Camp NaNo July 2019 Results

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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.

Camp NaNo July & Writing Updates

First of all, a writing update.

I finished the script for The Land of Two Moons! It has a prologue and 49 chapters, which is, at the moment, 1182 comic pages. That number will likely change as I edit the chapters over the years. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the number of pages down below 1000.

Now that I’m not writing a script and drawing a comic at the same time, I’ve found that I’m not nearly as tired as I used to be. I used to write AND draw every weekday – and this was after coming home from an 8-hour office job. Evidently that was too much.

I’ve learned my lesson – one thing per day! Either writing or drawing, not both.

As for what I’ve accomplished since then:

  • Finished penciling all of chapter 2!
  • Re-scripted chapter 3 so that it’s in more of a traditional comic format. There are more than 2 panels per page now!
  • Thumbnailed out chapter 3 on paper. That’s right, on paper. With a pencil. Not on a computer. And I like it better.
  • Finished inking all of chapter 1 on June 20th!
  • Started inking chapter 2!

And now…July approaches. As usual, I’m going to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m going to be using that month to start rewriting The Book of Immortality, the Chinese fantasy novel I started writing during NaNoWriMo 2017 and finished in June of 2018.

If anyone remembers, rewriting The Book of Immortality was one of my goals for NaNoWriMo 2018. That…did not happen. I did create an outline, but any actual writing didn’t happen, since I wanted to focus on The Land of Two Moons.

But it’s one of my goals this year to rewrite The Book of Immortality. And I haven’t written anything since I finished The Land of Two Moons. And I haven’t written prose since November of 2016!

This is totally gonna turn out well, right? It’s not like I’ve completely forgotten how to write prose or anything, right?

July is definitely going to be quite interesting.

Camp NaNo April 2019 Results

Week 1: Days 1-7

Target page count: 24

Pages scripted: 24

I hit my page goal every day. I finished chapters 40 & 41 and started on chapter 42.

Week 2: Days 8-14

Target page count: 47

Pages scripted: 47

My allergies got a lot worse this week! I barely kept up with my page goal. I’m also starting to feel the strain of writing every day. I don’t typically write this much every day, so I’ve been having a minor tendinitis flareup.

I finished chapters 42 & 43, and started chapter 44.

Week 3: Days 15-21

Target page count: 70

Pages scripted: 73

Finished chapters 44 & 45 and started chapter 46. It was easier to keep up this week than in week 2. I didn’t have any tendinitis flare-ups. I even ended up writing more than my goal!

Week 4: Days 22-30

Target page count: 100

Pages scripted: 100

Finished chapters 46, 47, and 48. Then I won on the 27th! I continued writing after that, but didn’t count those words/pages towards Camp.

Overall Results & Going Forward

As of April 30th, I have 48 chapters complete. I’ve just started chapter 49, which will be the last chapter in The Land of Two Moons unless, for some reason, I decide that the story needs an epilogue or an additional chapter (which it really doesn’t).

I’m going to spend the first week or two of May to finish up the script. And then…I’m going to work on penciling chapter 2. Editing is going to happen slowly over the next ten years as I actually draw the comic. There’s very little about it I want to change or flat-out don’t like, and I imagine that the majority of the editing will have to do with cutting down some conversations & scenes that went on a little too long.

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My progress per day, in case you’re curious.

Camp NaNo April & LotM Update

As usual, I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I’m continuing to work on The Land of Two Moons with a goal of 100 pages. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish the script by the end of April. I’m close to being done with chapter 39 at the moment, and I don’t think I need more than five chapters plus an epilogue to wrap things up.

And then I’ll be done with the script! I’ve only been working on it since June last year, but it feels like forever! It’s absorbed so much of my time that it feels like I’ve been writing for years.

Of course, since this is a ~1000 page webcomic, it’s going to take nearly ten years to draw. It’s going to be on my mind for a long time.

Regarding the actual comic part of the story, I have an update: I finished penciling chapter 1 on the 20th! And due to that, I am lowering my pencils per month goal from 12 pages to 8 pages. Chapter 1 was the longest chapter – it started at 50 pages, and I cut it down to 42. I have a good enough buffer right now that I don’t need to worry about falling behind, so 8 pages a month is plenty good for a 2 page-per-week update schedule.

Back to Camp NaNo. I won’t be doing weekly update posts like I did last year. I’ll have one post at the end of the month (or early June) showing how I did.

See you then!

Camp NaNo July 2018: Week 4

21 July

Target Page Count: 67.88

Pages Scripted: 4

Total Pages: 79

Started chapter 5 today. This is a chapter that I’ve been looking forward to writing for a while!

22 July

Target Page Count: 71.06

Pages Scripted: 3

Total Pages: 82

Nothing much to say today.

23 July

Target Page Count: 74.29

Pages Scripted: 4

Total Pages: 86

I managed to put in a bit of worldbuilding & foreshadowing that I hadn’t planned.

24 July

Target Page Count: 77.52

Pages Scripted: 5

Total Pages: 91

Ended up writing more than I planned to today. And I’m now 90% done! That’s exciting.

25 July

Target Page Count: 80.75

Pages Scripted: 0

Total Pages: 91

Decided not to write today due to headaches and general tiredness.

26 July

Target Page Count: 83.98

Pages Scripted: 4

Total Pages: 95

So close to being done!

27 July

Target Page Count: 87.21

Pages Scripted: 7

Total Pages: 102

Finally done!

28-31 July

Though I did write a little bit during these days, I decided not to add the pages to my total page count.

Overview

I won four days early!

There were a couple of things I learned this month:

  1. I am very, very bad at remembering what panel layout I had in mind a few days after I’ve written a page. This is not a good thing, since I’ll eventually have to draw the comic. The solution: I have now implemented a panel layout into the header of all of my pages.
  2. My outline doesn’t give me nearly as much content as I thought it would. I’ve had to merge several chapters in order to have one 20-page chapter.
  3. Scrivener is a great program, and excellent for comics. I have a folder for each chapter, and a separate file for each page. It’s great!

Other than Camp NaNoWriMo, what did I do in July?

I got a Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so I’ve been playing a lot of that in my free time.

I haven’t written anything else. I did draw three pages of the prologue of The Land of Two Moons. I drew some things.

Other than Camp NaNoWriMo, my July was pretty uneventful.

What do I hope to accomplish in August?

I’m going to script 2 comic pages per weekday. That’s 43 pages, which is roughly two chapters. I finished chapter 5 on the 27th, so I’ll hopefully be done with chapter 7 by the end of August.

Although…I haven’t even started plotting chapter 7 yet, so that may be a bit of a problem.

Currently, I don’t have any plans on touching The Book of Immortality. I have a plan on how to edit it, but I don’t have any timeline for working on it. But I do plan on getting back to it!

The next blog post will be on August 31st.

Camp NaNo July 2018: Week 3

14 July

Target Page Count: 45.22

Pages Scripted: 3

Total Pages: 60

Started chapter 4!

15 July

Target Page Count: 48.45

Pages Scripted: 1

Total Pages: 61

Just one page today. I wanted to take a small break from overachieving.

16 July

Target Page Count: 51.68

Pages Scripted: 3

Total Pages: 64

Not much to say today.

17 July

Target Page Count: 54.91

Pages Scripted: 4

Total Pages: 68

Nothing interesting today either.

18 July

Target Page Count: 58.14

Pages Scripted: 4

Total Pages: 72

I got to finally write part of a scene I’ve had in my head for a while! Feels great.

19 July

Target Page Count: 61.37

Pages Scripted: 3

Total Pages: 75

I finished chapter 4! It was a shorter chapter than the previous ones, but adding more pages would have just been dragging it out unnecessarily.

20 July

Target Page Count: 64.60

Pages Scripted: 0

Total Pages: 75

I decided to take an actual break today and write zero pages. Partially because I’m 75% done, but mostly because I’m dealing with incredibly sore hands/fingers from drawing.

Overview

I wrote 18 pages this week. That’s lower than in either of the previous two weeks, but I don’t particularly care since I’m so far ahead.

Counting today, there are 11 days remaining to write, and I need to write 25 pages. That’s less than 2.5 pages a day, and I’m expecting to hit that goal a couple of days before the 31st.

The 31st is also when my last progress report is going up. See you all then!

Camp NaNo July 2018: Week 2

07 July

Target Page Count: 22.61

Pages Scripted: 6

Total Pages: 30

I finished the second chapter! Now I’m going to get to write the parts where the plot really starts kicking in.

I also decided to merge the next two chapters, since they take place on the same day and there really isn’t enough content for two separate chapters.

08 July

Target Page Count: 25.84

Pages Scripted: 5

Total Pages: 35

Another decent writing day! I’ve started on the third chapter, which happens to be the last chapter of the first “part” of the story. At the moment, I have no idea how many parts there are going to be.

09 July

Target Page Count: 29.07

Pages Scripted: 1

Total Pages: 36

Only one page today! I decided to take a bit of a break since I’ve been overachieving recently.

10 July

Target Page Count: 32.30

Pages Scripted: 5

Total Pages: 41

I wrote a lot more than I planned to today!

11 July

Target Page Count: 35.53

Pages Scripted: 4

Total Pages: 45

I originally merged chapter 3 and chapter 4 because it looked like there wasn’t going to be enough content for two separate chapters. But now that I’m writing the new chapter 3, it looks like I might have to split them up again.

Also, I’m almost at the halfway point!

12 July

Target Page Count: 38.76

Pages Scripted: 6

Total Pages: 51

Turns out that yesterday’s concerns were for nothing. I’m back on track to end this chapter at a normal page count.

13 July

Target Page Count: 41.99

Pages Scripted: 6

Total Pages: 57

Finished chapter three! The first part of this story is done!

Overview

Overall, I think this was a pretty good week. I wrote 33 pages, as opposed to last week, where I only wrote 24. I finished chapter 2, then started and finished chapter 3.

Onward to next week!