Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #2 + Snippets

Hello, everyone! This is super late, but basically a recap of my last two weeks of Camp, plus snippets. I know —  another writing post when I promised more diversity :0 but bear with me because I think recaps are fun to read. You also get like four snippets.

Note: this is my crazy NaNo brain that wrote these, so… I did format it differently, though, so it should be somewhat easier to read. This is not meant to brag, it’s just for fun. I didn’t make a featured image (it’s not like it would be on bloglovin anyway).

Day Eight

DWC: 2350

I was a bit drained from the past week, and I was also in the state capital most of the day with my friend Amy. (Amy! I don’t think any of you will remember her but here is a post from my cringy days and here is our just as cringy video. You know, from back when I was actually like twelve? I look way different now XD)

Day Nine

DWC: 1812

This was my worst day because I was busy most of the day. However, I did write some very fun scenes that day. EVERYTHING IS ABOUT TO CRASH AND BURN. My apologies to Kamri, Mason, Erin, Kaelin, and Trey. Collin and Clara are in the clear for now. Good job, guys.

Day Ten

DWC: 2887

Mondays and school and math, yay! School can be a big distraction to writing (and a very reasonable one), but I did get some words in and that’s good.

Day Eleven

DWC: 3000

I hit 60k! I can’t believe my novels are so close to getting finished, it seems surreal that the ideas were just in my head (one for a month, the other for over a year) and now they’re real and on paper!

Day Twelve

DWC: 2451

My goal is to finish before winning begins now! *gasp*

Day Thirteen

DWC: 2072

Nothing much today. Characters fighting, evil winning, same old, same old.

Day Fourteen

DWC: 3585

My word count is getting back up there! Tomorrow is “sprint day”, so I think I may get really close to finishing Fantasy Gossip! AHHHH I’m almost to the climaxes WHAT EVEN.

 Day Fifteen

DWC: 6893

I hit the 75% mark today! I can’t believe how close the first drafts are to being finished– and I think I’m actually going to edit and let people read them. I’ve only let one person read one of my books entirely (my mom has read a few chapters of my first book, and one of my friends the first two of a book that I discarded, and my other friend who is probably reading this has read all of my first book).

I just realized that one of the characters in my first books has the same name and personality as one of my friends, who I didn’t meet until long after that character was created. O_O

Day Sixteen

DWC: 5004

Never mind the difference in word processing programs. I pretty much just hit the climax for Fantasy Gossip, and the one for Halfway to Fourteen is coming really soon. Maybe I can actually finish one tomorrow! Or the day after. We don’t have school tomorrow, so I can spend a bunch of time on writing.

Day Seventeen

DWC: 5611

Woah, I’m so close to finishing my novels! (I say that a lot XD) This is insane. Not much to report today.

Day Eighteen

DWC: 5442

Well, Fantasy Gossip decided to stick around a bit longer, and Halfway to Fourteen is closing a lot shorter. I thought they were going to end up being too long, but they may end up being a bit short (right now, they’re at ~45k each). If I can do 9k tomorrow, then I’ll win before winning begins! The problem is, when I did the 10k days before, the words kinda just fit together. The words kinda stopped flowing recently.

Day Nineteen

DWC: 3697

I didn’t get as many words as I wanted to because I was busy most of the day — I want to sprint a 10k+ day to finish before winning. I did end up planning the last few scenes of both novels, so it should run a bit smoother tomorrow. Also, apparently my word program is like 2000 words off. Oh well. 

Day Twenty

DWC: “8470”/5527

Total Word Count: “103, 224″/100,281

First, allow me to explain that these “” are what my processor, Open Office, says, and the other ones are what the validator says (sadly, the validator seems to be right, but more on that later).

I FINISHED.

I completed Halfway to Fourteen and Fantasy Gossip, both approximately a little over 50k words. My word processor was a little behind, so I had to make up for it today.

Either way, I think choosing to write two novels at the same time was the best decision I ever made. Typically, I wrote 500 words for one novel, then switched, and so on and so forth. This kinda punched writer’s block in the face, so I was able to take full advantage of my writing speed.

Now for some (rough draft) snippets, whether you want them or not! I’m surprised I got any readable parts, but yeah. Here they are: first three from Fantasy Gossip, and the second three from Halfway to Fourteen.

“I took a huge risk getting these, so be very careful with them–”

Trey drops his.

“Whoops. Won’t happen again,” he says as he drops it again. “Okay, for real this time.”

“It is so weird there,” Ava says. “They’re teaching– normal classes.”
I shudder. “Normal classes? You mean like… Teleportation, right?”
“No, like math, and English, and – it’s so scary!”

Why do I keep getting caught up in teams of two girls and one boy? It’s like, really annoying. Emphasis on the boy part.

“Books are crazy and unrealistic,” I say. “They give you huge expectations about life and then you grow up and realize that it’s wrong!”

Mason sighs. “Kamri, what is into you lately?”

“Reality, Mason!”

“Can we get this over with?” I ask.

“I thought you wanted to do this,” Isaiah says.

I try to think of an answer quickly. What did Erin and Mason tell them? “I… do! It’s just I’m very, very busy and have places to be that definitely aren’t metro stations and alleyways.”

“Okay, then, don’t let me stop you?”

“You know, I always felt that there was something cool about you guys,” I say.
Collin puts his hands up in the air in mock offense. “Woah. Hold up. You didn’t think we were cool before? All our work was for nothing?”
“Pretty much.”


I hope you enjoyed this post, as long as it is! (Also, I wrote my first post on The Young and Dreaming! You can check it out here.)

How is Camp NaNoWriMo going for you guys? FILL THE COMMENTS WITH YOUR UPDATES. I MUST KNOW.

Camp NaNoWriMo Recap // Week One

Welcome to my first Camp NaNoWriMo recap, where I share the story of how I accidentally on purpose got 50k in seven days. Mind anything weird in this post, I am in the writing process which has made me a tad insane.

Mind the weird math in some of this, I haven’t been keeping exact track like I probably should be, but thankfully Camp NaNoWriMo keeps all the most important stuff handy for me.

Day One

Wordcount for the Day: 10,003

Total Wordcount: 10,003

Today was a great start! Working on two novels has actually made my writing process so much easier. What I’ve been doing is writing 500 words on each novel, then switching back and forth. It’s been less draining, surprisingly, since I haven’t had to work on the same novel the whole time.

Day Two

Word Count for the Day: 8000

Total Word Count: 18,003

I’d hoped to get 10k again, but I still got a pretty good word count. I think these books are going to end up being longer than 50,000 words. Tomorrow, we have off school, so hopefully my word count can spike up. I like staying ahead while I can.

Day Three

Word Count For the Day: 4057

Total Word Count: 22,060

I didn’t get as many words as I hoped after the previous days, but 4k is still pretty good (I couldn’t expect 8k days forever, now could I?) . Tomorrow, I have school for the first time in Camp, but it shouldn’t matter too much. I did spend a good portion of my nighttime writing on other super secret plans with a super secret person (Who is probably reading this right now…), and we have some fun stuff coming for our blogs!

Day Four

Word Count for the Day: 4941

Total Word Count: 27001

The perfectionist in me wishes I’d written just 59 more words.  Today was good! I did start worrying about plot, however, it should all be fine for at least two weeks. (If it takes that long…) I think Fantasy Gossip is going to be around 60k but Halfway to Fourteen may be at least 70k, and I’ll probably still be writing in the beginning May.

 Day Five

Word Count for the Day: 4549

Total Word Count: 31,550

We were on a road trip most of the day, so I got a thousand or two words while driving, and the rest after we got back. I hit 30k today, though! Most of Thursday will be busy, so it’s a good thing that I’m ahead.

Day Six

Word Count for the Day: 8450

Total Word Count: 40,000

I hit 40k today! Yay! Cheers! Even though I had a lot of math and drove a lot, today was a pretty good writing day. And… going to bed after midnight again… oh well. I’ll survive (but not if my keys keep getting stuck. Right now it’s the l). Also, the plot for Fantasy Gossip decided to turn itself inside out. :/

Day Seven

Word Count for the Day: 10,000

Total Word Count: 50,000

Two minutes before midnight I hit 25k on Fantasy Gossip and Halfway to Fourteen, adding up to 50,000 words. Even though I was busy most of the day, with hard work and prayer, I made it to 50k. I’ve come so far since last year, I can’t believe it. We’re driving again tomorrow, so I’ll either have a lot more time or a lot less time.


I’m really happy with this week–I surprised myself. I’m pretty sure everyone in my cabin is tired of me, but oh well XD. I’m off to catch up on sleep.

How is Camp NaNo going for you? Are you ahead, behind, or right on track? Also, if you’d like, share what your novel is about! Or are you editing, or writing poetry, or even a screenplay? (Hint: screenplay is going to be the best answer you can give.)

~Josie

My Writing Life #6: We Wrote a Movie?!, Camp NaNo Stress, and More

Hello, everyone! It’s time for another My Writing Life, even though I had a different post scheduled for today and the next My Writing Life isn’t until April but I’ve scratched my schedule completely . The My Writing Lifes are evolving, becoming easier and more fun to read (and write). Now, I bet you’re curious because of the title, so we’ll start.

Note: there was a problem with the theme that made it unable to comment, but it should be fixed now. Send me a message here if there are any more tech-y problems. Thank you!

Part One: Espionage

My friend Heidi and I wrote a full length (~1 hour and 20 minutes) script! We’re now in the editing process, and hope to start filming soon.  There are many plot twists that were fun to write and come up with, a deep love of pogo sticks, and an awesome action take-down-the-bad-guys scene. It’s also full of awesome jokes (especially the ones I put in that broke the fourth wall, but I realize I don’t have a popular opinion. Sorry Heidi.). Here’s a description:

(NOPE. NO DESCRIPTION. Meant to add this in later, but we’re too busy editing to do that. But it’s about spies and bad guys.)

What do we do next? Become Hollywood directors! Just kidding. We’re making a sequel/prequel.

Part Two: Possible New Blog Series

It’s been so long since I’ve done a blog series! The nostalgia. I had Dragon’s Fire, but that was so old, I didn’t want to finish it (I’ve learned so much since then). So, I’m going to write the whole thing out in order to stop that from happening again. I don’t have any ideas yet, though… maybe one of my older novel ideas?

Part Three: Camp NaNo Stress

Why am I stressed, you ask? Well: One, I have more prepped for Halfway to Fourteen than for Fantasy Gossip. Two, what if, come April, it’s not enough?? Three, the document looks awful! (actually, that’s probably just my brain being weird).

However, I have it under control. I am printing out/formatting the stuffs! But there is another problem. What if I get so excited for one novel that I end up not writing the other? Well, Josie, that’s what happens when you decide to write two novels at once and set impossible goals to prove them possible. 

I have a game plan for Camp, however! I’ve noticed one pattern in deciding to discontinue my novels is because they look bad. I mean, turn on the red squiggly line, five paragraphs full of “Something something something” as I advised in my NaNo Post. I’ll be sharing the rest of this in a couple weeks in a post (3 Things I’m Going to do Differently For Camp NaNoWriMo).

That’s all for this round of My Writing Life! What are your current writing projects? Please share them!

Do you like spies? Do you like movies about spies? Especially kid spies? (Hint: the answer is yes.)

Beautiful People March 2017

Hello, everyone! I’m going to have Clara (Fantasy Gossip) and Erin (Halfway to Fourteen) answer this round of questions. They’re more… nice than my characters from last time. Seriously. They introduced themselves before the interview and everything.

PAPERFURY

1. What’s their favorite book/movie/play/etc.?

Clara: I loved the Parent Trap growing up.

Erin: Me too! My favorite books were the Narnia series.

Clara: Oh, I never read those.

Erin: You should. They’re great.

2. Is there anything they regret doing?

Erin: Yes.

Clara: I think you’re supposed to explain.

Erin: I’d rather not.

Clara: Well, anything “bad” that happened to me was not something I could control.

3. If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?

Clara: My parents? At the school, probably Kaelin and Trey, aside from the nurse.

Erin: If it was a minor illness, my parents. If it was major, I’m sure my friends would come visit.

4. Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?

Erin: Not that I can think of.

Clara: My charm bracelet that I got when I was little with my first fairy tale book.

5. What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?

Clara: Oh, my heart? One, talk to me, like a lot. Two, listen to me when I talk. Everyone seems to ignore me when I talk, typically. Three, make me food. Four, have a connection, like something really cool in common. Five, um… can’t think of another one.

Erin: Wow. I guess I’ll do friendship. One, be a person. Two, be a person that I like. Three, be a person that likes me. Four, be a person that doesn’t care about my inheritance. Five, be a person that I have fun with.

6. Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.

Erin: I wear different things everyday, but if I had to choose a favorite, white top, green jeans, statement necklace, hair down, studded earrings.

Clara: Blue blouse, dark jeans, tennis shoes, hair in a ponytail.

7. What’s their favorite type of weather?

Clara: I love bright days.

Erin: I like summer rains.

8. What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?

Erin: I think my parents and I had a fight about my… future when I was nine.

Clara: My friends and I had a bad fight a year before boarding school.

9. What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?

Clara: People’ve called me Claire, but I don’t really like that. I mean, there’s nothing that’s a good nickname for Clara.

Erin: Same with me. Sometimes, Mason calls me “Red” because of my hair, but not often. As long as Kamri and Tara don’t catch on, I’m good.

10. What makes their heart feel alive? 

Erin: Good nights with my friends. Just plain fun, not anything special.

Clara: Doing everything! It makes my life feel complete.

Ta-da! Another edition of Beautiful People with my WIPs. Now, for who I should include in April, a quick poll because I’m indecisive.


Collin: Main Character/Side Character (Halfway to Fourteen)

Tara: Antagonist-ish (Halfway to Fourteen)

Kamri: Protagonist (Halfway to Fourteen, already been used)

Britt: Antagonist (Fantasy Gossip)

Trey: Main Character/Side Character (Fantasy Gossip, already been used)

Kaelin: Protagonist (Fantasy Gossip, already been used)

 

My Camp NaNo Novels (What I’ve Learned From my Past Novels)

Because I don’t want to make my real titles too long, here’s the official title for this post: My Camp NaNo Novels (With a Quick Look at my Previous Novels and What I’ve Learned from Them, and How You Can Learn From Your Previous Novels). 

I recently realized that I never actually talk about what my novels are about, so I decided to make this post! I’m going to start with my Camp NaNo novels and work down. I’m only describing my completed ones, though.

Halfway to Fourteen:

Brief Description: Kamri Taylor tried to run away, but she was stopped when she ran into kids from school she barely knew. Now, they’re all on the beginning of the challenge of their lives.

Main Characters: Kamri, Mason, Collin, Erin, Tara.

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Expected Word Count: 60,000

A Less Professional Description: So, basically, it’s about these four kids and how they become friends. They’re are similar in a way, they all go to a great private school. Kamri is gifted but held back by her situation, and in a way herself, Mason is smart but held back by trying too hard to be perfect, Erin is talented but held back by trying to live up to everyone’s expectations, and Collin is somewhere in between all of those things and is held back by trying to live up to his brother. They end up finding a challenge from teens from a generation ago to live up to the full potential of their remaining childhood.

(Pst! On my Pinterest, you can see the ideas board and aesthetic boards for at least half of these novels. The ideas is a board full of things that remind me of my story/characters plot, and the aesthetic is for the feel of my novel, and is inspiration for when I forget why I started the novel.)

Fantasy Gossip:

Brief Description: Welcome to Forrest’s Residential Middle and High School for Students of Excellence, otherwise known as “Fantasy School” to its students. Kaelin, a returning student, writes down everything she sees. When her new roommate pushes her to publish what she writes, things get out of control.

Main Characters: Kaelin (kay-lin), Clara, and Trey.

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Expected Word Count: 60,000

A Less Professional Description: This novel is kind of cliche, but it’s just for fun (and learning!). Kaelin, Clara, and Trey attend a school where everything they were told was just fairy tales and wishful thinking is true. Kaelin has been writing down everything she hears and sees in a journalistic style. Her new roommate, Clara, starts a school newspaper (after the last one was banned hundreds of years ago), then finds the writings and encourages her to start a gossip column–which, if you know anything about gossip, will lead to trouble.

Those are the novels I will be writing this April for Camp NaNoWriMo. Now, for a brief description of my previous novels, going backwards.

Title: Mission: Prodigy

Written: NaNoWriMo 2016

Word Count: ~90,000

Basic Description After Editing Through Many Plot Holes and Being Changed: Two prodigies (humans with special abilities or “superpowers”) find out that everything they were told was good was actually wrong. They have to overcome their rivalry to restore balance to their messed up world.

What I Learned:  I learn perseverance. Writing after the original plot was too short? It was hard. Going back to read the mess? It was hard. Editing it? It’s still hard. My original plan was very faulty and I didn’t like part of it. I have to rewrite and replan a lot.

Title: Royale

Written: Summer 2016

Word Count: ~50/60k

Basic Description: Brenna lives in a dystopian society separated from the rest of the world. After she gets in trouble with the government for doing what’s right, she has to run away to the rest of the world in order to survive.

What I Learned:  I got to two drafts for this one–after that, it wasn’t worth editing. I had lost interest in it. However, in the first draft, I learned how to write long novels and how to write/type quickly. If my memory serves, Royale was pantsed, a method that I’ve found doesn’t work well for me by the second draft.

Title: Crossing Galaxies

Written: Spring 2016 (version 1), Rewritten Fall 2016 (version 2)

Word Count: 17,000 (version 1), 30,000 (version 2)

Basic Description: When foster child Kamri is sent away to boarding school, she thinks it’s the worst thing that could ever happen to her. However, she meets Erin, Collin, and Mason. They have a secret–and now they need her help.

What I Learned: This is the previous version to Halfway to Fourteen. These characters? They have been with me for years. I’ve been trying to find their story for the third time, now. I hope it works this time–it’s not a fantasy novel anymore. Crossing Galaxies has taught me that if something sticks with you, if you really, truly love it, write it. (And I’m definitely recycling the title).

Time to go a bit out of order– one is a sequel, so it won’t make much sense if I do it in the order I wrote it. I was young when I wrote these, so no judgment please.

Title: A Princess Life

Written: Fall ~2013/14

Word Count: ~10,000

Basic Description: Princess Annalisa has longed to get out of the palace since her parents died. She jumps at the opportunity to go to a private school as normal Arizona (a name she choose because it was her mother’s home before she married the king).

What I Learned:  Well, this is very cringy and cliche. I learned how to write and edit a novel. I had so many drafts for this! I told myself one day that I was going to write and finish a novel, and I did. I’ve learned that I can do anything if I set my mind to it. I rewrote this one, too, I think (but I consider the rewrite of Crossing Galaxies a different novel, because in a sense it was).

Title: (I don’t think it had one for itself) A Princess Life #2

Written: ~Camp NaNo 2014/15

Word Count: Under 10,000

Basic Description: Claire just moved into the palace with her long lost siblings, and she knows she doesn’t fit in. She’s pretty sure Lexi and Anna still hate her, though they try not to show it. Her adventures in her change in lifestyle include finding out more about her birth parents, princes from foreign lands, and a little ice cream.

What I Learned:  I was really proud of this, even if it is cliche and cringy too. I love Claire, and how she feels, and I felt like it showed a great improvement in my writing. I’m sure there were a lot of half-started novels in this series, as that’s what I wanted it to be. Anyway, I learned a lot about character and backstory.

So, how can you learn from your previous novels? Take a look at what worked and what didn’t work. For example, I tend to have unrealistic plots or ones that fall through, and my description is bare, but I like to think I’ve always been good at character. Use that when you work on your new projects. Get to know yourself as a writer– no one is the same.

Time for a challenge! (I’m going to start doing these at the end of my how-to/tips/instructional writing posts. Let me know if you’ll enjoy them.) Take one of your previous novels, or if you haven’t written one before, a short story/novella. Think about the good and the bad. How can you improve on the bad things? What can you take away from the good things? Let me know how it goes!