Camp NaNoWriMo – The End

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the late post. I have another bad migraine. 😛

I won’t be winning Camp this time around due to how many migraines I’ve had but oh well.

I made it over 25,000!

That’s an accomplishment.

And I did a lot of great things during Camp.

I created a creation myth, did serious world building and wrote a lot of quality words for Topaas.

All in all I’d say it was a successful Camp.

Good luck to everyone still going on it!

And remember,

quality-over-quantity

Have a great weekend!

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 4 Report

So last time, I mentioned being stuck with not knowing what’s supposed to happen in between where I’m at in Topaas and the next major event that I have planned.

I needed help from an outside party.

Cue Andrea.

Andrea and I talk every day and I knew that she’d help me. That way I wasn’t just waiting around for inspiration.

Andrea asked me a great question: what is the end goal of the story?

I knew it so I told her.

She then said, okay, I see how you’re doing part 1 of this end goal but what needs to happen for part 2 to be accomplished.

I thought for a minute.

I honestly only knew one thing that needed to happen and that wasn’t even in this book.

Her reply: okay Whitney, you need to expand your story so you can bring in that part of the goal.

Honestly, I’m so grateful that I have a friend like her.

If I want to write anything of quality, I need to listen to those who ask the right questions.

One of my writing professor’s once told me that not every comment weighs as much as another.

I know the people who give the advice that’s good for me to listen to so I do.

Andrea is one of them.

Find someone that you can listen to and your work will get so much better.

It makes it easier to write something that has

quality-over-quantity

Have a great week!

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 4 Midweek

I feel so scatterbrained.

I’ve reached a point in Topaas where I’m not exactly sure what will happen next.

I have a gap of time between where I’m at and the next event that I have planned.

So what did my brain do?

It switched stories on me.

No idea where the logic is in that.

So yesterday my word count involved starting a scene from Emryld that I had in my mind, working out the timeline for Topaas which got messed up when I made plot changes with this new draft, and miscellaneous notes.

I think I need to have a plotting session to plan what should happen in this gap other than my MC grieving and avoiding someone that she argued with.

Not much to go off of.

It’s true that I can time skip some but not the whole gap.

Time to put my thinking cap on so I can figure this out.

One week left of Camp!

Good luck!

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 3 Report

My writing group met on Friday for the first time in 2 months. It’s been a busy summer for all of us. My segment that I submitted for critique was something I’d written near the end of April Camp. Now it’s happened quite a bit that I submit stuff from NaNo (either last November or last July) and the critiques are hard to take because, quite frankly, the stuff I wrote when I went for the 50,000 was terrible.

That didn’t happen this time.

My friend Andrea read through it, looked at me and said, “I’m so glad you decided to focus on quality.”

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Great things can happen when you focus on the quality of your writing.

I’m enjoying my story and great things are coming 🙂

My current word count is just above where Camp says I need to be but it’s not where I wanted to be in my original plan.

As I’ve mentioned, I wanted to do 1,000 words a day.

I’m 600 words behind on that goal but oh well.

At least I’m where the Camp stats say I should be.

Quality work is more important than writing as many words as possible.

Keep moving forward friends and remember:

quality-over-quantity

See you Thursday!

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo – Week 3 Midweek

Hey Everyone!

This week of Camp has been interesting. On Monday I was exhausted so only wrote 348 words. Not a great day when it comes to trying to get a word count but oh well.

Due to this, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to catch up on Tuesday.

Cue motivation.

On Tuesday morning at work, I didn’t have a lot to do so I went into my Scrivener file for Topaas to see what scenes I could work on to try and get my word count up.

As I looked at the different chapters, which I’d only labeled with the POV character’s name, I figured I should put something else on there for reference while I’m drafting so I know where to look for things.

Upon reaching the chapter that’s one of the most important in the book I noticed that 2/3 of the chapter wasn’t in there.

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Calm down, I said. I probably just haven’t typed it up from writing it in my notebook.

Logical explanation.

Open notebook.

Only the very end of the scene is there.

Missing: THE CRITICAL MOMENT

I looked everywhere but the segment was nowhere to be found. Close to 1,000 words of the catalyst scene for my series, missing.

All right.

I needed to rewrite the scene.

I could do it and make it better.

Motivation: Found.

I knew how I’d done it before but in thinking about it, the beginning felt boring.

I rewrote that entire segment, even the small bit that was in my notebook.

So where I thought I’d not even be able to get to where I wanted to be: 14,000 words (I’d gotten to 12,135 the day before), I ended up with 14,141 words!

The great thing is that it’s all good stuff :D.

Never forget:

quality-over-quantity

You can do it, even when you don’t think you can!

Keep moving forward!

WD

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 Report

Hey Everyone!

How’s Camp going for all of you participants?

I’m up to date with where stats say I should be but I’m not where I want to be. I’m a little over 200 words shy of that.

Oh well.

On a fun note, I got a lot of world building done this past week. I created new magical races, named continents, made laws, and wrote a creation myth.

To say I’m having fun would be an understatement, haha.

I’m seeing everything come together and it’s exciting. I now know why certain things are the way they are.

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I’ve unlocked the secrets of my world and figured out the magic system for two species.

Whether you write fantasy, contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, etc, you can unlock the magic within your own story.

Have fun writing!

WD