Writing Update

Handwritten words aside, I’ve got 2,610 words down. Not a lot but in among everything else, I am quite happy with having got quite a bit written. Using the WAY excel sheet has helped with keeping track and wanting to write even when I haven’t for whatever reason.

I have hit a slight wall with this train scene where it is supposed to be my FMC worrying she is going to be found out as coming from a dark magic family. I think I may have found a break in that wall which may or may not help. On the upside, sort of, procrastinating has helped with trying to refocus on the FMC of who she is. I think I may have lost sight on who the character is so has produced a block on me.

The first was realising that perhaps my FMC is a good Slytherin if she went to Hogwarts. I can’t help thinking that she is probably ambitious, cunning and resourceful, the traits of a Slytherin. I may discover that isn’t true but right now I think I need that guide. Something else that is helping me with the FMC is finding a song that I think fits her. The other day on YouTube, I listened (and my have sang along to as well) a deleted sing from Wicked called Making Good, which I think fits with my FMC:

She has her plans and ambitions. She doesn’t know what she wants to do but she wants to be doing something that will make people remember her as something other than the weird kid from that dark magic family. I just can’t help thinking that this song and the idea she would be a Slytherin will help me.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Days 9-13

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First things first, apologies for the lack of updates. I will explain later the reason but for now, word counts:

Day 9: 5,006 words

Day 10: 5,006 words

Day 11: 5,424 words

Day 12: 7,209 words

Day 13: 8,628 words

Okay, so the reason I have barely updated my word count is because I was struggling to figure out where to take the story next however, after allowing myself to free write a little and thinking about the story, I’ve ended up going down a route that includes raising issues such as homophobia and putting my MMC in a position of having to work out how he is going to keep his job because he is bisexual. The character announced that randomly on Friday evening. Characters sure know how to keep you on your toes right?

Whilst writing, I have wondering if I should perhaps look to JK Rowling’s the Order of the Phoenix book and the Professor Umbridge character. I suspect that could help me as elements of the Umbridge character is already started to slip in any way. If I can work out a way to push that through to help, it might make writing this novel a bit easier.

I think I know how this is going to develop (still based on Wicked) but whether I will hit my 50,000 word goal, I honestly have no idea. But here’s hoping, with some good writing time and a bit of luck that the story will really get going soon, I will be fine.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Pre-Jitters

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More something out of curiosity here.

Why is it, in the hours, days and weeks before any NaNoWriMo session do myself and other participants I have spoken to start reconsidering their projects and have a desire to change it?

Is it nerves? Jitters at having committed to doing a full novel/script/rewrite/short story collection/etc. in just a month? Genuinely better ideas or something else? For me, especially lately, I always seem to get onto a Sly Cooper kick and want to write crime fiction with my thief characters. (My current kick I am blaming on the fact that I have found within the last week the teaser trailer for the movie, due out in 2016). You will know which characters I am talking about if you were following me in July last year. Have a read of my word count updates from that month by clicking on the July 2013 link in the side bar if you want to find out more. Maybe it’s something inside telling me I ought to go back to them and write more with them or maybe it is nerves at having committed myself to such a big project.

So is this phenomenon, if you will, isolated to me and my friends or is it something more widespread? If anyone who reads this blog does do NaNo (Camp or otherwise), can you tell me if you or anyone else you know have ever experienced it? If you don’t do NaNoWriMo but do commit to big projects (not necessarily literary) for whatever reason, do you experience something similar?

I’m really curious now about any replies I get back. For now though, I think I need to get listening to the Wicked soundtrack. It might quell the rebellious crime fiction thoughts that are plaguing my mind so I can focus on my project for next month. More details, if you are interested, are available by visiting Camp NaNoWriMo Planning.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Planning

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Okay, first things first, I want to apologise for a lack of real activity on here. A mixture of different things, mostly revolving around job hunting, have prevented me from posting and writing as much as I would have liked. Please forgive me for that.

My July project for Camp NaNoWriMo is based on the successful musical Wicked, which in turn is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Image Source: GoodSearch

Hopefully, the writing side of things will improve as I have signed up (perhaps stupidly) for another Camp NaNoWriMo session. Most of the writing I have done since April has surrounded planning for this next session, inspired by the musical Wicked. I am sure people will know what it feels like when you get thinking about something. I got thinking about this next session not long after my rather dreadful April attempt, whether I was going to take part in the July session and about the fact that Wicked is currently touring around the UK.

Unable to afford to go and see the professional version, I started wondering about whether there was any amateur performances of Wicked in my area. A quick search online revealed that there were no licenses available for am-dram groups to perform it so it was not possible for groups to do the show. Naturally (maybe to a writer’s mind), I started thinking about writing a script based on Wicked that can be performed by local drama groups and so July’s  project was born.

Whilst working on the basic planning, I realised that I was in danger of replicating the back story to another character I have. I also realised that whilst playwriting books and Celtx do try to help you write plays, I don’t actually know how to format a play script. So until I figure that bit out, I will be writing it as a moving image/film script. Don’t be afraid to get in contact if you can give me any advice or help on the formatting of play scripts. I will appreciate any and all help anyone can give me!

This new project may or may not work but I figure it is something well worth a shot. Will it get performed? Will I even edit it after I have finished the script? I don’t know but I really want to try. I am also curious about who else is planning to do NaNo this month. Hopefully, for me at least, July will be better than April.

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