Yes, it's that time of year again. Yes, I do three versions of NaNoWriMo a year. Yes this is my fifth time and yes I am excited.
It's Camp time! Yaaaaaayyy! Everyone go crazy(actually I'll go crazy enough for all of us!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(side note: 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.)
I know what you're thinking; But didn't you just do Camp NaNoWriMo and write 74,277 words???? Yes, yes I did. But...I love camp NaNo! Back in April, I was in the middle of moving, and my brother had just had surgery(which he's fully recovered from and just got the last of the metal out of his mouth!) and lots was going on, plus I was in a sadly inactive cabin which equals lots of stress and less fun so I have to do it in July! Plus, it's me, I was never going to not do it!
So let's get down to the details shall we?
Last Camp I set my goal as 30,000 because I knew I wouldn't have a ton of time, obviously I ended up having more time than I thought. I not only beat that goal but if the goal was my opponent in a race, I lapped it like three times.
Last July my goal was 65,000 and I wrote 101,547, hehe, that was my first 100k and I'm still so proud of it. I even did a 50k week, which if you don't know, the main goal in a normal NaNo session is to write 50k in the whole month because that's the average number of words in a novel, so I did that in seven days, and it was so much fun!
Last November for regular NaNo, the goal was obviously 50k and I wrote 99,881 words.
So, I wanted to beat my record for this July, but I decided starting out I didn't want to set out to kill myself with too high of a word count goal. I also want to try to squeeze in two 50k weeks, but that's...daunting and I'm waiting to see how the month goes to commit to that. So my goal is simply 100k. I have basically nothing to do next month except write and I've been working on a writing schedule which involves sleeping only four hours at night but then another four during the day to help maximize my most productive times of the day and yes, I'm crazy. Plus my brother helped me by getting me slightly hooked on video games(I've only before ever really played two player games with him) and that's a really good way to take a short break and come back to writing, pumped to get those words done. Anyway, I'm rambling.
What am I Writing???
Well, I kind of actually know this time. I'm notorious for not being able to pick a project when it comes to Camp, I always have my November project picked out months ahead of time, I struggle with Camp.
So I am currently in the middle of rewriting my November project, I edited and revised it like four times and then realized there was this one big thing it needed more of, a plot. So I'm hoping to at least have most of that, if not all, finished by July 1st. So if that's not done then I will start camp by finishing that and it might derail a little bit of the rest of my plans.
So, 100k is a little much for one book, though my November project is that long. So I have two ideas picked out, but considering I just decided on one and put off another, they are likely to change, also I haven't started outlining which is bad because I outline a lot and it takes a while and I'm lost without an outline. Like I once spent four hours straight outlining characters! It takes forever, but I can't change my process!
Project #1 is temporarily titled Goth Girl and I love love love the title and the story and the main character, who in my mind is a major badass. It's young adult contemporary which is kind of my niche at the moment, and it will follow Rylie Jane, a seventeen-year-old girl with major issues. It has a revenge plot, a former tormentor love interest, and a fear of the second floor of her house which is something I'm excited to build on.
Project #2 is temporarily titled My Fictional Boyfriend In Real Life and follows Jo Morgan, a sixteen-year-old bookworm who dreams of becoming an editor at a big publishing house. She has her own problems. Her uncle is a producer who's working on the movie adaption of Jo's favorite book(as yet to be named) and Jo's ex-best friend has landed the role of the main character, aka, Jo's book boyfriend. It's a fluffy contemporary that also deals with mental illness and other not so fun things.
Tell me your plans for next month! Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo, going on a fun vacation or living vicariously through books? Tell me, tell me, tell me!
Links! Some links to my old NaNo posts, hopefully you can find some inspiration!
November 2013 NaNo Posts