Waddup Savi Crew!
Camp NaNoWriMo has officially begun! I’ve been off to a rough start but I have a really good excuse… my sister just had a baby—my first nephew! So after doting on her precious baby boy, I was primed and ready to focus on my book baby (sorry folks, I couldn’t resist).
I had such great plans to simultaneously draft the first in a YA anime-inspired series while revising and editing the third draft of my debut novel, Life of Gabby: Boyfriend Wanted. Boy, was I ambitious! I must say that, Microsoft Word’s text-to-speech software has been a lifesaver. I recommend aspiring writers utilise this tool and save yourself a couple dollars when submitting your draft to a professional editor. Better for you to find these errors than them!
With regard to my new draft for Camp Nano, it’s been a slow—I’m talking glacial slow—progress to get the story going. At the point of this blog post, day six, I’ve written approximately 5,000 words when I should have been much further along. My hope was to write 50,000 words this round and let it sit for the months of May and June then write the other 50,000 words in Camp Nano July in order to make my 100,000 word count.
I assumed that after having a successful Nano last November, Camp in April would have been a breeze. Of course, my nephew wasn’t around last November so I had more time to invest in my novel draft. No regrets though and no complaints because he is an awesome blessing!
Since Camp has started I’ve changed my plot outline several times and I’m still figuring it out as the days go by. But I’m excited because Camp Nano is a time to take risks, create your own type of goals (for instance committing to hours instead of word count) and challenge your writing.
This draft is definitely a challenge! It has a lot of moving parts and I’ve had to colour code my draft to keep the different storylines straight. In addition, I have an amazing support system: my awesome cabin mates (full of awesome Authortubers) are so motivating and helpful, it inspires me to never give up and pull through each and every day.
Meet my awesome cabin crew and please check out their channels:
Kate Cavanaugh: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrE_yfPzL-aGQtk80lF_Khw
Haley Bascom: https://www.youtube.com/user/HaleysLifeJourney/featured
Silvia Kay: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmUA7xA7TAvoSn0OkwI0gzw
RowanTree Editing: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTgerhjYTvQfFEtLF4GOcsg
Becca C Smith: https://www.youtube.com/user/beccacsmith
Letters From A Christian: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvxuJebwM2L_e96trGruiHA/featured
Diane Verrochi: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyib4nBVZYk0nk_5iLnPolw
Annie North: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3SXStXtrahS9TELPmS4KOQ
Tabitha Soden: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtDEj3YLM7IyyJnfInj-gog
Heidi Epp: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpJC3gUNW90vU5aAiCALDcQ
Jessica Reads and Writes: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6DQ3vm2EoXlxFqHhbQr7Q
Hannah The Writer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWh5Xrzv-mudFF6D2rz5pfQ
Heather Hunter: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrmfvwQoriIL6F8O-jTdnTg
And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!