Camp NaNoWriMo… Again.

Since I commute 90 miles to work, I stopped doing NaNoWriMo.  I didn’t have time and more importantly, I didn’t have energy.  Realistically, I have 8 different novels that have been (sloppily) written from beginning to end, and there comes a point in a girl’s life where she has to acknowledge that if these puppies are ever going to see the light of day, they need some revisions.

I am terrible at revisions.  I like the editing, but not the rewriting.  Essentially what happens is, I take the original story, use it as an outline, and then go in and rewrite the whole things… typoes, plotholes, character inconsistencies, and all.  It’s a bad system, I’ll admit.

Looking for drive and a sense of purpose, I hit up Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time in four years.  It’s different!  It’s not just for writing the novels now – it’s for revisions, writing, it has customizable goals… it’s quite nice!  Definitely a little campy (harhar), but much more effective for what I wanted to do.  Besides, with the cabins you get a whole team of people cheering you on.

So for July, I’ve pulled out ‘Tweens.  This was my NaNoNovel from 2011, and it features a brother and sister who are swept away into the world of dreams and in-betweens.  It has heavy influences from J.M. Barrie and L. Frank Baum, and I think it’s delightful.  Rereading it, it is much more delightful in my head.  The writing is rushed and blocky, the transitions are horrible… it needs a lot of work.  But that’s okay, because I need a project and this story is a fun, childish favorite of mine.

Camp NaNoWrimo begins on July 1st!

Editing is Hard Work

While I know I am exceptionally, delightfully bad at updating any and all of my blogs, I must confess, my motivation to edit a novel isn’t much better.  I love, love, love tearing apart other peoples’, but mine… it’s harder.  My inclination is to rewrite.  And then my characters get bi-polar and plots get tangled like string and just… ack.

I’m working through Strange at the moment, and I keep telling myself – keep going!  It’s almost at the interesting part!  Whenever I task myself to re-write a story, I get this brilliant idea that something needs to change.  In Fate, I needed to ditch Matheus.  In Strange, I’ve decided that Ariella is too typical of a character for me and she needs to be more… popular.  And bear all the stereotypical popular girl traits.  I’m talking a conglomeration of Mimi from Blue Bloods, Cher from Clueless, and a little Nicole-Kidman’s-standard-character thrown in for spice.  This is not my run-of-the-mill heroine.  It also means she’s from a world I know nothing about.  Now how can I make her this person, and still have her be a complete science geek?  In the world of stereotypes, it doesn’t add up.

Have you ever tried writing a character that’s your polar opposite?  How did it work out?