Three times a year Nanowrimo comes around. The official adventure of pounding out 50,000 words happens in November and then the more casual Camp Nano happens around April and July. I didn’t participate in the April camp simply because I didn’t have the time and I wasn’t really working on any writing projects.
This time though I’m going to attempt to revise Stop The Raven over the course of July. If I’ve mentioned this in past blogs, my apologies for repeating myself. If I haven’t, well, here we go. I’ve recently gotten some feed back that my MS Stop The Raven is a bit to telly and not enough showy so I get the ever joyous task of going through and fixing all of that.
I’m also trying to shut my brain off from making any “minor” changes to the plot line but we’ll see how that goes.
For now though.
My past Nanowrimo attempts have gone sorely wrong. Mostly because I have a tendency to start something and then get sidetracked by something else.
Glares at The Last of Us 2
There’s also the fact that I have family coming to visit for a whole week at the start of July, and while I’m excited for this, it also puts a damper on my whole revising scheme.
So what’s the stacks?
Well, STR is 31 chapters- or 75,411 words- long and to be fair its been a good year since I’ve read it. I started submitting to agents at the beginning of 2019 and received a ton of rejections and in 2020 decided to submit to some small presses. Which is where I got the nugget of advice from
So, it’s been a good year since I’ve read through the entire MS. I’ve glanced over it from time to time and have reread some of my favorite parts but I haven’t read the whole thing in over a year. So going through this MS again is going to be an interesting ride.
One I’m actually looking forward to, though, I probably need to come up with some sort of game plan if I’m going to survive these revisions.
Ideally it would be nice to do a chapter a day and badda-bing-badda-boom. Revisions complete.
Commence the next phase.
However, I work weekends and- like I said- I’ve got family coming to visit. So math wise- if I’m calculating it right because I suck at math- it will have to be at least a chapter and a half for 22 of those days in July. Skipping weekends mainly. I could probably still get up early in the mornings before anyone else and rewrite a whole chapter and a half while family is here.
5am writer’s club is a thing, right?
Those are the plans for Camp Nanowrimo.
No, I haven’t joined a cabin, not sure if I’m going to this year because of my ever failing success rate, but I will be there participating with the rest of you crazy scribblers this year and rooting every single one of you on.
Is anyone else joining Camp Nano this year? What are your plans if you are?
Until next time.