I’ve never done Camp NaNo before so this April will be my first attempt. I’m getting fairly excited about it I have to say. What’s drawing me to it is the general casualness of the event; there’s no pressure to produce 50,000 words. I’ve set my own word count goal of 30,000. My NaNo novel from last year was a bit of a damp squib and in looking at it, I’m not convinced it has what it takes to reach 50,000. I don’t want to pad it out with meaningless words and pointless subplots. It’s really more novella length…so far. That might change when I actually start writing it.
So I’ve been planning my story for the last week or so. It’s been in head for a while so it’s been a relatively painless process but usually planning is a sticky issue for me. I love it, so much so that often I can’t get by it. Being aware of this I’ve tried to forego it previously and just jump straight in but that often doesn’t work for me. I suppose it depends on the story; each has their own way of being written.
I’ve compromised this time by writing out backstories for the main characters as well as the secondary characters, mainly because I wanted to explore their pasts. One of the secondary characters has a much more interesting past than I had anticipated; I was practically in tears writing it (who am I kidding, I shed a few tears and sniffled through most of it). There’s definitely potential for another story in there but there’s no place for it in the main story, even as a subplot. I will probably write it though. It affected me so I must feel strongly about it, which means it must be written. It must!
Anyone else been affected by their own writing? (And then felt silly afterwards; it was akin to laughing at my own jokes, which I do frequently.) Or had a secondary character demand more text time? And who is going to camp this year?