Well, it’s July, which means that I am back at Camp NaNoWriMo for another thirty days of writing with abandon. Or thirty-one days, I mean, because I totally know and definitely didn’t forget that July has thirty-one days.
Anyway, I’ll be writing with abandon this month, for however long it lasts. Or at least pretending to write with abandon. It’ll depend on the day. And the time of day. And how much caffeine I’ve had. And how many belly rubs my puppies require (That’s very important). And, you know, if I can figure out what the hell to write in the first place.
This mostly means that this month will be a month of experimentation, primarily revolving around three unfinished projects in my epic-ish fantasy series, The Coileáin Chronicles: Full Circle, Adventures In Babysitting (probably a working title, but I suppose there’s no telling with me) and what is currently being called Threnody.
In timeline order, they would be considered Books 3, 3.5, and 4. These three projects fit together somehow. I’m pretty sure, anyway. I just don’t know how exactly that’s supposed to happen. I keep feeling like if I can figure out how they relate to one another that everything will drop into place. But maybe I’m totally wrong about that. Maybe they don’t fit together at all. Maybe they’re all doomed projects that need to go live at that farm upstate where all fundamentally flawed WIPs go to frolic freely in the grassy meadows or whatever happens at the farm upstate. I honestly don’t know anymore. (About the projects, I mean. Not the farm.) Hence the experimentation.
This month, I shall attempt to solve this puzzle. Emphasis on ‘attempt’.
Here’s where each of the three WIPs currently stand:
Full Circle: Has gone through the first draft stage and one round of edits/revisions. Went out to the betas a while ago, and the response has been…underwhelming, let’s say. I clearly missed the mark there. Which sucks, sure, but it happens, so now I need to see if I can come up with something better. Or, at the very least, something different.
Adventures In Babysitting: Intended to be a companion novella to Full Circle, this project is best described as a few non-POV characters on a side quest. I’m intrigued by the more specific premise, but I don’t know how to write it yet. Or even if I can. Or should.
Threnody: While it’s currently set up as a fourth book, I’m not sure it actually would work as a fourth book. Like, there’s maybe not enough to it (at least not at this moment) to justify another entire novel. Maybe it’s another companion novella. Maybe it’s supposed to be part of Full Circle. (I really don’t think that’s the case, but I can’t take anything off the table at this point.) Maybe it’s supposed to be nothing at all.
So what all of this boils down to is a big, heaping helping of I don’t know and a side of Well, what else can I try?
Which leads to my Camp NaNoWriMo theme for this month: What if…
As in ‘What if I tried this?” or “What if that happened?” or “What if I wrote a novel people actually wanted to read?”
(I know, dare to dream…)
My word count goal is set at 20,000 words. I chose the number pretty arbitrarily, because, again, I am so very large with not knowing. I could write a lot more (Look at that! Another ‘dare to dream’ moment!). I could write a lot less. I suspect it will be the latter because of all of the not knowing. But, win or lose, it’s really fine. This month is all about the experiment.
Either way, this goal comes out to approximately 666 words per day, except that’s not right because, once again, I totally remember that July is thirty-one days long, so really, the daily goal is slightly less than that.
(Please hold while I consult a calculator).
645 words per day. Which has the added bonus of not only being a smaller number but also being slightly less omnious-sounding.
Here where the numbers are as of the writing of this post (which is late on July 4th, though it won’t go live until the 5th):
Word Count Goal: 20,000
Where the WC should be: 3,266
Where the WC actually is: 4,134
Number of words to go: 15,866
WIP getting the most WC love: Full Circle (The Experiment Edition)
So, that’s gonna do it for me today. Sorry for the length and the excessive rambling. (Yes, I know I could have easily edited it out, but what fun would that be?) If you made it all the way through this post, I salute you.
Tune in next week when I will provide another scintillating Camp update. Unless I forget. Which I probably will. If that’s the case, then maybe I’ll remember to post next month.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Be safe and well.