Preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo

20 days left until Camp NaNoWriMo!!

This is the very first NaNo related event that I'm participating in and I'm so excited for it to get here! Well...kind of nervous too. And scared. And hopeful.

For those of you who don't know, Camp NaNoWriMo operates under the same concept as the regularly held NaNoWriMo events. What does this crazy acronym actually stand for? Nation Novel Writing Month, which happens to be in November. The camps are held throughout the year to keep people motivated for the once yearly competition. Write 50,000 words in the course of one month and you can count yourself as a winner of NaNoWriMo!

And I'm beginning my first quest at the next camp event (starting on July 1st).

Well, first of all, you need a story. Obvious, I know, but you don't want to endure writing 50,000 words to find out in the end they're all crap. Since this is my very first NaNo event I am by no means to be considered an expert. But I think I have a pretty good plan on what I want to accomplish in the coming three weeks.

1. Outline. Some people might not need an outline and can write by the seat of their pants. This is not me. I have attempted several stories in this same manner and always fester out in my passion for completing it. If I don't have it planned out ahead of time then I get stuck at literally every plot turn. Word production goes down until it stops completely. I save the document, promising to get back to it and I never do. (Sidenote: I never can now. My apartment was broken into a couple years ago and all of my old pieces were saved on the laptop that was stolen. "Vivien, you fool! Why didn't you back them up on a hard drive??" I did...they took that too.) So it is very very important for me to outline! And save to multiple sources including Dropbox...

2. Research. This is the first time I've actually had to research anything for a story I'm writing and I have to's been fun! Researching for school ⇒ sucks. Researching for something you want to write about one day ⇒ awesome. Now I'm actually reading stuff that thoroughly interests me and I'm getting so inspired by all the things I'm reading. What should you research? My novel has elements of magic and lore in it that I actually want to know about before I start writing. I already have a rough outline of my story and want to add to it based on things I learn during this step. I understand that during NaNo I can make a simple note to research something later and move on, but I would like to keep this to a minimum.

3. Read. I checked out too many books from my library on the craft of writing fiction. I have read some in the past but apparently none that were rated well on Amazon, so I'm starting my writing craft lessons anew. I plan to share with you guys the things that I learn as I read them and whether or not I recommend you buying them. I actually plan to purchase the ones that I love after I test drive them for free through my library. Here's a list of the books I plan to read in the next three weeks: