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Camp Nano failure(?)

Okay, so I got way too busy and stressed with this needing-to-job-hunt thing to reach my goal for Camp Nanowrimo’s July session.


November is coming.  And more than that:



Fear of the Dark

It’s always serendipitous in a freaky sort of way when you’re writing a really tense scene about being chased in a thunderstorm… and Van Canto’s cover of Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden pops up on random in Spotify.   Hence the title of the entry…   Doesn’t help that my vertigo is making the shadows in the room look like they’re moving!

So I started out on Camp Nanowrimo with the intention of making a serious dent in the rewrite of the first book of the Soldaris saga.  That’s changed.


Time to head to camp

Camp Nanowrimo, that is.  The summer event is so much more laid back than the main event in November.  I’m a few days behind, but that’s okay.  I don’t think I’m shooting for the full 50k words with everything that I have to do this month (find a new job, find a new apartment, etc.).  A good 20k goal ought to do enough to push me to write without feeling overwhelmed.

I’ve decided I’m going to work on the rewrite of the Soldaris saga this month, and probably continue it into the August session of Camp Nano as well.  I’ve finally moved past that point where I’m too sick of it to work on it and back into being excited about the project again.  This makes me happier than I can express.

If you’d like to track my progress, you can do so on my Camp Nanowrimo profile page.

Camp and the first line

So.  Camp NaNoWriMo started six days ago.  It’s like the standard Nano event in November, except it’s on a smaller scale with more intimate groups (“cabins” of 5-6 people) and less of the crazy pressure that drives the main event.

I’m six days behind.  Between the finishing of my last summer class, helping my best friend move, and then packing and going out of town, I haven’t really had the time to write.   It might have been easier to make time, if I knew where to start.   I’m one of those people that can let the words flow for a long time, but only if I know my starting point and direction.  I don’t have that starting point yet, that one scene that grabs the reader and pulls him into the story.    I’ve always been pretty good with in medias res beginnings, but I’m not sure what event that’s supposed to be this time.

Unfortunately, the clock keeps ticking.  I better figure this out soon, if I want to use “camp” to my advantage.  Right now I only have to write 2,000 words a day in order to reach that 50,000 word mark.  I think I’d really rather not have to write more than that in a day if I can help it.

Wish me luck.  I’m clearly going to need it in order to redeem my horrible showing of November 2010.

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