Camp NaNo

Monday, March 30, 2015

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I'm doing it. Call me crazy, but I'm doing it.

Ahem, sorry for the stiffness there, back to normal. ;) So, I'm going Camp NaNo for the first time ever. I wanted to ask some of you fellow writers..it 40,000 words a novel, or 50,000? I've read things that said both, but was unsure.. :) My goal is for a novella...Although it would be really great if I made it to a novel!

Here is a synopsis:
For years Meryl has tried to forget a promise that she made with her brother..hoping that when he comes back all will be well. Now she knows, he may never come back and it's up to her to save the people from the Duke. Unsure who she believes in, she knows it's up to her to find her family and save the people, but soon she finds out..she can't do it alone.

And here is an excerpt:
   “Promise?”
   “Promise.”
Meryl sat straight up, looking around for the horses and Jarin to no avail. With a swish of her hand she wiped the beads of sweat that had gathered during the night. Then it hit her, this wasn't home, yet where was home? She was in the King of Walsh’s castle. Meryl thrust her covers off and placed her feet on the icy floor. With a sigh, she began pacing back and forth in the large room. Suddenly she heard footsteps echoing down the hall. Hurriedly, she leaped into the large bed, pulling the covers over herself attempting to make-believe she was asleep. The footsteps stopped at the door, she waited. The door cracked open, letting in the streaming light of a candle. There seemed to be a pause.


So, that's what I have so far....I've written 12,060 words and am aiming for a total of 30,000 atleast by the end of April.. :)


     
                                                                                                        Will you be joining Camp NaNo?
                                                        What do you think of my synopsis? Does it sound interesting?

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  1. I'm doing Camp NaNo as well!
    For NaNoWriMo you've got to write 50,000 words, but for Camp you can pick your own goal.
    You're novel sounds exciting. I hope you'll write more about it!

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    1. Awesome! What's your profile link???? ;) Oh, okay, neat! I'm going for a total of 30,000. What is your goal? Thanks! I plan on writing lots more! :D

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    2. My goal is 50,000. Here is the link to my profile: http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/lady-rowan What's yours?

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    3. Oh wow! I hope all goes well with your novel! :D This is mine: http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/sarahmargaret-172118

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    1. It is! Only you can pick your own word goal. I'll be doing a total of 30,000. Do you have an account? :)

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    2. Ok. No I don't have an account, but I might get one now:)

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    3. Really? That's awesome! Send me the link to your profile if you do! Camp starts today, so if you are you'd better hurry! ;) I'm so excited!

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  3. The premise of your novel sounds intriguing! :) You can totally make it to a novel! I also checked out your Camp NaNoWriMo profile, and it looks great!

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Thanks so much! aw, I hope so!! Will you be doing camp this year? :) Thanks so much!

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  4. I really like it. You can aim for any goal, but for NaNoWriMo it's usually 50,000 words. I'm doing 55,000 for Camp NaNo, though. I am so excited. Weeeeeee.

    Your story sounds fabulous. <3

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    1. Thanks, Candence! Oh, wow, okay! Thanks! Can you send me your profile?? Perhaps we could be buddies. :D Thanks so much! Only a few more hours!! I'm itching to write! ;)

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  5. Your story sounds very interesting!! :) Keep going! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Annalee! :D Writing starts today!! :D

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  6. I'm doing Camp Nano, and am trying for 50,000 words!

    My profile name is: Descending Sky
    I'd love to have another writing buddy!

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    1. Awesome! 50,000? Wow! This is more of a warm up for me, to see if I could even do NaNo in November! :D
      Awesome! How is your writing going so far? :) I'm excited to be getting started! :D

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  7. Yay! I'll be doing Camp NaNo this April! As far as I know, novels vary in length, but most of them are anywhere from 50k-100k words. There's really no set word count for a book that makes it a novel.

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    1. That's awesome, Ana! :D I read that teen books are normally from 30,000-45,000. So, that's probably where mine will be. Which is a lot for my first time. ;) Really? I didn't know that! Thanks so much! How is your writing going so far? :)

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  8. Your story sounds very interesting!
    Good luck with Camp NaNo!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! :D I'm excited to see how it all goes! Almost 19,000 so far! Whoo!

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  9. Beautiful work, Sarah. Keep it up, and keep us updated! :)

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    1. aw, thank you so much, Lauren! I'll be sure to send it to you. ;)

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    2. Looking forward to reading it! :)

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    3. I'm looking forward to having you read it! ;)

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  10. 50,000 words is kinda technically a novella, but can also be considered a novel. That's about how long The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is, to give you an idea of how big a book it makes.

    How did Camp Nano go? Did you finish? I've never done it, just the regular NaNoWriMo in November, which I've done six or seven times and find insanely fun.

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    1. ah, I saw that it was just a short "novel," but more considered a novel for teens. :)

      It went wonderful! I stuck to my goal and got exactly what I wanted. I made it to 31k. I'm in the process of editing right now, and actually have been adding a lot. :) I'm working on putting all my editing into the computer at the moment. Soon, I will be able to send it out to some close friends! I felt my ending was just right, and it turned out exactly how I wanted it. It was my first ever, so I feel 31k was good for my first time. :) I probably won't be doing Camp NaNo next month because I am still editing and want to get that done. :) Do you know if editing counts as camp nano? I don't think I could ever come up with 50k! So, I'll probably work my way up with camp nano for a little while. ;) Thanks for commenting!

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    2. Good for you! I didn't start my first novel until I was 22 and through college, and it took me a couple years to finish (and was terrible). I think before that, the longest I'd ever gotten anything was maybe 20K-30K.

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    3. oh wow! I know my writing isn't great, but I'm enjoying it..so that's what matters to me. :) If I keep at it, my writing will improve! I'm working on it. ;) Writing it super fun, although I'm not very good at short stories. ;) I just have too much to write! :) What POV do you write in? I recently switched to 3rd, I'm so glad I did! :)

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    4. As long as your writing is improving with everything you write, that's all that matters. I'm 35, I've been writing since I was 14, and every story teaches me and helps me learn the craft. That's how it goes!

      I tend to write in limited omniscient 3rd person, which means I don't narrate all about people's interior selves and thoughts and feelings, but more record what they do and say, only communicating their thoughts if it's absolutely necessary because there's no other way to convey what the reader needs to know. I've written 1st person too, and some stories just demand a 1st person narrator. I've never written 2nd person, and frankly find it annoying usually when other authors do. Only rarely does it work.

      I generally pick one character to be my POV character, and sort of write the whole thing looking over their shoulder. My current WIP is a new challenge, though, as I think I have to alternate character POVs by chapter. I'm only working on the first chapter right now, though, so not sure yet -- I might be able to stick with one.

      I take it you formerly write in 1st? What do you feel are the advantages of 3rd?

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    5. That's very encouraging! :) I used to be very picky about my writing and would not continue with anything because I was so disgusted. Partially because I looked at others writing and compared it to my own. A big mistake. I have been getting over that, and focusing on my own writing and improving it step by step. I used to think writing was something you had to start young..well, I seriously started last year in November and since then have finished my first novella. Now I believe otherwise, you can do anything you set your heart to. It took a lot of prayer, encouragement and ideas from the Lord to keep me going. ;) But I did it!

      Yes, I liked 1st POV because I liked focusing on one character. But I realized most books are written in 3rd and it sounded more professional, so I switched. It works really well and I can still focus on my MC. When I read back on the 1st POV that I wrote, it sounds horrible. There are too many "I's", it sounds much better now.

      Yes, I used to write in 1st for the first 7,000 words in my novella. I edited that all into 3rd recently. I feel the advantages are you leave the MC's annoying, soppy thoughts and have more conflict in your dialogue. You can get to know other characters more than just your MC. You really get to feel for the other characters that play a major role also in your story. Dialogue is a lot in your story, it really plays a major part. It gets pretty annoying having mostly thoughts and description.

      One thing I really learned in my novella, is you need conflict. It's helped make my writing less boring. Also, you have to make your character non-perfect. They have flaws as well. Also, you need all sorts of people, sour, stubborn, undecided, caring, ect. You need many different to make a story. Have you ever self published?

      lol! If you get me on the topic of writing, I won't stop. ;)

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    6. If there's one thing writers love to do more than write, it's discuss writing :-)

      I have never self-published, exactly. I do co-run a fansite dedicated to my favorite TV show, the 1960s show Combat! that's about American soldiers in WWII. We call it Fruit Salad, and I have dozens of stories there, posted under my "call sign" White Queen. Some of them date back 16 years, to when I was 19, and once in a while I re-read them to just comfort myself that yes, I have improved as a writer over the years :-)

      Other than that, I've had a few nonfiction articles published in magazines like Guideposts, a few short stories published online in various ezines, stuff like that. Although I've written 6 novels, I haven't sought publication for any of them yet because I haven't felt like any have been good enough until this sixth one. I'm revising it now, and do intend to try to get it published when it's truly finished.

      Conflict! Pour on the conflict. Conflict, conflict everywhere. It's like chocolate -- no such thing as too much. (Well, okay, in theory, anyway.) Perfect characters are boring and cliche, so avoid them as well. I fall into that trap still, though -- I love my characters and don't want them to be flawed, lol.

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    7. I hope to publish a few copies with lulu.com just for myself and a few friends. It will be neat to actually be able to hold of copy of something I finished. :) Even in the last few months I have improved. It's funny, as I have been editing I had to edit a lot in the beginning but as I went on, there was less to edit!

      I haven't ever published my work online. I recently entered a short story contest, I'm trying to open up a little and show others my work. :) Six novels is a lot! How many words do you have in your longest novel?

      Yes! I have really been working on that. I think conflict is good, but you need to have a reason for it. Say someone is a little more cold and hard on the outside, but perhaps that is from a pain that they have gone through in their lives. They need to have their soft spot as well. I think stories need to have their serious times as well, with a little conflict in there. :) I try to make it as realistic as I can, I find I've been improving on that as well. Do you ever find it hard to make realistic conversations? My MC is a little more unsure..which I think really worked for my story. Sometimes she didn't want to believe what others said, other times she was willing to believe anything, or she wanted to give up. I actually don't think it's very hard for me to make my characters non-flawed..I suppose I like it! One of my characters is very sweet and strong, then she goes through a trial and doubts, which I think made it more realistic. I find it super fun to have different sorts of characters. I'm SO glad I didn't give up on writing and decided to give it another shot! :D

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    8. Lulu does make nice-looking paperbacks. I have one that's an anthology of stories I have a story in, and it's quite nice.

      Hmm, my longest novel is about 100,000 words. Most of mine around 60,000, though my latest is only 40,000. That's growing during rewrites, though, as I tend to write a very description-sparse first draft, and then I have to go back and describe things more so readers can actually see what I envision, hee.

      Dialog is my strongest point, honestly, and I love writing it. If you need practice, try writing out the dialog in favorite movie scenes, writing it the way you would a novel instead of a screenplay. Or write down conversations you overhear in restaurants or stores, as they take place. Both can be great fun :-)

      I would say my biggest difficulty with writing is writing descriptions, especially for what happens during actiony scenes. And what do I primarily write? Westerns and war stories. Which kind of demand actiony scenes. Hee!

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    9. Yes, I was thinking of doing a paperback. :) I have a friend who published with lulu and she sent me some photos of the book. :)

      Wow! That is long! I don' t know if I'll ever be able to write that much. ;) I've heard many writers say they cut out a lot when they edit..I've find I've been adding more! I do that as well, I try to focus more on giving more detail on things that matter. ;)

      That's a great idea! Thanks so much, I'll be sure to try that! Oh action scenes are SO hard! Seriously, I don't know how to write what I see without making it confusing! I see my whole story, but I really don't know how to explain the action scenes.. :P

      I also find it's really hard not to forget things..because the writers know everything! Sometimes you assume the readers will as well, which can be a problem. ;)

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    10. I was 26 when I wrote the 100,000-word novel, so don't despair! You may get there yet. However, some writers are simply better suited to short stories, and others can't write short things at all. Everyone finds their niche.

      I know it's a good rule of thumb to cut down your work by about 10% when you edit. Which is part of why I do multiple drafts. First draft is probably about the word-length that I'll end up with, but is missing stuff. Second draft has all the descriptions added in that I skipped the first go-round. Third draft has unnecessary stuff trimmed out, and is back down by quite a bit. Fourth draft is where I polish and make sure every word is the one I want, etc. Just how things work for me.

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    11. haha, thank you! I'll just keep working on it. ;) How long did it take you do write that much? I like reading poetry very much, and sometimes I can write it. I suppose certain writing just touches me, and I feel poetry is often very deep. I just loveee certain words people use. :D

      Yes, I will be doing many drafts as well. The first will be for typos and basic editing. (a friend is helping me) then once that is done, I will send it to some friends for critiquing then do some deeper editing. Then I'll probably do another run through, changing words, ect..I'll figure it out when the time comes. :) Thanks so much!

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    12. The 100,000-word novel took me six months for a first draft. That was my second novel -- my first was about 60,000 words long and took me 3 years. The rest of them took anywhere from a month (novels 2-5 were Nano novels) to a year for the first draft. I've been working on revising my 6th novel for longer than it took to write the first draft, though partly that's because I've had to set it aside for a couple of other projects. It's the first one that I've felt like I could really make something of, though. With the first five, I was like, "Okay, that's good, I'm done with that now. Time to move on." This one, I think I could get it published. If and when I finish editing it, lol.

      (Of course, I've revised and edited many short stories. This is just the first novel I've done that with.)

      I love poetry too, and used to write a lot of it. Now I write maybe 2-4 poems a year. I'm reading one of Billy Collins' collections right now, and loving it so much. Who are some of your favorite poets? I also love Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Kenneth Koch.

      Glad to hear you've got some trusted friends to help you out with critiques and such! Very important.

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    13. My first draft of my novella has taken me about three months. Although with camp nano I wrote more than I had in the first two months! I'm more like, I enjoyed writing this and I don't want to dump it now. I want to finish my first thing. ;) I really want to finish it, and I will! When I started it, I somehow just knew that I would finish it, I had a feeling I hadn't had with any other story before. It's a good feeling. ;)

      Really, I don't have any favorite poets..the other day I was looking at these: http://kingdompen.org/i-know-what-she-dreamed-a-poetry-compilation/
      Those are the poems that touch me. I just love that so much. They have many other good ones on that site. I suppose it's helpful for me, because most of the writers are teens as well on this site. :) Poetry is just so wonderful! I'll have to look into some of those people!

      Oh yes. In fact, one of my friends has always been there to inspire me. Another was my buddy for camp nano and she kept me going through the end. Then one of my friends is helping me edit, she is doing great noticing all those things that I missed. :D She also recently finished a 90k novel and is working on self publishing that! Do you have many people to critique for you?

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  11. Well done! Keep up that determination, and I'm sure you'll finish it.

    I read a couple of poems on that site, and they were lovely! Would you mind awfully if I stuck a book of poetry in with the journal? I happen to have one that has a bunch of the poets I mentioned. Would you like it?

    I have a best friend, DKoren, who is my wonderful writing mentor. She and I trade critiques, encouragement, and advice :-)

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    1. Thank you! I've been working on it a little bit today. Just take little chunks at a time. ;)

      Oh, that would be wonderful!! Poetry is such an inspiration. Thank you so much! I'm working on replying the email to you. I'm so excited, I've always wanted a leather journal! :) I can't wait to read that poetry! <3

      Oh that's wonderful, I love having different sorts if people critique as well. It's always helpful. Some people may be more honest than others. ;)

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    2. Books sent off this morning! I hope you thoroughly enjoy your leather journal AND your poetry :-)

      Yes, I've had lots of different critiquers over the years, and some just say things like, "I like it" or "I don't like it," which is not at all helpful. Others are TOO critical and never like anything at all because they think that makes them look smart. Hard to find someone who is both honest AND helpful!

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    3. awesome!! I can't wait to receive them! Perhaps the poetry will inspire me. ;) Will you be doing Camp NaNo in July? :D

      My friend who is editing my novella is really great she's like, "Maybe you should change this sentence up a bit, it's a little hard to understand," or "you already said this over here, perhaps another word?" I love how she often puts a few comments in there such as "Love this word!" Or "Great job developing this character!" It's super awesome because she doesn't know anything about it. ;)

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    4. I'm not sure if I'm doing CampNano or not. I never have! Just full-on Nano in November. But I do have WIP going, so maybe I will. Anyway, I've created a profile over there -- look me up as Hamlette if you want to!

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    5. Oh, and your friend sounds like an ideal critiquer! Precisely the kind I like (and try to be).

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    6. Really? I love Camp NaNo!! I'm not sure if I'll be able to do NaNoWriMo, if I do-it will be the younger one because I can change the word goal. ;) Depending on if I have a new idea and if I have finished this current novella. :D Oh yes, she is! It is hard to be a critique, but I'm pretty honest about things and hopefully kind! ;)

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    7. Well, Camp Nano just started up a few years ago, whereas NaNoWriMo has been around for like 15 years. I first heard of it in 2002, and first participated in 2005, and have participated for 8 years total, though I've only won 4. But I do like that Camp Nano lets you set your own word count goal, and since I do have a WIP and a word count goal of only 10,000, I might just try it :-)

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    8. ah. I've only done Camp NaNo.. :) yes, it's nice to be able to set your own goal, and I love that you can connect with your cabin mates! :D That would be wonderful, just go for it! I'm aiming to edit about 22k..which it what is left of my novella to edit. :) I did two days worth today so I can take the 4th off. :) I like being able to take days off in the month, but never two in a row, otherwise I won't want to go back! ;)

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    9. I've signed up, but didn't write yesterday. I only write 2-3 times a week right now -- fiction, I mean. I tried to set up a cabin, but I couldn't figure up how to add people to it. If you have a cabin and want to add me, go for it!

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