YESSSSS, I DID IT.
I REACHED MY WORD COUNT GOAL.
Five Things that Happened During Camp
- I changed one little aspect of my NaNo project, and I fell instantly in love with the story.
When I had started it, I honestly wasn’t in love with the story. I just felt stuck like I was in mud. No amount of budging would free myself from it. The plot wasn’t going anywhere; it was very much “a day-in-a-life” which is boring to me. The psychological spin to it didn’t work because it was a bit cliche in the way I wanted to execute it. The characters didn’t seem like they were dealing with important issues, and they were incredibly stiff. I needed to reinvent them, and reinvent them I did! The change I made was putting my characters in a different social class. And what a difference that change made! My characters had things they were doing. They were dealing with their issues in a way I wanted them to. I just fell madly in love with my story and the characters. I’m amazed at the many times I’ve made dinosaur noises.
- I casted actors/actresses for my characters.
I’ve recently been doing this a lot in my writing projects. I have to do this before I write because if I’m unable to find the perfect person for the character, I am just stuck. It’s weird. I feel like having the perfect actress/actor in my head motivates me to write. It gets me super pumped. It helps me visualize the characters better—both appearance and personality-wise. It’s a good character building block.
- Writing with friends motivated me.
I really couldn’t have reached my word count goal if I didn’t have friends cheerleading me. During last November’s NaNoWriMo, I wrote with my BFF and managed to reach 50k (because I get competitive and want to beat her). In this past April’s Camp, I didn’t really write anything for my heist project, which was a damn shame. Having friends to egg me on is an extremely vital part in getting me pumped and to my word count goal.
- Speaking of friends, I unintentionally roped Charlotte into doing Camp NaNo even though she hadn’t intended to.
Yup. I somehow roped her into writing, and the results were beautiful. She hadn’t intended to write because she has a big school project, but how can she say no to writing? The world and the characters are so rich. We were both just flailing our arms around because of the characters and the tragicness of their lives. So fucking good. #noregrets
- I got over 15k (my word count goal).
Big accomplishment! (Even if it was just 15k.)
And I shall continue writing because I am not ready to leave these characters and this world. They are too precious.