April 12th starts the first segment of Camp NaMoWriMo, which is a summer program for all of those people who didn’t have the time to participate in the National Novel Writing Month festivities properly in November. I did do some NaNoveling in the Young Writers Program (YWP) for the first time last year, and I enjoyed the experience. It was definitely a trying time considering that the school year was in full swing, so I only wrote about 5,000 words in what I now know to be a novelette.
Coincidentally, this afternoon, I started working on a plot bunny that had been hopping around my head for a few months now. (Excerpt forthcoming.) I suppose the whole writing thing got into my self-conscious, thus pulling me out of post-Seaport writer’s block.
Now, I doubt I’ll finish this new writing project in the thirty days it takes to do the NaNo program, and since I’ve started writing way in advance, (the first few paragraphs — the plot bunny — have been on paper for some time now), it would be against the rules to try and count this as a legit NaNo piece. I’ve seen other peoples’ workarounds for previously-written pieces they expanded upon for NaNoWriMo, but it would eat at my conscience if I did anything but writing something from scratch on day one.
So yeah. Those are my two cents. I wish everyone who’s participating in Camp NaNoWriMo the best of luck! Just remember, sometimes novels (or novellas or novelettes) take on a life of their own, and you never know how long or short they end up being in the end. If you find it ended too fast, don’t feel bad, and do NOT, I repeat DO NOT — resort to using fillers. The important thing is to have fun and be yourself as a writer. May you meet your writing goals and have loads of fun!