NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month.
NaNoWrioMo takes place every November and it's where you commit yourself to writing and try to write a 50,000-word novel in just one month! Camp NaNo takes place in April and July with a few key differences. First of all, you get to custom set your goal, you don't have write novel, you don't have to write 50,000 words, you can write more, you can write less, you can edit, you can basically do whatever you want. There's also virtual cabins! Where you can choose to be paired up with other writers either by age group or people writing similar things as you and so on and so forth.
Okay. So, I've done two regular NaNoWriMo sessions and I did Camp last July, and I've never lost so let me brag for a second...I am awesome...okay I'm good. This year I've mostly been working on editing and revising, like a lot. But, I am going to be writing something new for Camp NaNo! Yay!
I don't tend to talk much about my writing here since I started a writing blog with my friend but I figured, may as well talk about NaNoWriMo, right?
As usual I found myself unable to chose what I wanted to write. I have ideas, quite a few, but I have commitment issues... I briefly mentioned(I think?) in the post where I try to convince all the people to join me at Camp NaNo that I haven't picked a book to write. Now, I handed most decision making over to my brother, also known as my number one critique partner and the person that makes all my decisions that I can't make for myself because I am an indecisive person. Basically, I made quick little pro and con sheets for each of the four ideas I was considering with a rating of how much I've outlined/developed the idea and he read through and picked one out. Without further ado, I present my Camp NaNo 2015 project!
Genre: YA Suspense/Horror
Ainsley Stone has known about her narcolepsy since freshmen year. She's come to terms with the fact that she's going to spend most of her life in complete exhaustion. That she'll never be normal, that it will be nearly impossible to find a good job when she spends 13 or more hours a day sleeping, unable to make herself move.
She prefers not to even think about the waking dreams and Cataplexy; where she essentially faints only she's still awake. Sure, all this has lead to a major fear of social situations where an episode may occur, endless whispers behind her back and anxiety attacks, but she's gotten this far. Senior year of high school, so close to leaving her small whisper filled town far behind. Maybe she's never been kissed, maybe she's completely friendless and in love with a boy who can barely look at her anymore, but Ainsley knows that none of this will matter once she's graduated.
The way she sees it, at least things can't get worse. But she's wrong.
It starts at the beginning of senior year when the boy she's been dreaming about appears in front of her, flesh and blood. Kellin isn't effected in the littlest bit by the whispers that follow Ainsley or her random disappearances to sleep for hours and hours in the middle of the day in her favorite abandoned classroom. He even seems to be flirting with her.
Then her worst nightmare: an episode in the middle of class leading to the bloody hand prints on her bedroom door. Discovering the body of a girl in her class, brutally murdered but she can't prove it was real. And the masked man that follows her both in her dreams and out.
What happens when Ainsley can no longer tell the difference between Awake and Asleep?
I'm really excited for this one because, even before I was actually serious about being a writer, since I was like 8, I've always wanted to write a horror, or "scary" as my 8-year-old-self would say, book. I'm also, just in general, excited to try a new genre. I love stuff about dreams and I love stuff about how f-ed up in the head dreams can make you and I love my characters names... Plus there's this whole subplot about an underground comic and basically I'm just really excited for this which in my mind proves it's the right choice to be writing right now.
=( So, my goal is actually 30,000 but I'm hoping to have enough time to hit 50. We shall see!
Now, I've pretty much stopped doing Sunday wrap up posts and it's kind of just gonna be random ones from now on, in April however they will be writing related! Because I'm going to be obsessed with writing... =)
Writing related or not, do you have anything fun planned for next month? Besides Camp NaNo and moving, my birthday is next month which mostly means new tattoos(as is my tradition)!