I Can’t Wait to Camp!

I’m looking forward to the camaraderie of the Camp NaNo challenge this April. You can join too! I love the low key personal goal-setting and the chance to engage with other writers in my area on the Regional forum and at Write-in events.

I’ve set a 25,000 words goal to complete the final drafts of books IV & V. The story arc has been complete for a while, but it had some weak points and is shorter than ideal. I’ve ‘back-outlined’ and written copious notes to my author self. After a few months of study and creative plotting, I told the overview of the stories of these two books clearly and well to my writing friend/critique partner, Victoria Bastedo the other day. That’s quite a feat for a ‘Pantser’ who’s written herself 3 books in to an incredibly complex and twisty plot. I’m ready to weave in the final subplot, clarify the mystery answers and write the conclusion fully and well, once and for all!

Here’s my project summary I posted on my page for April Camp NaNo:

In the final 2 books of the Miss Liv Adventures series, Miss Livingstone finds the Secret Key, and finally, the Life Key. She reaches deeper understanding of much she’s encountered but also uncovers disquieting surprises. She scrambles to secure her future fate and works with unlikely allies to unravel the mysteries of life and love, and to make her ultimate choice of which life to live.

Are you Camping too? Tell us about your project in the comments below. I’d love to know what you’re writing about!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. judeitakali says:

    This sounds awesome. I was a pantser too but after my book 1, there’s no way I could pants book 2 and 3. I just got done with book 2 and on a promo campaign but book 3 is already outlined though not much detail – yet.
    I’m not camping though. Will wait for national novel November. Next I have a poetry book I’m going to focus on, due for release in November.

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    1. Yes, the outline becomes imperative for a series to go well. I still work with a very loose structure and let the characters shape the story on the first draft of each, but then I back-outline it in full detail so I can fill in holes and make sure every thread follows through.
      Sound like you’re too busy with promo to Camp, but I’m happy you’ll do NaNoWriMo again in November. It’s such a great motivator, and it’s fun to interact with other writers.

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      1. judeitakali says:

        I actually did last year’s nano in private. Didn’t know where to go to interact and share my progress as I was writing in a Word doc. It was my first time.

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      2. Yes, if you don’t have anyone nearby hosting events, it can be tricky to understand how to get involved. We don’t actually share our writing online, we just update our word count in an online profile – kind of like a writing oriented Facebook page but on nanowrimo.org site. When you sign up, you can also pick a Home Region and then interact in an online chat page – like these comments – and on online forums that have topic threads. If you’d like to find me next year, I’m Quinnleeeee and I’m a leader for the Snoqualmie Valley Region. Our region is happy to welcome you no matter where you live, though you may find a region near you if you search for one. Way to go, doing it on your own. I did my first one in private also, many years ago.

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      3. judeitakali says:

        I’ll write it down.

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