Camp Nano And Camp Summer

It’s here it’s here it’s here!!  The first field trip of summer camp!! And you know what that means for me!!!

WRITING TIME IN THE LIBRARY!!!  Once I leave work I’ll have about two hours before the Things come back from their trip, and there’s a library half a mile away from them.  Who to the HOO!!!

According to the average for Camp NaNo, I should have 20,004 words in order to be on track to hit 50K.  Instead, I’m at 10,000.  So I’m obviously not going to make it, but I’m still in it to WRITE!  And I love what’s happening in my story.  Most of it even makes sense!

Camp NaNo

Did y’all know the National Novel Writing Month insanity also happens in June and August?  They call it Camp NaNo and it’s not as involved as the one in November – no area moderators, no meetups or write ins or anything like that.  BUT they do have cabins!  You and five of your friends can bunk together.

Only problem is, we had more than six folks that wanted to be in our cabin.  So we created an email loop and everyone joined in.

Every night we log in to the chat room and do writing sprints.  I’ve written about 7,000 words since June 1 – not enough to meet the NaNo goal, but more than I would have done without it. I also cheated, because I’m working on something already in progress instead of something new.

One thing I love about this is that you don’t stop to think.  You just write write write and worry about the edits later.  And believe me, there will be a TON of edits.  My first drafts usually consist of dialogue and stage directions – He fished around for his keys then drove to his house.  Before he went inside, he checked the mail.  Once he got into his apartment, he sat on the sofa and put his feet up on the table. 

You know, that kind of thing.  No emotions, no five senses, no differences in sentence structure.  I’ve said before I write like an onion, because I have to peel the layers.  My current draft is definitely making my eyes water!