As previously mentioned, Camp NaNoWriMo is a more flexible, personalized version of November NaNoWriMo, and I have been using it to revise my book, The Amateur Witch, which is around 103,000 words long now. As of yesterday, I had surpassed the 100k word count goal I had set using the personal word count goal available at Camp Nano.
Does that mean I’m finished revising? Nope. It means I went through and revised it. It also means that I got to chapter 31 and realized it needs a chapter break somewhere (the impossible part is deciding where to put it), and I have some fuzzy secondary character conflicts to tidy up, not to mention the befuddling fact that a few characters re-emerged after having fallen off the page in chapter 8.
Hurtle: I’m going for real camping this weekend (leaving today, haven’t packed yet, that sort of thing).
Problem: How do I keep revising while I am out of town and away from the computer?
Take my computer with me for the long car ride. That way, I’m still being a little bit productive. The hazard with this is that I’ll be leaving my very-important computer in a car alone all weekend. Ehhhh… worth the risk. As long as I take a jump drive so I can archive/back up my work while I’m internet-less.
If I was writing, I could take a notebook and write longhand. But since I’m revising, I sort of need the manuscript. I could print some of the issue-areas off and take it with me. This way, I have a small, compact pile of papers to scribble on when the fresh air gets me down.
I could take the mini-vacation and actually take a break from revising. The distance might actually do me some good, and I can come back refreshed. This will be the true test of whether or not I’m secretly addicted to revision. After all, it’s only for a couple of days. I should be totally…*twitch*… fine leaving my book behind…*twitch*
So. Out of the three options above, I haven’t quite made my decision yet. As I mentioned before, I haven’t packed yet. So… we’ll see.
This is where I’m at as of this morning: