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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2018 Rules

15 Jun

To have a little order, I need to establish rules and guidelines, these are they.

OBJECT:- To write at least 50,000 words (or more) in 31 days.

This does NOT mean that I have to write 1 story every day.

Not writing a story each day WILL NOT deem the challenge to have been failed.

Failure is to not write at least 50,000 words in the entire 31 day period.

There is no daily goal, just a goal for the whole month.
But more than 1667 words each day would be a good idea.

Between the period of midnight July 1st 2018 and July 31th 2018 23;59:59 I MUST write at least 50,000 words.

If by August 1st 2018 I have not done this, I have failed.

I am allowed to write stories longer than 1000 words, there is no upper word limit.
I am allowed to write several stories in one day. There is no daily word count to reach.

Stories can come from image prompts or word prompts.
I can use prewritten outlines, as long as they aren’t actually started stories.
I cannot use stories I have already started & merely type them up or finish them unless they were created in the above time period.

Stories do not need to be spellchecked or proofed.

These are the rules, to ensure fair play and no cheating.

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Let’s Talk About Novels

11 Jun

As my 2nd novel is currently being read by an agent (thankyou #Pitmad!), I thought I’d take a bit of time to talk about my other novel and the ones I’ve either never finished or never started.

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Successful novel #1 was The Impossible Lean. Written during Camp NaNoWriMo of April 2016 (despite not knowing it actually existed!), this was the first novel I actually finished, and also did it in under 30 days.

Impossible Lean is a YA survivalism spec-fic piece set on a distant human colony where the occupants struggle to survive. It’s still in edits, and if I’m honest, it’s probably always will be.

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Obviously, Impossible Lean wasn’t my first attempt to write a novel. The first attempt started WAY back in 1986 before a lot of people reading this were even born. And I’m actually still writing it. Sort of.

The first novel was actually a Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy fan-fic piece called “Don’t Panic!” The story was my idea, it was written before the 5th Adams book came out. It was an attempt to combine TV, radio & books into one definitive world. I created a few new characters and used existing ones in new ways than they’d been seen before.

It still exists, it lives on my old blog.

http://allaboutanythingatall.blogspot.com/2008/06/dont-panic-my-hhgttg-fan-fic.html

It’s there, if you feel like reading it. I had an idea for an end too. I just never finished the whole thing.

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My second attempt at a novel started while I was in the RAF. I owned an electric typewriter and I started getting back into writing seriously. I wrote at least 1 poem most days, normally more.

The second attempt was a fantasy/SF cross-over (this genre didn’t even exist in 1992, when I started writing it) called The Saga Of The Invisible Knight. It’s set about 1000 yrs after a nuclear war where the remnants of society have reverted to a medieval style existance. I typed some of it, I handwrote some of it. There’s an absolute shit ton of notes for it. I was lucky, in that I found it when we were moving house having thought I’d lost it many years ago. I could literally pick it up tomorrow and start writing it as an actual novel.

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My next idea for a novel came off a short story I wrote about 4 years ago, The Space Museum. It’s a story about being the last American woman left alive after a global war/pandemic. I hadn’t decided which. There is a brief outline that exists, I’m not sure if I’ll ever write it.

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My last attempt to write a novel failed 3 days into the task, that was another try during NaNoWriMo of 2016. It was a story of someone who ran aground on what he thought was an island that turns out not to be. I wrote about 6000 words but it died on its arse because I couldn’t sustain the plot with only one chararacter. I’ve still got what I wrote, and I might finish it as a short novella or novelette one day.

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There’s one last collection of notes and ideas that exist almost as an outline, which I’m considering writing for this years NaNoWriMo. It’s more a dramatic piece, with a little dystopian twist. I don’t want to give away too many details as it’s a good idea that would be easy for anyone to write themselves.

So there you go. The novels I started, or didn’t start, or gave up on.

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018 Rules

21 Mar

To have a little order, I need to establish rules and guidelines, these are they.

OBJECT:- To write at least 30,000 words (or more) in 30 days.

This does NOT mean that I have to write 1 story every day.

Not writing a story each day WILL NOT deem the challenge to have been failed.

Failure is to not write 30,000 words in total (or more) in the 30 day period.

There is no daily goal, just a goal for the whole month.

Between the period of midnight April 1st 2018 and April 30th 2018 23;59:59 I MUST write at least 30,000 words.

If by May 1st I have not done this, I have failed.

I am allowed to write stories longer than 1000 words, there is no upper word limit.
I am allowed to write several stories in one day whose combined word counts are equal to or greater than 1000 words.

Stories can come from image prompts or word prompts.
I cannot use stories I have already started & merely type them up or finish them.
I can use prewritten outlines, as long as they aren’t actually started stories.

Stories do not need to be spellchecked or proofed but MUST be word counted using a wordprocessor and an online word counter which must both state the story is 1000 words or longer (not including the title, the date, my name or THE END).

These are the rules, to ensure fair play and no cheating.

Far From The Blogging Crowd

19 Dec

Hello blog readers, and sorry. I’ve been neglecting you again.

It’s for a good reason, I’ve been hard at work finishing my beta comment edits on the 2nd novel.
Those are now done and I am over half way into audio edits.

Over 26,0000 words proofed. But I am far from done.

I’ve decided to put a storyline back that I had in mind but didn’t use as I was writing. It’s not difficult to reincorporate, it’s deciding where to locate it that’s the toughest job. For that I have to do word counts for all of the chapters then see which is shortest.

I’m happy because it means I’ve actually got one of my two novels close to full completion.
I’m hoping to get it done before the year is done.

Summing up Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017

24 Jul

Let’s start on a high, shall we? It’s day 24. And I have a VALIDATED WIN!

Here’s the breakdown for stats purposes.

Official goal was 40,000. This remained unchanged for the entire time.

Day 01:- 5178 words written, 5178 total.
Day 02:- 1926 words written, 7104 total.
Day 03:- 1829 words written, 8933 total. Bit cheaty here today, mapped out future plot.
Day 04:- 1951 words written, 10884 total.
Day 05:- 2150 words written, 13054 total.
Day 06:- 2122 words written, 15156 total.
Day 07:- 2663 words written, 17819 total.
Day 08:- 2714 words written, 20533 total. Just over half way to goal.
Day 09:- 2125 words written, 22658 total.
Day 10:- 1837 words written, 24495 total. Low count, Eye Clinc appt today.
Day 11:- 2078 words written, 26573 total. Struggled today.
Day 12:- 2302 words written, 28875 total.
Day 13:- 2307 words written, 31182 total. Over 30k, less than half the month gone.
Day 14:- 2123 words written, 33305 total.
Day 15:- 1569 words written, 34874 total. Hardest day yet.
Day 16:- 0 Words written, 34874 total. Took the day off to avoid burn out.
Day 17:- 1347 words written, 36221 total.
Day 18:- 700 words written, 36921 total. Worst day so far for actual output.
Day 19:- 1291 words written, 38077 total.
Day 20:- 2979 words written, 41056 total. Official win on day 20!
Day 21:- 2194 words written, 43250 total.
Day 22:- 2907 words written, 46157 total.
Day 23:- 1344 words written, 47501 total.
Day 24:- 2516 words written, 50017 total. Fully validated WIN.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017 details

28 Jun

I’ve been working on my ideas for this, fleshing the story out a bit.

My feelings are that the story is moving towards novel territory. So 50,000 words or a touch more.

The initial feeling was I was doing five chapters of 10,000 words each but breaking those down into 4 sub-chapters, each of which was 2,500 words long. Basically this was to break a long chapter down into something managable.

I don’t think this is going to work, as the piece currently stands.

I’ve got something to write about for each of the five different chapters the book takes place over (each chapter basically being a year long). I’m not sure if each of those things can run to 10,000 words but there are other things that I can use as filler material.

Currently the goal has been set at 40,000 words which I think is totally do-able without any need to stretch what I’ve got. If I think I’ve got enough once the option to change the goal is available, we’ll see how the actual writing is going.

Six Too Few started out as a short dream which I woke up from. I didn’t immediately write it down. In fact I avoided writing it down over 4 days until I finally reached the point where I had to get the damn thing out of my head.

And now it’s set to potentially be a novel. Mind you, I said that about “On Reaching The Beach“. And that died on its arse within less than a week.

I’m honestly excited about writing this story. Everyone I’ve spoken to about it, I felt enthusiastic telling them the outline. I’m deliberately not counting what I already wrote, so when the Camp starts it’ll be interesting to discover how much I wrote for the opening.

In my own eyes, I’m going to try and stick to the NaNoWriMo ethos and reach my goal before the end of day 30. I’ll try to find out what the exact rules are before the start of day 1.

I’m not sure if I’m going to blog during the Camp period. We’ll see.

Wish me luck!

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017 heads-up

21 Jun
Almost all the notes for “the Assassin story” are typed up.
To help people track it, the current working (non-spoilery) title is “Six Too Few“.
THIS IS NOT THE ACTUAL TITLE!
Please DONT ask plot related questions. Merely setting the maths question to people gave away a ton of info I’d rather have kept in my head.
I’m going to be writing this as Camp NaNoWriMo for July. As yet there is no fixed length for the story despite me already setting a goal on the Camp page, this is subject to change and may get shorter or longer.
I know how long the book takes place over, and that entire time WILL taken place within the context of the piece. If I can write enough, it might (with emphasis on the word MIGHT) become a novel. I still haven’t made a hard decision here yet!
I’ve probably already got the same amount of notes I had for Impossible Lean which did run out of steam towards the end. With the world I have and the things that happen in the main city, I honestly believe there is enough material to write 50k and not feel like I padded it out.
July is a 31 day month so I am not sure how the regular NaNoWriMo rules apply with the extra day.
I still need to decide if the seasons of the world do follow ours, with longer nights and temperature changes too.