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! 😀
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…
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!
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
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.
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. 😉 )
Of Kingdoms and Nails
The general game-plan for April’s Camp is to release an eBook every three days: 10 books x 1,000+ words each = 10,000. Of course I also plan on exceeding that goal (if I can), so this is just the very roughest of an outline.
Since I’m trying to focus on writing/editing this month that means I have to get the cover art done in the next nine days… woo? *flails about madly*
The books that will get me to that minimum goal are as follows. I’m trying to get the SSPs done first so I can spam them into the Smashwords Store and then follow up with actual stories. Continue reading
The Plotting Begins!
10,000 words is the smallest goal you can pick, so that’s where I’m starting off!
Since I have a habit of losing Camp NaNo’s with stunning consistency, I figured this time around I had better stack the deck a bit. Not only am I starting with the lowest possible goal, but I’m also working on smaller projects that I’ve already partially completed.
But the twist is that I am only going to count words that are in a new finished eBook. No drafts, no WiPs, no world-building that’s basically just filler. Continue reading
Camp NaNoWriMo is a summer version of the traditional NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge. It’s run by The Office of Letters and Light, the same folks who run the November event.
This year’s summer camp sessions are June and August, which gives a little more breathing room than last year’s July-August marathon. But other than the nicer weather there are only a few minor changes to the normal November madness. Continue reading
That is all…
(ie. The Camp NaNoWriMo website appears to be live… all that obsessive clicking finally paid off! *grin*)
UPDATE! Camp NaNoWriMo officially begins in July!!!
It all starts with a plan…
With Camp NaNoWriMo lurking in the wings, it looks like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) might come earlier than November this year. There are still no solid dates for when we’ll be able to go play, but I’m guessing camp will open up July or August. (I was right!)
Which is a great excuse for kicking things into gear! After all, if writing in NaNo is the same thing as running a marathon then I need to start building up my endurance now– as opposed to stumbling into it from a dead start.
And right now, I’m pretty much at a dead start. *pokes The Wolves We Are* Continue reading