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CampNaNoWriMo, and why my tent’s fallen down.

Random topic to start: USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. I can understand why they switched to using initials.

In my last blog post, I detailed my plans for this month’s CampNaNoWriMo. I spent June writing out a detailed plan, and when the first of July arrived. I dived in. After a few days, and writing just over 10,000 words, I came to a realisation.

This project sucked.

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Most of us get doubts about our writing. However, this time round I felt a certainty that things weren’t moving in anything like a good direction. I wasn’t excited about my writing, and I was just putting down words for the sake of hitting the daily word goal. It even started out that way, from day one. It meant I was being lazy, because I did not see the point in trying to write well, with what I already believed was flawed.

So, after a week of CampNaNoWriMo, I shelved the project. And frankly, it’s been a relief.  I may return to it at some point, but right now, I need to focus on my writing in other ways. I’m spending the rest of July reading instead. There’s some beta reading that I had to put off, which I’m now getting properly underway. And there are some books on writing technique, which I’ve been meaning to read. By the end of July, I want to get through them.

Then, I can be ready to get back to my main writing project in August. I want to get a really solid third draft of my novel Generic Fantasy done by the end of the year. That will need multiple revisions, so the stronger my technique is, the better.

In terms of what went wrong with my project for this month, I think the idea was flawed at a basic level. It was going to be fiction revolving around a piano, and the people who owned it during a 100 year period. I wanted to write something that was not quite a novel, and not quite a collection of short stories. That basically meant that what I created was the framework for something that didn’t really work as a novel, but it didn’t really work as a collection of short stories either. I also think I need to rewrite the main conflicts, and the reasoning behind the sequences of situations.

Even though my CampNaNoWriMo hasn’t worked out this time, I’m glad I mad the attempt. When I come back to this project, perhaps next year, I’ve got a lot of material to work with. I can see where I went wrong, and once I’ve had time to refresh, hopefully I can put out a much stronger piece of fiction in the end.

Featured image used courtesy of National Novel Writing Month. Failure image used courtesy of pixabay.

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5 thoughts on “CampNaNoWriMo, and why my tent’s fallen down.

  1. Philip, I’m so impressed! That is never easy to do, to shelve a project and take a step back when something isn’t working. So kuddos to you for making that choice and doing what you needed to in order to keep your writing at the highest level. I hope you read some really great books in the process! 😀

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    1. Thanks Nicole! At this rate, stepping away from the project will be the best thing I could do for my writing. I’m working my way through ‘The 12 key pillars of novel construction’ by C.S. Lakin, and it’s completely and utterly brilliant. I’m already overwhelmed with new ideas for Generic Fantasy, and I’m only halfway through reading. I’m so excited to get moving on the advice, and to fill out the questions included in the book.

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      1. I totally understand that. And YES for finding a book that is inspiring and invigorating and will help you with Generic Fantasy. I hope you keep us posted (maybe through another blog post? ;P) with your progress!

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