Friday, June 7, 2013

Camp NaNoWriMo starts July 1

I did NaNoWriMo in 2011 and had a blast. I recently discovered that they do two other events in April & July. So I'm doing Camp NaNoWrimo next month. My friend Ali posted something on Facebook that I think is going to help me long term with my writing.

I have no intention of writing for anyone but myself. I still have my 2011 NaNoWriMo "novel" that I've done nothing with since I finished it. I don't know if I will ever go back and edit it. It kind of sucked. But it doesn't matter if it sucks. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to just write.

But I'm really excited about my current idea. I was originally thinking about the November project. I came up with characters but didn't know what to do with them. Last week, when I decided to go ahead with the July camp, I desperately tried to come up with a plot. I had nothing at all. I had a friend over watching movies the other night, and we were talking about friends...the kind of friends you would do anything for. Growing up, I didn't really have that, and as an adult, I was always jealous of people who did. 

Then it hit me. If you did have friends like that, how far would you go to be there when they needed you? I don't want to divulge much at this point, but I think I have a great idea for a story about eight friends who come together when one of them really needs them. So far, I've worked out the "why" of the reunion and I'm fairly certain how it will end. There will be flashbacks to their childhood through college, to show how they became friends, and why the bonds are so strong. 

I'm pretty fucking excited about this. 50,000 words is the goal for the month. My schedule is tight, with work, work, work, but when I'm home, I will be concentrating on the writing. I'll be carrying around a notebook and pen for the next month and a half so that I never lose a thought, a phrase, a scene. And when I'm done, maybe I will post it :)

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