In less than 24 hours the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo will be underway. If you don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is then click here to head to their site. Trust me, it’s worth the look. The camp is used to give writers a practice run for the main event which would be NaNoWriMo. This event is held every November, but you can still check out the site here for more info.
I started this blog at the end of April which meant I was coming off the last camp session. I had met my goal and I was happy, or so I thought. I got into this rut that prevented me from not only writing, but reading my own work. I started to realize I wasn’t just happy putting anything down. No, I didn’t just write random words, but I did spew a whole lot of unnecessary scenes into my story. So this time I’m gonna do things a bit differently.
Plan, Plan, Plan
This time I’m planning and organizing. I’m making scene lists and I’m making my very own book binder. Think of it as a manual to your story (I’ll post the how-to for that later this week) and if you can’t remember something or need to work through your character’s issues, you can turn to it.
Don’t Follow the Order
I didn’t write in order last time and I’m not doing it this time. Writing out of order helped me get more ideas out instead of getting mentally blocked. I don’t know about you, but I am complete crap at writing beginnings; I know I’m crap and I accept it. It helps to plan out the middle and even the end before tackling the beginning. I know, I’m backwards.
I’m going to try to engage the people in my cabin more this time around. Writers that support one another can go a long way. You can commiserate and cry with one another, but you can also celebrate together and push each other. I’ve always wanted to expand my circle of writing friends so this is my chance to do so.
Make a Schedule
With work and it being summer and all, I find myself to be getting lazy. That stops now. I’m going to make a schedule and stick with it. I find that I work better late at night or in the afternoon. So I will schedule some time around then to write. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit, hopefully I carry this habit on past July.
Make a Snack Box
During writing, I get hungry so I get up and get food. This action somehow leads to getting on Facebook or Twitter or watching TV. I’m going to get a box and put a few healthy snacks inside. If you missed it, here’s my healthy snack post.
Are you joining Camp NaNoWriMo? Are you just writing a novel? No matter what your doing, leave your routine in the comments below. I’d love to see what your doing.