Colour Coding // Week 3 | April Camp Nano 2018

Waddup Savi Crew!

As I predicted, this week was really busy (technically, it was fifty-fifty but we’re not gonna focus on that!) but I had to get creative with my writing due to all of life’s wonderful obstacles: babysitting a newborn, visiting relatives from overseas (trying to escape that Canadian ice storm), neighbourhood blackout (twice in one day, no less), etc. I realise now that I’m probably going to be behind until the very end. But that’s okay, I’m loving my story and that’s the vital part, I guess.

Currently, I’m at 30,670 words when I should be at 33,333 words but I’ve reached the point in my story where the outline is a little thin and I’m having to fill in the blanks, so to speak, otherwise I would literally be typing, “blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada,” just to make up the 50,000 words and NOBODY wants to edit that come June!

But my YA anime fantasy novel would not be as “clean” (well, by first draft standards, anyways) as it is, if not for my colour coding system. Keiji: Bloodlines has FIVE existing plots: the main plot is in yellow; the first subplot is in green; the second subplot is in turquoise; the third subplot is in pink and the fourth and final subplot is in grey.

I know what you’re thinking, “Are you nuts? Five plots! I’m dead.” Okay, so the last part was a little dramatic but you see my point. And I’ll admit that five plots might SOUND like a lot but in every chapter there are no more than three plots in effect.

My novel is written in third person limited POV (that’s point-of-view, for the non-reader, no judgement) and I debated on whether I should do POV characters instead and write from the point-of-view of each main character, a.k.a. “Games of Thrones”. I could even name the chapter with the character’s name. But I didn’t want to go with that. Why? I’m so glad you asked…

In my best Kim Possible voice (Disney 2000s gang, where you at?), here’s the sitch: My vision for this novel is to be converted into a graphic novel and possibly an anime series. Ambitious, I’m aware but this is the way this novel plays out in my head (We’re talking colourful dreams and full imagery here!) and thus I have to write it in such a way that there will be enough content to satisfy the requirements for a great graphic novel and anime series. Which is why I’m juggling five plots at the same time in a 100,000 word book.  Although my manuscript might look like a unicorn vomited rainbows on it but at least my story’s plotlines are straight.

Another fun fact, is that the “Validate” button is now available on the Camp Nano site so any writer fortunate enough to have completed their word count/hour count by April 20th would be able to claim their win ten days early. Lucky bastards.

But I’m not gonna give up though. I’m going right up until the end of April. I will pull an all-nighter if I have to (I really hope it doesn’t come to that but it’s nice to have people to be accountable to).

Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now.

And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!
Happy Writing!

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