As I mentioned earlier (an accidentally posted a few days ago), I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo again this month.
I have done if before. November isn’t the only time I write. In fact, I have done so much writing over the past 12 years that I have a lot I can edit and publish over the next few years.
Actually, the books I am editing now are from past Camps. Both Modern Persuasion and PAP began as writing exercises in Camp NaNoWriMo. One was the April project, the other the July project.
My goal with both was simply to see if I could modernize beloved classic characters. For years I had been writing glorified fan fiction. I had not written anything completely original since 2004 with my first NaNoWriMo project. I wasn’t ready to leave borrow universes, but I was ready to do more than steal them for my own devices. Neither story was writing Austen my way. Rather, they were writing as if these characters were alive now. The idea for PAP had been playing in my brain for years. The idea for Modern Persuasion came to me a mere month before I started writing it. I think I was able to get back to my original work because of Camp NaNo.
I find Camp NaNo far less stressful than November. I set my own goals for length. I spent last year just editing other stories and only counting words added. This year I am only looking to write about 5,000 words at this point. My main goal is to have a small collection of short stories to submit to Mill Pages and other magazines. I want to have three stories of about 1500 words by the end of the month. I will adjust as needed. I am already considering upping the count to 9,000 to have more flexibility with the content of those stories. You don’t get far with just 1500 words.
All the stories are focusing on the frozen planet I created for my short story Frozen Wasteland. I found a great Lovecraftian name generator and picked a name for my planet: Kraulaak. I am really excited about what I am producing this month. I hope to share more here when it’s ready.
I mean, what’s the point of having a book club if they won’t read your own work!?