Camp NaNoWriMo: July 2019

I have spent so many years debating what story to tell and proceeding to try to tell the story only to start again. And again. And again. Usually, it’s a fantasy story. I just can’t seem to find the right character to carry the narrative in its entirety. For a while, I did take a little break from writing fantasy and focus on this band story I started years ago and never went back to. However, as I was plotting, I struggled to make the plot captivating enough and have a strong story arc.

Which is why I have now combined the two ideas.

In the past, I’d incorporated the band into my fantasy stories as secondary characters. However, I always found they wanted to tell the story and become primary characters. Or at least, one particular character did. So, I finally let him lead the story and drag along the other three. He has a very distinctive personality and it’s great for helping carry a narrative.

This particular story is bringing four band members into a fantasy setting. I’m using ideas I’ve used in other stories in this story, including an idea from a literal dream I had. Hopefully, with this particular combination, I’ll be able to write to the end of a first draft.

Here’s to Camp NaNoWriMo and whatever else it brings!

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I’m back

Apologies for my long, unexpected absence. A lot has happened in the past few months, and it was never my intention to let my blog fall to the wayside. However, while I acknowledge this blog is still a writing blog, I can’t deny that I struggle to keep it strictly about writing when I’ve been writing sporadically at best in recent months.

I like blogging. I wouldn’t keep coming back to it if I didn’t. But trying to keep a blog going constantly is a struggle, especially when your life is a giant mess. My life, a bit like this blog, has been through several fresh starts, but none have stuck… yet. Writing has been the only constant on both this blog and in my life. But committing to one topic? And posting about it weekly? That’s tough.

I’m planning on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in July, so for now, I have at least one blog post planned. Making a blog post about my weekly word count might not happen since I never feel like I have much to say about it. But talking about how the project is going before, during and after might be a good blog post to do.

However, beyond July, I might resort to a monthly blog post, but whether it’ll be sporadic or not depends what’s going on in my life. Additionally, I made a conscious decision this year to live in the moment more. I spent much of last year taking photos, obsessed with taking the ‘perfect’ picture to post onto Instagram (or for GuruShots). I grew tired of taking photos, then choosing the ‘perfect’ pictures and uploading them to my photography Instagram account, or doing the same with concerts and holidays onto my personal Instagram account. I had the realisation that nobody really cares about my holidays as much as I do, and even though I’m supporting musicians by posting them on Instagram, most the big concerts I went to didn’t need support. They’ve got millions of fans, so they won’t even see my post. What is the point? Whereas with a cappella groups, it’s important to support them since it’s a very niche genre to support and they appreciate any support they get.

Having this realisation has helped me live in the moment more. I’m not living through a lens or searching for that ‘perfect’ photo and waiting to take the picture… mostly. It’s a working progress. I’m seeing the world for what it is and not feeling obligated to post about it. Although, that being said, living in the moment is difficult when your life is a giant mess that doesn’t have much stability, and the world is in a bleak state right now, so seeing the world for what it is is quite difficult at times.

When you first begin blogging, most tips suggest writing about a topic you know about. Hence why I always wrote about writing. However, there is more to me than just writing. I know about history. I know about travelling. I know about heritage. I know about family. I know about a host of topics. Sure, I won’t be an expert in most topics, even the ones I’m familiar with, but writing about them might be fun. Or writing about topics I’m interested in exploring more could be fun.

What I’m saying is, life is unpredictable. It hardly ever goes to plan, throwing you curveballs to learn from, whether good or bad. This blog has definitely never gone to plan. I keep promising to update weekly, then it falls to the wayside and I start again. I’m honestly surprised I still have people following this blog. But if my writing is unpredictable, as is my life, why should I constrain myself to one topic?

So, as of this moment, this blog will become a monthly blog post about whatever I want it to be. And if I don’t post in several months? What does it matter? It’s my blog after all.

Here’s to the future and whatever it holds!