Camp NaNoWriMo is almost upon us. And guess who will be attempting it again?
THIS GIRL RIGHT HEREEEEE.
Yes, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo!
It’s an absolute first for me. I never took part in Camp before, so I am slightly excited/scared. I’m sure it will be no different to my experience with normal NaNoWriMo. Will I achieve my goals for this one? Maybe. Maybe not. (Hoping for the former.)
For those who do not know what is it, it’s like regular NaNoWriMo, but it’s set in April, has cabins (filled with writers who you can talk to and get encouragement from), and you get to pick your own word count and the project’s category (novel, nonfiction, scripts, etc)! It’s wonderful!
YES, THAT IS CORRECT. I WON NANOWRIMO!
Yeeeeee. *dances around my room and throws imaginary confetti*
I actually reached 50k on Friday. AND I SCREAMED WHEN I DID. 50K IS A LOT TO ME.
Here are my stats –
I didn’t think I would be able to reach 50k because I slacked off the first two days. Those were crucial days to NaNoWriMo, but I was being lazy and didn’t write anything, which set me back a lot. From then on, I had lots of catch-up to do. I usually write whatever I can (and that means I rarely keep track of my word count), but I found myself obsessively checking to see that I write at least 2K each day. It may not be a lot to some people, but it is to me.
I had a good motivating system. Let’s say I wrote 1600 words today, I’d go “hey, if I write 400 more, I’ll reach 2,000!” and then I proceed to write 400 words. And then afterwards, I see that my total words becomes 9,400 as a result of the amount I wrote, I’d go “Oh my god, if I write 600 words, I’ll reach 10k! DOING IT.” And the cycle continues because I’m weird about numbers and it has to be visually equal (if that makes any sense). It worked (as you can see in the stats), so yay!
What I found during this process:
- Change is good.
When I wrote, I realized I had to change some stuff. My characters live in the future, and my BFF and I had initially decided not to have them traversing through the universe, but we realized that was exactly what we needed. We were in a bit of a writing funk, not having a clue of what to write, but when we opened it up to include the universe/space, we were suddenly overflowing with ideas. The change of scenery for the story was a great idea because we were no longer stuck on the Earth. The world opened up more and that’s awesome.
- Need to do a lot of world-building.
World-building is totally not a strong suit of mine. (Not for my BFF/writing partner either.) It’s an absolute pain, but necessary. I admit that I can be a pretty lazy author. I’m more of a character-builder instead of a world-builder. Writing is a learning process and I’m actually excited to see how fair in this weakness of mine. Let’s hope I do well, yeah?
- Research, research, research.
There is so many things I do not know about – how to write fight scenes, planets, spaceships, futuristic guns + outfits, world-building in sci-fi – which means I need to do a lot of major research sessions. I need to find more resources about sci-fi stuff and space/galaxy. It’s vast and I don’t know where to start. I’m actually looking forward to it. The things that I have read fascinated me. I had never done a lot of research for the other stories I’ve written, and I rather enjoyed it.
- Lots of great writing resources on Tumblr.
I reblogged a lot of resources on my writing tumblr blog. The Writing Cafè, The Writer’s Helper, and References for Writers are really amazing. Tons of good references there. It’s good to use these resources when you’re stuck or when you’re looking for inspiration. If you don’t hear from me, I’m either reading or drowning in research.
- Scrivener is a magical program!
IT REALLY IS. I’ve been using the free trial version and it’s AMAZING. I can’t wait to buy it. Everything is all in one place. You don’t have to open new Word documents. The split screen is perfect for editing. (I shrieked in delight when I found it. Albeit, the day nanowrimo ended, but whatever) I love it! It is a writer’s best friend!
- Need to do major edits and rewrites.
A LOT OF MAJOR ONES. So many things need to be done (like apply all the change in setting to space). I’m dreading it, but excited too!
So, I am off to relax for a bit. Then, I will be off to write again and go through the editing process. Wish me luck. ;D
Well, everyone. It’s almost that time of the year! National Novel Writing Month. A grueling thirty days of pure writing torture. That should be fun, right? (No it won’t. I predict lots of crying and stressing out. A lethal mixture.)
Paola @ A Novel Idea and Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews created this lovely support group for bookish people who are participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo. I think it’s an absolutely awesome idea. Having a group of people root you on boosts your morale. I remember last year, I didn’t have a support system at all and I just fell apart–melted into a puddle of icky failure.
I participated in my first NaNoWriMo last year and let me tell you, it was a complete failure. COMPLETE. FAILURE. I think I only stuck with it for the first three days (not even doing the minimum word amount) and then poof, I gave up.
Reasons why it was a failure:
- It was my last semester of college and I had to write my thesis (I was a creative writing major and had to write part of a novel.)
- I wanted to do a psychological detective-ghost story for last year’s NaNoWriMo, but that didn’t pan out because I had to focus on my thesis. (Writing two stories in the month of November was not ideal for me, especially with a very real deadline.)
- For that particular project, I was a pantser. I was just writing whatever came into my head, and that meant that there wasn’t a clear plot. I knew how I wanted to start it, but afterwards, I found myself flailing. I got stuck.
- When I write, I want everything to be perfect even though it’s a first draft. (I need to remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect, but old habits die hard.)
- I didn’t have the attention span to write a specific amount of words each day. (That isn’t how I write.) And I have a bad habit of procrastinating.
- I had no dedication.
I fear that I will succumb to what happened last year, especially with getting easily distracted and wanting to revise everything to make it perfect. I need to get it into my thick skull that NaNoWriMo isn’t about revising the same sentence over and over again. It’s about writing as much as I can. I don’t have to reach 50k words, but that would be nice if I did.
Also, if you want to be writing buddies on the NaNoWriMo site, feel free to add me. I’m seymouring.
2013 NaNoWriMo Project
Earlier in the year, my best friend and I decided to write a joint novel with each of us writing a main character’s point of view and we’re using NaNoWriMo to force us to write it (because we’ve procrastinated a lot). Surprisingly enough, we made a detailed outline, which should keep us organized. We have the general idea of the characters and the world, so yeah, thumbs up.
Currently, the story is untitled and it’s about teenage bounty hunters set in the future. (Doesn’t that sound badass?)
I’m really excited to write this story.
I’ve told everybody this – as soon as November 1st comes, I predict I will have given up writing November 3rd or 4th. Mark my words. But if I don’t, congrats to future-Cee for her dedication. Proud of her. ;D
Good luck to everybody who’s participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo!