Camp Nanowrimo – Week 3

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So this is gonna be my last update. There will be no wrap up for Camp Nanowrimo this month. Why?

Because I haven’t written since the last time I made one of these posts, whoops.

For some reason, my heart just isn’t in it. And I know if I force myself to write, it’ll be sucky, so I’m going to admit defeat for this month and try again in July. I do like what I’ve made so far, but I don’t want to push myself further and end up not liking what I’d make next.

So until July, that’s in for Nano for me.

Whoopsie doops.

Camp Nanowrimo – Week 2

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I’m telling ya, all the days are blending together. I feel like I just wrote week one’s post yesterday and it’s already been another seven days. Where has my mind been.

My goals:

  • Create a second draft of Basil – In Progress
  • Rename Basil to an actual title – Complete
  • Revise for a total of 30 hours – In Progress

This week wasn’t great for writing. I’m sitting at 14.75 hours as of writing this (Friday night) when I should be around 17. The quarantine mentality is setting in and I’m afraid it’s really killing my motivation.

But while I’m being hours-wise, I did meet some milestones:

  • I finished reading and leaving notes on my original draft of my 2018 project
  • I did some world building surrounding areas that I found lacking
  • I started actually writing the second draft
  • I moved my original prologue. It’s going to be in either book two or three, haven’t decided.
  • I wrote a brand new, original prologue for this book.

As we speak, I’m in the middle of writing chapter one. Seventeen days into this, I’m realizing I’m not going to finish draft two, not by a long shot. But, I do plan on getting a good chunk of it, and if I have the motivation I’ll continue it into May, but if I decide I need a break, I’ll pick it up again in July during the next Camp Nano.

And that’s it for this week! If you’re doing Nano, lemme know how you’re doing!

Camp Nanowrimo – Week 1

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Well more like ‘first ten days’ but you get it.

As I mentioned in my announcement post, I’ve been working on a second draft of my 2018 Nanowrimo project, which up until yesterday had a temporary title – the main character’s first name. But I’ll get to that.

So the goals I originally listed were:

  • Create a second draft of Basil
  • Rename Basil to an actual title.
  • Revise for a total of 30 hours

Second draft is… obviously in progress.

The renaming is complete. I actually came up with a title that I think fits really well and I actually have tentative titles for the following books in the series. At this point I don’t think I wanna reveal much, at least not until I’m at a point where I feel comfortable having others read what I’ve written. And that’s a while off still, I think.

For revising, what I’ve done up through April 9th (I’m writing this on the 10th and as of right now haven’t written today. I’ll do that later tonight) is a total of 9 hours of revision. So so far, I’m right on the money. This weekend I hope to get ahead. I find myself a bit dreary after working from home on a computer all day and getting back on a computer sometimes is the last thing I wanna do.

So this weekend, I hope to get it at least 4 hours, not including tonight’s time!

Wish me luck!



I’m doing Camp Nanowrimo!

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Happy Sunday! I’ve decided to join in on Camp Nanowrimo this year. I’ve been doing the regular November Nanowrimo every year since about 2008 or so, but I’ve never done camp. And because the past two years I’ve actually developed stories during Nano that I liked, I figured I’d participate in Camp to edit them.

To those unfamiliar: Camp Nanowrimo is an event that happens every April and July. Unlike its main counterpart, Nanowrimo, which occurs every November with the goal of writing 50000 words in a month, Camp Nanowrimo allows you to select your own goal. You can choose to write something new and set a word count goal, or you can choose to edit and set a time or page count goal! This year I’m editing.

Camp Nanowrimo 2020 Project:

  • Create a second draft of Basil, my 2018 Nanowrimo project that has been sitting in the dark for a year and a half
  • Rename Basil to an actual title. ‘Basil’ is just the name of the main character and has been acting as a place-holder title until I come up with one
  • Revise for a total of 30 hours, hopefully completing a second draft in the process, but if I hit the 30 hours, I’ll consider it a success.


Some things to note, if you’re new or just returning to Camp Nano:

  • The Camp Nanowrimo site has been taken down and now all Camp projects are hosted on the main Nanowrimo site
  • Cabins have been replaced with ‘groups’
  • ‘Editing’ is currently not a functional option when creating your Camp Nano goal. They currently only have ‘writing’ goals implemented
  • Because of this, I chose 30,000 words as my goal, with the intent that 1000 words will represent 1 hour of editing
  • This is nitpicky and me arm-chair coding but: As a software developer myself, editing goals – counting hours/etc instead of words – could be implemented and running within a week. I know it could. They’ve had months to do this and why they didn’t is beyond me. But that’s not my business, I guess

Can you tell I’m a little salty.

Regardless of my not-so-positive feelings towards the new Nano site’s functionality and lack thereof, I’m really looking forward to this project. I’ve never actually had a fully finished draft to edit before, so this will be a new experience for me!

If you’re participating in Camp Nanowrimo, do let me know! Hell, add me! Happy writing!