Monday Musings: Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017

Hello friends. I know it’s been a while. I’m pretty crappy at this consistent blogging thing. I want to get better at it though.

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April is only a few days away and you know what that means– Camp NaNoWriMo!

Honestly, I am so excited for Camp NaNo this year. Last November was a complete bust and I kind of lost all will to write very early on in the game. But I have a great game plan for this year and I am so ready to go.

My project for Camp NaNoWriMo this April will be… The Girl in the Glass Coffin.

You might be thinking– wait, haven’t you been working on that book for years? Didn’t you finish draft 4 last year?

Yes and yes.

Earlier this year I was trying to plot out some events that will happen in book 2. I tried to start writing and things just weren’t working out for me. The story felt weird and the characters were blah. But I had a revelation.What I thought was a New Adult/Adult book was really a Young Adult book all along. I thought about it and talked to my critique partners and friend Jesse about it and came to the realization that The Girl in the Glass Coffin works much better as a YA novel. The mindsets of the characters and the conflicts that they have with themselves and others were very much those of younger characters.

But this meant one thing. I needed to re-write The Girl in the Glass Coffin. Again.

Part of me was like UGHHHH not again. But once I started writing, new scenes began pouring from my fingertips. Scenes that I felt pretty “meh” about before were cut. New characters were added. Characters that were only mentioned before were now central parts of the story.

Right now, I am about 15k into this draft. My goal is to add another 20k words to this draft, with the hopes of raising my goal a couple of times throughout the course of the month. Ideally, I would like this to be a 40k month for me. But with my day job, and the fact that I am revising something that I’ve already written, I want to keep this goal as manageable as possible for myself.

I’m also hoping to blog at least once a week about writing (probably on Writing Wednesdays) and update all of you on my progress.

I will be posting more frequently about what’s going on in my reading and writing life over on my Instagram.

So here’s to a fun and productive Camp NaNoWriMo! I hope that if you’re participating that you have fun with it. Are you writing a book next month? Comment below with what you’re working on!

hAVE you’ve gotten this far and are STILL wondering, “WTF is this Camp NaNoWriMo thing?” you can check out their website here.

If you’re on the fence and are really wondering if you should participate, or are planning to try Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time and want to chat, feel free to message me on Instagram!

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