I didn’t do much preparing for NaNoWriMo 2017, mostly because I had heard of it a few weeks before November 1. So, for Camp NaNo, I decided to do a bit more preparation. I have been writing down ideas in my current writing notebook. The notes include (but are not limited to) information about the characters, details for world building, and scene ideas. I haven’t been preparing too much in advance because I don’t want to plan myself into writer’s block but I do want to do a little more planning before the end of March arrives.
The story that I’m going to write next month is called The Before. It was originally written as a short story for my advanced short fiction writing class at Western University. I love the world that I started to build when I was writing this story but the plots in the first two drafts were not fully fleshed out or planned. So, I’m going to take the world that I love and make a completely new story with richer and deeper characters and better developed plot.
The Before is the place where we go before we are born. The main character (name undecided) tries to navigate their way through this world while trying to figure out how to succeed in the During (life). I haven’t quite figured out the main plot, antagonist, and main conflict but I have some good groundwork for how the story is going to go.
If this draft proves to be more successful than my previous ones, I may turn the stories into a three-part series where the reader follows the MC through the Before, the During, and the After (death). Each story will have fundamentally different worlds and plot but, for the most part, the characters will stay the same. The three parts will be connected through subtle details (in addition to the familiar characters).
Monthly Goals for Camp NaNo 2018.
For NaNoWriMo, I always set public goals for myself that I try to keep. I find that making a public statement makes me feel more committed to achieving the goal. Starting in April, I will be tracking my daily progress to share with you all weekly. Each week, I will set goals for the following week and see if I can achieve them. And, before I start writing, I’m going to set some goals for the entire month:
To help achieve these goals I have decided that instead of writing on Microsoft Word on my laptop, I’m going to write on Google Documents. This way I will have access to a way to write even when I don’t have access to my computer. I wish that April was next Monday and not Sunday (since it’s Easter weekend) but I think that having access on my phone will open up my chances to write. I’m also going to work on writing during my commutes in April. Lately, I have been reading or journaling but I think that I will alter that for the month.
April Blog Posts (with NaNoWriMo)
Last month, I reduced the amount of times that I was posting a week. For April, I’m going to resume to my normal schedule of posting two blog posts a week (Wednesday and Saturday). My Saturday posts will be dedicated to Camp NaNoWriMo updates and the Wednesday posts will be my regularly scheduled miscellaneous posts, including my monthly interview and the start of my review posts. I want to make book reviews a more regular thing on my website and I have just the book for April. Stay tuned to find out more!
Just like NaNoWriMo, I will be posting a weekly word count with the challenges that I faced through the week and the things that I’m proud of. It will most likely be in the same format as last time unless I come up with some groundbreaking way to share this information (not likely, plus I like how I shared information before. If you have any feedback, please feel free to leave some ideas and/or constructive criticisms in the comment section.
Week 1 Goals: