July 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo has officially come to a close. This has been my first Camp NaNo experience - I had been hearing a lot about this event, especially over April. So I was very eager to participate this July :).
I must say, that this experience has been one of the greatest in my writing life so far.
I must give a HUGE shoutout to Jane Maree for allowing me to join her cabin The Fellowship of the Keyboards. After trying two different public cabins and being weirded out both times, I got brave and asked if it was ok to join hers. Very graciously, she offered a spot, which I will be eternally grateful for. And I would love to recognize Anna C.S., Ralraymee, MiddleEarthMusician, Quinley, Girl With a Dagger, Jess Penrose, Slisby, Clare of the Relinquished and all the other lovely cabin members! You guys and gals are the most awesome people ever! *hugs all around*
Best Moments of July 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo:
- Meeting my amazing cabinmates.
- This interchange (read from the bottom up):
- The major orc battle we had at the beginning of camp (that was so epically fun!!)
- When Jess and Slisby accidently broke the cabin after an experiment in coding disastrously failed.
- All the help we fellow writers gave each other.
- Word warring with Jess and Ral
- My LOTR fangirlness got a chance to assert itself for the first time in a long time.
- Getting to my *new* writing goal at the end of it all.
What I learned:
- I now really like Welsh music. So much so, that in addition to my Apple in the Snow playlist, I now have a playlist specifically devoted to Welsh music.
- My rebellious muse, working full time, volunteering, and writing on a deadline don't mix very well. Camp has officially confirmed that I write best when I'm totally relaxed and that I need to prioritize my life better if I'm going to get any extensive writing done without shutting myself off from my obligations.
- I'm a slower writer than I thought I was.
- I'm most assuredly a person that needs everything planned out to the nth degree.
- Word count goals are not the way to go. I got fixated on it at the last, seeing as how I hate having a goal unfinished.
With that said, how did my writing go?
In a word, TERRIBLE.
I started with a goal of 10,000 words, knowing that that was the length of my previous novella and a good length for Rooglewood. I had mentioned previously that I wasn't going to write for the first day. That hiatus turned into 3 days of not writing at all, and sporadic writing for the rest of the week. Since I was also away from my computer, it was also very difficult to word count...
Once I got back into a regular routine, things went a little easier. In theory.
In the middle of the month, my draft trainwrecked.
I normally write in a mix of limited and omnipotent third person point of view - which is a disaster waiting to happen anyway. In order to make it easier to word count, I gathered up all the snippets I had written previously and stuck them all in one document. Some were limited, some were omnipotent, others I had no idea where I was going with.
The result was a horrible, terrible messy draft.
I had to take a step back and relook at my preparatory files. I outlined like crazy, but arcs still weren't lining up.
I turned to my playlists on Spotify and my Pinterest board. Neither helped at first. Both were expanded, which helped a little. I still wrote every three days or so, but it was definitely slow-going and I was getting frustrated with my story. It didn't help that I would only get to write during the evening hours after work or on my days off - when I wanted to (or needed to, in some cases) get other stuff done.
To cope with it, I made the promo video for Rebellious Writing, and also redid my blog header.
In the end, I decided to muddle through as best I could with what I had. I didn't want to scrap everything that I had worked on the previous weeks, knowing I wouldn't get that progress back again. In the last week, I decided to knock my goal down to 6000 words. In a way I feel that I've cheated, but circumstances were not looking favorable for a 10000 word document.
|The final results|
My story still isn't written in it's entirety. Now that Camp is over, I can safely start scrapping the bits that I don't want or don't work and start my second draft afresh. I do plan on taking a break from The Apple in the Snow until after August 11.
Because Rebellious Writing's website will be released on the National Book Lover's Day (August 9)!!!! There are a lot of little details that still need to be settled before then and I'll also be writing a post about the book scout program for #RW that will be published on August 11.
How did your Camp NaNo go (if you participated)? What was one of your "best moments" or "lessons learned"? Feel free to share!