10 Tips for Surviving Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo (at least April Camp NaNoWriMo) is even crazier than actual NaNoWriMo.

You know why? Because NaNoWriMo is in November. Soccer is over, school is dragging, it isn’t Christmas yet, and you’re just trudging through life like a tree. (What? I stand by that metaphor …) You want something exciting to happen, and if it’s anything, NaNo is exciting.

April, however? I don’t know about you, but by April, my brain is exhausted. It just doesn’t want to do anything anymore. (Hence, the hiatus we’re currently experiencing.)

As you can see, surviving Camp NaNoWriMo is indeed a daring feat. So, here are ten things you can do to make it through the grueling event without passing out. (And yes, only about half of these are serious …)

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Plotting Crash Course, Day Four: Cheat Sheets and a Break

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Well, we’ve only got a couple more days until NaNoWriMo starts. I’ve been doing a lot of work to get myself prepared – such as spending all afternoon and evening yesterday reading a random book which has nothing to do with NaNo Prep.

Yep. Subtle sarcasm …

Seriously, though, folks. Lately I’ve been working a lot on my cheat sheet. What is my cheat sheet, you may have asked (and if you didn’t, I’m going to tell you anyway)?

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Plotting Crash Course, Day Three: A New Book and a Perfect Review

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This has been very much so a crash course … even more so than expected! I’ve done about a quarter of the posts about this as I expected to (but, to be fair, I intended to start in September and then stuff happened … blog parties, deciding to publish a book I had no intention of even finishing, etc.), and I’m not quite as well-prepared as I’d like to be with NaNoWriMo coming in less than a week.

Yesterday my copy of Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland finally arrived! It’s absolutely beautiful. 🙂

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It’s also full of amazing advice. I’m already about halfway through it. And everything I read makes me feel more guilty.

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Beautiful Books, #1

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I didn’t know about this because I … I just didn’t, but around this time every year, Sky and Cait take a break from Beautiful People and do Beautiful Books instead to celebrate NaNo.

I figure this is a good idea for me to do now, as I’ve been getting the basics of At Her Fingertips assembled in my head, starting the pre-outlining (what?! The more perfectionistic you are, the more outlining you need to do to even finish a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad first draft!), etc.

After all, I’ve got tons and tons of little details … and sometimes it’s a good time just to take a step back and say, “Okay. We’ve examined every tree as thoroughly as any golden retriever. Time to take a step back and look at the forest. Like a border collie.” What? Border collies are scientifically proven big-picture thinkers! Okay, I just made that up …

So … here are the questions. 🙂

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Plotting Crash Course, Day 2: Character Sheets and Aesthetics

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Today we’ll be talking about character sheets and novel aesthetics, because I started developing a playlist today, got excited about it, and need to share it with you.

Let’s start out with character sheets.

Now, everyone has their own version of the character sheets, and you can find about a thousand, all relatively good, by just Googling ‘character sheets.’ I developed my own this year … pointlessly (more on that later).

Anyway, here’s my character sheet:

Basics:

Full name:

Nickname(s):

Gender:

Reason (for being in the story, like protagonist, supporting character, etc.):

Age in Story:

Birthdate:

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We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programing …

… to bring you a special news bulletin!

First, I just had a mental block and couldn’t figure out how to spell ‘bulletin’ for, like, five minutes. Which is weird because I’m usually a pretty good speller …

Second (and more importantly), I just finished writing Ivy Introspective! I know! It’s so exciting! Yes, I do realize I was supposed to finish it in a while ago … June, I think, actually … but you know what? It’s great to have it finished even if it was supposed to be finished a zillion years ago! Now I can concentrate on planning At Her Fingertips and not always feel like ‘I should be writing.’ You know … until November.

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Today I was researching the distance between Edinburgh and the Scottish border (51.23 km, 31.84 m) and how fast trains went back then (15-20 mph average, though they could go up to 70 mph … if being chased by rogue cowboys or something, I guess). 😄 So much fun! It was such a relief to just be finishing and looking up one last fact that I needed to complete the novel! Not that it’s all that thoroughly researched … yet.

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September 2016 Spotlight ~ IvIn Excerpt and Theme

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Well, it’s once-again time for our monthly spotlight! Just in case you need a refresher, here’s the first spotlight post where I explained what a spotlight is, where I got the idea from, etc.

This month I’m going to be sharing a little bit of my novel, Ivy Introspective, which is hopefully coming out sometime in early 2017. I actually only have eight days until I’m either going to finish IvIn and burn my house to the ground.

Don’t you mean “or”?

What’s the difference?

Well, if you don’t say “or,” then … you’re going to burn your house to the ground either way.

Oh. Whatever. “I actually only have eight days until I’m either going to finish IvIn or burn my house to the ground.” Satisfied?

Yes.

Somebody tell me they got the kinda-sorta reference! Please? Hasn’t anyone else watched that amazing, stupid, wonderful, hilarious movie?

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