Camp NaNoWriMo (Becky Writes Stuff Ep. 3)

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a challenge that both excites and terrifies me. It takes place in the month of November and basically you try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I have unofficially taken on this challenge before and failed miserably. It has been a while since I have attempted anything like this seriously.

Recently though, I have been trying to write more consistently so that I can actually finish something. I stumbled upon Camp NaNoWriMo and knew it would be a good fit for me. Unlike the original NaNoWriMo, this other event allows you to pick your project. It does not have to be a novel. It can be a short story, play, movie script, etc. Also, you can set your own writing goal. There is something about 50,000 words that’s super intimidating to me, so I think it’s nice that I can set the bar a little lower. It takes place the full month of April and I’ve officially decided to take part in it.

My writing project is to add 25,000 words to the novel I am currently working on. I’m excited because 25,000 more words is a step closer to the halfway point and I just need to get there for myself. As I stated before, 50,000 words is intimidating! I’ve set the bar lower in hopes of reaching my goal and possibly exceeding it.

Of course, the week before this whole thing is supposed to start I had a major realization. I was talking to my friend Will about the project because we’re writing pals. Will’s a great writer and he’s exceptionally good at world building and character development. After discussing things, it hit me that my main female lead is lacking a story arc outside of her romantic plot line. She also does not grow as much as some of my other characters do and there is definitely something missing in terms of her.

The worst part about coming to this realization is that I’m in the middle of a draft and have this plan to write 25,000 words. While starting over seems like a good option, I’m afraid I will not write anything because I’m so stuck. I have no idea how to fix the problem with my character and the more I think on it, the more stuck I become. I think my best bet is to stick to my original plan and truck on until I get the halfway point. Once I’m at the halfway point I can focus on restructuring (which is another thing I’ve realized I desperately need to do) and coming up with new ideas. I’m hoping maybe a plot line will just organically happen as I continue writing. That would be awesome!

My writing conundrum aside, I’m still super excited to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo! It’s only 5 days away and I can only hope that I’m ready. The main reason I’m doing this is to up my word count and to get closer to the halfway point. I could very possibly reach the halfway point with 25,000 words. To be honest, I’m not sure. It’s hard to gauge from my outline how many words each scene will be. We’ll see what happens though. I’ll keep you updated as I go obviously.

Are any of you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, I would love to hear about your writing projects and what you’re working on in April so leave a comment down below.

Becky Writes Stuff (Ep. 2)

I have no idea how to start this post. We’re gonna go with some sort of welcome back. So…

Welcome back! I’ve traveled across the world, I’ve traveled back, and found some motivation. Well, sort of. I’ve written close to 3500 words (excluding blog posts) since I’ve come back. This may not seem like a lot of you, but I have been going through a dry spell. It had been weeks (maybe even a month) since I had written a single creative word. The down side, is that these words are for a new short story I’m working.

Fellow writers, do you have that friend (or friends) who you bounce ideas off of or you consult often with your writing? Personally I have two friends that help me with this sort of thing. One of them is Marley, my college roommate, who happened to be the friend I saw on my trip. She is great at sparking inspiration and helping me come up with ideas. Which is great because she has helped me out of many binds. The downside is that sometimes she sparks ideas for new projects, which is exactly what happened!

We came up with this short story idea. Most of it is outlined and everything! At the length that I write, it will probably turn into a novella. It’s super cute and is gonna get hilarious. I’ll give you a small hint on the plot, it takes place at a wedding. Unfortunately, there are good things and bad things that come with this new project.

I’m going to start with the good, which should be obvious. It has gotten me to actually write. Getting out of a writing slump is hard and this short story is helping a lot. I’m also trying to free write more and not think so much. Sometimes I think too much on how to say something and it prevents me from getting things down on the page. I need to actualyl write said things down. When I go back for edits and rewrites I can worry about the stylistic elements. I’m hoping to bring this writing technique into writing for my novel.

The bad should also be obvious, it is taking away focus from my novel! It also is not helping with my overall focus as a writer. In the course of a big project I tend to randomly get ideas for other novels. Obviously, I write them down but sometimes I think about them more than I should. I really need to learn how to focus on one thing and/or use those ideas in what I’m currently writing. I especially need to learn how to do this for sketches. I think I could turn some of my book ideas into a tv pilot or short sketch. This would help with my writing goals for the year and I would start less projects.

At the end of the day, it is my writing. I can write what I want when I want. I’m choosing to work on this short story temporarily, give myself a little break and break out of this terrible writing slump I’ve found myself in.

That’s it for this writing update. Hopefully the next time I create one of these posts I actually will have worked on my novel.

Becky Writes Stuff (1)

I like to write things. I sort have alluded to this already, but if you didn’t know now you know! In an effort to be more productive, I thought talking about my writing struggles might help me with my writing. On this blog not only do I critique writing, but I also talk about books. I’m currently writing a book, so what better place to write about my experience than here.

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