July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Goals

What am I working on this Camp NaNoWriMo? Getting this damned book done!

It is July, and that means it’s Camp NaNoWriMo! It’s a bit more laid back than November, but it’s still a great time to get some words in. I’m so excited for this month!

Things will be a teensy bit different, though. I often try to get in an actual in-real-life camping trip during Camp (both in April and July), but April’s wasn’t even planned because of the pandemic and July’s is now cancelled due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases (so also the pandemic… yay for people who refuse to social distance and wear masks… ‘MURICA!). I might have to console myself by setting up my one-person tent on our patio.

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A Peek at My Desk

Come take a peek at my “organized chaotic” desk!

I love seeing other people’s writing spaces, so I thought I would share mine with you this week! Forgive the horrendous pictures, for I live in a cave of an apartment and have no professional lighting.

I write and work my day job at my desk in our dining room. Until last August, I had a tiny desk that was just big enough to hold my laptop and maybe a small notebook, but while my husband and I were on our honeymoon, my mom got me this secretary desk! Yeah, it’s supposed to fold up to save space, but I always have my keyboard and mouse out.

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NaNoWriMo and the Hike

You guys, of you are ever feeling stuck or uninspired in your writing, take a hike. Literally. I took a hike today, and I had two big epiphanies. Go alone or take a quiet friend. There’s something about being out in the quiet, listening to the birds and your own steady footsteps, that rattles loose some ideas and attracts whole new ones.

Now I’m off to write 2,014 words (at least!) of new ideas. đŸ˜ŠđŸ’œâœđŸ»đŸ’»

Six Days of Camp NaNoWriMo Left

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Here is a random picture of me to add some sort of visual stimulation to this post. Ain’t I cute?

There are six days of Camp NaNoWriMo left (in case you didn’t glean that from the title of this blog post). I have not started rewriting my novel yet, but I have made some good progress on marking up the printed version I wrote. My goal is to finish marking it up by the 31st.

I have a lot of things going on in the next five days (helping someone move and preparing for a camping trip, plus the usuals like school and work), but I am committed to doing this. Even with a migraine that’s lasted for more than 24 hours (ugh), I felt compelled to stay up and write this blog post, since I haven’t written any other updates on how this month has been going. If I can do that, I can finish marking up those pages this week.

That said, I’m a little overwhelmed. It seems the only time I can get anything done has been early in the morning, and I’ve been sleeping in a lot because I’m just too tired. Plus, the whole migraine thing hasn’t been helping.

#thestruggleisreal #justsaying #writersarepeopletoo #thisisablogstophashtagging

3 Steps for Revising My Novel This Camp NaNoWriMo

 

During Camp NaNoWriMo this July, I “enter the dark and terrifying forest” as I revise a novel for the first time. That quote is pulled from Rachel Aaron’s ebook, 2k to 10k. It is one of the books I have been referring to as I plan to revise Nazrat of the Kora, the novel I wrote during last November’s NaNoWriMo. Other books on my list include Stephen King’s On Writing, Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing (3rd ed., though I should have the 4th ed. soon), and even The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel, by Tom Monteleone.

As I’m delving into strange territory, I find it necessary to look at the maps created by the explorers and travelers who have been through the forest many times before me. Looking at these maps has helped me develop my own plan for the upcoming month, along with my own goals. Here’s a little of what I’ve learned and some steps I plan to put into action. Continue reading “3 Steps for Revising My Novel This Camp NaNoWriMo”