Sudden Camp NaNoWriMo — 2015 July

AH. It’s July 1.

Between paying rent, planning for the 4th of July weekend, and being a human who uses Internets and Electronic Devices, I should have seen this coming.

Aside from errands and holidays, I have one major issue:

Today is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m not prepared. I just finished inputting my hard-copy edits into the computer. Now I have 4 scenes to write/edit (which hopefully won’t total more than a few thousand words).

Then I want to send it off to a couple beta readers (Twister and a friend) who haven’t seen it yet.

This means I won’t have a lot of actual writing to do this month. Sure, I have anywhere from 3–5 other projects I could work on. But I’m in the middle of revisions, and I don’t know if my brain can handle a whole other project.

And I don’t know if I have a hefty enough revision load left to fill a whole month of productivity. I’ll be in more of a slump of letting my brain recuperate while the beta readers sink their teeth in. (And while I nervously stare at my texts and emails, waiting to hear back.)

Historically speaking, I don’t tolerate inaction well. I can hardly go a day without drifting and then diving into a project. Maybe I’ll spend my off-hours reading instead of writing? I’m already knee-deep in Maureen Johnson’s “The Name of the Star.”

I sort of want to work on expanding the premise of an idea I had for Cold Blood, but I don’t know any deeper details of the character or plot (I don’t even know the MCs gender yet!).

What I can do, however (since Camp NaNoWriMo is quite flexible), is set myself additional revision goals.

Camp NaNoWriMo Goals:

  • Write 4 scenes that need to be added.
  • Polish the first chapters.
  • Write a query letter.
  • Polish the last chapters.
  • Receive and address feedback as it arrives.

Hopefully, these things will keep me busy enough for the month. Especially if I throw in some books to read and some premise-expanding!

Anyone else out there diving into Camp NaNoWriMo?

Anyone else diving in last minute like me? (I KNOW I’M NOT ALONE)


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