Camp NaNoWriMo

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Published July 24, 2015 by Jess Arwen

The July Camp NaNoWriMo is drawing to a close, and I have learned more than I imagined I would.  Learning about the writing process was to be expected: what works for a full-length novel, what fills up more space, how much planning is necessary.  Attachment to characters, however, was not expected.

Whenever I reach about seventy-five percent of the way through reading a book, I begin to mourn the impending end.  It does not matter how the story ends, but rather that it has to end at all.  To avoid the inevitable, I stop reading for about a week before the need to know what happens drives me to the conclusion.  Who knew that the same would be true of writing?  While I have not stopped writing, I sit here mourning the impending end.  As the author, I already know how it ends, but I don’t want it to.  To date, I haven’t written anything of great length, like a novel.  Thus, the time spent creating the characters and their world has made us friends, closer, perhaps, than some of my real life friends.

The words on the page right now are merely a first draft, but this heartens me no more than thinking I could simply keep writing, avoiding the end at all costs.  No, a story must end, but I never knew it would be so hard.  Do any of you other fiction writers have this problem?  How do you cope with it?



Published July 15, 2015 by Jess Arwen

This is another Camp NaNoWriMo post.

Right now, I’m procrastinating hardcore, when I really should be writing my story. I refuse to change the goal any lower than 50,000 words, which means my story is way behind where it should be. Yet, I don’t hate myself either.

Yes, I slacked off a lot, and continue to do so, like right now, but I already wrote more for one piece than I ever have in my life. The current word count sits at 14,031, when it should be more like 22,000. That’s okay, though. The excitement has not worn out, and I am hoping to sit at least around 17,000 words by the end of the day.

Since this is my first time doing something like this, I must continue to thank the NaNoWriMo community for cheering each other on, and for not judging someone for slacking off. I hope that this novel-length story will be the first of many, but what will I do with them?

Some people go on to publish after participating in this month of frustration, hyper-caffeination, and carpal tunnel syndrome, but we’ll see what happens since this is my first. Each day, I love the story that grows, now of its own volition, so if nothing else, Death’s Song will be a story I treasure for the rest of my life.

Death’s Song at Camp

Published June 20, 2015 by Jess Arwen

Hello readers! I just wanted to post here to let you know that I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July! If you’re not sure what this is or how to get involved, click on the banner above to be directed to their website.

To be honest, I’ve never written a novel before, so the prospect of writing one in a month leaves me feeling tentative about the whole project. The length of this goal, however, being a month means I probably won’t get bored halfway through. Instead, I will be rushing with so many of my comrades to finish somewhere around 50,000 words in one month.

It’s good that Camp happens in Summer, for if I were to do the November NaNoWriMo, I wouldn’t achieve my goal thanks to school. Thus, this is also a thank you to all the people who make Camp NaNoWriMo possible, and I’m excited to get writing.

The novel I will be working on, I have currently named Death’s Song, but this is likely to change. This work will follow the life of a girl named Katerina who accidentally pushes Death down the stairs, causing him to forget how to reap, and she is forced to help him do his job, through her gift of music. Most people don’t see Death, and consequently don’t see her either, so what is she to do when someone decides to follow her?

Once I finish it and get some rough edits on it, I hope to publish it on Figment for some feedback. You’re all welcome to check out my profile anytime on Figment as I’ll be cooking up some other projects in the meantime.

Who else is going to Camp NaNoWriMo? What will you write about?