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Camp Nanowrimo Progress

I’m rebelling again, and it feels odd. The books need rewriting and changes need to be incorporated, so Camp Nanowrimo Progress is happening. But it’s not strictly linear, and nor is it really new words being laid down.

The word count target is set at 40,000 words, but I am counting these as words completed and edited in the new document draft. I did the same last November, and it worked. The Nanowrimo focus and target setting helps make me sit down and work on writing every day. Usually in the evening, but that really does depend on the day.

So this time I am working on the second book in the Portal series. The first is out with test readers awaiting feedback. So far they’ve all been very quiet, which makes me worried, but I have to trust they will all be honest. Some of the group read the first version several years ago, and may not appreciate the changes. Then there are the new faces. I’m not sure which is more nerve wracking?

Also working on new cover designs, and debating retitling the books as well – thoughts?

Camp Nanowrimo Progress

Please do remember that I don’t only want the gushing praise (although that’s nice to hear) I want to hear your honest opinion. If you don’t like it, say so, tell me why. I’m writing blind, with no editor, no publisher. Your feedback is everything.

Camp nanowrimo progress, day 4 – Total edited so far 5651, of around 100k in the original manuscript. There’s a long way to go, and then another 3 books to work on.

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020

I seem to have signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo 2020, which is a bit of a surprise. I haven’t done NaNo for a few years and only got back into it last November, and I’d forgotten the sheer intensity and drive that the month generates.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020

The first NaNo I took part in was 15 years ago, in 2005. That long month of November, filled with sleepless nights and intense writing, resulted in the beginning of the Portal Series.

Last year, I decided to rewrite the first book, and I’m much happier with how it looks now. But all the changes I made mean that the second, third, and all other subsequent books also now need rewriting. So, Book 1 is with a select few readers for opinions and feedback (will you all please read faster?), and it’s time to start work on Book 2. They will be retitled, and probably merged into a single volume, but it’s going to take time.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020, during lockdown, in the midst of a global pandemic… I can’t think of a better use of the time, can you?

I have a job, house, family, to work around, and this will have to be very disciplined if I am to succeed. This is a NaNo Rebel project, a rewrite and edit rather than a fresh new story. So I have the original manuscript to work from. I know the characters, I know where the story goes – although I will likely change that, at least a little. Some characters have already been wiped from the narrative, some have been introduced already.

My plan is to start with a fresh document, a blank page, and take the story one section at a time and work it with a fine tooth comb, rewriting, trimming. In between paid work, family commitments, and sleep, I also mean to add plants to my garden. I’d like an Elder, a Hazel, maybe some Gentian. I think you’ll know why. But no Lilys – Sorry, they’re poison to my cats, I’m sure she would understand.

There may be updates, if I remember. See you on the other side.

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