Good morning, campers! The sun is shining, the bug juice is flowing, and you’re Day 8 into writing your summer adventure. How’s it going?
If you’re anything like me, not so well. Despite the soothing crackling of the bonfire, despite the plot bunnies scampering from cabin to cabin, despite my main character waiting to do something, I just can’t seem to stay on goal.
Luckily for me (and you), I have the ultimate care package. The best part? They last through November, too.
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?