Jun 25, 2012

it's official! I 'won' June Camp NaNo!

Yup, 55,871 words as of last night and I'm going to keep going because my job as a writer - the most important job of all - is to show up in my writing space.

That's the main reason I decided to participate in June Camp NaNo; to get back into the habit of writing EVERY SINGLE DAY. The fact that there was a wordcount goal to aim for added the motivation, and I'm very pleased that I have written over 2,000 words each eveing - almost 3,000 on a couple of occasions.

And I'm going to keep going. I may have 'won' June Camp NaNo, but I'm not going to stop writing now.

I've been thinking about two of the projects that I want to work on next. The first one is my gothic novella, Greenwood Manor 2 (working title), and the other one is the novel that got stalled. It's going through yet another reincarnation, but this one I am determined to finish!

June Camp NaNo isn't over yet, so I'm going to spend the next few nights not rebelling, but working on some outlines and pre-planning exercises to see how much I can get to grips with where these two stories are going to go.

Jun 14, 2012

Second week of Camp coming to an end

And I've reached the 35K mark. Woo Hoo!!

Badges I've earned to date include:

Goed Begonnen; Non-Stop; Speed Typing; Brat Camp; Swimming Lessons; Modern; Stamina; Half Gewonnen; Late at Night.

I've got my eye on a couple more and just need to tweak my writing habits (e.g. writing under a table some evening) to earn them. Great fun!

Jun 7, 2012

Seven badges - woo hoo!

I've added the "Modern" (for writing on something that runs on electricity) and "Stamina" (for writing at least 1667 words for 7 consecutive days) badges to my collection.

Seriously, this feels really good!

Jun 4, 2012

Five badges in total now!

I forgot the fourth one which was "Brat Camp" - being a NaNo rebel. (I'm not working on a novel this month.) And I've also got the "Swimming Lessons" badge for passing the 10K mark. Woo hoo!

Seriously. This badges lark is a great motivator. :)

Jun 1, 2012

Three badges on my first day!

One for writing a word at all (Goed Begonnen), one for writing non stop for an hour (Non-Stop) and one for writing 2000 words in an hour (Speed Typing) - I had 2,596 words at the end of the hour.

I have to say that getting to earn badges for reaching small milestones on the way to 50,000 words makes it all the more motivating. Because I got off to a good start and got rewarded for it, I feel good. And that feel-good factor is what will bring me back to my writing desk and laptop tomorrow evening. :)

So, my thanks to Angrykittykj, WhiteDove and Mayasennara for all their hard work in creating a badge list, designing the badges and creating the blog, and for creating an alternate design for the badges (including the border) and for sharing it with all of us. Many, many thanks!

Now, what badge can I aim for tomorrow night???

May 31, 2012

CampNaNo starts midnight tonight - gulp!

The time flew by these past couple of weeks and here we are, on the eve of the June CampNaNoWriMo.

And I would probably be feeling very overwhelmed were it not for the fact that I took part in a webinar this morning with Amna Ahmad at The Pragmatic Hybrid on the subject of Writer's Block. It was a great session in which she explained some of the common reasons behind Writer's Block and how pushing through this state can actually be counterproductive.

The aim is to create a sustainable writing habit, so gentleness is always the best way to proceed.

The most important thing we can do as writers is - show up. That's it. Just show up. And not worry about the quality of what we produce. As she put it, that's none of our business. All that we can control is the showing up, and the rest is up to the Divine, Great Spirit, our creative selves, the Universe, however we call that energy that is greater than us.

So, am I worried about Camp? No. I'm reframing the sensation I'm feeling from 'nervousness' or 'overwhelmed' to excitement (which is one of the fantastic techniques I learned from her this morning. Reframe the anxiety so that even though you can still feel the sensation, you can still write!)

Yes, I'm excited! And I'm looking forward to collecting some of the Camp Achievement badges along the way.

May 21, 2012

June CampNaNo: Change of Plan

Yes, there's been a change of plan for CampNaNo in June.

In short, there just isn't enough time to get to grips with my characters and the story arc in order to do the story justice and to create enough of a map for me to write each day.

Instead, I'm gonna be a rebel!

I'm going to write 1667 words (at least) per day on - anything. Vignettes. Scenes. Snippets.

I've got a couple of resources lined up to provide me with prompts and I'll choose one at random each evening of Camp.

The two resources are Larry Brooks's 101 Slightly Unpredictable Tips for Novelists and Screenwriters and Writing Open the Mind by Andy Couturier.

Who knows? Maybe something I work on will inspire  a short story or novella later on.

May 11, 2012

Setting Myself a Challenge - CampNaNo in June

I may be crazy. I may have completely lost my mind. It seemed like a good idea at the time. It even seemed like fun!

CampNaNo in June.


There's only 20 days left till it kicks off... and I'm still hazy about what I'm going to write.

I'm choosing to move from being a pantser to becoming an outliner. NOT a plotter. I still don't like the idea of knowing exactly what I'm going to write before I write it. For me, writing is a journey of discovery and that's where the joy is for me.

But given that I have limited free time to write, I can't just wing it any more. Not if I hope to produce something I can share with others. The plan is to outline only as much as I need to so that I know what I'm writing each day of Camp without tying myself to a rigid plan. The outline ideally will help me to develop a good story structure as well as a thrilling tale.

The aim is to write well, write while filled with joy, and produce something solid at the end of the 30 days.

I'll be working on the sequel to Greemwood Manor, my GothNo 2008 project.

In the next post, I'll give a quick rundown on what I've been doing so far and how that's working for me.