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Camp NaNoWriMo v NaNoWriMo: What’s the Difference?

Hey everybody! Every year there’s two different sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo. The second session is coming, which is in July.

But wait, I’ve gotten ahead of myself. I haven’t talked to you about what these things are.

NaNoWriMo is a National Novel Writing Month that occurs every November. People all over the world try to write a novel for at least 50k words in one month. The excitement each year is almost palatable. You’ll see all kinds of think pieces on blogs, videos about it, and so much more. You’ll find sprints on Twitter and NaNoWriMo Facebook groups are all of the sudden on fire, there are so many people posting and chatting it up. On the NaNoWriMo site you can create a profile, measure your progess, talk on message boards, and chat with friends who you’ve added, who are on this crazy ride.

 

 

With Camp NaNoWriMo, the atmosphere is absolutely different. The buzz is more of a murmur like the crickets at the end of a summer’s night. You don’t have a friend’s list in Camp NaNo, which I think is an unfortunate oversight. But, instead of friends list, you can join a cabin. You can get put into a randomly, join a friend’s cabin, or create a cabin and invite people yourself. (See how the whole camp thing comes to play?). In order to join a cabin, you first need to create a project. You have to choose a project type (novel, short story, script, etc…) and then your goal which measured in either words, hours, minutes, lines, and pages.  With the added bonus of being able to encourage your cabin mates, the Camp option  is a really flexible alternative.

Some writers find the flexibility helps them along and others like the madcap mayhem of a 50k word month. I like them both for different reasons. I use the Camps to finish projects and NaNo is to start something new and really dig into it for a month. I am trying to establish a daily writing routine and doing the NaNo events definitely helps.

Check out my NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo playlists. Let me know in the comments below, do you prefer one NaNo over another? And I’ll see you next Monday!

Aloha y’all

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Baby, I’m ready to go!- Writing Goals and Me

Aloha everyone!

I had so many people show concern for me, because of the volcano eruption, the earthquakes, and general horrifying events that never seem to quit. We are fine, all that volcanic activity has been on the Big Island. I made this map so people could know. I think we’re maybe a thousand miles away from all of that? There was a fear that a tsunami would result from all of that, but fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening either.

Do you remember that song from the 90s by Republica, Ready to Go? That’s how I’m feeling today. I’ve made a deadline for myself. I want to have my cozy mystery in my beta readers hands by June 10th. Not a lot of time, but incredibly doable.  (If you want to beta read it, let me know, I’ll add you to my secret group. Email me at: penpaperpad78@gmail.com)

Blood Roses and Honeysuckles is still a thing that exists in the world. I have one alpha and one beta taking it on at this time. They’re helping me to realize it’s not the flaming hot cheeto of sewage scum that I thought it was. I just needs some work.

Would you like to know more about my plans for the second quarter then check out this video. In this video, I’m also talking about a colleague of mine who is in a terrible situation and is trying their damnest to find their way. They are offering their editing services at an extremely discounted flat rate of $100. Watch the video. Pinned at the top of the comment section, there’s contact info.  If you’re in need of edits or proofreading, please contact them.

I’m asking everyone this week, is there anything that reminds you of me and the things I do? Whether it’s a color, a phrase, a song, whatever, no idea is too big or smile. This might come up again later. You may also see this question in other places.

Thank you so much for reading this and checking in with me.

Did you subscribe to the newsletter? If you haven’t, you should. There’s a monthly short story serial that happens in there. It’s a fun good time, or so I’ve heard.

How are you doing? Have you been writing? Working on something new these days? Tell me down in the comments, you know I want to know everything.

Take care!

Aloha y’all

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A New Novel Approach

How are you doing? What have you been up to this month? I’ve been working on a novel and I feel like I’ve established how I’ll be writing novels, or at least the next few, when I’m free falling without an outline.

This month for Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m working on a new novel. Camp NaNoWriMo is a challenge that happens in April and July. You set your own goals, whether it’s page number, word count, or hours written. And you can work on whatever project you want. It’s the much more laid back version of NaNo. And since I could make any goal I wanted, I decided to see if I could push it to 70k.

Seventy. Thousand. Words.

In one month.

I am often a very optimistic lady. And I like to stretch myself with my goals. I like to make things challenging. I like to try hard to get there. If I don’t make it, I’ll end up with a nice clutch of words regardless. That’s how I’ve looked at this challenge.

I wanted to write two novellas in April. One for Blood Roses and the other was going to be an erotica based off of the short story I started on here, but didn’t finish Just One Night. Two stories that I had good ideas for that would be relatively “easy” to write, which is why I decided to just discovery write them.

Meanwhile, the story decided to morph and shift into something that I didn’t even know was brewing up there! It’s a fun one. I’m having such a good time writing it. I’m tapping into ideas that I haven’t explored before, but that I’ve been interested in. I can’t wait to see how it ends.

That’s not to say that I’m giving up on Blood Roses and Honeysuckles or the the cozy mystery. Not at all. The plan now is to publish the three of them by the end of the year.

So keep on a lookout for those updates.

Like I said, this month, I’ve been working on the new story, which has shaped into more of a thriller than a cozy. I’m totally discovery writing it. I wanted to have freedom for it to go any way possible and to see what would happen. I didn’t want to be hindered by any expectations for the story.

What I typically do, when I’m writing a story this way, I’ll start the story and do a lot of word sprints. I’m writing down the first ideas that I have, learning my MC as I go along.

After I write a few chapters, generally speaking, my brain will start to throw scenes that are out of order. Ideas that do not fit yet, but are intriguing. I write them all down. I use Scrivener, so I can move the ideas around. I have a file that I’ve called “Spare Scenes.” That’s the catch-all shop where I put all of those spare ideas.

As I’m writings, I often have questions that I need to answer so that the story will make more sense. Those questions, I type in the document and make them red and increase their font. At some point, I take all of those ideas and add them to a different file. I labeled that: RED Questions. I paste them into the file and then I add which chapter I pulled it from so that I can go back to look at the context. With these questions, I’m able to figure out what I need to research, what isn’t work, what I need to build up in the beginning so I can give my readers a good path to follow.

After I’d written about 15k words, I moved things around so that I could

Then I’ve been having chatting sessions with my Mathmagician. I told him the story because telling the story out loud helped me to hear what I missing. It also helped me to know what I really enjoyed. And this book discusses cryptocurrency, so I talked to him about that aspect and what I need to research. It’s really helpful to know what I don’t know.  Does that make sense?

Like I said, this month, I’ve spent a lot of time doing writing sprints. I’ve also been hosting them on my channel where I’ve co-hostd with a friend. The last one will be this Thursday 4/26  at 7 p.m. EDT on my channel. Below are the videos that I’ve already hosted. You can retroactively write with us.

With Amber Craft:

With Alina Popescu:

With Clare Kauter: 

This first week of Camp NaNo went by like a flash for me. I started off with a bang, but then health-related issues popped up and I wasn’t able to write as much and be as productive as I wanted to be. I had to remind myself that I can’t measure my progress and my health by other people’s standards.

This was my latest vlog for Week 2. I talk about my writing process, I ask you a few questions, and I added some fun edits that do include flashing lights. If you’re sensitive to that, you may want to skip the library section of the video.

 

If you’re interested in checking out my writing products, go to my Amazon page where I show you my writing stuff. It’s an affiliate link, which means I’ll earn a couple of pennies if you purchase something with no added cost to you.

Thanks so much for spending some time with me. I’ll be posting more often, now that I’ve moved my blog and I can actually access it.

 

Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month? Or are you working on something? Let me know in the comments.

 

Aloha y’all!

 

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