Five F!@#ing Favorites: April 2016 (Camp NaNo Edition)

This month’s FFF installment has to do with Camp NaNo; resources, freebies, and kittens! Give love to all creators where you can, and let me know if you end up finding any of these helpful.

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Weekly Accountability Post: April 5

I’m writing this post for transparency.

And maybe also to remind my future self of what life was like, in the before-time. In the before-time, I obsess over the editing process of the Insouciance manuscript. So much so, I’ve decided to make a post about my progress every week.

This is the first of such posts.

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11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Doing NaNoWriMo

Like all my posts about NaNoWriMo, this one also applies to Camp NaNo as well. My first NaNoWriMo session was 2010; I had stumbled across it being mentioned on some social media site at the time in October, about two weeks before November. Needless to say I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare anything – my plot, my characters, my sanity.

My novel was about something I had always wanted to write about: low-Earth orbit space colonies. I had taken a space exploration class in college and learned all about how these things could theoretically be built. Of course, it was all juncture. But for a writer like me, “theoretically” is enough of an invitation. I had my setting.

And that was it! I think I found out about my character (a girl from the colonies) and the beginning of a plot (sneaks onto a missionary trip to nuclear-wasted Earth to give the humans living underground aid) two days before November. Maybe a love interest in one of the cave humans on Halloween night. I strung together scenes and flew by the seat of my pants. It was exciting to not know what would happen each day (or, in my case, night) I sat down at the computer. That first year was magical.

Since then, I’ve participated through 2014. Consider this post (and The Elephant Technique) as the start of many NaNo posts coming from my experiences. Since today is the start of Camp NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d kick off the month with a quick list. The internet likes lists, right?

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