Camp NaNo July Results

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.

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Camp NaNo July Plans

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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.

My profile on the website is here in case you want to follow along or friend me.

Camp NaNo April Results

How did I do in April? Well, I wrote 22,074 words. My goal was 20,000, and I reached that on April 26th.

Originally, I planned on finishing The Illuminated World and the outline for Venére Magic. I wrote less than 500 words combined before I decided to set them aside and move on to the other things I wanted to get done: updating conlang documentation and writing blog posts.

Working on conlangs

I finalized the documentation & updated the dictionaries for 7 conlangs: Qitiniasaaq, Célis zisun, Ciniáne, Rennukat, Kitlinar, Fèdzéyí, and Askeisk. I’m pretty sure the only reason I was able to get through this many is because these were the conlangs that just needed tidying. Most of the grammars & dictionaries were 90-100% complete and all I had to do was organize the information I already had.

The conlangs I need to work on now are the ones that I never got too far into. I’ll be doing a lot of work from scratch, so I doubt I’ll be able to finish more than 1 per month. Hopefully I’ll be able to get them all done by the end of the year. Maybe I’ll make that a goal for July Camp NaNo?

Blogging

Early in the year, I made a schedule and list of the things I’d like to blog about. Originally, that schedule was Monday/Friday. It later changed to Monday/Wednesday/Friday when I realized I had a lot of things on my list – not just posts about writing, but also about art, conlanging, and a couple of other random subjects.

My original goal for April was to write 6 blog posts. I hit that in a couple of days, so I changed the goal to 12, then to 15. I ended up writing 20 blog posts in total. This was the rest of April’s blog posts, all of May’s (except 2. One is a first impressions of Mass Effect Legendary Edition and the other is May’s Recommendations), and art & conlang posts in June and July.

Venére Magic & The Illuminated World

I really need to rethink what I want to do with Venére Magic and The Illuminated World. I’m not enjoying working on them, which is a serious problem. I’m not being paid to write. I’m not under any sort of deadline. I’m writing in my own free time because I enjoy it – and if I’m not enjoying it, then why am I writing?

It’ll be sad to abandon another project, of course, but I seriously need to find something to write that’s actually enjoyable.

Which might be…

I ended up outlining a bit of a story I’ve been thinking over for the past couple of months. I’ve been turning it over and over in my head for long enough that outlining has turned out to some of the easiest writing I’ve done all year.

This is the “Broken Sword” story I mentioned previously in this naming post. No, I haven’t managed to come up with a better name for it yet. That’s definitely still something I need to work on.

Camp NaNo April Plans

It took me quite a while to figure out what I actually wanted to during this April’s Camp NaNo session. This is what I’ve come up with:

Finish writing The Illuminated World. This is a story I started in November 2019 and set aside because it wasn’t working. I’ve changed the plot massively and now it seems like something I can actually finish. I thought about making it a comic and even thumbnailed the first chapter and drew a few pages, but I think it’s going to function best as a short story/novella.

Finish outlining Venére Magic. After thinking it over for weeks, I think I know how to fix this story. I should be able to do all the required plotting, worldbuilding, & outlining during April.

Work on some proper documentation for a couple of conlangs. In January I decided to finally organize the information for all of my conlangs. I’ve only completed this for two conlangs so far.

Write some blog posts. Yep, I’m gonna count my blog post drafts toward my Camp NaNo goal, because why not? I have a lot of blog posts to write this year.

Are you participating in Camp NaNo this month? I’d love to hear what you’re doing.

Camp NaNo July 2020 & Upcoming Stuff

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I definitely achieved my goal of 20,000 words (I ended the month with 20,013), but I did have to make a few modifications to my secondary goals.

My initial plan was to edit 10 chapters of The Book of Immortality. This changed to 8 chapters about halfway through the month, since I had an episode of fatigue that lasted long enough that I was seriously considering taking the rest of the month off from any creative work. It fortunately went away, but I kept my 8 chapter goal and managed to reach it.

I…did not work on the short story. At all. I didn’t write a single word of it. I haven’t abandoned it, but it’s definitely not my first priority right now. I’ll get it done sometime this year, I promise.

Chapter 7 of The Land of Two Moons has been successfully translated into prose! It’s very bare-bones in parts and definitely needs a couple of edits. I’ll probably work on getting it finalized all throughout August.

The Book of Immortality

I have eight chapters of the final draft done, and that means it’s finally time to start posting it online! I’m planning on posting the first chapter on this blog on Friday, 7 August.

I am planning on posting chapters every other Friday. One chapter per week is a bit too much for me; I’d like to have some kind of buffer rather than constantly scramble to get things done at the last minute. That’s what happened with The Land of Two Moons during the past month, and it was not pleasant.

I will probably edit this subpage for The Book of Immortality with more information sometime during the next week.

Until then!