Camp NaNo – Week 1 update
So ends the first week of Camp NaNoWriMo. We should all be at 11,669 words.
I’m currently at 11,779. I’m not as far ahead as I’d like to be, but I’m at least still on track, so I’m happy with that. I’ve decided to give up my goal of writing 100k this month and will instead just focus on finishing Degeneration.
I had rather a hard time concentrating this week. For the first few days we were up at the lake, and I spent more time swimming and hanging out with the family than I did writing. The last night we were there, I got that horrible headache and we drove back, so I didn’t get much writing done that day. The day we got back, my boyfriend’s computer stopped working, so we went to his house to fix it. We ended up hanging out with his family all day, which was horrible for my word count. Then I got sucked into the last half of Mistborn, and I was reading more than writing.
I’m tired of saying I’m going to do things and then not doing them. I’m tired of planning novels that I don’t write. I just feel more like a writer when I’m planning. Planning is what I do best. I like making lists of scenes that are going to occur. I like looking at the outlines and character summaries and imagining the novel that will be produced when those scenes are written out.
It’s not that I don’t like actually writing. I do. Once I’m actually focused, I really enjoy writing. I like finding out more about the characters and the plot. I like seeing how my outline is transformed into something more, something better. I just worry that what I’m writing isn’t good enough. I know that I can edit it later, and I know that I generally like what I’ve written after the fact. I also know that my second drafts are infinitely better than my firsts.
I think my problem with this story is that it’s not really my first draft. I may not have written it as a novel before, but I have now written two drafts of a screenplay. I know the events of the novel. I know the characters. My second screenplay was loads better than the first. I have a climax that’s more than simply “the bad guy shows up at the wedding.”
I guess I’m still worried that there’s not enough action. Most of my novel consists of family members getting together and yelling at each other. It worked for a screenplay, but part of me is worried that that’s not enough for a novel. I should really stop reading fantasy books for a while and start reading the types of novels that I want to write. I see lots of YA lit fic in my future. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d greatly appreciate them. I think part of why I feel like my writing is horrible is because I keep comparing it to action-based books. I think that will be my goal this week: to read a book in the genre that I plan on writing. The fantasy books will help me when it comes time to rewrite Learning to Lie, but it won’t help me write most of the other novels that I have planned.
Sorry, Dresden and Vin. I think I’ll be putting you two away for a while.