It's that time of year again: CampNaNoWriMo. This year I'm doing something unconventional for me: I'm attempting 50,000 words in July. Usually I try to stay sane and tackle a goal of 10,000 words or 25,000 words and save the torture for November.
Not this July. No, this July I'm going to suffer. I mean—write. A lot. I've tried and failed previous months with smaller word counts. So what's the difference this time? Why do I think I can make it? The truth is, I'm not certain that I can. The fact is that I haven't written much in the last year—which is why it's more important than ever that I can write 50,000 words when it is demanded of me. I happen to have the perfect environment for it at the moment: a lull between school and work, with minimal interference (a multiple-tooth extraction and a trip to Montana are all that stand in my way in July).
What Are You Writing In July?
Well—officially, I'm throwing myself at a second outline for The Trials of Blood, my dark fantasy novel. Unofficially, I know I won't be able to throw another 50,000 new words at it, so I'll have some backup projects on the side.
Adventures in SPAM!
I've decided if I can't write something for Trials, I'll dive into my Spam Inbox, pull out a tasty piece of Spam mail, and throw one of my characters at it. It sounds like a silly idea—oh, and it is. I got a few funny pieces of mail this past week and wrote a blog about it, and the idea just kind of stunk in my head. I'm thinking “Spam Sundays” or something. No doubt Gmail's Spam recipes in their Spam inbox has inspired me to try such a thing.
A friend of mine is also participating in CampNaNoWriMo and will be doing Writer's Prompts. The website itself also offers ideas to get stories up off the ground—so I really shouldn't have a problem finding something to write about. By the end of July, I should have 50,000 spread out over multiple stories and characters.
You've Done This Before And Failed… Remember?
Yeah, I remember.
Why Not Work On One Of Those Failed Projects?
Failed is such a harsh word. Let's call it what it is: unfinished.
I have another story idea on the back burner—swashbuckling, gem-wielding, high-flying, sky pirate story that may or may not have dragons in it. I found a note recently from last year that had some names and a short premise in it. I'll keep it on my desk just in case.
What If I Want To Read Your Stories?
You're in luck, because I share everything. You're going to see a lot of blog posts with the title “CampNaNoWriMo – Day 1,” or “Days 3-5” and I'll throw it all down for you to see. I'm not particularly ashamed of my writing, nor do I fear the whole world is out to steal it, and I like the idea of posterity. So that when I do finally succeed, I'll have this nice long trail of failure and half-baked ideas to show for it. There's certainly no write way to do it (did you see what I did there?!).
If you really want to see the grueling pace of 1,667 words every day, you can check out my statistics page on the CampNaNoWriMo website. I have been told numerous times not to think about the actual word count per day--I'll try and ignore it this time.
And, in case you don't already, you can follow along on my Facebook Page as well.
What Happens When You Get Discouraged And Try And Quit?
Oh, it'll happen. It does every time. And I may quit… I may not. You'll just have to wait and see! Or cheer me on!