I Survived CampNaNoWriMo – April 2018
I did it! I survived CampNanoWrio – and I met my word count goal of 25, 000 words (wrote 25,384 in total). I managed to reach that goal, bleary-eyed, with frazzled hair at 10:30 pm – nearly the eleventh hour. Now I know how authors feel when the deadline is looming to the final hours, and that word count is crawling to the end goal.
I had fun with my CampNaNoWri project, even if a few things interrupted my ability to write – including having the flu (lucky for me it wasn’t series, and I was only down for a few days). I also had a good cabin, which near the end grew quiet – I’m sure they were doing the same thing as I was writing, editing, re-writing non-stop. For me there was also procrastinating from writing and starring at the screen, waiting for the words to come out. Now I need to go back to my writing project and fix it. It’s a mess. I started out with nice, neatly arranged chapters, then I inserted pieces here and there, random paragraphs as a scene popped into my head, and crossing pieces out I didn’t like, I bounced around a lot, so the timeline of the story is scattered. Once I’ve fixed that up, I can then go about finishing the story. By the looks of it, this will be more of a novella than anything else. I had one particular character who was there in the first chapter and then disappeared. I think when I work on editing the story in the next few weeks I’ll likely remove the character completely; it will be as if the character never existed. At least I realized it early on, and it should be easy to make the poor character go away. This particular character has no importance, they were there, and then they weren’t – I think I forgot they existed. Has anyone else ever found that problem? Magically disappearing characters? Thoughts on how to avoid this?
Fun note: When I was running this post through Grammarly, because well my grammar is awful, it informed me that the “remove the character” was too vague and I should try something else. Obliterate, annihilate, and eradicate were the suggestions – thanks Grammarly, but it’s not that type of book. Poor Character X, even Grammarly doesn’t want you.
I also had one of my other novels nag at me while I was working away on this one. Which is funny, because this story emerged from a scene that popped into my head during one of my other CampNanoWrio projects a couple of years ago. Sometimes it feels like my stories are pulling at me at in different directions asking me to pay attention to them – which is probably the reason why I’ve yet to finish a novel. Maybe this year. At least a solid first draft?
Now that it’s over, I can slow down and focus on the story; perhaps have it prepped for editing for July’s edition of CampNanoWriMo.
Did you try CampNanoWriMo? How did it go? Inquiring minds want to know!
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