Camp NaNoWriMo is almost upon us. And guess who will be attempting it again?
THIS GIRL RIGHT HEREEEEE.
Although I failed April’s Camp because of various reasons (I was in the midst of moving house, I had no internet, I was obsessed with certain faces), I will participate in July’s Camp and succeed. (That’s the plan.)
I thought for this “hey, I’m participating in Camp NaNo again” post, I’d talk about the stuff I’ve written. I never really intended to start writing novels. All the stuff I’ve written were just short stories, and when I went to do my senior thesis, I realized all these short stories were basically part of a bigger novel. What novel? No idea. But I realized how short stories were no longer a feasible option because I just wanted to expand on it even more. It was very eye-opening.
I’ve started five novels (but I’ve never actually finished them which is an absolutely damn shame), which all I have code names and generic synopses.
It was originally a short story that I decided to expand on for my senior thesis. Pandora was a semi-satirical story about a mother expecting a lot out of their child because of the name they gave their child. Family dynamics, naming and the power it has are a huge part of the story. It is somewhat humorous because of the over-the-top nature of the mother’s actions, but it’s weirdly on point. I haven’t looked at it since I turned in my thesis because eeek! It took a lot out of me.
Inspired by Firefly (which is an awesome show that everybody should go watch). It’s a joint story I started writing with my best friend for NaNoWriMo last year. It’s a YA novel, told from alternating point of views. I feel like teenage bounty hunters in space in the distant future is pretty explanatory (and awesome!). I was (still am) pretty pumped about this. I had to do soooo much research as I wrote. Very stressful times. My best friend and I basically Facetimed each other every day to have word sprints. And it worked beautifully! We both managed to write 50,000 words of stuff (half of which will probably not be used). Yayyyyy.
I had written about it over here, but this story had been in my head for a while, and I finally attempted to write it for my senior thesis, but I decided against it after the first draft because of time issues. I picked it back up for April’s Camp. My Ghost/Detective story is about “an agoraphobic main character who is forced out of her apartment to figure out why a ghost is haunting her. It’s almost like a detective-ghost story, but not really because the focus isn’t so much about the paranormal aspect of it, but more about the character development. It’s about the main character getting out of her shell and finding herself.” One of these days, I will get back to it.
- HEIST BBS
Oh yes, my precious heist babies! I’m a huge fan of heists and found families, and I wanted to attempt at writing my own. I haven’t flushed out the plot, but it’s basically like Heist Society with The Secret History twist. Bored rich young adults, deciding to steal priceless art works for fun. Fun is had. Betrayal happens. Possibly a murder or two occurs along the way. (Just thinking about it makes me pumped!) I’ve already casted the roles with my favorite actors and actresses in my head, and I’m super excited about it! I just haven’t had the time to sit down, research, and properly write it.
This is my story for July’s Camp NaNo! It’s about two young woman who become penpals (from across the country) and become wrapped up in each other’s lives. They start to rely on each other as they face their lives, their work, their family, their love life together. The chapters alternate between the two characters with emails they’ve written to each other in between each chapter (sort of like setting up what’s to come next)! Like my HEIST BBS story, I already know which actresses would play the two main characters.
Let’s be honest, this doesn’t sound like the most intriguing plot. The story is technically two weeks old, whereas all my previous stories have been stewing in my brain for years, so you have to give me that. I feel like at the end of July, I’ll have a pretty good synopsis to convince you all of its awesomeness. Just you wait.
Thinking about all of my stories make me wish I could write all of them right now. Ha.
For July’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m setting my word count goal to 15,000. I think it’ll be less pressure, and I can always adjust it as I go along. If you’re participating as well, want to be my cabin mates? This is me! Let me know and I’ll invite you to a private cabin! (Though I’m not sure if it’ll work well. We shall see.)