Camp NaNo Update – Two Weeks In

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So, I sort of went a bit quiet on the Camp NaNoWriMo front after declaring I had weeks to plan and prepare for it…

And I did plan…

And I did prepare…

And on the 1st of July I decided to work on a different project. Sigh. That’s just how my brain works sometimes…

The project I’m working on is not a new one, and you will probably have heard me talking of it, if you’ve been following me here or over on Wattpad for the last few years. It’s my Oath Sworn Trilogy, the first book of which is Oathbreaker. However, since I finished that first draft (back in 2018!), the project has grown exponentially to encompass not one trilogy, but two running side-by-side, as well as three standalone novels and two novellas!

So I set my daily target at the low end, knowing that, should I not be able to write everyday, the total target for the month should still be achievable. So 500 words a day, for a total of 15,500 words by the end of the month. So far so good: project picked and goal set.

On the first day, I managed to exceed my daily target. Woohoo! Then, for the next 12 days, I couldn’t find the time to write one. single. word. on my project.

Come Day 13, I was determined to fix that, and so I put my To Do list where I wouldn’t see it, sat down at my desk and gave myself permission to write, as if nothing else mattered (nothing important, at any rate!).

And my! It was glorious! And thankfully I managed to carry that same enthusiasm to make the time, and the momentum to make that time count, into Day 14. I’m now just shy of being a third into my goal. Hopefully it will continue into the second half of the month…

If you’re doing July’s Camp NaNo, how are you fairing?

July’s Camp NaNoWriMo

I absolutely failed at April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. Completely. I have no words and no excuses, it just didn’t happen for me. But I won’t dwell on the past, but instead look forward to July’s Camp… (If you want to learn more about NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo here’s the link to the site:

I’ve already decided I am going to participate, which is quite novel for me. Usually, it’s a last minute decision, often with only a slight nod towards planning. But this time, I have weeks to prepare! Yay! (Famous last words…?)

If you read my Tolkien Tuesday post from a few weeks ago, you might remember that I posted it a day late because I was putting together my step-by-step novel outlining process. Well that turned into a 17 page workbook, the premise of which is to create a full story outline in less than day. This is for my shorter outlining process. I do have another one which is much longer and much more in-depth, but this one I find is also good for novellas and short stories, as well as for reacquainting myself with a story I’ve taken a break from, one that perhaps lacked a certain depth in planning 🙂

So, in the weeks running up to Camp, I will be working through this workbook, which I’m really looking forward to (I know that probably sounds strange).

On a different note, I think I have managed to catch-up on the all comments I was behind with. So yay again!

Who is this new organised Sammi? I have no idea but I like her 🙂

Anyone else considering joining in with Camp NaNo in July? Let me know in the comments.

You can find me over on the NaNoWriMo website by searching for my username: Sammi Cox

NaNoWriMo 2017

So it’s that time of year again…tomorrow is the first day of NaNoWriMo (if you don’t know what it is, you can learn more about it here).

Earlier in the year I made the sensible decision not to participate this time because I just have too many projects that require editing and restructuring rather than words adding to them.  I thought it would be better to finish what I’ve already started rather than beginning something new.  I was quite proud of myself for deciding this; it seemed like a really grown-up writer thing to do…

Only I went and changed my mind a few weeks ago.  Why?  Because I love it and wanted to start a new novel from scratch, and it’s easier and more fun than editing stuff I’ve already written.  For the past two years I joined the ranks of the rebels and worked on completing unfinished short stories that I had languishing on the computer, but this time round I was in the mood for novel-writing.

As the writing group I’m part of (the Plot Bunnies) can attest, the beginning of last week still saw me undecided as to what I wanted to work on this November.  I was switching between projects on a daily basis; I have too many ideas and am easily inspired, which can on occasion be as hard to deal with as writers block.  However, last Wednesday saw me make my final choice.  It’s an Andromache Jones Mystery and quite a dark one.

“Tell us more,” I hear you ask!  (No I don’t have hearing problems.  It’s just wishful thinking lol 🙂 )

The current title for the project is, “The Sacrifice and The Summoning“.  The planning and the outlining for it has actually helped with the structuring of the series as a whole, so even if I don’t write a single word in November, I have achieved something really, really useful.

Anyone else joining in with NaNoWriMo?  What are you working on this November? If you want to add me as a writing buddy, my username is “Sammi Cox” (original, I know).

I’m now off to go and bake “soul cakes” for Samhain / Hallowtide.  If there’s time this evening, I may even post some pictures.

Have a great evening all, and good luck if you’re participating in NaNo 🙂