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Camp NaNoWriMo Update

It’s day 8 of Camp NaNoWriMo! Can you believe it!

I started off the first week strong. I’m a die hard plotter, but for various reasons I didn’t get to work out as detailed a structure as I wanted in March, which left me more of less pantsing it. As I flew through the chapters, making up things as I went along, I realized:

  • The book was going to be much longer than 30k words if the plot continued to unravel so slowly.
  • The story wasn’t very funny.
  • There wasn’t much horror in it either.

So far, it mostly consists of a carpenter arranging cover with his employer while he goes to clean up his deceased uncle’s estate, packing his bag for the trip and bumping into a cute police woman when he goes to the super market.

Yes, there is also a zombie uncle waiting for him to bring fresh meat back to the house, but it’s almost an after thought.

I couldn’t continue this way. I’m not a pantser. I need to know what’s going to happen so I can foreshadow and give clues and all the fun things I like writing about. I had to give up and start working on my detailed outline instead.

The good news is I have my outline, I’m excited about it and I’m starting again today.

The not so good news is that I have to start again today. My daily word count is 3k, but I think I can do it. I have my road map and I know where I’m going.

How was your first week of Camp NaNoWriMo, or National Poetry Month (I’m looking at you, Priscilla. Any zombie poems to share? *hopeful look*) ?

12 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo Update”

  1. I’m a plotter as well. It’s rare I can write a story, even a short one, without creating an outline first. And in the rare exception I can’t, it’s usually because the majority of the story is in my head.
    Glad you have your outline. I hope the story goes well for you from here on out.

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  2. I thought I could pants a simple story in December but it got so out of hand! I ended up with a (terrible) novella. I’m a definite plotter!

    I wrote two zombie poems right off the bat then felt bad because of the virus. Seems like zombies always have a virus connected to them. So I switched to other eerie subjects. Anyway yes, still a poem a day.:-) No, still crappy enough that you won’t find any posted. I’m hoping by the end of the month I’ll get the hang of this poetry thing!

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    1. I’m in good company with you and Rami, Priscilla 😊
      Aw, that’s a shame but I understand. Hope you will share some at the end of the month. I’m full of admiration. Poetry is hard!

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