Camp NaNoWriMo Begins

Ah, Camp NaNoWriMo. I can smell the fresh ink being scribbled across the pages, the click-clack of keyboards echoing in my ears as I write that novel that I’ve had the itch to write.

April Fools, I’m not writing my novel right now. Heck, I haven’t even planned the novel.

I didn’t realize camp was coming up until about a week ago, meaning that I hadn’t had that much time to plan anything. I have: a resemblance of a plot, about four characters that are kind of developed, and a setting I barely know about. So, I guess I’m doing something new–winging it.

Normally, I would plan at least the basics of a character, research the setting, flesh out the plot more before writing it. But, I don’t have that luxury now because the start of Camp NaNo is not a joke.

Winging it is not that bad of an idea, though some people I know would disagree. Writing out a story before knowing it in full detail isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A person can plan things out in its entirety, and then have that plan go another way. Anyone that has planned things has seen this happen, from an extravagant wedding to a simple outing with friends. And every time I’ve tried to write, my mind is always wandering and getting off track from the plan. So this is just listening to my brain and trusting it to get me on a good track.

That can quickly turn into a bad idea, but if it gets me writing, then what’s the harm?

The entire idea of NaNoWriMo is to get people like me to get to writing that novel, despite all the distractions of our lives. As long as I write, regardless on quality, then I win.

Now, I’ve think I’ve done enough procrastinating and am going to try to write a few words today.


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