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.
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.
I’m participating in Camp NaNo again in July. I have three main goals:
Write 20,000 words of the third draft of The Book of Immortality
Finish writing a short story that I started rewriting in mid-May and thought I’d have done by the end of May (whoops)
Novelize chapter 7 of the script of The Land of Two Moons
The Book of Immortality takes precendence over the other two goals, since I’m so close to having it done. So close! I’ll definitely have a chapter online by the beginning of August!
The short story mentioned in #2 is a rewrite of a story I started in 2016 and then stopped about one third of the way through. I wrote a rough outline of what’s going to happen in the rest of the story, so there’s no excuse for me not to finish it this time.
Chapter 7 of The Land of Two Moons likely won’t be a comic; I’m novelizing the chapter because I want to see how well I could handle doing an illustrated novel. If it goes well, then I’ll likely continue the rest of the story in that way.
This April, I decided to continue my edit/rewrite of The Book of Immortality. I had a goal of 20,000 words and I hit that on April 25th, then continued writing until April 29th. At this point, I reached the end of chapter 26, and decided that would be a good stopping point for the month. My final word count is 21,732.
I finished rewriting/editing 11 chapters. One of those chapters was started in March, while the other 10 were done entirely in April. From the first draft, one chapter was removed entirely, and two chapters were put together since they were both too short to begin with. This means that while the first draft had 41 chapters, this second draft now has 39 chapters.
The rewrite is now at 26/39 chapters. Finishing those last 13 chapters will probably take another month and a half. After that’s done, it’s time for the final rewrite!
Yes, this current (second) draft won’t be the final one. I’ve been using this draft to clean up the plot, make things clearer, and fix dialogue, but I still need to add a lot of description. I’ve been trying to do some of that in this second draft, but each chapter is still going to need some polish before I’ll be satisfied with them.
I’m going to post the third draft as a serial on this blog. I won’t wait until I’m finished editing the whole thing – I’m planning on posting one chapter per week as I do the final edits.
Finally, I’ll be able to have some writing up here!
This month, I started rewriting my 2017 NaNoWriMo novel, The Book of Immortality. And I achieved my goal! I successfully rewrote 21,371 words (21,384 according to the validator) of script into prose – ten chapters out of forty.
I am, slowly, remembering how to write prose. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be! Don’t get me wrong – there’s definitely going to have to be another draft after this one. Aside from refining the prose, I still need to iron out some kinks in the plot that I’m sure I’ll miss in this current draft.
And then after that’s done…sometime in early 2020, I hope…I plan on posting The Book of Immortality on this website as a weekly serial!
I don’t have much else to say. July was honestly pretty uneventful, except for one thing that I will be addressing in another blog post in a few days.