Hey everyone, I hope you have had a great start to April Camp NaNoWriMo. After doing nanowrimo/camp nanowrimo three times now, I have learnt a fair few lessons about how to do it and I would love to share these lessons with you + a bit on how april is going for me so far!
Camp Nanowrimo is right round the corner and if your anything like me (which is quite unfortunate) you will only be just starting your planning. Here is how I plan, plus a few tips. Please be advised this is only the way that I plan and this is what suits me. It may not be for you and that is totally fine.
Camp nanowrimo is coming up soon, for those of you who don’t know camp nanowrimo is a month long writing event similar to nanowrimo (an event where participants try to write 50 000 words in a month) however in camp nanowrimo you can choose your own word count goal and you get a cabin of writers to help encourage you throughout the month.
For those of you already interested you can sign up to camp nanowrimo for a fun month of writing but don’t leave just yet – I’m going to make this list helpful for you too by including tips for reaching your full nanowrimo potential for each of these motivators. (there’s even a printable in there for you – that’s right a free printable to track your writing during camp nanowrimo) For those of you still not sure here’s my handy dandy list of reasons why camp nanowrimo is great.
Writing is hard man… Imagine you come up with this idea and it’s precious and small and you just want to take care of it. You want to feed it until it becomes a fully fleshed out plot line and spend hours writing the idea. But the world is a harsh place, you might find out your idea is already very much so a thing, you might lose your excitement after just a few days or you might just not be able to find the time to write around all the other possibilities of what you can spend your time on. Even if you actually get to sit down and work on your book there are so many other challenges that I need to rant about.
I’ve taken a break from my ‘the writing process’ for a few months now just because I wasn’t feeling it. After finishing nanowrimo I’ve had school, computer problems and just plain laziness. Now I need to get motivated and actually write something. I was aiming to write 50k in January but right now I’d be happy to write 30k… or even like 10k. So here I am with a motivation writing post so that I can get motivation for myself and get those words on the page. Here are my tips.
Sooooo camp nano…. yeahh I have some stuff to own up for. (a quick update: 24k). I wanted to be up to 35k now. It has not happened. I know from the way that I write that I will probably not be able to make 10k in one day. My only way of getting back to where I want to be is to slowly chip away at it. I know that if I can do 3k for a few days then I might be able to make it. So below is some things that I am going to use for motivation to keep pushing. Hopefully they help you to.
Gosh darn you want to do this
You were the one who signed up so go and DO this. You know it is possible, even thought you skipped those days purely by being lazy. You can still make it. I know you’ve done the calculations in your head.
Just set aside the time
Don’t stress and look up tips, you have time so use it. Write, write, write. Don’t worry that you’re not sure where it is going or that it is bad. The only way you can solve those problems is by writing. Or possibly brain storming…
Competition is your friend
You know that you will do anything to win, even force yourself through writing when you don’t want to. You have people to do word sprints with, and they really help. When they aren’t available you have a timer you can set and personal bests to make. You also have word crawls that you are doing (currently this one) and they are helping you. You wrote five hundred words in ten minutes, and sure you had to go back and fix it up but that only made it longer.
Play to your strengths
You know what you are good at, and they are writing setting description and characters telling others stuff in great detail. USE THEM. Use all the little tips, like writing long sentences and writing words in stead of numbers, and not using contractions. It might not make the story better but it will motivate you to write more which is what we need.
so GOSH DARN GET IT TOGETHER
I know you are tired and have been writing a lot. I know you just want to sit down and watch TV or read a book. I know that conditions will never be ideal. THEY NEVER WILL BE. You have to suck it up and go write.
I have noticed that once I start writing I don’t actually get writer’s block. I don’t find it that difficult to think of what could happen next, and if I honestly have no clue then I leave a line and get onto a part that I know what is happening. I then go away and brainstorm or research and come back once I have figured it out.
So no, I don’t get writer’s block. Instead I get a condition that I have named writer’s indecision. A condition where I have far too many ideas of where the story could go but none of them seem good enough. When I write the scene I can’t help but leave my options open for all the possibilities I am thinking of. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, only that it can get annoying. Sometimes you have to make a decision, and considering I am the one writing this no one else can make this decision for me so I have to buckle down and do it.
It is also really weird that I struggle to be decisive as in every other part of my life I have no trouble in making decisions and weighing up the pros and cons. Writing is my main creative outlet, so I guess I just don’t want to get it ‘wrong’.
When I read over my writing I find a lot of ‘this, or possibly this’ as what the characters are suggesting or thinking is happening. However I think in editing this will be cut out due to it confusing where the plot is going. It is nice when I am trying to add in a plot twist though as it keeps the reader guessing as to what will happen next.
During camp nanowrimo I have been trying to be more decisive in my writing, however considering my characters are in an unknown place with no idea of what is going on I think I am allowed to have them test out a hypothesis and um and ah over making decisions.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who suffers from Writer’s Indecision, and I would love to hear about how your novels are progressing if you are doing camp nanowrimo.
So I thought, with Camp Nanowrimo coming up so soon (ahh not long to go) that I would give you guys a bit of insight into my writing process including how I set my writing goals and other things you might be able to apply to your own writing. As a fun way of doing this I thought I would do a tag. However it seems the universe had something else in store for me.
On Thursday morning I finished a novel, and realised that for July’s camp nano I didn’t want to be writing the novel I’d planned. A novel set in a world I knew, with events that I’d mapped out. I wanted a clean slate. And more than that, I wanted an escape from my fantasy setting. I wanted to leave the island I’d created and invest my time in some new characters. I wanted to write a sci-fi, with epic space battles and clever plot points.
For a few hours I mulled this idea over, unsure of what to do. I messaged a few friends, and asked their opinion. They all told me to go for it, so I did. I went and took a nice long shower to get the ideas flowing, then I went and looked through all the nuggets of stories that I had tucked away on a file on my computer. It felt so liberating. There were many that I just wanted to jump in and write, so I made a list of then all and tried to figure out a plot for each. I experimented with adding sci-fi twists to them, and ended up with a plot-less apocalypse novel that I wouldn’t be able to sustain for a month, but I really wanted to write the characters, a really good premise and even a plot that I didn’t really feel in the mood to write, an idea that I’d had for what seems like forever that with a sci-fi twist could be decent but I just wasn’t excited for, and one of my precious ideas that I could leave as it is… or I could twist it and end up with something I love, however I still lack a full plot for this.
The clock was ticking and I had to decide. I made a list of things I loved about sci-fi novels that I’d read, and tried to incorporate those elements into these ideas. Some of them worked, some of them didn’t. I went back and forth, even wanting to do something completely unrelated to what I had done before. However I think I have finally decided on what to do. I am not going to post a synopsis or anything because I don’t know if it will change, however I am aiming for an Ender’s game or Red Rising (my review) vibe because these are some of my favorite sci-fi novels.
How have you guys gone with planing your July novels? And what do you think of my changing plan?
Camp Nanowrimo July is coming up in just over two weeks. For those of you who don’t know, camp nanowrimo is a month where aspiring novelists can band together and write a certain amout that they choose. I am aiming to participate with a goal of 40 000 words. I have won camp nano once before, in April, so I want to keep my writing going. I am aiming to write a piece set in the same world as my April novel but with different characters. Below is my synopsis
When the King died, three candidates were chosen as his heir. Each of them has different strengths and weaknesses. Tanith, a master of deception who’s allies are numerous. Mitrene, a powerful magician who aims to find a balance. Dimuri, a practiced speaker with strong opinions. Will it be magic, force or deception that proves to be the most important in the war to come.
I picked up a few tips in April that I’m going to share with you. To start with, always try to write as much as you can early on, because you never know what will come up later on in the month. It can be helpful to set aside some time every day to write, I often find that the earlier in the day I plan to write the more likely I am to actually write at that time as opposed to leaving it until the latest time possible in the day.
I personally, like having character profiles and a list of plot points before I begin, so during the next two weeks I am planning to get that done. I also tend to do less reading during camp nano, instead I think of my own writing and get excited for that.
Setting daily goals and having rewards can also be helpful. I often set my goal for the day higher than is necessary so that if I have an off day I can write a little bit less. The rewards I use vary from food to TV shows, but I find that knowing I have reached my goal and gotten a bit further into the writing process is a reward on it’s own.
Would you be interested in reading a weekly summary of my progress? What do you think of my synopsis and would you be interested in learning more? Are you planning to do camp nanowrimo this July?
I have recently been suffering from writer’s block which is so annoying. I want to wrap up the piece I am working on before Camp Nanowrimo July rolls around. I am currently down to those few scenes that I just don’t know what to do. When I can choose my scene, the writing comes easily. However now there isn’t much choice left, I have to make do with what I’ve got. Thus was born this list of ways to combat writer’s block.