The Camp NaNoWriMo Journey: Week One

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Not Like Everyone Else- working book coverThe first week of Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and boy has it been a long week. Trying to write for my blog and edit the incoherent babble that is my book. It has been an uphill battle. But I am still trekking through. I mean come on, I can’t give up after one week!

As I had mentioned in And the Story Begins…, my goal is to edit for over 40 hours. I wrote over 50,000 words back in November during NaNoWriMo, and I just started editing it last week. I have been seriously busy with my senior year of college and work. Now I have the time to make this book into one cohesive story.

The working title for my book is Not Like Everyone Else. It is written in the perspective of 18-year-old Ryan who keeps having strange things happen around her, but she is never able to explain it. As things become even crazier, she feels like she is losing all control of herself.

Some issues that have already risen from the NaNo mess:

  • I was supposed to write a scene???

So maybe this happens to all NaNo writers. Getting into the groove of things and then stopping for the night. But then going back to the story and not picking up where you left off. Well, that is pretty much what I did. I was reading along thinking WOW this doesn’t sound terrible and BAM! Not only was I not in the same scene anymore, but I wasn’t even on the same day. Can we say embarrassing…

Because of this, I had to go back and write an entire scene that was supposed to take place. Which I forgot to write.

 

  • Lengthening words to get a higher word count

The best way during NaNoWriMo to achieve your word count is to extend words as much as possible; said every single forum I read prior to starting up NaNoWriMo in November. For example, don’t is do not and won’t becomes will not. It is a never-ending system of taking words and putting into the proper English form even if that means sacrificing dialog. However, now that I am editing, I am seriously regretting that decision. Most of my edits stem from fixing the now awkward dialog that resulted from my stretch to reach 50,000 words.

 

I will have more to come as I delve further into the edits! And next week I will provide a short excerpt as a sneak peek at what you can expect from my new book!

Is anyone else doing Camp NaNoWriMo this July? If so, how is your story/editing coming?

xoxo Jenn

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