I’ve been writing like the wind this month. I’m at the tail end of rewrites and edits for the next set of The Adventures of Viola Stewart. The eBook, Three More Shorts, will contain adventures five to seven, with shorts from Viola, Henry and Polly’s point of view.
Here’s a preview in words and photographs – from handwritten notes, transcribed to computer, rewritten, edited and formatted ready to go and a reminder of the eBook cover.
Note: Short story titles may change before publication.
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Regular readers will know I use NaNoWriMo as one of my procrastination busters. It provides a clear goal – with a set word count time and a time limit. Most importantly it is a public pledge/announcement of my intentions. It’s the public bit that spurs me on. It’s like a promise: If I don’t at least attempt to make my goal you will know. If I fail, I’ve broken that promise.
Traditionally NaNoWriMo is held over November – thirty days to aim for 50,000 words. It is a big undertaking. One I have not made yet (though I have managed to reach my personal best of over 27,000 words).
Camp NaNoWriMo is a more relaxed affair. You choose your own word limit, even revision of previously written work. My best was 33,792 in April last year. This gave me the boost to complete Doctor Jack & Other Tales. This year is my final push to complete Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales. This year my cabin partner is one of my writing group friends, Gemma.
What it means for you:
As a writer: If you are a writer and haven’t tried NaNo, then give it a go. It could be the boost, the procrastination buster, the push you need. You may meet some kindred spirits. (You can join a ‘cabin’ – a group of writers who support and spur each other on.) Camp NaNo is a good place to start. You choose your commitment level. You can start low or aim for the skies. Just roll with it. Have fun.
But it’s not for everyone. You either work well to deadlines or you don’t. I hate to fail (which is a failing in itself), so Camp NaNo monopolises on that strength (or it is weakness). I pick a stretch goal (20,000 this time, as it’s already been a tough year emotionally and this should finish off my set project and start me on my next one). It is up to me to suck it up and do the work.
As a reader: What I hear most from my readers is ‘when is the next Viola book coming out?‘ Camp NaNoWriMo is my final push. I finish that book. It gets published. You get to read it. Kicking me in the butt gets you more adventures with your favourite characters and you get to meet new characters. Simple really.
Here is your chance to see how Viola is faring. I’ll post occasional updates here but if you want to follow my daily progress first hand, you can find me here.
It has been a rough month. The black dog has been biting at my heels. Anxiety has cursed me with migraines. There have been a few highlights, including my talk for Critical Mass but, I must admit, the writing has been sporadic – at best.
I can’t blame writer’s block; I am transcribing the handwritten draft of The Department of Curiosities. I have been side-tracked by research to plug up some holes. Character names are in flux. I knew this would be a possibility as I am a Pantser at heart – no matter how I try to plan.
My real daemon has been anxiety. It can cripple. It can curse. It can throw all plans in my face and laugh maniacally as I try to pick up the pieces. Today is a good day, as was yesterday. Life goes on, as does my writing. Slow, but ever forward.
An interesting revelation has dawned on me: After transcribing the first draft into Scrivener, doing some rewrites and shuffles, the handwritten notes declare I am just finishing up chapter fourteen. Not so. After rewrites and chapter changes, I am currently working on chapter eighteen. My chapters are almost twice as long when I hand write a manuscript. Perhaps this is because the plot timing changes when I write in different formats? Or have I just had more time for the story to mull over in my head – and present itself differently?
The important thing is I have finally kicked the dog in the b*lls and am typing like the wind, only slowing down to fill in the blanks noted for research in that first draft. Our heroes are preparing to take flight to experience new adventures and whispering hints for future tales and a second book.
But first I must finish this one.