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Cabins are Here!

I’ve been assigned a cabin for July’s session of Camp NaNoWriMo. This makes it real in my mind. Camp NaNo is really just around the corner.

I need to get ready.

That might be easier said than done. I have the worst luck when it comes to keeping myself organized and on task while living at home. Other people distract me.

Okay, maybe that isn’t quite fair. I lived with people at college and I was able to stay organized and get my writing done there. My family doesn’t understand that I need to write while I’m in the zone. They’ve never figured out that seeing me writing with headphones on doesn’t mean they should just talk a bit louder about whatever “urgent” task they need me to do.

My priorities are not always going to line up with theirs and I’ve been trying to explain that to them for years now, but of course in the midst of explaining it whatever bit of dialogue or description I was in the middle of writing floats right out of my head.

I’m half temped to make a sign and stick it on my own forehead: Is the house on fire? Is someone dying? Can it wait until later?

It’s not like I won’t take the trash out if that’s what needs to be done. I just might need ten minutes to tie up some loose ends so I can actually jump in where I left off again. Just let me know it needs to be done. Don’t make it into a full-blown conversation. Even better, write a note next to me of the things you’d like me to do once I’m done. Notes work. We already use notes so we know they work for us.

Somehow I think if I suggest this I’ll just end up covered in sticky notes by the end of July…

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Thoughts on July Camp NaNo

I can hardly believe that Camp NaNoWriMo cabin assignments start tomorrow. I can hardly believe June is more than halfway over. It really feels like just last week the last Camp NaNo session ended.

I feel so unprepared. Although I know I’m going to be a rebel and continue an ongoing project, I feel like I should be doing research, creating characters, and trying to come up with at least a vague premise for a novel. Instead I’m working on the project already, and hoping I can at least get close to wrapping up this book by the end of July.

This story started as an idea back in 2007 and an early version was written during NaNoWriMo 2007. I won that year. The story was very rough, and after some half-hearted attempts at revising the draft I decided it would require a complete overhaul. By the time I was ready to try again the story had expanded into at least three books worth of material. I wrote the first book of this new expanded story for NaNoWriMo 2010 and won again.

The 2010 version was much, much better in my opinion. I’ve reread it since, but I haven’t made any major revisions yet. At this point I’m still waiting to finish the three books I planned before I start going back and making changes. I’ve been working on the second book off and on since 2011.

Right now my goal is to finish the second book before November of this year, and then work on writing the third book for this year’s NaNoWriMo. It’s only a tentative goal, and I’m sure I’ll change my mind on what I’ll actually write for NaNo a dozen times between now and then.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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July Camp NaNoWriMo

I’ve got myself officially signed up for the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo now.

Back in April I set a goal of 30,000 words for myself, and that proved to be a bit more than I could handle. I’m going to mainly blame that on getting very sick at the start of the month and never really getting myself motivated to make up for the time I lost while sick. Regardless of why it happened, I failed to reach my goal by a lot.

This time I’ve decided to set myself a very reachable goal in hopes that I’ll actually be able to achieve it and then keep going from there. For that reason I’ve set myself the goal of 10,000 words for July. It’s  not much. I’ve written more than that in day back when I was crazy, more motivated, and willing to completely shut  myself away from the world for more than 24 hours at a time. I think 10,000 words will still be a stretch for me though. Especially since the plan is for me to move house sometime during that month.

I’m not going to worry about trying to come up with a new project for the month. I’ll just be a rebel and continue the project I’ve been working on all spring. I wrote the first book for this project for NaNoWriMo in 2010 and I’ve been working on the second book on and off ever since. It would be really nice to finally get it finished so I’ll feel less guilty starting something new for NaNoWriMo this year. I’m hoping I can finish up the rough draft for book two in the next 25,000 words or so. We’ll see how that goes.

Let me know if you’re being a rebel or going for a goal other than the traditional 50,000 next month. I’d love to have a few more people to request as cabin mates.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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