April 13, 2013

letter from camp - 4/13/13

I picked up some bitchin' marshmallows to make my camp s'mores.
 Dear friends,

Not much new to report after week two of Camp NaNoWriMo. Even with taking a couple of days off from writing to live my life, I've managed to stay on top of my word count.

Unlike week one, when I woke up early and popped out a cool 1K or more before work, during week two I was just too damn tired to give that a shot. Instead, I did a little writing during my lunches, immediately after work and then another pop before bed. I found those late night sessions were my most productive. I think the writing earlier in the day would get the story brewing in my head, and by the time I sat down to write at night, I was itching to get that story written.

I continue to find new ways to weave pieces from my 2012 Script Frenzy project into this piece. I'm pleased with the results at this point, but that could always change.

One big change I made this week in this story was how I broke up my chapters. I don't know about anyone else, but deciding where one chapter ends and the next begins can be tricky for me. I've looked at what other authors do, and it seems to differ from writer to write, which leads me to believe I should quit stressing about this and just write the damn story!

This week, my mind was super focused on my writing career -- or at least the one I hope to have. I came up with a new cover art design for book one should I self publish, which is looking more and more likely. I also sketched tentative designs for book two and this WIP, which would give all of my books in this genre a cohesive look, which I love.

I also came up with a few more ideas for how to streamline edits to book two when I get back at them after finishing this story.

Something that was exciting, but also a little distracting, was that I came up with a solid idea of how to write a story -- a trilogy at that -- which has been running through my head for a year or two. That's always exciting for me when an idea I'm toying with comes to serious fruition. Now I'm hard pressed to decide if I'll start that trilogy during session two of Camp NaNoWriMo or during NaNoWriMo, as I already had one or two ideas in my mind.

Being disciplined enough to keep writing consistently has always been my problem. I can make the excuse that I work a full-time job, but if I stayed good and truly focused on my stories I could keep it happening. Now more than ever, with all of these ideas running through my head and the clock ticking, I find myself wanting to keep my focus and get over my fears of failure.

With that, I'm taking a three-day weekend to visit one of my good friends in Denver. I've packed clothes for mountain walking, because I'm an optimist, and my writing materials in case it rains/snows, because I'm a realist who has check the weather forecast. The broomies will be good enough to take care of the kittens (I hope), and I'm looking forward to spending some time with my friend, who is one of my writing buddies.

Hope you all are well.



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