Camp NaNoWriMo, 2.0


I’m about to finish my third story with NaNo (I only have about four scenes left to write, but am dragging my feet since I kinda don’t want it to end) and that gives me a really awesome “I did it!” high. It also makes me go all “Oh my god, I LOVE writing, it’s the best freaking thing EVER!”

Which isn’t so bad, because as you might know, I haven’t been writing as much as I should (or at all, actually) since last November. I’ve wanted to use Camp as an opportunity to get myself back into writing and, more importantly, try to set up a writing schedule, even if that means I write just a couple hundred words a day.

That’s where my newest discovery comes in. I don’t know how it’s possible, but I only just now found out that there’s Camp in July! And now guess what I’ll be doing!

I don’t know whether it’s just the excitement of (almost) finishing a story, but I’m crazy motivated right now and already thinking of which story to work on. It’s a tie between two that each have their merits, so I figured, why not ask you guys?

I have the choice between a rewrite and a new story.

The rewrite is a story called Endless Love, that took me about a decade to finish. It’s still just a bunch of scenes in several documents, about 40K words in total, with a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies. The plot is pretty cheesy and dramatic (two high school sweethearts who meet again but have accumulated a lot of baggage in the years they haven’t seen each other) and it’s just a normal romance story that was pretty fun to write. I wouldn’t know from experience, because I’ve never rewritten/edited anything, but I feel (hope?) that it might be somewhat easy to do.

I’m also thinking about choosing Forever Is Not Long Enough, a completely new story. This one would be a little more difficult to write, since it’s a supernatural story, possibly set in the past or a fictional world. The plot would be something like:

Tal “died” when her boyfriend Channing went through his first werewolf transition and killed her; when they meet again, she decides to get her revenge by breaking his heart, but things become complicated when her feelings for him resurface and Jason, another vampire who claims he is her mate, reappears in her life determined to win her back.

Most of the story, including a tentative ending, is outlined, I just need to flesh out the antagonist and a couple of motives, but I think it’d be an interesting challenge.

See my dilemma? I don’t know whether I could pull off writing two stories like I did for NaNo 2014 (both were contemporary romance novels that didn’t need much research and/or building up a supernatural world) so just going with them both seems out of the question. But I really do like both ideas and can’t decide which one to choose.

I know you might not be able to tell me which might be easier for me to do or which idea I could handle working with. But maybe you could help me out this way:

Which of these stories would you rather like to read? (Not that I can promise that they’ll ever be available to other eyes …)

Thanks in advance!


Camp NaNoWriMo, Week 1

You know how many words I’ve written for my Camp story so far? Zero.

I don’t even really feel bad about it, I just feel resigned about it all. I could name a lot of reasons why I just can’t seem to write, starting with the fact that I feel out of practice. I haven’t written anything since last November, although I guess that all my tweets since then could amount to a few hundred or thousand words. But I’ve realized that writing isn’t like riding a bike; it’s not possible to stop doing it for a long time, but easily pick it up again. I guess I’ve gotten so used to not writing, that I don’t know how to start again. Work has also chosen this month to be particularly annoying and overwhelming, and I can never work up enough energy to try and put the story into words.

The biggest reason, though, is that I think I bit off more than I can chew. I don’t know about you, but I can’t just jump straight back into writing after a hiatus of over four months, and I guess that’s particularly true for starting a new story. Granted, I’ve had it outlined for a while, but while I did start prepping for Camp in March, I didn’t do it enough. It also didn’t help that Devan decided he didn’t want to be a nice guy, meaning the original plot didn’t work anymore and I had to adjust it to reflect the change in him. My brain decided that this was too much, too complicated, too difficult, so here I am, almost a week into April, with nothing written.

I did consider stepping down, but honestly, that’s just giving up and I didn’t want to be a quitter. I do want to challenge myself again and use Camp as a stepping stone to start a writing routine. That means I can’t quit, so what I’ll be doing is work on my NaNoWriMo 2015 story instead. It’s not ideal and maybe not much of a challenge, but I figure I should start small. That’s better than not starting at all, right? I’ve got about 20% of the story left to write, plus a couple of scenes I skipped in the middle. My total word count was a bit short of 30.000 words, so I think I’ll attempt to hit 45K or finish, whichever comes first.

I hope your writing is going better than mine, and if you’re participating in Camp as well, good luck! To all the other writers: happy writing! 🙂