Camp NaNoWriMo Tasks

Believe it or not, we’re already onto week two of Camp NaNoWriMo. All I’ve got to say is… so far, so good.

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What I’m Working On

I normally write 50,000 words no matter what session of NaNo it is, no matter what time of year it is. However, I’ve gotten so behind with my writing the past month or so that I missed some deadlines I had set in place for myself. One of them being my next novel on Wattpad.

I planned on publishing Crossroads at the beginning of June. Of course, I never finished editing it so I didn’t upload it. So, I gave myself a new deadline. I’m re-worked the whole outline and am rewriting the book for Camp NaNo.

Of course, I originally planned on editing it. When I started editing it, I realized I had some serious work to do on it. My Camp NaNo goal is to work on 31 hours of editing (1 hour per day) though I’ve actually been re-doing the outline and rewriting it instead. I’m not going to change my goals though. I don’t know how long this book is going to end up being and I think since I’m getting back into a writing routine, working at least one hour a day on it is a good start.

I gave the story a new release date – September 2, 2019. So, whatever I don’t get done in July, I can do in August.

About Crossroads

This is a fantasy story styled as a role-playing-game. At least, it was inspired by RPGs such as Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve created my own characters in various classes to go on a grand adventure together that will be three books long. Yep, book one will be coming to Wattpad in September 2019 and books two and three will be coming out in 2020.

I thought of this idea a few months ago and decided to finally write it for April’s Camp NaNo session. Hence, editing it in May and publishing it in June. Now, I’m rewriting it, will edit it at the end of July and August, and it’ll be here in September.

I’ll be putting together a blurb of the book soon, so you can keep an eye on my Coming Soon page here to learn more about it. Or, just keep up with my Wattpad account. I’ll also be posting some tidbits on social media like Twitter and Instagram and, of course, this blog. However, my patrons on Patreon will be first access to everything plus some extra goodies that will be exclusive to my patrons. So, if you’re interested in learning more about that, you can visit my Patreon page here.

Anything Else?

Yes, I am working on one of thing for Camp NaNo, though Crossroads is getting the majority of my attention for right now. I’ll be talking about the project soon!

Are you participating in Camp NaNo this session? What are you working on? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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THE SCRIBE Is Now Live On Wattpad!

Guess what? I’m finally using my Wattpad account!

I’ve been working on a novella specifically for Wattpad for a few months now. It’s been through a lot including three name changes. Some of you might know the story as “Special,” others as “The Librarian,” and now it’s finally “The Scribe.”

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This novella originally started as a special Short Story Sunday. It ran through the month of August, each part being posted on Sunday and ending with a poll. My readers chose what they wanted to happen next in the story. You can read the original story HERE. Through that, it sparked some new ideas for me.

I decided to expand upon the story in November during NaNoWriMo. The story ended around 50,000 words, which was fine for me because I wanted it to be a novella.

After editing for a long time (and I mean a long time), I got the story to around 17-18,000 words. It’s a fantasy with Greek mythology roots. Here’s what it’s about:

“When one Scribe becomes three, three Fates will become one.”

Sadie Powers is an average college student. She has a couple of good friends and a boyfriend and has straight As in her classes. So, why does her science professor want to see her in the library late one night?

Professor Hobbs, well known by the students as “Crazy Hobbs,” gives Sadie a notebook. He claims it contains special paper. He wants her to keep it a secret and to use it wisely. He knows she will do great things with the notebook.

Believing him to be crazy, Sadie heeds his words with a grain of salt. But when he shows her the Room of Destiny hidden within the school’s library, Professor Hobbs explains Sadie is the next Scribe. She is to keep order and balance within the seven billion people residing on Earth.

The Scribe’s job is supposed to fix any unjust or premature deaths using her notebook and powerful quill. How is she supposed to tempt with Fate? Because, as far as Sadie knows, magic doesn’t exist… Does it?

So, I’m proud to say The Scribe is finally published on Wattpad! I’ll be uploading one chapter every day until the story ends. I do hope you give it a read. I’ve worked hard and I’m happy with how it turned out. I hope you are too.

You can read the story HERE or click the image below. If you like it, please spread the word and feel free to share it around the internet.


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Let me know if you check out the story. I’d love to hear what you think. Let’s chat in the comments below!

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July 2016 Camp NaNoWriMo Update

When it comes to NaNoWriMo, whether it’s during November or a Camp session, most people have a hard time getting the words to flow as a steady stream.

This is not the case for me this time.

I’ll be going away the last week of July and while there will be Internet access, I won’t be bringing my laptop. So my goal this month was to write 50,000 words by July 22nd. That’s about 2,500 words a day.

Normally, my goal is 2,000 words a day so an extra 500 didn’t seem to be so bad. The truth is, it’s not bad at all.

My stats have been pretty steady. There have been a few days where I was able to write way more than 2,500 simply because I was on a roll and needed to finish the chapter.

Day 1: 3,005 words
Day 2: 2,629 words
Day 3: 2,549 words
Day 4: 4,939 words
Day 5: 1,735 words

See that spike on day 4?

Yeah, I finished the novel.

Before I started writing on day 4, I realized that I was nearing the end of the story. I thought I had about two chapters left and figured the story would end between 63,000 words and 65,000 words. Well, I wrote two more chapters and my total is 63, 278.

It seems a little short, I know. While the novel is “complete” and the ending is written, it’s not really finished.

As most of you know, I’m continuing my fantasy novel Hunter which already had 50,000 words tagged onto it from last July’s Camp NaNo session.

As I read through those first 50,000 words to prepare myself for this Camp, I kept a list of editing notes. Might as well, right? Well, the pacing of the story is completely… non-existent, I would say.

The story moves way too fast and Cat, the main character, doesn’t help it much. She’s supposed to be indecisive about right and wrong, her family and their supposed enemy, but she ends up switching teams just about instantly.

If you read it, you can totally tell that I wrote the novel for a NaNo session.

Needless to say, the novel should be longer than 63,000 words and it will be. During my editing I’ll be adding scenes, which will be interesting, to say the least.

In the meantime, Hunter is done for now. I was looking forward to working on it throughout the month, but I just can’t see to get myself to edit during a NaNo session because I’m not writing the actual words. I’m weird, I know, but that’s just how I feel.

So, for the rest of the month starting yesterday (that’s where day 5’s words came from–pay no attention for the lack of 2,500 words on that day), I’ll be working on short stories. I figured this is a good opportunity for me to catch up on some Short Story Sundays. I also hope to submit to a few contests here and there this summer, so I can write stories to submit to those and magazines and such.

So, thank you guys for voting Hunter on that poll. I have another completed first draft to add to my list (I have a lot of editing to do…) and I’m getting that extra time (more like extra push) to get some side stories done in an attempt to get my foot through the door in the publishing world.

I think everything worked out quite nicely.

How is Camp NaNo going for you? How is your current project moving along, whether you’re participating in Camp or not?