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Once Again, Camp Approacheth!

By | March 13, 2017

It’s that time of the year again, when plot bunnies start popping out of the woodwork and the siren lure of a Camp NaNoWriMo can be heard!

(We’ll ignore the fact that my track record for wins with Camp NaNo’s is currently abysmal.)

So what’s on the docket for April’s Camp? Why my attempt at a play on the Beauty and the Beast story, Into Darkness. Which currently exists primarily in my head and a few very badly written scenes from twenty years ago, give or take.

Which makes a perfect start for a planster (half planner/half panster) NaNo! 😉

So let’s do some planning! 😀

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Looking Forward to July Camp NaNoWriMo

By | June 16, 2016
Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016

It’s that time again (again)…

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) events always get me revved up and ready to write! …And then the rev dies off about halfway through and I get distracted by all the other shiny things in life.

Every event I say ‘This time it will be different!’, so instead for July I’m going to say ‘This time will be a little bit better than last time.’

It doesn’t sound quite so impressive, but at least it’s honest.

To help my get-up-and-go keep going, I’ve started a Wordwar Z thread over on the Nerd Fitness forums. For June I’m sticking to a tiny 100 words a day goal, but it’s the habit of remembering to write that I’m focusing on for now. Once July kicks around, I’m going to ramp it up to something a little more meaty.

I’m sticking with the same ‘verse as my main focus this month (Tales of the Drunken Unicorn), but I’ll be hopping all over the place as I try to finish ALL the drafts!

And maybe start a few new ones…

Couch to 1.667k : the Camp NaNoWriMo wordcount adventure!

By | March 7, 2016

It’s once again time to start mulling over what sort of project I want to do for the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo!

In the past I’ve done attempts at proper 50k novels, short story collections, books about writing books, and even one stab at doing an outline for the November novel (which I then tossed to the wayside).

So far my track record for winning a Camp NaNoWriMo, even at the tiny 10k word goal, has been abysmal. The only win I’ve had has been with That Don’t Impress Me Much, most don’t even come close to breaking the five (or four) digit wordcount threshold.

But I am nothing if not if not overly optimistic!

So my goal for the April Camp NaNoWriMo is to work myself up from the 0 wordcount couch to a 1,667 word victory lap. I figured if I can learn how to write 1,667 words a day then the following NaNos will be a breeze. 🙂

Hitting that goal in 30 days means I need to find a new way every day to write 56 more words than I did the day before. That doesn’t sound too horrible, but I have a feeling as soon as I leave my 200-300 word comfort level things are going to start to get dicey.

I’ll be trying out a bunch of different methods to boost my word count and posting weekly updates on my progress. I figure if I do a lot of experimentation I can figure out which techniques work for me and which don’t– which if nothing else should be amusing for you!


Camp NaNoWriMo (July) Approacheth!

By | June 27, 2014
Try, Try Again...

Try, Try Again…

Yes, it’s that time again… wordcounts once again wait in the wings to pounce on me the first!

After a string of failed NaNoWriMos I’m a bit leery of this one. But I haven’t purposefully sat out a NaNo yet, so I think I’m just going to set an incredibly small goal (again) and work up from there.

I was originally going to do a proper 50k novel, but life-not-related-to-NaNo is set for a major upswing in July and I don’t really want to embrace failure that soon. So 10k it is, and hopefully this time I’ll make it! Continue reading

Camp NaNoWriMo is over and I’m Happy I lost!

By | May 5, 2014
Camp NaNoWriMo April 2014 Words Words Words

Words Words Words

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2014 session is over… and I’ve lost Camp again. I wrote 6,236 of a 10,000 word goal (where 10,000 words = 10,000 words of published eBook), which is better than some previous attempts, but still a Loss.

I could have easily won by just dumping words on paper (and I was very tempted to at the end), but the one thing I really needed to get done was the massively overdue Saturday Story Prompts monthly eBooks.

So why aren’t I crushed at my now seemingly endless NaNo-losing streak? Why aren’t I cursing myself for not making writing a higher priority? Or vowing that Next Time(tm) I will do it better?

Because I finished (and posted) five eBooks in April, plus have a final (but not published) flash fiction to be posted in May.

Saturday Story Prompts 2012-04 and 2014-04 Saturday Story Prompts 2012-05 and 2014-05 75x100 Saturday Story Prompts 2012-06 and 2014-06 75x100 Saturday Story Prompts 2012-07 and 2014-07 75x100 Saturday Story Prompts 2012-08 and 2014-08 75x100

These are eBooks that I wouldn’t have finished if Camp NaNo hadn’t been running.

So when July comes around, I’ll happily lose again! (Only this time I’ll be losing in a traditional novel format. 😉 )