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Leaving Camp

Well, Camp NaNoWriMo has reached its final day. I had a lot of great writing days in there. Learned some new tricks and ironed out a few story ideas. Unfortunately though I will not among those with a 50,000 word novel.

I have some goals to take away from camp though:
1 Write something daily – I have slotted two periods of time in a normal day to get some writing done. One right after work and one later in the evening. If I can get up on time or earlier I might move one of those to the morning or just add in a morning wake up writing session. Anyway, my goal is to put words on a page everyday.
2 Personal Journalism – I will be keeping a journal again (like I did a few years back for a while) and writing about the day and how different things made me feel. I think this will help me in many ways to keep track of things that stuck out with me throughout the day. I don’t have to write a lot but I do have to write every night in the journal despite my mood. (This will be separated from my other writing times and not count as a normal writing time.)
3 Work Space – I will pick a work space for my writing time and stick to it for that writing time. My favorite spots as of lately are my new desk area and my coffee place down here called Smelly Cat (I’m told it’s from Friends but I didn’t watch that…)
4 Story Focus – I will focus on no more than two separate stories at a time. Unless I am working on a special project or series.
5 Blogs/Articles – I am very interested in writing political opinion blogs and articles so I will be doing more of those as well. Many of which will be posted on this blog here. But I will also look for other ways to get my voice heard.

Am I disappointed with not finishing a novel during camp? A bit. But I’m more excited in what camp has sparked in me again. I have a writing track now and I’m ready to tack off!

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Yay! Camping has finally started! Woo hoo!

And guess what?! I’m already ahead! Not by much but still ahead!

Here are a few tips that I’ve found this year already or are leftover from last year’s NaNo:

    1. Don’t blog/surf online for fun/etc until you’ve at least matched where you are supposed to be for that day.
    2. Get ahead as much as possible when you are in the zone. You will need that stock up later in the month. I promise.
    3. If you don’t have an outline yet, take a break and put some of your writing time towards putting together at least a vague one. It will help you tremendously. And you’ll make up that time no doubt.
    4. IF you have an outline but get stuck somewhere, skip it! That’s what the outline is for! Write scenes out-of-order and whatever you have in your head at the moment. It will save you a lot of wasted “writing block” time.
    5. Similar to the last one, learn to use the brackets as ways to insert a thought like [and then they do something that gets them to the place where _____ happens]. Seriously, you will love yourself later on and either save yourself from writers blocks or even boring scenes.
    6. Other suggestions for brackets are things that you need to fix with characters or plot holes but don’t want to waste precious writing time on that stuff, such as [change Sam’s name to Jessica from this point forward], [go back and fix Chelsea’s back story so that she now has a sister] and [act as if Owen and Jadara haven’t met yet]. Just don’t put your entire story in brackets. That defeats the point of writing a story.
    7. If your morning allows for it, get some writing in before you take off for the day. It will boost your confidence knowing that you at least have a few (or more) words already under your belt for the day. I did that today and it felt great. :) You won’t regret it if you do but don’t go out of your way to try this if you aren’t a morning person.

Well hopefully my first round of tips is somewhat helpful for someone. Mainly just keep writing, if you come to a block, skip it or just write something else entirely until you get an idea. Good luck campers!

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Well, online anyway. :)

This June I will participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. It is a summer version of the regular NaNoWriMo in November. I will still be trying to complete a 50,000 word novel but the twist during the camp months (there is also an August camp) is the addition of cabins. Each cabin holds six writers to write together and encourage each other throughout the month. It’s a great idea for a camp like this. Online encouragement of people doing the same crazy thing that you are.

On a personal note, I am very ready to start writing. I’m hoping that this month goes better than my last attempt in November. I learned a lot of tricks then that I will be applying during camp. Only three days left.

So if you are camping along with me, good luck!

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