Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to pop in here real quick and let you all know I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year! YAY. Are you?????


*If you want to know why I haven’t been posting the last few weeks about my WIP it’s because nothing is new! There’s no update to be had…except for the fact that I’ve been on a writing spree lately and I don’t want to jinx myself by talking too much about everything…ha. Hope you understand!*

So, anywho back to Camp 😀 …

I’ve done the official NaNoWriMo event in the past (i.e. the one that happens in November), but I have never done it in July (or April for that matter) with Camp. I’m not sure why I’m so much more excited about Camp than I usually am about November, but I am, and I’m just going with it for now.

That being said, I have always been a big NaNo fan because it’s just amazing. I know this through personal experience and because it’s just a fact of life. An entire event dedicated to creating community and helping writers stay motivated to write every day deserves a gold star in my book.

Some people don’t care for NaNoWriMo because they think it encourages poor writing. After all, writing that much every day can almost guarantee you’ll have some days where you are straight up vomiting onto the page, but as we all know, all first drafts are shit so why the hell does this matter?

I do understand the people who don’t do NaNoWriMo (Camp or the actual event in November) because they’re hauling ass all year. Every month is their NaNoWriMo. Fair enough, I understand your point. And in truth, I’ve been there too. But, I still love and utilize the event because it helps me stay on track with my progress no matter how hard I’ve been working all year. It forces me to put all those doubts and worries and blah blah blah and throw them out the window for a solid month and just write.

Luckily for me, I am still writing my book (creating something out of nothing, not fixing what’s already there…sort of). I’m far away from editing and revising. I mean, I’m technically revising right now, but if you’ve been keeping up with me you know that’s a load of crap. I’m writing First Draft Part Two. Something that had me crying with desolation only a few weeks ago but now has me crying with glee this week. Okay, maybe more like crying at how much my fingers have been cramping from typing so much, but there is glee in there.

So yeah. That’s all I really wanted to say for today. Let me know what your thoughts about NaNo are! Are you for it? Against it? Apathetic? LET ME KNOW.

And with that, I’m gonna dash out of here because I’m already missing my draft.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you wanted to know, my goal this month is 100,000 words (double the usual for NaNo). I’ll probably end up dying before I get there, but hey, why not aim high. The only thing I have to lose is my sanity or possibly the use of my fingers. I’ll let you know how I end up faring.tenor1


False Starts

Oh heyyyy

So today I wanted to talk a little bit about the absolute struggle of figuring out where you should start your story.

I’ve always struggled with beginnings, no matter if I’m writing a novel, a short story, a poem, an essay (introduction paragraphs are the bane of my existence), or what have you. But I’ve never realized how much of a hurdle they really were for me. I didn’t like them, but I always managed to write them and make it work.

As you know I’ve been *ahem* struggling with revisions. I’ve basically been ripping my hair out for the last two months trying to get this story together. But I didn’t realize that the reason nothing was coming together was because I was starting my story in the wrong place.

I was getting so excited about all the things I had in store that I was skipping over some major plot points and character development that I didn’t even know I needed. All I knew was that something was wrong but I could not figure out what.

Enter post-its and letting things simmer.

I’m not kidding these two things saved my story. (And my hair.)

What I ended up doing was this… I basically threw up every little thought I had about my story onto post-its so I could see everything that had been battling for attention in my head out in the open. And it helped me so much. There wasn’t any pressure to try and fit things together, no stress of filling plot holes or tossing things that didn’t make sense. This was an absolute thought dump.*

A small sampling of the thought dump with the bonus of my super motivational calendar

Then I looked at everything I had written down and I let things simmer. I didn’t ignore my story, but I didn’t try to control it either. I had all my ideas out, I could look at each and every one of them and just absorb them for what they were. Ideas.

After a few days of this, I had an actual idea of where I needed to start my story. I was able to look at all my ideas and see where they needed to happen and what needed to happen before them.

Then. I got to writing.

I made a very basic outline through Scrivener’s corkboard of the events I wanted to happen and I got to work.

And now, I feel amazing. I know what needs to happen but better yet, I know where my story needs to start. And spoiler alert! it wasn’t where I had originally thought. Not at alllllll.

So, that’s all I have for today. Let me know if you have ever struggled with false starts and please feel free to share how you were able to figure them out! (I know I could definitely use more advice!)

Thanks for reading!

*Side note: I’ve done thought dumps before (as I’ve mentioned in past posts) but I’ve always done them in a word document. I’ve realized that I need to see all my thoughts in my writing in a physical form. Not in text on my computer that I need to scroll through.