Most of the writing I did this month wasn’t “real” writing. At the end of March, prompted by me winning the bid on a condo, I decided to finally sort through all of my old story notes. This meant going through a lot of folders and notebooks and typing up everything that wasn’t already typed.
There was a lot of stuff to type up. On the 2nd day of April, I decided to count these words toward my Camp NaNoWriMo goal. One, because I didn’t want to take all that paper with me when I moved, and two, because I was having a hard time actually outlining Samael.
My initial goal, which I talked about in a blog post on March 18th, was to finish the Samael outline. Apparently I realized this was ridiculous soon afterward, because the goal that I put into my goals spreadsheet said “finish four issues of the Samael outline”.
Unless I somehow manage to write about 6k words tomorrow, that won’t be happening. I finished Issue 15 and am currently working on the outline for Issue 16. I might actually be able to get that done by the end of tomorrow.
However, I did outline a bunch of stuff that happens later in the story rather than sticking to my usual strict chronological outlining. As it turns out, this helps a lot when you want a higher wordcount! Who knew?
Well…everyone, I think. Except me.
I will post a full analysis of this Camp NaNo session next Friday!
Honestly, I completely forgot about Camp NaNoWriMo until I got an email about it a few days ago. I’ve been so busy these past few months that I haven’t had the time to even think about any writing events.
I’m going to continue working on the same thing I’ve been working on since last November: the remainder of the Samael outline. At the beginning of the year, I hoped I’d be done with it by now so I could move on to actual writing. Now I’m hoping that I’ll have the outline done by the end of April.
I don’t have any plans other than that. 20,000 words.
This month was a lot. My A/C went out on July 2nd, and it wasn’t fixed until the 8th. I got very little writing done during that time period. After that was fixed, I…continued not to write very much.
I genuinely haven’t been very motivated to write this month. I’ve mainly been working on blog posts, and I’ve had quite a bit of success with those – I’ve written and scheduled 22 blog posts – but actual outlining for Broken Sword? I only wrote 2,849 words.
My original goal was 20,000 words. I changed that to 10,000 on July 20, since there was definitely no way I was going to reach 20k. This is actually the first time I’ve ever had to change a Camp NaNo goal.
I outlined myself into a corner with Broken Sword. I have a few options on how to start the next section of the story, but unfortunately, none of them seem any good. Outlining is essentially on hold until I figure that out.
I did, however, start re-outlining the first chapters of Samael, a story I first started writing in 2015. I reworked it into a setting I liked in 2019 and wrote the first four chapters, then stopped to focus on The Land of Two Moons and The Book of Immortality. I’ve been thinking the story over in my head this whole time, and now have some better ideas on how to start it and have certain ideas & themes carry on through the entire story.
Also, it’s a story that takes place in 2023 (in a cyberpunk version of our own world, with some fairly major differences) so I’d like to start finishing chapters and start posting it here sometime in mid-2022 at the latest.
Anyway, I ended this session of Camp NaNo with 11,964 words. Hopefully the next couple months of writing will not be as chaotic as this one.
I’ve been so busy these past few weeks that I haven’t had any time to think about Camp NaNoWriMo. I know I want to get a lot of blogging done. I’m going to continue outlining Broken Sword like I’ve been trying to do for the past month.
I have no other goals at the moment. This is probably the most unprepared I’ve been in years!
I’ll definitely think of other things to do in July, but at the moment I’m seriously coming up with nothing.
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