolves are not something to worry about too much.

They definitely need improving and I do need to work out some folklore for them but hopefully, it will give me something to write about and hence, give me word count. After all, it is about quantity over quality this month.

So yeah, not too much movement but I think I am going to follow Dory’s advice: just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!

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