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Writing Update / Camp NaNoWriMo

Hi friends!

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that this year I’m committed to achieving a big goal I’ve had for a long time: write a novel.

I’ve written plenty of things in the past, and had a few short stories and poems published but my dream has always been to write books and have them inspire others the way my favourites have inspired me. So for the first time, I’m not just writing and seeing where it goes, I’ve started with research and planning and plotting. I wrote out my whole outline and organized my subplots and character backgrounds.

I’m writing something I’ll be proud of. I hope it’ll be the book that one day people will be able to read. So, ideas had been swirling around in my head for a while, but I took one at the beginning of 2019 and began. Slowly but steadily, I’ve been working my way along that novel for the past four months.

My months of January and February were mostly spent plotting. I would work away on that a bit, but then give it a few days away while I let the plot brew in my mind. I changed things, I added things, and then eventually I started writing.

I’m curious to hear how other’s write their novels. Do you write it in order, do you write whatever scene you’re most inspired to at the time?

The first bit I wrote was the prologue. A short but sweet one page introduction to my book. This book introduces us to the princess on the night she turns 18, the night our plot is going to begin and sets the story going. Her royal family has traditions that have always been upheld, and she’s going to break them.

Then I moved to chapter one and it all was uphill from there.

(Also: has anyone ever contemplated how weird the phrase is “it’s all uphill/downhill from here”? All uphill insinuates it went well, right? Well, have you ever fricken walked uphill and compared it to walking downhill? I’ve used downhill a few times to mean something was going well/smoothly, but nope, doesn’t work like that. English is weird.)

The first month of writing (March) went steadily and I wrote 10k words. That felt like a good pace for me. As I was writing, I was altering my plot slightly as I went along, as the characters always end up playing out a bit different and sometimes scenes just take you places.

And then April started, and I set out to do Camp NaNoWriMo. I didn’t want to set a goal too high, since I’m also wanting to enjoy my process and know a super high goal isn’t going to result in quality work. I also want to spend time some evenings reading rather than always feeling the pressure to write. So I challenged myself to write 25k words.

I reached this goal after falling quite behind and then being very inspired in the end and suddenly really into my story. I feel incredible after having written that much in a month, and now I’m about halfway to my goal word count. I’m anticipating this project reaching 70-80k words.

I’m falling in love with my project as I write it. I want to write the kind of books that weren’t readily available when I was in high school and needing them, so I’m writing a fantasy world where the princess wins the princess. I’m writing a world that upheaves the general misogynistic fantasy traditions and has created something new. Evil always finds its way into a good thing though, so our MC and her friends must work together to overcome it.

Anyway, that’s my update for now. My goal is to have the book done early in the summer and spend the remainder of summer editing.

 

6 thoughts on “Writing Update / Camp NaNoWriMo”

  1. Congrats on accomplishing your April goal, that’s awesome! 25k is no small feat. I’ve set myself a May goal of finishing one of my novels so I can get back to focusing on my main series, though that’s putting me at about 40k words in one month, and it’s making me sweat a little, haha.

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  2. Congrats on winning Camp Nano! I was quite busy the past month and did not achieve my goal. I’m happy with my writing pace, though, since it’s my first time trying discovery writing/pantsing.

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