April 5, 2013

letter from camp nanowrimo (4/5/13)

My favorite part of camping: S'mores. In week one of Camp NaNoWriMo,
I'm creating the foundation of my story, just like this graham cracker
is the foundation of a delightfully gooey snack to eat around the campfire.

Dear Friends,

I came to Camp NaNoWriMo on April 1 in hopes it will help me make significant headway on another book. This year at camp, you can set your own writing goals for the month and work on whatever project you like rather than sticking to the grueling 50,000-word schedule that comes with National Novel Writing Month.

After spending the majority of my brain power the past few months editing my other books to move them toward publishing, it was a bit of a challenge getting my mind-set back in creation mode. Now that I'm back in the swing of it, I'm finding it the perfect blend of fun, excitement and agony.

When I arrived at camp, I had every intention of setting a goal of a lady's 30,000 words for the month. On day two, I changed it to 45,000 words.

Why? Because the book I am writing this time around has so much prep work that has already gone into it. Last April, I participated in the now-defunct Script Frenzy and wrote 100 pages towards a web series, which was based on the idea I had for this book. Because I have so many scenes developed and the nuts and bolts of dialogue -- not to mention characters that are already characters -- I found myself realizing I could accomplish much more this month.

This morning, I am sitting pretty with more than 6,800 words written in this document and a clear plan of where I am going.

It hasn't all been smooth sailing. Forcing myself to write has been only marginally easier than making myself go to the gym (something I haven't done in a while, actually -- I should get on that). Still, I have managed to wake up early every day this week and written at least a little something for my novel. I've had mixed success writing in the evenings after work, because some days I am just too tired.

At this point, I'm also struggling with wondering if this story is even a story. I looked at my rough outline last night (which I made to after a year of tinkering with a detailed working synopsis that seemed too complicated) and wondered if anyone other than me would care about these characters. I suppose that's a challenge most writers face. It is our job not only to tell these stories, but to make readers care.

Now, I better go make my bed before cabin inspections. Hope all is well at home.



Receive Change the Word's latest updates in your Inbox. Subscribe by entering your information under "Follow by email" in the sidebar. Follow me on Twitter @lmchap or "Like" Change the Word on Facebook.

No comments:

Post a Comment