Camp NaNoWriMo (July 2015)

Camp NaNoWriMo 2015 Winner ButtonI successfully completed Camp on July 20th by finishing the planned draft of a short story, Home Again, and by completing basic plot revisions to another story completed the month before, Fading Fast.  While by no means finished, since I still have to finish revisions to both, having the drafts completed, with no basic holes to fill, is a great step.

Looking forward to full NNWM in November to start a novel.

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RSW Week 7: Cue the Theme from Rocky…

Week 7: July 20, 2015

How I did (last week): Completed the draft of Home Again, fulfilling my goal for Camp NNWM. Also completed the rip/re-write of the opening for Fading Fast to help my milk-toasty main character start life with a better spine.

Goals this week: Continue to revise Fading Fast. Define where to separate out the pieces of Mischief (short story) to use instead for the novel to be started in November.

A favorite passage: 

“Liar,” he challenged softly. There was a tone in his voice that made her look up. His face was tight. “You’ve had that look on your face before, at the gate. A repeat performance deserves an explanation. I think we know each other well enough for that, at least,” he finished.

Biggest challenge: The overlapping commitments have eased. So, other than the usual challenges of letting loose one’s inner editor for revisions, all is going well.

What I like about my WiP: It’s in revision. (You asked for honesty.)

RSW Week 8: No pain, no gain

Week 8: July 27, 2015

How I did (last week): I took last week off. After the push to finish my draft for Camp NNWM and the revision hole fix for Fading Fast, I needed a quick break.

Goals this week: I’ll be starting the proper, full revision on Fading Fast. That may take the entire week. If not, I’ll start in on revisions for Home Again.

A favorite passage: 

If Superman had his phone booth, perhaps the ladies’ room would be hers. She nearly choked on her coffee as she suppressed a giggle. Maybe she needed to come up with a catchy name for herself based on her superpower and her chosen fortress.

Biggest challenge: Rip – rewrite – rip again – rewrite again. And so forth…

What I like about my WiP: Every change in the revision is one step closer to a better story.

RSW Week 6: Running Underwater

Week 6: July 13, 2015

How I did (last week): This past week was more about ensuring I’m in step with Camp NaNoWriMo goals. If I don’t finish the draft of Home Again (HA), I won’t have time to revise Fading Fast for RSW. But, I’m in the home stretch for HA’s draft.

Goals this week: Finish draft for Home Again and shift to major revision to opening of Home Again.

A favorite passage: 

As he closed the blades through some of the hedge, the branches didn’t always get cut. Often, the stems simply became bent between the blades. He would force the handles back open and try again. The whole process made the branches appear as though they had been chewed shorter rather than cut. And, in the process, the man was working up quite a sweat with the effort. His glasses continually slid down his face and he repeatedly used the back of his left hand to push them back up. As she drifted slowly across the sidewalk observing him, she heard him breathe an expletive or two at the trimmers. She stopped outside the gate and cleared her throat.

He didn’t turn immediately. His arms dropped to his sides, the trimmers dangling clumsily from his right hand. His shoulders and head drooped as he dropped the ancient contraption onto the grass. Turning, he looked at her with defeat.

Biggest challenge: None, really. I’m happily plugging along.

What I like about my WiP: The relationship between the main characters is shaping nicely.

RSW Week 5: Arrrghhhh!

Week 5: July 6, 2015

How I did (last week):

  • Marked sections in Fading Fast for the first initial revision. Holding the actual start to the revision until I have at least half of the next story, Home Again, drafted as part of Camp NaNoWriMo that started on July 1.

Goals this week:

  • Start working in the revision on Fading Fast.
  • Continue to work on the plot arc for novel.

A favorite passage:

Biggest challenge:

  • Trying to fit in RSW and Camp at the same time. Eek!

What I like about my WiP:

  • The revision will help with flow and a main character issue. I’ll like my WiP better after that tweak.