It’s been an interesting several months for a variety of reasons. I kept my Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020 goal fairly low to allow for that. I’ve been able to maintain a word count a little above my part for most of the month. I’ve had a couple 3k days, which spiked me up but I’ve ended up plateauing a bit right after each of those, with some days with less or even no writing happening. I’m back to fairly close to par again.
I’ve been playing with a brand new idea for July and completely pantsing it to get back to my comfort zone for a while. I haven’t given up on the plotting experiment, I’m just taking a break. The idea I’ve been working on grew out of a series of image prompt responses that will be posting in September, October, and November. So you everyone can look forward to a little sneak peek of how my pantser projects usually start.
It’s this strange combination of modern fantasy and semi-apocalypse science fiction. There are Fae and magic crystal fueled magitech but there are also cell phones and laptops and normal people. It’s set in the UK, with the original image prompt posts taking place in Wales and Scotland respectively. Eventually the whole thing lands in London and in theory the motley cast of characters will pull together to solve the problem and pull the British Isles back out of the stasis the Fae put them in to stop the actual apocalypse from happening.
We’ll see how this goes. For perspective, that’s the level of planning I usually do before I start writing in earnest. It may start with a scene idea or a character idea and a little writing (like I did on those image prompts) and then it will grow into a little paragraph of plot summary while more writing happens and things sort of spiral out or (or into) control from there.
So that’s what my July project has been, and I’ve written most days so far, and I’m feeling reasonably good about the project as a whole. We’ll see if I still feel good about it a week from now when camp is over. If so, I’ll probably keep working on it. If not, it will join the large list of files (and notebooks and printouts and loose pages…) containing abandoned ideas that I mayor my not every return to. That’s something I’ve found most writers have. But that’s how you get better at all this, but practicing your craft over and over and over, even if you don’t finish every single piece you start.
If you’re doing the Camp NaNo thing with me, I hope your project is going at least as well as mine and continues to come along as we near the end of the month.