Novel Progress #7 | I’m Back! + Camp NaNoWriMo

np7Welcome back to another week of Novel Progress here on Ink Keys and Other Things. I’m sorry I’ve not posted in the past three weeks, but I’ve simply not had anything worth sharing. I had some school deadlines leading up to and during spring break that made it hard to think about writing. And by the time I had the time to write, I had lost my writing mojo.

It was only over the last couple of days that I figured out what my root problem was and decided how to fix it. So in this special Saturday post, I’m going to share what I learned and also officially announce my writing plans for April.

What Stumped Me & What I Learned

In case you don’t remember, I was last working on the beginning chapters of my story. I was struggling to write them because I, while I knew what I wanted to happen, I didn’t know why it would happen. So everything I wrote was shrouded in vagueness. And because of this trouble I was having, I struggled to enjoy what I was writing. So knew I had to do something that would make writing fun again.

Around the same time, I realized I need to know what my protagonist’s mission is, the thing that will comprise most of the novel and that should be the most fun to read. The “fun and games,” if you will. Without knowing the mission, I was not going to be able to write a satisfactory beginning, because for the beginning of the novel is really just set up for the middle.

So what I ended up doing last night before I went to sleep was writing a two-sentence plot synopsis of what my protagonist is needs to do and how she plans to do it. And I’m really happy with it! It includes most of the ideas I’ve had swirling around in my head and potential for much much more.

So now that I have a better idea of what needs to happen, all I need to do is start writing. That’s where Camp NaNoWriMo comes in…

Camp NaNoWriMo

I’ve decided that what I really just need to start doing is writing. Even if it’s crap. I tried so hard over the last three months to go slow and take my time (so as to avoid crap), but I’ve realized what I just need to do is write with abandon. So the timing is perfect for Camp NaNoWriMo this April. I’ve decided to officially participate with a word count goal of 50,000 words!

To get ready for this writing extravaganza, I’m going to try to outline my synopsis a bit more so I have loose understanding of where I need to go. I’m also going to get myself organized. I think next week’s Novel Progress (on Wednesday, March 30, 2016) I will describe everything I’ll be doing to get ready, along with any writing progress I might manage before then. Hopefully it will be useful for fellow writers or anyone who is thinking about participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in April!

End Note

I hope you enjoyed this sneaky little Saturday Novel Progress post! I still intend to put out Novel Progress #8 this upcoming Wednesday, but I felt I owed it to everyone (even myself) to post a little something ahead of that, just because it’s been so long. After all, I write these so I can look back on them too. And I doubt no one has ever faced these same problems that I’ve faced, so I know it might help even one person who might be disheartened to know that it’s important to work through these problems and not be defeated by them.

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3 Comments

  1. I definitely agree with your conclusion. I enjoy reading people’s writing journeys because I empathize; we share troubles and sometimes even successes. So thank you for sharing yours, congratulations on the breakthrough, and best of luck at Camp. I know I’ll need it xD

    1. Thank you! I wish you the best of luck as well! I’m sure your novel’s been turning out amazing 🙂

  2. I live for your novel progress posts, I really do. I really enjoy reading what you have to say, and it’s comforting to see other people struggling to write sometimes. I’ve been going through the same problem with my novels—the ‘I don’t actually know what my protagonist is doing’ sort of problem. I should probably spend some time working that out too.

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