NaNo Prep & Calendars

Despite having a hectic schedule, I’m going to be attempting NaNo again this November. Which of course means that the last weeks of October are almost as hectic. There’s work to be finished, the house to be cleaned, Halloween to be prepared for–all before any real work on my writing can be started.

And because my schedule is crammed so full it looks like a sausage in a mini-dress, I have been procrastinating. With calendars. Again.

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Hurry Up and Write

So I had originally wanted to start a series on creating fictional languages today, but… Between Camp NaNo and a new job, I’m finding I have less time for my Scribbles.

Instead, I’m going to share a few insights from a habitual NaNoer.

In the past I’ve struggled to complete 50k in a month, I’ve blown through the 50k like it was nothing, and I’ve hugged that 1,667-words-a-day line like my life depended on it.

Across those various results I’ve planned, plotted, pantsed, and winged it.

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Typewriter in a Tent

So we’re 10 days into the first 2015 Camp NaNo. How’re you doing? I realize that the camps are aimed at people who’s schedules don’t line up with the traditional November of writing, but there’s a good chunk of participants who aren’t students or other individuals with a seasonal sort of schedule. It makes it difficult, but then… traditional NaNo is difficult.

At 10 days, you should have 16,667 words (if you’re aiming to write 50,000 words that is). I’ve been on track so far for the month, but I haven’t been writing as much as I would like. I know that sounds a little silly. I’m reaching my goal, but still complaining that I’m not writing enough. For my past several NaNo wins it hasn’t so much been reaching the word count goal that’s been so satisfying. It’s been knowing that I tried my hardest. Poured sweat, blood, and tears into my novels. And just… created something new.

So maybe, it’s because this April is a revision project. Or maybe it’s because it doesn’t feel like it’s as much effort. (Not to say I’m just retyping the same story. There are new scenes and extra research and shifted dynamics. But the core story is already there) Not to say that I’m not taking full advantage of the opportunity and motivation to complete this project. I just feel like for me, this April, saying “I wrote 50,000” words just doesn’t quite feel like the same accomplishment. I think my personal goal is going to be completing the revision AND the editing of the manuscript. I want to be able to start looking at submitting the story. Which means I need to really step up my game.

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Gearing Up For Camp NaNo

I can’t believe how quickly this year is slipping by! It’s already almost April! Which, of course, means the first 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo. Last year was my first year attempting the camps, and I was only working part time during April and not at all during July. This year I’m back at work full time, so it’s going to be interesting to see how well I do.

(I’m not expecting too many troubles -I’ve completed November NaNo’s while working, and one I completed in 15 days because I was out of town for 2 weeks).

This year I’m also going to try and raise some money for Camp NaNo. You can find my fundraising page here, and I hope you’ll consider supporting me and the wonderful National Novel Writing Month. Because of how long I’ve been off work, there isn’t a lot of money for me to personally donate (but I will donate something once I get that first paycheck). Which is why I’m hoping all you amazing interweb people will help!

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Hello wrimos and everyone else reading my little ol’ blog! I don’t have much of a post today for a number of reasons. The month is drawing to a close and I’m busy writing away, plus I’m leaving for Las Vegas with my sister, her best friend, and my mom. It’s her 21st birthday, so we thought we should celebrate in style (which I think just means, get drunk and see a bunch of shows…)!

For all the wrimos out there, can you believe that we’re supposed to be at 41,667 words today? I think it’s almost crazier that we’re only 8,333 words away from finishing! (Or, you’re that far away if you hit today’s goal). My own word count is at about 84,000 out of my 135,000 required (and 6 chapters). And I don’t know if I should be worried or not. I mean, it’s decent, but I’m leaving on a vacation for a week. If my experience last year is any indication, I won’t get any writing done while I’m there. Eek!

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Generators

Remember earlier this month when I was talking about coming up with character backgrounds? And I said I was going to get my wonderful hubby to whip one up for me? Well, he did! (My husband deserves love and recognition and calorie-free baking for the rest of his life)

Unfortunately the site I can host it at doesn’t like us, so the generator won’t be functional until Monday(ish) when the server admin is able to take a look and see why it isn’t working online (because it works offline for us). So… here is the wonderful, amazing, Character Generator… that won’t be working until Monday or Tuesday >.<

It’s not super pretty, but I think it’s pretty dang comprehensive and effective. What more might you possibly want from a Character Generator? (Let us know if you have suggestions and I’ll see if he’s willing to include more awesomeness)

So, now let me plug some of my all time favourite generators while we’re talking about it.

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Procrastination

So how many of us wrimos and other creatives procrastinate? I’m betting a heck of a lot of us. When you’re not feeling particularly creative, or when you’re feeling a bit burnt out, or just lazy, what do you do?

I’m sure there are some people who play video games, and some who turn to another form of art (painting, drawing, music, poetry, pottery, etc.). Some are going to read, some might clean or cook/bake. Bet there are even some who volunteer as their form of procrastination (can you blame them? They get to play with puppies and kittens, or take kids to movies or swimming!) Y’know what… let’s add a poll in here…

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