Although I haven’t written the fated words to mark the end of my story, Camp NaNo 2016 is over for me.
On Tuesday 26th July at 23:58 I validated my 25000 words commitment and earned myself the ‘Camp Nano 2016 Winner’ badge.
I could have carried on writing but I felt that it was better for me to validate now as I want to be able to enjoy the rest of my holiday without worrying about wordcount.
It was a much more successful experience than the one last year where I completely failed to even reached 10K.
I did my first Camp in 2014 where I gave myself the target of 20K and succeeded. Last year, I had raised the bar to 22K but my mind wasn’t in it.
I am pleased with my 25K and hoping that it bodes well for attempting my 3rd NaNoWriMo in November as so far, I haven’t been able to finish.
Camp NaNo 2016 recap
I was able to write 8 chronological chapters quite easily, then I hit a slump and a period of lackluster inspiration…I reverted to my book ‘No plot, No problem’ and followed the advice to jump ahead and wrote a scene I wanted to write which I felt should be much later.
I got back on track.
Then I wasn’t sure how to tie it in with what was coming next so I used the technique again. I now have 3 scenes which are much further in the story but not at the end.
I don’t know yet how I want my story to end although I have decided to kill off one of my darlings.
I will have to do some cutting and slashing at the beginning as the story takes too long to develop and the dead body we discovered in the first scene has kind of been forgotten which doesn’t make it such a great opening scene anymore.
Whilst I was on holiday I did most of my writing long hand as I didn’t always have my laptop with me and it was easier to sneak in a session whilst the kids were drawing than if I pulled the laptop out. I would then type it up first thing in the morning whilst they slept in or last thing at night when everybody gone to bed. I found that way that I would add some details to the scenes that I couldn’t think of when writing long hand. It was hard not to edit though as the instinct was to modify as I typed.
I was worried that I would get bored of the story as so far it’s always how it’s happened before but I still want to complete the story. I may write short paragraphs on the scenes I want to see happen till the end and then pad them up at editing.