Camp NaNoWriMo (2019)

Pre Camp NaNoWriMo

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!

Mid Camp NaNoWriMo

I always feel like life somehow knows I wanna do (Camp) NaNoWriMo and decides to throw me several curveballs, just to keep me on my toes. Unfortunately, what that ends up doing is hitting me mentally and forcing me to stop writing for a few days. Additionally, I always have plans, so trying to write around those plans can be a struggle.

However, this month in particular has been tough. I’m still trying to be in a healthy mindset but I’m not there yet. Maybe in a week or two, depending entirely how work goes.

I still wanna write this story, but I don’t know how much I’ll get written in this allotted time. My life is a mess right now and fixing it is a struggle when some of it is difficult to fix and others of it is a mindset issue.

Hopefully, I can at least reach 10k by the end of the month. If I could reach that, I might feel slightly better. But I have rediscovered Glee and I fear a binge session might be on the horizon. Hopefully, I can push that aside and do some actual writing.

Post Camp NaNoWriMo

When I started Camp NaNoWriMo this month, I thought I’d get at least 25k written. I was realistic and knew 50k wouldn’t happen without the usual level of support NaNoWriMo has. However, life had other plans, as it so often does. I changed my word goal to 10k because I honestly thought I might reach it. Unfortunately, I haven’t reached that goal either. But hey, 6k words is still better than 0 words, so I’ll take it.

My Glee binging session didn’t happen, but re-finding the joy of reading has overtaken my priorities a bit, as has work. A friend suggested I try (YA) romance stories. I’ve always enjoyed romance stories, so I picked one I’d been drawn to and bought it. Honestly, I’m low-key addicted, craving to know what’ll happen next. This is such a good thing for me because I’ve been struggling to read in recent years, either losing the motivation to keep going or realising I don’t enjoy it for whatever reason and stopping.

You win some, you lose some. But at least I got some words written.