Monday, July 31, 2017

End of July Camp NaNoWriMo!



Hello all!

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.

Why?

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! 

Scribblingly yours,

Catherine

25 comments:

  1. I was thinking I wouldn't like NaNoWriMo, but you make it look interesting. Maybe one day I'll make a private cabin or something. What did you experience in the public ones?

    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. In the public ones, it's super random. I had nothing in commmon with those people, and I thought a lot of them were...strange. I felt much more comfortable in a cabin in which I knew people.

      I would totally experience NaNo at least once!

      Catherine

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    2. I'll think about it. I think I would prefer a cabin with people I know through my blog rather than strangers. Do the people in your cabin see your work, or would you have to share it for them to see? (I'm not the kind of person who wants people reading my work right away.)

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    3. There is a group chat where you would share stuff if you wish. NaNo does ask for you to submit your work at the end, but only to count the words (I think you can still scramble them).

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    4. Not sure I like that too much. But, I'll think about doing NaNo. Probably won't happen anytime soon. But thank you for answering my questions. <3

      iviewrites.blogspot.com

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  2. It was so much fun being in the same cabin and wow this was also my first ever nano and it was amazing! I also started out with the high and mighty goal of 20,000 words but that got cut in half.

    Good luck with the Rooglewood contest and woot woot! I can't wait for August 9th! You are honestly a trooper Catherine. Well anyway enough rambling! :P You have a great August! <3

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    1. Agreed, Anna!!! Thanks so much, I'll definitely keep you posted on my progress. And yes, ohmigosh, August is going to be loads of fun!

      Catherine

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  3. That sounds like a lot of fun! I did camp nano in January and I can totally relate to strange cabin mates... lol.

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    1. I did have fun, LOL glad I'm not the only one :)

      Catherine

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  4. I won yesterday evening! I had to lower my goal also which stinks but oh well.

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    1. Aw! Oh well, at least you won as well!

      Catherine

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  5. Hi Catherine, I enjoyed working in the cabin with you , and hope to see you again next next year!:)

    -Quinley

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    1. I enjoyed working with you as well! Good luck in November, and yes, definitely next year!

      Catherine

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  6. P.S I forgot to add this into my previous comment: The orc battle was so fun do with you!:)

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    1. Lol, that is I think the best moment of Camp!

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  7. I failed camp so badly. The thing is, I have been doing my watch-along, and I've been working, and it's been summer so I was no where close to my goal. But, I did start it, and I have it all worked out in my noggin' so all I need to do is write, but I didn't. Oh well. :) Big congrats for you!!!! :D

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    1. That stinks! I can understand, it was super hard trying to balance writing with my job and blogging too. Hopefully you'll write it soon!

      Catherine

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  8. It sounds like you had fun! Don't worry about your writing not going to plan; some progress is ALWAYS better than no progress. :) Best of luck with your WIP in the coming weeks! <3

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    1. I did!
      That's true...at least I have something to go off of. Thanks, Melissa!!

      Catherine

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  9. Love it! :D I'll admit you had me giggling when I saw that you had added the little mis-adventure Jessica and I went through XD Definitely one of my 'lesson-learned' moments right there ;P

    Congrats (again) on reaching your word goal! (Even if it wasn't the one you had originally started with ^-^ Good job anyway!)

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    1. Haha, I thought that was so funny...
      Thanks, Sarah! Congrats on your win as well!

      Catherine

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  10. Aw, it was so great to meet you to! *hugs*
    My Camp Nano went well. I'll let you know more in my blog post I'm writing about it. ;-)
    Congrat's on your win!!! XD

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  11. *hugs back* can't wait to see it!!

    Thank you!

    Catherine

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