I hit my teensy tiny Camp NaNo goal of 10,000 words today and I was just thinking “Damn, I want a Camp NaNo for August…” when I read this post by Ifeoma Dennis and it was like a ray of sunshine breaking through the cloudy London skies. A fantastic idea, and I’m definitely participating. Here’s my intro!
I’m going to double July’s pathetic goal and go for 20,000 words. I know I should be getting even more than that, but at this point I don’t want the stress of reaching a high word count to get in the way of what I’m writing. I’m working through a tricky bit at the moment. I’d rather succeed in a small way than not manage to reach my goal and then feel crappy about it. If I get to 20k with ease, I’ll try to increase that number for September!
Stage of writing:
I’m calling it Draft 1.5 because I started over without even nearly finishing the first draft. I needed to change the tense and rethink my protagonist. If I had continued down the path I was headed, I would’ve been too bogged down by it.
What inspired my current project:
It’s a speculative fantasy sci-fi alternative history… Actually I have no idea what it is. I sometimes refer to it as YA, but I then I write something horrible and think “This is not for young’uns!” and then I think “Wait, I’m young!” and then I think “Am I young?” and then I think “What qualifies as young?” and then I think “All this categorising of things is terribly confusing and probably unnecessary!” and then I realise that I’m being silly and I stop asking myself so many questions and I carry on writing my nonsense instead.
I wrote a bit about my book here earlier this month. It’s inspired partly by the chunk of crap I produced for NaNoWriMo in 2012 and partly by a story (or at least a character and part of a setting) that I’ve had in my head since I was quite young.
What might slow down my marathon goal:
My addiction to watching random crap on YouTube and my love of afternoon naps and all the tasty books I have on my Kindle, waiting to be read… there are many things that might slow me down, but this marathon will help!
Good luck everyone! Looking forward to “meeting” you all as we write our way to victory. Thanks Ifeoma!