It’s the final countdown (80’s synth sounds go here)!
I crushed it last weekend with a 5K day and a 3K day to put me over the top and into winner land. Unfortunately, since then I’ve kind of let the story languish. I really need to finish it, though. I have a book to edit, an entirely different book to write before November (!!!) and I really need to re-edit my Spring 2019 book.
I had a great weekend last weekend and while I won’t hit 40K, I still did the thing. I’ll write a debriefing on August 1st and hopefully have some fun news this week!
Yesterday around 5:30 PM, I officially won the Camp NaNoWriMo July 2018 session. Cue the confetti and party hats, because I earned another year’s worth of winner’s flair. After my epic failure in April, I’m quite glad that this turned out well.
Even though I’ve officially won, I plan to keep going until my story is finished and updating my word count along the way until the end of the month. There’s no way I’ll make it to 50K in 8 days and I probably couldn’t stretch the story that far anyway – it’s looking more like a novella – but I might be able to get it to 40K with a little coaxing.
I’ll update with my now-customary Friday post at the end of the week, then a sort of debriefing on August 1st. Then, I’ll be in NaNo hibernation until November 1st at 12:00 AM. I can’t wait for the next big thing…NaNo Prep Season! Woo!
Once upon a time I had an idea for a project. It didn’t pan out. Then I started writing a novella-thing, and it’s taken on a life of its own. That’s the way a NaNo month goes, and certainly the way mine has gone. Big surprise, my work never quite wants to go as planned. It’s obnoxious that way.
This week has been epic. I’m not only caught up, I’m way ahead of schedule. There have been a couple of days where I haven’t gotten much written, but I have made up for it on other days. And! I had a 5K day! 5034 Sunday, which was nothing short of a miracle. I’m hoping to get another 5K day this weekend, and I only have 9K left before I make my goal! I’m so excited!
My story won’t be complete at 30K, it seems. I’m obviously going to keep writing until the end of the month even after I win and see exactly how much I can do before I have to slide under the pile of edits again and work on a different project, and work on major plotting for yet another project. It’s too much for one woman to deal with at one time when I’m also running, working, and trying to watch every bad horror movie known to man. Netflix has a lot of them. I’m going to have to really work at it.
This week was so much better. Now that I’ve started writing Absence instead of forcing myself to edit, I’m flying through the words. Last night I hit 10K words and I’m planning on spending the weekend getting back on track. It’s such a relief, especially after not completing the April session of Camp, and I’m really enjoying writing it.
My very first NaNoWriMo was that was from the start. I loved the characters, partially because one of them was a character from my journal, and even though the story was terrible I had fun and showed myself that I could really write a whole novel in a month. I have every confidence that I’ll be able to finish in November. In fact, I’m looking forward to it.
I also started putting Absence on Wattpad and, unsurprisingly, it hasn’t gotten many reads. I don’t think I was really expecting anything else, as the majority of people who hang out on Wattpad are teens, but it’s there.
Now, back to Emily and Hunter!
This week was an abject failure. I’m not ashamed to say it, we’ve all lived the struggle. Nothing seemed right this week and it was all just kind of off because of the holiday, craziness at work. Historically, when I get stressed I start writing fanfiction as a way to de-stress. Since my current two fandoms are Gotham and The Flash, nothing felt right again. I tried a writing prompt, big ol’ goose egg.
Then, inspiration struck.
As I posted yesterday, I started writing something that has so far flowed from my fingertips beautifully. I went to the Camp site, changed my project to a novella with a goal of 30K, and started The Absence of Intellect.
Currently, I’ve only got about 2000 words but I think I can get this finished by the end of the month! And as an added bonus, you’ll end up reading a complete novella for free. Everybody wins!
I also slapped together a little banner for Absence so the posts don’t look so plain. Please don’t make fun of it, I made it in about an hour and I am definitely not a graphic designer.
Hooray, it’s time for Camp! I’m excited to once again be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July, especially since I have an idea this time and I’m not reaching back into the vault. I’m usually somewhere between a Planner and a Pantser, but this time I am firmly seated at the Planner table.
I’m going to be working on a project for a release later this year, and I’m looking forward to getting started. In fact, I’m having trouble not starting it now but I want it to be the purest NaNo experience, so I won’t start before 12:00 AM on July 1st. I’m not as young as I used to be so I probably won’t stay up all night waiting to write and then spend an hour-plus feverishly writing.
I tried in April but things just didn’t work out, so I’m hoping to shake it off this round and get that first draft on paper. Screen. Whatever. I did finish what I was hoping to do but it was way after Camp ended. I didn’t feel too badly about it, there have been a number of years where I didn’t win. I’m not one of those people whose only thought is to finish. There are people who see it as a personal challenge to write the full 50K in one day but not me. For one thing, in order to do that I would literally be writing gibberish. I want my first draft to be a very rough but solid draft I can work with!
Right now I have a kitten savaging my pajama pants, so I’m going to leave this for now. I think I’m going to update with my progress on Fridays like I did when I first started this blog and did NaNoWriMo. I can’t wait!
Sunday night a wonderful thing happened. I finished the first draft of Turn the Page, the contemporary romance story that started out as a novella and turned into a full-length novel. If it hadn’t been for Camp NaNoWriMo I don’t think I could have gotten it done this quickly, and time was of the essence since I really need to be getting back to the pirate novella that was supposed to be finished by now.
The next step is to give it a quick once-over, attach a bunch of tape flags to the pages, and chase my husband around the house trying to get him to read it before sending it to beta readers, then off to my editor at Booktrope!
I’m really excited to get this next book out there, so hopefully it’ll be out later this year! I might have an excerpt for you on Friday if I can get my stuff in order before then. It’s the first contemporary I’ve written and I can’t wait to share it with you all!