Okay, so it’s about two weeks (give or take a couple of days) into the first Camp NaNo I’ve actually really participated. It’s been slow but I’m hoping to get a couple 5K1days in before the month is over. Despite barely having a couple of chapters done, I’m happy that I’m actually making progress on this story.
I have pages and pages of outlines, a Pinterest board, and now I’m finally getting words down. Very slowly, but words nonetheless.
The first couple days, as I’ve mentioned a few times, I was at camp. And then my brother’s birthday party and fourth of July came quickly after. But now, it’s all open! Here’s my daily word count for the first two weeks of NaNo:
July 1: 448 words
July 2-3: 0 words
July 4: 560 words
July 5: 0 words
July 6: 1131 words
July 7: 1716 words
July 8-10: 0 words
July 11: 1029 words
TOTAL: 4876 words
The past couple weeks, I’ve really been nailing down the story using the website Helping Writers Become Authors. They have an entire blog series for structuring your story that is SO helpful. So I’ve been finalizing all my plot points and major scenes with their tips while writing up my own scene list (I have more words in outlining than I do in my story so far!).
Now that I have these resources, it’s been much easier to speed through certain scenes. Knowing my major plot points has also been a life saver when I can’t stop worrying the story will be too slow without a big bad antagonist.
Honestly most of the words I have so far are just scenes I’ll have to cut or revise a million times, but I have found a couple of parts I loved writing. Namely funny side characters and the romance. GAH. Forgive the ridiculously detailed action tags. I’ll probably have to cut those down later.
Harrison wiped his hands on a cloth from his back pocket. He leaned his head back against the truck, chest heaving. “Garcia, I bet you don’t feel anything right now. You could carry one of those logs by yourself without even breaking a sweat.”
The large man glanced up from his clipboard, his brown eyes half-hidden under his heavy brow. Light brown skin rippled over his biceps beneath a grey sleeveless shirt as he laughed. “You already outta breath, mista ‘arry?”
“Come on,” Harrison said, grinning and crossing his arms, “not everyone can be as tough as you.”
“It’s true.” Garcia shrugged and stifled a smile as he turned back to work.
AND I love writing the little future baseball players (AKA a couple of the only kids in the wilderness town):
“‘Ey no fair!” The small catcher leaped to his feet, flinging his face mask into the wet dirt. “He was safe.”
The pitcher forced three chubby fingers forward. “That was your third strike, Alfie!”
“I miss her.” It came out so bland. So insincere. He missed everything… the forehead kisses, watching the wind whip through her hair, the whispered compliments every time they passed on the road, his fingers entangled with hers, the way her eyes squinted when she laughed. It’s been too long since I’ve seen her laugh like that.
Ha typo turned new word for crazy NaNo shenanigans: nanouncements.
This is my 50th post WHOOP. Also I recently been posting on twitter. This month, I’ve mostly been posting information on R+B for the #WIPjoy tag. So feel free to check that out!
On a totally unrelated note, my family and I watched Spiderman this past week and OH MY GOSH SO GOOD. Tom Holland portrayed a perfectly relatable character and did an amazing job. I won’t give anything away, but I love how they showed Peter’s weakest points – how he’s frustrated and down and helpless – because the actor actually seems so young, it makes the story that much stronger. We get to see a teenage Peter struggling with every day problems and ahhh. Favorite spiderman by far (with Toby Maguire in second)!
Now I’m just waiting for other people to go watch it so I can rant about it 😀 Excuse me while I rewatch Toby Maguire’s Spiderman and go watch the new one in theaters a few more times…