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.

Yeah.

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.