This will be my first camp and I'm hoping the lack of writing this month is because I'm "waiting" for camp. I've done some prep work for synopsis and character sketches so hoping to be prepared. Having the easter holidays should hopefully mean I have a bit more time to write. I'm planning on throwing myself into my "Margaret" story, about a WW2 evacuee to Wales who stumbles upon a fantastical world of welsh folkore and has to save the day.
I've done every Camp NaNo since it started. The first year, it was June and July; having it two months in a row caused all kinds of problems. The next year, it was June and August. Then it was April and July, and it's been that way ever since. Having a break between months really helps keep me from crashing and burning, as I did one year when I tried to write three months in a row.
My first Camp novel is about a fledgling rock band who house-sit for a well-known jazz/rock personality, who comes home early and hears them practicing, and decides on the spot to make them famous. It will feature cameos from my brother-in-law, two of my sisters, and my manager (who I've decided will be Mr. Big's wife).
Post by Siana Blackwood on Mar 23, 2015 4:42:36 GMT
I'm still on the fence, so to speak. In theory Camp could be a great way to get going again after my lousy March, but it hasn't worked out that way in previous years. Filling out the novel information for Camp seems to just mean that's the one thing where I'll be totally blocked.
Post by Jᴀy A. Rᴀᴍᴀ 💀🐍 on Mar 23, 2015 5:08:35 GMT
Camp is always one of those things I've been on the fence about. I always end up filling in my story as a placeholder and then deciding whether I'm doing it based on how many of my wrimo friends are actually doing it as well. This year it looks like I'm getting roped in because it looks like some AWers decided to create a private cabin. Well, anything would be better than the terrible month I've been having, so hopefully this time I'll actually get somewhere.
Who knows. I never seem to win Camp.
Siana, you could always just full I something completely stupid for Camp just to 'activate' participation for this month and then decide later if you'll do it. I once added a novel called 'The Chronicles of Troll' with the summary 'Trolololol.'
I wasn't decided on if I was going to do Camp . . . until I convinced my friend's fiance to do it. Now, I have to. I'm just doing it as a supplement to my butterbeer bet though. I made the word count higher than I have for butterbeer, but lower than a full Nanowrimo.
Post by Jᴀy A. Rᴀᴍᴀ 💀🐍 on Apr 9, 2015 19:58:54 GMT
Unfortunately, not. The problem resides in my own inability to write a story that isn't utterly disjointed. I'll have to start a new thread for that. Apparently I'm having a problem getting the reader to care about the character, which is why it isn't working...
When asked, I can explain, but I am just having a lot of difficulty getting it down on paper.
"Be excellent to each other...and party on, dudes!" - Bill and Ted
Post by Siana Blackwood on Apr 11, 2015 14:33:47 GMT
I just added an unofficial pep talk to this thread on the NaNo forum, so I decided to post it here as well.
For the record: you CAN fix blank pages.
Write something. That fixes them good and hard.
The rest of this will probably not be that 'peppy', but it's helping me and I hope it might help someone else as well.
I started Camp NaNo this year from a pretty bad place, writing-wise. I've spent the last twelve months or more struggling to get anything done at all. When I had a dozen or more things I felt like I should be writing, it was impossible to push eleven of them out of the way to work on the twelfth. So I sort of came into Camp with the attitude that I wanted to take a month-long holiday from all the dooming and glooming about my 'serious' work. For one entire month, nothing but this random new story that has nothing to do with anything else.
Not as easy as it sounds. Every day, the big scary things I'm avoiding crowd into my head and go all, "WRITE US!!!"
I had to fight back, so I developed a strategy. Every day, the first thing I do is write down everything that makes me want to work on one of the big scary projects. Then I write down all the reasons why I've paused the scary stuff to write fun and fluff. Because I'm committed to sticking to the Camp project, I don't stop adding things to the list of reasons to write it until I come up with a reason good enough to make me decide I'm going to open my manuscript for the day. Guess what? It's working. I've stuck to my Camp project for eleven days straight and I'm even keeping above par.
So, on the days when everything else looks easier, or when you feel guilty about not working on something else or when you wish you hadn't gone with this particular idea, steal my strategy. Open a blank document and make a list of every single thing you feel like you could or should be doing instead of this one thing. Then make a list of everything that made you want to start your Camp project, all the things you like about it and everything you've already achieved this month. Don't stop until the 'in favour of Camp' list wins the battle.
tyess: Hello. So... what has happened this year?
Jun 5, 2019 14:03:00 GMT
mim: I wrote smut to amuse myself, but it forgot to become smut. They ended up fighting instead of in bed. Which was a problem when they were fanfic characters on a site too, actually...
Jun 10, 2019 3:52:14 GMT
Jᴀy A. Rᴀᴍᴀ 💀🐍: Well, you know what they say about how fight scenes and the other f word scenes are very similar-- they both involve lots of action. >
Jun 16, 2019 4:57:18 GMT
Corvid: hey gang! just shouting to say HELLO & i hope to produce Content and be more active in this community in the near future
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